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.
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.
The Greening Wars is an interesting story of the aftermath of a horrible world war in the near future. Civilisation as we know it took a bit of a battering. Biological warfare has wiped out a big chunk of the world. There are now two many camps: the UCM and the Greening cult. The UCM are the united forces of mainly ordinary surviving humans who wish to preserve and restore the old ways and return things to how they were. The Greening cult embrace change, some might say they embrace it too far… retro-viral gene-modification, costing them their very humanity.
Sargent Asteria leads a small raggle taggle team, working for the UCM, in the fight against the Greening.
There is a bit of action, a bit of adventure, a bit of furry, a bit of scifi, and some pretty funny humour too. The art is sometimes pretty rough, but also highly interesting and engaging, expressive and artsy.
Read The Greening Wars, By Sorpian451 rated M.
Gore! Gore! Gore! Gore… Hypothermian? Is that his real name? You'd better believe it. He's not the most intelligent of men, but he'll set you a proper example of an honourable man. Gore's a warrior in the service of his lord, and his newest worthy task is minding the lord's son Reef while he tags along on a patrol mission. The son isn't quite what Gore expects (he expects a dimwitted crybaby), but he's still not the ideal companion for a fierce dragon-armour wearing, dragon-riding battledude. Unless you like odd couples, then he's perfect. It's a fantasy story with sharp comedy and slick art, great characters and lots of style. Updates can be a little slow, but worth waiting for!
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 story begins with a rather gulllible knight, who is a lion, confronting an only slightly less credulous knight, who is a wolf, and advised by a somewhat devious but still fairly dumb monk, who is a mouse. Now they're all highly devout, and somehow they trick themselves into going together on a quest to Africa to recover the remains of Saint Bernard. Which probably aren't even there. In case you couldn't tell, this comic is fairly silly and you could probably class it as a “misadventure.” It's got a likeable sketchy style with distinct characters (the rabbit captain in particular is… striking), and some fun dialogue. An entertaining little read- I hope there are lots more pages to come!