Goodbye Old Friends: Reinvention in Long-form Webcomics

 

There’s nothing quite like getting stuck into a long-running long-form webcomic.

I mean, gag-a-day and strip comics are great too, but you don’t get the same kind of joy you get watching your favourite characters grow and develop week by week: fleshing out backstories, deepening their characterisation, refining the way secondary characters interact with the protagonist/s and even watching them go off on their own adventures, and…

Hang on, whatever happened to that character? It’s been years now since they took that new job in another city, shouldn’t we check in to see how it’s going?

Nope! That character you were invested in has fallen victim to the trope so common in this form of storytelling: the rotating cast roster.

“But I loved that character”, I hear you cry! “Why would the author do this to me?” – now before you rage-quit the comic, or lose interest and let it languish as an open browser tab with the dozens of others you’ll never get back to (looking at you, Steve!), let me explain why your favourite comics do this, and why it really is a good thing. Continue reading

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5 ways to support webcomic creators (without even trying)!

We all love webcomics – but sometimes expressing that love can be hard! We don’t always have the time or the cash to support the people creating these digital scribbles we hold so dear: sending emails, buying the merch, ordering print collections… if only there was an easier way!

Despair not, Digital Strippers (um…)! There are indeed easy ways for you to support your favourite creators – without even trying! Here’s five of the best you can do right now: Continue reading

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Digital Strips Episode 483: Win State

Fake news on the front of the newspaperFor the second week of our look at the nominees for the Eisners, the guys check out the five comics nominated for Best Digital Comic: Bandette, Edison Rex, Helm, On a Sunbeam, and Universe!. There’s something old (previously featured), something new, and something that can only be described as fake news that Steve is spreading about one of the four-peat nominees.

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Digital Strips Episode 482: Pour It On My Buttons

Cheez Whiz ad from back in the dayUnfortunately for you, Jason is a web designer in his day job and so he has some opinions on the recent redesign Adam Huber applied to Bug Martini. Also, The Eisners are once again nearly upon us, so the guys take a look at the nominees for Best Webcomic: Bird Boy, Deja Brew, Jaeger, The Middle Age, and On Beauty.

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Melodrama, Mayhem and… Mmmmmwebcomics?

Boy, aren’t Soap Operas just the worst?

Crazy, never ending plotlines, cliched, insipid characters with terrible acting, and don’t even get me started with those weird filters they use on the cameras! You turn on the TV, and the very moment the screen lights up you know if you’re inadvertently watching a soap opera – they’re just that recognisable. No thank you.
But even with all those problems – when you do turn on your daytime TV, these things are everywhere! So they must have an audience, they must have fans and a large community base who’s gots to watch their stories.

But if they have fans, do they have webcomics? This week, I set out on a quest to find out where all the soap operas be at in the webcomic world.

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Digital Strips Episode 481: The Glass Harmonica In-Your-Endo

Benjamin Franklin and his glass harmonica from the cover of the book, Angelic MusicWe all know how Steve feels about the sultry soul of Adele, so let’s relax and listen to some tunes on the old glass harmonica like we used to back in the day. Also, Tapas made a lot of people angry and confused last week with their TOS changes, so the guys give their two cents on that topic. Finally, Steve brings BFGFS to the table and Jason marvels at its cuteness while wondering if he can take another cute journal comic.

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Digital Strips Episode 480: Terence, Meet Joe

Batman: The Long Halloween, issue 13 of 13Welcome back to the podcast that makes all your dreams come true, even if you want to be a magical Japanese schoolgirl! The guys are reminiscing about Multiplex and pondering its bright future, while also looking at new comic, Apricot Cookies. It’s weird, it’s funny, and it rarely takes itself seriously. Check out all of these comics and more, there’s so much to read and so little time!

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Digital Strips Episode 479: Three People Does Not A Bullpen Make

Jedidiah and Octavius fight the air in Night at the MuseumThere’s middle of nowhere, and then there’s the wide expanses of Idaho. Once Steve tells Jason all about the more colorfully-named parts of his home state, it’s on to a couple of comics that show their animal instincts proudly with Scurry and Ghosts of the Gulag.

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Digital Strips Episode 478: Too Much White Space

Slender Man on vacationEver hear a short guy and tall guy come to terms with the appropriate lengths of a pair of pants? Ridiculous. Luckily, this podcast is about webcomics. Together, the guys look at A Comik and Elf & Warrior.

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Digital Strips Episode 477: Ate A Wooden Plank, Now I’m Irregular

MetamucilWhat is a webcomic? Does that term matter any longer? Did it ever? After the guys give their mercifully brief thoughts on this topic, it’s on to the comics! This week, Jason brings Irregular to the table, while Steve presents us with Wooden Plank Studios.

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