what other webcomics do you read? i need some recs
(CLAPS MY LITTLE HANDS TOGETHER) ok I’m genuinely into EVERY comic i’m about to suggest so pls take the time to check them all out if you’re looking for some reading material
first of all, read Octopus Pie. it’s a classic. it recently ended, and there’s a huge backglog to go through. really well written w/ real professional art i’m actually rereading it RIGHT NOW.
next, Gunnerkrigg Court. this and octopie are the goodie oldies of webcomics, they’ve been running forever. the art starts off a little more simple and cartoony and evolves into some of the most gorgeous, vibrant paintings for panels. the story is EXTREMELY engaging and i’ve been reading it for years. there’s also some rlly cute queer stuff… no spoilers.
i’m almost positive you’ve already SEEN some of Hark! A Vagrant’s strips around the internet. they’re fucking iconic and I don’t really need to say more to you. all i have to do is show you.
now it’s time to talk about Bad Machinery, another BIG FAV. the arcs are cut up to be case-by-case, as a group of school kids solve a slew of supernatural mysteries. I’m really in love with the playful art style and the writing gets. REAL heavy at times. the characters actually do get older and move forward in time as the story progresses, which is something i really appreciate in school-setting comics. pls read it, it’s great.
Kill Six Billion Demons is a new one on my list. It’s…. Insane. I read through it almost all at once, it’s really hard to stop, and it hasn’t been running for too long. The art is some of the most stunning shit I’ve ever seen in my life, forreal. It genuinely makes me want to scream.
Namesake holds a VERY special place in my heart. The illustrations are gorgeous, the wizard-of-oz setting is really cozy for me, and it’s extremely well written. (ALSO QUEER STUFF) don’t pass up this one, yall.
Top ten times fan speculation got uncomfortably close to the truth
10) You know that ‘Hark A Vagrant’ comic about the guy who
sleeps with a picture of his rival under his pillow? (this one) Someone once joked
that ‘I have never seen something that sounds more like something that Katsuki
would do than this’ and considering the fact that Yuuri kept his poster of
Viktor at the foot of his bed for literally about twelve years, it was actually
9) Someone once joked that Yuuri seemed too straight-laced in
public and that he was probably like the kind of person who was really reserved in
public and then really wild at parties. And basically…yes.
8) When Viktor skated to ‘Belle’ during his return to
skating after his injury someone was like ‘wow, his theme for this year is
obsession, maybe he’s skating about Katsuki since they seem to be kinda
obsessed with each other’. But then someone jumped in with the fact that the
song was in French so it was obviously about Chris and the whole conversation got derailed pretty quickly.
7) During the Eros costume debate someone jokingly tweeted ‘honestly
I can understand why Nikiforov lent Katsuki his costume. If Yuuri Katsuki asked
me for my clothes I’d literally give him everything I owned and thank him for
it’. Considering Viktor kind of did just that, it was pretty close to the truth
6) Again during the Eros costume debate people were trying
to work out how the conversation went down when Yuuri asked for Viktor’s help.
Most people agreed he probably just called Viktor or Viktor’s coach and asked
for a favour. Either that or he ran into Viktor at the rink and asked. Some
people were making up crazy theories but one person joked that ‘it’s not like
he was just chilling out in Nikiforov’s apartment and asked him over dinner’.
5) Some people guessed the meaning of Viktor’s SP ‘You Only
Live Once’ bang on. By this point people were getting more and more suspicious
and the fact that it was in Japanese was a big big clue. Others tried to
dismiss it by saying Viktor had skated to plenty of foreign music before and it
wasn’t like he was banned from using a Japanese song but the suspicions that it
was about Yuuri were quite widespread at that point too
4) There were plenty of theories about how they met over the
years but one person wrote a short piece of meta right at the beginning about how they
thought it seemed like the rivalry on Yuuri’s side was too intense for it not
to be something personal and they bet Viktor insulted him or something when he
was younger and Yuuri swore revenge. Then years and years later when the full
truth finally came out they were like ‘HOLY SHIT’
3) A lot of people guessed the cause of Yuuri’s lovebites that
they could see when he skated during the doping scandal. By that point is was a
pretty common assumption that they were caused by Viktor the night before
2) The jacket. There was never any conclusive proof but it
sparked a lot of very accurate speculation
1) The European Championships in chapter 12/8. Funnily
enough most people got this one wrong, by that point the idea that Yuuri and
Viktor were secretly together was gaining more and more evidence and a lot of
people guessed that they met up there to hook up which wasn’t actually true.
But some people thought Yuuri was there to see/support his secret boyfriend and
honestly, he kind of was.
This is the closest thing I got if you meant au’s where she is the ‘star’ or ‘main character’. (Yes, this is a parody/reskin of that one Hark a Vagrant comic that I had been meaning to ink out for a while.)
The Rebel Without A Cause AU Comic is on hiatus b/c I have another huge comic to do for school & it’s due by March 3
So in the meantime, have this R76 trash dump. These were all drawn at different points along my journey of learning how to draw Jack & Gabe. Also, a lot of them were done without reference, and it shows.
Here is a comic about a man I admire very much! Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was an early champion of LGBT rights, and maybe the first person to speak publicly for them as he did in Munich in 1867. The last picture there is the place where he spoke. He used the word “Urning” for gay men, a term he coined, because even the word “homosexual” wasn’t invented yet (it would be soon after). I only found out about him last fall, which is surprising and also sadly not surprising. But he was really amazing, I’m sure you will agree.
Hark! A Vagrant is a strange mix, sometimes the comics are straight jokes and sometimes, like here, I just want to talk about someone I think is great in a way that’s easy to pick up on - comics are great for that! And I tell you what, I got so much out of this particular collection, of all the things I read. Here is a link:
The document is a mix of things, essays and Karl’s own writings and I think you will like it very much. I’m going to leave you with the epitaph on the stone his friends put up for him, he had many friends and admirers. It reads like a little affectionate biography.
Karl Henrich Ulrichs who was born in Westerfeld near East Friesland He distinguished himself and became renowned among his equals by his mental faculties in the humanities and other disciplines through instruction he received in Gottingen and Berlin. He was concerned about new problems in anthropology and jurisprudence. He had a remarkable sense of duty. He was not elevated to prosperity nor was he humbled by the attacks from his adversaries. As a pauper he left the region of Hanover and went into exile. He traveled through a great part of Europe. He displayed everywhere a model character by his knowledge and virtue. Finally he came to live in Aquila in central Italy to live for a long time. He edited a Latin journal titled “Alaudae” [Larks] which received praise from the old and new world. Not complaining, not anguished, he died in our city in his 70th year on the day before the Ides of July 1895 His loyal friends and admirers here and across the Alps joined in to pay for this gift for their best friend whom they mourn the loss of, and mock his lack of fortune by this truly excellent monument.
“New problems in anthropology and jurisprudence.” Victorians, amirite? Never stop … Victorianing things. But still, I mean, who doesn’t want their friends to mock their lack of fortune with truly excellent monuments?