copyright James Ashby, Chris Jones and Max Weiner
Snowflakes is a webcomic produced by a triumvirate involving masterminds James Ashby (story), Chris Jones (artist) and Max Weiner (scripting). Really.
Taking the idea of an orphanage in the middle of the Andes Mountains and focusing on a small group of kids and their struggles, plotting and hijinks makes for an absolute wonderful read with an excellently drawn backdrop.
Snowflakes is a fairly new webcomic getting a lot of “project wonderful” love right now as you may have seen ads for it on other webcomic pages. I honestly just bookmarked them about 2 weeks ago, but I knew immediately that I wanted to write about this great strip.
The cast ranges in age from 5 – 10 years old, but their wit and vocabulary may suggest otherwise. You grow up fast in an orphanage it seems.
Character designs are really great too. Check out the weirdly-shaped heads of each kid. I get a “Fairly Oddparents/ren&stimpy” vibe from the designs. Loving the girl, Wray, right now. Overall, really great work.
Do yourself a favor and dig into the archives, and you will see some scary looking images of the Nuns who run the orphanage too.
Something about kids and snow makes for great comics. Calvin & Hobbes and Peanuts are the first two comics that come to mind. I think that the guys at Snowflakes might know this as well; regardless I’m hooked.
Please bookmark Snowflakes. It is a great COLOR webcomic worth your time, and it’s a giant snowball worth of fun.
Punch an’ Pie is a very funny webcomic about the life of a girl named Angela with story and art from Aerie and Chris Daily. Aeire previously worked on Queen of Wands, and Chris Daily has 9 years of the webcomic Striptease under his belt.
NOTE: (I have taken down the comic snippit image as I don’t want to upset anyone [see comments] and was unable to find contact information from the creators)
While the crux of the comic follows Angela’s “adventures” it is at its best when it follows the retail comic format. Many comics about retail life suck. Punch an’ Pie does not suck. Through the comic we have seen Angela in various counter positions, stock positions and now management positions in the retail setting of toy store and book store. All “episodes” have been quite entertaining.
There is some drama involved in the form of love and loss, but it gets a little bit convoluted and I’m really confused about the past female relationships. Maybe I’m just dense, butI’d like an explanation as to what is going on… Regardless I come back every week because I do like the current cast of characters.
Justin (pictured above) is one of the newer cast members who is a writer of a famous horror children’s book. I like the banter between Justin and Angel, and I specifically enjoy the character designs/drawings. This is an excellently drawn comic.
The comic is only a couple of years old, so the archives won’t take too long to catch up on. You can also follow them on livejournal.
I don’t know what else to say except give Punch an’ Pie a try. It’s easy to get hooked on the lovable cast members. Bookmark it now. I did and you should too.
image copyright Kevin Freeman & Stan Yan
Subculture is an excellent webcomic in strip format by Kevin Freeman and Stan Yan. What can I say, it appeals to geek culture and more specifically to the background of a comic book shop. You have comic book talk, anime talk, video game talk and RPG talk.
Your main characters are Jason (pictured at left) and his roommate Arthur (not pictured) and a strong supporting cast.
I love the b/w art style. It is the detail and yet very slight caricature of geeks you know and love with wonderful facial expressions you just can’t find in other comics. And the story arcs are always humorous. Kevin and Stan have a winning combination.
Did I mention that Freeman is a fellow North Carolinian? Extra points for that.
Subculture updates every Tuesday and Friday and started a little over a year ago. The archives might be hard to find (check the right side of your browser midway down under the calendar). It’s very easy to start back from the beginning and I recommend you do. You should bookmark it immediately. I clicked on it and you should too.
image copyright Felix Lavallee
Flaky Pastry, created by Felix Lavallee, is a very colorful sci-fi/fantasy webcomic about three roommates Nitrine, Marelle, and Zintiel and their wacky magical adventures. While there are three main characters, the cast has grown rather large.
What drew me to the webcomic was the great character designs. Particularly, I love the noses of each character, a very distinct look for each cast member and that takes skill. Kudos to Felix for the awesome facial features.
Flaky Pastry started in 2005 and it might take a while to go through the archives from the beginning, but it is totally worth your time. Flaky Pastry has some great storylines. The currently story-line involves Nitrine time travelling into the future.
The website itself is very easy to navigate and that’s always great for any webcomic website. The last thing you want to do is have trouble going from comic to comic and Flaky Patry’s site is simple to use and as easy as turning a page.
Flaky Pastry updates once a week, but I look forward to every friday. I bookmarked it and you should too.
image from wastedtalent comic copyright Angela Melick
“Wasted Talent” is a wonderfully drawn webcomic by Angela Melick and its Canadian. While there are many comics about drawing comics, this is a unique tale of a mechanical engineer who draw comics. So there are many many situational episodes concerning the engineering field (which is totally cool).
How many comics do you know involve cute hard hats?
One of the other reasons to enjoy this webcomic is the multitude of comics devoted to mountain biking. It is very easy to fall in love with “Wasted Talent” from the incredible drawering and inkerings to the extremely pleasant situational humor.
The website is very easy to navigate (which is important) and I love how the archive is set up. You are looking at almost a 3 year archive, so it might take you a while to catch up, but most people love to read a healthy archive.
I implore you to check out Wasted Talent. It is updated at least once a week. Bookmark it. I did and you should too.
copyright Justin Pierce
The Non-Adventures of Wonderella is a delightfully pun-filled webcomic created by Justin Pierce.
It is about none other than Wonderella and her superhero (friends?) and enemies.
Of course the comic is made more interesting by the fact that the main character probably hates the world she supposedly protects, could really care less about the humans that inhabit it, and the fact that she does everything mainly for her sole own purposes and motivations. Thus the title “The Non-Adventures of Wonderella”.
This is truly a hilarious comic. Many comics are centered around a pun or gag that is outlined in the title of the weekly comic. Yes, unfortunately this comic only comes out on Mondays. You will want to see more and I highly suggest you read all the comics in the Wonderella archives.
The comic is produced in color which is always wonderful, and might just be something you would want to buy (if you check out the store).
By all means, bookmark this webcomic. The Non-Adventures of Wonderella is worth checking out ever week.
image from nightzero.com
Night Zero is a special kind of webcomic in that real life actors are posing for actual panels of the comics. I’ve seen other comics do this and wasn’t that impressed. Night Zero converted me easily with it’s awesome story about zombies. That and the completely gritty style in which the comic is photoshopped, it easily stands out as a serious piece. Updates are 3 times a week too so you will come back for more blood!
Night Zero looks like a movie and the production team goes to great lengths to make it so (the blog on the page details a lot of the processes for shooting and make-up).
Archives are somewhat readable but the older comics have now been sent to the $$ range. So if you’ve missed out, you need to fork over some cash, but I would recommend doing so as these guys are spending a lot of their own money and time creating this story for you.
Night Zero is something unique and special indeed. I bookmarked it and you should too.
image copyright Stevens and David
This Wednesday I am highlighting Tressed, a fairly new comic that is a spinoff of the comic Sunday at Ten. Tressed is illustrated by Don Stevens and written by Wes David.
Tress is a Gorgon that somehow has entered the world of the white collar and lacks pants. Do you really need to know more to check out this comic?
Again, the story is fairly new so it is easy to catch up. The story is in full color (which is always great) and the art style looks like a spiffier version of Dilbert characters with sexy women. If you really need some more information, you can probably get an idea about Tress by visiting Sunday at 10. From what I understand, Tressed is supposed to be its own baby, so just start reading and go for the ride.
Bookmark Tressed. I did and you should too.
Just another thank you to anyone who came over to visit this website from blipcomic.com. My visits went through the roof last night and I doubt I’ll ever see stats that high for a long time.
So thank you visitors and thank you Sage Leaves from Blipcomic.com
clip from the comic blip
Blip is a webcomic by Sage Leaves. It centers around a girl named “K” and follows her adventures with good and evil people who may or may not be her friend. You know that awful word “frienemies”? That could apply to this webcomic.
I really love the artstyle of this strip and the potty-mouthed main character will keep you coming back each week. Some comics are in b/w but most of them are in color and I love the color used in Blip.
The comic is two years old, but totally worth starting with strip 1 in the archive and working your way through. It reads fast and before you know it you will be caught up and waiting for updates. There really isn’t much more to say without complete adoration, so just bookmark this webcomic now.
Blip updates multiple times a week and is truly a wonderful comic.
I clicked on it and I bookmarked it. You should too.