The Webcomic Review Awards!
WIth 153 votes, the winners are in. I’m not gonna waste your time with a big speech, so let’s get to it!
Tom Siddell’s Gunnerkrigg Court is the oldest webcomic nominated, and a deserving winner. With excellent art, writing, humor, and drama, GK has kept its plot moving at a clip all year, and is as fresh and hungry as it was when it started. never losing steam.
Runner-up: Kill 6 Billion Demons
While Zack Morrison’s Paranatural hasn’t been the fastest-moving comic, it’s excellent humor and characterization kept fans happy, even as the current storyline threatens never to end
Runner-up: Sleepless Domain
Seriously, just look at it
Runner-up: Gunnerkrigg Court
Best Webcomic Under Two Years Old
Most of the categories were close, but this was a blowout. With great art, great characters, and the best twist opening I’ve ever seen, Mary Cagle’s Sleepless Domain is awesome
Gunnerkrigg Court’s been building to the confrontation with Jeanne for years. When it finally happened, it pushed the whole cast to their limits, to the point it’s actually still going.
Runner-up: Doctor McNinja, “The End”
Best Use of Internet in Storytelling
What sets Octopus Pie from the rest of the pack is its consistency. It’s not just one or two great pages, nearly every page of Octopus Pie pushes infinite canvas to the limit. Most internet-style storytelling can feel gimmicky, but Octopus Pie lives in its format.
Runner-up: Legend of the Hare, Parallax Scrolling
Brian, from Camp Weedonwantcha, is doubly impressive. Not only is he one of the most interesting characters in webcomics, he does it with almost no dialogue, letting his actions speak for him. This gentle giant and his temper, and his relationship with Seventeen, is the core of the series.
Runner-up: Undine, Sleepless Domain
Do I need to explain this? I don’t think I do. While not as funny as him getting mad Nintendo ripped off his “girl” idea, Diaz is still the best source of lulz in webcomics
Runner-up: Everyone hates Homestuck, Act 7
While webcomics critique is stereotyped as anti-liberal, it wasn’t the “SJWs” that provoked the most hate this year, but Rayne Summers endless pointless polemics that were devoid of any ideas, but still managed to be overwhelming and smug.
Runner-up: Dresden Codak
While this was nearly a 4-way tie, Homestuck’s Act 7 edged a victory. This enragingly short and half-assed “ending” literally finished on a shot of the bad guy powering up, answering no questions, resolving no plot points, and driving BladekindEyewear into a full-on depression. The “Credits” flash that followed a few months later helped a little, but that this ending necessitated another ending and a still-going Snapchat continuation speaks volumes for how little it resolved
Runner-up: Dumbing of Age - Ruth is bad at blackmail
And that was 2016 in webcomics! As we move on to 2017, let’s raise a glass to a bright future in webcomics before the nukes kill us all! God speed!
Any comics you feel got robbed?