Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I *heart* web comics

I love web comics. There are a growing number I follow regularly and I love starting my day by checking to see who has updated their page with a new comic. I have great respect for those imaginative folks who are able to create, realize and share their talents with the world. I thought I'd share some of my favourites (in no particular order) but with the caveat that I'm no comic expert. I just know what I like. With much respect to the authors/artists, I've tried to say a little bit about each comic and I like it.

Order of the Stick by Rich Burlew
Stick people in a D20-gaming world! A simple concept but extremely well executed and well written too. What started off as a simple dungeon crawl has quickly turned into a quest of epic proportions for the members of the Order of the Stick.

Commissoned Comic by Obsidian
Not to play favourites but I think this is my favourite strip. I think it's because this strip has managed to evoke a lot of different emotions for me. I love the art work and O's comments. I laugh at many of the gaming related strips as the situations involved are too true. I cried when he lost one of his beloved kitties and honoured him with a beautiful work of art. He is always experimenting with new techniques while still maintaining a very signature O style. Add this one to your favourites list now.

Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell
Gunnerkrigg Court represents an enigma to me. I find the story and characters very fascinating. When you first start reading Gunnerkrigg, the story, setting, and characters all seem pretty straightforward - a young girl is orphaned and is sent to the boarding school her parents attended - but you quickly find that the school (Gunnerkrigg Court) and the girl (Antimony Carver) aren't quite what they seem. I'm always wondering what exactly is going on (there is always more going on then is being revealed at that moment), and what is going to happen.

The Zombie Hunters by Jenny
I love zombies. This comic, like the others listed here, is well written with great characters. It has some very innovative ideas about a post-infection/post-apocalyptic world - something that is very rare in an over saturated zombie market.

Pilled Higher and Deeper (PhD) by Jorge Chan
Are you a graduate student? If the answer is yes, you should read this comic. Do you know someone who is a graduate student? If the answer is yes, you should read this comic. Do you want to be or know someone who wants to be a graduate student? If the answer is yes, you should read this comic. Just read this comic ok?!

Any others I should check out? Leave me your favourites under comments!

1 comment:

  1. Great choices, Katie, and a couple I'll have to check out now. I love Order of the Stick in a way that's very special.

    Do you read XKCD? Ultimate stick figures FTW!!

    Also, my own new favourite (relatively new to me, anyway -- been reading for only a few months) is Dinosaur Comics. All the panels are EXACTLY the same every day, and the writer only changes the text.... but hilariously! Plus he's Canadian.

    Zombies for the win!