Please excuse the click-baity title. Normally, I dislike listicle articles, but since I’m not actually listing these in any particular order, and it’s really more done for my own convenience, I decided what the hell. I wanted to go over some webcomics I read regularly which I not only think are great, but I feel deserve a much wider readership than they currently have. For this batch, I decided to focus on long form, “narrative” style comics–I may do another list for gag-style later. Nearly all of them have some kind of Patreon or donation button, and are often frustratingly ignored. These comics are great, please think about checking them out and supporting them. I’m posting the first half of this now, and the second half next week!
Tethered is the post-apocalyptic tale of a hardened survivor and her unlikely friendship with a medical android. The artwork is superb and the story is just starting to pick up now that artist Natasha Saville has spent some time convincingly creating this world. Natasha operates a Patreon page for Tethered and is also active on Twitter.
9. Cotton Tale
Cotton Tale has some of the coolest stylized artwork I’ve seen in a webcomic, and this despite a rocky start with some changing hands in the art department. Initially it reminded me a little bit of the highly stylized art in Legend of Zelda: Windwaker, but lately it’s really started to distinguish itself even more with the latest artist really honing the art even further. Writer Minki Kim’s story is fun and stylish as well, and I really enjoy just about everything going on here. Minki is active on Twitter.
Rasputin Catamite is a strange, brooding and unsettling comic that I once described as “like a nightmare version of Archie comics.” Much of it is crafted seemingly with the express purpose of alienating its readers but I recommend it, not in spite of this, but because of it. There’s a strange disconnect between the look of the character design and the horrifying things happening in the comic. It’s overall pretty NSFW by the way, but give this one a chance. Writer Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz is also a pretty seasoned webcomic pro and has often been a great resource to newcomers trying to get started. She operates a Patreon page for her work and is active on Twitter.
This is one of the most beautiful webcomics I’ve ever encountered. The artwork is traditional watercolors, and the illustration quality is AAA level professional stuff. I find it criminal that this one isn’t read by a HUGE audience. Artist/writer C.B. Webb is very clearly a talented artist and I think this comic serves as an excellent example of what webcomics can aspire to be: beautiful, strange and completely divorced from the mainstream. C.B. has a Paypal donation button on the main page of her comic, please consider helping her out.
Emily Brackhan writes and draws this comic. Don’t be put off by the early artwork, she improves dramatically over time, and now has a story that is doing interesting and unique things with the familiar trope of teenager with electrical-themed super powers. Seriously, this comic is great, and is actually a strong case for webcomics being great simply by virtue of getting to watch an artist improve over time. Emily’s writing is also good. The protagonist’s mother, Amanda is as manipulative and maniacal a character as you’d find in a George R.R. Martin novel and is one of my favorite villains in just about any webcomic. Emily really knows how to write an evil character with just enough sympathy. She is active on Twitter and maintains a Patreon page for Blitz Phoenix.
To be continued with the other 5 comics next week!