Strip Search Episode 1 – Not That Anyone Asked But Here Are My Thoughts

This is the true story… of seven twelve strangers… picked to live in a house…work on webcomics together and have their lives taped… to find out what happens… when people stop being polite… and start getting real…Strip Seach:

I honestly do not watch much reality television, but it’s impossible to not be aware of the genre.  I watched the first Survivor; I usually watch the latter half of American Idol seasons; what else? I guess I used to watch Iron Chef sometimes.  Anyhow the last thing I think I ever would have lived to see is a web series with all of the Reality Show cliches BUT about webcomics.  Strip Search may be good, it may be bad but it is in some real way, a validation of this reboot of comics I will always call webcomics.

Strip Search may be good, it may be bad, but it is in some real way, a validation of this reboot of comics I will always call webcomics.

The first episode is simply a drama’d up “meet the cast” montage.  I don’t recognize anyone except for Erika Moen who is already a fairly established artist in the webcomics medium (DAR, Bucko).  Erika looks (and talks) like what one would expect from a reality show teevee star. She also has the chops, including the sense of humor, to win a contest like this.  The first episode tells you a little bit about each of the contestants, but not enough to get a sense of who has talent, let alone who has the right kind of talent to win a show judged by the Penny Arcade creators.

So at the end of the first episode the not at all official POWER RANKINGS for STRIP SHOW are:

1. Erika Moen

2. Everyone else

I hope it does well — why not? It could be a good thing for the winner and even for those who don’t win they will still likely be better known by the public. Even better — it might be a splash of publicity for comics as a whole, which is always a good thing.

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