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Webcomic apreciation thread

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Helo everyone,

 

In this thread I would like all of us to share some of our most beloved webcomics, be it old or new, science, fantasy, comedy, real-life inspired, you name it!

 

My first example will be an absolutely wonderfull series called: ENDTOWN, by Aaron Neathery.

 

Genre: postapocalyptic, sci-fi, adventure, comedy, mystery

 

Story summary straight from the horses mouth:

 

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About Endtown

It's the End of Civilization as we know it. A mutagenic plague followed by a global war fought with disintegration weaponry has left much of the Earth a desert of fine powder and what remains of humanity fragmented into humans, animal-like mutants and bloodthirsty monstrosities with lots of teeth. The surface, still teeming with the mutagenic virus, has become the domain of the dreaded Topsiders; well-organized, technologically advanced, and heavily armed un-mutated humans sworn to exterminate mutations of any kind in order to clear the way for the eventual resurgence of a new, genetically clean humanity. Faced with annihilation, mutants and "impure" humans have retreated into the depths of the planet to form communities and hope to win, or at least survive, what may prove to be mankind's final war. Endtown is the continuing story of one of those communities.

from https://www.gocomics.com/endtown/about

 

Endtown is a postapocalyptic comic strip by Aaron Neathery originaly started in January 19th 2009 (!) and still goind strong 12 years later!
Set after a deadly nuclear war, caused by a mysterious mutagenic virus, that left the entire planet a desolate wasteland. The afromentioned virus turned people either into mutated humans ranging from vile Lovecraftian monstrosities or strangely enough into anthropomorphic creatures resembling Looney Toones of all things!

The already bleak reality is made worse by the seemingly omnipresent Topsiders, a group of unmutated humans (thanks to their hazard suits) that are hellbent on violently exterminating violent and peacefull mutants alike, so that the "real" humans might inherit the Earth once again.

 

The titular Endtown is a secret anthro settlement deep in the wastes where mutated survivors struggle to survive the postapocalyptic horors threatening their very existence. Tensions are a near constant in Endtown, being frequent food shortages and racial tensions between the numerous anthro-human hybrids: wolves vs cats, pigs vs wolves, wolves vs pigs (damn it wolves, you ruined endtown).

Will our heroes and heroines survive in Endtown and the world beyond, or are they doomed to perish in this DOOMed (heh) world, what other mysteries about their world will they uncover? Find out in Endtown!

 

A few pictures from internet to whet your apetite:

 

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*Sorry for the image size/quality

 

So my dear readers, are you willing to go into the rabbit hole that is Endtown? What other webcomics do you fancy?

Write a comment bellow!

 

 

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xkcd by Randall Munroe is really the only webcomic I actively follow. It's natural that I'd like it as the nerd I am, it's pretty much all nerdy jokes. Recent one that's pretty good:

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Endtown's premise sounds full of potential, but I have things I'd rather read at the moment.

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I read far too may webcomics to bother doing a full blurb with excerpt pictures. Instead I'll just give props to a few of my favorites:

 

Ten Earth-Shattering Blows: Do you like Mad Max? Do you like fantasy? Do you think a fantasy Mad Max with big lizards instead of bikes and trucks would be cool? Well then, go check it out!

 

Marble Gate: A D&Dish rogue-like setting. A rookie naive cleric and a PTSD drunk veteran explore an infinite, ever-changing dungeon. Not an incredibly original premise, but the art is cute and the characters are endearing.

 

Spacetrawler: Fun adventures in space. A lot of wit and absurdity.

 

Kill Six Billion Demons: Let's fix the cosmos by breaking it.

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Both my cover photo and all my recent avatars come from Rain, in my opinion the best slice of life and LGBTQ+ friendly comic with lots of representation across the board for nearly every character. I highly recommend this.

 

Another favorite of mine is Bodysuit #23 (NSFW comic, not sure if I can link it) with a boy who gets a hold of a secret government project female bodysuit and likes dressing up and stuff. Most of the stuff here is just pure comedy with several references to anime and loads of cuteness.

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the property of hate is one of my all time favorites! http://jolleycomics.com/

 

its a very creative like, adventure story, basically. super meta and kind of existentially scary but otherwise very funny and charming and full of personality

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Glad I saved the River City High webcomic to my hard drive because even supposed archive links seem to be no good.

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I'm not a super avid webcomic reader but here are my favourites and semi-favourites:

  • Order of the Stick -- I believe this to be one of the best contemporary works of fiction, not just (web)comics. Read it
  • Hark! A Vagrant -- Kate Beaton has a wonderful sense of humour and wit
  • Irregular Webcomic! -- liked it a lot but left off after some time; huge respect for the author and the clever jokes, and I mean, who'd not like comics made with LEGO minifigs?
  • Darths and Droids -- I learned a lot about the tabletop RPG culture from reading the comic and the comments that accompany each strip. I fully enjoyed the Episode I story arc but after that I kind of lost interest, even though I re-read Episode I and the start of Episode II sometime after the first reading; they now run the Disney trilogy, maybe that could be fun?
  • The Perry Bible Fellowship -- the first webcomic I ever read; wacky humour but I liked it
  • xkcd -- mentioned above
  • Alien Loves Predator -- this one is also one of the first webcomics I read. Moderately fun but back then I was into everything Alien vs. Predator related so it was spot on
  • Supernormal Step -- I have mixed feelings about this one. It started with a fairly interesting premise and likeable characters but it seems that at some point it changed direction, ultimately towards a rather underwhelming finale; but some story arcs are quite interesting and well drawn, although in the end not all of them clicked into a single picture for me

There's also that comic which I liked for the most part but stopped reading at some point, but I can't remember what it was called. I think that the main characters were a non-human, amiably bumbling scavenger space ship pilot and his robotic assistant, and at some point they came across a much more competent female anthropomorphic dog (?) and teamed up with her. Or maybe I'm making up some details here. The comic was mostly black-and-white with occasional coloured panels IIRC.


Another odd comic I read was called Dark Science or something like that. I don't think I liked it, and the story seemed to not know itself where exactly it was going. It seems like a common trope among some of the less successful comics that the author(s) present the reader with some mystery going on, without being sure themselves what it is or where the story will end up.

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I have some rather bizarre tastes that in no way reflect who I am as a person. I just like the webcomics, that's all.

  • El Goonish Shive - Let's explore magic, gaming, superheroes, aliens, gender, and immortals through the eyes of a bunch of recently-graduated high school students.
  • The Devil's Panties - Slice of life about a webcomic artist who tries to navigate marriage and raising her first daughter without going crazy. No, it's not Satanic Porn.
  • Wapsi Square - A "Slice of Supernatural Life" webcomic according to its creator. Enough said.

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43 minutes ago, leejacksonaudio said:

The title certainly sounds familiar, but I don't believe I read a lot of it. Maybe a few strips but not from the start.

 

I also remembered The Penny Arcade which I gather is/was quite a popular gaming related webcomic but I don't think I ever stumbled upon anything really funny there, save for the sad-but-true Greater Internet F*wad Theory.

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I still read Dumbing of Age, Questionable Content, Gunnerkrigg Court, Sam and Fuzzy and Something Positive. At this point it's mostly routine, though.

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since no one mentioned it, there's also the awesome Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, the (very NSFW) oglaf

Besides that I also read the already mentioned XKCD, Questionable Content, Cianide and Happiness and several more (like Savage Chickens, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, Penny Arcade, Control Alt Del, etc etc) 

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On 4/26/2021 at 10:50 AM, MrFlibble said:

I think that the main characters were a non-human, amiably bumbling scavenger space ship pilot and his robotic assistant, and at some point they came across a much more competent female anthropomorphic dog (?) and teamed up with her. Or maybe I'm making up some details here. The comic was mostly black-and-white with occasional coloured panels IIRC.

 

Sounds like you're thinking of Freefall.

 

 

Anyway 

 

Lackadaisy - A web comic about bootleggers in 1920s St. Louis, but with cat people. Beautifully drawn, and is even doing an animated short film soon that was funded thru Kickstarter apparently. Updates are sporadic but well appreciated, though I haven't read it in a while, time for a re-read?

Achewood is one of those classics everyone raves about that I didn't take a look at until a few years ago, and I wound up loving it. Best I can describe it, it's more or less a sitcom, but goes into some very surreal/dark territory and has a surprising amount of worldbuilding. Some of it has aged pretty badly in retrospect but it feels like it's influenced the way people talk on the net these days. It also has something of an expanded universe deal by including character blogs with their own storylines.

Sabrina Online - Very oldschool (1996!) anthro webcomic about a geeky web designer who loses her job after being replaced by a clipart library and eventually finds a new job working on at the online department... for an adult film studio. Although the premise does sound adult (and the artist does do that sort of work, cause of course) the comic itself is for the most part SFW. Toony artstyle and it also has a subplot involving talking Transformers toys. It's also very binge friendly for such an old webcomic, as it updates were monthly until 2016 and new stories have been posted on occasion.

 

Of course when I was younger I was into xkcd and Cyanide and Happiness but tbh who wasn't.

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On lundi 26 avril 2021 at 4:50 PM, MrFlibble said:

Another odd comic I read was called Dark Science or something like that. I don't think I liked it, and the story seemed to not know itself where exactly it was going.

Dresden Codak. And yes, it didn't seem like it was trying to get anywhere. With a new page every two or three months, it felt sometimes that the author forgot their own plot. There was a sort of "exquisite corpse" feeling in that each page could seem like a (mostly) logical followup from the previous, but on the whole it was just a complete mess of plot holes and retcons.

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2 hours ago, Gez said:

Dresden Codak.

Yup, that's the one, thanks! It looks like the art direction has ventured quite deep into fanservice territory since I last checked it?


As a matter of fact, I cannot be certain and my memory might be playing tricks on me but... it's almost like they've retroactively redrawn the first strips? (but could be just as well faulty memory plus a more high-resolution display)

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Not sure if it counts, but there's a Korean manhwa my wife introduced to me called Bastard. I really enjoyed it. The author also made one called Sweet Home (I watched the Netflix show and it was good but haven't read the comic yet).

 

Its been a while since I read it, I would classify it as a horror/thriller. Its a pretty short read and is already completed. Feels like each chapter ends on a massive cliffhanger. Its a real page turner. The art's not fantastic but the story is very well done.

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