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Author Topic: Life With Kevin  (Read 6385 times)

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spazaru

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Life With Kevin
« on: June 23, 2016, 03:07:06 PM »
Has anyone read it?  I don't normally do digital comics and I want to know what people think before I plunk down my $3.99. 

I like the idea of it but the blue and white coloring doesn't really appeal to me. 

Anyway, I'd love to know if anyone has read it and their thoughts. 

JonInIowaCity

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2016, 03:15:04 PM »
I enjoyed it. I got used to the blue and white fairly quickly. Dan's artwork often seems... kinetic to me and that style remains true to this story. It features his misadventures on his first day of post-college work. Of course, anything that can go wrong does. We meet a new love interest and learn of a possible returning love interest. Veronica isn't a huge presence, but promises to be a huge presence starting in issue #2. Over all, I enjoyed it.

irishmoxie

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2016, 03:22:07 PM »
I loved it! But I'm a sucker for new kid in a big city stories. I'm not a big fan of the original Kevin Keller stories. Not sure why but he comes across as too perfect to me. The old stories seemed very focused on the fact that he was gay and having that be the major plot point at the risk of sacrificing further characterization. To be fair, I haven't read them all.


In this story, yes he is gay and has a cute love interest. But he's also finding his way at a new job, new city, living alone for the first time in an apartment. That was all very interesting to me.


Hopefully the Life with Kevin trade will be full color. I wasn't loving the three toned blue, black, white art.

Midge Klump

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Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2016, 03:28:17 PM »
Dan Parent and Kevin Keller are like Peanut Butter and Jelly, they just go together really well and so does this new adventure in my opinion. He has a lot of new things going on as well as several old traits going on. One of which he is still Gay. That to me definitely is not the central focus of the story. As the other stated above the ink work is something that will take each reader time to get use to. For me I still haven't gotten completely use to it, but it is not going to keep me away from reading the next one.

Thrillho

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2016, 03:40:07 PM »
I was disappointed in the coloring as well; I don't like it at all. I liked the art though, I thought it was well done, reminiscent of his work on mainstream Archie but tweeked and a little cleaner. I like Kevin but I love Veronica and that's what has got me interested in this book. Is it wrong I want to see Kevin's attempts to bring back real journalism fail? It bugs me how perfect he is and I need to see him fail at something and become a little cynical.

spazaru

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Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2016, 03:49:40 PM »
Wow, thanks for all the thoughtful responses, y'all!  I think I need to pick up this book. 

daren

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2016, 02:04:12 AM »
I loved it. I didn't realize how hard I miss classic Archie in the regular titles till I read it. If anyone wants a copy but can't afford it just PM me and I'll buy you one.

BettyReggie

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2016, 04:54:54 AM »
I was on fence first. I was planning to get it after B & V #1. But the Google Play didn't have it. I keep looking. On the Archie app you only allowed 6 comics, I have 4 on it already, But I bought it. I love the choice of colors, Kevin isn't actually blonde in the comic. It's a cute story.
« Last Edit: June 29, 2016, 05:17:11 AM by BettyReggie »

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2016, 03:26:54 PM »
So far I've only read the preview pages online. I have to say I'm a little put off by the limited coloring choice -- to be honest, it seems a little pretentious, like it's trying to make it look less like "classic Archie" and more like "alternative comic".

I think I'll probably wait for the print edition. To tell the truth, I'm still hoping they'll reconsider and go with traditional coloring on the print version.

irishmoxie

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2016, 05:21:29 PM »
So far I've only read the preview pages online. I have to say I'm a little put off by the limited coloring choice -- to be honest, it seems a little pretentious, like it's trying to make it look less like "classic Archie" and more like "alternative comic".

I think I'll probably wait for the print edition. To tell the truth, I'm still hoping they'll reconsider and go with traditional coloring on the print version.

You're missing out. Like Daren said it fills that void that classic Archie left. I didn't like the color scheme at first but I got used to it as I read on.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2016, 06:35:14 PM »
So far I've only read the preview pages online. I have to say I'm a little put off by the limited coloring choice -- to be honest, it seems a little pretentious, like it's trying to make it look less like "classic Archie" and more like "alternative comic".

I think I'll probably wait for the print edition. To tell the truth, I'm still hoping they'll reconsider and go with traditional coloring on the print version.

You're missing out. Like Daren said it fills that void that classic Archie left. I didn't like the color scheme at first but I got used to it as I read on.

Given that it's a miniseries, it shouldn't be that long of a wait. I REALLY would like to see it in full color, but if that doesn't happen for print, I'll still buy it anyway. It's not even the lack of color per se in a comic book that bothers me. If this were an independent series with all new characters by Dan and J Bone, I'd be fine with it. It just sort of bugs me that they're trying to disassociate the series from classic Archie by using the coloring palette as a lever.

irishmoxie

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2016, 09:05:11 PM »
So far I've only read the preview pages online. I have to say I'm a little put off by the limited coloring choice -- to be honest, it seems a little pretentious, like it's trying to make it look less like "classic Archie" and more like "alternative comic".

I think I'll probably wait for the print edition. To tell the truth, I'm still hoping they'll reconsider and go with traditional coloring on the print version.

You're missing out. Like Daren said it fills that void that classic Archie left. I didn't like the color scheme at first but I got used to it as I read on.

Given that it's a miniseries, it shouldn't be that long of a wait. I REALLY would like to see it in full color, but if that doesn't happen for print, I'll still buy it anyway. It's not even the lack of color per se in a comic book that bothers me. If this were an independent series with all new characters by Dan and J Bone, I'd be fine with it. It just sort of bugs me that they're trying to disassociate the series from classic Archie by using the coloring palette as a lever.


I think they went with the minimal color because it's cheaper and they were in a rush to get it out not because they were trying to be "indie."

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2016, 10:37:20 PM »
So far I've only read the preview pages online. I have to say I'm a little put off by the limited coloring choice -- to be honest, it seems a little pretentious, like it's trying to make it look less like "classic Archie" and more like "alternative comic".

I think I'll probably wait for the print edition. To tell the truth, I'm still hoping they'll reconsider and go with traditional coloring on the print version.

You're missing out. Like Daren said it fills that void that classic Archie left. I didn't like the color scheme at first but I got used to it as I read on.

Given that it's a miniseries, it shouldn't be that long of a wait. I REALLY would like to see it in full color, but if that doesn't happen for print, I'll still buy it anyway. It's not even the lack of color per se in a comic book that bothers me. If this were an independent series with all new characters by Dan and J Bone, I'd be fine with it. It just sort of bugs me that they're trying to disassociate the series from classic Archie by using the coloring palette as a lever.


I think they went with the minimal color because it's cheaper and they were in a rush to get it out not because they were trying to be "indie."

That can't be right. It's DIGITAL. There's no INK to pay for, so it's not as if ONE color only costs 25% of what FOUR colors would cost. They still have to pay a colorist to color it whether that colorist is only using a single color, or multiple colors. What, you think somehow the colorist is going to accept only 1/4 of his normal pay rate per page? People who work in the comics industry are paid by the page, not by the hour. If I was a colorist and someone told me that they wanted the book done in one color, would I be willing to do it for 1/4 the page rate I normally get? -- I'd say "PASS". What did they save, a few extra mouse clicks for the colorist in switching back and forth between different colors? No, this was a conscious aesthetic choice. You might argue that the decision was an artistic one rather than an attempt to "disassociate from classic Archie", but either way it couldn't be proven. I have my suspicions, though.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2016, 10:53:20 PM by DeCarlo Rules »

Gisele

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2016, 10:54:51 PM »
No, this was a conscious aesthetic choice.

Yup! Dan inspired himself from the Parker books by Darwyn Cooke. I like the results myself. :)
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DeCarlo Rules

Re: Life With Kevin
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2016, 10:58:22 PM »
No, this was a conscious aesthetic choice.

Yup! Dan inspired himself from the Parker books by Darwyn Cooke. I like the results myself. :)

The PARKER books are absolutely brilliant. That was a great choice on Darwyn's part (he will be missed).

 


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