May 19, 2010

Webcomic Wednesday: Johnny Wander

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). It’s part journal comic, as well as the occasional fiction short. I fell in love with Yuko’s work when she was doing Fallen, one of those brilliant but massive works that take eons to complete. Not something easy to do while you’re in college. When she stopped Fallen, I was sad, but understood. While it’s satisfying to complete your epic that you’ve labored on for years, it also keeps you from trying new things to grow as an artist.

There’s a beautiful simplicity to her work. She’s so expressive yet understated- I wish I could have an ounce of her talent.

Another reason I’m in love with them, is that they’ve started to put out merchandise based on her designs (some related to comics, others not). I purchased their Maw keychain, and was shocked by how efficient they are with their orders. I bought it one day, got an email the same day with a tracking number, and it was clear that they’d simply filled their orders immediately and dropped them off. AMAZING.

Johnny Wander updates twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Occasionally they will miss an update, but don’t hold it against them. They’re both professional freelancers who work around the clock on all of their projects. And the writing and artwork is definitely worth it.

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