Have you ever had a brain fart so big it hurts? I was looking through Daku’s post and thought I’d check the Chameleon Collective, because I like both web comics and lizards. I came across a strip by the name of The Sordid Affairs.
The Sordid Affairs is a twice-weekly strip put together from photos of various foods and condiments with dialogue added. I read through the archive at work and because I wasn’t able to completely focus I was blown away by the originality of this strip. I’m mean photos and food no one’s done that before. As I was walking home it hit me that not only are there a lot of other photo strips out there, there are a lot of photo strips that I enjoy and read on a regular basis.
So The Sordid Affairs has joined the ranks of Irregular Webcomic, Alien Loves Predator, A Softer World and Reprographic of photo strips that I regularly read. I was thinking about these strips. I’ve read complaints from people around the Web saying that such strips are cheating or aren’t really comics because photos are so much easier than drawing.
While I don’t feel comfortable enough with either medium to definitively compare the two, I would like to take on this opinion for a second. Good photography is different than just pushing a button. It really is an art form. There are all sorts of things you don’t think of like composition, light levels and leading the eye. At the paper I work at, we pay our photographers and our cartoonists the same amount per picture and they generally put the same amount of time into it.
Still a photo strip will generally not be recognized for the art on the same level that the more art heavy strips often are. All the ones I read are because I like the writing, not because I really like photos of oatmeal. My props go out to the creator for creating art on their terms. Keep up the good work.
The opinions of others should now be added. What do you think of photo strips? Clever, or cop out?