October 24, 2009

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Online Manga: What's the Answer? Chapter 1

Written by Tondabayashi
Illustrated by Tonabayashi
Viz (online via Ikki)

I am really terrible about reading comics online, especially if they don't have a way to do RSS updating. This is a shame and I wish I were better at this, as there's a lot of interesting stuff out there.

A case in point is "What's the Answer?", a new series for Viz's Ikki website. This is quick, quirky fun that I think would have difficulty finding success as a print-only venture in the United States, but works well as an online vehicle.

Like something out of Mad Magazine (I almost typed "the late, lamented..." then remembered DC hasn't totally killed it yet), What's the Answer? provides a very quick--and apparently normal set-up, only to give the reader a set of joking answers.

That's certainly not the type of thing that's going to appeal to everyone, let alone enough to justify a print run. But the gag is cool enough that I think more people should read it, and so I wanted to plug it here.

The first installment, viewable at the link above, features a question about jolly old Saint Nicholas. What does he do the night before Christmas? Laundry? Reflect on his lifestyle choices? Something a bit darker? You'll have to click to find out.

I think the best part of What's the Answer? is that unlike most manga, you don't really need to read a lot to see if you like it or not. Read this first episode. It will take you all of a minute. If you like it, then you can stop back for more. If you don't like it, well, we're going to have to have a conversation.

What's the Answer? is part of Viz's onlike Ikki presence. If you can handle web-reading better than I can, check it out. (It even uses a comics reader that works right to left!) Heck, thanks to What's the Answer?, I might stop back more often, too.