Regulars / Nicer Tuesdays

Alex Norris tells the story of his “Oh No” comics and its “badly drawn blob” star

If you’ve not seen Alex Norris’ hilariously relatable panel comics then where have you been? Readers of It’s Nice That will recognise the “badly drawn blob” character of his series Webcomic Name for his punchline “oh no”, and the inevitably disappointing situations it gets itself into. At Nicer Tuesdays, Alex took us back to the beginning of his comic work, and the ideas and inspirations that led him to where he is now.

“When I finished uni, I wanted to be a writer, so I decided to make web comics because not many people make them, but a lot of people read them,” he explained. At first, his comics were highly conceptual and meta, playing with the format of the panel comic, because, he jokes, “I cared a lot about being clever”.

As he simplified his ideas, he came up with Webcomic Name, a self-coined “bad webcomic – look how awful this drawing is – where the punchline is always the same”. Using a purposefully naive and joyfully colourful style, the comics simultaneously poke fun at familiar situations and, in themselves, parody relatable comics, about which Alex is happily self-deprecating to brilliant comedic effect.

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