Turns out I haven’t run out of these!
More of the webcomics that put girls and women front and center. Even better if they have shippable subtext. Best of all if there’s outright f/f in canon.
Waterworks — possibly-supernatural mystery adventure, ongoing. A woman visits the local waterworks to confront them about her pipes spewing sludge, and gets caught up in much more weirdness than expected. Video-game-ish format a la Homestuck, and one of the few that has kept its momentum instead of petering out.
Flaky Pastry — fantasy comedy, ongoing. It’s basically a wacky roommate comedy, except in a world where the roommates include a goblin and an elf, rivals include a vampire and a robot, and the landlord is a dragon. The cast is mostly women, with a rich variety of relationships, including some refreshingly frank romance.
Chaos Life — autobiographical gag-a-day, ongoing. Fun and relatable strips about a queer couple (f/x) and their adorable cats.
Serenity Rose — fantasy drama with gorgeous artwork, complete. Our heroine is a shy twentysomething witch/cartoonist whose uncontrolled powers have caused a couple of high-profile disasters, living in a town that’s half serious-ancient-magic, half witchcraft-theme-park. Lovely AU worldbuilding that grows up on you slowly (think SU). First time I read this, I remember getting a serious “confused lesbian” vibe, but figuring it was more wishful thinking than authorial intention…and then, nope, turns out it was all intentional.
…and if you got linked here from offsite, do start reading But I’m A Cat Person (modern fantasy comedy/drama, ongoing), about the struggles of a bunch of queer women to wrangle their dubiously-sentient shapeshifting pet battle monsters.
Recs for webcomics that put girls and women front and center. Even better if they have shippable subtext. Best of all if there’s outright f/f in canon.
Sleepless Domain — magical-girl drama, ongoing. Come for the cool, unique take on mahou shoujo worldbuilding: they’re known, they’re public, they have merchandising deals, and they’re the only ones who go outside after the monster-hunting curfew. Stay for the gorgeous art and unexpected terror.
Gloomverse — fantasy starts-as-a-comedy, on hiatus. Our heroine is the only person in her country with a magic deficiency, so of course she gets swept up into the shenanigans of some of its most powerful people. Colorful and creative visuals — seriously, the hats alone are wonderful.
Empowered — sexy superhero comedy-plus-angst, ongoing. Early silly bondage gags develop into something with real characterization and heart: our heroine’s insecurities, reactions, and strengths are all so believably human. Her boyfriend is a genuinely nice person, she has a great relationship with her BFF, and although only one half of the f/f couple has appeared at this point in the online version, I’ve read ahead in the print editions and I have so many feelings about them.
Gunnerkrigg Court – Comedy-mystery fantasy, ongoing. Adventures of a girl and her friends at a school with robots, rogue spirits, dubiously-human attendees, a magical forest across the river, and uncertain metaphysics. Love the various art styles for different places and times…also, love that one of the subtext-y attractions between two of the female students eventually goes text.
Girls With Slingshots – gag-a-day slice-of-life, complete! (Currently doing a rerun of the archives.) A bunch of twentysomethings being awkward in the city, and probably drinking too much. Also, a talking cactus. Stars several characters who are explicitly queer even when they’re not in relationships, including one asexual lesbian and a variety of sexual ones. Funny and entertaining, with especially cute cats.
The Hazards of Love – fantasy drama, ongoing. Queer teenager (author’s note clarifies “nonbinary, but hasn’t figured it out yet”) makes an ill-advised magical contract, ends up trying to survive in a weird fantasy world. Great, unique lineart style, which does a lovely job of evoking the weirdness of said world.
…and start building up a list of small-but-significant continuity errors that you really need to fix before the next level of Plot Advancement.
Wish I could kid myself into being done tonight, but this is gonna take at least one non-traveling weekend to sort out.
If I had a month, I would also go back through and rework a bunch of the lineart — so many anatomy errors, augh. To say nothing of the times when it turns out the action and the writing wasn’t as clear on the page as it is in my head. If I had a year, there’s so much I would redraw from scratch…
But what I have instead a day job and a commute, so.
First page of this chapter will be delayed until next Tuesday. In the meantime, you’ll have to put up with the fancy-dress portrait of our heroines a little longer. (There’s also a freshly-posted bikini portrait of our heroines, for anyone who wants to mix it up a little.)
Next week BICP is back on its normal schedule, with the usual inter-chapter bonus stuff. The week after that: Chapter 20! (Knock wood.)
In the meantime, if you haven’t checked out Leif & Thorn, give it a look. Sparkly bilingual queer fantasy comedy! And it has short daily updates, so there’s already a respectable archive — 10% the length of BICP’s, and growing fast.
After months of being broken, our ComicRocket listing is back up, covering all pages right up to the most recent. Give it a look to keep your place in the story bookmarked.
Leif & Thorn is also listed, and doing a lovely job of tracking every new daily strip. Give it a loo!