And now, a feature I meant to keep up and thought nobody was interested in. Turns out, I was wrong!
I read a lot of webcomics, so I thought I might as well share some of my favorites.
This week’s offering is “Sailor Twain or The Mermaid in the Hudson” by Mark Siegel. It is the story of Sailor Twain, who captains/ed the “Lorelei” and yes, there is a mermaid.
It’s currently updating, and is the graphic novel equivalent of a 19th century serial novel- something that is near and dear to my heart. The artwork is stunning, and I know that I can’t wait to see where the story goes.
One of the interesting things about the webcomic is the blog that accompanies it- filled with period artwork, music, and musings about the area and time period.
I’m a sucker for great historic pieces- and this is one of my two favorites. The other? Well, that will just have to wait for next week.
Next up in Webcomic Wednesday is Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques. With years of archives, this probably the first that might give you a lot of reading before you catch up. And yes, I always recommend starting a webcomic from the beginning.
Questionable Content follows the life of Marten, his roommate Faye, and his AnthroPC Pintsize. There are quite a few more characters, but it’s essentially a “group of friends” type of webcomic with a fair amount of humor, music and geekiness thrown in. Unlike The Dreamland Chronicles, this is not an all ages comic. There’s swearing, frank discussion of sex and Pintsize has the tendency to mention things from the internet that would likely scar you if you started to Google it.
The art is great, though admittedly it started a bit rough. So part of the enjoyment is in seeing Jacques improve as an artist. Honestly, the real star of the show is his writing. He has the ability to create three dimensional characters that have real reactions to realistic problems- relationships, jobs, difficult pasts- all without straying into territory that’s too familiar. I find him to be quite funny as well.
Like all the webcomics I’ve mentioned so far, Jacques does put out merchandise (through Topataco)- mostly t-shirts based on t-shirts his characters have worn or things they’ve said. He and his wife used to manage their t-shirt business themselves, and it was a lot of work. I bought a t-shirt from them a couple years back, and honestly, I couldn’t believe how quickly it arrived and how well they ran their shop. He’s someone who definitely takes pride in what he does and that’s another reason I recommend QC. There are plenty of webcomics out there where the creators don’t stick to a schedule or think that because they’re popular they don’t have to run their comic’s business end like it is a business.
Jeph Jacques has a Twitter account (@jephjacques) as well as a Tumblr. The cast of QC is also on Twitter, though you might not want to follow Pintsize if you have a client that automatically expands image links.
Psst! Let’s pretend that posted this yesterday. Truthfully, the three day weekend threw me off and I thought today was Wednesday. Yikes.
So far I’ve mentioned Johnny Wander and Girls with Slingshots. Just in case the last one was a bit too adult, I thought I’d mention one that’s great for parents and kids- The Dreamland Chronicles. By Scott Christian Sava, Dreamland Chronicles follows the adventures of Alexander, a college student with no real goals in life who discovers so much more when he finds himself back in Dreamland- a place that children visit nightly until they grow up. He’s reunited with his childhood friends- Nastajia (an elven princess), Paddington (a rock giant), and Kiki (a fairy).
The art is 3D rendered (something very uncommon), and it’s put up page by page 5 days a week. He does sell it in volumes, though right now I can’t find the store on his site (I know he’s been working on it).
It’s a wonderful read, that again, is all ages. He writes with his sons in mind, so the raciest thing they’ve had are a couple kisses. The story is unique, there’s so much to the story itself that I don’t want to even discuss it for fear of spoiling it.
I read a lot of webcomics. My RSS reader just gets filled with more and more and more as time goes on. While there are a lot of great ones out there, I thought I’d put the spotlight on a few webcomics that I really adore, and whose creators are equally fabulous people.
First up is Johnny Wander, by Yuko Ota (art) and Ananth Panagariya (story). Read More…