Elwood

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Original review author: Long Tom
Webcomic name: Elwood
Author: Mark Haldane (His own website)
Start Date: July 16, 2004
End Date: August 12, 2013
Genre: Non-anthropomorphic furry
Defining Flaw: Uncharming characters and mostly unfunny jokes.

Rating Summary
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Decent cartoony art.

Storyline:

Not applicable, as it is a series of gags.

Characters: Wiki.png

None of them particularly likable or interesting.

Miscellaneous Details: Wiki.pngWiki.pngWiki.png

The website does offer a cute animated dog at the top of the page.

Overall: Wiki.png

The webcomic equivalent of messing up a hot dog. The author takes a scenario that could easily be made cute and hilarious and instead makes it unfunny and random.



Background

Elwood was in the to-be-reviewed section of the BWW forum. Easy to see why.

Downfall

This webcomic always sucked.

Story and Plot

Not applicable, as it is a series of gags with occasional story arcs.

Art review

Simplified toony drawings, mostly in black-and-white but sometimes in color, with minimal backgrounds and detailing and little to no shading. The style has stayed the same throughout the webcomic's run.

Writing review

Unfortunately the site doesn't allow direct links to individual strips, so I must post copies of them here:

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The first strip. Unfortunately, the jokes don't get much better.


The scenario is as follows. Elwood and Meche are two dogs who are the pets of a faceless man they refer to as "The Master" or "The Chief":

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I guess the animals can talk to each other but not to humans.


And like many cartoon characters, Elwood has a shoulder-angel and a shoulder-devil, but unique to him, he has a sort of intermediate character as well:

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But evidently, none of them are aware that chocolate is toxic to dogs.


But wait, there's more! In one strip, Elwood befriends a wild fox whom he catches digging through some garbage:

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Presumably, Elwood isn't afraid of getting rabies.


Said fox has a brother:

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Well, for Garfield the cat, Mondays always go wrong for him.


Other characters include a duck named Elle:

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Probably the least likable character in this story.


And a second duck named Ruffy:

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And probably the least intelligent character in this story.


As indicated by the strips shown, the comic is mostly gags:

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A rare strip that is actually funny.


Well, there is at least one storyline strip, about a war between cats and dogs:

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How the war starts.
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Everyone gets ready...
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...on both sides...
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...and commence fighting!
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Wait! What's this?
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Talk about an anticlimax.
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Well, so ends the war.


Some might claim that the above storyline is a satire on the then-current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; I prefer to believe that it was simply a failed attempt at silly humor.

Author biography

The author in his own words.

Conclusion

The author just doesn't have it. His characters are unappealing and most of his jokes fall flat. Only a few are even mildly amusing.

Elwood isn't offensively bad, but it takes what could have been a good scenario and wastes it. In fact, a look at the archives shows that the author once updated his strip regularly at first, but then his output slacked off, and then he said to hell with it and just stopped this webcomic altogether.