Comic Non-Sans: “Spinning to Infinity” and the ultimate free-form

Trisha sends me a lot of links and I’m really terrible about looking at them for two reasons.  One,  as I mentioned last week, I feel funny about talking up a webcomic that hasn’t been around long; and two, I never follow that up because my short term memory is so bad someone could get a grant for writing about it.  But as I was flipping through, the first page of Spinning to Infinity grabbed me immediately — probably because it had minotaurs and there’s not enough properly mythological stuff out there webcomic-wise.

So, intrigued, I went on to the next page … and found that it was now about classic horror movie monsters.

The point of “Spinning to Infinity,” you see, is that it’s never actually the same comic from one day to the next.  Rather, it’s an ever-changing series of one-shots in different genres — teen romance, space girls, zombies — drawn by a variety of talented artists in all areas of comickry.  Each page is a quick-and-dirty (occasionally literally) stand-alone story, about the size of a Sunday newspaper comic.

The writer, DC and Image’s Steve Horton, writes not so much to specifications as to comfort levels.  The left-hand mini-rant on each page notes that artists either told him what they’d feel comfortable with drawing or what they’d just really rather like to do.  The final result, regardless of genre or topic, is always at least a little tweaked — usually more than a little — though whether the ending is comic, dramatic, or disturbing is just as up for grabs as the rest of the comic.

One of the things I really like most about this is the cross-section of the artistic “population” recruited for the project.  Listed as participants are Eisner award winners, webcomickers, pinup artists, and some “talented newcomers.”  The result is an eclectic mix of art styles that always seems to suit the mini-storyline given.

Updates are Monday and Wednesday, with a “behind-the-scenes” page every Friday.  And unlike many other webcomics out there, this has pretty much a built-in assurance that it will never get “stale” or boring.  I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes, and what the writer and artists can do for each other in this massive collaboration.

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 00:24 by Kara Dennison · Permalink
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  1. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2011-02-08 at 11:56

    I totally understand your reluctance to cover anything that’s too new, but the beauty of it all is that your opinion of something can change over time.

    However, if it’s an “Maybe this thing won’t last” thing, then that’s kinda the problem one faces when reviewing anything, right?

    • Written by Kara Dennison
      on 2011-02-08 at 13:22

      Oh, it’s definitely nothing to do with the ‘newness.’ It’d be rather brainless to be scared off by something new. And I don’t think you hire brainless bloggers. :3

      It’s more my experience as a webcomicker, where I’d spend a great deal of my link-building/word-of-mouth time promoting and talking up comics that then sort of just ended up dropping. My personal rule has become that I won’t link or talk up anyone on my personal site ’til I see enough updates to know for sure that they’re here to stay. Probably an odd standard to hold professionals to when they likely wouldn’t *be* pros if they weren’t reliable, but it’s what I’m used to. ^_^

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