Sunday Review: Bug

I promised a review today, and by God, I’ma give you a review today.

I have no idea how I found it honestly. I think one of my regular comics (probably PvP) linked to it, and that’s how I stumbled upon it.

Bug is a very interesting comic, written and drawn by Adam Huber. There is no story line to follow. There are no traditional main characters. There isn’t a background, nor color, yet I find it refreshing. The humor can be dark at times, or slapstick. I think my favorite is when Adam takes on popular franchises, like James Bond or Batman.

I like Bug very much because it reminds me of brain crack. Brain crack is the idea (or ideas) that just stay in your head until you can get them down on paper or out of your mind. They’re ideas that you don’t necessarily want to say out loud, but once you put them down on paper, everything gets better and you can focus on other things.

I recommend Bug to everyone, but its mainly geared towards an older crowd I feel. Some of the humor maybe lost (entirely) on younger readers.

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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 Review: Manly Guys

Full title would be Manly Guys Doing Manly Things written and drawn by the very talented and amazingly humorous Coelasquid/Kelly Turnbull.

Manly Guys has an interesting origin story behind it, which I want to talk about first.

I feel that in order to understand Manly Guys, you have to understand Coelasquid’s off beat humor. I can tell her apart from other artists because of her perchance for drawing big guys. And by big, I mean, they actually look like men. The url for the comic is derived from here, and the whole culmination of Manly Guys is derived from the off humor in Coelasquid’s head.

Manly Guys has a very simple overview: helping ludicrously macho guys reintegrate back into society. Its much harder than it seems. Especially with Kratos. The commander (who has a very complicated origin story involving time travel) is “helped” along by Jared, his intern, and Jared’s pet, Mr. Fish. And Canada guy.

I like Manly Guys because of the set up. It isn’t trying to be one specific comic type, but it appeals to nerds of all types. Coelasquid crosses over from video game humor to comic books, with a little bit of Marlon Brando thrown in. “Everything just works” is the only way I can describe it.

I’ve been following Coleasquid on DA for a couple of years now, and I love her postings.  If you’re on DA and you like Manly Guys, you should start following her. So hard not to turn this in to a link spamming post, so I’m gonna end it here.

Now, go read Manly Guys!

Captain Latepants to the rescue!

I blame this late post on three things.

  1. Having an awesome friend come down and spend Friday night with me
  2. Said friend gifted to me a GameCube until his next return
  3. He also entrusted to me Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time and Master Quest.

Expect some late posts the rest of this week. FYI.

Sunday/Monday review: Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell

Gunnerkrigg Court is a semi flashback story of Antimony Carver and her adventures while attending school at the Court. But Gunnerkrigg isn’t just any old school, far from it. There’s a minotaur in the basement, a ghost roaming the hallways, and robots running around. Not to mention the shadow creature that wandered in.

And that’s just inside the Court. Outside, its much different.

Slogging through all of this with her, is Kat Donlan, a fellow student with a taste for adventure. Kat is the scientist, and Antimony (or Annie for short) is the Alchemist/magical one. See, Gunnerkrigg doesn’t just teach math, English, history, and science. Gunnerkrigg also teaches students with special abilities how to hone them.

Its hard to classify Gunnerkrigg beyond the broad terms. Its a fantasy webcomic with steampunk (if you would call it that) elements, and a whole lot of mythology tossed in. Its a mixture of British mythology, Native American, and a few others I couldn’t name. It all blends seamlessly together to form Gunnerkrigg. Underlying it all, however, is a story of a struggle between men and the forces of nature/magic, which has shaped the court.

Gunnerkrigg is told in “real time”, meaning that when the school year in the comic ends, Tom takes a mini vacation until school is ready to be “resumed”.  There’s also a few in between story arcs, like the Doctor Disaster break, or the occasional informational break about the house structure of Gunnerkrigg

I am very much in love with the story of Gunnerkrigg. Maybe it’s because I’m a horrible guesser, but I can never tell what’s coming next. It’s also very hard to talk about with out giving so much of it away, but I guess you’ll just have to read for yourself and find out.