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What are you reading?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:43 pm
by Ideal Comics
Thought I would try to start a conversation. What comics (web or print) are you reading right now? What is your favorite/least favorite thing about them?

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:19 pm
by Dr Neo Lao
I still read my two mainstays - Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler and Girl Genius by Studio Foglio but that's a bit of a cop out since they are both pretty much pillars of the webcomic collective. They've been around since the early days and work to a really professional standard.

I haven't found any new webcomics to read in a long time, haven't had as much spare time available as I used to. Most of the old ones that I used to read fell by the wayside of natural attrition and didn't pick up any new ones to replace them.

I've been fantasising about an idea to make a webcomic with photographs of physical things, using 3D printers to create characters and scenery and stuff. It could totally be done... if I had spare a few thousand dollars and a workshop and a warehouse and ... and ... well, you see why it's a fantasy. :)

Not Safe for Work Warning Issued

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:49 pm
by VileTerror
Raven's Dojo ( ) moderately not safe for work for cartoon nudity and subject matter
++ One of those "so bad it's good" situations. Not to suggest that the author is talentless; he illustrates some great visuals and has some fine writing, with puns being his strong suit. It's just that the content/story is so incredibly stupid. And it knows it, and revels in it. The main character is called "Earth's mightiest moron," after all.
-- The aforementioned stupidity can be a bit much to swallow at times, and there's more than a lot of gratuitousness. But that's sort of like complaining that pure maple syrup is too sweet. What else could it be?
-- Updates are sporadic, usually done in small bursts.

Rice Boy ( ) occasional depictions of cartoon violence and blood
++ I've been reading since the original Rice Boy storyline. This work is incredibly engrossing and wildly creative. The world feels truly alive.
++ More than one story set in this wonderful world, offering an assortment of epic adventures and short stories.
++ Excellently simple web design means that the comic be read even with older browsers. More websites of all kinds should take a page from this kind of web design philosophy.
-- Sporadic updates.

Darths and Droids ( ) spoilers if you've never seen Star Wars, I guess?
++ Thoughtful parody of the Star Wars franchise through the lense of a tabletop roleplaying game. Some excellent commentary on both the Star Wars films and on gaming tropes.
++ Precise three-per-weekly schedule. You could set your wrist watch to them!
++ Active community in their forums with regular interaction from the comic authors.
-- Occasional Australians-only jokes. Mercifully usually only in the titles of pages.
-- Occasional puzzle with esoteric solutions. Mercifully imbedded in side materials.

Magellan ( ) cartoon violence
++ Deeply constructed super hero setting revolving around the education of cadets.
++ Fun side projects/stories, including one I co-authored with Grace Crowley!
++ Author is fantastic and involved with her audience in the comments section.
-- Pretty much all villains so far have been tropishly over-the-top. There were some good moments between Miasma and Dragonklaw, but even they were garishly evil. Great characters, but all pretty much irrationally evil for evil's sake. Some non-villain antagonists exist, though, and make up for it to an extent.
-- Grace goes through some pretty heavy shit in real life, and the comic's update schedule suffers for it. The last chapter took years to complete.

Selkie ( ) + Sue and Kathryn ( ) incredibly safe for work, though may cause diabetes due to sweetness
++ Pathos-ridden story about an adopted fish-girl trying to make her way through dry-land life. Heart-warming . . . which kind of terrifies me, given how cold my heart is. (and the side-project of the on-going in-universe children's animated television series of a zombie vampire and her ghostly mad scientist roommate)
++ Decent update schedule, though occasionally mishaps occur.
-- Art style has seemingly diminished from the early-mid portion of the story. Probably a matter of the author trying to find a balance between production quantity and quality.

various Hentai Foundry comics ( VERY NOT SAFE FOR WORK, LITERAL PORN SITE
++ Pornographic drawings and erotic stories! What's not to love?
++ Some AMAZING artists' work available here. This includes some long-form epic storylines, both comedic and dramatic (but all sexy).
-- Some members of the site are disturbingly bigoted, and you may occasionally see something outside your comfort zone.

Oglaf ( ) Usually not safe for work
++ Hilarious!
++ Boobies!
++ Horrid undead, magical beasts, and fantasy assholes being absolute pricks to one another!
-- . . . uh . . . can't think of anything, really? Maybe they're starting to retread some old ground with some of their jokes, but they're definitely not in Garfield or Peanuts territory of rehashery.

++ Adorably drawn misadventures of an incestuous family and their friends. So cute!
-- Author has English as a second language, so she occasionally has some really painful-to-read dialogue. She is usually good about editing it, though, after someone points out the grammar issues.
-- Deals with subject matter which a lot of people are violently opposed to, even though it's meant to be simple comedy in this context.

Two Guys and Guy ( )
++ Cute comic about an anxiety-ridden moron, a sadistic asshole who tortures him, and a mad scientist who occasionally destroys the world.
-- On hiatus, again.
-- Some jokes just fall flat.

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:13 pm
by Ideal Comics
After putting it off for almost a decade, I finally got around to reading Crossoverlord (which I loved) and that led me to Sidekick Girl which I have been loving!

I have been following Can of Beans for a spell, although I am not sure what I think of it. Pretty good drama, but not really my scene. Still, I keep reading it.

And, of course, I recently found Mansion of E, but haven't read as much as I want to. Those archives are dense, but the jokes are fun.

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:46 am
by Ideal Comics
Geez, I can't believe I forgot to mention Out at Five by Matt 'Cortland' Johnson. He is currently releasing a prequel story right now called 'Four of a Kind'. Updates Mondays.

And just last week I discoverd Dawn of the Dad A supernatural teen comedy/action comic about a HS girl and her Ghost Dad. A lot of fun!