Grimm, Indiana is a small town of 5,000 people with a big city amount of activity in the prostitution, drugs, and murder area. It's also full of names that might sound kind of familiar: Snow Whitney, Missy Muffet, Johnny Wolfe, Poseidon… If you like the modern fairy-tales aspect of Fables and the disturbing themes of Preacher, this comic might be right up your dark and dangerous alley. Definitely M-rated!
Holsley Benings is a cad and a rogue. He's also a pretty talented bard.
Being caught in flagrante with the daughter of the captain of the guards BY the captain of the guards was a bad move and the start of an adventure. Now Holsley and a couple of fellow adventurers are on a mission to save the kingdom!
By Karl Smith and Andres Bolo, by The Bard is a black and white line art fantasy story in comic strip format. It's very much a comedy! The characters and humour may seem familiar at times but stick with it and see where it goes, this is a good looking little piece of work!
Also at bythebard.com
theorah (creator of London Underground and Illusional Beauty) brings us another stellar comic with Strangers and Friends. It begins with a lovely storybook chapter about King Vikram and his attempt to catch the tale-weaving demon Vetala. Subsequent chapter breaks also feature some old tales, however the core story is about a young man and his grandfather, who have moved to a small town in England to open a resaurant, kind of. theorah's charming, cheerful art style fits right in with this small-town tale, and there's more to the story than meets the eye. A bit of social commentary, a bit of intrigue, all excellent!
Distance and Time is a surreal tale of an unhappy man on a journey…
Where is he going? Why is that old woman so ANGRY? Who is the sad shadow giant? Is the man in the cage really just another version of the man carrying him? And why can't they eat any of those yummy apple pies????
All these questions and more present themselves when reading this slightly comical, very surreal, symbolic graphic novel. It's a very interesting, dream-like progress, following the man on his journey!
The art is dark and simplified, very characteristic of Vega's evolving style, with a touch of scritchy grit to add the the surreal atmosphere.
Rated T, comic by VegaX
Shanku has left her home behind to explore the wide world around her. Out of her small forest home she finds more of her own kind and new friends. Love, loss, and adventure await her as she discovers the secrets her clan struggled to hide. But at what cost?
Just Another Day is basically a simple fantasy comic. The story mostly revolves around Shanku, a young cub with the wanderlust “disease” who was curious about her world. Her clan did not approve of this, deemed her as a threat because of her condition, and placed her in exile for ten years in hopes that she would find a cure for herself by whatever means. The story begins at the start of her exile.
By AshenSkye, Just Another Day features beautiful, soft pencilled artwork of exceptional quality! Rated E
Jamie is a pretty normal teenager, except he has an elemental power to control ice, which he's kind of afraid of, and definitly doesn't want anyone to know about. He meets another boy who can control the dark, who wants to help him, and another who controls light… but who is really looking out for him? Jamie gains confidence with his realized abilities, but has a dangerous lack of knowledge and direction which will probably just lead to trouble. A manga-styled teen drama by Kelinor!
In this re-imagining of a golden-age comic character, BSP_Curt has made a grim and violent tale. A guy who seems like an unlikely hero has a personal vendetta against some underworld crimelords- the people responsible for the death of the woman he loved. The “Curse” is the attention of the Black Terror, who sets out to make a mess of their operations and turn them on each other in an attempt to destroy them. Unsavory characters and dark artwork abound in this comic, where the protagonist is frightening and murderous and the villains seem not so bad in comparison.
Well, the new site is here and if you miss the Duck and Quail, maybe you should check this comic out! This was a community comic started back in the day which got “lost” during one of the site rebuilds. VegaX has brought it back in all its silliness and bad-joke glory. The beer-gutted Duck and his chubby sidekick Quail have represented the site for a long time (and hopefully still will)… meanwhile you can help further their adventures by contributing a comic yourself!
Lite Bites is a large (but low key) community project that offers buffet-style participation: from art or writing on short stories, comic reviewer or reviewee, showcases, challenges and character reimaginings! This is a great place for experimentation and casual participation. There's a little something for everybody! There are many contributions already, most from high-profile DD members. Artists are always in need, but Genejoke tries to guarantee that everything someone submits will get used in some way. My favorite stories so far… The Girl Who Wanted More From Kashmir, Mickey House MD and the After series? (It's really hard to choose!)
Enel is a young orphan with bad luck. He's favored by the guy who saved their country and could have been king, but that just means no one wants him. A valuable book is destroyed under his care by a mysterious boy who seems fated to cause him further trouble. What will become of Enel, who are all these mysterious people, and why can't I draw this well? A lovely full-color fantasty comic by Lostie815, it has a painted feel and uses lots of pastel colors and light. This comic has quickly evolved into a very sharp piece of work! Don't miss it!
Young Lily LaCroix has a lot to live up to… her mother and idol was amazingly beautiful, a singer with a divine voice, a perfect performer and dancer, and an assassin. Leaving France, her homeland, Lilly finds her way down-under to a far red and dusty land. On the eve of war, tensions are high, the city is dangerous and hard. Lilly becomes a cabaret and burlesque performer to get by, but bigger things are to come… DANGERMOTH is sexy heroine, who with her partner Captain Dashing, work to keep the streets safe. Soon their paths will cross and interesting things will happen!
Colourful, sexy art, and dramatic, flowing writing!
by Baby Doll Daily, aka Noele D Reves Rated M.
-this one hasn't updated much but I waited years to feature it so here it is!
Salvage can be profitable… and dangerous. A salvage crew picks up a valuable ship, a derelict space vessel named The Crimson Blaze, on their systems. They suit up and prepare to retreive it from smack in the middle of an ionic hot zone. No one else will risk it- are they desperate or does the salvage crew captain know something about that vessel that others don't? Probably the latter… after all, he's operating under a false identity and appears to be very disliked by the Chinese government. A cool sci-fi story just getting started! I like the fact-filled author comments too!
This story begins with a BANG! Following a massive explosion Evan the Yeti and Coal the snowman fall out of the sky accompanied by a giant blue whale… and then we backtrack to the events that lead up to this great catastrophe. Evans parents have been captured by unknown persons and its up to him and Coal (a savage snowman), to try and get them back, despite Crazy Walrus gangs, extraterrestrial dinosaurs, mugging penguins and more!
With pretty, coloured, stylised art, this is a non-stop hilarious action adventure comic by mat_draws_evan, rated E!
In a world called Terra, a celestial forest is the origin of creation, and also acts as its guardian against the terrible force of Mother- a manipulative force of terror and pain which seeks to hurt Terra. The forest creates its own protective force, in the form of a young girl. This dirt-eating girl is fresh from the… tree goo, and needs a young boy named Mars to help get her sorted out before she can do whatever it is she's supposed to. The story is mysterious and the art is bizarre, spooky, brilliant and beautiful. A warped, dark, funny fantasy with some Miyazaki touches, this is one not to miss.
Young Ten has a difficult road ahead of him, he wants to be a space pilot but there's a lot of challenges he'll have to face. Meet his friends and get involved in his life in this wonderfully compelling, interesting, sometimes pretty funny, surprising and always entertaining SciFi story comic by avsaroke, rated M!
Some of the stars of DD's favorite superhero comics have teamed up maintain law and order on a global scale… and you'd better believe they've got their work cut out for them, as some of the villains from other comics have made it over, too! This community crossover comic project (a successor to Heroes United) taps into the amazing talent of various DD creators, with all kinds of artists contributing pages according to the scripts. Comet Kid, Shell, Azumorph, Bombshell, Relik, Vora, and Titan form the initial core hero group, but the cast changes a bit in each story. There's too many cameos, nods and easter eggs to count. Heroically managed by Abt Nihil,Sebastian_Sandberg and fukujinzuke
A dead man wakes up in a cemetery and is immediately beset by a mysterious woman claiming to be his wife, and a shirtless guy with lighting powers (who doesn't seem to like his so-called wife). The dead guy's got a lot of questions and not many answers- readers are probably feeling the same! Lovely pastel paper-cutout art, spacious vertical format, and a leisurely-paced, mystery-laced story.
I love the Dark is a bit of a magical reality slice of life comic. The key characters are Noir- a serious, hard working young woman with dark tastes and the authors alter ego, and Kyll- a rather dangerous looking plush bunny rabbit who is Niors companion and observer. Various instances, inspired by real events and entirely imagined are depicted in all their humorous and quirky splendor.
This is an entertaining and interesting black and white humour strip! In Vertical format!. By AeJaLove rated E
Super-powered humans battle each other as heroes and villains, and a man's family ends up as collateral damage. His response is to spend years building a robot family, and eventually a highly powerful supersuit which allows him to tangle with the supers. Healthy! His goal is to protect innocents, to save them from his family's fate- but his scope widens eventually. A great mix of action and drama! And a rare “caught this one almost too late to feature” - but over 200 pages to read anyway!
Magical girl (or woman rather) Brilliant Bella is a superhero hailing from the magical realm of Avalon. She comes to earth to battle vicious monsters and impress the rest of us with her tight suited sexy bod!
The stories are pleasantly humorous and cool and the art is amazingly beautiful- very art nouveau inspired, with lots of intricate detail, sexy figures and cleverly applied colour. co-created by Thomas Morrison and Tiina Birgitta Räisänen. Rated E.
A small band of superheros must defend their world from all that evil can throw at it! using a combination of their unique abilities they work together to face adversaries and triumph over incredible odds to protect the world that they love. This is a massive +300 page comic that follows the lives and actions of Superheros such as the pint sized Crunch Crackerton and the furious and rotund Mama Pain. The art is black and white and the genre is silver-age superhero!
An adventure story comic by hyperactive comics, rated E
This comic is brought to us by the creator of the long-running (and much liked) journal comic Allan! Very polished (but nicely simple) art, and nice, funny stories about likable characters. Almost like vignettes of significant moments in those people's lives. Somehow a story of a webcam girl turns into one of long lost friends, and skinny-dipping turns sweet. Definitely rated M though- these comics have a good bit of mature (sex!) humor, and there's cartoonish body parts here and there. But that's more an enticement than a warning, right?
Sage Connelly is an average college student, she works as a waitress, does her best to study, tries to match times with her BF so they can go out to the movies… And find time to buy more milk because her crazy roommate who constantly changes her name is also constantly finishing it and not buying more. She also sees death personified.
This is a full colour story comic, and pretty funny at times to boot. by CelestialTeez, rated T+
On a rainy evening, a wounded boy collapses onto the street. A doctor takes the boy home and treats him with the help of his teenage daughter. Turns out the boy can't remember anything (even whether he likes cheeseburgers), and the kindly pair invite the boy to stay with them, until… until. But there's more going on here than amnesiac hijinks- a mystery is hinted at in the first few pages. What is really going on?
Alex and Layla are Real Girls, or perhaps not. Read and find out!
Well, Kayla at least, is an android, with a very mysterious past, not much of which she can recall on account of taking a bullet to the head. But she seems OK for all that. Alex is a kind hearted person who takes her in. They're certainly two of a kind!
Real Girls is a full colour, light hearted story comic. By happyfaceanon, rated E.