Girls With Slingshots
Original review author: Sinister Twist
Webcomic name: Girls With Slingshots
Author: Danielle Corsetto
Start Date Around 2000?
End Date Ongoing
Genre Comedy, Slice of Life
Reviewer's opinion: Four stars
Positives: Great artwork, funny story lines, good characters
Negatives: Earlier strips lacked cohesiveness

Story and Plot

'Girls with Slingshots' follows the life of Hazel Tellington, a redhead with a taste for alcohol and the occasional bout of violence. Joined by her best friend Jamie McJack and a cactus that only talks when she's drunk, Hazel spends much of her time just trying to survive life.

Early plots involve Hazel's crush on a dreamy and distant friend, a love connection between a socially anxious computer geek and a barista, as well as Hazel's short lived adventures in babysitting/tutoring.

Art review

The art is easily one of the better things about this comic, although earlier comics were a little rough around the edges. As the comics progressed and Corsetto got a better feel of her characters, the artwork improved dramatically. Hazel's supposed to be tomboyish, but she just appeared a little too masculine in the earlier comics. This might have been caused by the usage of heavy outlines, though.

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Later on in the series the thick lines were softened and the general anatomy was improved, making for a more enjoyable reading experience. (At least in my opinion.)

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Writing review

While I obviously found the early strips funny (or I wouldn't be currently reading it), they weren't very linear as far as plot goes. The plot ran through very quickly & at times I kind of felt like it could have used a few more strips to flesh things out. Webcomic plots don't have to follow any sort of specific guideline, but the way the earlier strips jumped around was a little jarring to read.

Much like the artwork, the story lines improved as the series matured. Hazel has to deal with losing her job, dealing with a boyfriend who wants to put sex on the back burner, as well as having her editor turned roommate Thea dealing with casual sex. One of the better plot lines of the series was the arc concerning Hazel's best friend Jamie's doubt over her sexuality as well as her doubts with a serious relationship that occurs a few months later in the strip.

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I'll admit it though, I'm glad that McPedro isn't as prevalent now as he used to be. While he's funny at times, he can also be sort of a one trick pony when it comes to his character. Hopefully Corsetto will prove me wrong later on down the line on that.

Conclusion

While some might get turned off by the earlier strips, this really is a cute webcomic. It's one of the few out there where the artist manages to mostly live off of the webcomic donations, as well as being one of the few where you actually get something for donating your hard earned cash via semi-frequently updated backgrounds.

This might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is one of the better webcomics out there. Even better, the main character isn't constantly running around trying to catch a man, gain one's attention or trying to live up to the webcomic heroine stereotype. (Or trying to be an anti-heroine stereotype.)

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