They’re like comics, but on the web. If only there were a word for that.

I just added another webcomic to my RSS feed. I can remember not so long ago when there were only two or three webcomics I followed. These days there still aren’t many compared to what’s out there, or even to what some people follow, but enough that I can’t necessarily remember them all off the top of my head. Good thing there’s RSS.

At the moment I follow:

  • Cleopatra in Spaaaace! by Mike Maihack. This one’s on hiatus until January. After 78 pages it’s now at the break between Chapters 2 and 3, so really just getting going. Space opera about… well, Cleopatra in space. She’s been (for reasons as yet unexplained) brought as a teenager from ancient Egypt into the far future, and she’s fighting bad guys. And getting into trouble in school.
  • Crimson Dark by David C. Simon. This one on the other hand is almost over: two pages from the end, 511 pages altogether. More space opera, somewhat more serious (though with some very funny moments). Ridiculously good art especially the planets-and-spaceships scenes. And the explosions. Simon is a fan of Firefly among other things, and the influence shows (even when he isn’t, for instance, putting a Blue Sun poster in the background of a scene).
  • The Dreadful, by Matt Speroni. No spaceships! This one’s a western, with horses and guns. And centaurs. And a talking cow. And a magic ring with a curse. And one of the guns is magical. And the main character is a demon. There’s a rather jarring shift in the artwork style about 60 pages in, for which Speroni’s taken a lot of flak, but he was right: the original style was wrong for the story he’s telling. Now at page 74 and updating a couple times a week.
  • Escape from Planet Nowhere, by Otis Frampton. Back to the space opera. This one only updates about once a week, and went dead entirely for about eight months. After more than a year it’s still only 24 pages in, and about all we know is there’s a guy on the run. I like the style, though, so if he can stay on track and deliver a good story I’ll be happy with it.
  • The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, by Justin Pierce. Updated Saturdays. A superheroine deals with life, nemeses, and a daughter in 21st century America.
  • Power Nap, by Maritza Campos and Bachan. This is the new to me one. Chapter 2, page 8 just posted. More than a bit of a Brazil vibe in this story about a man whose job it is to staple papers together (there’s another man whose job is to unstaple them); unlike nearly everyone else he’s unable to take the drug that enables one to go without sleep, permanently, so he’s a bit of a freak in his society. And he’s starting to see things that aren’t really there. Or so they tell him.
  • Questionable Content, by Jeph Jacques. Jacques is one of those incredible people who makes a living writing a free webcomic. QC updates five days a week and is on strip 2054. It takes place in western Massachusetts in a rather odd alternate universe that seems pretty normal except when occasionally we encounter intelligent robots or a woman who grew up on her enterpreneur father’s space station. Mostly, though, it’s a bunch of twenty-to-thirty-somethings dealing with life centered around a coffee shop. Frequently very funny and often rather questionable. It’s rather amazing to compare the art in present strips with that in the early ones… the style has evolved (improved) enormously.
  • Red’s Planet, by Eddie Pittman. Red is a 10 year old girl who’s been inadvertently kidnapped by aliens. At the end of Chapter 2, this one is also on hiatus; the site still says “Chapter Three begins Fall 2011”.
  • Scenes From a Multiverse, by Jonathan Rosenberg. More or less back on track after a few months of Real Life had its effect. SFaM is supposed to update five times a week, with comics taking place in five different universes, one of which the fans vote to return to the following Friday. Funny, sometimes political, sometimes crude.
  • Spacetrawler, by Christopher Baldwin. A story with an ending we’re working toward (I’m guessing that at roughly 200 pages we’re maybe three-quarters of the way through). More alien abduction action, this time a motley group of humans involuntarily recruited to help out an enslaved race. The artwork is rough but the story’s good and there are plenty of good jokes.
  • Wondermark, by David Malki. This one is truly weird, and I do not mean “weird as a substitute for good, or funny”. The artwork is purely put together from vintage (mostly Victorian era) illustrations, paired with scripts that are very funny and sometimes brilliantly cockeyed. Excellent stuff.
  • XKCD, by Randall Munroe. Do I have any readers who don’t know about XKCD? (Do I have any readers at all? Never mind.) Stick figures drawn by a former physics major with a brilliantly twisted (possibly sprained) way of looking at the Universe. Many of these comics have mouseover text, but XKCD’s is half the point.
I might also mention How I Killed Your Master, a kung fu comic by Brian Clevinger and Matt Speroni, which started off with 76 good pages… and then stopped, last February, in mid story. Clevinger said recently he still intends to write the rest, but not until a new financial arrangement is worked out. We’ll see.

6 thoughts on “They’re like comics, but on the web. If only there were a word for that.

  1. try Muktuk Wolfsbreath, Hard Boiled Shaman. 80 pages, storyline just completed but author says he might write more. What he’s written so far is a fun read


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