Rock, Paper, Cynic

One of the most awesome things about webcomics is all it really takes to make one is the decision to make one. Then you set yourself up with a website and start posting. Oh I know this is also seen as one of the worst things about webcomics, but I’m trying to bring you good stuff here.

Rock, Paper, Cynic is Peter Chiykowski just diving into making comics. And he’ll tell you his earlier stuff is rough, but really, he had me laughing within a few pages. His humour is black, it’s cynical, it’s obscure, it’s risque at times and sometimes it falls flat. But you just keep clicking that next button because you just don’t know what Peter will come up with next.

Style, delivery, genre are all wide open. One day he’ll do something you might find on xkcd, the next it’s like a lost Jack Handy.

He also manages to be topical at times. And of course there’s lots of pop culture and nerdism. And it would be easy to say it’s just a knock off of some other comic. But if it is, it’s a knock off of all sorts of other comics. You could as well accuse Weird Al of being a knock off. It’s like he’s a webcomic chameleon.

With this sort of work, it’s really about the gags, and he hits more often than he misses. But what about the art? Well here’s the trick, it’s crude when it needs to be crude, but it’s not out of a lack of skill. He knows what he’s doing. He can ape others approach. Again Weird Al comes to mind. And even when he’s doing fairly simple cartoony stuff, there is some skill hiding in there that might be missed.

And the greatest praise I can give Paper, Rock, Cynic? I posted one of his strips on Facebook. And really, that’s what counts.

Chris Howard
Chris Howard

Chris Howard has been creating comics longer than he's been reading them. Introduced to home made comics by a grade school friend Chris was doomed from an early age. When said friend later opened a comic store, first out of his home and later a storefront, Chris got on the weekly comic shop ride and has never got off. He later returned to making home made comics during the 90's with the launch of Dressed For Success, and again in 2009 with the move to webcomics. When he's not immersed in comics he has a day job doing graphic design and IT, a night job as a children's librarian and a wife and son. He doesn't sleep much.

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