Archive - May 2007 - Article
This year's nominations for the Best Digital Comic category of the Eisner awards is a strong group with a mix of styles and genres. Ryan Armand is a first time Eisner nominee and he got the nod for his webcomic Minus. Minus is a wonderful tale of a slightly mischievous girl named Minus and it features Armand's beautiful dream-like artwork.
Congratulations on the Eisner nomination. How does it feel to get this kind of recognition?
Thanks. It feels pretty good, I think? I don't think I've really wrapped my head around it just yet.
"All-ages" means a story in which anyone who enjoys a little action, a little thought, and a little character interplay will find something to like, and where that enjoyment will only deepen as the reader gets older. The webcomic Tales of the Questor by Ralph Hayes, Jr. more than lives up to that definition.
Michael Lalonde is the creator of Orneryboy, "a very domestic romantic comedy, set against a backdrop of slapstick horror." If you've never checked out Orneryboy it's a very funny comic focused on the relationship between Orneryboy and Dirtygirl (along with Orneryboy's misadventures with their zombie roommate Brian.)
Meghan Murphy bills her webcomic Kawaii Not as "the comic for cute gone bad" and it's a great description of Murphy's cute but twisted graphic haikus. (Murphy was the cover artist for Comixpedia's March Issue)
Last month the nominations for this year's Eisner awards were announced and amongst the nominees for Best Digital Comic was Phables by Brad Guigar. Earlier this month I conducted a short interview with Guigar to get his reactions to the good news and find out more about Phables. In the time between conducting the interview and publishing it here, however, Guigar received another form of recognition for Phables, this time winning "Best Local Column" from the Greater Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists. It's shaping up to be a very good year for Brad!
Cow & Buffalo by Mike Maihack has funny animals doing silly things. It's like the comics you loved when you were a kid. Wackiness prevails and it's fun.
While there is certainly a wealth of all-ages material out there, remarkably little of it is in the form of short stories or completed series.
It seems all-ages webcomics tend even more toward the infinitely-ongoing format than webcomics in general do.
Linda Howard reviews The Paranormals by M. Raven Brown and Ronnie Werner. The story of five misfit kids with special powers that meet up at a high school and deal with supernatural situations may sound like nothing special, but Brown's writing makes the characters come alive as actual teens and Werner's art is stylized and cartoonish with a focus on the interplay between the characters.