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January 2, 2017 3:53 PM   Subscribe

Kill Six Billion Demons is a Webcomic about the Multiverse. Start here. As you read, do not skip the long text posts that accompany each page, and be sure to peruse the comments for clues and other contributions from the fanatic community.
posted by Potomac Avenue (19 comments total) 47 users marked this as a favorite
The title hooked me from day one, and the dense detail of both the backstory and the artwork (if you're gonna make the demons look demonic, this is how) keeps me spending more time on each update than nearly all other webcomics in the fantasy or horror genres. And extra kudos for avoiding too much direct influence from Lovecraft or Tolkien or D&D (the most common trap of fantasy & horror comics, but entertaining when taking a satirical turn).
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:56 PM on January 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

A little Shin Megami Tensei, a little Pan's Labyrinth...

Sounds good to me!
posted by lumensimus at 5:42 PM on January 2, 2017

...and maybe some Moebius? Yum.
posted by lumensimus at 5:44 PM on January 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

I love this comic. Gorgeous art, super weird world, wonderful creature designs. I want to live in Throne.
posted by byanyothername at 5:53 PM on January 2, 2017

I was falling away from webcomics when a friend introduced me to this (same friend who showed me Subnormality), which reignited my interest in spending my breakfast hour clicking obsessively through gorgeous back archives. Great stuff.

What struck me again and again is how original the worldbuilding is. It's not just a knockoff of any particular real-world religious tradition, there's shit that reminded me of Manicheanism, Hinduism, Daoism, some Jewish and Christian stuff (although the angels could also be Zoroastrian for all I know), but all put together in a manner that makes its own specific kind of sense, not just a melange in the way that, say, The Sandman had, with the world's mythologies just all thrown together and co-existing.
posted by AdamCSnider at 6:23 PM on January 2, 2017 [2 favorites]

This is cool. The stone-headed guy with the black ball in the middle of this page looks super familiar to me but I can't place it. I thought maybe Wayne Barlowe's Inferno but I just looked through a bunch of scans from there and no dice. I see some Barlowe demon /alien influence in here anyway which is fine by me.
posted by SharkParty at 8:23 PM on January 2, 2017

Hooooly shit I am in love.
posted by Standard Orange at 9:12 PM on January 2, 2017

It's a great webcomic, and it consistently maintains a twice weekly update schedule.

And KSBD and Metafilter are likely two exceptions to the rule that comment sections need to be purged with cleansing electrons.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 10:09 PM on January 2, 2017

(if you're gonna make the demons look demonic, this is how)

Yeah, I'm seeing a lot of Wayne Barlowe in the mix, and you can do a lot worse than lifting from the best...
posted by FatherDagon at 11:46 PM on January 2, 2017

The artwork reminds me of the dense, durreal, and colorful artwork of the heyday of Heavy Metal....without the massive sexism of those male chauvinistic artists. It truy is gorgeous.
posted by happyroach at 9:45 AM on January 3, 2017 [3 favorites]

His work reminds me a lot of James Stokoe; Stokoe's stuff is generally more detailed, but he also doesn't update as regularly, and I'm never sure if he's going to finish Orc Stain in between his Godzilla stuff and other work-for-hire.
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:54 AM on January 3, 2017 [2 favorites]

omg I'm like way into chapter 5 and I just realized every page has alt-text...!
posted by numaner at 11:10 AM on January 3, 2017 [2 favorites]

Man, I forget why I stopped reading this but was recently wondering about it - thanks for this, the exact reminder and motivator I needed!
posted by destructive cactus at 11:20 AM on January 3, 2017

(FYI the notable alt-texts don't start until chapter 2, page 29.5)
posted by numaner at 11:46 AM on January 3, 2017

I hope I don't live to regret this.
posted by 82whitechainborninemptinessreturnstosubdueevil at 5:12 PM on January 3, 2017 [1 favorite]

No seriously I've been binging this every free moment for days. This is outstanding.

Also I appreciate the slight mystery of the author, because they clearly have a rich background in the relevant mythology while also being completely unhindered by it, the cultural literacy and playfulness are so delightful.
posted by abulafa at 5:50 AM on January 4, 2017

James Stokoe

Thank you for this. I think I'm in love.

I love Barlowe, too! I can definitely seen an influence there, now that I'm looking. Even in terms of worldbuilding, Barlowe's Hell is...strange in a way that feels a mite similar.
posted by byanyothername at 10:49 AM on January 4, 2017

There's quite a bit of Michael Kirkbride's gonzo syncretism in the worldbuilding. "Reach Heaven through violence" is a direct quote from the 36 Lessons of Vivec.
posted by Iridic at 2:41 PM on January 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

I hope I don't live to regret this.

I wonder if Princess Mamoru Moonshine Jagermeister Jack Jack Daniels Timothy Tim Bill Freddy Mercury Blueberry Luna, Esquire is still available...
posted by eykal at 3:56 PM on January 4, 2017 [2 favorites]

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