Today’s comics come in a wide range of genres, and their appeal is primarily determined by individual preferences. Others love feel-good comics, while others prefer the edge and dark humor. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to enjoying a comic, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating one. However, there is one type of comic that most people regard as classic. It’s a brief visual gag with as few words as possible, usually consisting of one panel.
Matt Reuter is one of those academically minded comic book artists who executes his work in a tried and true manner, according to some. He doesn’t mistake them for old-fashioned, though, because they aren’t. Every panel still has all of the ridiculousness of modernity and the spirit of our age, and it speaks a lot about our current way of life.
If these comics appear to be straight out of a newspaper, there’s a reason for that. Newspapers were the dominant medium for comics for a long time, even before the internet. Because these comics didn’t have much room in the newspapers to establish an arc or plot, they had to be brief and to-the-point. Many newspapers, including The New York Times and others, adopted this format as standard.
It can be difficult and easy to summarize what the main theme of the Reuter comic is. For one thing, they each have unique characters, backgrounds, and themes, so there’s no real theme that ties them all together, so they’re hard to summarize. On the other hand, if one were to look a little closer, one would see that there is in fact an underlying theme: they all mock and mock our modern society and contemporary living standards. However, this common denominator is very subtle and the reader is locked into the details of each panel.