A mysterious raven-haired woman is battling a demonic beast. The creature's grotesque, hooved body lunges before it gets stabbed in the torso by a large blade. The next few panels show Danaya waking up from her nightmare. Was it all a bad dream? It looked and felt so real. Danaya lives on Base 43, which is essentially a colony that is home for its local inhabitants nicknamed the “Children of Thunder” since they rely on lightning to power all the machines. Today is an important day because Danaya is preparing for her first flight and is shaking off the pre-flight jitters. Everything is going as expected when an unanticipated, cataclysmic event kills several members of the crew leaving Danaya all alone to face the giants living in the Lowlands.
The line art is drawn using traditional methods. It is possible that the entire webcomic is drawn digitally, as it looks digitally colored, but the rough texture of bristol/watercolor paper shows up on many of the pages that give it a traditional art feel. This is definitely a comic you will want to examine closely to appreciate all the intricate details happening in the background.
Read Aidana by bvolkart, rated M.
Professor Herbert is an enterprising young fellow. He's a clever inventor with some less than clever associates. G.E.O. and a genetically engineered organism, and a bit of a grumpy pants because he has something wrong with his brain that Professor Herbert is just dying to fix, if he could only get things to go right. Blurb, his trusty robotic assistant is most of the reasons they don't! Professor Herbert and GEO is very much a newspaper style humour comic strip, 100% digital, drawn in a very professional style.
Read Professor Herbert and GEO, by Csisk1, rated E.
Trilby is a small town girl from Iowa ready to make the big move to New York City. However, this Midwestern belle has a deadly secret of her own that may be more complicated than just Skittles and ketchup. She falls on the radar of two high-powered Wall Street business women after being caught on a surveillance camera. The two Louboutin-wearing females are interested in this corn-fed gal and seek out a way to make her acquaintance. While Trilby is ready to move into her new apartment, she bumps into a blonde haired, blue-eyed neighbor who might want more than to just help her with her luggage.
The art is very stylized and has the precision of traditional inked comic lines and color. There is marvelous use of perspective drawing as well as interior renderings and floor plans. The character designs are reminiscent of fashion model illustrations.
Read SWALLOW Vamps in the Big City by Meesimo rated T.
The Grazing Mongrel is a non-sequitur strip comic featuring social commentary based on the absurdity of modern life. It may be a little hit and miss for some: I laughed out loud at a few of the strips, others didn't quite hit the mark and some need you to read the author notes for full context. The art is nicely abstractedly stylised in a fairly consistent way. The Grazing Mongrel is a pleasantly clever strip and there are only about 30 pages or so, so you'll be able to blast through it quite quickly!
Read The Grazing Mongrel, by thegrazingmongrel, rated E.
One evening, during a town gathering centered around a glowing tree of light, a mysterious cloaked stranger shows up and removes all the light from the tree before fleeing. The switch to darkness unleashes grim shadow monsters to chase after the townspeople and sends the blue-skin toned community into distress. The smallest member of the town tries to stop the monster, but ends up jumping into a lake to avoid getting hurt.
Fast forward to sometime in the future, a magic healer named Cedric is responsible for helping ailing elderly people in his village. He gets along very well with his older clients, yet has a hostile relationship with his sister. One afternoon while walking through a forest, he comes across an abandoned cart and sees some glowing blue eyes from behind some metal bars. Could this caged person somehow be related to the blue-skinned people from the beginning of the story?
The introduction is digitally colored in a monochromatic blue scheme with red accents.
Read Two Hearts by Saari, rated T.
Jesus is running for president under the republican ticket! What could go wrong? Quite a lot it turns out… His beliefs contrast a little bit with those of the party. Jesus goes off message and cross-country on an iconoclastic road trip with Pope Francis and a kid documenting the whole thing on social media as it happens. This is a hilarious political, religious satire comic! The style is very “American Splendour”, heavy inking, primary colours, charactered comical versions of realistic faces.
Read Jesus 2016, by Rawdale, rated T
A light pink woman descends from the sky and winds up in a psychedelic land of blue dinosaurs and strange alien creatures. This super heroine is made of candy and creates a whole new outfit complete with a pink tie just by using her mind. Her super powers include incredible speed and she can shoot strong, sticky bubble gum out of her hands. Her purpose for exploring this new land is still not clear, but hopefully she will evade all the obstacles and dangerous creatures she encounters along the way!
The art looks very professional, clean lines, nice coloring, all that jazz. The title font is reminiscent of a pack of bubble gum. The colors are very vibrant and pop out of the page.
Read Berrybelle by Shalomk, rated E.
Meet Greta, a good humoured, earthy, pipe smoking woman with a great big box backpack and stylish leather travelling clothes. Greta is an apothecary, she travels the lands curing ills and writing down creatively horrible ailments in her apothecary book. On the way she meets a rather stuck-up knight on the way to rid a town of a terrible menace…
This is a bio-horror, fantasy, humour comic set in a fictional, medieval type world. It's very character driven with a fun story. The art is black and white with heavy inking, it's highly stylised and quite polished.
Read Apothecary Supreme, by wildcard, rated T
Ezbon is a desperate man after having lost all his savings and not knowing when he will eat his next meal. He was almost at the end of his rope when he is offered an unusual job with very high pay to kill a vampire lord. The thing is, Ezbon is no stranger to killing vampire lords–he has done it before in the past. His new target, Uuzarus, is somewhat of an anomaly in the vampire world. He is about to begin a job that might end up being his last.
The art looks like a fusion between hand drawn line work sketches and traditional marker mixed with digital coloring. There are some fascinating detailed drawing in the transition pages and a great use of perspective drawings for the backgrounds.
Read 0Uuzarus0Redemption by Scumash, rated E.
Leon the Zombie, Ciau the Alp, and Jewel the biker chick set out to conquer the post zombie apocalypse world through the power of their music! But they get sidetracked along the way… In fact the only form a band when they get sidetracked into that! This is a hilarious comic and a really fun take on the zombie thing. These guys are a gritty, grungy group, so beware of the drug references and the comedy zombie violence. Leon is a zombie, humour, road trip, horror comic. The art is full colour digital, basic initially but it improves very nicely into a perfect stylised look in the later pages.
Read Leon, by UltimateZ, rated T
Xellous and Mijaebah were weary travelers trying to explore an unfamiliar land when they ran into Ailin in a tavern. Ailin offers his help to the pair and it is a good thing he did because they still have a lot to learn starting with the concept of rain and whether it is safe or dangerous.
Mijaebah is currently seeking the homeland of the Lagene people, winged beings able to wield light as a source of destruction. Xellous is a unique female with purple hair and wings made out of feathers. She is trying to escape the fate of the women of her race from Tir who are destined to become pretty dolls, living only for the men in their home, and impressing other people. Also accompanying Ailin, Xellous, and Mijaebah on their journey is a pet Wybie, a big green beast with horns that is also known as a Drakon.
One night, the trio accidentally fall asleep in the Strong Arrow territory and are awaken by a red-haired vixen brandishing a bow and arrow for trespassing.
The art is crisp, vivid, and has very clean animation-like lines. The character designs and costumes are very creative. The full-paged panels look drawn and coloured with digital ink.
Read Entanglement by TenorAnathema, rated M.
The 2015 annual DD awards, hosted by Niccea and participated in by so many great people. They've worked hard to honour the great work in comics on Drunk Duck of 2015, celebrating the best of the best in terms of dialogue, characters, art, and many other important categories. Please join us in congratulating the winners and you might even discover some treasures in there that you hadn't seen or considered before. The DD awards are the perfect introduction to quality work, not just of the winners and finalists, but also work of the award presenters. So go on over and have a looksee ^_^
Meet Greg, an Asian-American protagonist, and his childhood best friend/roommate Ted. The two experience moving into a new apartment together in a big City and go on a bunch of wacky adventures.
Watch Greg attempt to give a presentation to a group of Chinese businessmen without knowing how to speak Chinese. Laugh at the suspense of Ted (and Greg by association) running away from a woman scorned. Shake your head with judgement as Tedidcules and Gregorius (historical version of Ted and Greg) fall victim to naked Medusa and stay petrified for months.
The art is digitally drawn and coloured. The comic follows a traditional three-paneled comic strip format with some variation on different story arcs.
Read Greg by GregCity, rated T!
Poor, poor prince Aiden needs the assistance of a wizard for his quest, the trouble he finds himself in is that the wizard he needs is an old, crochety, bastard with a terrible cold. This doesn't deter Aiden however, he gets right in there and works to make things better… But this wizard has other ways to mess him up. Wizard along the way is beautifully illustrated and written by Reca. It's all in watercolours and very lush looking in a friendly, colourful, cartoony style. This is a comedy, fantasy adventure.
It is a rare delight when a webcomic looks like it belongs on display in an art gallery. Classic Convulsions is drawn in an abstract style and loosely coloured using inkwash techniques on watercolour paper. It is in its own category of art where the grotesque subject matter of Francisco Goya meets the line work of Aubrey Beardsley.
The story itself is left up to the viewer to decipher like a Rorschach test. Some of the scenes depict movement where a single character is repeated multiple times in various positions. Some scenes show eating; a city burning in a fiery blaze; a man being hurt and the look of anguish on his face; silhouettes of cityscapes; pain and suffering. Each page can tell a standalone story.
Read Classic Convulsions by Growler Comix, rated M.
Amar the Barbarian mindlessly fights for his life is a barren snowy wasteland against viscous orkish foes, and he LOVES it. The trouble is, he doesn't even know he's caller “Amar” yet, that comes later… Something really big and strange is about to change in his life and nothing will even be the same.
The art here is fully digital, full colour, scratching, sketchy, and full of energy and expression. The story is quite simple so far, it's a scifi, fantasy adventure with minimal dialogue, we're only 20 pages in and just picking up steam! Read BARBARIAN ADVENTURE by DarioCOMICS, rated E.
Welcome to Throviria, a planet inhabited by the descendants of the late human race. This planet still has wars and there was recently an attack between the Rabalians of Rabalja and a neighboring country, Nordalia. There are a select few among the Throvirian population called “elspardirs” that have gained special hidden abilities following the attacks. There are three known elspardirs in the army including the determined Zhane, the bad-tempered Zack, and the young David. Zhane's special ability makes him very fast while allowing him to control the force of wind and he also has an airblade that cuts deeper than any normal sword.
In addition to being caught in a conflicted friendship with Zack and having to mentor David on the importance of being an elspardir, Zhane now has to navigate out of the dreaded “Friend Zone” that his childhood friend and surgeon, Alissa, has placed him.
The majority of the comic art is in black and white with excellent use of gradient tones. The pages are meant to be read from right to left in a traditional manga style.
Read Throviria by Eleoza, rated T.
What would you do if you were plucked from your life by mysterious aliens, stored by them in zero G till you were needed, and then had your face peeled back, bones inserted, your hand skin pulled off, your finger bones stitched together, your skin turned blue, then you're sent to an alien planet filled with people that look like you and forced to work as a spy? That's what's happening here. Who are the mysterious aliens and why are they making this person do these things? This is an action, spy comedy story. The art is rough, energetic, colourful and unique! Read Metamorphosis Protocal, by doorki, rated M.
Tanya is a daydreamer. She loves sitting outdoors and drawing in her sketchbook. Tanya and her best friend Licorice are both technically natives growing up in a space colony even though she thinks of herself as a Spaceling. However, the two have very dissimilar interests. Tanya likes to talk about technology, old movies, computers, and music. Licorice has a strong affinity to the native culture and has taken time to assimilate by speaking the local language, Sirokka. Tanya and Licorice have recently learned from their mutual friend, Kobei, that a sacrificial offering is needed soon to appease the River Mother.
One day while on a hike, Tanya discovers a small djinka caught in a hunter's trap and names the small male cub Blef. Much to Licorice's disapproval, Tanya decides to take the native animal home with her as a pet. A rare flash of light shaped like a meteor is seen crossing the sky on this particular day. It appears that Tanya's mundane life is about to get more exciting.
Tangled River displays fully-coloured digital art. The character designs are unique and show lots of facial expressions. The colours are muted and use shades of pastel green, yellow green, and violet.
Read Tangled River by snowshadow, rated E!
There's a bit of exposition to get through here, but it's going to be an interesting and fun story so stick with it, ok? Michelle “Mike” Vinson is a Pandora AND a Faust, she accidentally frees some demons and they offer a deal she finds too good to refuse, even after seeing how deals with demons go down a million times before on TV she STILL finds herself tempted, and then life as we know it is completely altered. Re Set is a manga style comic with very pretty full colour digital artwork. The backgrounds are exceptionally lovely. The style genre is supernatural action comedy. The story starts off slow but pics up and it's worth it for the pretty artwork. Read Re Set by azureXtwilight, rated T.
Cogs and Claws is a surreal odyssey for your imagination. In the opening sequence, a giant flounder emerges from an underwater pod and boards a space shuttle submerged in water. Soon thereafter, the shuttle is blasted into space where it joins several other spacecrafts driven by various anthropomorphic creatures.
This is a visually stunning masterpiece with dreamlike cityscapes and futuristic settings that will satiate the cravings of any science fiction loving reader. The art is predominantly drawn in black and white. Each page showcases highly detailed and intricate line work. The art speaks for as it is paired with absolutely no dialogue this comic prides itself with being a wordless story.
Enjoy space ruled by animals and read Cogs and Claws by cogs and claws, rated E!
Come and join the carnival of spirits, darkness, twilight, magic and weirdness… Rizmo is a devilish, demonic, clownish creature with a surreal world living inside his head. Young Abbey is new in town and doesn't know anyone, but then she meets the crazy carnie who gives her a magic hat, a hat which is a gateway to the world of Rizmo. Rizmo is a delightfully, devilishly, dark yet comedic story. If you like ghosts, weirdness and surreal tail then this will appeal to you! The artwork is all digital, full colour, smooth and very professional looking. Read Jobo, rated E
In a world set up like the murder mystery board game, Clue, a pair of fine gentlemen dressed to the nines are discussing their evening plans. When the guests begin to arrive, an expected guest shows up in an unexpected manner. Now it is time for all the members of the party to come together and solve the case behind Who is Murdering Miss Scarlet? A freak accident has occurred leaving Miss Scarlet nearly dead. The lack of eye witness accounts at the crime scene has left each guest to deduce the sequence of events and solve the mystery. An angry, rabid German Shepherd, a cute little dog named Hugsley, lurking black crows, and an assembly of eccentric characters all come together to piece together this thriller.
The art is beyond amazing. No seriously, the art will blow you away with its highly detailed line work and brilliantly talented digital colouring skills. It sticks to a limited colour palette of monochromatic greyscale plus the vibrant addition of light orange, orange, and dark orange.
Read Awfully Decent Fellows by IronScarf, Rated E!
Andrew is having a really rotten day when he gets a visit from some busy-bodies who seem to want to make things even harder for him! One of them looks strangely familiar… Because it's his older self! It turns out Andy died rather earlier than he was supposed to, so to make amends the powers that be have come back in time to make sure young Andy lives up to his true potential and packs in as much life as possible in the short time he has left… and yet he still seems set on blowing it. This is a comedy manga style comic. There are lots and lots of pages to dive into and the style of writing and art improves over the course of the story. It's all done in simple black and white line work. By Kurapika, rated T.
Celest Von Mew is a very bubbly and excitable University student. Typical of college students, she is concerned with her grades in school, making new friends, and her wardrobe reflects a pretty unique sense of style. One day, a mysterious booth appears distributing FREE “Nommie Candy-Chews” which are creamy milk chocolate balls coated in a crispy lime shell with a taste that'll just blow you away! The wrappers of these especially sweet candies have no ingredients listed, they just have the word “ZYGUR” scribbled on the bottom corner.
While at the train station, Celest finds a lost little girl looking for her mother, a busker collecting money for his pizza fund, and a punk rocker with a bad attitude. Celest just needs to catch her train until she discovers the train is filled with ZoMBiEs!? What is the meaning behind this? What is going on in the world?
The art is coloured digitally and updates with full-sized pages!
Read Nommie Zombies 1 by gamerkitty, rated T.