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I love comics as a medium, and I’ve spent years studying them as an academic field on my own time. However, I really focus on webcomics, as I’m of the firm belief that they are the future of the medium. I love the depth that they can have, the quirkiness of them, and the wide spectrum of options you can choose from.
Webcomics I read currently:
• Brawl in the Family. I’ve been a video game fan for awhile now, and I love the silly humor of the strip mixed with Nintendo video game references.
• Awkward Zombie. Another gamer comic I read that was one of the first to really give me an idea of what comic theory in webcomics look like. That and it’s just hilarious.
• Manly Guys Doing Manly Things. To me, this is probably one of the greatest comics ever written compositionally, because it so smoothly integrates pop culture with real characterization. It may not be a laugh-out-loud strip at times, but it always grabs my attention.
• F@nb0y$. Welcome to the first webcomic I ever read. Seriously, this is the strip that got me into webcomics. My old webcomic Sofa Wars had a lot of inspiration from this one, and I still find the strips funny to this day. AND IT’S ALSO ANOTHER GAMER COMIC WUUUUUUUUUT
• PREQUEL. This is a semi-fan comic of Homestuck that is set in the universe of Skyrim, and I actually read it before reading Homestuck. It’s silly and D’awwww worthy, and it makes me smile.
• MS Paint Adventures. I’M NOT EXPLAINING THIS ONE IF YOU DON’T KNOW IT IT’S YOUR OWN FAULT
• Runewriters. This is a small-time fantasy comic that I came upon while randomly surfing teh interwebs. It’s really new, so I don’t have a good judgement of it yet, but it certainly has my attention.
• Insert [IMG]. This is a comic about what it’s like to be on the graphic design team of a church, as well as other random quips on Christian culture. I love it; it’s hilarious, and it’s really well-written. Wes Molebash is actually my hero, and has inspired me in a lot of ways.
Webcomics I have read:
• VG Cats. It’s incredibly silly, and I usually can find one or two strips that sincerely make me laugh, but I’d be a whole lot more involved in it if it weren’t for the explicitness of the strip. All the sex jokes and swearing, man.
• PVP. Never did get all the way through it, but I did put a good three months of my life into it. A great read; it definitely combines gamer culture commentary and a strong plot line very well.
• Housepets! This was actually my first forum experience as well as a big part of my internet life. It’s fuzzy (it’s a furry comic, but not so furry to put off non-furries), and it’s really sweet. I lost interest when the plot became overly fantastical, but it’s still a really good read (it’s also the only thing I’ve ever written fanfiction for, which you can find in said comic’s forum if you look hard enough).
• One Swoop Fell. It’s now defunct, but this is one of the cutest things I’ve read. I love the art style, and it feels like a children’s book.
• TwoKinds. I admit that I’ve read it. I’m not caught up now, but I was for awhile. It’s a really nice story, but you have to be able to get over the furry part, which is laid on a bit thick. Otherwise, though, it’s fun to watch the art develop, and it’s not a bad read.
• Hark! A Vagrant. I really enjoy history, so whenever I pop on to the site and read it, I find myself chuckling. It’s a bit obscure for the non-historically inclined, but I think it’s easily understood regardless.
• Marry Me. The story of a pop star and a spontaneous marriage, in the classic manga style of storytelling. Really not a bad read, though a bit short, and a bit cheesy. Definitely something for a rainy day.
• xkcd. I pop in now and again and read it. It’s a good example of how art isn’t as important in comics as writing is, and because of how big it is, it’s worth following.
• You’ll Have That. This was the first strip that Wes Molebash did, and it’s based off of his experiences in his first marriage. It’s a really cute read, and I love slice-of-life stuff, so I’d recommend it.
• Max vs. Max (No longer online). This was Wes’ second strip, which was based off of his experiences as a single guy after going through a divorce. It really spoke about what it’s like to go through the stress of being single after marriage, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
• Bittersweet Candy Bowl Didn’t really jive with me; it’s a bit depressing. However, it’s certainly a good cover of what it’s like being a teenager, and worth reading.
• Questionable Content. Oh, how I tried to like this one. It’s not a bad strip at all, but the constant talk of sex just turned me off (pun intended). It’s a fun read if you like watching art develop, though, and just because it’s not for me doesn’t mean it’s not for everyone.
• Spinnerette. This is a perfect example of a comic that puts more emphasis on art than writing, and suffers for it. It pained me to read this, and I use this as the barometer for how bad a webcomic is. The writing is unbelievable and cheesy, and the characters are so one-sided that it’s hard to take seriously. The only reason I’m including it here is because it’s notable enough in my experiences that I can’t NOT include it.
I’ve had countless other endeavors with webcomics, and there are probably some I’m forgetting, but suffice it to say that I’ve read a lot, and I love webcomics.