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.
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.
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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2017/02/12: I repeat myself
This comic probably looks a bit familiar — it's what I posted here, 10 years ago to the day. Why not read it from the start?
Or, better yet, buy it in paperback or PDF. Don't worry, I have many many copies left...
Anyway, book 1 was the first time I'd managed to make an entire comic series from beginning to end without losing interest or giving up. I learned a lot about my creative process from it, and got a lot better at managing my attention and plotting. Book 1 was incredibly rough in places and there were a lot of dangling plot hooks that never went anywhere or got resolved in a weird way, but that was part of my ongoing learning experience with not simply making everything up as I went along. Most of my comics since then have been at least somewhat plotted out in advance (but not so closely as to make it impossible to improvise as I go).
I also learned a lot about myself along the way and of course used this as a framework for exploring aspects of my identity. My own gender stuff is always at least in the background (and sometimes the foreground) of these comics, and later on (especially in book 2) I started to explore the dichotomy between my scientific rationality with my latent spirituality. (This is, of course, a much more prominent theme in Lewi, but I digress.) And now in the year 2017 I can say that I'm... still transgender (and my genitals are finally configured correctly, although still a bit sore), and I'm also finally working towards embracing at least the ethnic side of my heritage.
Who knows, maybe in another 10 years I'll have finally started drawing book 3!
(Any day, now...)
2016/12/27: Another chapter ends
So, today's comic ends chapter 4 of Lewi. But as chapter 5 starts, I'm also beginning another sort of chapter: I've left my job to work on my creative pursuits full-time! You can read about it over on my Patreon.
And on that note, now would be a really good time to consider backing me on Patreon.
2016/12/19: Web Comic Secret Santa
As you might guess from today's guest comic, I participated in the Web Comic Secret Santa Exchange this year. You can see my contribution over at TRU-Life Adventures by Andrew Rothery.
Also! I haven't had much chance to work on comics lately but soon I'm going to have plenty of time to do so. More news to follow!
- 952 total comics published (including 83 sketchbook pages, not counting 20 guest arts)