Brad Likes Webcomics #9: Nnewts™
Some, if not most of you, will be aware of the works of Doug TenNapel. With a portfolio including both Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood, his quirky and imaginative style never fails to inspire. Within the last few months, he started telling a new story titled Nnewts™.
TenNapel’s first foray into webcomics was Ratfist. While charming in its own right, his unfamiliarity with the medium led to strange storytelling decisions and awkward pacing. With Nnewts™, TenNapel has found his footing and is forging bravely into adventure.
The comic isn’t all that far in, so I’m going to avoid going into specifics of the story. Each page’s art is masterfully inked (with stunning colour work by Katherine Garner), character poses strong, and expressions evocative. The writing thus far is a powerful combination of cute, funny, and heart-wrenching. And it has magic and fart jokes.
While Nnewts™ normally updates weekly, the author is taking a hiatus to catch up on other projects. A silver lining though, this allows you plenty of time to catch up as well!
Wow, it’s been a while since I did one of these BLW thingies. I’m really out of practice. If YOU have a comic you like that you think I should check out, feel free to toss me an ask! I’d love to hear from you.
Brad Likes Webcomics #8: Gunnerkrigg Court
As suggested, We’re doin’ Gunnerkrigg Court this week.
I FRIGGIN’ LOVE GUNNERKRIGG COURT.
Gunnerkrigg Court is a fantasy/sci-fi comic by Tom Siddell. The story’s protagonist is Antimony Carver, a red-headed lass attending the mysterious titular school. Amidst ghosts, possessed plushes, minotaurs, psychopomps, nightmarish other-worlds, gods, faeries, and laser-cows, there’s an unmistakable air of mystery, frivolity and charm.
It’s hard to explain why this comic works so well. Siddell provides a fantastic blend of the cryptic and the stupefying, with cute and quirky characters. Think Harry Potter meets The X-Files. Now stop thinking that, because that’s a terrible analogy why did I even type that. The writing is diverse, without being incongruous. Any given scene can range between sweet, creepy, tragic, silly, or beautiful.
I’ll admit I was a little wary of the character design when I started reading. Please do not let it deter you. Siddell’s art evolves, quickly and majestically. The characters “grow into” their designs, and his backgrounds, from the simple to the detailed, are dynamic and exceptional. The colour palette trends toward flat, muted shades for the Court proper, which contrasts that well with the bright shades and “painted” look used to represent the ethereal.
I’ve put off doing GKC for awhile, because I really can’t do it justice. If you aren’t already reading it, you should be. I can not recommend it more.
•The update schedule is solid, M-W-F. Updates at 12:01AM PST. Hiatuses are few and far between.
•As linked above, Tom Siddell is on Tumblr. He posts cool art there!
•Gunnerkrigg is Mr. Siddell’s full time job. If you enjoy the comic as much as I do, you can (and should) support it!
bakersfieldrob asked: Love the BLW, have you checked out Gunnerkrigg court? Fantastic art, commendable update schedule, wonderful characters and story/plot development.
Hiya! Thanks for the follow, glad you enjoy.
Oh gosh, Gunnerkrigg Court. I freaking adore that comic. I geek out at the mere mention. Also I’m a huge fan of the way Siddell draws robots.
In fact, I think I’ll make GC the topic of my next BLW. Be sure to check in next Friday for that. Thanks for the suggestion!
Brad Likes Webcomics: Starslip
Hey folks, still don’t have my own computer so I’m bumming my dad’s to write this.
It’s incredibly common for webcomics to just stop updating when their creators grow tired of them, so I wanted to give a shout out to a recently “finished” comic.
Kris Straub’s sci-fi epic Starslip (formerly Starslip Crisis/Starshift Crisis) was a M/W/F adventure comic following the space-journeys of a space-museum curator and his space-crew. Starslip ran for 7 years, and ended June 15, 2012. While it didn’t break much new ground, Starslip had a very consistent update schedule, unique characters, and contained many a sweet homage to sci-fi’s greats. Plus “Starslip Drive” is a clever concept.
Kris Straub has been a pretty big name in webcomics for a while, with such titles as Checkerboard Nightmare, Time Friends, and F Chords under his belt. His legacy continues with chainsawsuit. He also co-stars in two web series with Scott Kurtz (of PvP).
Brad Likes Webcomics: (but can’t read them til his replacement laptop arrives)
So as you may have heard, my laptop is dead (due to a chain reaction involving a pillow, a ladder, and a glass of iced tea). Already ordered a new one (ouch), but I can’t really make a BLW post easily from my 3DS. So I’m just gonna say go read an adorable adventure comic about bunnies called “Cucumber Quest”. It’s marvelous. (I can’t make a link to it right now so you’ll hafta google it)
Brad Likes Webcomics #7: GastroPhobia
I feel like I should have done this one weeks ago.
GastroPhobia by David McGuire is a Fantasy/Humour comic about an exiled Amazonian single mom and her rotund son as they adventure across ancient Greece. It has a small cast of lovable characters, a charming “Hanna-Barbera” feel and a distinct colour scheme.
I’ve been loosely following McGuire’s work since “Fox & Apple”, and his previous cartooning experience has really allowed GastroPhobia to shine. The art is really clean, and becomes more polished with each new page. There’s enough cute to make you smile, and enough puns make you groan. Even though the comic’s update schedule is somewhat inconsistent, it’s well worth checking back every week for a new page or two.
Brad Likes Webcomics #6: Johnny Wander
Johnny Wander is a journal-style humor comic by Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya. The comedic timing in congruence with the adorable art never fails to make me smile. Though most of the comics draw from the lives of Yuko and Ananth, there is also a variety of unique and charming “original” stories.