Our Thursday feature is Little Red Robo. It's an imaginative, robotic retelling of the Grimm Fairy tales. This comic is early in it's life, so there are some big questions that I can't wait to be answered, such as “What does this company do?” “Why is everyone so afraid of a cute robot girl?” “How will our other favorites from the fairy tales show up?”
It's set in a world where robots walk alongside humans and animals. Fights out of the ordinary are an everyday feat for Little Red.
The art is stylised and ironically naive, all in heavy black and white with some detailed and atmospheric cross hatching. The thumbnail shows off the clever use of perspective featured in some of the art.
By CharlesC, rated E
How to describe El Comikaze? I'm not really sure! You don't see many comics like this one around. It's a strange, colorful “freeform” comic, almost a stream-of-consciousness thing. Ostensibly it depicts a dream, which accounts for much of the weirdness and metamorphoses. It's not quite nonsensical, there's some narrative there, but it can get a bit hard to track amongst all the dreaminess. The art is rough and grungy and experimental here and there, very interesting visually. I admit I don't really know what's going on here- but I like it and I think it's definitely worth a look!
Crown Prince Nathaniel and his favourite squire Erin have a lot of good times back at the castle. Erin's older sister Val is a cheeky witch who has a lot of surprises up her voluminous sleeves and Nathaniel's younger brother Michael is always out to kill him… siblings can be SUCH a pain!
Medieval Mayhem is a full colour humour comic strip with neat, slick artwork, slightly chibi characters and it really is quite funny! This is all solidly “E” rated humour too and yet it still manages to be truly entertaining. I advise you to check this one out ASAP for an enjoyable light read (only 34 pages or so, easy to get though), and hopefully have it as something you check out regularly!
Medieval Mayhem is written by NovaDragon and her brother Retlock, sketched by Moon, then coloured and inked by NovaDragon.
Doctor Death is an interesting nickname, but a suitable one- this particular practitioner has the ability to supernaturally sense the pleasure and pain of those around him. Cancers, diseases, and more… he doesn't seem particularly happy about it, perhaps because it's mixed him up in a seedy underworld of gruesome murder, voodoo zombies, vampire organizations, and slightly skeezy acquaintances. There's a bit of a John Constantine flavor there. This comic is marvellously illustrated with heavily detailed inkwork, reminiscent of noir-inspired indie comics. (In fact I'd say that's just what it is!)
Wendy, the daughter of a frontier town saloon owner, is convinced that thaumaturgy is probably the coolest thing ever. She's got a thaumaturgy card, and she's determined to save up and buy a manual so she can teach herself. Sent on an errand (to get her out of the way), she meets a tall, brooding stranger… who quickly makes a fool of himself by unwisely eating some very spicy food. During his humiliation, Wendy spies the thaumaturgy cards he's carrying, and becomes determined to tag along and learn a bit. A very stylish manga-influenced comic, by Elagune!
Shog is a small business owner, of a diner, in space. He works there with his one employee Delbort. They work, day in, day out, flipping burgers, endlessly into infinity… Customer service is the same all over the universe, Shog and Delbort deal with all sorts of silly aliens, even ones that can't understand why a coffee-burger TASTES like coffee! This is a SciFi themed humour comic strip and it's pretty funny. Very newspaper styled, all in solid black and white, usually drawn in a 4 panel vertical column. A well done comic with a respectable archive of 47 or so pages. Art and writing by Jazzy, aka John McDowell. By Rated E.
Bombshell has it all- Looks, brains, a prestigious job, a strong moral code and will to do good… and a strapless leotard that stays up! By Abt_Nihil, creator of many other featured comics, Bombshell is a visually lush vigilante comic centred on Aria Conti, a UN advisor by day and a foiler of global degeneracy by night. She's not interested in admirers or the small fish. The guys she really wants to get are the ones who she can scare (into using their ill-gotten gains for good), trick (their stooges into stopping the plot), and manipulate (into helping her take their peers down). She's not a woman to mess with! And especially don't mention the photos of her backside…
Glass Hearts is a true soap opera comic of huge scope. The author, Star_samurai, describes the genre and theme more knowledgeably than I possibly could:
“Shounen-ai & soft yaoi / angst / romance / comedy/humor After two years, a 16-year-old Charlie McDermott returns to his hometown and to his previous friends. Many things have changed, some things haven't. Old wounds will resurface, and new wounds will possibly appear as well. This isn't just a love story. This is a struggle to survive. A struggle to find an identity.”
This is a massive story, and as a bonus you have TWO versions of it to read- the original version and the new improved one, for much nicer art and much tighter writing. Glass Hearts is not to my personal taste, it has effeminate boys and a lot of relationship heavy, unrequited guy romances. BUT this is a very worthy piece of work and if we only featured stuff that was to our taste then a lot of great projects would miss out. So if you fancy getting a fix of some very manga style relationship romance with gay themes, this would be the work to check out!
By Star_samurai, rated M.
Latchkey is a humor strip largely about four “eccentric and vaguely defective” schoolkids and friends- Maud, Pixie, Roger and Neelam. They're good kids, really- no chavs or yobs here. But, being unsupervised youths they do get up to a little bit of mischief. Roger and Neelam are veteran timewasters, and headstrong Maud seems to steamroll the more timid Pixie a bit. Schoolyard comedy clubs with bad jokes and hard rolls (for throwing) are about the worst they get up to. It's terribly charming- partly due to the innocence and partly to the Britishisms. Latchkey is a lovely afternoon's reading, especially over a cuppa!
Sarah Liebowitz doesn't have the best life, but she does what she can. He mother is slowly dying from mesothelioma, and Sarah has to work to pay for her treatment and go to night school at night to catch up on her education.
But things are about to change for young Sarah. One fateful night at school, when the lights suddenly went out, something happened to change her life.
Vora Princess of the Skies is just starting up again after a very long hiatus, so hopefully there should be some bright shiny regular new updates! The art is stylised and a bit cartoony, but nicely characterised and it full colour. The story is just beginning but flows nicely.
By Tempest_Lavalle, rated E.
The story on this one is definitely for those who like a litle romance between their delicately-featured teenage boys. Lucas has been sent off to stay with his cousin Noelle and his aunt Lola, and part of his little trip is to help renovate his aunt's workspace. Helping with that task is Noelle's (male) best friend Ashley, who immediately triggers Lucas's protective instincts over Noelle. Of course, what Lucas doesn't realize (no matter what it looks like) is that Ashley isn't into Noelle. He's into boys. I think we can all guess where this is heading! But it's not about the endpoint, it's about how you get there.
The Greening Wars is an interesting story of the aftermath of a horrible world war in the near future. Civilisation as we know it took a bit of a battering. Biological warfare has wiped out a big chunk of the world. There are now two many camps: the UCM and the Greening cult. The UCM are the united forces of mainly ordinary surviving humans who wish to preserve and restore the old ways and return things to how they were. The Greening cult embrace change, some might say they embrace it too far… retro-viral gene-modification, costing them their very humanity.
Sargent Asteria leads a small raggle taggle team, working for the UCM, in the fight against the Greening.
There is a bit of action, a bit of adventure, a bit of furry, a bit of scifi, and some pretty funny humour too. The art is sometimes pretty rough, but also highly interesting and engaging, expressive and artsy.
Read The Greening Wars, By Sorpian451 rated M.
Gore! Gore! Gore! Gore… Hypothermian? Is that his real name? You'd better believe it. He's not the most intelligent of men, but he'll set you a proper example of an honourable man. Gore's a warrior in the service of his lord, and his newest worthy task is minding the lord's son Reef while he tags along on a patrol mission. The son isn't quite what Gore expects (he expects a dimwitted crybaby), but he's still not the ideal companion for a fierce dragon-armour wearing, dragon-riding battledude. Unless you like odd couples, then he's perfect. It's a fantasy story with sharp comedy and slick art, great characters and lots of style. Updates can be a little slow, but worth waiting for!
The 2011 Secret Santa gift art is this week's feature, to reward all the great and generous artists that took part is this great little community project that was all in the spirit of giving. This year it was run and organised by Rokulily. Previously the gift exchange, which serves as a display for community gift art projects, was run by Niccea, but this time it's Rokulily that is the heroine of the hour! (-Corrected links by Niccea though). I hope you will take some time to have a look at some of the art created for this, maybe you'll recognise some known characters in an unknown style, or some unknown characters in a known style! Either way, there's some good stuff to look at! Merry Xmas and a happy new year!
Kira is an avid soccer player and is looking forward to starting high school, where she hopes to
play on the soccer team. One problem- she just found out that there's no girls team. Her solution,
despite having seen all the movies, is to do her best to pass herself off as a boy. Naturally,
before classes have even started she's got the school's girls all over her and a handsome brooding boy to distract her. I suspect her little game isn't going to last long! This manga-style high school romance comic is all about Kira trying to keep up the charade while having a normal high school life.
Step into Agthbar's world and help him play Klerfk! It's a world where time becomes space and you live for the present! Till Agthbar rips off all the shiny paper and opens it for you. Or just sit back and watch him contemplate life's mysteries, but be careful! As you can see in, he can see out and he's watching every little thing you do… Agthbar the Extemporaneous follows tortured philosophical lines of reasoning until they're all tangled up into knots of madness.
This is a delightfully weird webcomic for those that like their humour with a silly surreal flavour. The art is gorgeous, colourful and trippy.
You can buy his books at Gnartoons.com
by James Stanton, rated E.
The world of the Ultranimus is a strange one. Is it a game, dream or reality? No one knows for sure… but the important thang is that Gofero needs to become a knight with the help of a magic pretty bow or his fat stupid dragon freind so he can impress his lovely princess Piera who is really an evil supervillian who wants to take over all of the entire world!!
Here you will find comedy, weird, funky drawings, a weird funky story, super heroes, super villains, fantasy, knights, a princess and a dragon.
And very regular updates.
by Primalx3, rated T
Soup is a nice food- it's made of lots of yummy things all put together and simmered to make a nourishing meal. This comic seems to be shaping up rather like that- several main characters have been introduced, seemingly unrelated but with similar situations. The story is a bit of dark whimsey so far. It starts in a supernatural courtoom- a comic creator after my own heart! Bo LeRoux is not a true zombie. He's undead and all, but he doesn't really subscribe to the zombie way of doing things and got himself in trouble for it. Amanita sees death (and other apparitions) everywhere she goes, racking up a sizeable stack of complaints. And the newest character looks interesting too! Their judge isn't pleased- she's sendig them all to Oubliette Prison. Doesn't sound nice!
Rob Wolfe is an apathetic young man, he hasn't got many friends and he's just shifting from place to place, never really settling down anywhere, till he meets Link Dibley and they it hit off, or as much as someone like Wolfe can hit it off with anyone… Meanwhile, bouncy, young, gregarious Shinobu is trying to pair him off with her brother… Yeah, that's not gonna work out. Long Conversations About Nothing is a pretty descriptive title in this case, but don't be fooled, this isn't a boring comic. The story is pretty decompressed, it flows at a slow, graceful pace, it reminds me of Gymnopedie by Erik Satie (music). The humour is subtle and delightful when it hit's, this comic has great timing!
The art starts of black and white, with coloured chapter heads, moving to simple coloured pages later on. All nicely simplified and stylised work. By Smashingmelons, rated T
B.A.S.O. is a big-ass space opera. It has heroes and villains, space marines and other worlds, high tech and low morals. Each piece of the story is presented in 6-page chapters following specific protagonists: Stavlov, stranded on a hostile water planet; Margery, who'll do anything for a job on a spaceship; Harriet, who has stowed away with her children; and the pilot Jonathon on a top-secret mission. Genejoke promises these stories will variously converge, meanwhile it has a nice “short installments” to-be-continued feel. People get propositioned, abandoned, set up, betrayed, killed… it is a space opera after all!
Thrabbit is a venal, lecherous, mean, nasty and yet amazingly cute little fella. He's a bunny, a small, white bunny, and all his friends are cute animals too, but beware of judging books by their covers! These cuties have quite a lotta spice… Thrabbit has been known to strip naked, paint himself up as a gingerbread bunny and streak through town, with his little candy cane swinging free for all the world to see. He likes his porn too, and beating people over the head with his trusty bat when he doesn't get his way!
The cast of Cute and spicy more than live up to their name. This is a funny humour comic, for mature eyes ONLY! Currently it's running a Christmas storyline so it's nice and Seasonal too.
Cute 'N Spicy, rated M by Catya
Welcome to Wyyrd Vintage, the somewhat slice-of-life humor adventures of Falk, Izzie, and friends. Falk is a pale music-loving lad and Izzie is his non-chef not-girlfriend. This cute comic is full of bright colors and marshmallowish people, fun gags, random odd thoughts, and running jokes. So will Falk get the courage to ask Izzie out? What is that on Falk's shirt? Will Izzie ever make a non-sentient meal?
Jesus is a stroppy teenager who likes the things other teens do- girls, zombie movies and hanging out with his friends… His best friend just happens to be Lil'D, Satan's boy. Jesus' adoptive family consists of papa Joseph, little sister Ruthie and an unseen mother Mary and they all get on just fine, except Ruthie is a brat, Joseph is an old stick in the mud and Mary is a mumbling set of speech bubbles.
This is a comic strip style comic, with gentle, family friendly humour. It starts off as a black and white line comic and gradually evolves into a larger format full colour comic. by David Paul and Gary T Becks. Rated E.
The Red Three are Russians (and likely communists) in Paris in 1946. It's a dangerous place to be, and they're up to something they don't want anyone knowing they're doing. Leonid (the old one), Maksim (the handsome one), and Grigori (the young one) have come with Artur- but things go wrong when Artur's clandestine meetup with a group of French men ends with him getting shot and the trio needing to escape. It seems there is plotting going on from all sides. The greyscale art features heavy inks with lots of attention to faces, fabric, and other details. Great dialogue and character interaction are a highlight of this one, so if mid-century spy intrigue sounds appealing don't miss this one!
It's the DD 2011 Awards!
Every year we have a DD awards and this year they've just finished being given out. Niccea, Awards Empress, was at the helm this time, having taken over from JustNoPoint, and she did a fantastic job managing the whole thing! Many, many people contributed to the awards this year and we thank all of them for the time and work they put in.
You should definitely check these out- There are lots of enormously entertaining presentation speech comics to read, as well as acceptance speeches and concession speeches! The art and the humour is great! And most importantly, it's worth seeing just who go which awards to help you find out about some of the best and most liked comics on DD!