Wednesday, August 12, 2009

WorldCon - the webcomics panel

Here are some of the webcomics mentioned in the webcomics panel I attended. It took me much longer to put this together because I kept getting distracted by all these enticing comics. Who knew there were so many out there? I have been meaning to check them out, but all these library books keep taking my attention. So here we are - one more ball to juggle has just been thrown into my life, sigh. And now I'm tossing it to you!

The Webcomics You Should Be Reading (with Howard Tayler, Joe Pearce, Tom Galloway and Claude Lalumiere): I got there a little late, and missed the early ones. Here is a partial list of the comics that were discussed. If anyone else was there and remembers others, please let me know and I'll add them. And, if you have any others you think are worthy of mention, please let me know and I'll add them, too!

The Daily Cartoonist - not a webcomic, but recommended as a good resource
Darths and Droids - from Wookieepedia: "a screen capture webcomic based on the Star Wars films...The basic premise of the comic is that the Star Wars films depict the action of a role-playing game and this strip shows the dialogue between the players and the Game Master. The Star Wars universe is presented as an original creation of the GM, and the players are completely unfamiliar with its unique elements, such as Jedi. "
Dresden Codak - Described by its author as a "celebration of science, death and human folly,", each comic generally focuses on a concept or theory from modern and postmodern philosophy, psychology, or science (particularly quantum physics). " (Wikipedia)
Galaxion - "The story follows the crew of an interstellar ship, the Galaxion, as they test a new experimental hyperdrive engine." (Wikipedia)
Girl Genius - this one won a Hugo, so be sure to check it out! Its tagline is "Adventure, Romance, MAD SCIENCE!" Wikipedia: "It features a female lead character in an alternate-history Victorian-style "steampunk" setting, although elements veer from what is usually thought of as steampunk. Kaja Foglio, one of the co-creators, describes it as 'gaslamp fantasy' instead to suggest its more fantastic style."
Gunnerkrigg Court - "The comic tells the story of Antimony Carver, a young girl who has just started attending a strange and mysterious school called Gunnerkrigg Court, and the events that unfold around her as she becomes embroiled in political intrigues between Gunnerkrigg Court and the inhabitants of the Gillitie Wood, a forest outside the school." (Wikipedia)
Irregular Webcomic - "illustrated photographically, primarily with Lego figures, although a few of the story arcs use role playing game miniatures." (Wikipedia)
The Order of the Stick - "a comedic webcomic that satirizes tabletop roleplaying games and medieval fantasy through the ongoing tale of the eponymous fellowship of heroes." (Wikipedia)
Ozy and Millie - "Two young foxes endure the trials and tribulations of childhood."
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - "Like most one-off comics, there are few recurring characters. The humor often comes from leading the reader to think they understand the situation when they look at the picture, but then throwing them off with a punchline-esque caption underneath."
Schlock Mercenary - the online comic space opera that "It follows the tribulations of a star-travelling mercenary company in a satiric, mildly dystopian 31st-century space opera setting." (Wikipedia)
Sinfest - Wikipedia says, "The subject matter of Sinfest is often human nature[5], with particular attention paid to sexuality, gender roles, and religion. Less frequently, the strip will parody popular culture or indulge in political commentary. "
A Softer World - comics that are made with photographs, Wikipedia says "The tone of the comic tends to be slightly absurdist and dark, with the punchlines often being simultaneously humorous and disturbing, occasionally with disturbingly overt sexual content."
User Friendly - "a daily webcomic about the staff of a small, fictional Internet service provider, Columbia Internet. The strip's humor tends to be centered around technology jokes and geek humour."
The Whiteboard - Wikipedia says, "The strip was originally based on personal anecdotes collected while running a paintball shop, but it has evolved into a comic with many unique characters and storylines receiving over 400,000 unique visitors a month."

Hope this list helps you find some fun new things to read. The above comic is from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, and it made me smile.

I will add additional webcomics that any of you recommend to the bottom of this post. Please let me know if I've missed any of your favorites!

Earthsong - a science fiction webcomic with a manga influence (thanks, Cat!)


  1. I have never thought about reading web comics, but now I feel I must! :) Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

  2. These are great Darla! I've been meaning to dive into anime and comic book-books for awhile now. I love the comic about the girl going to school :)

  3. Great post...sounds like a great WorldCon! I was immediately attracted to Darths & Droids!

  4. Amy - You are most welcome! I didn't know much about what was out there, and this panel really gave me a lot to explore.

    Margo - I'll be interested to hear what you think. Let me know which ones you like!

    Serena - It really was great. Darths & Droids was one of the ones that kept me up way too late writing that post last night! Too funny, and so creative!

  5. Thank you :D I'm not familiar with these, but will check them out for sure. I can probably handle adding another comic or two to my reader :P

  6. I am completely obsessed with webcomics and I'm glad that other bookish people are too! I have over 1000 webcomics bookmarked on my computer. Some of my favorites include Gunnerkrigg Court, Earthsong, and Girl Genius!

    I can't link them all, but here is a list of more of my favorites:

    Fey Winds
    Dreamland Chronicles
    Flaky Pastry
    The Phoenix Requiem
    Bite Me!
    Tale of Yanlin
    El Goonish Shive
    Errant Story
    Fantasy Realms
    Evil Diva
    Strawberry Syrup
    Night School
    Charby the Vampirate
    Angel Moxie
    20 Galaxies
    Reman Mythology
    Muse Academy
    The Jenny Everywhere Chronicles

    I'm going to make a webcomics post on my blog soon, with links.

  7. You can find great webcomics by women at

  8. Hmm, I wouldn't say it was manga, Earthsong.. is it? Really? Great, a ton of webcomics to add to my already full of things to slack off during the day list. hahah!! Thanks! :P

  9. I'm really enjoying your WorldCon posts! :-)

  10. Nymeth - I'm almost regretting learning about all these great comics - I spend way too much time at the computer as it is! But still, they are enticing, aren't they?!

    Paradox - Wow! I really had no idea there were so many of them out there - and worth reading, too. I am overwhelmed by the number of webcomics you read. If you put together a post about them, please drop by and leave me the link to your post, and I'll add it to mine to direct people there, too. Thanks! And I will check out tomgeeks - hadn't heard of it.

    Cat - I was just describing it as it's listed in Wikipedia. Maybe you should edit their entry for Earthsong! :-)

    Cath - Thanks! I'm trying to write them before I forget.


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