I like web comics… and here’s why:
There are some brilliant comics out there to find and to be read, and masses of different styles – some are beautifully drawn, while others depict simple stick people.
Regardless of artistic style, the best web comics, in my opinion, are humorous, relatable, slightly disturbing (maybe that’s just me though), have great characters and tell a ripping yarn or two… or are just funny – to be honest, it depends on your mood!
Anyway – here’s my Top 5 favourites in no particular order:
- Bear (Jamie Smart)*
Bear is full of wrongness – but it’s just brilliant.
It began as a proper comic made from actual paper, and is drawn by the fantastic Jamie Smart. Now available on the web, it’s still as mental as ever, depicting the crazy adventures of Bear and insane serial-killing, escapade-creating cat Looshkin. Yeah! Mental cat adventures!
- Sam and Fuzzy (Sam Logan)
Starting as the story of a ‘going-nowhere’ taxi driver, Sam goes from zero to bumbling hero over the course of six series of comics – with the help of his mysterious furry side-kick Fuzzy of course. Why is he mysterious? You’ll have to read it to find out!
Oh yeah, and there’s secret ninja organisations and such – awesome.
- Dr McNinja (Christopher Hastings)
He’s a doctor, and he’s a ninja. Oh, and his side-kick is a young boy with an excellent moustache who rides a dinosaur. Seriously, there’s nothing not to like here!
- Girl Genius (Studio Foglio)
A steam-punk style story of epic proportions, Girl Genius features adventure, romance, robots and mad science! Beautifully drawn and great fun.
- Questionable Content (Jeph Jaques)
QC follows a group of twenty-somethings through relationship dramas, life dramas and all that kind of thing. For me, this is the comic that got me interested in web comics. Read it from the beginning and watch both the characters and the drawing develop. T’is good stuff.
So there’s my top 5. Now it’s over to you – what are your favourite comics, web-based or otherwise? Have I missed someone out? Let me know in the comments!
*Images are samples – click-through for whole comics. Go on, you know you want to!