Here are some recent webcomics that I’ve discovered.
Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag
I found Strong Female Protagonist when The Beat recently did their 24 hours of webcomics stunt. SFP is a story in comic book format about a college-age girl who has adventures as a superhero until she decides being a superhero isn’t the best way to change the world for the better. She continues on her do-gooding path, however, and they are some surprises, like befriending the dude she once considered a super-villain. It’s a fun comic, with a lot of warmth and humanity.
Tripp By Bill Taylor
Tripp follows the story of Tripp, who’s kind of a Joe Schmoe cubicle worker guy. His life turns upside down when he’s visited by the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe. The comic is full of romantic misadventures, visitors from outer space, and the emissaries of Hell, who want Poe to come back. It reminds me of the 1980s indie comic The Trouble with Girls mixed with the tone of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Loading Artist by Gregor Czaykowski
Loading artist is a simple gag strip, without a continuing story. I say that it’s simple, but it’s also very well done. The jokes are actually funny, and the art and color are appealing. My favorite thing is the that the jokes are neither too vanilla or too full of the self-conscious crassness that the internet seems to love so much. check it out.
A while ago, I decided to analyze the winners of the Eisner Awards, and present the information as an info-graphic. Here is the result. My apologies for the weird colors. That’s the result of not saving for web.
Here is some more inspirational science fiction art.
Image 1-3: Comics pages from Moebius – Jean Giraud.
Image 4-7 – art by comic book artist Francois Schuiten.
Today is the day Jack Kirby was born in 1917. If he was still with us, he would be 94. Jack is one my favorite artists, and he had a tremendous work ethic, drawing up to four comic books a month, (an unmatched achievement…) while also being a great originator. He created or co-created Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Galactus, Silver Surfer, The Avengers, The Mighty Thor, Kamandi, The Demon, The New Gods, Mister Miracle, The Inhumans, and the Boy Commandos! (plus too many more to name) Here’s a sampling of his genius in pictorial form.
Here are pictures of everything I bought at C2E2 -minus the 2 pages of original comics art, and the 1 commissioned sketch that I purchased.
So far, I’ve read vol 14 of Blade of the Immortal, the Donald Duck comic, some of the Archie Comics, City of Glass, Haunted, and North World: Other Tales. So, 6 out of 18 items. Hopefully, I’ll have reviews of these comics on the site in a few days, If I don’t get too busy (or too lazy…) .
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A bird’s eye view of C2E2 comic convention in Chicago.