Hey everypeoples, it is Wednesday, where I should be throwing some webcomic reviews your way, and have failed to do so for a while now. Sad facts, I just haven’t had the time to find and binge through any comics with deep archives lately. But I was able to discover something this past weekend which provides an example of a different type of webcomic that I’ve come to enjoy.
The Pigeon Gazette is a slice-of-life comic written and drawn by a mysterious figure known only as Jane (aka Pigeon Girl, aka Pigeoneer Jane, you see the theme). It’s a (mostly) autobiographical piece that follows the day-to-day life of the author, outlining the struggles and celebrations in a humorous and occasionally self-deprecating way. Readers follow Jane through such trials and tribulations as exams, roommates and… social interaction, brrr… So all in all, everything that the modern 20-something student can and will worry about.
The main reason I wanted to bring up The Pigeon Gazette is that represents a genre that is becoming increasingly popular among webcomic artists. It’s not uncommon to see professional artists juggling multiple comics, and one of those may be a satire of their own lives. Heck, I’ve even tried it myself (but let’s not go there… it was a long time ago). It doesn’t have to be a side project either; like Jane and The Pigeon Gazette, some artists use it as their primary outlet. Comics like Whomp! by Ronnie Filyaw and 4-Panel Life by Jen-Jen Rose follow this logic, using exaggerated circumstances and life experiences to entertain people and let the artists do what they love. The Pigeon Gazette is the latest example I have discovered, but I’m not going to start flinging words like “unoriginal” around; each one of these artists is a unique individual, and while the inevitable common themes of a life in the arts does crop up (and the social deprivation that is both a symptom and cause of it), we get to see these people’s unique life stories through their own eyes and minds, where they are more entertaining than anyone else could describe them.
The Pigeon Gazette is a funny, quirky, aesthetically cartoony comic that updates Wednesdays and Sundays. It’s been running for about a year, so the archives are not particularly extensive. You can blast through the whole thing in an hour or so, but you’ll be smiling the entire time. Go check it out on Jane’s Tumblr right here, she’s on Twitter @PigeonComics and on Patreon too, and has just made some shirts available on her store, so go show her some love.
That’s all for this week, hopefully I’ll stumble across some more cool stuff to share with you guys soon.
Ciao for now.