Weird World Of Webcomics: Brad Guigar’s Evil Inc.
In this day and age of economic recessions and Wall Street protests, many folks place blame for our current societal doldrums on the greed of corporate America. I guess it’s easy to think that huge, money-making corporations are really run by a league of villainous ne’er-do-wells out to wreck society. However, it might take a little more imagination to picture these corporate big-wigs in skin-tight spandex. Brad Guigar’s webcomic Evil Inc. does just that – Guigar chronicles the schemes and adventures of the eponymous Evil Incorporated, a corporate business run by costumed super villains.
Evil Inc. is a company, founded by “Evil Atom,” that provides goods and services to the super-villain community. Most of the employees at Evil Inc. are super villains themselves – but sometimes dabble in ant-heroism. Guigar’s story follows the exploits of several characters and parodies the superhero genre (for example, two of the main characters are married but have opposite moral allegiances… this has caused some parenting conflict while raising their son).
New readers shouldn’t feel daunted by the immense archive of stories Guigar has worked up over the years, because each comic strip maintains a self-contained joke, and Guiger includes a brief synopsis of his story arc on his website to update everyone regarding the plot. This makes jumping into the world of Evil Inc. a breeze.
Artistically, Guigar’s work follows the format of a daily newspaper comic strip with cartoonish character design and simple panel layout. While the art may not be breaking any new creative ground, Guigar handles the penciling chores admirably and competently.
Evil Inc. has been nominated for several webcomic awards and is consistently fun to read. So don’t let a distaste for corporate greed turn you away from Guigar’s villains. You can read Evil Inc. daily at www.evil-comic.com.