In the frozen forests of old Russia the mother of a small peasant family dies, leaving her husband and her two children, a boy and a girl. The father sends his daughter off to a big town for a finer more refined life than he can give her… it doesn't work out that way though. Little Pine Cone finds her new life hard, cold, and friendless. But don't worry, a magical adventure awaits. This is a fairy story, very much in the style of 19th Century author George MacDonald: magical, with nature spirits, but it doesn't shield you from the sadness of the life of the main character, who we learn about only in third person.
Coincidentally I was listening to Joanna Newsom's album The Milk-Eyed Mender while reading this, which was a great accompaniment, and in the song “Sadie” the lyrics mentioned carrying a “Pine Cone” as the Blue Eyed Hog was doing just that in the story. A nice coincidence!
The art is all hand drawn inked style line work, very free and gestural, in a sort of stylised realism that suits very well to the subject matter. It often includes lovely decorative patterns in the margins that are evocative of Russian folk art or one of the themes on the page. Little Fir Cone is a fairytale picture book, with a gentle, all ages, magical story.
Read Little Fir Cone, by Growler Comix, rated E.
Imagine a city inhabited by squirrels. No, not the ordinary squirrels that you would find in an ordinary city. This is a city where squirrels wear hats, wear glasses, smoke cigarettes, play with puppets, and even attend University. Delia is an educated squirrel lady who has yet to find the right squirrel companion. She moves along her day by waiting for the bus in the rain, traveling to the college where she works and meeting with professors. She loses her job on one unfortunate day, but her secret hobby dealing with radio transmission leads her to an unexpected connection. The night life in this squirrel city is bustling and there are many squirrels to meet in the bar scene. However, one seems to stand out, a nice young gentleman named Theodore who is a professional puppeteer by trade. Delia and Theodore seem to hit it off after a chance meeting encounter. Unaware at first, Delia is about to find out that her new friend is connected to one of her University professors, and he is much closer than she expected.
The art is SO AMAZING. Hansrickheit's drawing style is so charming and is evidence of years and years of professional comic creation. The comic is in black and white and makes a great use of line art.
Read DELIA by hansrickheit, rated M!
Bruno Harm is getting on, he's old and a bit paunchy, but he's still one hell of a PI! His unorthodox methods will solve most cases faster than any po-faced CSI crime team, with a good deal more humour and fun. He sees himself as an old time nior detective and would like us to see him that way as well, it doesn't quite work out like that though.
The art is highly stylised and cartoony, hand drawn with digital colour. Bruno Harm is a comedy nior detective comic strip and it's incredibly funny with a clever joke on every page.
Read Bruno Harm, by Bruno Harm, rated E.
In the depths of eternal darkness, a young man makes a sacrifice in exchange for his father but there is an even darker force in charge of his fate. His wish might have been granted, but it was accompanied by much dire consequences. The story is set in a small, middle of nowhere town called Pinewood. A tired loner named Amanda is about to meet the effervescent Trixie, a new girl in town who needs help catching up with classwork. The two are an unlikely pair of individuals to start a friendship, but living in Pinewood is also an unlikely circumstance.
The art is drawn digitally in pure black and white. The art style hearkens back to traditional comic character designs of the 1940s with emotive facial expressions.
Read The Magpie by BonesMcKay, rated T!
Ayla's day job is pretty tough–she is the speaker for the ones without a voice, otherwise known as the dead. It takes a strong individual to be able to call people out on their lies. It is even more difficult when all her clients are no longer alive. While at a crime scene, Ayla seeks out the help of a blind, bilingual priest to help her solve the mystery surrounding a homicide. She runs into many questionable characters including henchmen that might lead to the the answers she is seeking. Her search leads her into the dark, underbelly of New Orleans where she must visit and interview people at Big Mama's Strip Club in order to find a person that smells of cinnamon.
The art is in digital color and is displayed on full pages. There is a great usage of silhouettes on the pages and detailed line art that resembles traditional comic book styles from the 1990s.
Read Ayla Speaker for the Dead by JohnH985, rated M.
Bram and Vlad are two names you will probably recognise. These guys are famous, well their grandparents are anyway… These two are celebrity scions of illustrious lineages, but they're also pretty good buddies. The happy go lucky dorky vampire hunter Bram and the dark little nasty punk Vlad make a surprisingly good pair. They get into some silly situations as they learn about the pitfalls and prizes of each other's worlds, and falling for each other's “girl” also spices things up a bit too. Lucy and Bessie are two pretty interesting characters in their own right!
This is a humour comic strip that has evolved a lot over the course of its run. It's been on DD many years now, getting consistently better and better, especially the art style.
Read Bram and Vlad, by Strixvanallen, rated E.
Silver, the Sean Connery-like James Bond of foxes is last of the old guard in Canada's prime international espionage and intelligence agency. He's a dashing guy, good with a gun and popular with the ladies, but they just don't do things the same way they did back in the cold war any longer, they need new blood in the agency.
This is an anthro comic, it doesn't take itself too seriously, there's a good mixture of comedy, some self-mockery, action, and even some racey scenes that sail a little close to the wind- but then what are mature ratings for? The art is all on black and white, digital work.
Read FOX Academy, The New Breed, Story by Dikran O, Art and Layout by Henbe, rated M.
800 years ago, there was a battle against evil looking forces and they were thought to be vanquished during the middle ages by a wizard. The artifacts from the castle have since turned into a museum display for tourists looking for a few chilling secrets in the modern day. Now these characters are back including a re-animated corpse (otherwise known as a lich) and Grenadier. Their main quest is to search for a vampire. This is a fish out of water comic as this group of unregistered vigilante heroes from a different time try to adjust to life in the modern world. It is lighthearted and funny and a twist on the personality types of ghouls.
The art is sometimes in full-pages of color, but it switches into black and white. The pages are colored using digital ink.
Read Undead 20XX by maskdt, rated T!
Welcome to the wonderfully creepy forest of Kellwood, a dank, yet cosy place, home to some very unusual inhabitants of the creepy yet deliciously cute kind… demons, vampires, werewolves and more! Poor Menu is a werewolf with no life skills who's starving, his only asset is an amazingly fantastic house. Charby is a streetwise stunted little vampire with big cute eyes, spiky hair and, no home. Meanwhile Zeno is a lonely demon, desperately in need of companionship. These guys need to get together…
Have you heard of Charby the Vampirate? No? Well that's certainly unusual, but do not fret my friend, Charby The Vampirate Revamped is the perfect chance to get in on the ground floor, to begin at the beginning and read along as it uploads. The story is broadly the same as the original, but sort of a fresh, cool take on it with all sorts of interesting details added or redone in a much nicer way. And I'm just happy to finally be able to feature a Charby comic.
Read CTV ReVamped, by Amy Of Darkness, rated T.
“I am just a labyrinth of ideas stuck in the middle of nowhere. Death is the only thing that's real. Life is the only thing that deserves saving.” This first chapter's main title shares its name with Carl Jung's psychoanalytic idea of the the animus, an anthropomorphic archetype of the unconscious mind. A man wakes up alone, haunted from dreams of his past. He walks around the city at night, loitering at the local bars and logs into his computer under the alias schrodinger123. This comic is an exercise of staring into the face of isolation and loneliness. “Intoxicants might help you make the silent scream of agony. But depression is a drug far more real. The only true high.”
The art has a sketchy feel that is drawn with a digital tablet. There are interesting color selections with some pages entirely one shade of blue or red. The art style has an ethereal, dreamlike quality that has a surreal feel.
Slip into the madness of the mind and read Lake of No Return by koustubh, rated T.
Satanic Ninjas are after a magical item of power and a sexy space pirate bounty hunter is slaughtering alien monsters, meanwhile nerdy all American teen Eddie just wants a hot date for the high school prom!
This is a gorgeous pastiche/parody of all the best of the 1980s: heavy metal, ninja martial arts films, high school sex comedies, horror films, B-movie Scifi, and more. True to its influences there's lots of blood and boobs here, so this is for mature readers only! The art is very 1980s in style, with lots of cool grids and neon effects, characters have big hair and letter jackets, it's glorious. This is a comedy, action, SciFi story, with the writing following multiple paths.
Read Satan Ninja 198X, by Adam Dravian and Jessica Safron, rated M.
Pickled is the tale of three unlikely friendly companions. First, there is Spudston, a devious potato that enjoys lurking in a kiddie pool all day and believes that one day he will emerge as a shark. Then there is Corn Doug, a rather positive and friendly corn dog that wears a propeller hat. And last but not least, we have The Miserable Pickle that can never get a break and is always consumed with unhappiness as he carries out his days. This is a great comic for moments of extreme mood swings and can be used to relate to varying feelings of emotions.
The art is very smooth and cartoon like. The character designs display very cute, round eyes and solid black line art. The comic uses a very limited color palette and is shaded with solid blocks of colors. Make like a cucumber and hop into a vat of vinegar before you read Picked by Nibbink, rated E!
The venerable Drunk Ducker “Call Me Tom” is behind this great little community project that has produced some pretty cool artwork: Drunk Duck 54 cards. He got a whole lot of fellow DD creators on board with him to create a set of beautifully illustrated playing cards for your viewing pleasure! These cards are really cool, so congrats to Call Me Tom for organising this and congrats to all the artists who participated, well done! Give them a look, it's worth it.
The Drunk Duck 54 cards community project, by Call Me Tom, rated E.
Little Amy is the cutest and sweetest little girl in the post-apocalypse. Of course, her adorable personality seems to attract the strangest of characters from a top hat wearing stranger, happy dolls, white rabbits, Sherry the living doll, Eloise, and Eustace. This is a mature comic because it deviates from the cute, Utopic world of cute characters and forms a bridge to a darker theme meant for an older audience. That does not mean that Armless Amy is not adorable! Amy is drawn without arms or a nose and her eyes like dinner plates mixed with a blank expression makes her an innocent addition to this very odd existence. There are scenes with blood, stitches, hooks, missing eyes, red eyes, scary dolls, depictions of muscle tissue underneath the skin, and questionable characters.
The art style is undeniably cute. The character design of Amy could become iconic in popular culture. The font seamlessly blends in with the accompanying art style on the page.
If you live in a world where “Weird” is considered normal, then you absolutely need to check out The weird adventures of Armless Amy by Amalockh1, rated M!
The multiverse is huge and made up of many different universes, but there happens to be a place where they crossover and meet up, our story happens there… out at the small town of Shelterville. High elves are out a raiding for treasure and conquest, but an intrepid team drawn from many different comic worlds aims to stop 'em in their tracks!
Cowboys and Crossovers is the product of a large on-going cameo project by Hogan, who is an old hand at cameo stuffs, having managed a huge website list devoted to documenting all cameos in webcomics ever! The story here continues from the world of CameoComic and was started in Magical Misfits, but is stand alone. There are a few different artists at work here on this scifi fantasy western comedy adventure comic and their characters have come along for the ride too!
Read Cowboys and Crossovers, by Hogan, rated E.
Anna is a rebellious teenager with needs and wants that every teenager needs like going to the movies with her friends! Anna's mother has a different plan for her daughter's free time that involves babysitting baby Toby. Anna's little hometown is about to get shaken up when the symptoms of a buzzing noise inside people's heads starts spreading like wildfire. Little old ladies burning up in an electric burst. Human beings being burnt to a crisp. An unknown government ordered SWAT-like team. A concerned mother with super human strength. Government officials in private jets. Humans defying gravity. There is something very weird happening in this town that is anything but Normal.
The art is digitally drawn and colored digitally. Look closely and pay special attention to the shading techniques in this story, it is really nicely done! Each page is in full color.
If you want to see a world turned upside down by a mysterious disease, then read Normal by mrdenmac, rated T!
Steel yourself for the horrors within XTIN! This comic is hardcore, full on, skulls removed from still living bodies, muscles fibres torn from nerves and blood vessels… The true essence of shadowmasochism! XTIN is set in a bewildering world, half astral plane, half dream, where reality has been twisted by evil creatures who hunt humans for their skulls. One guru and his young pupil hold the key to redemption, but it will be a long, hard, horrifying road in this bloody disembodied world of demons and dragons.
Gorgeously gross full colour digital art features here. You may remember the name “XTIN” from “XTIN The Dragons Dream World”, which was featured a few years ago and since deleted from DD. This is a very different take on the story and while the other was strictly solid black and white, XTIN is full colour, far more pretty and not nearly as horrific, despite the deep red hues of the painstakingly rendered viscera. The writing is obscure and slightly confusing, but you'll work it out. The Indian take on the world mythology is quite unique.
Read XTIN, by Jeremy Ray, rated M.
One of Drunk Duck's most respected and talented comic creators makes a grand comeback with Mindfold, a beautifully stunning comic.
The setting is in the vast plains of an otherworldly location. On this planet, fantastical magenta beasts wander the land, a half homosapien-half cheetah girl calls it home, and a fully grown female emerges from the murky, seaweed covered ocean floor. Minutes after being introduced into the world, a gruesome fight between woman and beast ensues leading to the invention of the wooden spoon tourniquet splint. What is the Mind Fold? How has the human body become nothing but a simple vessel for a conscious being?
The art is flat-out outstanding, as is everything fallopiancrusader produces on the site. The comic is definitely colored digitally and emphasizes the muscular physique of the human form through skilled shading techniques. The entire comic showcases fully colored pages.
Read Mindfold by fallopiancrusader, rated M.
A man wakes up into a world of chaos. Heaven and hell have collided on earth, demons walk the land and angels fill the sky. Humans are caught in the middle of this titanic battle as demons try and kill them and the angels fight to protect them. The only certainty left in this world turned upside down is a horrible death… or is it? What happened? How will those left survive? Unbroken seal is an action horror comic featuring an apocalypse of biblical proportions! The art is black and white and drawn with a very high degree of professionalism.
By Universek, rated M
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