Which webcomics do you read and like? (if you read them of course)
DO I READ WEBCOMICS?!? WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? I don’t think anyone can be a good comic artist if they don’t read a billion comics. I feel like this list is just a fraction of good online comics out there, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten some really good ones, but without further ado, here’s:
I’m so proud to have Brainchild as Witchy’s sister comic because it is SO AMAZING!!! Please read Brainchild if you like coming of age comics, cool mutants, mysterious powers and cute girls dating. Even if those aren’t usually your thing you should still check Brainchild out because Suzanne’s execution of the entire thing is fantastic! I’m so excited to see where it goes. Suzanne has a fantastic grip on colour and her panelling is always beautiful.
Knights Errant: Pavane is actually a reboot of the original, but let me tell you it is a reboot that WORKS. Jen is a fantastic storyteller and the pacing of Pavane compared to KE is amazing, and I’ve immediately been drawn into the world. Read if you like chivalry, political intrigue and queer knights! Jen’s pages always have this perfect balance to them, and I feel like they get the most out of every panel.
If there is someone that really knows how to write a good character drama, it’s Mickey. BFF has been running for a couple of years and I swear every update leaves me crying and kicking the wall in sad, horny frustration. Recently BFF has switched from a traditional webcomic format to more of a serial, heavily illustrated story, but that doesn’t make it any less gripping. It deals with the fine line between intimate friendship and romance, sexuality, and all that other good high school drama stuff. It’s also incredibly stylish and cool!
I’m pretty sure Hero is the comic on this list that I’ve been following the longest, and for good reason. I don’t think any comic has ever made me feel sadness and yearning as strongly as Hero has. The dialogue and prose is beautiful, as are the illustrations, and Hwei draws fantastic page layouts. The first time I discovered it I stayed up till 3 am reading it, and it still has a lot of sentimental value to me. This was one of the first comics I read that really made me want to work in comics.
Yossra is a fantastic artist and I wish more people read her comic! She has such a great sense of colour that immerses me in the world so well. It’s still relatively early on, but the story follows two children and a mysterious man who can commune with the spirits of a long gone civilization, and it’s super intriguing.
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TINF has travelled so far since I started reading it; back when it was a little high school collab project on Smackjeeves. Nikki has such a unique art style it’s such a joy to see what she does with her pages! It has another high school setting but is unlike any high school story I’ve read, where the main characters hunt down a mysterious author named Sydney Morgan.
H&J is a super stylish murder-mystery type comic where the two main characters, Helvetica and John, run a slapdash private investigation agency. The writing is hilarious, fun, and engaging and I am in love with Helvetica.
I only read KSBD last week but I was immediately hooked. It has the most beautifully, intricately detailed art I’ve ever seen, great colour, and some SUPER interesting world building elements based on indian and other deities. It’s just super dynamic and interesting and you should read if you love a good blood bath (conversely, avoid if you’re feint of heart. also warning because the first few pages have a bit of sexual cohersion)
GAY WESTERN ROMANCE WITH CENTAURS? how can anyone say no. Hotblood has a great sense of atmosphere, probably because of Toril’s nuanced colouring and the balance of slow and fast pacing. It’s rare in webcomics that there are just pages that give the audience time to breathe, and I really appreciate that in Hotblood.
Another comic that’s still in early stages, Arboreta has begun with a beautiful slow pace reminiscent of a ghibli film. I love that it takes the time to linger on the little details of life and nature.
I have a weakness for magical girl stories, and Agents of the Realm is super promising. It has all the good stuff; magical amulets, scary monsters and weird and mysterious mentors, but at the same time feels more grounded in reality because of the down-to-earthedness of the characters.
Boulet’s comics are weekly strips, but on a whole other level to what I’ve seen before. Most of it is slice of life stuff, but then he’ll knock you out of the park with a huge strip that keeps you scrolling for minutes, about a man who adventures down into the center of the earth. You never quite know what to expect when Boulet updates, apart from the fact that it’ll be amazing.
Do you like slice of life comics about witches and female friendships? then you should read Balderdash! It has a super cute art and some beautiful world building ideas, and a headstrong main character who just wants to bake.
Another slice of life comic with some really great character development. I’m super invested in the lives and relationships of this cool, diverse cast of interesting monsters and humans. A lot of well executed queer relationships!
Nimona just finished up and I recommend that everyone give it a read. It’s just an all around good comic. Great writing, great art, and some really sweet and unexpected character interactions. It subverts a lot of Hero/Villain tropes.
TJ & Amal is another comic that finished recently and it was so, so amazing. I had been reading it from the very beginning and while I hated to see it go, it ended wonderfully. It is seriously one of the most subtle and wonderful comics out there, and E.K. Weaver has such a knack for small character details. I don’t know what you’re doing if you don’t read this comic!
If you’re into comics and you’re not reading Cucumber Quest hurry up!! do it now!!! It’s one of my favourites and has amazing art, hilarious writing and reminds me of my my favourite nintendo game so it feels cozy and comfortable and nostalgic to read. If you’ve ever played the Mario & Luigi RPGs or the Paper Mario games, I can bet that you’ll love this comic.
Another one of my faves, another one of those “how are you not reading this if you say you like comics” kind of comics. There are a lot of stories about young people living in New York but I want to say this is the best of them. Super hilarious when it wants to be, super poignant when it wants to be, the story about the mysterious visitor legit made me cry. One of the few things where I care about the straight characters smooching.
So SORRY this turned into a colossal post, I hope everyone who’s interested in broadening their comic horizons will take a look! each comic here is gold.
do you have any tips for someone looking to start their own webcomic? c:
YOU’RE STARTING A WEBCOMIC!!! I’M SO PROUD OF YOU!!
Ok, Anacrine Complex is my first webcomic, so obviously I’m not the most knowledgeable person out there, but hopefully you can find some use out of these things I’ve learned:
1) Start with a plan. It’s good to have at least a rough idea of where you want to go with your story or weekly strip. For me, this means having the script written out completely before I start drawing. For other people, this means having a one-sentence outline. Whatever floats your boat! Just make sure you have some direction for those days you get stuck.
2) Just do it! A lot of people want to wait until their skills are better before diving into a webcomic, so they’re kind of stuck doing the same thing they did before and they never really start their project. AVOID THIS! The beautiful thing about webcomics is that the art and writing are almost expected to improve with time. Look at Paranatural or Nimona for examples! Just go ahead and do your thing, friends. The skills will come with practice.
3) Make short-term goals and stick with them. I sort of arbitrarily set the one-page-a-week goal because I knew I could be successful turning out a good product even during busy weeks. Without that goal, my comic would probably still be a half-finished script floating around on my hard drive.
4) Enjoy the process. Make sure that you don’t focus on praise or fame as the reason for doing your comic! Webcomics are a labor of love that generally take a while for people to recognize and share, so if you don’t enjoy writing and drawing them, ultimately you may want to do another type of project. Be excited about your comic and life will be good. :)
5) Keep asking questions! Both of yourself and of the artists you admire. You’ll continue to improve as you do so.
Winsor McCay was a newspaper cartoonist best known for “Little Nemo In Slumberland,” in which a little boy named Nemo has wondrous and thrilling dreams. Each strip ends the same way – Nemo is awakened and pulled back into reality.
The weekly comic strip ran from 1905-1911 in the New York Herald, from 1911-1914 in the New York American under the title “In The Land Of Wonderful Dreams" and then again from 1924-1926 in the New York Herald Tribune under its original name.
McCay was no stranger to the land of Nod; his other well-known strip was "Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend,” which also featured fantastical dreams that the characters blamed on their fondness for Welsh Rarebit – melted cheese mixed with a bit of beer and mustard, served on toast.
Locust Moon Press is publishing the book; co-owner Josh O'Neill told the comic blog The Outhousers that McCay was his favorite cartoonist of all time.
…and at our comic shop in Philly he’s a huge figure. We talk about his work all the time, and the two Sunday Press editions of his Little Nemo strips are well-worn and well-loved to say the least. He’s this giant, outsized inspiration for cartoonists and illustrators and animators, but the average person – even the average comic book fan – doesn’t even know who he is.
We wanted to shine a light back at him, refracted through the visions of the incredibly diverse, brilliant artists in the book. And we knew that the awe-inspiring intimidation factor of McCay would bring out the best in the people we were lucky enough to work with.
Contributing artists include those featured above: (in order of appearance) James Harvey, David Petersen and Toby Cypress.
He was just another young kid (…) If I remember anything in specific, it was that he was always very pleasant—pleasant to me, to his co-workers, to the customers. Very nice kid. Oh, and his hair. He had his mop-top coming over his ears like this [Edwards says, cuffing his own] and my boss used to get on me, saying he needed to cut his hair, and I would tell him: ‘What am I to do? He thinks he’s a rock star!‘
Kelly Edwards, hotel director at the Gold Coast on Brandon Flowers who worked there as a bellman
One thing is sure. Even if the whole thing freaked you out, the guy managed to do one thing: he made impossible for you to forget about him.
Not that you care. There are worse thing to have on your mind. He was particularly useful while you were learning leg muscles for an upcoming quiz. It’s always easier to learn if you can see the particular thing in your mind.
karkat tried entering the military but quit after deciding he liked teaching better. he was on his highschool wrestling team and has a pocket full of those little strawberry grandma candies at all times
dave has by some stroke of luck never been late to anything in his entire life, lies about knowing all the lyrics to allstar by smash mouth, and is currently living in a shitty university bungalow with his boyfriend, his cousin, and his cousins girlfriend. he’s drawing a weekly comic strip about two buddy cops who are both awful at their job but just dont seem to get fired.
The loft is bitterly cold. It cradles a crispness not even the distant bumble of city life can breathe a warmth back into. Cold soaks into the floors, the walls. Each room harbouring an emptiness that clings to bare flesh with a wanton chill. It’s chilly in the absence of human activity.
Finnish children’s writer, comic artist, and novelist, best known as the creator of the Moomin characters and books. Her parents, part of the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland, were both artists, and encouraged her to study art at school. She found work as an illustrator for various publications, and had her first solo painting exhibit in 1943. The Moomin characters appeared in 1945 in her children’s book The Moomins and the Great Flood, about a family of strange round creatures who are faced with catastrophe in their peaceful village. Her next two books, Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, brought her international popularity, and led to a weekly comic strip in a London newspaper, which was later carried on by her younger brother. For her work she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966. She had had a few relationships with men, and a short but passionate affair with a married actress, but in the 1950s she met her life partner, the artist Tuulikki Pietilä, who would inspire the Moomin character Too-Ticky. Same-sex relationships were still outlawed in Finland at the time, but Jansson’s open-minded family and friends were accepting. The two of them lived in separate side-by-side studios with a connecting attic, collaborated on work, and spent summers together in a cottage on an island. Jansson eventually said goodbye to the Moomins, focusing instead on painting, writing adult fiction, and traveling the world with Pietilä. The Moomins have since lived on in films, television, theater, and a theme park in Finland.
Hello! Do you have any good Baekchen stories you've read lately?
im so sorry this took so long for me to do but here it is!!!!
I might not be the right one (lj)- Summary: Chen is the type to buy his lover anything and everything to make them stay with him. Baekhyun is Chen’s latest lover and while he was originally only in it for the free stuff, he finds himself falling more and more for Chen.
The Devil You Know (lj)- Summary: Jongdae has some unfinished business with The Demon who was responsible for tragic events with his family and is ready to do whatever it takes to get even with him, and somewhere along the way meets a stranger who is willing to help.
A Match Made in Rivalry (dreamwidth)-Summary: Baekhyun and Jongdae own rival matchmaking services, and where they used to stay out of each other’s way, now they both have the perpetually unlucky-in-love/hopeless romantic Kai to match. After multiple failed attempts at matching him, an unsuccessful truce, and a lot of nagging from their personal assistants, Baekhyun and Jongdae realize they may not be rivals after all.
how to love (lj)Summary: chanyeol thinks it’s a good idea to sign jongdae up to a dating company, jongdae doesn’t think it’s a good idea that chanyeol’s signing him up to a dating company, and in the midst of it all, jongin runs an illicit doggie day-care centre.
The Emblematic(ao3)Summary: Wolf AU! Baekhyun’s never struggled before with the idea of being an alpha, of what it means to lead. He’s been raised for success from day one, but never for failure. Luckily, Jongdae’s there to help him learn what to do when he falls short.
The Wonderful World of Pup (LJ) Summary: Baekhyun’s in his first year of university, which means he has bigger things to worry about than the weekly comic strip featuring a little puppy-human hybrid that looks suspiciously like him. Or at least, he’s able to ignore it until Pup starts to fall for an adorable catboy, and Baekhyun realizes he has to find whoever’s drawing this thing.
Hobson’s Choice(lj) Summary: Prince Baekhyun learns that being a prince does not always mean one is on the giving end of orders.
can you keep a secret(LJ)Summary: When Jongdae’d approached her that afternoon while she’d been fighting with a pair of pantyhose, she should’ve known he was up to no good. Jongdae on a good day was trouble, but Jongdae twirling a pair of black panties Byun Baekhyun had never seen before might as well be renamed Satan.
A Whole New World(lj) Summary: Jongdae and Baekhyun have to take care of Baekhyun’s four year old niece while her parents go away on a week-long trip. Many things don’t go as planned.
truth is, juliet is actually a guy(lj)Summary: Jongdae’s head over heels for the female lead in their school musical. He’s determined to be the Romeo for Juliet but she never seems to be around after the show so he asks Baekhyun, an annoying classmate in his English lit class who got him into this musical mess to begin with, to help. Only, he finds that Juliet is a.) a guy and b.) played by Baekhyun.
NHC minisodes are a weekly series of short strips I have made about the Naruto pairing NaruHina, inspired by my larger comic also Named NHC (Or NaruHina Chronicles) on my Deviantart page http://mattwilson83.deviantart.com/
alright idk if i’ve been very clear about this, but my cookies and crime webcomic is gonna be like a full on story. Not a weekly little comic strip type thing…but a big ol story with plots and character development and junk like that. Just wanted to clear that up
Beca is a famous musician/producer (really, we all knew it was going to happen), and Chloe’s America’s sweetheart as the host of a reality dance show. After four years at Barden denying that they were hopelessly in love, Beca’s having a hard time accepting the media’s refusal to acknowledge their relationship.
The driver pulled away from the Taco Bell take-out window, and Beca reached into the paper bag as her phone lit up with texts.
“You couldn’t have been a little less crude, Becs?” Chloe finally said between bites of their fourth meal. Her phone was lighting up too; the Bellas all seemed to have something to say about Beca’s little confession. “Like, you didn’t think your undying love for me was maybe better press material?”
Beca rolled her eyes, picking up a piece of lettuce that had fallen on the seat cushions and eating it. “Chlo, that wouldn’t have worked. I mean, I’m not even sure the whole sex comment worked, to be honest. By tomorrow the headlines will read: ‘Mitchell Dishes on Her Fav Sleepover Games with Buddy Beale’. We honestly have nothing to worry about.”
Welcome to the newest weekly strip in our ongoing mission to ramp up the number of comics on VICE.com. Thanks to the efforts of Nick Gazin, the man who lurked around the office giving us back rubs for so long we decided to make him art editor, we now have a recurring comic almost every day of the week! Today we are proud to present Megg, Mogg, and Owl, a new comic by Simon Hanselmann that will run on this website every Monday for forever.