Webcomic Review: Battle Creek, NE

Battle Creek, NE
Created by Mike Steele
Art by Julia Philip
Battle Creek Comic
Release Date: Ongoing, Weekly

I’ve read webcomics about time travel, space ninjas, rampaging monsters, elves, orcs, Einstein, and heartbreaks. The Web has presented comic creators with an interesting new landscape. Tumblr, WordPress, and everything in between have guaranteed that if any aspiring creator makes a comic, it will get digitally published. Whether anybody reads it or not is a different story.

With this new creator-owned digital dynamic, webcomics and the ideas supporting them are, pardon the adage, a dime a dozen. This means the introduction of webcomics obliterated any preconceived notions behind the theory that there is such a thing as an “original idea.” It’s all been done before, detectives with drinking problems, goblins who like to knit, we’ve seen it all and our attention spans are ever-dwindling. So, now the question is — how does a webcomic really stand out among the tidal wave of daily digital comics?

The answer, as Mike Steele and Julia Philip have shown with their webcomic Battle Creek, NE, is character; good ole fashion character.

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