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!
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!
This is a world where all the men died due to a biological attack by aliens. The remaining humans managed to win with the help of their heavy mech technology, but now must try to find a way forward. Things seem to go a bit wrong when fighting mechs previously thought inoperable (coded to respond only to their male pilots) start to show up and cause trouble. There's a mystery here (among all the mech battling) and it will take some figuring out. Heavy Mech has simple but strong art, using big blocks of white, grey and black and keeping figures and details simple. The first chapter is a little rough- the art has its flaws and there's a lot of lulzy humor. You'll be surprised how quickly TH3GADFLY improves though, and chapters 2 onward feature always-improving figures, action, composition and framing, shading, and so on. The story is interesting, but so is watching TH3GADFLY improve as a comic maker!
OMG, another collage comic where the guys are just starting out… Well this one takes place elsewhere this time. IN Elsewhere that is! Butch is an ultra genius, he's also a little black dog… Ok, he's not really a genius, but he got into collage because everyone thought he was one, unfortunately for him he's WAY out of his depth, but fortunately for him is big burly walrus room-mate Walter is there to look out for him. These are two silly young guys who are very inexperienced, just out of home and very wet behind the ears. Collage life is quite a culture-shock for them, but they deal with it in their own comedic way.
Elsewhere is a black and white anthro comic, with cute characters ad gentle, family safe humour.
By joe5art, rated E.
This beautiful comic is about a young girl who falls from a cliff and the almost magical world she finds as she reaches the bottom. She never truly stops falling (see the comic's tagline) and although she lives, she is haunted endlessly by what she saw. Later pages of the comic focus on her trying to put her life back together. eleanorwitt's evocative narrative pairs perfectly with the bright, free imagery of Eleanor's imagination-world. Its colors are rich and incorporate many textures to interesting effect, creating artwork that is more complex than it appears at first glance. Agnes's dream imagery is equally as dark and menacing. It is really delightful to see Eleanor's dream-imagery encroach on the more normal pages- not looking forward to Agnes's though!
Biker Rage and the Ska Kid are two vigilante superheros, in a world where there're a bit too many vigilantes so sometimes they get in each other's way, and the cops are a little annoyed they can't do the job they're supposed too…
Biker's skill is his RAGE, get him mad and he unleashes his true power! Ska Kid can blast you with awesome riffs on any instrument… but it's mostly ska on his trumpet.
This is a funny humour comic strip that frequently breaches the fourth wall. The art is mostly black and white (colour occasionally), in a very sketchy, stylised form. By mastergloyd, rated T
A Deviant Mind is a sci-fi comic from houseofmuses, featuring the same high level of 3D art as her original series House of the Muses. The main story focuses on the lovely Tara, a “wirehead” who has escaped from someplace bad and (conveniently) into the hands of a medical rehab facility. She doesn’t remember anything about her self or her past- that’s because she’s been brainwashed. Or she’s a clone. Or something. (That’s part of the mystery.) However, she is a fairly powerful telepath and being a blank slate, doesn’t really have a great grip on things like right or wrong. When she does finally find out something about herself, it’s not nice and she doesn’t react well. (Note: most of the chapters are not fully uploaded, as an incentive to buy the print version- but the story is still perfectly followable).
Backup comic is not a backup comic, it's a comic about backup life choices; backup choice of university, backup relationships, backup dorm room… This is a semi-autobiographical comic about the life of young Alex. She's an androgynous gal with an androgynous name, trying to get a handle on who she is and where she fits in at her new uni, just like all the other freshmen starting there this semester.
There's some drunken fumbling, late night dorm-room parties and suggestiveness along with slightly adult dialogue, like you'd expect from any story based on this subject. Backup comic is a humorous, comedy, romance bio story. The art is black and white, a little mangaish and a little simplistic but the story is a cool little number.
Rated T, by AriaBlarg
Blue Strawberry is a super-dooper comedy comic by Eduds! Featuring some regular repeating characters like Piri the little flame, Toaster-head, the twitter birds, head-floating-in-space, Green Ninja, and the people from Ball World to name a few… The humour here is frequently surreal, almost Pythonesque and features some moments of true genius. The art is interesting too, ranging from ironic pixel-art, to stick figure, to experimental strips of various sorts. This is one interesting, addictive piece of work! Rated E!
This cool little black-and-white comic is an undiscovered gem. It's a bit like an indie press comic about aliens. It's nearly the year 2300, there's aliens and sacred guitars, but winters are the same. Yuri's on parole, a small-time ex-con trying to make a fresh start. He may have found it with Brother Camrun and the space pope. He can't quite wrap his head around the situation, though… kind of like how you can't quite get your footing with this comic. Which is great! It also features some impressive inks- strong and simple penwork, with a few “wow” pages. The page titles at the bottom are a very nice touch, they punctuate the page's meaning and usually provide a little joke, too.
AYMU wakes up in a strange, far future world, a world of horrific high technology and magic, by a mysterious cloaked man with a desperate sense of urgency! There is someone who he must rescue before it's too late… This world is a dark and nasty place, hopefully they will survive long enough to find out what they're doing here!
This is an interesting black and white comic, with highly stylised art and a horror scifi themed story. Be prepared for action, drama and mystery!
By Obo Biber, rated M!
Cross is the leader of Team One, which competes (as underdogs) in a “mayhem unloaded” tournament- a violent kind of plant-the-flag. The comic starts mid-match, then moves to an atmospheric nightclub where the point is to wear as little as possible and get rained on (or thrown in the pool). It's a bit light on story so far, but it's only 27 pages in… and with such a good-looking cast, who cares? It borrows its characters from the original Plastic Bullets comic, but isn't a continuation or remake. This manga-influenced comic is lively and colorful, featuring some great effects in the club scenes. And definitely rated M!
Sir Riggs Hellington is a scheming, evil, ambitious young man, working as advisor to the king… “He” is also really a “she”. Women aren't taken as seriously as they should be in this place, so Riggs “became” a man. Riggs is someone you should definitely take seriously, if you want to stay alive.
Along with an annoying, wise-cracking talking dog called Dolt she's going to work her Machiavellian whiles on this kingdom, with lots of jokes thrown in just for fun!
This is a black and white fantasy story comic, with plenty of laugh out loud humour along the way.
By TehSnake, rated T
Product Placement has gone the extra mile again this year and collected together the 24 Hour Comic Day efforts of participating DDers! There's a nice big collection here of full-length stories, and it represents a great effort by people who love making comics. From Call Me Tom kicks the archive off with a story about Dr. Flu and his challenging challenge rooms; rokulily and Product Placement's Guardian Angel is next; RPGgrenade's Ares Fists; more Mystery Bread from Niccea; brightpath's modern Zorro; cherry blossom school strips from Oldpond; Celes's very cute Rowan and Lore; Rockeign's cats and dogs gang war tale; a hilarious set of one-shots from AQua_ng; and Roguey's punny cow-tipping misadventure! (And maybe people will submit more?)
Abigail is after crafty Deagon! That bugger is the cause of her being mistaken for a thief, which she is, but she never stole no trading cards, which is what she's accused off… So the hunt is on, to get Deagon back to the scene of the crime and get him to admit his misdeeds, but I don't think things will turn out that way.
Poor Abigail, all she wanted was some chocolate.
This is a funny story comic by Bloochikin, all in black and white, with some grey. Nice stylised cartoony art. Rated T!
Indie Jones gets into a fight with a poser and… somehow gets killed. Then his ghost gets off the wrong stop on the Charon Interspherical Tram, and is assigned to live his afterlife as part of a rather odd family. The Faddums Family. Mom is a familiar-looking pop star, Kramden-esque dad loves money, sister is a slightly less intelligent than you would expect robot, and brother is the gamer nerd who built her. They rename him Indie Bones. Their entire afterlife is spent in a sitcom. They are, of course, in hell, and this is how the occult works. Thankfully, there is a cute little chameleon to help keep Indie sane. Done in a fun and loose cartoonish style characterized with ink washes!