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Good comics to read

This is just a tiny subset of the comics I read, focusing on the ones that I feel are particularly excellent and which you probably haven't heard of. They're in roughly alphabetical order, more or less.

Decrypting rita: Dreams, reality, what's the difference?

Endtown: A post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with post-mutagenic creatures.

Modest Medusa: A silly-but-serious story about a young gorgon and a bridge between worlds.

Monster Pulse: Kids get super powers and a lesson in moral ambiguity.

The Non-Adventures of Wonderella: The life and times of the raddest and best superhero ever, when she feels like it.

Rusty and Co.: Three classic D&D monsters take the adventure into their own hands.

Sacred Grounds: Supernatural creatures running a coffee shop.

Secret Life of a Journal Comic: What it's like to be Ty Halley.

Three Panel Soul: Journal Autobiographical Inspired by actual events.

Yellow Peril: Client relations, race relations, relation relations.

Comic-oriented weblogs

Artpatient: Your webcomic is atypical and you should feel atypical.

Luprand's Webcomic Musings: Honest webcomic reviews, without the incessant posturing or snark of others.

Other resources

Comic Rocket: A great online comic reader app, which helps to track comics and also lets you create archive-catchup RSS feeds. Might actually be better for comic reading than subscribing by RSS!

Webcomics Nation: A decent no-frills free webcomic hosting site, with a much better community than the other well-known ones.

Blambot: Pretty good comic lettering/effect/title fonts, many of which are free for non-commercial use.

FontStruct: Flash app; make your own stylized fonts. Surprisingly powerful, albeit within limitations.

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News

2014/12/07: Sketchbook dumping

So, nobody objected to the idea of sketchbook dumps, so from now on Sunday will be where I display backlogs of sketchbooks. These are at the very least an easy way to keep my buffer with stuff in them. I have a bunch of weekly posts scheduled until mid-January, and hopefully by the time mid-January rolls around I'll have drawn in my sketchbooks more.

Even more hopefully, I'll have actual comics to add in the midst of all this too!

2014/11/28: The obligatory apology/whining post

Hi, it's been a while. I suck, I know, I'm sorry.

I still have a lot of comic-making that I want to do but I've been pretty well engaged in my day job and so I haven't had as much of a drive to work on stuff that isn't my day job.

Also, all of the stuff I want to do comic-wise is feeling too forced right now, and I just can't work very well when it isn't coming naturally. I want to do the best job possible for book 3 of Unity, and that paradoxically makes it difficult for me to do any job at all.

I should at least start posting sketchbook pages again though, since I'm generating a lot of those (at my Thursday drawing group meetings). What do people think about regular sketchdumps? I never like doing those because they just feel like filler to me but maybe that's something other people actually like seeing. I dunno.

2014/10/10: My usual whining

I've been too busy with my new job and too wrist-sore to work on comics. But it'd been well over a month since the last one so I figured I owed you folks one at least. September 2014 is the first time I've missed a month in the archives in a long time and I feel bad about that for some reason.

After going through another round of dissatisfaction with Photoshop I came back around and decided it's still the least-bad software for my work style. One result of this is that I decided to increase my work resolution again, and also adjusted my templates to try to maximize space and clarity, as well as widening the aspect ratio a little bit. Hopefully these slight adjustments will improve the look and feel of new comics going forward.

I've also been experimenting with some different art techniques. Nothing's really stood out to me as an improvement over what I've been doing, but having more tools in my proverbial belt isn't a bad thing.

I still want to get back to Unity at some point, and I'm quite excited about what I have planned for book 3, but I just don't have it physically in me to do things right now.

Statistics

  • 831 total comics published (including 67 sketchbook pages, not counting 18 guest arts)
  • 5 comics buffered over the next 31 days