As you guys might have picked up, I am a typical girl but a geek at heart (as well as some other things but not the place to talk about). I will admit, when I was younger, not only did I read the classic newspaper comics but I also read superhero comic books including Superman and Batman (I was Poison Ivy for Halloween, lol). In spite of all the comics I read when I was younger, I am still having slight trouble reading Jimmy Corrigan. I never knew that comics could be made any other way besides the cliché types of comics (standard size box, read left to right, top to bottom). I find myself constantly rereading a page in Jimmy Corrigan because I read it the cliché way when I was suppose to be reading it in different directions. Thus, I am constantly spending more time figuring out how I am suppose to read each page than the time I actually spend reading it. Of course, those pages that only have one picture on them are pretty easy to understand, which leads into my next point. Not all the pictures in Jimmy Corrigan are the same shape and/or size. These aspects of the comic also slow me down, especially the smaller 1 by 1 text boxes (my eyes find it hard to adjust from large boxes to the small boxes).
To be honest, I didn’t know there were comics specifically made fore the internet. While searching through the link that Dr. Johns provided, I found that internet comics had a wide range of variety to them (apparently, so do pen and paper comics). Even though there were quite a few that I still laugh at when I ‘read’ them (Robots Love to Dance, Flap those Flagella Like you Mean It – both found in the morning improve), one that stood out was Meadow of the Damned (http://www.scottmccloud.com/comics/mi/mi-07/mi-07.html). This comic strip is actually 3 separate comics that are a continuum of one another. As I was reading it, I found the comic to not only be funny, but very easy to read since the comic itself was very close to the formula of a typical comic – you read from left to right and all the text boxes are relatively the same size (excluding part three). The internet allows the comic to actually be a comic ‘strip’ – you just keep scrolling around the screen, never having to go to the second line because the paper isn’t long enough. I also find it interesting that you can’t see what happens next. Instead you must scroll till the end of the part your reading and then click a link that will take you to the next part. If all three parts are on one page, and say only showing five boxes per a line, the reader would easily be able to jump down to the ending and see what happens next and/or in the end. The third part has a particular uniqueness to the comic. The internet allows for the inclusion of special background effects as well as animation. Once I opened up the page, the background not only set the mood for the final part but also captivated me to the screen. This can sometimes be seen in Jimmy Corrigan, (ie the background of the theater setting (something like pg 54)), but not to the same degree since pen and paper cannot show quick time movement animation (unless you are looking at a flip book, but that’s a different subject).