Another year of Digital Strips is in the books, but before we move on, we’re taking time to remember our favorite comics from the episodes we recorded in 2018. What comics are we keeping up with? What are some stories we’d like to catch up on? We’ve got loads of comics to talk about, so dig in and see what you might have missed this past year.
Hey, Strippers, Welcome to 2019!
It’s that time of the year when, traditionally, we all get a little more introspective and set goals for ourselves to mark on the blank slate of life before us. You might remember we did a similar thing in the leadup to 2018, setting out our goals for the blog and for the show — now it’s time to look back on those goals and forward again, and give you a little hint to where the Digital Strips Blog will be headed in this brand new year! Continue reading
Robin Kaplan’s Ushala at World’s End is a comic worth looking at … again. The work has expanded since last we saw this exceptional comic, in some ways that we never would have foreseen. Follow the sherp and don’t miss out on this story!
Our long look at Mad Rupert’s Sakana was so delightful, Jason decided we should also look at her choose your own adventure experiment, Pol-Apo. It’s got a biting wit in the writing and a fun soul that is extinguished much too soon with a hiatus that might be permanent. Steve continues the enjoyment train by introducing Oddity Woods, a kid detective tale as charming as it is engrossing.
Jason has news about the successful end of the Superfogeys Kickstarter as well as Tauhid Bondia’s A Problem Like Jamal getting serious about systemic racism and gun violence. After the news, the guys dive back into Mad Rupert’s Sakana for the second part of their review of this great comic. You might feel like nothing has happened for pages (chapters?) at a time, but in the end, it’s a journey well worth going on. Make some new friends and enjoy this comic today!
After 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!
Jason 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.
ZomCom 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).
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