Although I’m busy making the next mini series of my long-running webcomic (it’ll be posted here in early- mid August, but you can check out the previous mini series here, here, here and here) at the time of writing, I thought that I’d talk very quickly about humour types in webcomics.
One of the things that I noticed with a couple of my previous comics projects is that they didn’t contain as many types of humour as they probably should.
What do I mean by this? Well, a lot of the humour was very cynical humour. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great type of humour and it’s easy for a cynical person like myself to write. But, well, it can get a little bit predictable and boring after a while. It can go from “Ha! I actually wrote that!” to “Meh. Time to be cynical again“.
So, it can sometimes be a good idea to include different types of humour in your webcomic just to keep yourself interested in it. In addition to this, using different types of humour in your webcomic will also make it more interesting to read for the simple reason that, like anyone else, the members of your audience all have a subtly different sense of humour from each other.
In my upcoming series, I’ve made an effort to include a few different types of humour in order to add a bit more variety. In addition to the usual cynical humour, there’s cheerful humour, random/surreal humour, nerdy humour, slapstick comedy, character-based humour and even an old running joke too.
Here’s a preview of one of the funniest comic panels from my upcoming series that I’ve made so far. It’s also an example of character-based humour, since it sums up the differences between two of the characters (Harvey and Roz) absolutely perfectly:
Whilst you shouldn’t include lots of different types of humour in your comic just for the sake of doing so, it’s worth doing if the opportunity arises and if you think that a different type of joke will work well in that particular comic.
If it works in the context of the comic that you’re making, then using several types of humour can make things more interesting for both you and your audience.
Sorry for the ludicrously short article, but I hope it was useful 🙂