Our US correspondent and webcomic guru Rebecca Hail take a look at four more great Web Comics this week that she recommends as a quick way to get a laugh in your day. From Tumblr to Twitter, you’ll be sure to find one to brighten your day and make you chuckle so we pick four of our favourites that you have got to know about.
Beth Evans Art
Relatable comics are just that, relatable. So we often see the same ideas from various artists, which can make comics like these often feel stale and over played. However, this particular webcomic consistently brings something new and fresh to the table every time. Evans has a great talent in taking simple lines and shapes, and pairing them with words that speak the truth of being an introverted human residing on this planet today. Every strip is new, fresh, and just as good as the next. Creating a culture where introversion and surviving mundane daily tasks is one of the many ways Evans is able to create a comic that speaks to all. There is a strip that will speak to every person in her collection. Personally, I love the normal task awards as they make tiny daily victories feel so much bigger and worth celebrating. Soon you will be able to physically hold these comics. While the date has yet to be released, it is one book you should already be keeping your eye on.
The fact that there are still people out there that do not know about Deathbulge baffles me. Bright colors, a steady theme of kicking down doors, and stories that can’t be beat, you really should get to know this masterpiece. Once a comic about a deathmetal band, Deathbulge has evolved into a comic of epic proportions. Following a set of seemingly misfit creatures, stories are told in a way that makes you feel for the poor puppet on the page, and still cheer for the character’s demise. With the well deserved award of Most Flexed Biceps in a comic, this webcomic will keep you guffawing throughout the day. Reoccurring themes and easy to follow story lines make this a great one to pickup on any old day to begin. Granted, I suggest you start at the beginning to get the full effect, but that is not completely necessary to understand this comic. The genius behind the art, Dan Martin, is one you should know about and follow. If you think you might recognize the name, it’s because this is the guy who did all those Pokemon that weren’t quite Pokemon; they were much, much better. The best part of this webcomic? You can buy and actually hold some of the strips. Oh and there’s a book!
Poorly Drawn Lines
Poorly Drawn Lines is an absurd comic full of individual stories ranging in size and topic. The beauty of this comic is in its simplicity. You can pick this comic up anywhere, and not fear you are missing out on some over arching theme, character, or running gag. Muted colours and clean lines are the basis of this comic, giving the eyes something pleasing to look at while reading. Written conversationally, large ideas are often simplified without losing any of the complex matters being handled. I cannot tell you of all the hours spent wandering through the panels of this comic, giggling as the animals and people traverse through life with wit, cynicism, and cleverness. This comic is written for those who want a little bit more think behind their comic, but also love a good guffaw, often times at the reader themselves. This comic does have a book out, and one upcoming, so do yourself a favour and grab that book. Or hop on to his site and join in on the madness that is PDL.
Victims of Comics
Tasteless. Humourless. Waste of internet space. These words have been used to describe this comic, but all was in jest (or so I believe) as this is one of the greatest webcomics around. Sporadically updated, you’ll have to keep watch for when the new one appears, and it is always worth the wait. Not a comic that adheres to one particular colour pallet, or even style beyond simple figures, this is one to read if you enjoy a variety. If you are a lover of words, and really terrible jokes, this is one of those comics that generously provides both. Consistently poking fun at societal norms, ideals, and current events, it gives the reader a little bit to think about while chuckling along. One of the best known pieces from this artist is the “Bond, Hydrogen Bond” panel, and the chances are there’s a science classroom with a print or reproduction of it hanging near you. Social commentary taken to new comedic heights, Victims of Comic will sure to leave you groaning and wanting more.