Saturday Shoutout — ‘Strangebeard 2 (Electric Bugaboo)’ Kickstarter

Hey Digital Strippers!

It’s the weekend, so we’re back again for another Saturday Shoutout!

Before we get to this week’s featured project, just a quick reminder about Steve and Jason’s latest episode which talked about the Midnight Radio Kickstarter. Although the project has already funded by now, you can still pre-order the book through the Kickstarter link, so don’t hesitate to check it out if the podcast piqued your interest!

And now, with no further ado, we’d like to introduce – Strangebeard! by Kelly Tindall

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DS 540: Do Read The Comments

David Gallaher is adding a new achievement to his list with his work on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Steve is hyped about the Midnight Radio Kickstarter supporting a new hardcover collection of comics, and Jason catches us up on his criticism of Pepper and Carrot, which has taken a turn NO one saw coming!

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So, what’s a ‘zine, anyway (and what does it have to do with Webcomics)?

Last week when we looked at the Eisner nominations on the podcast and the blog, we noted that one of the webcomics presented was very different in both style and content: The Contradictions by Sophie Yanow.

The Contradictions by Sophie Yanow, episode #24

In the blog last week, we said Yanow’s comic was more reminiscent of an “e-Zine” than a ‘traditional’ webcomic. But what on earth does that even mean?! Today, dear Digital Strippers, we’re going back up the branches of the webcomic family tree and looking at the wild and wonderful world… of Zines.

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Saturday Shoutout — Sheldon Comics ‘Pop Culture’ Kickstarter

Hey Digital Strippers, it’s the Average Joe here!

We at Digital strips know you all follow a LOT of webcomics. Besides the ones that Steve and Jason bring us every week on the podcast, there’s the old favourites we cling to dearly year after year, and the newest, most exciting thing we find crossing our social media feed every day.

So, it’s easy for us to let our schedule of checking in on some of those favourites slip every now and then.

The problem is, sometimes that means we’re going to be away for some big announcements. Often that’s okay, as we can always dive back through the archives and catch up. But sometimes those things we miss have some very specific deadlines — like Kickstarter drives, limited print runs, personal appearances or other short-term opportunities.

We don’t want you to miss out, so we’re starting a new segment on the blog called the ‘Saturday Shoutout’. Each week, we’ll be featuring something that’s going on in the webcomics world with a deadline you’re not going to want to miss. And with the whole weekend ahead of you, there’s no better time to cruise on over and take advantage of the opportunity!

Starting off the series, we have Dave Kellett’s ‘Pop Culture’ Kickstarter!

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DS 539: Sitting in the Soup

It’s Eisner time and Webtoon is claiming more than half the spots for their growing platform! We have quick thoughts on all the nominees (in addition to the intro that The Average Joe already gave us), including:

After that quick update, it’s time to travel to the wonderful world of witches with Pepper and Carrot by David Revoy, where we learn to love our family despite our desire to just have some danged fun with some danged magic.

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Eisner 2019 Webcomics Nominations!

Hitting you hot off the presses of the cultural Zeitgeist, it’s the Digital Strips Blog here with the nominees for the 2019 Eisner awards!…

…two weeks after they were announced!

But tardiness aside, there’s some interesting titles on the block this year. We can’t help but notice, too, that 60% (or, three out of the five) of the offerings in the Webcomics category are hosted on Line Webtoon — but then, the pervasiveness of that ever-expanding hub of Webcomics content is no surprise to erstwhile listeners of the Digital Strips podcast now, is it?

Here, then, are your Eisner Awards 2019 Webcomics Category finalists.

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DS 538: Chibi On The Bottom

The margarita hurricane from Margaritaville restaurant in Myrtle Beach, SC

Sometimes, the boy just can’t bring himself to tell the girl how he feels. And then, before he can tell her, she decides to replace her human body with a synthetic one and move back to Earth. It’s a tale as old as time when we review Heartwired by Rod and Leanne Hannah.

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DS 537: Pittering Into Perpetuosity

T-1000 robot from Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Not content to call it quits at the midpoint last week, the guys decided to review the rest of Seed (or what was there at the time of recording, big doins in the newest update already!). Make Turry happy and listen to our thoughts so we all get out of this relatively unscathed. Please?

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Homestuck Returns!

It seems like only yesterday we were revisiting Andrew Hussie’s epic webcomic Homestuck when we looked at comics which have returned after long hiatuses. And as though our thoughts and words manifested into the ether, this week saw the return of none other than the internet’s most famous flash-based semi-interactive webcomic.

It’s time to choose… between meat and candy.

Andrew, you’ve Hussied us again! (Homestuck Epilogues landing page)

Homestuck’s latest update features an ‘epilogue’ to the story of John, Rose, Jade, Dave—and of course, Lord English—and much of the rest of the extended cast that grew with the comic across its nine-year run (although I guess that period technically needs to be updated now, huh?). It is, in true Homestuck style, a little confusing at first (especially if you accidentally skip the prologue and go straight to the main course/dessert as I did) and a little twisted at the end: but fans of the series will be rewarded by sticking through a read of both divergent (but intertwining) canon and non-canon paths.

I won’t spoil too much about what happens at the end, but… suffice it to say I wouldn’t be surprised if we were back here in another few years with a blog post entitled ‘Homestuck: the webcomic that keeps coming back’. Want to know why? Then why are you still here? Go read it now! 😀

Are you a fan of Homestuck? Let us know what you thought of its triumphant return in the comments below—and don’t forget to remind us that Hussie teased as much back in 2016 by catching us on Twitter and Facebook. And until next time, always remember: don’t eat the clickbait!

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DS 536: Frightening Future Fun for Fatties

Jason wasn’t fair to Dave Mercier and hop.dude, so he offers his apology along with a promise to read more and give his thoughts. He also noted to The Last Halloween creator Abby Howard how uncomfortable a recent update made him (which she appreciated). Finally, the guys take a look at Said Polat’s Seed, a comic about the problems that come with superintelligent AI that escape their confines and harass good, decent folk like you and me.

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