The Oatmeal goes to the Movies

Ten years ago, Matthew Inman posted a little comic on the internet that got… some popularity. You might have seen it shared by your Auntie Irma on Facebook.

Matthew Inman; The Oatmeal

Since then, Inman’s webcomic The Oatmeal has gone from strength to strength. If a decade of internet presence isn’t enough, The Oatmeal also has ten books in print and set crowdfunding records in 2015 for the card game Exploding KittensInman also won the Eisner for Best Digital Comic in 2014 for his unique style which blurs the line between cartoon and infographic.

And now, it looks like Inman has scored himself… a movie deal!

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So, what’s a ‘zine, anyway (and what does it have to do with Webcomics)?

Last week when we looked at the Eisner nominations on the podcast and the blog, we noted that one of the webcomics presented was very different in both style and content: The Contradictions by Sophie Yanow.

The Contradictions by Sophie Yanow, episode #24

In the blog last week, we said Yanow’s comic was more reminiscent of an “e-Zine” than a ‘traditional’ webcomic. But what on earth does that even mean?! Today, dear Digital Strippers, we’re going back up the branches of the webcomic family tree and looking at the wild and wonderful world… of Zines.

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Eisner 2019 Webcomics Nominations!

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.

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Homestuck Returns!

It seems like only yesterday we were revisiting Andrew Hussie’s epic webcomic Homestuck when we looked at comics which have returned after long hiatuses. And as though our thoughts and words manifested into the ether, this week saw the return of none other than the internet’s most famous flash-based semi-interactive webcomic.

It’s time to choose… between meat and candy.

Andrew, you’ve Hussied us again! (Homestuck Epilogues landing page)

Homestuck’s latest update features an ‘epilogue’ to the story of John, Rose, Jade, Dave—and of course, Lord English—and much of the rest of the extended cast that grew with the comic across its nine-year run (although I guess that period technically needs to be updated now, huh?). It is, in true Homestuck style, a little confusing at first (especially if you accidentally skip the prologue and go straight to the main course/dessert as I did) and a little twisted at the end: but fans of the series will be rewarded by sticking through a read of both divergent (but intertwining) canon and non-canon paths.

I won’t spoil too much about what happens at the end, but… suffice it to say I wouldn’t be surprised if we were back here in another few years with a blog post entitled ‘Homestuck: the webcomic that keeps coming back’. Want to know why? Then why are you still here? Go read it now! 😀

Are you a fan of Homestuck? Let us know what you thought of its triumphant return in the comments below—and don’t forget to remind us that Hussie teased as much back in 2016 by catching us on Twitter and Facebook. And until next time, always remember: don’t eat the clickbait!

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Sex and Succubi and Webcomics

Don’t click away! It’s not the title of a Jane Austen novel you’ve never heard of (well, I guess it could be if ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is a real thing…). This week, we’re continuing our dive into all things Webcomic Demonic by moving on from Love Advice from the Great Duke of Hell to look another way demons can work their way into the hearts of their comic’s protagonists—the more, erm… direct approach.

My Succubus Girlfriend #2, by R. Merryweather and Yoshitaka Maki
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The Art of the (Faustian) Deal

Dating can be hard. Getting noticed, making a good first impression – this is why you need a great wingman!

Oh, wait – no wings. Send him back.
(Love Advice from the Great Duke of Hell by Unfins [Damien], episode 3)

Of course, if you’re wanting to secure a happily-ever-after with the love of your life, then perhaps calling upon one of the Great 23 Dukes of Hell, ruler over 30 legions of bloodthirsty demons who could descend in fury upon the cities of the world and reduce them to ash at the mere blinking of an eye… might not be your best option. Some (including Astaroth, the Great Duke himself) might say the idea is patently ludicrous. But Paul, the protagonist of Love Advice from the Great Duke of Hell by Unfins (Damien) isn’t alone in the annals of people selling their souls for ill-conceived reward. In fact, Paul’s Faustian deal is remarkably similar to the one made by the famous Faust himself – and the others that came before them who also sold their immortal souls for… just the silliest reasons.

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From Pictures to Prose

Webcomic authors are creative people – who can’t always be constrained by the number of words one can fit into a comic panel.

Although Lord knows the constraints haven’t stopped a creator or two from time to time (Rich Burlew, Order of the Stick #282)

As they grate to narrate, more than one webcomic artist has dabbled in the time-honoured practice of the novel – not only for collections of their comics, but for fully-fleshed works of fiction or non-fiction that either tie into their webcomics worlds, or even stand fully apart. Today, we’re going to look at a few webcomic writers who’ve crossed the comic page’s gutters and tested the idiom that a picture is worth… well, you get it!

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Where do you read your Webcomics?

Webtoon. Tapas. Comic Rocket. Comic Chameleon. Twitter. Facebook. Or for we old-timers on the Webcomics scene, the good ol’ .com. There’s so many ways and places to read webcomics these days, it gets hard to keep up.

But for the last couple of months, I’ve been noticing something new. Something cropping up in the place I least expected it…

Something that’s… Explosm-ing my mind!

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Save Me, Time-Travelling K-pop Boy Band, You’re My Only Hope!

If you were on Line Webtoon anytime last week, then it’s a pretty sure bet you were treated to the news that:

“Save Me” BU (BTS Universe) has launched on Webtoon!

Webtoon’s synopsis of the comic runs as follows:

Seven boys. Best friends. Their fates intertwined through the good times together, but also the tough times, as they have gone their separate ways and suffered greatly as a result. When all is almost lost for these boys, one is given a special chance to go back in time and help his friends fix the mistakes that led them down this path. He’ll do anything to save them, but can he? Or is he too late?

So far, so good. But who are these seven boys, you might wonder—and what… on earth… is the “BTS Universe”? It’s okay! You wouldn’t be the only one, especially if you’re not living in South Korea or the United States right now, where BTS Fever is hitting epidemic proportions.

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