Now, ninety-nine weeks after it first began, the Comic a Week for a Hundred Weeks project by Jawkly is about to come to a close.Continue reading
Love it or hate it, the internet is ON FIRE over the Game of Thrones finale.
Not only because the episode was so divisive, but because it marks the end of an era. What do you do with all that time you’d designated for getting your GOT fix, discussing theories for the future of the show, or cackling madly about what happened to Joffrey (all these years and it’s still soooooo satisfying)? What better way to fill the aching void in your hearts than… with webcomics!
We’ve scoured the net to bring you the best epic-scale, character-driven sagas that’ll give you the next best thing to a skiing holiday in Westeros. Here are the three webcomics to read now you’re done with Game of Thrones.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
What a year 2018 was for Digital Strips! With dozens of new and returning Webcomics featured in the show, and of course the massive milestone of hitting FIVE HUNDRED EPISODES in March of last year, it has been a long, loving look at this medium which only continues to get better and better.
As Steve and Jason highlighted in their 2018 retrospective podcast last week, many of those dozens of Webcomics were particular standouts, with several making it to our fearless hosts’ personal pull lists and others eliciting vows to return and catch up on their ever-growing backlogs. Some, like Mary Cagle’s ‘Sleepless Domain’, have even reinvigorated the show’s very obsession with comics on the web.
Likewise, the DS Blog crew (okay, it’s just me) has been following the recommendations of the show, finding Webcomics of our own to read and examine, and fall in love with. Today, we’re going to look at a few of the Webcomics that topped our lists for 2018, and some that we can’t wait to follow into this new year.
The aforementioned comic by Mary Cagle was Steve’s pick for 2018, being exactly what he was looking for to reinvest himself into the world of Webcomics and all it can offer!
Don’t let the title of this one fool you! Katie Cook’s (yes, cutesy) brilliant webcomic about a young girl who turns out to be quite special indeed, you’ll also be hooked by the comic’s brilliant and engaging style, writing, and characters.
Steve McCranie’s interstellar epic was high on Steve and Jason’s watch list throughout 2018—and mine, too! I’ve kept up with this one every week through 2018, and next to one I’ll mention later was the breakout favourite of the year. Go read it, it’s great!
Although it hasn’t updated as much recently, owing to the creator (Dan Martin) working to turn the comic into an RPG video game (yes, really!), this was another standout for Jason who enjoyed its sharp humour, clever writing and well-executed punchlines.
A Problem Like Jamal
One of Steve’s picks for the year, this webcomic by Tauhid Bondia made it to the top of his list due to it’s excellent exploration of important themes and it’s unique perspectives.
Although this one didn’t make Jason’s list, it sure made Steve’s and Mine! Another which I have kept up with through to the present, this story by Boredman about the four horsemen of the apocalypse (and, lately, what became of their horses after their ‘retirement’) is a well-crafted read with an excellent visual style.
The Sword Interval
Although the podcast crew noted it way back in 2016, this crossed my own radar for the first time last year, and ties Space Boy for top spot on my personal 2018 list. Ben Fleuter’s tale of humanity’s struggle for life amidst a post-apocalyptic magical and monstrous dystopia is just incredible, and is certain to be the subject of one or more worldbuilding articles here on the site in 2019.
Tales of the Unusual
Still recently on my mind after Halloween, Seongdae Oh’s creepy series of short comics makes my top list for 2018 due to the sheer pants-dampening discomfort it brought me when I CONSUMED it’s archives! Seongdae has great skill at building tension, even through the language barriers of translation, and his art style is creepy as heck to boot.
So there you have it! The not-quite-exhaustive list of our top Webcomics for 2018. Were there any mentioned on the podcast or the Blog that you’ve been keeping up with? How does your own personal list stack up to the one we have here? We’d love you to drop a note here in the comments and tell us—or you can always reach us on Twitter or on the Facebook Page. Until next time, here’s looking to a bright 2019 full of Webcomics and many, many hours illuminated by our screens. And while you’re reading, remember—don’t eat the clickbait!
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).
Kate 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.