This week on Web Comic Wednesday we’re looking at the story of a man. The man who merged Basto Media with Top Web Comics. Well we’re sort of looking at him, at least his comic form. In Basto Entertainment, the web comic, Marty is the boss of the titular company. He’s a chore to work with and all of his employees feel just how horrible it can be. Sure, there are probably other comics that feature overbearing child-like bosses that have a fascination with ducks, but this one I can relate to. My boss is also named Marty Basto! So without further adieu, lets take a gander at the goose, er, duck.
Like many great cartoons and comics, Basto Entertainment takes a satirical look at the people in the creators life. The comic is actually based on all of us poor individuals who have to deal with Marty on a daily basis in the real world. The character of Felle is even based on the real world artist of the comic. Frighteningly, the current story arc even has Marty travelling to Toronto to recruit a new employee whom he is always at odds with. So I’m expecting that I’m actually going to be included in the comic by June. I’ve actually been featured in a web comic before called Sellerz (a parody comic of Zellers employees) and in that one I had a Hawaiian shirt. I wonder if I’ll get one this time too.
What makes the character of Marty so unbearable is his unpredictable nature and faith that his business skills will always win out, even if he has no idea about the project he’s promoting. He does have an endearing human side however as well, in the fact that he actually deals with OCD. This at least balances out the character since aside from all of his frustrations he causes at Basto Entertainment, everyone seems to be relatively understanding of his OCD and treats it respectfully as a mental condition. I’m sure later comics will probably have silly moments as well, but in total it makes him balanced.
Running jokes keep things interesting and the characters do have their own personalities referenced from their real world counterparts. And best of all soon you’ll be able to laugh at a horrible rendition of myself as well! I’m sure in no time, my real world self will feel like the character of Mario in the comics.
Naturally, Marty has luck. So despite his employees pulling their hair out trying to deal with his regular antics of running his business while being distracted and seemingly uncaring, things usually work out in the end. His employees feel realistic in that they band together and share their thoughts with each other, working under the tyrannical rule of Marty. It’s in general an office comedy but it’s a media company, so things are more so character interaction based. However the cast does get out and about quite often, keeping things from getting stale.
Felle deserves quite a bit of credit here too since Basto Entertainment is quite different from his other slave labour to overlord Marty, that being Dark Wick. It’s quite impressive to see the differences between the styles and a credit to his artwork. The look of the comic is enjoyable and the characters are fun and cute.
It’s clear the comic is just about poking fun at his friends, but it is told well. The in jokes aren’t obscure and you do get to know the characters quickly. In general, Basto Entertainment is about being silly, and that’s part of it’s charm. Below is a piece of fan art I threw together that will make sense after leafing through a few pages of the comic about the secretary. I don’t know who she’s based off of, but she’s trying to stomp Marty in my drawing so she must be a good person in real life.
So in short, if you enjoy stories about a simple minded boss, this comic is a fun read. You can check out the comic at BastoEntertainment.com.