The internet is full of guides to life. Everywhere you go, people are trying to tell you what to do and how to live and what brand of orange juice to buy. But outside of the screaming voices telling you to hurt people or to burn things, there is sometimes an individual that comes along who shows that he’s all about helping you in times of crisis. Much like when I covered Surviving the World, we can learn a great deal from the just-in-case guides as presented in The Oatmeal. Matthew Inman draws and writes some pretty good guides about how to handle certain situations, for everything from ‘How to Use a Semicolon’ to ‘What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like’. Follow these guides and you can never go wrong. I almost practically kind-of but don’t really guarantee it.
Technically doubling up on Webcomic of the Week this time around. Seeing as how the big Lost finale is coming this Sunday, I figured it would be a good time to look at the webcomics that have been so strongly inspired by the show and how ridiculous some of it seems. First up I’ll be covering Lost in Comics by JJ Harrison. Not a whole lot of strips just yet, but it’s a pretty good comic and it can really be appreciated by fans of the show. The comic takes funny little shots at different moments in the series, often specific moments in certain episodes. It’s even taken the time to poke fun at the creators.
You know, at first I thought “I’m pretty burnt out, maybe I should just tackle an easy webcomic this week.” Nope. I instead opted for Badass Muthas! by Dave Ryan. Granted, it hasn’t seen an update in a while. But that doesn’t mean what’s up there isn’t cool. I quite frankly just love the character designs of the series. Con artists and demons and dog people and banana people. Not only that, but there’s an actual story at work here, folks. This ain’t your one-off punchline comic. No, this is in fact an ongoing series following characters the likes of Guy McFly and some key misfits that fight incredibly often.
Ryan North does comics about dinosaurs. Specifically, the same dinosaurs in every comic. In the same exact poses, carrying out the same exact actions… but never having the same discussion twice. In Mr. North’s webcomic Dinosaur Comics, he in often insightful, clever, off the wall, incoherent, and witty. It stars T-Rex, Utahraptor, and Dromiceiomimus, a little bunch of best friends who just happen to be dinosaurs. They do the things that dinosaurs do… they laugh, they love, they learn. While T-Rex appears in every panel, Utahraptor appears in panels four and five, while Dromiceiomimus appears in panel three. And this is always how it looks. Except in the rare occasions that the image is flipped, seemingly going backwards.
The Meek by Der-shing Helmer is an outstanding comic. Not just for the art but for the fact that the story is very intriguing. In the midst of an oncoming war, it has been said that Angora, a young wood-fairing girl, will be the one to save the world. Her grandfather tells her to go into the civilized world because she has some sort of impending fate of being a hero, despite the fact that she seems pretty young and inexperienced. However, she has a bit of a talent in her connection to nature, which shows when she meets Pinter, a frequent drinker and hermit within the community she stumbles upon.
This week I’m looking at Insult to Injury, comics by Ben Rosen. Ben is someone I’ve spoken with on Brian Bendis’ message board Jinxworld. Ben’s a pretty cool guy, and he does some great work, especially my favorite of his comics “The White Cat”. He does some topical humor every now and then but he primarily does great work with relationship stuff. The art is pretty great, as Ben manages to do a lot with a little, which is clear in not only the design but even in the length of his strips.
Three Panel Soul by Ian McConville and Matt Boyd is a fun strip that updates sometimes and contains a series of different artistic styles just for the sake of experimentation with comics. After their first series, Mac Hall, the two switched over to a format of doing strips wherein each comic is three panels only. Depending on the artistic style, the panels will look different, perhaps even quite large, but regardless, each issue is three panels. Beyond that, they are quite honestly some gorgeous panels.
Sorry folks, it was a busy weekend, so I’m a little late on the Webcomic of the Week. So let’s just jump right in, shall we?
This week happens to be special because Andrew and I have actually met Joseph Dunn, writer and artist for Joe Loves Crappy Movies. He’s a really nice guy. The main thing is that Joe and I have rather differing opinions on movies. Andrew even more so, because when we met Joe, Andrew had to call into question Joe’s review of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, a movie that got a rather high rating that Andrew was not particularly a fan of. You see, Joe does comics about movies that come out, and with each strip he’ll do a review of the film, giving it a rating at the end.
Rocky Albatross is a comic done in the conventional monthly format, only online, and not as often. Right now the first issue is online, and the premise is so cool I felt it was worth looking at this week. The comic, done by Steven Sugar as part of the Sugar Boukas Comics lineup, is all about young Rocky, who is one of the guards of the giant water pump on Albatross Island. It is his responsibility to guard one of the rooms that has been locked up and deemed rather safe, but needs to be kept safe on the off chance that someone decides to tamper with the battery that keeps the pump going. Without that battery, the island will flood and be uninhabitable. Rocky, therefore, is placed in the position of keeping the entire operation safe. It’s too bad Rocky isn’t a little sharper.
This week we’re going to take a nice, hard, powerful, righteous look at MS Paint Adventures by Andrew Hussie. But the thing is, they aren’t even made with MS Paint. What the hell, man. What the hell.
Nah, it’s cool, because the concept behind MS Paint Adventures is pretty awesome: he basically creates text-based adventure games. Using the responses of the readers, he will draw up and animate the next page in the story, and leave a small tagline at the end to motivate suggestions for where to take it next. It works a lot like those style games would be expected to, wherein the main character of each story will pick up a radio. Or put a hat on their head. Or stick a fork in a light socket. It’s a very fun little experiment creator-reader cooperation.