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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Ready Player: Webcomics

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Steven Spielberg’s latest movie Ready Player One– based on the novel by Ernest Cline – was a commercial hit. In an age where the real-L.I.F.E immersive qualities of Virtual Reality are only beginning to be explored, Cline’s story of a digital Willy-Wonka-style Golden Ticket hunt clearly spoke to modern audiences.

Of course, Webcomics long pipped Parzival at the top of the leaderboard, having used their digital platform to explore life within simulations for almost as long as the medium has existed. Today, we’re looking at one of the clearest examples, and dissecting how it’s built its own Oasis for readers to escape to.

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DS 506: Caw For Haw By Jawkly

Hee-HawThis episode is all about CAW4HW, or A Comic a Week For a Hundred Weeks, or Caw For Haw. No matter what you call it, you’re bound to laugh at a few of the jokes creator Jawkly has here. Steve and Jason discuss their favorite gags, as well as a possible future for the comic and hope for continued comics from Jawkly.

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DS 505: Save Room For Some Nom-Noms?

Num NomsIf you haven’t sat and debated the nature of classic Looney Tunes characters, then do we have a fascinating illustrated conversation to share with you! Also, we’re looking at the 2018 Eisner nominees for Best Webcomic (scroll to the very bottom of the list). There is some outstanding work represented, but the people who choose these comics would do well to provide some new categories so the various subjects can breathe a bit more. Still, a lot of good stuff to check out, so we can’t complain too much!

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DS 504: There’s Something About Ollie

The Boy From SpaceJohn Keogh is back on it and back on Twitter, with a whole slew of new comics for you and I to read (endure?). Also, the guys review Space Boy, a story full of sci-fi elements, the promise of the future yet to come, but most importantly, heart and soul. Don’t miss this one!

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