An App(arition) for Modern Horror

Happy… *checks calendar* What? November?! When did this happen?

Oh, right – I’ve been lost in the all-consuming vortex which is Tales of the Unusual by Seongdae Oh.

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DS 521: The C-Dub-iverse

Tom Welling and Erica Durance of SmallvilleAfter giving their thoughts on the PvP collection currently on Kickstarter, the guys take another look at Madeline Rupert Jaspering’s Sakana, a comic DS first took a look at back in 2012. What’s changed? What’s the same? Is it still as fun and character-rich as it was back then? Listen in to this first part of that return to Sakana to find out!

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DS Conversation: Brock Heasley

The cover to Paper Bag Mask, a novel by Brock HeasleyJason talks with Superfogeys creator Brock Heasley about his first novel, Paper Bag Mask, the real-world inspirations for that story, the Kickstarter currently wrapping up for the first volume of Superfogeys, and the long, winding road to where that comic is now.

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DS 520: Get Your Voyeur On

Movie poster for film, Warm BodiesZomCom brings us moment-to-moment undead gags that are sure to leave you in stitches! Also, Jason took a look back at The Last Halloween and got so engrossed in the first chapter that he couldn’t even more on to the second (soon, though!). Finally, Steve introduces us to the lovely world of Yehuda Devir and his wife with One Of Those Days (and some awesome behind the scenes videos to boot).

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What’s in a (spooky) name?

We’re back!

And just in time, too – with October winding down, we’re getting closer and closer to that time of year where Webcomics and their creators take on the dark powers of the night to theme all webcomic things Halloween.

In fact, if you’re on Twitter, you might already have noticed one of the October trends that have remained part of the webcomics landscape since the practice began back in 2013: Halloween-themed name changes.

It didn’t take long for the trend, which started across various writer and celebrity accounts in the first week of October 2013 then gained popularity following the #SpookyCelebs game on that year’s All Hallow’s Eve, to spread into the Webcomics community. Creators such as Jeph Jacques and David Malki jumped in early (and are still in the game) and were joined by a growing host of others that have continued to make Webcomic Twitter a spooky place each October.

Whilst the practice still spreads across a number of other Twitter communities – such as the aforementioned writers and celebrities – Webcomics have the distinct advantage of their art to help differentiate their changes from others’. Many creators have taken to updating not only their names for October but also their profile pictures and colour themes to give off just the right spoooooky vibes!

Below, we’ve compiled thirteen (ooooh!) accounts which are still playing along five years later for you to check out and follow – Have you or your favourite creators spookified your Twitter names this year? Continue reading

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DS 519: Snake Dancey Pants

Panel from the comic, Goodbye to HalosKate Beaton has provided years of quality, silly jokes with Hark! A Vagrant, and now that she’s ending the comic and declaring the site to be an archive, you should go enjoy all that wonderful silliness. Also, a new webcomic is launching soon, and the guys are interested in the process involved with starting a new online comic these days. All that, plus our review of Goodbye to Halos, a wonderful fantasy comic that features representation for LGBTQ people and a fun, exciting fish-out-of-water story to boot.

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DS 518: A Quiet Place To Celebrate Things

CochiseHey, it’s time to celebrate another webcomic milestone, this time involving John Allison and his massive, impressive body of work. Another thing we celebrate in this episode is Brigid Alverson, a former DS co-host and contributor who has opinions on a recent article from The Comics Journal about Amazon/Comixology and the Small Press Expo. Finally, we do what we do best: review the comic, Kochab, by Sarah Webb.

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DS 517: Death, Very Sneaky Death

Pretty sneaky, sis kid from Connect Four commercialAre you a troll, or are you a goblin? While you consider that question, join us in giving a fond farewell to the most professional of felines, Business Cat, whose final comic has now posted. However, there’s much to celebrate as we take a look at the murky depths of Deeply Dave and the fantastical chicanery of Sneaky Goblins.

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DS Blog in September

Hey everyone! Terence (a.k.a the Average Joe) here – just popping in a quick note the blog will be on temporary hiatus (not “Temporary Hiatus”!! Every Webcomic reader knows what that means!!!) during September. My thesis is due, and I am writing this from the secret bunker where I’ve been ensconced until it’s finished at the end of the month.

See you all in October for some spoooooky webcomics articles!

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DS 516: Seven Inches of Sass and Fire

Stan Lee Excelsior Funko Pop figureWebtoon continues to grow and now it’s getting some heavy hitting names like Stan Lee and Warren Ellis on the service. Also, we look at a comic that is charming, fun, and adventurous in 7″ Kara by Becca Hillburn.

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