Web Comic: Sarah and the Seed
Written and art by: Ryan Andrews
This web comic is the reason why I would love to be in the sequential art industry and one day hopefully create something as heartwarming and beautiful art and story as this guy did!
Did I mention I am a huge fan of Ryan Andrews? Yuuuuup! Sure I am!
Not only does he create comics, he does amazing illustrations! 🙂 Just ever so lovely.
Ohhhhkaaay! I am getting out of topic in here (Sorry! Bit Excited. :P) . So, Let’s get back to it, shall we?
So, Sarah and the Seed is about an old couple who wanted to have a big happy family but unfortunately couldn’t. Then miraculously, the wife suddenly is pregnant and gives birth to a seed!
It might seem weird telling you this and reading the synopsis but booooy it is a heartwarming, whimsical, quirky, cute story.
One of the things I love about it is how Andrews used the web format to his advantage on telling his lovely story. 🙂 He knows how to change a mood, from the first panel which is happy to the next which becomes really sad. And he did that by utilizing the use of scrolling down. In some ways it became an extra help in transitioning from one scene to the next, or one mood from the next. It also helped with the suspense, surprise and thrill.
Even though it’s dialogues were limited, it had that personal touch and subtlety that worked on his advantage. I felt that it had that “a man with a few words” kind of vibe. In someways, it became more poetic and beautiful. I don’t know if it’s me or it really did work, however I am such a sucker for personal or first person kind of stories. It has that intimacy you will get to experience with a character. It’s like the character is letting you enter his world with no prohibition and that is quite a privilege because you get to understand, experience and feel what this character is. You are able to see through his/her eye. And that for me has, a more lasting impression…not only in comics but books as well. 🙂
Another thing that I fell in love with is, it’s ART STYLE! Ohmy! I just love Andrews’s work! I don’t know why I have a thing with textured art style. It can be anything really, illustration, animation art style, backgrounds used in it, concept art…anything really that deals with textured art style has my full attention! 🙂
Now that’ve mentioned it, he used really beautiful compositions and layout it pretty well for the readers to smoothly understand the story. He knew where to block his designs for you as a reader go to its focal point then smoothly ease through to the next panel.
His use of variety of sizes for the panel are actually a part of that…easily making the visual storytelling through. And even the spaces…if your keen about it you’d see it, and man was that also a part of a breathing space and a way for the reader to take it all in…and make you feel calmer.
His use of dark pitch black screen had also some use. It’s evident on a page wherein his character is feeling anxious and has fallen to slumber. And ever so slowly, he was starting to have a nightmare. With the use of the ‘scrolling down’, pitch black background and the intelligent use of different sizes of panels (from a huge panels…it became small panels)…you’d feel claustrophobic and then BAM! A HUUUUUGE panel of this hideous creature. Wouldn’t you wake up horrified? Well, his character did and I bet you as a reader will too! And just like that Andrews, did it so brilliantly! 🙂
Not to mention, it’s art style watercolor kind of effect after every panel helped as well in the transition. All the things he’d done for this comic just came quite together.
So, my verdict? OF COURSE I LOVE IT! 🙂 And I highly recommend you guys reading it and who knows be enchanted by it! 🙂 It’s story not only has a uniqueness and surprising twist on it but makes you think as well.
The great thing about this web comic, is it’s available on his website. Just click here to get started! 🙂
If you’re interested on his illustrations and other things just click here to start checking this amazing talent! 😀