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Spotlight – Rabbid Force

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Comic name: Rabbid Force

Creator: Joe Edens

Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Satire, Superhero, Serial, Long-form

Synopsis: RABBID FORCE is an online comic book about an insane rabbit who becomes an unlikely hero as leader of The Force, Sun City’s last line of defense against evil.

Webcomic Link: http://www.rabbidforce.us

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/rabbidforce?ref=hl

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jedwardedens

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26 Comments

  1. Well, this is a zany comic. Reminds me of one dark-scat humor Mexican web comic, because of the art design.
    The start, though a bit slow, sets the tone of the comic, and I like the details like the round police cars that give the comic a unique atmosphere!

    Cheers from the Hippo!

    • Hey thanks for checking it out! I agree the pacing is a little slow in the beginning. I like to compare it to the first 30 minutes of a movie as you’re setting up the characters and environment. These first 3(.25) books are the intro chapters to the true story coming up soon. Full throttle after that.

  2. Ok, this comic is pretty crazy. It reminds me of something Jhonen Vasquez would do on crack. A crazy homeless psychotic rabbit…yup. Totally crazy.

    I think the greatest strength of this comic is the artwork. It’s very clean, consistent, and easily marketable. There are tons of individual panels that could easily be made into tee shirts, post cards, posters, stickers, etc. And I’m certain people would buy them. Although I’m not particularly drawn to this style of art, I do feel that you do a great job at producing it and utilizing it to best fit the story. You do a great job at using color tones to help emphasize what’s going on in the panel, such as on the BWAARRFFF page.

    Nice lettering, too. Usually when word balloons have no border, they don’t work well. But since the artwork is not made of of traditional line art, the words balloons work great. And the sound effects are always done very well, too.

    While the writing is generally good, I feel that the comic isn’t as funny as it could be. I feel like there is often comedic build up to what should be a joke, but then there isn’t really a joke. Just more crazy stuff happening. I think there is a ton of potential to be able to make it funnier and make it really stand out as a strong comedy series.

    The “Books” tab at the top of the page confused me at first. I thought it was going to link to printed books that you can buy, but it is actually the archives section. You may want to consider renaming that page to “Archive” or “Chapter” or something of that nature.

    All and all, I think this comic has great potential and some seriously great marketing potential. I think it’s about time to open up a store!!

    • Haha, I think I’ll take the comment about Jhonen Vasquez as a compliment!

      First off, you’re absolutely right about the “Books” confusion in the navigation. I’ve already updated that to Archive. And a store is in the works ;)

      Thank you for all the compliments, but I’m really curious to your comment about the writing, as I’m ALWAYS interested in upping my game. I wouldn’t mind having a little discussion to what you felt didn’t work so I can think about when I’m writing in the future.

      Thank you so much!

      • If I might comment here, I believe the writing can be improved by “taking the foot of the break pedal” and going deep into the zaniness and dark punchlines. The comic is irreverent enough to afford it!

        • Very well. I guess I have “went the safe route” a few times. Good call! I’ll keep that in mind.

          • Hipopotamo read my mind. I think you should allow yourself to really go all out and just let the comic be as absurd as possible. Think South Park. Let it be as disgusting and violent as it can be (although it already is pretty disgusting and violent, but let it be even more extreme!). It’s hard to pick out exact moments where this can happen off the top of my head, though.

            And yes, the Vasquez comment should always be taken as a compliment :)

      • I’m hoping to really unleash Rabbid once the intro chapters are done. I know what you mean about the brake pedal though and can see it now looking back. The idea was to create essentially an 80s movie with all the over the top violence, language, sex and general weirdness. At least that was the inspiration. But again, thank you so much for the feedback. It’s been great!

  3. This comic and my own share a lot of the same sensibilities. The style is much more graphic–almost reminiscent of “South Park” in its geometric-shapey cut-out character designs, but the artist has a definite eye for composition, so what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in overall design.
    The humor itself is something I like a lot. It’s sick, violent, sort of reveling in its own offensiveness, and a bit of an odd duck story-wise. As others have noted, the pacing can be a little wonky, but I felt like the overall absurdity of the comic was where much of the chuckles came from rather than “jokes”. A misanthropic homeless rabbit that swears and kills people is a pretty funny concept in and of itself, and I don’t necessarily think it needs an A+B=punchline formula to work.
    My biggest issue with this comic (and something I myself often struggle with) is the consistency of design factor. Meaning–many of the character designs are a little TOO simple, especially the henchmen or cop type one off throwaway characters. Compared to some others, for example the secretary character towards the beginning, who is still simple but with obvious details like eyelashes–there is a wide range and the inconsistency I found a little jarring.
    I think the site design itself for now works pretty well, but the front page with the covers is probably going to be a little cumbersome to navigate as this strip grows, so that may be something to start thinking about changing now while there’s still only a few.
    Overall, great comic, with a blend of humor I love. The layouts are great, the character designs could use a little more consistency, but the sort of meandering writing didn’t bother me as much as some others. Keep it up, you’ve got me as a new reader for sure.

    • Hey, thanks for the comments and compliments.

      I agree, I have went the simplistic route with some characters a bit too much.

      Everything has been evolving too as the story goes. If you look at Book #3, the lieutenant and swat cops are much more detailed than the super simple “beat” cops from the early pages. It’s just something that has happened over time.

      I decided I’m not going to go back and George Lucas the books though, so it’s just something that’s going to stick with the early pages that won’t necessarily be in the later books.

      I never did establish a look for the book early on, I just kinda rolled with what I came up with on the spot.

      But thank you so much for the feedback! I’ll keep it in mind for the future. Glad you dug it too!

  4. I really like the art of this….
    it’s simple yet it stands out on its own…
    it really makes it unique…

    then i finally read it….
    i like how there isn’t much dialog explaining stuff..
    it goes straight to the point while still being vague
    or at least to me, thats how it is xD

    anyways, story and art are uniquelly amazing…
    good luck with your comics :D

  5. Did you know Rabbids, as in the Rayman spin-off, is a licensed trademark? I doubt this will spell trouble for you, but it bear being aware of, just in case.

    This comic is kind enough to deliver a mature warning and I think it’s warranted. I appreciate the heads-up, and though I did look through a chapter anyway, I don’t think this is for me. However, I have to say I love how the navigation works. Chapter covers the user simply clicks on is a cool, creative touch. While the comic is outside my comfort zone, so to speak, I have to admire the absolute weirdness you revel in here.

    The art reminds me a lot of South Park, a comparison I’m sure you’ve heard before. The colors and simple geometric shapes are visually appealing for the backgrounds, especially cityscapes. It’s not quite as good on the people/rabbits, however. They’re stiff and don’t interact naturally with their environment. They seem to float in front of everything when they should be grounded. The action scenes would also look better if the figures were more fluid. You already go off-model with the faces for effect (which actually works out pretty nicely), so why not try doing that with the bodies to give them more momentum?

    This is a bit too crude for my tastes, but I’m not your target audience. I think people who can take a heavy dose of dark humor will appreciate it much more for what it is.

    • Right! Like I could do an action model and a stationary model for exposition. Thanks for the feedback!

      I agree with getting some more fluid motion into the characters.

      Ironically, I bought RabbidForce.com in April 2006. Raving Rabbids came out in November 2006. Wonder if that’ll hold up in court ;)

  6. I really like the simplicity of the art, Joe. Agree with some of the comments around perhaps too simple sometimes but I think we all address these types of things as we grow with our comics. It still works for me. Gives me a bit of a video game kinda feel where the henchmen and what not all look the same because sometimes it’s difficult to think if they deserve that extra editing. Didn’t phase me much at all. The art works. And that’s the main thing.

    I found some pages move a little slow but not slow enough to stop me wanting to click on the next page. I’m not sure if that’s part of your writing intention. I saw someone else say that it was “vague” but I think it’s more of a pacing thing since most of the stuff I hope to see on the page I’m reading almost always happens in the next page or two.

    I see the South Park reference but it doesn’t bother me at all and didn’t really become a reference for me until people called it out (and yes, I’ve watched that show before).

    The humour is good and appeals to me and I look forward to seeing where the story progresses to.

    • Thank you for the compliments and comments!

      The part you mentioned about the pacing is how I feel a lot of times because the exposition has to happen for the story, but in the next page or so the event that moves it along happens. Definitely!

      Some of the simplicity comes from “borrowing” character models I’ve designed before and using it in Rabbid Force. I don’t do it very often but it’s happened before.

      I’ve pretty much exhausted any usable ones from other projects and these days I render a thumbnail version of new characters by hand before I even get on the computer now.

  7. I love the style of this comic. While vector based, it avoids the flat look that plagues a good portion of v art. I do have problems with the story telling at some points. It’s isn’t always clear what is happening (the last panel in RIP, or the transition between the second and third panel in titty bar). I’ve also noticed a few times a dark object in the foreground will get lost in a dark background.

    Apart from those visuals nitpicks, this is an original and pretty good looking comic :)

    • Hey, thanks for checking it out!

      I like to think I’ve improved with transitions and displaying what’s going on in the panel a bit better now than when I first started.

      I agree about the losing objects in the background…it’s a struggle when you don’t use contours with your art. Always trying to improve on that!

      Love hearing someone say “original” referring to my book. That’s the best compliment anyone can get!

  8. Love the comic, been reading Rabbid books since before the digital era.
    The story draws me in, and instills in me a sense of suspense for the next page. That I can say as a subscribing reader, which is a great thing–like a good serial on TV. However, it can also be frustrating when only on page comes out at a time… but that is part of the hook of a good story…
    Love the atmosphere and richness of the graphics, I’m afraid I can agree with some of the comments as to the simplicity of some characters, but I also know, as is the process with the development of all artistic mediums, technique grows as the art progresses, and I have noticed the evolution from the first to the last page. But I really think that is part of the charm of a cartoon–or cartoonish–series… Look at the first season of the Simpsons compared to now… there is a definite progression as the art gets solidified…

    Love the absolute insanity. The facial expressions coupled with the perspective and bold color choices gives the frames an almost animated and 3D feel… almost like a 3D blacklight painting reference… I know that is probably incidental and an artifact of my own artistic experience, but at any rate… you make highly stimulating art that–as evidence of the multitude of responses you book has elicited–appeals to or at very least inspires contemplation and commentary in other artists, which I believe defines successful artwork…

    Keep it up! I anxiously await the next chapter, and a printed version of the book! Would love to see it in print!

    My only real complaint is… that I just wanted to read over it again, and “Webpage is not available…” :(
    Might be on my end…

    • Dear KOMMENTOR,

      Thanks so much for your honest commentary on my project. It’s great hearing from someone who’s been close to the project for years and get some feedback.

      Sorry about the website woes, you may have been trying to read it on Friday, which the site was down due to my host company having problems.

      A lot of webcomics fall into that art progression thing where they look rough initially and progressively get amazing. I’m hoping for the best as I continue to improve upon my work.

      Print is on its way! I’ll be tabling at Emerald City Comicon this year and will have all 3 books for sale and book #0 for free. I’ll have to mail you one though, ;)

  9. One more thing I forgot to mention and remembered after getting to read again….
    On thing that really impresses me about the whole atmosphere of your art is your use of DEPTH of field!
    Gives it an almost cinematic or photographic feel to the art…
    Can’t say that I’ve really ever seen that in a comic before!

    • Depth of field and motion effects in comics seems to be a sort of newer trend.

      To be honest, I only apply it when I feel the scene needs it. Such as a focus on a foreground object or character when it deserves more precedence than the background etc.

      But I was telling someone the other day that I design my comic more like I would frame a film anyway. And you can see this progress as I go from doing comic style panels to more storyboard panels now.

  10. The thing that first stuck out about this webcomic and its website is how elegantly simple the whole presentation is. The website is easy to navigate. The art is slick and almost seems animated without actually being animated. A blog in the Connect section would be helpful, though your FB and Twitter presence makes it an optional thing rather than a must have.

    I really wish I had more feedback, but this is pitch-ready, if you are in the market for licensing/animation/publishing funding. Sell some books and plushies if you can, because I want to throw my money at you.

    • Wow, thank you so much. I really can’t tell you how much all your feedback has meant. Everyone’s.

      Books are in the works, as mentioned above…and I would LOVE to do some other merch, plushies included.

      I’m actually taking a little time off between book #3 and #4 to get all this kinda stuff rolling. I’ll blog about it on FB and a new page I’ll dedicate on the site for that kinda thing so you guys can still see the progress. Twitter too.

      Thanks again for the feedback!

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