Comics We Read

23 07 2008

I generally read my comics on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, because that’s when they update. I like nice looking comics that have interesting stories (doesn’t everybody?) and most of them seem to be fantasy of one kind or another. Here they are in no particular order:

Girl Genius by Phil Foglio — Steampunk! Victorian Europe! Mad scientists! Airships! What’s not to like? I’ve been reading this “gaslamp fantasy” comic since it was coming out in print. That was way back in high school. The story is slow moving at three pages a day, but it keeps getting more awesome and more intense. It’s very funny as well. One of the best things about it is that the comic is at a climactic point, but there are so many loose ends that it’s definitely nowhere near ending.

Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell— This is one of my favorite comics ever. It’s a beautiful story that’s being told in a bunch of short episodes about a girl named Antimony and her human, robot, and magical friends. They live at a boarding school of sorts called Gunnerkrigg Court, less school and more sprawling industrial complex that borders a sprawling, wild forest. The chapters are all about Annie and her friends learning more about each other and the weird place that the Court is. One of the great things about Tom’s art is that it has been steadily improving, and the characters are getting really beautiful.

Order of the Stick by Richard Berlew — A witty gaming-joke comic that developed a more serious storyline. The main characters are really well written, and the story is compelling at the moment. The most frustrating thing about OotS is its unpredictable update pattern, and the fact that the storyline advances at a snail’s pace.

Goblins by Tarol Hunt (Thunt) — This comic is another one that started as a gaming joke. It’s near and dear to my heart. The characters are all fun and endearing, and their plight makes me root for them. They’re goblin adventurers in a traditional D&D world. Frustratingly, it updates infrequently and sporadically, and the story moves like molasses on a cold day. Part of it is because Thunt and his girlfriend draw and color incredibly complicated artwork for a comic that doesn’t support them, so it takes them a while. It’s not my favorite comic, but I have a soft spot for it.

FreakAngels by Warren Ellis, art by Paul Duffield — This is the new Ellis comic. I think I mentioned it on the blog previously. It’s a gritty, weird and bloody comic about these super-powered individuals in a post-apocalyptic flooded London. We’re just starting to get into the story. It updates once a week with six pages, which is enough to keep me happy.

xkcd by Randal Munroe — It’s hard to imagine that anyone who reads this blog hasn’t already seen xkcd. It’s the quintessential geek comic. Full of in-jokes, math, science, romance, and other geekery, there’s almost no way to explain all that it is. Soon I am going to start going to the geohashing meetups in my area.

Dresden Codak by Aaron Diaz — Diaz wrote the famous Dungeons & Discourse comic, as well as “Enough is Enough: A Thinking Ape’s Critique of Trans-Simianism”. Dresden Codak is about trans-humanism or something. The comics are beautifully drawn and brilliantly written. There are some really deep moments. It updates once in a blue moon, but his sketch journal is nice to look at too.

Zebra Girl by Joe England — Zebra Girl is one of those comics I just stumbled across while looking for interesting comics to read. Starting at the beginning you find it’s a comic about normal people who stumbled into magic. It starts off as a funny comic with people spontaneously combusting and turning into demons. After that it takes a more serious turn. At this point it updates so infrequently that I often forget about it. Luckily there’s an e-mail list. The art is so good that it’s worth the wait.

Lackadaisy by Tracy Butler — This comic about cats running a speakeasy during the 1920’s is, for all intents and purposes, perfect. Purrfect. The problem is it updates like a glacier, approximately once every 10,000 years. Each page is to be savored and re-read over and over until the edges of your computer screen age and curl like dried paper.

Some comics that don’t require ongoing emotional investment:

Buttercup Festival by David Troupes — I don’t know how to describe this comic other than really beautiful, calm, and pensive.

Kate Beaton by Kate Beaton and Teaching Baby Paranoia by Bryant Johnson — these are history-oriented comics. I don’t read them religiously. Kate Beaton is really funny. She writes semi-autobiographically and mostly about various historical figures in absurd situations. Teaching Baby Paranoia takes weird historical oddities and explains them in comic format.

There are others, but I check them infrequently, or they’re defunct at this point. What am I missing? In what ways is my life is not complete. I’m always looking to add good comics to my list!




2 responses

10 09 2009

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

20 03 2010

Hi! Lackadaisy rocks! :)

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