I love webcomics.
No, I really love webcomics.
So today’s blog post will be my five favourite webcomics (in no specific order).
So here we go:
1. Gunnerkrigg Court By Tom Siddell
Gunnerkrigg Court is it’s own beast. The basic premise follows Antimony “Annie” Carver after she arrives at a peculiar boarding school. The comic blends magic, science and mythology to tell an enthralling story. It’s amazing to watch how the comic has developed since it’s beginnings. Tom Siddell’s art and story telling have both undergone some changes and have developed an grown. If you want to read Gunnerkrig Court you need to start at the beginning to get the full breadth of the story, but it is worth it.
An added plus: Siddell keeps a great updating schedule. There is always new content coming out!
2. XKCD By Randall Munroe
I don’t think I’ve come across anyone (who spends the majority of their life on the internet) who hasn’t seen or heard of XKCD. The tag line for the comic describes it as: A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. If I had to pick my favourite comics from the ever growing archives I would have to settle on three
- Movie Narratives Chart (which I proudly own as a poster)
- The Depth of the Sea
- Black Hat Chronicles (any story where the Man in the Black Hat shows up)
3. Happle Tea By K
Happle Tea is another webcomic that centers around mythology (I know, I’m predictable). Happle Tea follows the adventures of Little K who lives with a Sasquatch and a cat (who happens to be the manifestation of God). Little K’s world is full of Gods, Goddesses and Creatures of Myth and the author does an awesome job to re-imagine popular and some (obscure) fairy tales and myths in sarcastic and clever stories.
4. JL8 By Yale Stuart
JL8 follows the members of the Justice League when they are 8 years old in junior school. For those who have a love of comic books or even just the comic book characters this webcomic will make you smile. I absolutely love the relationship between Batman and Superman.
I love this particular installent because of the reference to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.
5. The Darkness By Bouletcorp
The Darkness is a one shot comic that was written and drawn for the 24 Hour Comic Challenge. It plays with the tropes of the romance genre: The Dark Brooding Guy and the Heartthrob Unattainable Girl. The story follows a guy who has moved into a new place and has a new roommate. When his friend comes over to visit him and asks after his new roommate he describes him as dark. Bouletcorp uses the comic form in hilarious ways: the “Dark” roommate has narration captions over his panels and the two main character’s appearances change depending on where they are or who is around them.
So there you have it, my favourite webcomics online, but before I sign off here are some honourable mentions:
Hark! a Vagrant by Kate Beaton
No Rest for the Wicked by Andrea L. Peterson