“The Last Saturday” by Chris Ware is a weekly comic published in The Guardian.
The comic follows the life of Putnam Gray, and the lives of the people he interacts with. Reading the comic, I particularly like the story, and I think different aspects of it relates to various ages and types of people, but in particular young adults (due to the nature of the narrative and The Guardian’s demographics).
The comic is drawn in a very contemporary style, it almost looks like a video game, which compliment’s The Guardian’s “new age”, techy niche. The colours are very bold and bright, again, much like a video game (reminds me of Mario). It’s not really my “style”, I like to draw things that are dark and musty, but I can appreciate “The Last Saturday” for what it is.
The story covers some very “real” life situations, like fighting parents, school bullies and crushes. It typically covers the main aspects of life in high school, but differently, Putnam is a “boy genius”, loves sci-fi and has a very strange look about him. I think he sticks out, maybe due to his grey hair, red button nose and his thick, dorky glasses (sorry Putnam).
What really draws my eye, is the text. I love the way you can read the conversations of other characters in the background, but they’re situated slightly off the frame, so you only hear a snippet of it, much like how Putnam would hear it. So it really puts you in to Putnam’s shoes, and helps the audience sympathise, or even empathise with him. I wouldn’t want to steal this very unique idea, but I could invent something similar.
In relation to my comic, reading “The Last Saturday” has made me realise that most stories about a kid in high school are so so typical. I think I need something in my story/comic that will stand out, and make it a great read. I think I’m on the right track with aesthetics (still needs refining) but the story definitely needs something else.