5. Savage Chickens: Pirates!
Doug Savage has been celebrating Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19) with an entire week’s worth of pirate-themed comics. Savage Chickens is one of the classics of webcomicdom, and since even his thematic series of strips like this are independent, a reader can start or stop reading anywhere very easily. But, c’mon! A week full of pirate chickens! How can you not want to read about that?
4. The Black Orb: Chapter 6!
Although I generally prefer long-form webcomics’ narratives to just flow as the story dictates, writing them to chapters does make for easy jumping-on points. The normally black-and-white strip follows Sasha as she uncovers the long-lost secrets of magic. For the chapter breaks, creator Veronica Jay puts in some additional effort to add color. Don’t wait too much longer to get into this one, though; she’s already five chapters into the story and it’s only going to get harder to catch up to speed!
3. Star Power: The Ninth Wormhole Can’t Be Stopped!
Although I generally prefer long-form webcomics’ narratives to just flow as the story dictates, writing them to chapters does make for easy jumping-on points. Wait — didn’t I start the last entry like that? In any event, when they’re well-done pieces like Michael Terracciano’s and Garth Graham’s Star Power, which just completed chapter two, it’s really worth noting. Their “About” page simply describes the comic thus: “In the far future, a young astronomer on a distant space station is chosen to wield the Star Power. Now, as the last of the Star Powered Sentinels, she must protect and explore a galaxy far more dangerous and wondrous than she could have ever imagined.” But it’s better than that, and a chapter break is a great time to dive in!
2. Squirrelosphy: The Great Sewer Line Siege!
Frank Page’s Squirrelosophy features Bob the Squirrel in a series of short one- and two-liners, usually sarcastically commenting on various aspects of life. Early this week, Page’s sewer line broke and the repair job wasn’t exactly cheap. It looked to make a lousy birthday for him since he didn’t have enough in savings to cover the cost. But when he put his original art up for sale (cheap!) his fans came to him in droves and he was able to pay the repair crew in full by the time they finished in the afternoon he started his sale, which also happened to be his birthday. I think that speaks volumes to the dedication of his fans, and the type of support someone can get from making webcomics.
A lot of folks recently attended the SPX convention last weekend and, by pretty much all accounts, it was a fantastic show. A few of the many webcomic creators followed up with some diary-type comics also talking about what a great time they had; I’m going to highlight Melanie Gillman’s effort here. She normally works on As the Crow Flies, but she posted an SPX-specific piece to her Tumblr. Definitely a show worth attending to see so many great creators in person, and finding all sorts of material that you didn’t know was out there!