Here's a pretty obscure comic which could have been improved if the author would just be willing to heed early warnings.
Anema (Age of the Robots) is a furry comic where anthropomorphic animals (called Anemas) battle aggressive robots, which were the Anemas' creation that rebelled after some mistreatment by the Anema. The plot is pretty basic, but the scripting is pretty interesting, if you would overlook the multiple ripoffs of scenes from movies, comics and cartoons. Admittedly, the development of the plot is pretty solid, but needs to be refined as many of the scenes and action sequences are poorly planned out. Neither do I have a lot to criticise on the scripting and dialog; it's pretty good. The biggest problem, though, is the horrendous art, which is, to put it diplomatically, inadequate in engaging me with the comic's storyline. Despite the author having publishing the comic for THREE YEARS, I see very little improvement in the quality of his art.
There is even a little story behind the comic. The author (Johnny Tay, a late-teen Singaporean at the time of the comic's release) asked for a local publisher to release his comic. Obviously, all of them rejected his request, but this only led him to publish the comic on his own. Singaporean media covered his exploits, but it seems like they made mention of him for setting a precedence for other writers to self-publish their works. Even Wikipedia has a page on Anema; that's how I first knew of it for the first time. But local internet users have expressed similar problems with Anema's art, indicating his comic is not widely praised.
His site hasn't been updated since 2007 after his comic was completed, so I've assumed he is done with it for good. The last time he updated, he even mentioned looking for foreign publishers to release his book overseas, but that too didn't turn out well.
As much as he helped spur independent publishing, let's focus on the comic itself. Anema is a case where an author shows overconfidence of his work when there is still too much room for improvement. His art is the weakest link, and the fact that it didn't improve over the course the years it was posted on the Internet and coloured only tells me that he believes looks aren't everything. Even with a good storyline, I couldn't follow the comic seriously because the lineart looks like something you would find doddled on a notepad and drawn by a 15-year old. It's not as crappy as the art in XKCD or The Wotch, but it's still the equivalent of comparing doggy doodoo with elephant doodoo.
What's your take on this?