Dan Sharp recently approached me to do a gag-style strip for his post-apocalytpic thriller The Demon Archives! It came out today, and I think it came out pretty swell. (Warning, there are butts).
Hey everyone, if you missed the first part of this series, you can read that here. I know I said I was going to post this followup next week, but I’m an impatient bastard, so here it is now. These are webcomics I personally read, and feel deserve wider audiences. They are numbered, but meaninglessly. The stuff I like about each of them is varied enough that ranking them seemed impractical. Also, I may have forgotten how to count.
Kyria is a BEAUTIFUL comic. The attention to detail, and the ability to create masterfully rendered backgrounds with expert use of color really makes Kyria stand out in a landscape saturated with fantasy RPG-inspired comics. It also helps that the characters are fun, well-written and well designed. This is a comic I found myself liking a lot, despite admittedly not usually being a fan of the genre. It transcends the genre with how well-executed it is, and I urge you to give it a try. In fact, its whimsical nature reminds me a bit of movies like WILLOW, rather than games like Final Fantasy, although that’s unmistakably in there as well. I eagerly want more from author/artist and mysterious person Aero Zero, who maintains a Patreon page for Kyria.
Fantastic Crap by Chris Ochs is one of the funniest comics I know of. Very few comics have actually gotten a real physical laugh out of me, as opposed to a smile or a chortle. This comic makes me laugh. It’s something along the lines of Sam & Max in tone and irreverence, and is also hand drawn with traditional media. It follows the adventures of a private detective who also happens to be a giant squid, and is just brilliant stuff. Chris has a PayPal donation button right on his main page.
Ensanguine is a comic I only very recently discovered and is why I may or may not have shoehorned it into this article I’d written awhile ago. In any case, Grace Mulcahy is producing a top-notch piece of science fiction. The plot centers around a red guy named, uh, Guy with magical healing blood that may be the key to everlasting life/man’s continued existence, etc. The art is phenomenal and while I’ve only just started reading through, the story is captivating enough to keep me going back for more. Grace operates a Patreon page for Ensanguine and apparently spends 30 hours a week working on it. Show her a little love if you can.
3. Super Bitch
Superbitch is a comic I like for several reasons: its sense of humor is similar to mine, it’s well drawn, and it features a protagonist who is, well, a bit of a misanthrope. I’ve described it on Twitter as being like BMP’s spiritual sister, albeit, an angry hungover sister. It also successfully swaps between arc based narratives and gag-a-day style, which is something I really want to try with my own comic. Artist/writer Kennedy Cooke-Garza is on hiatus with Superbitch at the moment, but that just means that right now’s a great time to catch up on the archives. She also operates a Paypal account you can donate to right on the front page.
The Demon Archives is written by Daniel Sharp (Twitter, here) and illustrated by several artists, but mostly Sebastian Piriz. It’s a grand sweeping epic science fiction story set in a post-apocalyptic society that relies heavily on technology and armored military personnel. Where it shines is the interesting and subtle backstory that Dan has infused it with so that it doesn’t feel like another cliched Mad Max clone. There’s some very cool artwork going into this, and it doesn’t feel like someone’s hobby, it feels like a graphic novel. The Demon Archives has a Patreon Page.
I’ve written, tweeted and extolled the virtues of this comic before, but you really need to check it out if you haven’t. Zukahnaut is about the adventures of a big, green halien (the ‘h’ is silent) and his journey from broken anti-social weirdo to less broken anti-social weirdo with friends. Zukah himself is meant to be repulsive but he’s almost instantly likable, which in terms of writing, is kind of an accomplishment right there. (You guys all know I have a thing for writing characters like that, right?) This comic is written and illustrated by a talented pair of creators, Otty Justason and Sonya Somers. This is not just one of my favorite webcomics, it’s up there as one of my favorite comics, period. Zukahnaut has a Patreon page. The big guy himself is also on Twitter.
I hope that spotlighting a few of my favorite comics out there will at least, if nothing else, give you guys some other awesome stuff to check out, but also, please, seriously consider throwing these guys a little scratch. Or sharing them with some more of your buds. Or following them on your social media of choice. You know. A little love. And then when you’re done, cough cough, maybe check out BMP’s Patreon.