My deadline for Astonishing Adventures magazine has been extended again, and yet again- now it's on the 31st, so I expect to spend my Halloween painting and writing. Plus I have jobs to do for Glencoe (a branch of McGraw Hill), which is cool- work is always nice.
A girl still has to relax, though, and when I'm having a bit of downtime, I like to read through my favorite comics/graphic novels. My two favorite print series are Bill Willingham's "Fables" and Eric Shanower's "Age of Bronze" (with an honorable mention to Kurt Busiek's "Astro City"). I'm also a big fan of Guy Delisle and Jean Dufaux (although the latter is really hard to find in English).
However, recently I've been getting into online comics. My two favorites are "The Dreamer" by , and "Girl Genius" from Foglio Studios. www.girlgeniusonline.com/index…, what online comics/graphic novels do you guys like to read? Anything you'd like to recommend? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
- My website: www.joannerenaud.com
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- Reading: Age of Bronze: Betrayal
- Drinking: Airborne, because my throat itches
Definitely seconding the recs of Octopus Pie and Lackadaisy-- those two comics are some of the best I've read lately. Questionable Content is pretty good (although it hasn't been as good lately, IMO), as are Basic Instructions, Shortpacked!, and The Non-Adventures of Wonderella.
Thanks for the recommendations. Do you have links for all the ones you mentioned, except Octopus Pie and Lackadaisy?
I think there must be something wrong with the Basic Instructions site... I'm getting this rather scarily corporate Apple looking site. //shivers
Hmm...that's odd, the Basic Instructions link seems to be working for me. o_O Maybe try Googling it instead of following the link?
Actually, Basic Instructions is up again- it was only down yesterday. Weird, huh? I loved the comic where dude is punishing his cat by cuddling him... awwww!
And I know some people say PR is a slow read, but that's honestly what I like about it o__O;; I really can't stand reading something that dives right into the plot before the reader has a chance to get to know the characters, which is what a lot of comics do. But Sarah Ellerton has even said herself that her comics are meant to flow more like a film (or a period drama in the case of PR), so they take quite a while to build up. I'd definitely go back and give it another chance, or at least wait until the comic is complete and read it in one sitting.
Are you thinking of turning Flock of Ravens into a webcomic? I think there's great potential there. Or were you going to turn it into a novel?
A Flock of Ravens would be really terrible as a webcomic because there isn't much "action"... though there are some really bloody/violent scenes x__x;; Imagine Interview with the Vampire as a webcomic; it'd be terrible because there's a lot of talking and there are only short burts of action. Webcomics also attract younger audiences since kids like "pretty pictures," but AFoR has A LOT of adult content (incest, rape, murder, etc.), so I wouldn't really want to take any chances letting kids read that stuff >___>;;; AFoR is much better suited for a novel series. But that aside, I hate drawing sequential art and I lack the ablities to bring it to life on that scale.
I miss No Rest for the Wicked desperately, but I've come to terms that she'll probably never update again. I'm a totaly sucker for fairytale variations.
Okay, I'll totally have to check out Girl Genius.
As for print, I absolutely adore Halo and Sprocket, and also Blue Monday -- oh, and Liberty Meadows! I loved Get Fuzzy, especially starting when Rob got his new hair and glasses, but now I kind of think it's getting mean with out the adorable factor.
You definitely should check out GG, but when things are slow. If you're new to it, there's a lot of story to plow through.
I used to follow so many print comics, but it ended up costing so much $$! That's why I only follow two now regularly... and a lot of times I end up checking out the collected trade paperbacks from the library. Comics can be an expensive habit... :/
Oh boy, tell me about it. I used to work at a comic book store, when I was in highschool. Half of my paycheck went back to the store because I spent so much money there.
Sigh! Now I check up on my favorite characters on the internet, and that's about it.
Have you read Fables? You might be able to find the trades at your library. I think you'd love it. It's one of the best comic series I've read, since the Sandman ended. [link])
Oh and Comic-chic made a fabulous point about Pheonix Requiem -- now that those weird zombies are out, it's getting totally thrilling.
LOVED Fables. Though I would always have to take a break from it if one of my favorite fairy tale characters would die. I should get back into it.
Oh, and my library is the worst library in America. No joke. It's tiny, without even whole subjects, and no system combining other libraries. So I always end up buying used books online.... hmmm... Ebay may not be a bad idea. It's always disheartening to move from areas that have fabulous library systems to ones where the well is completely dry.
I'm kind of behind on Fables- I'm up to #7. I was waiting for the other trades to come out at the library, since I've been kind of broke this year...
Wow, that's awful your library is so bad. I guess I'm kind of spoiled here in LA, where I have access to five different library systems. Where are you right now?
Something I find amusing is there seem to be some DEEP, UNDERLYING MESSAGES that posters love to analyse each update on the forums. I've never seen anything wrong with just telling a story and enjoying it, and if there's some symbolism there, that's fine, but it doesn't need to be the point. Oftentimes, when I don't understand the page, or there's some really funky, artsy soliloque going on, it's an attempt at "message time", and the forum runs rampant with "What does it mean?!?!?!"
That, and the clothes are a bit outdated. Reminds me of Archie comics.
Octopus Pie -- I really like the style, less of the storyline. There's a fluidity to it that I admire. And she won my heart when she did a mock '60s romance comic. But magic brownies aren't really my thing, and certain arcs can get pretty out there.
I live in South Florida, actually. I don't want to tell too much on the internet, not that I don't trust you, but the town is small and easy to find. And I'm paranoid, I'll admit that. My brilliance and beauty attracts all kinds of crazies.
I see what you mean about the clothes. But I don't think there was ever a time over the past 20 years where people wore clothes like that. A peace sign belt buckle? A venus woman's sign necklace? Costumewise, it has a vaguely '80s-'90s mishmash feel, kind of like "Clueless" mixed with "Freaks and Geeks." I don't think I saw a single hoodie in the pages I was flipping through. Weird...
Okay, now I'm interested in seeing the Octopus Pie retro romance comic. But the rest of it sounds a bit... woo-woo.... if that's a word.
Hehe, you don't have to tell me too much. It's better to be careful- after all, on my LJ I refer to a lot of my friends by their initials!
But since you live in Florida, tell me, what do you think of Carl Hiassen?
By the way, I just noticed your name was from "Plague Dogs." I love Richard Adams!