Hair today, gone tomorrow

Or is itHare today gone tomorrow? I’ll figure that out later.

I’m still trying to figure out a good schedule for updating. Methinks it’ll be Mondays and Fridays (since those are the days that work best right now) but, like the internet, nothing is set in stone. But it might come back in meme form. If I can find more webcomics to review, the Sunday review might come back, but I wouldn’t hold out for it.

Anyways, I have taco bell tacos to finish off and a backlog to start working on so I don’t go a week with out posting again! Whoosh!

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Sunday Review: Selkie

Today’s awesome review (yet again) comes from Super Awesome BFF, Andrea Judy. You can find her blog over here, which updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the occasional Saturday update.

Selkie is a very sweet, surreal comic that updates on Monday and Thursdays with occasional Saturday treats. It begins with a young man, Todd, deciding to adopt and become a single father. He finds a mysterious girl, Selkie, who doesn’t appear to be quite human. The comic is about their life together as he makes the decisions to adopt her.

Selkie is still a relatively new web comic that still seems to be finding its footing. However, the story is progressing well and already there is enough intrigue to keep me checking back.

The artwork is rough, especially in the very early comics, however it is constantly improving and now that the comic has moved into full color it is superb. I love the shades of coloring that the artist chooses , especially during the dream sequence.

Right now it’s hard to say too much about development and story since it is still a fairly new comic, but I have enjoyed the story line so far and the artist seems to have a great concept for a story and handles it with confidence.

I’m very eager to see where Selkie will go in the future and recommend that you join in now!

Sunday Review: Khaos Komix

Today’s awesome review comes from Super Awesome BFF, Andrea Judy. You can find her blog over here, it updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the occasional Saturday update.

Khaos Komix is one of my favorite web comics. It is a well-developed story that follows the inner workings of the relationships of a group of diverse friends.

This comic very deftly handles some very challenging issues, including transgendered characters, coming out to family, friends, and finding first love. The dialogue is smooth and believable and it does not coast over the unpleasant aspects of a new relationship or the struggles of learning who you are.

Aside from the cover page, the art style is in gray scale, which is usually not my favorite, but for Khaos it really works for the story. The focus is on development and the characters and I feel that the grey scale reflects this.

The comic is divided by character perspective with each chapter focusing on the story from one character. The arcs overlap and you will see the same scenes again, but from a totally different perspective. Bit by bit you learn more of the story and when everything is done I imagine it will be a full 360 degree of a story that is told from each character.

It’s a very slow-paced emotion based story. This is not a story where things are exploding and there’s sex every page. This is a web comic where the focus is on watching the characters develop and discover love. There are not always happy endings and things are never perfect, something I really love about Khaos.

The updates are twice a week (late Monday and Thursday) and you can buy the first 4 chapters as two books from the store. I highly recommend Khaos Komix for anyone who is interested in love in all forms and wants a great story.

Sunday Review: Johnny Wander

It’s still Sunday on the East Coast! I still made it!

Johnny Wander follows the true life adventures of Yuko (artist) and Ananth (sidekick/boyfriend). Such adventures include: nearly dying  via wasp while bike riding; funny signs at the right angle; Cicadas; and your crappy first place.

And cats. Lots and lots of adorable cats.

I like Johnny Wander because of its nonsensical nature, simple art style, and real life relevance. Also, its very easy to pick up in the middle and know what’s going on.

Short, sweet, and to the point: I recommend it. Johnny Wander updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Apologies for the lack of an update on Friday AGAIN. There was a scheduling mix up at work, followed by Stockholm Syndrome.

I hated everything on Friday and just wanted to be left alone. Gonna try to not let that happen again!

Sunday Reveiw: Dominic Deegan

I’ve mentioned Dominic before in a previous post, but I feel its high time to give Mookie a spotlight all of his own.

I was first introduced to Dominic Deegan back in high school (2005ish) and I’ve been following it ever since. Dominic can be credited to starting my interest in Webcomics as a whole, and my secret desire to write an epic with an expansive world.

In a nutshell, Dominic Deegan is the misadventures of a seer, his talking cat, dysfunctional family, and fiancee; but that barely scratches the surface. Dominic and the supporting cast have been to hell and back to fight a war (seriously), fought off necromancers (Dominic’s older brother, Jacob), and even had a silly super hero arc. Tension is broken up by punny one liners ( “isolate” when talking about an ice sorcerer) or hilarious mistranslations from one language to another (thanks to Dominic’s dad).

But when serious shit goes down, Mookie keeps everything together. The stories are very well crafted and leave me guessing through out the whole arc as to who the bad guy really is. But I must be coy for a moment, want to know my favorite part of Dominic Deegan? Flaws.

No character is sacred for Mookie; everyone has their flaws. Dominic, the titular lead character? Social misanthrope, sarcastic, and rather cranky sometimes. Moving beyond personality, Dominic now finds himself missing a leg, which took a lot of getting used to (on Dominic’s part). There is no invincible, “I can kill everyone” type of character; everyone has their flaws, a weakness of some sort, or a sordid past to work beyond. Mookie gives nothing to his characters, but rather makes them work for it.

I am very jealous of him, needless to say.

I highly recommend Dominic Deegan to pretty much everyone over the age of 14. There are some adulty situations that arise in later arcs, and people dying in gruesome manners in almost every arc (nothing really shown, but lots of blood). And good luck slogging through the archives; there’s easily close to, or over, 1000 strips there. Mookie has been very good about updating every day, be it with a strip or a piece of filler art.

That’s all from me. Rock on.

Sunday Review: The Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Where to start, where to start?

Bing! Idea!

I’ve been shadowing the career of Der-shing Helmer, writer and artist of “The Meek”, on DeviantArt (as Alexds1) for a wee bit. His (working under an assumption here) comic offically launced in 2008, much to my great pleasure, and I’ve been attempting to religiously follow it since.

“The Meek” follows the story of Angora, a young woman trying to save the world from war and runs around naked for most of chapter one. No worries! She gets pants by the end of chapter one. Upon closer inspection, however, the Meek actually focuses on three main characters: Angora, Luca, and Soli. What’s nice about “The Meek” is that each character (well, thus far) gets their own chapter, since each of the three is trying to accomplish a task.

I am very much in love with the Meek’s artistic style and humor. The physical gestures that Der-shing manages to work into each chapter bring a little bit of humor to each situation. I am also very impressed with the depth that Der-shing has taken into building his war. He’s created different cultures with languages and religions, and a massive backstory to go along with all of it.

Needless to say, I am very jealous of Mister/Miss Helmler.

I highly recommend the Meek to anyone looking for a good fantasy comic that doesn’t revolve around elves and fairies and sparkly ass vampires. Helmer’s unique mix of humor, writing, and art make him/her a very formidable artist with a day job.