Updated on 16 October, 2021
Whomp! is a internet comic written and drawn by Ronnie Filyaw; the comic is focused on the mischievous life and hilarious antics of the nerdy, overweight, food-obsessed and generally socially inept geek Ronnie, who is an exaggerated version of himself, and his best friend, Agrias. The storyline of Whomp! is very different from other webcomics in that it deals with some mature subject matter, and is written in a style that some might consider "funny". Some people might also consider this a mainstream comic. That's really up to you.
This webcomic was released in 2021, long after the last panel of its first published appearance. In fact, in my reading of it now, I can hardly spot the last image of its final panel, which happens to be one of the most hilarious moments in all of Whomp!. At the time, it seemed that it would fall into obscurity like so many other online comics, as nobody seemed to be interested in it or even knew it existed. However, things have changed, and in particular, a lot of internet comics that once seemed to disappear without a trace have recently resurfaced, and one of these is Whomp!.
Now, Whomp! has a devoted following among a group of younger readers, especially those who enjoy comics with a more mature style. It still contains lots of laughs, which is what you would expect from a webcomic about a lovable loser, but it also explores topics such as obesity and the social aspect of it, as well as a wide range of topics not typically found within the realm of comics. Some of the topics covered include the relationships between obesity and depression, the perils of eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, how language therapy can help those struggling with anxiety, how traumatic childhood events can play a role in a person's success, how language itself can change a person's behavior, the benefits of seeing a therapist for depression (particularly when dealing with a young audience), and much more.
There are a few reasons why this sort of webcomic should be enjoyed by people of all ages. For starters, a number of them (such as the ones I have highlighted) deal with issues of body image and self-acceptance/esteem. Another benefit is the fact that most of them (with a few notable exceptions) are drawn in full color. This is important because it creates a sense of reality and believability. The subject matter is funny, so it works as a comedy webcomic. It may also be appealing to readers who prefer a more text-based approach to comic books, since the strips are often quite colorful and vibrant.
I should note, however, that not all Whomp Comic strips are about sexual themes or body image issues. Many are simply funny stories about everyday people and their lives. These strips are usually created as self-parodic commentary on certain things we may be guilty of in our own lives. For example, one strip often depicts the reaction of a woman to having a baby.
The strips tend to run between a single panel and a few panels at a time. For the most part, the story involves a daily life situation that is funny in its own way, but has a deeper underlying moral theme. One strip that I've seen features a father attempting to relate to his children's problems. The joke isn't that the father is clueless or oblivious, but that he doesn't know how to address his kids' problems because he just accepts them as they are. He does nag, he barges with, but ultimately he just accepts their poor behavior and does his best to put them in reasonable situations.
This may seem like a small slice of what Whomp Comic is all about, but it's a representative of a much larger trend in comics. strip cartoon stories are no longer the minority genre, they are today the mainstream genre. If you enjoy humor in your comics, then chances are good that you enjoy Whomp Comic strips as well.
There's a great deal of nostalgia associated with the strip club and strip parties of decades past. People remember the crazy gimmicks, the wild parties, the girls running wild. It was the wilder and more decadent the strip club, the better the party. If you want to bring back that sort of feeling to your own life, then consider buying some Whomp Comics and experiencing that era of Americana again.