|A review of 'Nearly Forgotten'
by Kajamir the Giant
Nearly Forgotten in a nutshell is a grouping of photos with the occasional bit of text about god becoming a human to see how we see things. It is not in the truest sense a webcomic, and not much of a story either. In any event, I was far less than impressed by this piece of creation.
God wakes up in bed one day, feeling tired and achey, walks around town, takes a taxi, and thinks about random people on the street. This is the text anyway. Photographically, someone walked from their apparent dorm room and milled about the city, taking pictures of this and that. It's not very interesting. The photos seem to be taken haphazardly, more akin to someone looking about a room with no sense of direction. Realistic, maybe, but again not interesting in the least.
There was also something very cornball about all of this. If you've ever see the Saturday Night Live skits involving goths interviewing each other, there's one skit where they greet 'The Beholder' or something to that effect, whose a goth who made a movie. Watching it, they find he's just running around a public park with gimmicks set around him, trying vainly to hold some cool sense of darkness to him. It doesn't go over well.
Nearly Forgotten has a very similar feel. Someone walking around assigning a scenario intended to be impressive to the everyday, looking like they spent a whole five dollars on the project. There's something very pretentious if not lame about that kind of direction, and I can't overlook it here. Not for a second could I suspend the disbelief necessary to think God was walking around a city. The 'God' demonstrated here seems more limited and ignorant than he should be. It wasn't god to me, but a human trying to act as god pretending to be a human. While the idea of the Almighty walking around seeing man's troubles has a good dramatic sounding premise, the execution here is just terrible.
About the layout, yes, it's pretty bad. Picture after repeated picture, images set up in erratically, most of them containing no words but the same images... I can't compliment something like this. The repetition lacks any other quality beyond being monotonous. I don't have a problem with layouts being non-traditional, but there seemed to be no point to this whatsoever. It was very non-aesthetic and sub-amateur in design.
Nearly Forgotten is a complete thumbs down. It's not entertaining, it's corny, and most important, it's completely without an interest factor. Maybe first year college students can get away with this for an art project or something, but it's just so badly done that I can't see anything better in it. I give Nearly Forgotten a generous 1 of 10 stars. It's not worth recommending. If it's seriously constructed or not, it doesn't change my opinion here.