Friday, June 17, 2016

When Footloose isn't a movie from the 80s

Recently, after I realized that now that I am a father, Kevin Bacon is actually the bad guy in Footloose, I discovered the webcomic Footloose, which has absolutely nothing to do with the movie. 
Footloose follows Keti Jones, who starts off in a version of the modern world where magic and werewolves and such are known to be real. She quickly ends up in a dojo in Fey, where things are a lot more complicated and magical. Picture Hogwartz in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign being run by a very laid back dungeon master.

One of the things that kept me interested in the comic is that, in Fey, the laws of genre are actual natural laws. Things will happen because like they would in the movies. More than that, Keti suffers from Primary Protagonist Syndrome, which means she is always going to be pulled into the middle of situations.

At first, this is played purely for laughs and the series reads like a teen comedy with half-werewolves and grumpy mech. However, as the first story arc develops, things get very series and grim. We later learn that things were so goofy and silly at the start because her guardians were trying to keep her in the comedy genre to keep her safe.

The web comic also does very good job having a large cast of characters and spending time with character development and pretty much all of them. Even though some of the developments are very predictable, after all genre is natural law, it's still a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, I can't talk about a lot of the things that I've really enjoyed in Footloose because that would be spoiling too much. I will say that I had no problems archive binging my way through the series and the spinoff about Cherry, the transvestite magic 'girl'. 

Footloose has not become my new favorite web comic. However, it adds its way onto my regular meeting with and that's not as easy as it used to be.

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