Turning to the web this week to talk about some of our favourite webcomics! What are our top three webcomics?
I don’t read as many webcomics as I would like to as I often forget to check my RSS feeds on a daily basis (speaking of, I haven’t checked my Google Reader in over a week…oops). But when I do go check in, the top of my list is always Dennis Calero and Todd Stashwick’s The Devil Inside. It’s a great romp, following the Devil as he kinda tries to take a break from it all (and run from a bounty on his head). There are small town shenanigans, a pretty awesome female sidekick, and lots of gory fun.
Also on my list is The Fox Sister, an absolutely gorgeous comic created and written by Christina Strain (who we at GRCT love and is known for her great coloring work on mainstream comics) and drawn by artist Jayd Aït-Kaci. It’s a story about revenge, a “Korean supernatural thriller/dram-edy” centered around a female lead. Still relatively short (no archive panic here!), you won’t regret checking it out.
The webcomic I keep coming back to time after time is Questionable Content. For years now Faye, Marten, Yelling Bird and others have kept me interested and entertained. I’ve loved watching Jeph Jacques develop their characters (along with his skill) and I feel like I know these people. It’s just about the only webcomic I have on RSS and will never miss.
There’s quite a long backstory to go through now, but I think that it’s worth it. These characters remind me of myself and my friends not that many years ago (okay, it was that many but shush) and there is something real and amusing about them.
I don’t keep up with a lot of webcomics, but of the ones that I visit at least on a weekly basis Hark! A Vagrant, written and drawn by Kate Beaton, is my absolute favorite. The mix of contemporary language and classic literature and history references are hilarious to me, and even when Beaton is just posting sketches or random panels, they’re guaranteed to be great. I think my favorite thing that she does are the mystery solving teens who basically only sit around being lazy teenagers who want to do nothing more than hang around insulting each other.
I’d also highly recommend Octopus Pie, which is more of a serial, on-going comic, but is totally worth it. I also peek in on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal from time to time, which is more of a daily strip and tends to skew more towards scientific humor than anything else, but I find it hilarious on a regular basis.
I used to read a lot more webcomics than I currently do (though now that I think about it, I still read a lot of them). They were a staple of my “fun time” reading during university, largely because they were quick and easy to read anywhere and most importantly free. Like Angel above, I am a big fan of Hark! A Vagrant which appeals to my wide ranging interests with the sort of humor that cracks me up. I used to be really into both Married to the Sea and Toothpaste for Dinner both of which I still touch base on from time to time but don’t follow as regularly.
My tops at this moment (because alas asofterworld isn’t really a webcomic so I can’t ramble about it) are xkcd and Dinosaur Comics. Both appeal to different parts of me. I enjoy the simple aesthetic of xkcd and how it is essentially a comic made up of pop culture, stick figures and charts. It touches on a lot of things that I find myself doing or saying (such as talking about the MTV generation only to realise I have an issue with their kids, not them) and so it allows me a chance to poke fun at myself. As for Dinosaur Comics, it talks about stuff like pronouns and smashing buildings and I just love dinosaurs. Plus I have always wondered if it would be better to have super powers or evil twins (so long as it isn’t superpowered evil twins I think I’m good).