My mistake, if I can call it that, was trust - to think a smile was a smile and not a show of teeth
. - - - All this week, tor.com is publishing The Situation
, a comic based on a story
by everyone's favorite Jeff VanderMeer, and illustrated by Eric Orchard
. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long
on Jan 25, 2012 -
On 11/11/11, Homestuck
entered Act 6
(of 7). This follows an explosive 13-minute finale to Act 5
, which brought down its host Newgrounds
on the day of its unveiling and was released with a fantastic companion soundtrack
. In the two and a half years since it was created, Homestuck has become a full-blown epic, approaching the length of War and Peace, but with hours of accompanying animation
, several interactive games
, a loop machine
, and a baffling 19 soundtrack albums, ranging from VG-inspired soundtrack
to jazzy mood music
to solo piano
to parody kids TV show soundtrack
. It also has an obsession with Nic Cage
and Betty Crocker
, and comes with a metawebcomic called Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff
which is in and of itself pure gold. Intimidated? You probably should be! But it's hilarious, epic, and surprisingly addictive, so if you've got nothing else on your plate, you can either start from the beginning
, or, if it seems too daunting, you can learn... [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Nov 17, 2011 -
, and 14
An incredibly dark, raw, self-aware, and often insightful look into the depressed mind of a cartoonist evaluating his life.
posted by spiderskull
on Oct 29, 2011 -
is an online graphic novel in 3 parts (with more potentially to come), each on a long-scrolling 'infinite canvas'. 1
. It has everything, Superheroes, Zombies, Pirates, Cowboys and Cooties. Cooties? Well, it is set in a playground full of 4th graders. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Oct 28, 2011 -
Tarol Hunt, author of webcomic Goblins
, was recently informed
that the house he and his family rent had been allowed to fall into foreclosure by its owners, forcing him to make a choice: raise thousands of dollars to buy the home, or be evicted. On July 10th, Thunt appealed
to his fans as a last resort: Raise $30,000
by August 20th, as part of his Tempts Fate
spin-off, and Tempts Fate will survive the most fiendish, dangerous adventure he's ever faced.
His fans raised the money in four days
posted by Silverdragonanon
on Jul 15, 2011 -
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]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jun 6, 2011 -
is a morbidly funny webcomic from Russo-Canadian digital artist Vitaly Alexius
). Set in the starkly diaphanous wreckage
of post-nuclear Manhattan, it follows an eccentric contingent of Soviet soldiers
as they poke through the detritus of the past and contend with the mutants, cultists, aliens, and other horrors that inhabit the ruins. The comic's striking art style
is the result of an arduous process, using "Photoshop, live actors, dead actors, sexy assistants, greenscreen, a camera, and a Wacom tablet"
to composite "6 years worth of textures: 1 terabyte of stock footage, shot in real abandoned, forgotten places of our world." This multimedia ambition has burgeoned into plans for a community-powered animated/live-action web series
). While waiting for that to come together, be sure to spend some time on Kimmo Lemetti's
excellent Gone With the Blastwave
), a very similar webcomic project with a more subdued palette that turned out nearly fifty pages of richly-illustrated post-apocalyptic humor before going on indefinite hiatus.
posted by Rhaomi
on Mar 3, 2011 -
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]
posted by kid ichorous
on Jan 14, 2011 -
(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]
posted by lyam
on Dec 16, 2010 -
! 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.
posted by Gator
on Oct 27, 2010 -
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.
posted by Gator
on Sep 18, 2010 -
Bringing It All Back Home.
The relatively long-running (since 2006
) webcomic Bellen!
will come to a close in early September as its author goes on
to other things
(pdf). In preparation for the end of the series, the creator is taking "a longer eye-opening look into the origin of Bellen!" which dispenses with the strips regular old timey-yellowing paper
style "because there are no more veneers in Bellen! it’s the pure unadulterated truth from here on out." An interesting look at the creative process in the digital age.
posted by ND¢
on Aug 13, 2010 -
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]
posted by jsnlxndrlv
on Aug 10, 2010 -
Susan Bell, mild-mannered secretary, thinks that pirates, space aliens, and lesbians are only found in pulp adventure novels. Until she is Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space!
And finds out that she's one of them!
You don't have to be a lesbian, a pirate or a space alien to read this web comic, but it helps.
posted by CrunchyFrog
on Jul 23, 2010 -