I wish I could come to you guys with a massive list of awesome comics for you to peruse like I did last year, but to tell the truth, I haven't really been as involved in the webcomics world recently. I've been too plain busy, or lazy, or whatever, to scour the Web for bright young talent, and as a result, most of the comics I'm listing here are either ones you've probably heard of before, or are already pretty well-established.
Many have already been listed here. Andrew Kaiko's
work is, of course, stupendous-- he seems to dance through pages instead of just draw them. Lackadaisy
is a wonderfully-concieved new comic that is almost too good to be true-- you keep waiting for the dang thing to end, because something this good cannot possibly survive this long without cruel Fate stepping in. Dresden Codak
has risen from a relatively obscure artsy comic to the heir apparent for A Lesson Is Learned
; not only is it visually captivating, but the other four comics in its newly-forged alliance Koala Wallop
-- Perfect Stars
, I Am A Rocket Builder
, and the Secret Crocodile Adventure Club
-- all deserve the loads of recognition and praise that they are finally beginning to get. (Did I call that one or what
last year? I think I called that one.) And, of course, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
has sucessfully turned a pile of over-used, outdated Internet memes into pure violence-riddled gloriousness. ...Also, Pinky TA
is good. I know the guy who draws it. He's a good guy.
Let's see... any others of note? Has anyone mentioned Pirate and Alien
yet? Again? They were sort of the big newcomer last year, and I honestly didn't expect them to work, but it's still doing fine a year later. I especially like the art-- it's a fun antithesis to the "oooh, let me melt your face off with my full spectrum of colors and my photorealistic characters" attitude that seems to be growing in webcomics these days. (No offense meant, Barb... your comic
is cool, too...)
Also of note: Platinum Grit
. It got a lot of press a while back, and I can't remember whether that was before or after the '06 WCCAs, but I'll throw it in here because its writing is excellent, so excellent. Check it out if you don't believe me. And let's not forget Shaenon Garrity's perennial critic fave Smithson
. Everybody these days seems to be moaning about her leaving the webcomics world, what with Narbonic
ending and all, but as far as I know she hasn't stopped writing this.
...Also, you've probably heard about this guy, but have you read S. "Endling" Healey's Ever After
yet? I know the whole fairy-tales-gone-wrong thing has been played out a lot in this past decade, but I think if there's anyone who can squeeze something fresh out of the idea, it's this fellow.
In conclusion, let me make a shout-out to all my colleagues and acquaintances: Lancaster the Ghost Detective
not only has both a rapidly growing fan following and an expected sci-fi spin-off series Lance Starcaster
, but the guy who draws it also draws a metric buttload of other comics for Radio Comix
... and only some
of them are porn, trust me. (Ha! ...Seriously, Phil, if you're reading this, don't kill me.) Greater Than Colon O
) just went on indeterminate hiatus-- and I mean just
, as in "last Sunday"-- but it's still the best comic I've seen out there that consists of a bunch of inside jokes made by college students. Caggage
is weird, but in a good way, like eating Starburst with the wrappers still on. Eggbert
has gotten better than last year, though Kent doesn't update nearly enough as he should. And of course KC Green is a flipping genius.
If I think of any others, I'll let you know. Until then, adieu. And may I remind you that a certain webcomic Try Everything Once
is also still available for nomination, and has gotten much better-looking, and much stranger, since the past year, if I may be bold enough to say so. Read it. Seriously. I'll wait here until you get back.
...See? I told you it was better than last year.