Digital Strips Episode 493: Taking Us To Flavortown, If You Know I Mean

Guy Fieri welcomes you to FlavortownIt’s never too late to get spooked, especially when Abby Howard is doin’ the scarin’! Even a Door In The Kitchen can be creepy with the right motivations. After that, enjoy the wide open animal talkin’ splendor of Africa, followed by gags-a-plenty with Indoor Graveyard. Finally, we check in on the Goblins Animated Kickstarter, which is now an Indiegogo.

Oh, and here’s the link to that Mark Hamill animated short that the guys talked about. Highly recommended work from the master himself.

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Dungeons and Dragons and Webcomics (Part 4)

We’ve spent the last few weeks getting to know a little more about the Dungeons and Dragons franchise. Its beginnings, the way its popularity and infamy grew in western culture, and the influence it had on a selection of creators in both the fiction-writing and webcomic worlds. For the finale of this series we’re bringing it back to webcomics in a big way, by pulling together a thematic overview of webcomics based on the property itself, and seeing where these influences are present in action. Continue reading

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Digital Strips Episode 492: Nothing Abstruse Here

RC ColaWe’ve got lookalikes, webcomic Likes, and a comic that’s, like, about stuff. Check out the xkcd-a-like Abstruse Goose, a list of webcomics to check out courtesy of the call put out by comics powerhouse Brian Michael Bendis, and enjoy a gag-a-day with Nothing Suspicious.

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Dungeons and Dragons and Webcomics (Part 3)

In today’s episode of this series, we’re going to take a look at how the meteoric rise of Dungeons and Dragons in popular culture from the 80’s to today is reflected in the comics and cartoons that sprung up around it – firstly, in the works commissioned by the game’s creators and producers, and then by the fans creating zines, fanfiction and yes, webcomics. So. Many. Webcomics. Continue reading

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Digital Strips Episode 491: I Ain’t Your Father

After pondering the consistency and look of robot … oil, the guys set to talking about many, many webcomics! Full Plate (Google Play) is another motion comic to check out, Hejibits, Mrs. Frollein, and Robospunk represent various aspects of the single-shot comic format, and A Fire Story tells a poignant, educational story about living through the true life horror of an out-of-control wildfire.

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Dungeons and Dragons and Webcomics (Part 2)

Anyone who’s spent any time reading comics in print or online, is probably familiar with Seduction of the Innocent. This infamous tract by pseudo-psychiatrist Fredric Wertham in 1954 claimed that comic books, with their overt themes of homosexuality, eroticism, violence and murder, were having a deleterious effect on the children of America. Wertham’s book stirred up a frenzy of controversy centred around comics which played out in the media, in the courtroom, and through the establishment of parent’s groups across the American continent. Ultimately, the furore led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority, a regulatory body which oversaw the content of comic books up until as recently as 2011.

If you’re familiar with this story, you’ll see the parallels in the “satanic panic” which erupted around the game of Dungeons and Dragons in the 1980’s. Continue reading

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Digital Strips Episode 490: Pretty Girl, Pretty Girl, Hamburger, Comic

Love your grandmotherAfter the guys determine who REALLY loves their grandmother, it’s off to webcomics! Nothing Special goes against it’s title, I’m The Bird Guy reminds us that Instagram isn’t a great comics platform, Protanopia shows promise, and the terrific tag-team of Ehud and Yael are back with some more short story comic goodness.

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Dungeons and Dragons and Webcomics (Part 1)

Dungeons and Dragons – the archetypal fantasy roleplaying game which created and defined a genre – is a big part of the internet’s collective conscious so it’s no surprise how often it’s referenced in webcomics, whether directly or indirectly. Digital Strips episode 489 delved a little into the between the game, webcomics and their creators (and podcasters) so this seems a perfect time for a companion article series on just what DnD is, how it came to be, and the influence it has had on the webcomics scene. Continue reading

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Digital Strips Episode 489: O.G.D.M., Guv

Wolowitz as DM on The Big Bang TheoryAfter a bit of nonsense about bad impersonations versus good impersonations, the guys take a look at two fun fantasy webcomics. First up is Dungeon Construction Co., brought to us by some familiar faces, and featuring a dissection of those fantasy gaming tropes we all know and love. Secondly, Steve brings an incredibly horny monster comic to the show with Frankenstein Superstar. If you’ve ever asked yourself just how much sex the iconic horror staple has, you’ll love this comic!

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Digital Strips Episode 488: Castle Talk

Tobias enters the Gothic Castle on Arrested DevelopmentJason brings the filthy post-apocalyptic comic strip homage, Weapon Brown, along with a mention of Terence’s latest article about Andrew Gregoire and his battle with anxiety. Steve keeps it light and funny, with the frivolity of Good Bear Comics and the childish period drama, Bloodlust and Bonnets.

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