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Recommended Webcomic Reads

Monday, April 25, 2011

Currently going through a bit of a lull in the webcomic production process as I fix some outdated code on the website. Thought this might be a good opportunity to share a few online comics I’ve enjoyed reading lately. You’ll find the selections organized by length (shortest to longest) so you can pick and choose based on your allotted free time:

If you have 1-2 minutes to spare-
Adrift webcomic by JP Coovert

JP Coovert’s Adrift is an extremely fun and appealing little webcomic I discovered shortly after my “save a whale, harpoon a poacher” tweet. In addition to being a sucker for anything nautical themed, I also enjoy Coovert’s clear and simple art style which complements his clear and simple message perfectly.

If you have 5-10 minutes to spare-
Nothing is Forgotten webcomic by Ryan Andrews

Ryan Andrews’ Nothing is Forgotten is a thoroughly involving stand-alone webcomic that also serves as fitting homage to the work of Hayao Miyazaki. It’s a wordless comic but it certainly doesn’t read like one because the artwork does such a good job of telling the story.

If you have 25-30 minutes to spare-
Ivy online comic sampler by Sarah Oleksyk

Sarah Oleksyk’s Ivy is a gripping, richly realized “coming of age” story that should strike a chord with anyone that was fortunate enough to survive high school. While I can’t say I can relate to some of the darker situations the main character finds herself in I can certainly relate to the roller coaster of emotions that come with being a teenager (and how said emotions can render one extremely vulnerable to being lead down the wrong path given the right circumstances). I should point out that some of the content may be unsuitable for work and the webcomic is actually the first chapter of a 200 page graphic novel released in February. It’s a comic that can be enjoyed on multiple levels, both on the surface as an involving dramatic narrative and in the smaller details which hint at a much deeper character study. I particularly enjoyed how Sarah manages to mirror the emotional states of her character through the rendering of a telephone cord and her clever use of shadows during a pivotal scene (but you’ll have to buy the book if you want to read that part). ;)

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