by Whit Taylor
Whimsical Nobody Comics
Attic is a mini-comic “collection of some of the slice-of-life comics” that Whit Taylor posted on her blog. I think that is about as accurate a description as anyone could conceive for this comic. Most of the comics are one page and cover a specific conversation or topic that Whit and her friends have in her attic.
Attic is at times funny, and at other times eerily similar to some of the conversations many of us have had on an idle evening sitting on the couch. Unfortunately this often translates to “you had to have been there to get it.” It is clear that Whit as some fun and entertaining companions. However, some of the hilarity and “OMG” of the moment gets lost in the retelling. What we are left with is a group of people talking about a wide variety of topics.
This isn’t to say that the book is bad. I think that some of the conversations are pretty interesting and could have been expanded. the conversation about Facebook friends was solid and would have worked as a multi-part discussion about the nuances of Facebook friending. I mean, just how does someone end up with so many Estonian women named Anna as their friends?
The art is typical doodling that is found in most slice-of-life mini-comics. The characters are flat and have one facial expression and pose. I think that, as Whit practices her art and becomes more comfortable with depicting her characters (allowing them to take on a life of their own as opposed to being direct representations of her friends), the visuals of the comic will begin to take over some of the storytelling elements and show some of the visual cues and reactions on the faces of her friends that allow the reader to feel like they are truly a part of the Attic conversations.
All that being said, I think that Whit should be commended for actually creating this book. So many times, on those idle evenings, someone says, “This would make a funny comic.” The difference for most of us is that is about as far as it ever goes. Whit Taylor actually took thoise conversations and brought them to us. For that, she deserves some recognition.
For a sampling of the comics found in Attic, visit Whit Taylor’s blog.