This beautiful comic is about a young girl who falls from a cliff and the almost magical world she finds as she reaches the bottom. She never truly stops falling (see the comic's tagline) and although she lives, she is haunted endlessly by what she saw. Later pages of the comic focus on her trying to put her life back together. eleanorwitt's evocative narrative pairs perfectly with the bright, free imagery of Eleanor's imagination-world. Its colors are rich and incorporate many textures to interesting effect, creating artwork that is more complex than it appears at first glance. Agnes's dream imagery is equally as dark and menacing. It is really delightful to see Eleanor's dream-imagery encroach on the more normal pages- not looking forward to Agnes's though!
Biker Rage and the Ska Kid are two vigilante superheros, in a world where there're a bit too many vigilantes so sometimes they get in each other's way, and the cops are a little annoyed they can't do the job they're supposed too…
Biker's skill is his RAGE, get him mad and he unleashes his true power! Ska Kid can blast you with awesome riffs on any instrument… but it's mostly ska on his trumpet.
This is a funny humour comic strip that frequently breaches the fourth wall. The art is mostly black and white (colour occasionally), in a very sketchy, stylised form. By mastergloyd, rated T
A Deviant Mind is a sci-fi comic from houseofmuses, featuring the same high level of 3D art as her original series House of the Muses. The main story focuses on the lovely Tara, a “wirehead” who has escaped from someplace bad and (conveniently) into the hands of a medical rehab facility. She doesn’t remember anything about her self or her past- that’s because she’s been brainwashed. Or she’s a clone. Or something. (That’s part of the mystery.) However, she is a fairly powerful telepath and being a blank slate, doesn’t really have a great grip on things like right or wrong. When she does finally find out something about herself, it’s not nice and she doesn’t react well. (Note: most of the chapters are not fully uploaded, as an incentive to buy the print version- but the story is still perfectly followable).
Backup comic is not a backup comic, it's a comic about backup life choices; backup choice of university, backup relationships, backup dorm room… This is a semi-autobiographical comic about the life of young Alex. She's an androgynous gal with an androgynous name, trying to get a handle on who she is and where she fits in at her new uni, just like all the other freshmen starting there this semester.
There's some drunken fumbling, late night dorm-room parties and suggestiveness along with slightly adult dialogue, like you'd expect from any story based on this subject. Backup comic is a humorous, comedy, romance bio story. The art is black and white, a little mangaish and a little simplistic but the story is a cool little number.
Rated T, by AriaBlarg
Blue Strawberry is a super-dooper comedy comic by Eduds! Featuring some regular repeating characters like Piri the little flame, Toaster-head, the twitter birds, head-floating-in-space, Green Ninja, and the people from Ball World to name a few… The humour here is frequently surreal, almost Pythonesque and features some moments of true genius. The art is interesting too, ranging from ironic pixel-art, to stick figure, to experimental strips of various sorts. This is one interesting, addictive piece of work! Rated E!
This cool little black-and-white comic is an undiscovered gem. It's a bit like an indie press comic about aliens. It's nearly the year 2300, there's aliens and sacred guitars, but winters are the same. Yuri's on parole, a small-time ex-con trying to make a fresh start. He may have found it with Brother Camrun and the space pope. He can't quite wrap his head around the situation, though… kind of like how you can't quite get your footing with this comic. Which is great! It also features some impressive inks- strong and simple penwork, with a few “wow” pages. The page titles at the bottom are a very nice touch, they punctuate the page's meaning and usually provide a little joke, too.
AYMU wakes up in a strange, far future world, a world of horrific high technology and magic, by a mysterious cloaked man with a desperate sense of urgency! There is someone who he must rescue before it's too late… This world is a dark and nasty place, hopefully they will survive long enough to find out what they're doing here!
This is an interesting black and white comic, with highly stylised art and a horror scifi themed story. Be prepared for action, drama and mystery!
By Obo Biber, rated M!
Cross is the leader of Team One, which competes (as underdogs) in a “mayhem unloaded” tournament- a violent kind of plant-the-flag. The comic starts mid-match, then moves to an atmospheric nightclub where the point is to wear as little as possible and get rained on (or thrown in the pool). It's a bit light on story so far, but it's only 27 pages in… and with such a good-looking cast, who cares? It borrows its characters from the original Plastic Bullets comic, but isn't a continuation or remake. This manga-influenced comic is lively and colorful, featuring some great effects in the club scenes. And definitely rated M!
Sir Riggs Hellington is a scheming, evil, ambitious young man, working as advisor to the king… “He” is also really a “she”. Women aren't taken as seriously as they should be in this place, so Riggs “became” a man. Riggs is someone you should definitely take seriously, if you want to stay alive.
Along with an annoying, wise-cracking talking dog called Dolt she's going to work her Machiavellian whiles on this kingdom, with lots of jokes thrown in just for fun!
This is a black and white fantasy story comic, with plenty of laugh out loud humour along the way.
By TehSnake, rated T
Product Placement has gone the extra mile again this year and collected together the 24 Hour Comic Day efforts of participating DDers! There's a nice big collection here of full-length stories, and it represents a great effort by people who love making comics. From Call Me Tom kicks the archive off with a story about Dr. Flu and his challenging challenge rooms; rokulily and Product Placement's Guardian Angel is next; RPGgrenade's Ares Fists; more Mystery Bread from Niccea; brightpath's modern Zorro; cherry blossom school strips from Oldpond; Celes's very cute Rowan and Lore; Rockeign's cats and dogs gang war tale; a hilarious set of one-shots from AQua_ng; and Roguey's punny cow-tipping misadventure! (And maybe people will submit more?)
Abigail is after crafty Deagon! That bugger is the cause of her being mistaken for a thief, which she is, but she never stole no trading cards, which is what she's accused off… So the hunt is on, to get Deagon back to the scene of the crime and get him to admit his misdeeds, but I don't think things will turn out that way.
Poor Abigail, all she wanted was some chocolate.
This is a funny story comic by Bloochikin, all in black and white, with some grey. Nice stylised cartoony art. Rated T!
Indie Jones gets into a fight with a poser and… somehow gets killed. Then his ghost gets off the wrong stop on the Charon Interspherical Tram, and is assigned to live his afterlife as part of a rather odd family. The Faddums Family. Mom is a familiar-looking pop star, Kramden-esque dad loves money, sister is a slightly less intelligent than you would expect robot, and brother is the gamer nerd who built her. They rename him Indie Bones. Their entire afterlife is spent in a sitcom. They are, of course, in hell, and this is how the occult works. Thankfully, there is a cute little chameleon to help keep Indie sane. Done in a fun and loose cartoonish style characterized with ink washes!
Coney island Disco Palace is a hilarious humour comic! Created by Josfern, he describes it as “an exercise in absurdity. Contains: Zombies, dinosaurs, and abundance of mustaches, slam dancing Abe Lincoln, poop jokes, fantastically ugly people and everything in between! Sure to delight, offend or Amuse!” and he's pretty sop on! Coney island Disco Palace is a ridiculous pile of fun from beginning to end.
The art is smooth and goes through different styles and from colour to black and white and colour again, the writing remains funny throughout!
Brave Resistance is a World War II comic about a Seneca Indian teaming up with the Greek Resistance in a “mourning war” against the Nazis in occupied Greece. The story opens with a bang, with a team of US pilots in Mustangs on a bombing run to take out a supply lines… when it goes terribly wrong, abandoning the protagonist Hunter in Greece. Lots of action and air fighting! Followed up with a peek at the Nazi villains… the impeccable Achziger and his zealous (and ugly) buffoon of an underling, Hacket. Drawn in PIT_FACE's amazing style, with a compelling story and almost tangible colors by Tantz Aerine- a great joint effort!
Trife, Baron, and Kieron break down on a long, lonely stretch of road in the middle of nowhere. Not knowing how long they can survive out in the wilderness they start to consider drastic options… Until they find a homestead occupied by a friendly old couple who offer to help them, but things aren't quite as they seem!
This is a manga comic with fighting, mysterious mysteries and dark secrets, with nice clean art, fine action sequences and erudite writing by Ebdojo. Rated T.
A Loonatic's Tale is the tale of… a lunatic named Dr Zinc. His insanity is a matter of debate: his hair will eat anything but boater hats, his friend Flint is a vampire with metal wings, he's got shady people (who can teleport and lift cars) who want him dead… it IS kind of hard to believe him. He works for the king, a pretty disgruntled guy who loves mornings. This stylish color comic is full of silly madness, mad plots, and plot silliness. Some really entertaining characters, hilarious moments and great dialogue as well!
The Panty Brigade…
The GODDAMN Panty Brigade!
These are a bunch of anarchist, punky, geek grrrls who're out for fun, no matter what. They're mean, selfish, rude, crude, violent and hilarious! And, as the title implies, they don't often tend to wear too much.
This is a funny, caper pop-punk-music comedy, a bit Scot Pilgrim a bit Tankgirl… The art is colourful, stylised and sexy. By Teh Andeh, rated M.
- also on its home site: http://www.goddamnpantybrigade.com/
The comic starts with Eli, a young boy in a tough spot: up on a stage in front of a large, grotesquely costumed audience with his head on the chopping block. Why is he there, and what has he done wrong? Eli's problems are focused around a girl named Lexi Loo, but in order to find some answers we need to know about Eli's past, Lexi's mysterious arrival, that she looks very much like Eli's dead twin sister… and she has a huge dog. The artwork is manga-ish with a detailed style and some impressive backgrounds!
Jay is a young guy, a bit shy and not very popular but it looks like he might get a girlfriend… That is until an old nightmare comes to life and gets in the way.
Poor Jay is haunted nightly by a strange spirit that keeps on asking him the same question, a question that he's too terrified to answer!
Just Crazy is a black and white Manga that reads right to left. By Jennycah, rated M.
Grimm, Indiana is a small town of 5,000 people with a big city amount of activity in the prostitution, drugs, and murder area. It's also full of names that might sound kind of familiar: Snow Whitney, Missy Muffet, Johnny Wolfe, Poseidon… If you like the modern fairy-tales aspect of Fables and the disturbing themes of Preacher, this comic might be right up your dark and dangerous alley. Definitely M-rated!
Holsley Benings is a cad and a rogue. He's also a pretty talented bard.
Being caught in flagrante with the daughter of the captain of the guards BY the captain of the guards was a bad move and the start of an adventure. Now Holsley and a couple of fellow adventurers are on a mission to save the kingdom!
By Karl Smith and Andres Bolo, by The Bard is a black and white line art fantasy story in comic strip format. It's very much a comedy! The characters and humour may seem familiar at times but stick with it and see where it goes, this is a good looking little piece of work!
Also at bythebard.com
theorah (creator of London Underground and Illusional Beauty) brings us another stellar comic with Strangers and Friends. It begins with a lovely storybook chapter about King Vikram and his attempt to catch the tale-weaving demon Vetala. Subsequent chapter breaks also feature some old tales, however the core story is about a young man and his grandfather, who have moved to a small town in England to open a resaurant, kind of. theorah's charming, cheerful art style fits right in with this small-town tale, and there's more to the story than meets the eye. A bit of social commentary, a bit of intrigue, all excellent!
Distance and Time is a surreal tale of an unhappy man on a journey…
Where is he going? Why is that old woman so ANGRY? Who is the sad shadow giant? Is the man in the cage really just another version of the man carrying him? And why can't they eat any of those yummy apple pies????
All these questions and more present themselves when reading this slightly comical, very surreal, symbolic graphic novel. It's a very interesting, dream-like progress, following the man on his journey!
The art is dark and simplified, very characteristic of Vega's evolving style, with a touch of scritchy grit to add the the surreal atmosphere.
Rated T, comic by VegaX
Margot has a problem with cooking and cleaning: she's so bad at it she starts fires. Her problem seems solved when a strange man in the grocery store sells her an InstaDinner. The instructions are simple but she still messes up. The InstaDinner becomes a giant but friendly glop monster made of all the food ever. However, Icky is unfailingly friendly and helpful and transforms into a more normal shape, and since he loves to cook Margot manages to pass him off as a foreign exchange student who needs a place to stay. This goofy story has a great energetic art style full of color and silliness!
Shanku has left her home behind to explore the wide world around her. Out of her small forest home she finds more of her own kind and new friends. Love, loss, and adventure await her as she discovers the secrets her clan struggled to hide. But at what cost?
Just Another Day is basically a simple fantasy comic. The story mostly revolves around Shanku, a young cub with the wanderlust “disease” who was curious about her world. Her clan did not approve of this, deemed her as a threat because of her condition, and placed her in exile for ten years in hopes that she would find a cure for herself by whatever means. The story begins at the start of her exile.
By AshenSkye, Just Another Day features beautiful, soft pencilled artwork of exceptional quality! Rated E