Waking Ideas Publishing - Culture & Critics Corner
Written By Danny Nicolas
I've read comics for most of my life. This year is no different:
Sam and Fuzzy is still being updated with a new comic being up at 12AM pacific every single Monday, Wednesday, and Friday without fail. Sam Logan's storytelling continues to both improve and amaze me.
Bad Machinery is another comic where a mind blowing case of epic storytelling skills unfold through John Allison's masterful craft. Of course, I'm a sucker for Mystery Solving Teens, so there is no surprise here. He keeps an irregular blog here.
Vattu by Evan Dahm continues to be updated. The art and world building in this universe is beautiful on a scale that Tolkien followers can appreciate.
Johnny Wander by Yuko and Ananth. Hilarious, quiet, slice of life comic with incredible art.
Happle Tea by Scot Maynard touts itself as "the only comic that excoriates religion, pop culture, and politics while, at the same time, lauding the world of cryptozoology." So far it's been hilarious.
Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran. I feel that this comic has always been great, but early on the characters made me furious. The past few chapters have been incredibly rewarding because they're not just static bios telling jokes. Some artists keep telling the same old stories in round, Meredith continues to evolve the characters into more and more believable individuals. This focus on character development allows her to keep us entranced while breaking the rules of physics and making us laugh, smile and feel for her creations.
Overcompensating by Jeffrey Rowland, the webcomic merchandise kingpin. It's a slice of life comic that sometimes strays a little from reality (but how far... only those within the kingpin's circle know). Mr. Rowland also started updating Wigu again. Tacodoggaronis for all.
Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques. Currently on page 2163 of this never ending love quadrangle in space. This guy has been making comics since forever ago, and his art has improved a ton since comic #1. This story is like the hipster version of How I Met Your Mother, but with less Neil Patrick Harris and more indie rock references for the first thousand pages or so.
Scenes From The Multiverse by Jon Rosenberg is strange. It's funny, but it's also really strange. Thanks to a recently successful kickstarter project, his older comic Goats is coming back from hiatus.
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol came out last year and was recently nominated for an Eisner Award in Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17). You might remember Vera from Return To Sender, one of my favorite all time (and incomplete) stories.
XKCD by Randall Munroe. This comic needs no introduction. It's still being updated on a regular basis, and I read it.
Dead Winter by Dave Shabet. With a strong story set in a modern, recently post-apocalyptic world, it makes for a good read. Updating is still a little bit on the irregular side, but Dave is getting better at consistent updates.
Published on Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 5:27 am | Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.