DS 514: The State Of Our Webcomics Union Is Strong!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg falls asleep at the State of the Union addressJason Brubaker (reMIND, Sithrah) has some thoughts on the current state of webcomics, including what it takes to succeed in an ever-increasingly bloated ecosystem, and the guys provide their thoughts on those thoughts. Also, Steve wants to check in with Order of the Stick, which is still big on words. Not to be outdone, Jason brings it back to Gunnerkrigg Court, which has finally taken a turn towards the exciting again.

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How Mary Worth Beat Superman

Anyone on the street will tell you that “comics” mean “superhero comics.” With the rise of Batman, Captain America and the Avengers from the back of the dingily-lit comic store, to the summer blockbuster every year (forever) that person on the street might even be able to tell you everything about their favourite Hero, without ever having seen a comic book.

By Yale Stewart – JL8 #2

Online, it’s a different matter. Sure, superhero webcomics exist, but how many of them do you see in a given ‘Top 10″ or ‘best of‘ list? How many of them do you read?

Not many – because Superhero comics lack something special, something integral to digital success: something comics like Mary Worth figured out a long time ago. Continue reading

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DS 513: Keep Those Balls In The Air!

LaVar Ball and his familyNot content to just talk about comics on the web, this episode features some digital books about comics on the web. So meta! Or something. Enjoy talk about Launch Party (formerly on Kickstarter) and Hit Reblog (now on Comixology) and then hear about a new comic coming from the Brothers Weiner as well as a look at Mary Cagle’s Sleepless Domain, a comic that takes some interesting twists and risks that you won’t be expecting (unless you’re spoiled by this episode, so be warned!).

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DS 511: Quakstak! Use Sak Attak!

Panels from the comic, Death Bulge, depicting a Pokemon-like battleNot only do we have two excellent comics for you this week, but two comics that understand the web very well and utilize it in interesting ways to make their comics reach and impact that much greater. First up is Deathbulge, a biting gag-a-day that skewers all aspects of life with a razor sharp wit. Secondly, The 3 Pilgrims will take you on a journey you’ll just be itching to be a part of.

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DS 510: Can’t Find The Bread

BreadIt’s a slim and short episode as the guys review the gag-a-whenever comic, Invisible Bread. Check it out for yourself and see if you find a chuckle or two (while looking for that darned bread).

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DS 509: Maybe The Dingo Doodles Ate Your Baby

Elaine quotes a movie on SeinfeldIf you want joy and hilariousness in your animated stories, look no further than the Dingo Doodles channel on YouTube. Also, Tim Buckley made a brief, inexplicable change to his most notorious comic. Finally, Swan Boy has been compared to Seinfeld, so naturally Jason has to investigate that claim. His findings lie within!

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The End of Something Wonderful

Clicking through the world of webcomics any time since 2006 there has been one small bit of text, so omnipresent that you might not even have noticed it, that has been with you as surely as the pixels on the screen translating colour and shape into humour and drama:

These nine words (plus a price tag) have been the staple of every self-respecting cartoonist or comic artist who’ve placed their work on the web (and even some of the not-so-self-respecting ones). However, an announcement by Project Wonderful creator Ryan North on June 11 2018 that the service was shutting down for good has brought this experiment in independent advertising and democratisation of ad revenue to a close.

So if you only know of the service as someone seeing the ads, what even was Project Wonderful – and what made it so different to the other advertising options out there? Today, we’re looking back on the service, what it promised, and what it means for webcomic creators to see the service go extinct.

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DS 508: Don’t Know Where Is

He-Man and She-Ra celebrate Christmas togetherJason is back from kid-havin’ so we have a new episode! Noelle Stevenson is working on the She-Ra reboot for Netflix and considering her previous work, that has both Jason and Steve pumped. Steve also brought LOLNEIN before the court to judge. It’s a quirky comedy strip that makes the most out of everyday objects, sometimes to lewd, hilarious effect.

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DS 507: It’s Always Sweetest After The Dark Simpsons

A Rastafarian Bart Simpson knock-offWe celebrate diversity at Digital Strips, and you can’t get much more diverse than the divide between the two comics in this week’s episode. Dark Simpsons shows us what our favorite animated characters would be like in the hands of the a devious, macabre devil while Fruity Cutie Rescue is sweet as can be and just a wonderful good time from the talented creator of Precious Rascals.

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