More webcomics I’ve caught up with lately, from the ol’ reading list.
Four King Hell (Sailor Moon) – Beryl’s generals come back, non-evil, and crash with Mamoru. Shenanigans ensue. Then more supposedly-dead characters start coming back, and the shenanigans get more serious.
This one’s on indefinite hiatus now, of the “author no longer likes the first chunk and would like to totally redo it before going onward, and we’re all aware how likely that is to happen” flavor. Fingers crossed that someday they just bite the bullet and go for the finish.
Grim Tales (Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy) – Mandy grew up, married Grim, and now they have adorable kids. Crossover worldbuilding includes everything from The Nightmare Before Christmas to Samurai Jack. Mostly takes place in various hell dimensions, so this one does have a lot of dark content — also, hella sibling-incest vibes, so if that’s not your thing, do steer clear.
Hark! A Vagrant (lots of classic lit, plus other things) – look, I’m reccing this one with the fancomics, okay. Even though it also makes history jokes. Gag-a-day (or rather, multi-gag-an-unevenly-timed-update) comedy, the source of at least one meme you’ve heard of, and probably several.
The Non-Adventures of Wonderella – not a fancomic, but a close-treading parody of DC/Marvel superhero stuff. I guess technically it’s gag-a-day, but every update is the length of several standard pages, so it’s more funny-short-story-a-day. Relaxingly silly. With good puns.
Since putting my webcomic reading list on ComicRocket, and catching up on some comics I hadn’t touched for a year or more, I figured I’d try to start posting recs again.
No special theme, just things I’ve caught up with lately:
Helvetica – Recently-dead skeleton kid tries to figure out the afterlife. Long-form story, but we don’t know enough yet for the mysteries to have any dramatic heft. I’m mostly reading this one for the pretty, atmospheric art. It’s great with color. (It’s a little weird that the female characters have eyelashes on their bare skulls, but eh, I can let it go.)
Ellie on Planet X – Speaking of a way with color! Adorable exploratory robot hangs out on an alien planet. Gag-a-day with occasional short story arcs. Sweet characters and lovely art make this a great comfort read. And, ooh, there’s a graphic novel in progress? I’m here for this.
Alice! – Imaginative young teens have adventures, both in their real school-home lives and in Alice’s various fantasies. Arc-based, mostly comedy, with occasional well-handled shifts into drama. (This strip was in hibernation last time I checked, and seems to have de-hibernated and then re-hibernated in the meantime.)
The characters age and grow over the course of the strip, and one thing I really appreciate is how the main girls hit the balance between “still basically a kid” and “young adult” in different ways. And none of them are “wrong” — none of their interests get mocked or denigrated as Growing Up Too Fast, or Not Growing Up Fast Enough.
Zebra Girl – Ordinary young woman gets turned into a stripey demon. Starts as this cute gag-a-day thing, then levels up, in a big way. The artwork is incredible — I love what the artist does with shapes, patterns, and motifs, and the amount of linework in a single page is kinda gobsmacking.
A main antagonist-y character just got back from this big character-building spirit-quest, and is back in the real world. The other mains don’t know about the quest, so they’re pretty apprehensive, but I’ve got fingers crossed that things are looking up.
TUNE – directionless artist gets kidnapped by aliens to be put in an extradimensional zoo. Also, one of them secretly wants to learn to draw. (There’s some gross humor, but if you can squint and get past that, it’s a good story.)
Officially on hiatus, and collected into two graphic novels — I can’t tell if ordering them now will be helpful or if the cartoonist has moved on to more profitable ventures, but I’m putting them on my local library’s to-order list, just in case.
Your artist has work all day today, but the next three BICP pages are sketched, and one should be finished and posted by tonight, getting us back on schedule.
In the meantime:
The St. Louis area food bank serves the people of Ferguson. One of the reasons that’s especially important right now is that many of the town’s children rely on free/discounted school lunches, and the schools are currently closed. If you’ve been looking for a way to help, this is a reputable place to donate.
All right, folks, the writing is on the wall. Between work, volunteering, and general life events — most of them positive, just time-consuming — I’ve been doing a miserable job with keeping BICP to a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule for a while now.
So it’s time to make this official. BICP is going to start posting at a rate of two pages a week…intentionally.
Look forward to new pages on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Thank you for your understanding!
We’re taking an unexpected sick day. Maybe two. Please bear with us.
(The Onion’s “Report: Today The Day They Find Out You’re A Fraud” seems kind of cruelly pointed now…)
(But seriously, nobody panic, I’m already feeling better than I was over the weekend. And half the problem is that I have to use a chunk of my time on a paying job, which isn’t really a problem so much as it is a silver cloud with a grey lining.)