Welcome to Webcomic Trek 3. Today we are checking out Vinnie D.’s AntiBunny. The comic follows Pooky Bunny, the agendered investigative writer and supernatural investigator, through several stories in Gritty City. However, there is a prequel narrative called “Nailbat” that takes place a couple of years prior to Pooky’s stories. Overall, this comic is not really geared for children due to the themes and depictions of crime and violence, despite the relative cuteness of the core cast.
You can learn a bit more about this comic from a trailer as well…
AntiBunny has a few things going for it. The limited color choices on a noirish, grey world can be particularly interesting, especially when the color does appear. By the nature of the limited pallet the color pops at key times, such as the appearance of blood or Pooky’s eyes. The art overall starts fairly simple but recent pages show a marked improvement in character design and detail, especially when Vinnie D. moves past pencil-drawings into cleaner, inked work. The art has a fair amount of anime-influence to it as well as the series progresses. Regarding the setting, the world itself is quite interesting with humans and sentient rabbits trying to coexist despite prejudices. Another major appeal to the comic is the substantial archive that is peppered with fun gags in the dialogue and the backgrounds.
What Concerns Me
Unfortunately, AntiBunny does have some missteps that need to be addressed. Foremost is that the text can be hard to read at times. A lot of this comes from early experimentation with different fonts, but it does not lead to a pleasurable reading experience. I found myself a little annoyed with how often I’d need to re-read some of the early dialogue balloons due to a lack of clarity. Along those lines, the early pages are rough enough to where I feel a remaster might be useful, especially when it comes to dialogue balloons and narration boxes. I wouldn’t suggest redrawing the pages, but, if possible, redoing the textual components for a smoother reading experience would be a huge improvement.
Regarding the story, the writing can feel scattershot at times and the early storylines feel loosely structured. This eventually becomes less of an issue as the comic moves forward. There are some issues with the tone being inconsistent as the mixture of hard-boiled crime and humor does not always mesh together well.
The site can sometimes feel a little claustrophobic and messy, and in particular the comic to comic navigation feels awkward. Traditional navigation buttons are above or below the comic, but on AntiBunny the navigation buttons are stacked on top of each other to the right of the comic. The graphics that represent the navigation links are also a little messy and unclear. Perhaps more traditional arrows might be a better choice?
For audiences who are particularly into non-binary characters, Pooky might prove particularly interesting. Otherwise, fans of anthro/furry stories should find a lot to like, especially if they like stories where furry characters interact with humans. There are themes of xenophobia baked into the work as well due to the two differing populations applying the same space. The series also features a lot of grit associated with crime stories and the supernatural as well, so those audiences should find that material appealing.
Thanks for taking the time to read this quick little dive into AntiBunny. I hope you’ll join me next time as we look at another webcomic. If you would like your webcomic to be included on the ever-expanding Webcomic Trek I am taking, please register at the Comicadia Forums and post your comic in the Share Your Webcomic thread. We’ll be sure to tweet it on the official Comicadia Twitter account as well. See you next time!