Not sure if any of you have checked out Google Chrome yet. It is basically a new open source web browser with several innovations like a privacy mode and multi-threaded tabbed browsing. I downloaded it today and have been using it almost exclusively since then. Which is pretty impressive considering how much I love Firefox!
Why try out a new browser when I was happy with my old one? Was it because of the technical merits? Well, I am impressed with some of the technology behind it. Honestly though, it is the fact that they created a comic book justification for it.
I mentioned that Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics changed the entire way I look at the medium of comics. One of the things Scott bemoans in Understanding Comics is that comic are pretty much seen as only capable of producing stories about adolescent power fantasies (i.e. superheroes). Manga shows us that there is nothing inherit in the comic medium that prevents us from telling all-manner of stories. Instead of just superheroes, why not write police dramas, romances, historical fiction, situation comedies, and even non-fiction? Seriously, a lot of potential is being wasted.
Scott even mentions how the potential of comics as an instructional tool is often overlooked. An example of comics being used that way are the "comics" in airplanes that explain how to put on air masks, assume crash position, etc. Sadly, comics are almost never used this way.
When I saw Google had released a comic book about why they created Chrome, I was very intrigued. Within the first couple of pages I thought, "Wow, whoever did this certainly read Understanding Comics". I am embarrassed to say I did not recognize that Scott McCloud was actually doing the art for the comic until I was half-way in!
Since Google sent some work to one of my comic creating heroes, I figured the least I could do was try out their product.
I have to admit it is way better than I expected for a beta product. Heck, it's better then some mature browsers. Like Safari.
Yeah, you heard me Apple. Watch your back.