Have Some Fun With ‘Doodling Around’

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Coming in third in last months contest to bring readers into our ever growing blog section here, Doodling Around gained a wonderful 305 views. We’re quite delighted by how many of their readers stopped by since it seems the comic only featured a custom banner on their comments below recent pages and on deviantART. So I should be saying hi to a lot of you fans of Doodling Around since many visited directly from the comic. So what exactly is Doodling Around? Well read on because it’s this weeks Web Comic Wednesday review.

I really shouldn’t call these reviews. I’m not “reviewing” anything. It’s more of a preview really so you’ll know if the comic each week is something you’d enjoy. Anyway, you get the idea. Just to note too, obviously I don’t read though every single page of a web comic to write these previews. Some I do, just because they’re not that long or because I have more time that week. In general, I get a basic overview of the comic and report the earlier content to our readers here.

Doodling Around is a comic we can all relate to. It’s about two beautiful twins who draw comics and their adventures hanging out with their gorgeous female friends. That’s how we all make our web comics right? Well yeah they have some male friends in there too. Anyway, joking around aside, the comic is a fun slice of life story that follows good pacing and build up to events. That was one thing I appreciated about Doodling Around especially. When something is mentioned, odds are you do actually see the characters going to said place down the road.

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The twins,¬†Rina and Ang√©lica, are fun characters who do work at times throughout the comic, but the main focus is on their lives beyond comic work. It’s a more mature story at times, but quite playful and silly in a good way. Really one of the best things I can think of to relate this comic to is the life stories in Archie comics. Everyone just lives their lives and the twins continue on. Occasionally there are break pages where the twins explain what is up next for the story and these fit in well. Both giving the artist a break between potentially bigger pages with simpler background catch ups, and filling in the readers on what is coming up next.

They’re a fun group who seem to enjoy anime for one and even visit a convention later on in the early pages. The art style as well is clean and energetic. About the only issue you may come across is that it seems that English isn’t always their strong point. It isn’t that big of a problem though and if anything it makes the characters sound cuter than they would otherwise. You may read over the rare balloon and take a moment to process what is being said, but it’s all understandable. It’s definitely a worthwhile experience to enjoy.

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Will the twins do well with their comic? Will any romances blossom? The comic is still updated Saturdays so there’s still more Doodling Around fun to be seen! If you have some time, I’d recommend even just reading the first few story arcs to get a feel for the comic. It’s quite a bit of fun and really just throws you in there. There’s even one of those break pages that features the twins encouraging you to read the character profiles instead of introducing the characters one at a time. Which really, it kind of works here instead of having a slower intro. There is quite a decent sized cast and getting to know them by reading their profiles is a bit of a faster paced concept that lets you get into the story quicker.

As always, all art belongs to their creators. The art above is straight from DoodlingAround.com, start reading today!


7 Comments

  1. JFD April 9, 2014 3:20 am 

    I’m glad you picked this comic to review/preview. I’ve been reading it and I too find it very fresh and amusing.

    Definitely one of the better comics out there. :)

  2. Coyote April 9, 2014 8:07 am 

    This is a fun comic, and on my favorites list here, as well as a link from BOHICA Blues. The plot arcs are fun and the art is beautiful. Probably their longest and most complex story arc to date has been the comic convention one, and it was a well-done and funny adventure.

  3. DemonDan April 9, 2014 8:25 am 

    I’ve only read some of Doodling Around so far (when they got a spotlight with WebcomicUnderdogs.com), but I got the same feeling. Fun, cute, with interesting characters and some real life adventures. The writer’s English isn’t the best near the beginning, but I’ve heard from others that it improves with time. Since the comic is written in Spanish and then translated, that’s to be expected.

    In fact, since I also speak Spanish, it’s kind of like an easter egg for me to see the phrases that were translated more literally instead of idiomatically :)

    • Les Major April 9, 2014 1:57 pm 

      Ah that’s cool to know. :) Yeah I didn’t really see it as an issue myself. I just kinda tripped over it at first because I didn’t expect it, but then quickly realized what was going on. It doesn’t really take anything away from the story itself.

  4. hipopotamo April 10, 2014 3:37 pm 

    As a native Spanish speaker I enjoy Doodling in its original language, and I think the art is superb and the stories funny enough. I believe the authors are on the right track with the longer story lines and touching on several topics regarding young people’s life, like bullying and falling in love.
    Great review!

    • Les Major April 10, 2014 4:40 pm 

      Thanks very much! I really do need to check out M9 Girls! one of these weeks too. Glad to see you entered this months contest! :D

  5. DemonArchives April 11, 2014 6:58 pm 

    That was really quite fun to read. The art is amazingly consistent and pleasant to look at. The lettering is clean. It was not as confusing for me on the language side (but then again I lived in Argentina for 8 years and as such my English is broken all the time).

    Perhaps the only thing they could work on would be defining for themselves a more consistent style for “panels” and layouts. I like the lack of hard panel divisions a lot, but it was sometimes confusing.

    Glad I’m caught up now on their archive, should make staying up to date easier.

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