Friday, December 14, 2012

Finally Finals

It's the last day before finals week commences here in the world of my Real Life, which means that I will be super busy studying for my multitudes of exams for the next week and a half. This means that I really shouldn't be reading comics right now, but rather, my textbooks! So that's what I'm going to do. So I apologize for the slow updating schedule, but school takes priority.

My last final is next Thursday so expect my next comic related update to come shortly after! I will be reviewing a one shot by Noelle Stevenson, more famously known as Gingerhaze on tumblr. Be excited!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hark! A Vagrant

First off, I'd like to say that I apologize for disappearing for over a month with nary a sentence as to my absence. In the future, I will try to be better both at posting on time and informing you of any absences that might arise as a result of my life out in the big and scary real world.

Now, I've been hearing about Hark! A Vagrant pretty much since my first foray into the webcomics world, but I've never really gotten around to actually reading it until very recently. As you may have also noticed, based on the comics that I have already reviewed/recommended, I tend to stick with the story driven comics, not the one shot strips. If you've never heard of Hark! A Vagrant, then you can probably guess that all of this means that it is a strip comic. And it is quite possibly THE BEST THING EVER.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

In honor of this wondrous occasion, I am taking a short break from my super intense studies to suggest to you, my dear readers, a wonderful little comic by the name of "His Face All Red", an awesomely creepy little one shot by Emily Carroll!


I simply adore Emily's art work and on her site she has several of her one shots, of which I've only read a couple. From what I gather though, some of them are wonderfully spooky and just the right stuff to get you in the Halloween mood.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Updates and Stuff

Hey guys! How is life? Great? Good! Well, it's about to get a little worse, so I apologize for that. Unfortunately due to this major thing in my life called COLLEGE I will be unable to post today. If all goes well, I will have a post up tomorrow, and if not, then I will definitely be back next week. Thanks for sticking with me!

Friday, October 19, 2012

MangaMagazine.Net

I've already written about several comics and mangas that are hosted on MangaMagazine.Net, so I've wanted to write about this site for some time now. Some of my favorite comics include Todd Allison and the Petunia Violet, Badirfilay, Land of Lions, Sin, and one that I have yet to write about (but probably will in the next couple of weeks) Two Keys.

Every time that I visit the site I always discover more new comics to explore with some kick ass art and a quality story. I think that sites like this are great for many reasons. For one thing, looking for a quality webcomic can be quite a challenge. You have to make your way through a lot of muck to get to something really good. It can be a long, arduous process.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Interview with the Creator: Stephanie Stober of Final Arcanum: Part II

FinalArcanum is the story of swashbuckling adventure, magic, islands floating in the sky, and pirates! It follows Acacitli, a young sky pirate out to prove himself to his crew and inadvertently walking into a high-stakes struggle with a tyrannical empire.

In part one the following interview I did with Stephanie Stober, the creator of Final Arcanum, she describes how she got into comics and how she went about creating her tale of adventure. In this second installment, she talks about her favorite part of the creation process and the lessons that she has learned throughout the project.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Interview with the Creator: Stephanie Stober of Final Arcanum: Part I

Final Arcanum is the story of swashbuckling adventure, magic, islands floating in the sky, and pirates! It follows Acacitli, a young sky pirate out to prove himself to his crew and inadvertently walking into a high-stakes struggle with a tyrannical empire.

In the following interview I did with Stephanie Stober, the creator of Final Arcanum, she describes how she got into comics and how she went about creating her tale of adventure.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hey, Hey!

The next update will be Friday at the earliest and Saturday at the latest due to the fact that I have FOUR EXAMS this week. Thanks for being patient and sticking with me! Also, it seems that because of school I can't really manage to update in the middle of the week so it seems that I will have to officially move updates to Fridays. See you then!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Doomsday, My Dear

I make a promise and I deliver! Ha ha! So let's get on with it, shall we?

I'll admit, I was a little unsure about this one at first, but it has grown on me. I think that I've seen links to this around on that fabulous little invention that recently came out called the internets, but what really made me interested was a particular page set that was floating around tumblr showing off the wonderful pacing of one of the scenes, which I will get to soon enough.

So: Doomsday, My Dear, a webcomic by Cami Woodruff. I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories. I think most of the appeal lies in the utter shake up of the current system, and because I'm a rebellious young punk, I tend to like such things. I'm not quite sure if Doomsday, My Dear exactly qualifies as post-apocalyptic, but there are a lot of similar elements with the genre that the story touches upon to kind of qualify.
 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Official Updates!

Hey there guys! Fancy meeting you here, eh? Well! Fear not, the next update shall be tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, 2012, and it will be filled with all of the webcomics goodness and quality writing that you have come to expect from me. That said, I am also moving updates officially to Fridays, because Friday is the magical day of the week when the illusion of free time seems to be more powerful than on any other day of the week. So check back tomorrow! Toodles!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fan Comics: Sassy Gay Hawke

I'm a big fan of Bioware games, as I have probably made clear way back when in June when I talked about afan comic for Mass Effect. Well, surprise, surprise, I'm also a fan of the Dragon Age series. I found this little gem by Jakface a while back. It's entitled “Sassy Gay Hawke- Fenris Edition- Part 1.”

What I love about this comic is that it not only takes the Dragon Age series and pokes fun at it, but it combines it with the concept behind some funny youtube videos, which you should really watch before you read the comic, because that would just make the reference that much better. And although in the title it clearly states that this is Part 1, I have as of yet been unable to locate Part 2.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ok, I Lied...

Next update is Friday, I promise.

Today's a Day

So, I was going to write about another webcomic today, by the name of Doomsday, My Dear, but due to college and time constraints, I will have to hold off, either until next week, or (if you're lucky and reaaaally nice to me) this Friday. But fear not! I will update today! It's just that what I will update with shall be a surprise. So stick with me and check back in a few hours. See ya around!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Death Mask: Act I: The Research, part 1

I think that I've now sufficiently covered the concept for my graphic novel. After I spent a lot of time thinking about the story and the characters and the kind of world that they lived in, some two years had passed. In that time I also did some concept art and some illustrations for Death Mask, among other things. But it wasn't until this summer that I really set a goal for myself and began some of the hardest work for the project.

So, before I could sit down to work on the script, I had to do some research. Research is a very important step, especially when writing and portraying a world that I do not live in, and thus do not know intimately. To make it easier on myself I could have picked the US as the setting. True, it still would have been in the future, but such projections are easier to make when you are familiar with the present culture. But no, I went with a culture that was considerably different from what I know.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Escape from Planet Nowhere

I think that I read more fantasy comics than any other genre. Certainly I've read some pretty good science fiction comics, but I haven't yet found that one comic that I can yet proclaim, yes, definitely, this is my absolute favorite. So the search continues!

That said, I have found another sci-fi comic that I really enjoyed, Escape from Planet Nowhere. Created by Otis Frampton, Escape from Planet Nowhere follows a badass soldier in his attempts to get off of New Toledo, an ocean-less missionary colony (as in, another planet. In spaaaaaace!) that has come under attack by giant robots.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

News!

If anyone ever said that going to college for engineering was a grand ol' time with very little work and lots of free time, then they were lying! So, because I currently find myself in this position, I will be posting only once a week, on Wednesdays.

I know, I know, it's disappointing, but I've gotsta get my edumacation. I will alternate weeks with posts of some superb webcomics that I have found on my journeys throughout the interwebs and posts about my own comicking adventures.

So see you this Wednesday as I discuss yet another excellent comic worth reading.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Death Mask: Act I: The Idea, part 3

So, last time I left off talking about Graft, the Extractor that specializes in near psychological torture in order to combat the rampant crime in the gritty future Mumbai. As a virtue of his occupation, Graft will be wearing a mask at all times. He is a mystery and the fact that you don't know who he is, is the very point of the story. But I felt that a character whose true face and identity you couldn't see would be difficult to connect to and stories are about connection. Enter some more characters.

Enter Andaria Kahje. She is a police officer and something of a tragic figure. Well, as you may have noticed, everyone here is really a tragic figure, but I'm sure that it will all work out or all of them in the end, right? Right?! Who knows.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Updates and Such

So! I'm gearing up to head back to college and as such posting has been nonexistent for a couple of weeks. But! Once everything is settled at school and I actually have some semblance of stability once more, updates shall resume!

Expect this to happen sometime around this coming Tuesday, at which point I shall discuss some more characters and plot lines from my own comic. See you then!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Trying Human

Our portrayal of aliens in popular media has evolved from the little green men and “the gray ones” that were so prevalent in the 50's, but in Trying Human, a webcomic by Emy Bitner, all kinds of aliens appear, including the classic gray ones. Tall, pale, thing, and with large eyes, these are the aliens that have the most focus in this story, though there are other species populating the story as well, including other aliens and, of course, humans.


Trying Human is named after the trying human circuit, a small device that allows aliens to appear human (or at least mostly human). The story centers on several characters, both human and alien. First there's Rose, a young woman who works as a secretary in a New York City police station. She keeps experiencing periods of blackouts, sleepwalking, and nose bleeds, all clearly evidence of her regular abduction by aliens.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Comin' Right Up!

This week I'm going in a more science fiction direction with Trying Human, a webcomic about aliens and alien-like things. Keep an eye out for my recommendation/review tomorrow-ish.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Death Mask: Act I: The Idea, part 2

Death Mask was born on June 26, 2010. I can pinpoint this with accuracy because that is the day that I first did a sketch of Graft, the main character of this graphic novel/webcomic adventure and it just so happens that at the time I was doing a “sketch-a-day” thing and so I happened to put the date on that sketch. Super handy now, isn't it?


Now, the sketch isn't all that wonderful, but it was incredibly useful in that I was able to pretty much nail down what Graft's uniform was going to look like. As of this moment I haven't done much more concept art of Graft so his uniform pretty much still looks like this first sketch.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Simon Sues: Occult Lawyer for Hire


The paranormal tour continues with Simon Sues, a webcomic by Myung Hee Kim, who works as an animator in the game industry. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this manga. So often a comic has a cool premise but something about the delivery feels just... off to me. But here, finally, is a comic with a cool premise and it's actually enjoyable to read! Not that I would ever recommend comics that aren't good reads.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Late, Once More

As you may have noticed, I have not exactly delivered on my promises to start posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I promise that there is a good reason! I'm getting down to the final weeks of my summer session classes and as such, am completely swamped.

But have no fear! Next week is my last week and so my next webcomic recommendation, which just so happens to be Simon Sues, will be up next Friday! And the following week I will resume the Tuesday/Thursday update schedule.

Wish me luck on my exams and finals and I will see you all Friday!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Death Mask: Act I: The Idea, part 1


If any of you have ever read my little bio way far away in that remote left hand corner, then you already know that I am an aspiring webcomics artist. I have been drawing for most of my life and I've been writing stories for a good long time as well. When I first stumbled upon webcomics, I saw in them a perfect blend of the two things that I love most: art and story.

Eventually I got the idea to do my own webcomic. I began to think of characters, their super complex back stories and the various shenanigans that they would get into. But this first idea that I had was going to be IT, the most beautiful and wonderful thing that would ever exist. It will be my EPIC GRAPHIC NOVEL. But not yet.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Battle of Dovecote Crest


First things first, my apologies for the long wait on this post. Life has a tendency to get a little cray cray! But now onto to the comics!!!


One of my earliest finds back when I first started reading webcomics was The Battle of Dovecote Crest, written by Hailey Bachrach and illustrated by Bridget Underwood. After quite a hiatus, this historical and comedic webcomic has finally come back, updating twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The gang's all here!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day, everyone! And even if you're not from the states, feel free to celebrate as well, because hey, everyone loves a holiday!

In honor of today I will be posting my recommendation(/review, I guess?) of an American-themed webcomic, Dovecote Crest. Though I will be posting it next week. It's one of my early favorites that has recently come back from hiatus. It isn't about the Revolutionary War (it's more Civil War oriented) but still, America, and all that.

If you're more in the mood for something specifically about the American Revolution, though, check out the Dreamer. You may remember that I did a review/recommendation for it here, a while back.

Enjoy the holiday and keep an eye out for my next post! And again, Happy 4th of July!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fan Comics: “[Mass Effect]: Perfect Understanding Comic”


In my never ending quest throughout the internets, I often stumble upon many amusing things. Sometimes these amusing things combine my love of comics with my love for video games. So let's now turn our attention to “[Mass Effect]: PerfectUnderstanding Comic,” a fan comic by ask-caesar-thepony (on tumblr) for an awesome video game franchise known as Mass Effect.


Set in an alternate universe, known as Citadel High, this one-shot comic takes us to school (oh the puns!) on the story of Shepard, the main character of the video game franchise, and the new gym teacher at Citadel High. This comic is an entertaining take on the video games in the style of shojo manga (the type of manga more geared towards a young female readership), complete with girls fainting over the dreamy gym teacher and blushing furiously.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lackadaisy Cats


As anybody who has ever claimed to read or care about webcomics and they will all tell you that LackadaisyCats is among the very best- a must read. Eisner Award nominated, Lackadaisy is created by Tracy Butler.


Lackadaisy is the story of cats. And not just any cats, but the fabulous cats of St. Louis during the early 20th century.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sin


This time around, I'll be reviewing Sin, a webcomic by Drake Tsui, a freelance illustrator from Canada. Sin is the tale of a post apocalyptic world where the world is under a totalitarian government and the people are split up in a rigid class system. With resources becoming scarcer humanity faces a bleak future, unless something can be done.



The story follows two groups of people, one a group of freedom fighters with a mysterious agenda, and another, a group of outlaws, just trying to eke out a living away from the oppressive government.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dream*Scar


It would seem that I am most drawn to comics (ha ha! “Drawn” to comics! Oh, I crack myself up!) that have an element of the fantastical about them. I'm sure that at some point I will write about a “slice of life” comic, but today is not that day.

So let's talk Dream*Scar! Created by Heather Meade, Dream*Scar is a fantasy webcomic set in a post-modern alternate reality, where the creatures of myth (vampires, werewolves, dragons, and so on) are real. In fact, their existence became public knowledge some twenty years before the comic takes place.


The story follows Vix, a regular high school student. Or is she? Weird and tragic things start happening around her and she keeps having the strangest dreams. When something horrible happens at her school, she is forced to flee her family, her school, and her friends, everything that she has ever known, and follow that mysterious guardian angel that has been looking out for her her entire life.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Updates, yeah!

Ok, so after an awful time in my life known as finals or alternately, end of term, Webcomics, Yeah! shall be updated once more!

Expect to see more awesome comics shortly, like Dream*Scar, which is next on my list of comics to review. Also, Webcomics, Yeah! will soon be seeing a facelift and redesign and a general overhaul, so keep your eyes peeled.

A final update: as it is now May 11, Final Arcanum (my review can be found here) is now updating again, as the artist has now finished college. Congratulations, Stephanie Stober! Also resuming updates is Next Town Over, which shall once again pick up the tale of Black and Hunter, tomorrow, May 12.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Black Sheep


It would seem that I really enjoy my creepy art and macabre comics. First it was the Zombie Hunters, then Badirfilay, and now Black Sheep, by Gadriann. I guess I just can't get enough.


Black Sheep is the story of Markus Butler, a mediocre private investigator whose life seems to be down in the dumps. He struggles to balance his job and his estranged family, who would say that he doesn't have a job at all. One day Butler gets an anonymous client asking him to investigate Rabbithole and he feels compelled to take the job. Between taking care of his young son (who thinks his dad is a failure), and investigating creepy rabbit dolls that mysteriously appear out of nowhere, Butler's hands are full. But when he falls into Holm (an alternate dimension perhaps?), Butler must face his fears and find a way to get back to his life and solve the mystery.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Higher Stakes: A Discussion of Medium


I often think that comics are the most difficult medium to work in. With movies, you have the visual element, as you do in comics, but you also have music. Music is one of the most powerful things out there and it can easily incite emotion, set up atmosphere, and cause “the feels”. Even the visuals in movies are highly sophisticated because they are essentially real life in that sense.

With books, you have the room to create worlds, and cause ties and emotions with words. But comics are at a considerable disadvantage here too. They just can't accommodate as much text.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Next Town Over


If you've ever found yourself craving a western adventure with a dash of steampunk and a pinch of fantasy, then Next Town Over is just the thing for you! Created by Erin Mehlos, Next Town Over is the story of John Henry Hunter, a wanted man throughout the west with some sinister magical powers, and Vane Black, the bounty hunter that is trying to catch him.


Next Town Over has one of the best stories that I have read in web comics. Though the present day action is about Vane's attempts at capturing Hunter, interwoven throughout the scenes are flashbacks, that show how things used to be between the two of them before Vane died and came back to life. Their mysterious back story is only a small part of these complex characters. They are well developed, and neither one can be truly said to be the “good guy” or the “bad guy”. Hunter is a criminal, but he seems to be just a bit more mindful of other lives than Vane, who kills or maims anyone standing between her and killing Hunter.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Meek


This week's round of adventure takes place in Der-shing Helmer's The Meek. Started in 2009, The Meek is a beautifully and vibrantly illustrated web comic that follows the adventures and travails of three groups: Angora and Pinter, Emperor Luca and his family, and Soli and her sidekick Alamand. As war is looming, these characters are facing personal tragedies and pursuing their goals with lots of humor and many a serious moment.


Angora is a young girl who spends her time running naked around the jungle where she lives. She is on a quest to find her grandfather “at the center” and has roped Pinter in to help her navigate. Emperor Luca is facing personal tragedy in the aftermath of one war, with another one on the horizon. Soli is on a quest to kill her ex-boyfriend and with the help of 12 year old Alamand, she just might be able to track him down and finish the job.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Final Arcanum


Slightly awkward young sky pirate Acacitli (pronounced AH-KA-KEET-LEE) is having the adventure of his life in Final Arcanum, by Stephanie Stober. Stober began the comic in 2009 when, as a freshman in university, she finally took the leap and started her own comic after being interested in the medium for most of her life.

Acacitli flying high.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Badirfilay


More macabre than some of the previous web comics that I have introduced and reviewed previously, Badirfilay, by Nessa Ninona, has an intriguing plot and an interesting art style. Set in 1899 in a steampunk version of Barcelona, this is the tale of Mr. Valdemar and his sidekick Grim. They are members of a group called the “Mourning Order” who restore to life those who have died before their time.


I found this little gem on mangamagazine.net which keeps surprising me (pleasantly!) with its growing selection of intriguing online comics and mangas.

The story of Badirfilay (I have absolutely no idea first, how to pronounce this name, second, what it means, or third, why the comic is called this) is not yet far along, but I'm already intrigued. The story opens with a young woman mourning the death of her sister waiting for a certain pair of “doctors”. Said “doctors”, meanwhile, are at some freaky asylum, looking for a very peculiar patient. The woman that they are looking for is the source of their abilities to restore people back to life. After living for hundreds of years, without wanting to, she went insane after numerous failed attempts at suicide. Bright, happy stuff, I know.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Land of Lions


Land of Lions, by Cassandra Jean, is another little gem that like Todd Allison and the Petunia Violet, I discovered on MangaMagazine.Net. This site is really nice in that it collects together several different high quality mangas and comics together for the connoisseur, or someone who is new to the whole web comics thing. You have to subscribe to MangaMagazine, but the process is free and allows you to follow your favorite comics. It also gives you updates on your favorite authors and illustrators and lets you know when your comics have updated. Usually the comics update chapter by chapter and each comic updates about once a month, though this usually depends on the artists.

Now, Land of Lions is more of a manga than a comic. The difference, for those that may not know, is the art style. Manga is the Japanese comic style, though in this case it has been westernized, that is, you read it the way you would a book, from left to right, as opposed to Japanese manga which is read from right to left.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Power Nap

If I lived in a world where I didn't need to sleep I would be so much more productive! I would have all of my homework finished, and then some! Procrastination? Not a problem! Hobbies? I've got plenty and all the time in the world to pursue them! We spend a ridiculous amount of our lives sleeping and it seems like those hours are just wasted every day. Well, sleeping is no longer a problem in Drew Spencer's world.


In Power Nap, a webcomic by Maritza Campos and Bachan, in the near future, people take a pill called a “Z-Sup” and no longer need to sleep. Sounds awesome, right? Well, not for Drew. You see, Drew is allergic to Z-Sups, and he is in the minority. His life in a world of people who never sleep and have a lot of time to accomplish everything is difficult, to say the least. He works a ten hour shift and has a three hour commute each way. The only good part? He will never be unemployed because his condition is seen as a “disability” and so he can never get fired according to company policy.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Todd Allison & the Petunia Violet


Todd Allison & the Petunia Violet is one of the most quirky and adorable comics I have ever read. Created by a university student called Nozmo, it is the story of Petunia Elkwood and the various mishaps that occur in her life as a result of her fascination with her neighbor, Todd Allison, an irritable but incredibly intelligent young man (who is secretly part of an investigative team looking for a serial arsonist known only as Violet).


What I love about this comic is that it combines the elements of a crime mystery with (possibly!) the elements of a romance between two odd people.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Zombie Hunters


Today, let's discuss something that is near and dear to my heart: zombies.


Actually, I'm just kidding. I'm not a huge fan of zombies. I guess I just don't find the concept of rotten flesh all that appealing. Although I do really want to one day finish watching Zombieland, because from what I've seen so far, it is a good movie. But enough about movies!

Despite my lack of excitement when it comes to zombies, I might like things where they appear if it is good. Let me explain that incredibly vague statement. Storytelling, if it is good, is enjoyable no matter what the subject matter. And part of the appeal of the zombie apocalypse is the concept of the end of the world. Or at least the end of the world as we know it.

I've seen a couple of zombie webcomics floating about on the internets, but The Zombie Hunters is really the only one that I have kept up to date with and have read closely.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Dreamer


Adventure. Romance. War. What more could you want in a webcomic? The Dreamer has it all. Lora Innes's comic is immensely entertaining. A new page comes out every Wednesday and Friday and so on those days, my room mate (whom I have convinced to read this comic) and I get pretty excited.


The story is about Beatrice Whaley, a seventeen year old high school senior from Boston. She lives a charmed life. She's pretty, wealthy, and is the star of her school's drama club. But one night she finds herself in 1776 and she becomes enveloped in the world of the American Revolution, and all of the people in it. One of particular interest, is Allan Warren, a handsome patriot soldier who comes to her rescue. Every night, the dreams pick up right where they left off and everything she experiences in them is so vivid, that Bea starts to wonder if she really is just dreaming. Or perhaps there is something more?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Red Moon Rising

First up on this illustrious tour through the land of web comics is Red Moon Rising. Created by 23 year old Rose Loughran (it's pronounced LOCK-ran, which she is sure to emphasize, considering that everyone outside of her native Scotland mispronounces it), this is a delightful steampunk fantasy webcomic, made considerably more entertaining by the comments section.


The tale begins when Adrianna's brother, Lethe, flees the capital city of this magic-fueled land, and Adrianna is dragged into some messy politics and redrafted into the military, eight years after she deserted, for unknown reasons.