February 24, 2012
Fair warning: Tremendously not safe for a work environment. Not smut, but substantial volumes of female nudity.Go Get a Roomie (GGaR for short) is written and drawn by Chloe C. (yes, that is the largest chunk of a name I could dig up) and has been running regularly since May of 2010. The comic largely pertains to the titular (and very titular at that) main character Roomie, so called because she’s something of a travelling housemate, with no real “home” to speak of, but also to a character she meets early on in the comic referred to by many as Lazy Tyke (due to her sleeping issues) and by few as just Lillian.
The two have fairly different outlooks and perspectives on life, but Roomie is quickly drawn to Lillian due in large part to her substantial self-isolation from society in general and, whilst Roomie doesn’t like to conform to the standard mainstream of civilisation, she finds total esconcement rather a fascinating quality. There’s also a large cast of varied and colourful characters that fill out the rest of the roles in the innuendo-laden comic.
Lillian puts a lot of importance in dreams, often expressing a desire to go home and sleep just to get back to them, and keeping a dream journal. A lot of her more individual musings and dialogues take place in her dreams, with fantastical characters and environments to suit. Roomie on the other hand lives very much in the waking world, taking laughter and joy wherever she can, often-times to a near distinct degree of being impervious to insult or emotional injury.
There isn’t much in the way of story arcs, things just sort of follow from one situation to another with little distinction, which is pretty much what you’d expect of any reasonably-realistic slice-of-life storyline. Roomie constantly fawns over Lillian but doesn’t want to force her into anything, whilst Lillian is coming to terms with being dragged out of her usual isolation beneath her bedsheets by Roomie’s accidental invasion of her life. It takes her a while to realise Roomie is actually romantically interested in her, but whilst some flirting does transpire Tyke doesn’t seem entirely certain about her place with Roomie.
Due to the same isolation, few among the cast originate with Lillian, so you can imagine with a character as odd as Roomie that the rest of the cast are hardly what one might call “normal” and indeed this is the case. The first time she drags Lazy Tyke to her favourite bar we are introduced to a mottley and indeed manic group of fellows who have never ceased to provide comic relief if not a necessary surface from which the two lead females can reach important conclusions about matters. Storyline-wise, the dialogue is inventive and character-appropriate, with things moving along at good speeds and timings and distinct character development taking place where needed. It’s not exactly War & Peace but it’s still a fun read with something for (almost) everyone.
Artistically, the comic starts at a reasonable level and continues as it means to go on. The initial comics are sort of reminiscent of some newspaper comics but the style quickly reaches a plateau point where it’s sat around largely unchanged for a while now, but this plateau is by no means a failing point for GGaR. Overall I’d say it’s a fairly average art level, but considering how many artistically high-standard webcomics have popped up in the recent years that’s certainly not a downside.
I suppose I should touch upon the nudity. Roomie is a very sensual character and the characters she associates with are similarly rather sexually conscious at most hours of the day, indeed the first page involves Roomie ravaging a girl in the bathroom of her regular club. As you may notice as well, following the Valentine’s Day celebration the banner of the page shows Roomie covered suggestively in chocolate and the donation button itself has her flashing the readers. Nudity is a common aspect of GGaR, but it’s hardly an explicit thing once you get over the occasional bare chest.
As I say, it’s certainly not-safe-for-work and I’d maybe consider steering small children away while reading, but it’s not pornographic, the nudity is tasteful and character-relevant (I’d say plot-relevant but there are few situations where a plot requires someone to be nude). I’d call it a mature treatment of the subject, especially with Roomie’s occasional musings on her thoughts and perspectives of sexuality and happiness.
In all, Go Get a Roomie covers a fair few mature questions with individual answers in an appropriate and compelling manner, whilst still providing the odd laugh here and there for flavour. As you may have come to expect of me in writing these features, I’d recommend giving Chloe’s work a look, the archive isn’t beyond the length of a moderate binge at this point and you’d be forgiven for not reading it all given how few “earth-shattering plot events” happen in the course of this quirky slice-of-strange-life comic.