Featured comic veteran SarahN has a new tale to tell, “a grave tale of horror.” Daniel is a down-on-his-luck everyman… well, perhaps a little more awkward than your average everyman. He's been laid off from his old job (not uncommon in 1934) and taken what work he could find- meaning he's a lowly gravedigger at the local cemetery. He's sweet on his longtime friend Chrissy, but when he's reduced to eating ketchup soup in order to save for a little surprise… well, not exactly impressive. Especially not in the eyes of Chrissy's former beau (not the nicest guy) and main rival for her affections… and then things just get worse. It is a horror comic after all!
Poor Wolken gets arrested. Those stupid cops have mistaken him for somebody else! What's he gonna do to get out of this one? Wolken is a clever, resourceful guy though, he HAS to be, living in a broken down place like the Lostland, especially out past the Divide. Just feeding yourself is a struggle out there, unless you have a taste for boiled leather and fingernails…
This is a mysterious action adventure story in a Manga style. The lead character is Wolken- a young blonde guy with some cool skills, living on his wits and sleeping rough. The art is nice and pro level; all black and white and greys, apart from the cover. It's interesting to see how this one will develop!
By Mr Henry rated T
Lena is an unhappy, isolated 15-year old girl with the usual set of high school problems, plus the whole thing with her weight (and perhaps an anger issue). It's not too difficult to believe that she'd have some kind of imaginary friend… except I don't think this guy is imaginary. Why would anyone imagine up a friend so… profoundly CREEPY? Sure Eyewatcher's got some inter-dimensional powers, but I don't think he's got Lena's best interests at heart here. I think Lena's about to have even more problems to deal with.
Knox is a bad man. A very, verrrrrrrry baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad man. A convicted serial killing psychopath with scientific pretensions is executed for his crimes… except, not really. People in the government share his ambition and obsession about trying to reanimate the dead, so he's given a new lease on life to carry on his ways, only different.
This is a psycho, serial killer comedy. It's exceptionally well drawn, a little reminiscent of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac in style. It's very monochromatic, traditionally drawn, highly characterised and stylised, often for emphasis or comic effect. The only other colour seems to be red, for blood.
The is a humour story comic, NOT recommended for children or the squeamish.
By lenoir85, rated M.
The Red Devil is a professional comic presented by Champion City Comics, and it shows- This is a slick little piece of work! The Red Devil, aka Dublin O'Darby is a devilishly dressed sexy crime-fighting lady with some special powers. Her sidekick Kid Diablo is daring in yellow- she's also god with a hovercopter.
They work for THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD, or at least a character based on him, so that alone is a mark in the plus column. At the moment there's some dastardly goings on in Prague, a ninja cat burglar, and a skull-faced arch villain!
The Red Devil is mainly in horizontal strip format, although this is a serious superhero story comic. The art pro, western, lots of heavy blacks, flat colour fills and gradients; digitally coloured work that has been drawn and inked traditionally.
Welcome to the Twisted Mind of Stranger - a webcomic all about the inner (and mostly publicly airable) inner thoughts of AfterDark. Many of the comics are social commentaries, including favorite topics like “why the internet is terrible” and “things that ruin childhood.” There's some fun ones in there too though! AfterDark's in-comic avatar (Stranger) is a somewhat creepy mouthless ghoul, which adds to the off-balance feel of things. Semi-journal, semi-rant, hectic linework - hope you're ready for it!
There's magic in the air… or at least in people's bodies. It's used to power the horseless carriages and everything from factories to flowerbeds! There's also a strange satellite in the sky… A satellite that's really a big spaceship that contains its own world. Magic and ultra-high technology coexist in the world of RunSpark, alongside the comedy and drama that's happening on the ground in the lives of its people. Bebe, Deedee and Princess Ubasti are in for wild time ahead!
This is a bi-weekly comic strip, in a nice horizontal format. It's in bold, stark black and white and it's nicely stylised in a cartoony, slightly manga way, with a very slick, polished look all round.
Rated E, by Hopoppo, author of the lovely Punk Pink.
Curtis Dorsett is a bit of a wide-eyed newbie at space travel. Everyone gets sick their first time anyway, no big deal. He gets some friendly advice and stops by to pick up his luggage. Luggage listed under the name of “Emanon” and which contents immediately alert security to the fact that Curtis has a little more going on than you might expect. Turns out he (or more likely the package) is so involved in a thing he needs a cyborg (sorry, “enhanced” escort)… but while she's introducing herself, security is getting murdered. Just what is going on here? This cool, gritty-cartoony comic should catch your attention!
BonkkaView is about Bonkka's view! He has some humorous and very clever observations about the world in general and more specifically from an Asian American perspective. Indeed, Bonkka is an interesting, funny and philosophical little guy. There's not much more to be said really, this is just a funny observational humour comic strip!
The format is a vertical strip, it's in lovely full colour and features really distinctively stylised and original looking characters. The art is beautifully clean and very professional looking. Rated E, by BonkkaView, who is actually Shan Shan Nie!
joegp has already provided us with one featured comic featuring talking guinea pigs, why not another? They're irresistably cute, with their fluffy ruffles and little black eyes. And they're also pretty snarky for a bunch of semi-intelligent rodents! This comic will teach you life lessons aout getting your money's worth vs. self-preservation, the consequences of breakups… as well as practical advice on how to sleep in your car and how not to be scared of monsters. But if you learn anything… it's that you shouldn't hand your car keys over to a guinea pig.
The name of this comic promises a whole lot… let's just leave that aside for now shall we? The style of this comic is a story based on D&D adventures (Dungeons and Dragons, not Drunk Duck). Our three intrepid heroes set off on a quest to rid the world of a nasty cult and on the way they run into lots of stinky stabby little kobolds. Eww! They're joined by a big paladin dragon fellow who helps out mightily! So what we end up with is a comic version of a story purely generated from events in a turn based adventure role-play game, which is interesting to watch as it develops and a good story writing idea generator!
The art is mostly pure black and white, with some spots of colour creeping in at times. The backgrounds are stylised but real looking while the characters are drawn like the game character “Ray Man”, which gives them a very funky and distinctive look! By Epico rated T
Katyn is a gadget-laden thief in a high-tech world, sneaking into a museum to nab some sellable loot. Turns out she's been chosen by fate to wield a magic sword (complete with resident Guardian of Light) against the Dark… the all-pervading influence over her world which she didn't even know was ruling it. She's got friends to help her out, but lots of enemies too. This is a big long color story with lots of creatures, fights, twists and turns!
The world is a scary place, right? It is filled with things that are things that are human and less than human planning the end of the world or something to that song and dance. Luckily for us there is the Project Darklight! The comic follows the adventures of Girl, a creepy girl with a creepier talking teddy bear, and Amaru, the end result of a cult trying to bring a god into the world. These two partners have disappeared, spirited away by peoples with less than benevolent intents. Now it is up to Banshee to track them down before the world goes poof. This horror comic has dark lines, but pastel colors for the art which sets that tone for the story. The result is that many of the pages look like they were painted.
By Rashi, rated M.
It's not just a (redundant) name, it's a way of life. A superheroic ninja raygun-toting skeleton kind of thing, you see. Cartoon-colorful and unpredictable-actiony, this one's full of pulpy sillness. The brief chapters plonk you right into the action amongst the LSD megasharks and Nikola Tesla. El Esqueleto seems to have a wild disregard for the innocents you'd think he's meant to be protecting or something, which is good for us because it makes for some entertaining pages!
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.