Category: Web Comic Review

Web Comic Review: Today Nothing Happened

Slice of life comics often descend into meloncholy desperation where the artist laments that no one understands their genius as they moan and complain about their lives that are usually not that bad. This is especially true if the person grew up in the suburbs, is in college, went to college, and/or is currently in their 20s or 30s having some sort of delusional quarter-life crisis caused by their own lack of ambition.

Happily, Today Nothing Happened is not one of those gawd-awful things. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this slice of life comic, created by SCAD senior and sequential arts major Shazzbaa, updates THREE TIMES a week and is chock full of comic book, D&D, school, and crazy silly madness that nearly every undergrad experiences. You can relive your college days without ever leaving your laptop.

In addition to the comic, you can also see Shazzbaa’s personal art and her projects for school – all of which are fabulous and worth checking out.

Web Comic Review: Trying Human

So there’s this woman who has freaky dreams…
And an alien who dreams of hanging out with humans…

Crazy mad-cap mayhem and X-files like plot ensues!

Greetings friends and welcome to The Animator’s Journal weekly Web Comic Review.

Today I am pleased to showcase a well-written, researched and illustrated comic, Trying Human, by Emy Bitner. The dramatic and often comedic comic focuses on the life of Rose Marie Williams, a modern day filing clerk by day who inexplicably sleep walks by night. After going to a therapist and getting hypnotized she realizes that her sleep walks are not by her own accord, but that she is being abducted and analyzed by beings from another world.

And not just ANY beings, but the aliens who landed in Roswell, NM back in the 50s. The government did indeed cover it up and have been in communications with them ever since – even allowing them to transport people for experimentations. As the story onfolds we learn that one of the military personnel of the time even had a rendez vous with one of the beings, which resulted in the birth of a baby (or is it?) And to top that off there is a connection between her and Marie and the alien that loves her, Hue – a clone of sorts who is more human than meets the eye.

It is an engaging story particularly if you are of the sci-fi loving persuasion with interesting characters and a rad update schedule that Ms. Bitner sticks to. Currently over 100 pages of comic are available for your perusal. And you can also see Ms. Bitner’s fabulous sketches on Deviant Art. So head on over and give it a read – your brain will thank you.

Web Comic Review: Skin Deep

There are so many web comics to chose from out there that it is hard to decide which ones to read. Fortunately, I have combed the internet so you don’t have to, reading hours and hours upon web comics and bringing my favorites to this blog. A sacrifice I make for you gladly, dear readers.

Today I am pleased to announce an awesome comic by illustrator and comic artist Kory Bingaman called Skin Deep. The comic chronicles the life of college freshman Michelle Jocasta who discovers by accident that she is not a human, as she thought all her life, but actually the last of the mythic race of sphinxes. As a lover of all things mythological, her plight immediately piqued my interest. A girl whose really a creature? Wow!

Fortunately for Michelle, she is not alone in her creature-ness, for coincidentally (or is it?) her roommate Meriel, and two new college chums Jim and Greg are ALSO creatures. Meriel transforms into a Nixie (sort of like a mermaid) who often swims naked, Liverpool transplant Jim aka THE AWESOME ONE changes into a Gryphon (or griffin, as you’ve seen here) and poor Greg is a Satyr with an immense amount of self-loathing. Together they battle crazy undead sasquatches called Momos, demons with bad attitudes, get cryptid messages from the shade of Michelle’s dead dad and enjoy a healthy dose of sarcasm.

And that brings me to what I like best about the comic – Bingaman’s fantastic sense of humor.Everyone has read their fare share of trite fantasy fare on the internet. However it is clear that while Bingaman is no stranger to the genre, she refuses to play along by its rules simply because others before her have done the same to poor effect. Even the witty descriptions in the cast section of the comic are artfully done, as, for example, when she describes the Momo as “big and strong, big and creepy, big and toothy, big and dead.”

I highly recommend this story to those who like fantasy, as well as those who aren’t huge fans. Come for the art, stay for the funny.

Web Comic Review: Crowfeathers


Found a great webcomic this week,Crowfeathers by Amy Watson, a sort of Bleach meets Inuyasha set in 1800s Arizona. A young Native American boy discovers that he is half human, half nature spirit, and must learn to control his power in order to protect those who are caring for him after the brutal death of his mother. Angels, demons, spirits and crazy townfolk populate this manga that delves into fantasy and intrigue without the requisite elves, fairies and wizards typical of the genre.

The story masterfully uses humor, drama, and death as it chronicles the protagonist’s journey and is definitely not for the kiddies but great for teens and adults. Beware it looks like there is a yaoi spin to two of the characters later in the story. Not my cup of tea at all but if you are quesy about that sort of thing you can still enjoy the tale even with that side note. Updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cool Things I Found On The Net This Week

Ohmygosh I found so many things on the internet this week it’s rather obscene. So I’ve put them into CATEGORIES, there are so many!

COMICS

Inverloch


Thanks to friend of the blog Perzik for getting me hooked on Sarah Ellerton’s first webcomic, which I read, all 764 pages of it, in two days. IGN describes it as a cross between The Dark Crystal and Lord of the Rings. I kind of see why they say that. But a better description is that it is an excellent fantasy epic exploring why people treat others the way they do and how history is no excuse for treating an entire race like the enemy. You will most assuredly enjoy this. And if you REALLY like it, go buy it, so that Sarah can make even more cool comics (like The Phoenix Requiem, one of the previous features in this series).

Good Cheese
This furry-style webcomic is an absolute delight. Created by Kelly Hamilton, Good Cheese tells the story of sweet shy Ashlee, a dormouse with the world’s biggest crush on the geeky hottie lynx, Gunther. Seriously, it’s like my years in high school but with animals instead of people. Sigh. A great, cute, funny, read in awesome manga style.

Roza


And if you like Kelly Hamilton’s art in Good Cheese, you’ll love her latest web comic Roza, a mythical fantasy about a young girl whose blood contains magical powers. Good Cheese may be great art, but Roza is at the top.
You can see Ms. Hamilton’s animation training leap from the page onto your screen. I like Good Cheese better as a story but Roza is entertaining and still going strong.

ARTIST WEBSITES

Agent44

Jake Parker is an animator for Blue Sky who is also the creator of Missile Mouse, a comic featured in Flight Explorer that will soon be published as its own graphic novel. On his blog right now you can see how Jake’s creation progressed from fanciful doodles to full-out story. A great look into the creative mind of an excellent draftsman.


Paperwalker


I consider it an absolute travesty that I did not find out about Florian Satzinger’s blog Paperwalker until this week. This is some of the best character animation I’ve ever seen. Satzinger details his process for creating characters, showcasing everything from his color scheme to the types of tools he uses to get the job done. Bravo!


Creature Box


The creators of Creature Box, are fabulous artists Dave Guetin and Greg Baldwin of Insomniac Games, makers of titles like the super fun Spyro the Dragon and Rachet and Clank. The site is exactly what it says – a collection of weird and wonderful creations that have sprouted from their twisted minds. If you like Invader Zim-looking stuff and monsters in general (who doesn’t?) this site is for you. They’ve also written a comic which I haven’t had the opportunity to read yet but look for it in a future Cool Things post.

SUPER RANDOM

Zoetica Ebb

Russian model Zoetica Ebb poses for alternative lifestyle magazines and I first learned about her through Molly Crabapple’s MySpace page. Her photos are phenomenal – from a design standpoint, you can learn a great deal about color and characterization from her poses and fashion choices, which is why I mention her on this blog. Definitely not your average photo shoot.

And that’s it for this week’s edition. Tune in next time when I bring you more from around the interwebs!

Web Comic Review: Lackadaisy and The Phoenix Requiem

I bring your attention to some awesome web comics found on the net.

The first, Lackadaisy, by Tracy Butler, tells the story of Prohibition in St. Louis, MO and features an all cat cast running an underground speakeasy, the Lackadaisy. Mayhem ensues as Rocky, one of the main characters who desires to accomplish great things, gets into a scuffle with some local baddies who come after him and the speakeasy for some massive payback. Now I know what you’re thinking, “What the heck, 1920s America…with cats? Eh?

Seriously folks, this is one of the BEST comics I’ve read in quite a while. The superb artwork is matched only by the richness of the characters. This story is well worth your time.

The second comic, The Phoenix Requiem, by Sarah Ellerton, is consistently voted #1 on TopWebComics. Requiem tells the story of a young woman living in what appears to be some sort of late 1800s early 1900s country filled with spirits and all sorts of weirdness. It has romance, suspense, horror, and even better, the creator updates the comic TWICE a week for a total of FOUR PAGES a week. This type of dedication is virtually unheard of on the net and Ms. Ellerton gets mad props for her consistently great work.

So there you have it – two great comics which now have a link in the web comics section of this blog. If you find any other comics that you particularly enjoy, drop me a line and I may feature them here next week.

Cool Things I Found On The Net This Week

Word Balloon Podcast
Radio veteran John Siuntres speaks with comic writers and artists, animators, and film creators from all over the United States. Hilariously entertaining and often spireling into wacky out-of-control tangents, the podcast has featured such notable luminaries like Mike Mignola, Dwanye McDuffie, Brian Michael Bendis, Andrea Romano, Joe Quesada, and Brad Meltzer, to name but a few. This is one program that is worth your time – you’ll learn about the creative process and be inspired at the same time. Shiny!


The Dreamer

Created by Lora Innes, The Dreamer tells the story of Bea, a high school senior with a penchant for theater who every night dreams of being involved in the revolutionary war between the Americans and the Brits. Lora is a history pro, having researched the time period extensively, and even uses real people from the time in her comic. Of all the web comics I’ve read, this is by far the most professionally created comic I’ve seen. And not only that, but every page COMES OUT ON TIME, which is almost unheard of on the Internet. Her comic is now available in print form from IDW Publishing and you can order it from your local comic book shop by using order code SEPT084131E.

Fey Winds
This week I found yet another excellent comic through Tomgeeks that is definitely worth your time. The story of Fey Winds, created by Nicole Chartrand, centers around the misadventures of Kit, not a fox, yet not a human, x xx and xxx as they try to find the special objects that will lift their various curses. It has your standard fantasy fair but with a sense of humor that is often lacking in these types of stories – OK, that is never there to begin with – and art that is fabulous. And if you really want to be impressed, check out Chartrand’s 1 minute animated short she completed for her last year of college. Absolutely stunning.

My Poorly Drawn Life – Web Comic of the Week

Back when I lived in NYC I had the pleasure of meeting Rising Stars of Manga vol. 2 winner Tania del Rio at MoCCA Fest.

Tania’s an awesome manga/comic artist who recently relocated to Cali.
She worked on Archie comics’ Sabrina the Teenage Witch and also published a book called Manga Ka America highlighting American manga artists that all of you should buy right now. The art is amazing and showcases that you don’t have to be from Japan to produce quality manga.

Every Monday Tania writes/illustrates a fantastically crude (as in badly drawn) web comic called My Poorly Drawn Life where she highlights interesting things going on in her life and the life of her family. It’s always entertaining and just goes to show that you don’t have to make everything Disney quality in order to entertain people.

Enjoy!

Web Comic Review: Earthsong

Script Frenzy continues to inspire me in more ways than one.
Someone in the forums mentioned a web comic called Earthsong. I looked it up and in an hour and a half had read the entire installment. Not only is it a great story but the artwork is superb.

Newsarama also did an interesting cover story about Crystal and her work that you can read here.

Anyone looking to improve their Photoshop skills should check out Crystal Yates’ work. She updates the comic every Monday AND Thursday so there’s always something cool to read.

What are you waiting for? Go read it now!