A Short History of Time Travel: Part Two

Last week, we looked at the way webcomics such as StarslipHomestuck and Girl Genius, each have used time travel as part of their narrative – specifically, the time travel trope known as a stable time loop. But in an alternate reality out there somewhere, that was the topic for today’s post instead – and last week was when we stopped to look at how time travel can result in the future you left looking much different to how you remembered it, upon your return… Continue reading

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Digital Strips Episode 496: Caught In A Web(toons)

A room full of swords and other implements of battle and warAfter hearing Steve’s recounting of a fight with a crane (more to come later?), it’s on to the webcomics! Zach Weiner asked his followers for comic recommendations and they more than obliged (Facebook thread, Twitter thread), Room of Swords and Gosu prove that Webtoons houses some excellent comics (and brings some annoying downsides to the reading platform at the same time), and Business Cat is trying something new.

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Digital Strips Episode 495: Bare Minimum Orgy Participant

The Furies - Unleash the FuriesCome, converse with us about all things webcomics (and a few that aren’t)! Jason looks back on a recent JL8 story and sings the praises of Frank and Becky’s latest triumph, Bustletown, while Steve recalls the beautiful world of Scurry and the often humorously dark Things in Squares.

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Digital Strips Episode 494: Oops I Drew Interspeciesal 4 AM Showers

Matchbox Twenty's 3amJason personally gets to know Oops I Drew This, Steve wakes us up with the delightful 4 AM Shower, and a discussion about Penny Arcade’s latest target provides a frivolously heated moment between our two best webcomics buddies.

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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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