By Randall Munroe
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When I Google the word “webcomics”, the third result is the relevant Wikipedia article. The second result is xkcd. Its creator, Randall Munroe, was recently on the Colbert Report. Most of you have probably already read it, or at least heard of it. This is one of the biggest and most successful webcomics in existence – and for good reason.
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Ah, so the Time has Come. From the moment I thought about the idea for this blog, I knew that someday I’d have to face writing about the Order of the Stick. How do you sum up a comic in which individual strips might contain more words than this entire post? Which has one of the most epic and captivating stories I know, spanning several continents, cultures and planes of existence?
Well, only one way to find out, reader. Let’s do this together. I believe in us.
There haven’t been any new posts in a while, since I was on vacation. However, from now on I’ll keep you updated on stuff like this – through the blog’s Twitter account! I’ll also use it for updating you on things like webcomics’ Kickstarters and so on. Come, follow, enjoy!
Oh, and there’ll be a new real post soon.
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My favorite way of reading comics is in bulk. I find a new webcomic, get hooked, and emerge a few sleepless nights later, slowly remembering there are other things to do in life. The story is much easier to follow and to get immersed in, and silly jokes tend to be funnier around 4:30 AM.
However, there is something to be said for following a comic from its early stages. You get to see the story unfold slowly and deliberately. You get to know the characters. You get to score indie/hipster points by saying you were reading it before it was cool. And sometimes, if it’s exceptionally beautiful, reveling in each and every page for a whole week is not so bad.
Spindrift is really fucking beautiful.
In the short history of this blog, we’ve had comics about gods and wombats, about superheroes and vikings. My To-Write List includes comics about fairy tales, fantasy lands, monsters and characters in role playing games (sometimes all at once). Among all these, Questionable Content stands out specifically because it doesn’t do (almost) anything of the sort – it is just about a bunch of humans. And “human” is the key word here.
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I admit – I’m not a big fan of horror. Still, I know there’s good horror, and then there’s things jumping out of cupboards going abloogy-woogy-woo. The main difference is that of subtlety. Yeah, monstrosities from beyond the void jumping in your face are scary, but just glimpsing them, without never realising their full scale, will leave you with a much more lasting discomfort and fear. And the best horror doesn’t even rely on the monsters – they’re usually just a symptom of something much more hidden and sinister.
Welcome to Broodhollow.
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Choosing a strip for the start of this review was a no-brainer, seeing as I have a framed print of this one in my house. Just makes sense, really.
Lots of comics have a “random” button, but in Wondermark it might as well always apply.The common element in all of the strips is the art style: figures from Victorian-era woodcuts and engravings are the characters, and are rearranged and repositioned as made necessary by the dialogue or narrative of the strip. This is already quite an unusual choice, but the “humorously weird” dial is turned to eleven with the addition of eccentric dialogue which ranges in topics from Disneyland parades (notice the strip’s tags: children, corpses, popular media) to Jinxing people (with the tag “bears in ill-fitting hats”, which has 4 related strips) to pretty much anything most people can think of – plus lots of things they never will. Continue reading
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There’s this one Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip where humanity realizes that Superman can help a whole lot more by solving the world’s hunger and energy problems, than by preventing crimes: “How about you transport loads of grain to starving people?”. In Strong Female Protagonist, it isn’t society that’s questioning the superhero’s contribution – it’s the heroes themselves. Continue reading
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I’ll start with the final sentiment – Digger is one of the best stories I know, in any medium. It’s exciting, touching, funny, exhilarating, and truly epic. And it’s about a wombat.