Obviously I have a thing for 4am.
Today, instead of resting and putting myself together for the half school year ahead (and post-assessment), I decided to instead talk a little about my favourite webcomics.
I can trace my love for said genre of lifestyle back to one single person, in much the same manner as I can trace my preference for certain music to a one person. Now, this certain wonderful geek of a classmate introduced me to QC in what must have been late 2005 or early 2006 and got me hooked.
As I mentioned before, webcomics, comics, graphic novels, it’s definitely a certain style of life. The society I live in, webcomics are practically unheard of. There’s a number of them that people know, however those are chiefly boring or ugly. Usually both. Comics also appeal to a very narrow audience – there’s a large manga/anime following here, but for reasons of MUCHO DISLIKE, I don’t consider that genre.. a genre..
There’s a number of people native to the likes of Batman, Superman, Iron Man, etc., but it’s nonetheless an imported habit. Unfortunately, Russia has no comic heritage and a very skewed outlook on this certain art. The one annual ‘comics festival’ held in Moscow is a big joke, where out of 150+ works, about 10 were worth looking at. And they were goddamn A2 sized posters. And a representative of a comic shop didn’t seem to have a clue what’s this ‘Sandman’ I’m asking for. You get the drift.
Anyways, on. In the last 4 years I’ve been told about and discovered quite a number of lovely webcomics – some I read daily, some have since finished and perished, some I have forgotten and some I still want to return to. Here’s some of my favourite webcomics.
Questionable Content (QC)
First on the list if only it’s the first one I ever read, the first one I fell in love with, the one I read daily to this very day. Jeph Jacques changed his style numerously (in fact, learned to draw through the work on the comic), has gotten married, been to comic cons all over America, reissued various merchandise, has upgraded QC from a 3-days-a-week to 5, and generally been a great host, though with his ups and downs, all throughout this time. The comic too, has it’s ups and downs. Old readers have their ‘favourite QC style’ and sulk that it’s dull during some of the story-arcs, but I dare say none of us would drop it. It’s a tradition and it’s love.
Girls With Sligshots (GWS)
I’m fighting the urge to write ‘2 girls, a bar and a talking cactus’ just because it seems too trivia.. but see, I wrote it anyway. Content and humor-wise, GWS is probably my favourite comic. It’s b&w, a short 4-panel wonder. I dare say there isn’t actually a strip that lacks a joke, but then, with over 850 of them, I could be wrong. You are, of course, encouraged to read the entire archive to prove me wrong. It’s really worth it. Danielle is absolutely wonderful, even on occasion when opening GWS in a public place makes me blush. Dildos for the win
Joe Loves Crappy Movies (JLCM)
Arguably not a comic on it’s own, JLCM is comics based on/mimicking/somehow in reply of movies that the author, Joe Dunn, watches. And writes a review. Or the other way round. Joe has an amazing style and illustrates a number of other comics (check out Matriculated , another comic I love, only shame it’s a weekly). JLCM is spontaneous, however it still has a number of storylines or, rather, characters, that bring charm and continuity. Below is the birth of Leo.
There’s violence, zombies, brains, monster-cats, drums, sex in the dumpsters and the sweetest cartoon style seasoned with multi-eyed flash (you’ll see what I mean). What’s not to love? On the minus side, Michael Lalonde is quite infrequent, and sometimes you’re left re-reading the same strip every 3 days for a few months.
Girl vs Pig (HER!)
.. but if I said anything about infrequent, I must have actually been talking about HER! To quote – “we’re on fire!”. Which only makes rereading the archives sweeter, really. And it’ll only take you half an hour to embrace the black-humour-morbid-simplicity of this gem
Least I Could Do (LICD)
There’s sex, egoism, breasts, and.. stuff. In fact, one of the 4 comics I have bookmarked on the tabs menu, it updates daily (!!), and Lar has a wonderful style. Sohmer isn’t behind with the storytelling either. While sometimes the content doesn’t keep me comfortable, I still enjoy the comic a great load.
An honourable mention. Though I hadn’t actually been reading this comic for a number of months, I plan to get back to it. There is a reason for that – Wapsi has great art and is very interesting, but is also way, way too complicated to keep up with a storyline, even when updated daily. So one of these days, I’ll find the one strip I left off from, and get the whole picture in a day
Here I’d like to insert a number of other honourable mentions, but honestly, now I’m very, very tired. So to finish off, there’s just one. This girl, Cattish, I’ve been keeping an eye on her ever since deviantart 5-6 years ago. I mean that. The art is absolutely amazing and I’m a great fan. So when around a year ago I found out she’s doing a comic, I couldn’t be happier. One of my favourite artists and a comic! Notably, she and her colleague won the Moscow comic fest I mentioned earlier, for which I was endlessly happy. So please, please, check this out – while everything I mentioned before is well-known and doesn’t need additional introduction, Alabama just as well might.