, the cartoonist currently writing and drawing Gunshow
and writing the pre-apocalyptic fantasy-western Back
(with art from Nedroid's Anthony Clark) has embarked upon a third project: a chapter-by-chapter adaptation of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio
, currently up to the end of the book's first chapter. [more inside]
Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit
that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird
gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy
Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos
destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments
, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations.
It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time
-- an eccentric, richly produced
, and incredibly catchy blend of funk
, bossa nova
, experimental electronica
, bamboo flute
, hair metal
, buoyant parade music
, soaring children's choirs
, Macintalk fanfares
, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros
Called a consumerist critique
by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi
(who after one sequel
moved on to Glitch
, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy
, and playground design
), the series has inspired much celebration
] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit
. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things. [more inside]
We go forward
, a short and poignant comic about life challenges. [more inside]
The Center for Otherworld Science
, a comic about three women in hazmat suits, interpersonal workplace dynamics, and a cryptozoology institute with questionable ethics. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
Monster Of The Week
), the X-files recap comic by Narbonic
creator Shaenon K. Garrity presents a guest-artist filled tribute to one of the strangest episodes of TV ever: Thirteen Ways Of Looking At Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'
If you enjoy skeletons and terrible puns, this comic will meet your needs for today.
(SLTumblr, via Reddit
Elizabeth Simins is an illustrator and a gamer. The latter wasn't always easy, though, which she illustrates in a four-part comic
on growing up as a girl gamer.
"A Day at the Park"
, a long scrolling comic that features two interestingly designed characters having a discussion of their respective collections: one of questions, the other of answers. By illustrator Kostos Kiriakakis
as the start of a series titled "Mused"
, along with "Lost and Found"
, about names and games and stuff... (thanks to Fleen, which just yesterday scooped us on Boulet's Long Journey).
Oh Joy, Sex Toy!
(NSFW), is a comic concerned with "reviews of everything
that relates to sex, sexuality and the sex industry. From toys to workshops to birth control and much more, no stone will be left unturned, no vibrator left unused, no nipple left unpinched," by Erika Moen
) [more inside]
is an ongoing fantasy webcomic by Ashley Cope. Updates are Monday-Wednesday-Friday, the scope of the story is apparently enormous, the writing is great, the world is complex, well-planned, and full of fistfights, magic-fights, political intrigue, zombies, giant dogs as beasts of burden, diverse characters, and smoke eels from the great beyond.
Chapter 1 begins here
A brilliant comic about choices and regret. And time travel, and love, and sushi: Paola-4
) [more inside]
is the shape-shifting, hell-raising sidekick to Ballister Blackheart, the biggest name in supervilliany. [more inside]
- webcomic from MetaFilter's own cortex
, a webcomic about an adventuring chef.
"Based in Brisbane, Australia, Stuart uses the medium of comics to explore serious issues with a unique perspective and a sense of fun." - War on Drugs
, and even more
Police Log Comics
is a webcomic adapted from the police log of the Carmel Pine Cone
From Ryan Armand, author of the beautiful watercolor comic Minus
, comes the story of a man who decides one day to be GREAT
. Involves ramen, romance, gang warfare. Highly recommended.
The webcomic A Lesson is Learned but the Damage is Irreversible
published a total of 41 strips over the course of two years – but each strip
was a masterpiece
, visually stunning
and weirdly hilarious
. It hasn't been updated since 2006 (author Dale Beran writes a new comic
with similarly methodical updates), but recently its creators confirmed
a new strip is on the way. Artist David Hellman (also known for his work on gorgeous video game Braid
) has been sharing sketches of the new strip, and last week shared a video on Facebook
showing the process of developing the new strip's layout. [more inside]
Strong Female Protagonist
is a (currently 16-page, but ongoing) webcomic that "follows the adventures of a young middle-class American with super-strength, invincibility and a crippling sense of social injustice."
Young Edd Gould
always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles
evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell
and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld"
series of online webtoons and comics
At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes"
progressed from surreal shorts
into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters
, full soundtracks
, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers
- Rock Bottom
- Hammer & Fail
At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb
and the UN Climate Change Conference
, fielding offers
from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube
Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia
-- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely
through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away
, prompting an outpouring
in his short 23 years.
Bonne Fête Job Dog
is a comic about a dog with a job.
More diversity in sci-fi webcomix? Yes please: Athena Wheatley, or Warp & Weft
features a black female scientist from the 19th century time-travelling to 9283. Fun, and looks good: Moebius meets Futurama meets Adventure Time (and sexy too! occasionaly cartoonishly NSFW)
So a Persian writer, an Arab artist and a Jewish editor walk into a room…
is a webcomic
inspired by the work of the late Zahra Kazemi
) and based on reports by Iranian bloggers. The author and publisher describe their experiences here
, and 14
An incredibly dark, raw, self-aware, and often insightful look into the depressed mind of a cartoonist evaluating his life.
is a webcomic about cute dogs and barbarian warriors. It's by Mike Norton
, best known for his work on Runaways and Young Justice.
Fed up with drugs
, a comic about the dark side of chemical salvation. By Charles Saucisse
is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe
(later The Cartoon History of the Modern World
), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies
) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit
. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn
chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States
, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides
to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment
, and (yes!) Sex
. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention
, assorted math comics
), the Muse magazine
mainstay Kokopelli & Co.
(featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"
), and more
. See also these lengthy interview snippets
, linked previously
. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
is a webcomic that updates on Mondays.
The Word made another helper from fire to be its hands as it toiled on its creations. The Word gave them free will. Although they did not know their name, they were called the Jinn... Iblis
, a webcomic take on the Islamic tempter figure by Kelli Nelson
. [more inside]
Nothing is Forgotten
, a lovely little wordless comic about loss, fear, kindness, and memory.
(NSFW - cartoon nudity) is a webcomic by Jesse Moynihan
(NSFW) that tells the history of the evolution of man via the machinations of various alien entities whose familiar names (and unfamiliar stories) have been recorded in various religions throughout time. [more inside]
! Cartoonists create Pokémon self-portraits, with all three evolved forms. Featuring, among other fine artists, Scott Kurtz
(PVP), Box Brown
(Everything Dies, Bellen!), Anthony Clark
(Nedroid), Aaron Diaz
(Dresden Codak), and Steve Wolfhard
(Cat Rackham), who also runs the project.
Randall Munroe of xkcd has created a second, updated Map of Online Communities
. (His first map
.) You can find MeFi Island in the Troll Bay, just off the coast of Twitter. [more inside]
Caring about something is about taking the pain and the joy. The pain is hard. Taking the pain, facing it, dealing with it are the ways I think we can show we really care. That we know we care.
, the story of a dog.
: A webcomic about the hell that is driving to work
in the cute Orwellian steampunk monster-infested mirror universe of Monstru
. [more inside]
Andrew Hussie's latest comic enterprise at MSPaintAdventures.com
, has been hurtling along at a truly absurd pace. Designed as a pastiche and parody of videogames in general and text-based graphical adventures in particular, updates are structured as a hypothetical game's response to your typed commands, such as "Examine room.
" The art may not look like much up front, but it enables AH to maintain his multiple-updates-every-day pace for weeks at a time; it also lets him modulate the quality where appropriate for the storytelling. It's sort of a multimedia extravaganza: the story is told using static
and animated gifs
, narrative text
, dialogue presented as instant messaging chat transcripts
(click the Show Pesterlog
button to see the text), flash-based static animations
and/or sound effects
of console RPG
, interactive sound mixers
and animation compendia
, GameFAQs walkthroughs
, an enormous hyperlinked synopsis presented by the author himself
during a highly indulgent self-insertion into the story
, multiple webcomics within webcomics
, and in at least two cases, an entire miniature action
. [more inside]
, author of the graphic novel, Psychiatric Tales
), is at work on a new book about science.
Topics covered so far include: The Moon Landing Hoax
, and the MMR vaccine scare
From 1979 to the end of the '80s, Sam Hurt
produced a strange and wonderful little comic
. I'm very happy that the entire archives
are up, as well as later additions
. About the drab but sometimes very weird life of the eponymous character, the comic addressed a wide range of topics, including the decor of Chinese restaurants
, wearing the wrong clothes to work
, beach gidgets
, job security
, male answer syndrome
and time travel
. It managed to be pretty wise
while still being funny
. Just don't take it too literally
After a long and terrifying absence, the webcomic NOBODY SCORES!
Returns! Reacquaint yourself with BBolt's
style with home decor
, origin stories
, police states
, Kittn 2.0
, Scott McCloud
, Alternate Universes
, Government Slash Fic
, Time Travel
, Class Struggle
, True Love
, Social Media
, Augmented Reality
, Rule 34