by ShadowStalker on January 17, 2005 · 7 comments

in Diversions

What can I say about Sinfest?  It was one of my favorite web comics, and the first that I read daily.  Ishida’s style is similar to that of Waterson, but his characters range from hipsters Slick and Monique to God and the Devil.  He satirizes relationships, race, religion, war, and some big issues too.  While occasionally heavy-handed, Sinfest is always funny.  Start at the beginning.


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1 olivesmarch4th January 17, 2005 at 1:55 pm

I’ve been a long-time fan of this comic as well.  I get it e-mailed to me every day.  Sheer genius.

I have to admit I never made the Waterson-Ishida connection, though.  Calvin n’ Hobbes is my all time favorite comic strip, but I’m not sure how it’s very much like Sinfest.

2 .alphamonkey. January 17, 2005 at 2:33 pm

Wow. I can’t believe Waterson hasn’t gone after him. Ishida is a great artist, but he makes no effort to mask who his style comes from.

3 olivesmarch4th January 17, 2005 at 8:33 pm

Would you mind explaining how these two are alike?  I’m not trying to be nasty, I just honestly don’t see the parallels.

4 .alphamonkey. January 17, 2005 at 8:49 pm

Well..they are very, very close visually. So much so that the artist makes a couple of jokes about it in the series.  And the main character is basically a 20 something Calvin.

5 olivesmarch4th January 17, 2005 at 8:54 pm

I dunno, man.  I love Sinfest, but Watterson is a god among men.

6 Shadow Stalker January 18, 2005 at 7:17 pm


Compare the character proportions, line styles, background styles, how the characters are occasionally lying under a tree philosophizing.  Once you realize it, you can see a lot of Waterson influence.

7 Cananopie January 17, 2005 at 8:21 pm

I’m a big fan of the webcomic Boy On a Stick and Slither. I think some of you guys might like it so check it out.

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