Organized by Niccea, with gratefully-received help from a whole slew of community members, it's the Drunk Duck Awards 2012! This annual event is run, voted on, and presented by and for the members of the best comic hosting site out there! Every year the awards celebrates the best DD's got- both comics and users- and gives readers an A-list of titles to check out. This year's awards “ceremony” starts today- so it's time to check in frequently, congratulate the winners (maybe yourself?), and check out some great community-chosen comics!
With Dog The Spot you get TWO comics for the price of one! Dog the spot features dog, who is a… spot. A spot of what, no one knows. He has many interesting and entertaining philosophical ponderings about the world, as much as a splodgey spot can have anyway.
Just A Stage is the second part of the webcomic mix here, it's about the life behind the scenes of an amateur theatre company, in a three panel gag format. There's also a Germanic Einstein-Freud type character who pops up occasionally to tell us about his amazing new discoveries.
Dog The Spot is a gag stri with often subtle humour, it's very stylised and cartoony, drawn with inks and coloured digitally.
By Horque, rated E
Whensdays is a sweetly goofy weekly comic strip starring a wide cast of lovable characters. It's reminiscent of the earlier days of animated cartoons, pun-heavy jokes with caricatured animals. Weekly comic sheets detail the ongoing adventures of Edwin Aardvark and his friend Hugh, Frogman vs. The Beetle, a mouse in a bad living situation, ongoing comic strip auditions, and Margin of Error- a grab bag of one-panel funnies!
In Kawaii Daigakusei we have a young woman growing up and finding her place in the world. Learning how to have relationships, learning about the world of art, and indulging in her passion for video games and fast cars.
Kawaii Daigakusei is a big, comic. It's over 400 pages and it's been going on for a few years now. A lot has changed over that time. The story, writing style, and the art has evolved quite a lot over that time. It's really interesting to see that progression. So if you've got time to spare and want to dive into a big, long story, try out Kawaii Daigakusei!
The art is sometimes colour, sometimes black and white, sometimes grey scale, done in traditional media like pen and ink, and watercolours, then later on fully digital. It's a story comic, sometimes romantic, and only gets better as it goes along.
By kawaiidaigakusei, rated M
The Kingdom of Valheigh is in a tenuous position. The crown prince and his dedicated friend have been away from the land for nine years, to train and to avoid the dangerous political situation. They're now returning, but Rune isn't sure that he wants the throne. It won't be easy to take- its current caretakers have a stake, too. His heart is back with the bandit leader who spurned him. A civil war is certain to occur, and there's mention of the Jinn trapped behind a magical wall which can't be coincidence! Oh, and wizardry has returned, which signals the end of the world, and then Rune gets cursed… Unique-looking CG art and a fantasy yarn straight out of the books!
We start of at AJ and Louis's detective agency in a really interesting and funny detective story comic with supernatural undertones… Halfway through AJ and his fantastic afro leaves, the big, bold, bald Ray shows up as his replacement, the story becomes a comic strip and the undertones become overtones! Ray and Louis, together with Dot their feisty receptionist handle all sorts of strange mythical and mysterious cases in their own humorous way!
Blast is now a three panel comedy comic strip in full colour, drawn and inked traditionally, and finished up in full digital colour.
By Andre61, rated E.
Most people love fairy tales, and Hans Christian Andersen wrote many of the best-known stories… including The Snow Queen! It's a tale of good and evil, innocence and growing up, and a little girl who will do anything to save her friend. Kay has been led astray by a speck of the devil's mirror in his eye, and is taken away by the Snow Queen to live forever in her castle. The town thinks he is dead, but Gerda believes otherwise and goes on an adventure to bring him back, getting help from flowers, animals, and princesses. Charming and colorful art suits this deceptively complex tale. I particularly like the spooky Snow Queen herself!
Annie Chang is a pretty good engineer, with just a hint of special powers… She can build up quite a strong electrical charge in her body. Well the world needs its superheros, as many as it can get, even ones with very little power or ability, so with people like Annie they make do. Watch as Annie and her partner Tabitha are trained up, their powers enhanced and they become Pulse and Bolt, sexy armoured superwomen!
This is a really interesting, well written story comic about superheroes being made. There's a lot of character development here and some breast development too… The art is very original and heavily stylised, all digital. The first 70 or so pages are greyscale then it switches over to colour.
By Lightfoot, rated T.
Misfits of Fandom is a comic about loving too much. Well, loving more than hating. Or maybe loving and hating in approximately equal amounts. It's also about being a preteen, which is kind of the same thing. “Fandom” is the operative word really- like a gamer comic, but its jokes refer to modern entertainment generally more than just games. From red-ringed XBoxes to Wonder Woman's costume to DnD to lots of movies, these cynical kids just can't let a thing go by without comment. And of course there's the interruptions of school, girls and embarassing dads. A comic that will make an entertainment-loving person smile, especially if they love to hate it.
Murts is about the mysterious world of dreams, not dreams themselves but the place dreams are made out of and what goes on underneath, around and outside of the dreaming mind- the hidden dangers lurking, waiting… Sleepers are vulnerable to nightmares who want to ensnare them, this is the story of would-be protectors and their struggle.
The art here is bold, colourful and fully digital, with a nice cell-shaded look. There's anime influence and a very strong Salvador Daliesque style. The writing often verges into the surreal with the sudden jumps into the strange dream plain. Murts is an adventure mystery story comic!
By autumnsacura, rated T.
Guntur is a struggling student. His family doesn't have much money, so he works to help support them- so much so that he's been held back several grades and is at risk of being expelled. His classmate Cici is asked to help tutor him before things get worse- but she's pretty strict. Gunter's a kindhearted guy, perhaps not the smartest, and this all gets pretty difficult for him. This is a lovely professional manga of the ‘school drama’ type, with a feel-good story and some real heart!
Detective superhero vigilante murder mystery! The Dove is the name of the costumed force for good here… but very early on she finds herself on the wrong side of the law. The mystery here is: why? This story is slow to develop and extremely good looking, like the hero herself. The cover is nicely full colour, the rest is black and white, in an older classical manga type style handled with extreme professionalism, superb artistic skill, and excellent graphic design sensibilities!
The Dove is an action drama story comic by noncannonfireworks, rated T. Fave it and follow it!
A young man named Wraith is travelling east in a snowstorm. He's poorly equipped for the weather, he's lost his map, he hasn't slept in days, and his appearance is a little… unusual. He gets some unwanted advice and slurs in a roadside in, but learns of a job opportunity which might work out. He's kind of a chartered freelance mercenary, and although he seems a little young for the job, obviously there's more to him than most people suspect. A manga-style fantasy comic with demons, ruffians, coffee and adventure!
Popculture parody and some just amazingly funny jokes in this three panel gag comic! Ellis, Eddrick and Tony are the prime recurring characters here. They're three dudes creating and starring in their own comic series, becoming involved in hilarious situations and having funny conversations.
The Dose is a full digital colour gag comic, with bright, bold, nicely professional looking artwork.
by esquaredcomics, rated M
This is a story about a woman and two men - Colleen, Matt, and Jake. When they were young they learned they were a little bit special. They could talk to each other in their heads, and some other things. It was a fun game, but they grew up. Colleen has a house and family now and uses her power to make stories. Matt is a teacher and uses his to keep unruly kids in line. And Jake never quite grew up, and we don't know what he does. But we do know that one day he calls Matt and acts very strange. Matt is worried and wants to help him, but Colleen doesn't. Why do these people have powers? What is going on with Jake? An understated superhero type of story with appealing black and white art!
Weedaholic Beverages is a silly slice of life style gag comic about the ridiculous drug fuelled musings of four friends, along with the etiquette of correct behaviour while under the influence, and various misadventures satiating the munches and dealing with fire! On your face.
The art is stylised, full colour digital work, and really quite pretty looking. The text is all hand drawn rather than typed, which give it a very individual look, but it can be hard to read occasionally.
And don't worry about the use of illegal substance, this is all just creative fiction and comedy afteral ;)
Weedaholic Beverages by iamthebrown, rated T.
In this fantasy comic, a green-haired fighter receives visions, one of which leads him to a nightime confrontation on a deserted road, which he loses badly. He's saved by his family, but it's too late to save the people in the house down the road, which his adversary has killed. His companions aren't impressed with his misguided attempt at talking it out with the murderer. The next day the village has a meeting to try and figure out what to do- although this is a peaceful realm, this kind of thing has happened before, and it wasn't good. A lovely comic!
Karen Banks is an average young lady, on a road trip with her friends. At a rest stop, Karen stumbles across some funny stones and before she knows it, she's waking up on the ground with a fiery portal towering into the sky. Also, her friends are missing. She's approached by a guy in a blue robe, who turns out to be a dillweed, and apparently also at the bottom of his class at Guardians school. He explains that the portal is a somewhat hellish connection to other Earths and that her friends are goners. After demonstrating her fighting spirit, Karen is (reluctantly) allowed to go after them. Of course the first few pages of the comic reveal that Karen is currently a hellish destructor of dimensions under the sway of an evil spirit- my money's on the mysterious weapon Guardian Jerkface handed off to her.
Ming the Merciless as a stroppy, lazy, selfish, fun-loving kid? The King from the Wizard of Id in space? Hmmm, those descriptions sooort of come close. Max Zing is Emperor of Io, a moon of Jupiter, he has many fantastic and interesting sidekicks and retainers, among them the Neopolitinites, strange tentacled, globular icecream people… Max Zing finds his job as an evil galactic space emperor quite onerous and complicated at times but there are always fringe benefits when you're a ruthless extra-planetary overlord!
Max Zing is a three panel, all colour comedic gag comic. The art is lovely, digital, and very atractive. And the comedy is safe for all the family!
Rated E, by JamesTurner
In this dramatic manga war story, an empire has invaded Petrovia and overrun its capital city. The militia has left behind pockets of soldiers to harrass the imperial troops, including a stalwart handful occupying a strategically important radio tower. The empire wants that tower and decides to bring in a specialist… This parallel-universe comic will perhaps remind you of the Battle of Stalingrad. Great-looking art drawn in the rugged 80s manga style!
CrayonS is a journal comic. It's a humorous account of the day-to-day funny happenings that occur in young Paola's life. Poor Paola has a funny family, silly boyfriend, and many things to occupy her time from study to computer games, to artwork just like any American teen girl, but lucky for us she has a cool sense of humour and a bucket load of talent! CrayonS is a gorgeous chibi feast of gentle journal funny! Drawn in a number of different media, it always looks good. Enjoy!
By Uber Art Fanatic, rated T
Hack Girl is pretty much exactly what her name says- she's a young lady who pokes around in computers for what's interesting and worthy. Of course, she lives in Murderville, a town with an unfortunate proclivity for violence and abnormality- so the next step in her activity is to ‘mediate’ any online activity she disapproves of in personally threatening and violent ways. She wields a keyboard and a baseball bat equally zealously. Sure she's defending the little guys, but she's still kinda scary. A great-looking and lively comic which looks like a lot of fun!
Young Koku finds a mysterious little ring while walking on the beach, pretty soon strange things start happening to her… she's developing strange new powers. But other forces are aware of these changes too; dark, evil, malevolent forces!
There's drama here, action, magic, girls, cats even! This is a superhero/magical girl action manga style comic with a great big long story of many pages for you to enjoy and read through. The art is black and white initially, drawn and inked and then later on changes to full colour digital art, always staying in a very classical manga style
By Kokuchan, rated T.
Meg and Zac are in a spot of bother, those pesky zombies just WON'T leave them ALONE! V I R U S is a classic story of zombie post apocalypse survival. The survivors are kids, they're young, they're funky, they're funny, they have cool weapons and lots of zombies to use them on. And those zombies just won't stop coming…
This is a manga styled action adventure style comic with a good story and really cool art. All in full colour, very big bold pages!
by SillyHippo11 rated M
This classically-styled manga is about the last man from a team of the original scientists working on a destructive energy weapon meant to protect a nation. However he's more than a little uneasy with his work - not just the animal tests, but also the nature of the machine they've made and its ramifications for society. He confronts the project's lead, a dangerous man, and…. I can't tell you more because the comic is just starting! The lovely art is rough-textured and moody and definitely calls back to manga from many years ago.