, 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]
The 2014 Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses, or BAHFest
, is a month away. If you're not sure what is in store, you can watch the entire festival
(1 hr 32 min), or jump to the winning presentation: Tomer Ullman: The Crying Game
), or why babies are so annoying and the competitive advantage crying babies likely gave to warriors from times past. "I don't want to get too much into the technical details, so let's not." [more inside]
"Stand Still, Stay Silent"
is the follow-up to Minna Sundberg's successful webcomic "A Redtail's Dream" (previously)
, but instead of a 550 page Finnish fantasy tale, it's a post-apocalyptic but still very Scandinavian story intended to run for years. After 10 months of almost-every-weekday pages, she has taken a short break for the end of 'Book One' and it's a good time to catch up. (SPOILERS INSIDE, but reading from the beginning is still strongly recommended) [more inside]
160 pages into his webcomic "Demon",
Jason Shiga (previously on MetaFilter*)
declares its intent - to "subvert the superhero genre", with a protagonist who is apparently quite immortal... which he doesn't realize until after a few suicide attempts (trigger warning: repetitive suicide including one later on that's rather obscene)
. But it's really much more complicated than that. And "superhero"? More like "supervillain". Just don't expect crazy costumes and other such tropes, we are doing some serious subverting. The story starts here.
(Updated every weekday) [more inside]
Sixteen-year-old Agnes Quill has inherited an ancient family curse, brought about by the loss of her parents. Several of our key scholars have accounted for and confirmed that she has the ability to see and communicate with spirits trapped between worlds. In several confidential journal entries, Agnes describes the events of her parents’ funeral, where the ghost of her Grandfather, Ages Quill, visited her. It was then that he explained the nature of specters and how he used his connections with them to great advantage throughout his career. Ms. Quill's stories
are written by Astronaut Academy
creator Dave Roman
, and illustrated by a growing collection of artists
. (via io9
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'
A Ghost Story is a web comic that follows two unlicensed and semi-illegal "paranormal exterminators"
who work as ghost busters for hire in a world where ghosts are so common they are widely regarded as household pests. Using unconventional methods and their connections to various shady dealers of occult items, the duo meet new "friends", ruin everything for everyone and are usually the driving force behind city wide panic.
If you enjoy skeletons and terrible puns, this comic will meet your needs for today.
(SLTumblr, via Reddit
A REDTAIL'S DREAM
Two years ago, Minna Sundberg was an art student who aspired to write and draw graphic novels so she decided to create a 'practice comic' while still in school. It was a fantasy adventure based upon Finnish mythology - not like Norse Gods, the omnipotent entities here were spirit animals, including an irresponsible young fox spirit who messed up the Northern Lights (also known as 'Fox Fire') and pulled the population of a rural village into a Limbo-like 'dream bubble' between Life and the Afterlife. [more inside]
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]
It's debatable whether the troubled World War Z
signals the end of the ongoing zombie craze, but the film that started it all is much more clear: Danny Boyle's
bleak, artful cult horror-drama 28 Days Later
, which saw its US premiere ten years ago this weekend.
From its iconic opening shots of an eerily abandoned London
(set to Godspeed You! Black Emperor's
brooding post-rock epic "East Hastings"
) to the frenzied chaos of its climax
, Boyle's film -- a dark yet humanist tale
of a world eviscerated by a frighteningly contagious epidemic of murderous rage -- reinvented and reinvigorated the genre that Romero built (though many insist its rabid, sprinting berserkers don't really count
And while sequel 28 Weeks Later
with its heavyhanded Iraq War allusions
failed to live up to the original (despite boasting one of the most viscerally terrifying opening sequences
in modern horror), and 28 Months
looks increasingly unlikely
, there remains a small universe of side content from the film, including music, short films, comics, and inspired-by games. [more inside]
is a webcomic in which the gods of Greek mythology compete
to replace Zeus as the ruler of Olympus. Each deity is rebooted into the modern world and bound to a mortal companion, and together they must try to defeat the other teams. The winner immortal gets Zeus's Thunderbolt, while the winner mortal gets anything they desire. [Via]
is a reality web show from PATV that's now 30 episodes deep. The twelve indie webcomic artists
who arrived at the Strip Search house in February have now been whittled down to three. The final three artists
(spoilers) were sent home for two months to each create six strips of a brand new comic, on which they would then be judged. The final episode (Finale, Part 2) goes live tonight at 7:30 PM PST. Better hurry if you're going to catch up. [more inside]
Patrick Farley of Electric Sheep Comix
) has a new series featuring a young Steve Wozniak and a young Steve Jobs: Steve & Steve
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
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards
, are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books since 1988. The digital comic category was added in 2005. Some say the category could be expanded
, given the abundance of digital creations. Regardless, there are 42 different titles nominated in the past 8 years. The 2013 nominations have been made
: Ant Comic
, by Michael DeForge (previously
) | Bandette
, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover | It Will All Hurt
, by Farel Dalrymple (previously
) | Our Bloodstained Roof
, by Ryan Andrews (previously
) | Oyster War
, by Ben Towle. Nominations and winners from prior years inside. [more inside]
Inspired by Anita Sarkeesian’s Video Game Tropes vs Women
, internet cartoonist Aaron Diaz
of Dresden Codak (Previously)
wanted to pitch a Zelda game where Zelda herself was the hero, rescuing a Prince Link. The Legend of Zelda: Clockwork Empire
is that pitch. [more inside]
A brilliant comic about choices and regret. And time travel, and love, and sushi: Paola-4
) [more inside]
The legendarily shitty webcomic Sweet Bro and
Helpful Hella Jeff
is now available as a LAVISHLY HEDONISTIC HARDCOVER BOOK
that comes with insiteful author notes
, fake Subway coubons
, and both a 3-foot ribbone bookmark
and a lenticular bookmark
. The press release
goes into more detail about the book's horrendously shitty excesses, including the four separate webcomic legends who were involved in its makings. And there's a preview trailer
which is probably unnecessary but still worth it.
is the shape-shifting, hell-raising sidekick to Ballister Blackheart, the biggest name in supervilliany. [more inside]
- webcomic from MetaFilter's own cortex
No more CTRL+ALT+DEL+
. Tim Buckley is rebooting his Web-Comic. Interesting explanation of why in his blog post
(scroll down to the Post titles Endings.
, 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]
(to page 1) is a webcomic by Cameron Stewart.
Mentioned and recommended previously on Metafilter a few times in the comments, it is now being updated regularly after a long hiatus, which makes right now a promising time to start following the story. It is a mystery thriller and it contains occasional depictions of violence, so it is not suitable for all audiences. [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."
Yaoi, man-on-man relationship comics aimed at female readers and typically produced by female authors. And now the phenomenon is moving West.
from Comics Alliance discusses three webcomics that have gained considerable popularity despite what some would call their niche appeal. [more inside]
Fourteen Ways To Spot A Bad Critic
: Tarol Hunt, illustrator of the webcomic Goblins: Life Through Their Eyes
], weighs in on hate mail sent by his readers.
- the tale of Boyd Linney, a ten-year-old bounty hunter determined to round up his outlaw family. Or as Chris Sims
puts it: "True Grit: The Animated Series".
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.