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Webcomics: the Ignored Art


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We as a community know our fair share of webcomics. We also hate more than our fair share of them, but that’s not really the point here. The point is that too many of these bits of creative genius go under the radar, and the writers and/or artists eventually give up on them, depriving what audience there was of a regular bit of thrill when they click the bookmark to find a new comic awaiting them. What you’re going to be reading is a list of comics that I think you may not have heard of, and reasons why you should have heard of them, and should now dedicate your lives to them like they are that lumpy bit of flesh that is you undeveloped twin brother…or more than that, because I think most people usually chop that thing off.

ANYHOO.

A Softer World - I discovered this little gem through a link in the blog section of Dinosaur Comics, of which I am sure most of you know. Each comic’s “art” is actually one or more photographs taken by one Emily Horne, which are then split into panels. The photos do not always have an immediate connection to the theme of the comic, but the overwhelming majority do have one, if you’re just willing to think about it. The text is written like a comic book’s exposition boxes, usually in the form of some mystery narrator’s quasi-insane ramblings. Penned by Mr. Joey Comeau, the comic varies from sobering views of love and loss to seemingly simple statements that have a whole level of wonderful madness behind them. Frankly, I cannot praise a comic highly enough that uses the phrase “tits ’til Tuesday” when referring to a church congregation.

Gone With the Blastwave - Though updates are few and far between these days, when one does grace the frontpage, it is cause for much celebration. Set in the classic post-apocalyptic future, GWtBW follows an intrepid group of soldiers from the Red Army, doing their best to survive and escape the city they find themselves in. In their way stands the Blue Army, the Yellow Army, and, as is to be expected, certain members’ own ineptitude. Written and drawn by Kimmo Lemetti, the comic tortures with its long periods of inactivity, but just the hope of a new installment sees me clicking the bookmark almost every day.

Least I Could Do - A recent discovery of mine, LICD seems to cater heavily towards the humor that this community loves so much. An entire arc was set in a porn studio, with requisite gay, boob, and penis jokes in tow. Writing is courtesy of Ryan Sohmer, who, according to a post made in the blog, writes storylines weeks ahead of time, so there is no fear of a hiatus while the creative team is trying to figure out how to fix what they cocked up. Lar Desouza brings an impressively large cast to life, making the differences distinguished without the strips becoming to flashy or cluttered. They same team also does Looking For Group, a comic set in the WoW universe, and is actually much cooler than that statement makes it sound. Everyone should pay homage to Richard. For Pony!

Three Panel Soul - Guess how many panels each one of these comics has? From the same creative team that brought us Mac Hall (Ian McConville writing, Matt Boyd drawing) comes snippets of thoughts on dating, video games, and random realizations in life. Though each comic is only three panels, this does not detract from it. Boyd is constantly experimenting with new methods of illustration, warping the panels to his needs. Many are in standard, uniform box format, while others resize and reorder the frames to accomplish what each of the comics as a whole is meant to convey. With (somewhat) regular updates, 3PS is an excellent source of amusement for those who aren’t really looking for something with a massive archive you have to know every bit of to understand (not that the archive isn’t worth going through).

xkcd - Many of the peeps here already know xkcd, the brainchild of Randall Munroe. A very simple comic in terms of art, the punchlines are sometimes so complex I find myself either searching Wikipedia for an answer or just plain giving up. This stems from the fact that Mr. Munroe is a physicist, and makes no qualms about the fact that he uses this to his own amusement in creating comics about formulas, math, and mobius strips. There are also references to internet culture, love, and just being a jackass when you feel like it. This is also one of the comics that has begun a trend of inserting an extra punchline in the title of the image, which you can only see by hovering your mouse over the image, one that I heartily approve of.

Truck Bearing Kibble - This comic made its VT debut a few weeks ago, with the dinosaur western, among others. Apparently heavily influenced by Perry Bible Fellowship, this comic will make a welcome substitution with PBF’s now intermittent, semi-hiatused schedule. Created by Jeremy Kramer and Eric Vaughn (no info on who does what), unexpected twists are this comic’s staple, as well as visual puns, all done in the sometimes adorable, sometimes horrifying art style that PBF has made so famous. While PBF will certainly not be forgotten, TBK can help to fill that hole it left.

The Abominable Charles Christopher - A relative newcomer to the webcomic scene, the Abominable Charles Christopher is looking to be an epic story of what appears to be a yeti living in the forest, and the woodland creatures surrounding him. Karl Kerschl brings the characters to life with art that is simple, yet amazing. The titular character exhibits child-like fear and wonder, as well as a awe-inspiring display of bravery when confronted with the barbaric tools of man’s hunt. With occasional interludes featuring the day-to-day lives of assorted animals in the forest, this comic doesn’t go two weeks in a row without a chuckle, and the weeks that don’t induce a laugh will instead draw the reader even farther into the world that this motley crew of a cast inhabits.

So yeah, those are my favorite webcomics that you may or may not have heard of. These are the types of people I aspired to when I made mine: creative, witty, and willing to express themselves, no matter the reaction. Now if only I could do something besides god damn spriting…

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2 Responses to “Webcomics: the Ignored Art”

  1. fewr Says:

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    Good list, have you seen these comics?
    http://www.eegra.com/show/sub/cat/comics/

  2. Bubbleman Says:

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    Hm, decent list, though lacking my glorious comic.

    Also, it should be Webcomics: the cluttered art.

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