Comic’s name: Alleged Whiskey
Creators: Jamie Ludovise and Mercedes Marks
What is the comic about: In the prohibition era, a small town becomes obsessed with Hollywood via their local movie theater.
How is comic drawn: Deceptively simple art in the vein of early theater cartoon shorts, with muted colors and a serious “1940s” feel. The coloring and shading seems more detailed in the earlier strips than in the latter strips.
How often updated: Every Tuesday and Thursday
What else does the website offer: Character and Creator bios, free downloads,
What do I think of the site’s overall design: Pretty simple design with a few flourishes. The Art Deco font fits the webcomic’s theme perfectly the gutters blend in with the black background, and I always love to see stuff like that. Lot of ads on the sides, though. There needs to be a way to get back to the comic after you’ve navigated to the other parts of the site; clicking on the logo is not an obvious solution to many people. Aside fromt that, it’s pretty solid. Archives would be nice, too.
What do I like about the strip: There’s something about this art that draws me in. I can’t place my finger on what appeals to me, but I like the retro look and feel of the artwork. I also like the concept behind the story. There was more to the prohibition era than Gangsters, and this webcomic deftly covers the other side of the bootlegging/speakeasy phenomenon, as well as the Hollywood obsession of that era.
Why should YOU read it: A very unique topic to make a webcomic about, with intriguing art and interesting characters. This one is worth taking a look at.
ESRB rating: PG14.