This week I not only figured I’d do Webcomic of the Week early (I have things to do, people, but this is my favorite feature to do on the site) but I also figured I’d punish myself by highlighting Gone with the Blastwave, a comic that almost never ever ever updates. Yeah, it’s got a gorgeous look and is funny as hell, but really, it’s like I’m waiting for a bus and I’m at the bottom of the ocean. Unless by some crazy happening, bus ain’t gonna come. But I’d hate to think I’m giving you the wrong impression of Kimmo Lemetti’s comic, so let’s get going with the positives and why you ought to check out a genuinely good strip.
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It’s time to get emotional.
Just like when I covered Rocky Albatross, this week’s comic is a feature of the Sugar Boukas collection. It’s a pretty brutal comic to read because if you can relate to it, like I can, you will really be hurting. A short story by Rebecca Sugar, it tells the story of two brothers named Jim and Alan. Jim and Alan love to make references to The Simpsons all the time. In fact, it’s how they communicate for the most part. The first part of this connection I have to this comic is just how much I’ve always loved The Simpsons. When I was a kid The Simpsons was gospel to me. I would not only watch every episode but I would remember every line I could. I think I said “Hello, I am Guy Incognito” fifty-thousand times as a kid. “Oh my God, this man is my exact double! Oh my God, that dog has a fluffy tail!” Jesus, it still never gets old.
Pokémon-X by Recon Dye is going to be a bit of an exception that I’m going to make for webcomics. You see, when I do Webcomic of the Week I’m looking for what’s interesting, what’s unique, and what’s fun. Unfortunately a lot of good content out there over the years has been bogged down by sprite comics. Not only is this a problem for the people who do their own art, but it’s also a problem for the few people out there who manage to do a sprite comic well. Pokémon-X is definitely a sprite comic done right. Not that I want to bash on sprite comics, it’s just that… come on, there’s a lot of crap out there. Pokémon-X actually manages to look nice, and does all the good Pokémon jokes we’ve come to love and some we wouldn’t even expect.
Copper is a pretty easy to follow story but it’s really just an amazing work of art. Included in Image’s Flight anthology and subject to its own collections, Kazu Kibuishi’s Copper tells the story of a young boy named Copper who travels around the world with his talking dog Fred. But while that may sound like something you’ve heard before, trust me, this is truly a one-of-a-kind comic strip. Over the years it’s been on and off hiatus due to changes in Kibuishi’s schedule and other such reasons, but there have been plenty of appearances of the boy and his dog for people to enjoy. Trust me, you will enjoy them.
I feel like this week I may be cheating, but that’s only because I technically am. The Superest, while an awesome project and a very entertaining premise, is not exactly, truly, entirely a webcomic. In reality The Supererst is a drawing contest that took place between artists Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter wherein one of them would draw a rather bizarre concept for a superhero and then the other would draw a character that could, for one reason or another, defeat the previous creation. It went on like that for quite a while, with some very interesting and peculiar ideas tossed around. What surprised me is that before beginning my highlight of The Superest the project came to a close. This is what happens when I don’t check things often enough.
I was going to do a totally different comic this week but new revelations have lead to Axe Cop being the focus this go around. Hit the next page to find out why.
Okay, before I say anything I’m going to throw a NSFW out there just to keep you safe. After a couple weeks of doing manly bone-crushing explosive action, I figured I’d cover a comic that’s a little more sensual and intimate. Ménage à 3 has that. Plenty of that. Gisele and Dave are the creators who have done what they can do make a sexy-ass comedy about a few people just trying to live together. What’s it like? Well, think of Three’s Company. Now slap a bunch of nerdery, cosplay and hentai all over it. I don’t want to oversimplify, but that’s what you’re looking at when you read Ménage à 3. It’s got a pretty good rhythm to it and it’s pretty funny.
When the toughest, most hardcore and abrasive characters from video games need help reintegrating into society, Commander Badass is there to get Kratos a job at an electronics store, get Dante a job working at an old folk home. Kelly Turnbull has put together an awesomely funny comic about what some of the toughest characters do to not seem so harsh out in the real world. She’s not only damn funny and a great artist, but Turnbull does a lot of clever stuff with her webcomic and it’s really just a fun read overall. So yes, many people will suffer working to get these monsters and street fighters into some job security, but that doesn’t mean Turnbull’s creation Commander Badass will be doing anything to give up on these freaks.
Happy 4th of July everyone! In honor of the holiday I thought I’d cover a webcomic that is not only fueled by America’s most well-known newspaper strip, but is as explosive and fiery as a thousand fireworks. Weapon Brown: Blockhead’s War is a comic by Jason Yungbluth that focuses primarily on an adult Charlie Brown after the apocalypse. Along with his famous dog Snoopy, Chuck goes around hoping to procure food and travel by acting as a mercenary. What’s most awesome? Weapon Brown isn’t limited to Peanuts characters. Yungbluth touches on a number of popular newspaper comic strips, including Beetle Bailey, B.C. and Calvin & Hobbes. It’s amazing just to see how amazingly cool this comic is while including such goofy and ridiculous characters. It’s also interesting to see how Yungbluth ducks and dodges everything that could get him in trouble with a comic like this.
I looked at the site this week and saw that we hadn’t updated that much, which made me sad. And when I’m sad? I know the one guy that will get what I’m going through is Cat Rackham, because this is one seriously depressed cat. Steve Wolfhard has made the understanding of misery and woe as part of the human (or kitty) condition an art form. I mean, yeah, Cat Rackham is a pretty sad little dude. But he deals. Oh boy, and does he deal. Going through cartoonish and often frightening hardships doesn’t seem to do much to keep him down, and that’s good, because some bad things happen to the little guy.