Title: Dueling Analogs
Author: Steve Napierski
Start Date: 2005
Update Schedule: Whenever (usually several times a week)
Dueling Analogs is a gag-a-day webcomic with video game-related humor, brought to you (sometimes) by the author and his friend, Jeremy the Sony PR Gnome.
Sorry for the short description, but it’s difficult to define comics like these that have no plot and characters who barely recur.
Recommended Age Group: 17 and up. Not for the kiddies!
The author is actually very good at imitating other people’s art styles. Examples like Dr. Tran, Gabe & Tycho, and even Finn and Jake look exactly like they would in their respective series. There are also many more examples sprinkled throughout the archive. Try to find them!
The author seems to only be at his best when imitating other people’s styles. His own original style looks overly simplistic (though the avoidance of black outlines is an admittedly nice touch). What I find especially bothersome is that Steve has another webcomic (Warning: NSFW!) where the art looks even worse. Steve is clearly capable of doing better, so why does he hold back?
The strip’s other weakness is fairly obvious: the genre. It’s your standard gag-a-day gaming webcomic, and considering how the Internet has been flooded with them over the past 15 years, there’s nothing here that makes it stand out from all the rest.
I give this comic a halfhearted recommendation. It all really comes down to personal taste. If gaming webcomics don’t bother you, it wouldn’t hurt to add this to your collection. If you’re sick of them, this probably wouldn’t change your mind.