In 3033 AD, the newly formed Empire issued the first Mage Law. All mages, no matter what tribe, were to be exterminated. Half-mages got only a temporary reprieve. Blue, one of the few remaining half-mages (who are all fugitives), has been driven out of her last refuge by the Empire. And now she is going to do something about it. Although this comic is in early days, they're setting up for what looks to be a massive story. An actiony comic in an unexpectedly modern setting, rated T!
Vi is Manor is a comic with a hell of a LOT of characters! Most of them live in the same house together; Vi's Manor. Vi is in charge, of the house, the story, everything! Vi's Manor began as an interactive comic, where readers could interact with the characters by typing in questions and things in the comments which would affect what happened in the next page to come up. I don't know if that still happens, but it's still quite an interesting idea and certainly worth checking out! The stories and character actions ARE influenced by current events. Anyway, the art and writing is all done by By ErrePi, and the text is ALL hand lettered (and there's a lot of it), so give it a little bit of patience. Rated T+, Vis Manor is a dialogue rich humour comic in a well drawn simplified Manga style.
William Gilquist is the new Baron of Krohagen. He's spent his life up to that point training as an apprentice in magic, so the news comes as a surprise. At first impression he's just a naive youth, but he's a little more capable than you'd expect. ‘Try to kill the new Baron’ has apparently become a cool thing to do, because the guy can hardly get a break. There's action, but there's also the promise of deeper themes like equality and slavery. The art is cartoonish but crisp and detailed. An all-ages comic, there is still plenty of danger and deception going on to interest older readers.
By day, Savunn Adams is a contented young Cambodian orphan girl living with her adoptive parents in America… By “night” Fusion is a superhero foiling the plots of arch-villains in her city, with the help of her fellow heroes in classical superhero style! This is every inch a fun classical superhero story, it's also fun and easy to get into. Drawn in a cute, sleek, polished, “animation” style, Fusion is an action superhero comic by Essay Bee, rated E!
Shelter of Wings is a spiritual comic with a number of biblical themes and characters. The demons are as colorful, angry and evil as you'd expect, but the angels are better- especially the crack team of demon-busting brothers. This story is also about Jenna, a 12-year old girl who has been gifted with special talents, but who unfortunately is also about as annoying as a little sister can be. She's had a guardian set to watch her, but the demons know about her too, so the good guys have got their work cut out for them. Gorgeous manga-styled art (and reads left-to-right, too!)
As any adventurer will tell you, “high adventure” is an exciting place to be. Swords and magic, gold and glory, monsters and misfits (and sometimes a nice minotaur steak). So, sometimes your warrior-girlfriend is kidnapped, or a skeletal necromancer resurrects an army of the undead to take to war. That's what adventure is all about, right? Funny comic with a cartoon network visual feel, rated M for some brief nudity.
The views of the young, innocent characters are contrasted against those of the adults to reveal little comic insights about life. Drawn in a friendly way, Anecdote is a charmingly approachable whimsical humour comic by JLG with a very professional, published look about it! Read Anecdote. Rated E
Naive girl is sent to boarding school. Naive girl finds out the headmistress maybe isn't so bad. Naive girl… sees a mysterious guy creeping around in a huge library overseen by a snotty librarian? Like all good turn of the century boarding schools, it's creepy and overbearing and populated by a lot of strange and awkward people. Much of the early comic is about Clare settling in, but there is clearly something more going on here… if a piecemeal dolly and something called The Book of Ghosts (and creepy library guy) are any indication.
What is it about airships that everyone likes? Aside from being the only really classy form of air travel? Oh right, it's because airship gunfights are pretty cool, especially when things are blowing up, there is gunfire, and the only escape is a long drop. Enter Troy, airship repair-guy, whose ambitions of flight are embodied in his hairdo and debonair bib-scarf. Well, he will get his chance at brave deeds- but I wonder how much he'll enjoy it?
Hakkum Town is a funny little place with a host of contributing characters. Mayor Annie's heart is in the right place and she does the best she can for Hakkum, her daughter Caroline observes and comments on the various goings-on, homeless rabbit Fenris gets into scrape and detective duck Bill Nior investigates!
Hakkum town is a full colour newspaper style humour strip with a touch of social commentary. Art and writing by npsmeby. Rated E
Nu and Me (pronounced “Meh”), are marshmallow bunnies. The raison d'etre is the consumption of delicious sugary foodstuffs, which they mist have at ALL costs! They can be cute and adorable, or savage and sly in pursuit of their ultimate goal: eating all the yummy stuff. And sometimes carrots.
Written and illustrated by Katch, Nu and Me is a one panel comic featuring pretty, cute, full colour art, and cute gentle humour. Rated E
If you're one of those people who finds carnivals to be kind of scary, then you might not like this horror-comedy comic. (Or maybe it could be therapeutic?) It's about a “breather” carnival, operated by a bunch of cynical undead. It's also pretty gory, as every staff member seems to be falling apart- though that might have something to do with the staff induction ceremony chopping the new employee apart even more. But what happens to this undead carnival when it's attacked by even more undead…? Fun, dark, and gory- best read while listening to heavy metal.
In an old kingdom, ruled over by an ageing and delusional dictator king, a knight, Juno is wrongly accused of witchcraft by the mad monarch she works to protect and driven into exile.
Between worlds is illustrated in a brilliant, evocative painterly style art by writer and creator Tenshianna.. Rated M
Two races long at war are trying to establish peace. Former tyrant Mosemaaten is proposing a disarmament to the Thelosians, but General Pentalos smells a rat (despite his race's lack of noses). It IS kind of hard to trust a guy who lives on a barren landscape, has glowing eyes and metal claws, and sits on a stone throne backlit by a giant fire. Enter Olos - an average kind of guy, he works in the sewers- which turns out to be pretty good luck one terrible dawn…
Faye True Eolande was enjoying a nice trip to the market, looking at al the wonderful things on offer when she happened to meet a character from her past, who brought along all sorts of trouble with him. Whisked away in moments to certain danger, she can't even cry out because she's been mute from birth. This is just the beginning, stay tuned for more!
Amya is a fantasy manga style comic (with a beautiful comic site template), written by Savannah Houston-McIntyre and Andrew Hewitt with art by Rebecca Gunter. You can see the comic's main site here:
Bombshell Fights For America might be a science fiction story. The premise is there- alternate worlds- but it also feels a little fantasy, a little political, a little drama. You might not be sure what to think of a comic which stars Marilyn Monroe (who has to save the world) and Richard Nixon (who she has to save it from), either. Bombshell features effective use of altered photos and limited palette, an interesting story revealed through a type of narrative, and a particular melancholy (almost elegant) quality from so many images of Monroe.
Elspeth is a serious gal. She's a businessorc dealing in weapons, travelling between towns on her lonesome. Life is tough - medieval racism, persistent elves creeping on her, no sympathy for her pet cause even from the people she's trying to help. We get the idea she grew up a bit outside the norm and we're not yet sure just how different she is because of it. She seems pretty comfortable telling people to piss off though. A fantasy story with some unique twists, lovely skilled art, full of great, likable characters and understated humor. Worth catching early!
A young boy named Jamal has had some bad experiences. Much of the story so far is framed around Jamal's session with a counsellor, and although the counsellor doesn't learn much, we do. Which just brings us more questions, of course. Stylish black and white art, a dash of symbolism, and increasingly dreamlike elements… You won't be sure whether what happens to Jamal is real or if it's filtered through his kid reality- but that doesn't really matter, does it?
A little blue bloop finds himself floating in a tin can, floating in an ocean. He's a cute little fella, and as his world grows the comic grows in scope and detail. There's something really enjoyable about wordless comics. You get to read the pages in a different way and pay more attention to the art than you perhaps would have, otherwise. Soup does have a story, one you will quickly grow attached to all the more because you have to guess a bit for yourself. It isn't bold or grandiose (not yet anyway), but there are a number of unexpected developments. You'll also get surprisingly attached to the little blue guy!
Rekki Lun is a “knight”, she helps keep the peace in this swinging psychedelic Brit-pop town, and she makes a pretty bloody impressive sight in her striking red fashionable double breasted flared pants-suit and mini bomber jacket combo. Plus, the gigantic sword she carries sure is intimidating… You'll enjoy the humour, the fast paced action, the funky retro ray-guns, the bright colours and groovy artwork.
Darth Mongoose is the writer and artist behind Fan Dan Go. It's actually a reboot for her original “FanDanGo”, which you can see here: http://www.drunkduck.com/FanDanGo, but this version is even better, (as you'd expect). Get in and read Fan Dan Go! Rated T+
One of the best things about a comic with a huge archive is that you get to watch (at faster speed) the progression of the artist and the way that their stories and goals change. Bad Guy High started life as a gag-based parody comic around a rather loose story, and premise of a high school where supervillains are educated. Although the art is admittedly rough at the beginning, the humor is there from day one. As the pages go on, the stories solidify and dramatize (though the comedy is still there), and the art improves visibly to the polished form it's in today. Good fun for you superhero comic fans!
It's 1889, barely a year after the mysterious Jack the Ripper's murderous rampage and equally mysterious disappearance the city of Mansfordshire, England is shaken by a series of brutal “mangling” murders that plunge the city into an abyss of fear.
The Continentals is a gorgeously funky Victorian crime thriller with a touch of TV's The Avengers or Department S. Brought to us by the same team as G.A.A.K., Darryl Hughes's writing is slyly humorous and artist Monique MacNaughton has produced some breathtakingly detailed black and white art.
Get in early for this treat and start reading The Continentals! Rated T+
It even begins with a lengthy prologue showcasing the making of the comic so far.
Deadman's Curse is a creepy little tale about the creatures which guide a soul's passage to the next stage of being. Jix- playful and unrepentant as a fox should be- and Hebe, a dapper ghoul new to the job. Although in its early pages, this comic stands out. The story is interesting, and I think you'll agree that the rendering work in this one is something special. A huge amout of attention has been paid to environment and lighting (along with everything else) and that goes a hell of a long way to immersing you in its dark, ornate world.
Supermutants with fantastic abilities fight to survive in a very hard city. Aleksandur tries to find his place amongst them. Death is never far away. The writing in True North is gritty, earthy and dark, this isn't a nice world to live in, but it's a very compelling story.
The creator is aleksandur- a different one from the character :)
True North is a great Black and white (mostly) story comic, Rated M. Check it out!
See the home site at www.truenorththecomic.com
The secret lives of planets are fascinating. Mars is cool, Venus is hot, Earth is the emo guy who sits between them. Who knew that our nine planets had so much going on? Well, eight now, but we don't talk about Pluto much… Although the thought of the moons and planets breaking orbit to go wandering around on adventures is a little scary, lighten up! It's a humor comic. And something about the moons makes me want to start a collection. This charming little strip will… some kind of joke about pulling you in with gravity?!