More horrible than Hagar, greedier than the King of Id, Ian McDonald's Bruno the Barbarian has been storming the gates of webcomicdom for more than seven years now.Blending high Robert E. Howard style fantasy with cartoonish comedy, Ian McDonald began his long-running webcomic Bruno the Bandit in 1998.
David Willisâ€™ much beloved Itâ€™s Walky! was an epic science-fiction story mixed liberally with teen-angst drama and quirky, character-driven comedy. That story concluded last year (though the series is still showing signs of life) and for his next project Willis chose a more open format, free from the bonds of continuity and logic. The result was Shortpacked! a gag-a-day strip set loosely within the world of Itâ€™s Walky but with a whole new direction.
When you talk about infinite canvas, youâ€™re walking a fine line between clichÃ© and getting publicly attacked as an artsy-fartsy idealist. Still, while the majority of webcomic artists stick to tried and true printed page formats, a few have emerged to really try to grasp the narrative possibility of digital space without descending into pretension or inaccessibility. In the case of Demian5â€™s When I am King, the creator manages this in addition to plenty of dick jokes.
Steven Frankâ€™s Spamusement is summed up well on its front page: "Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines!" Itâ€™s a simple concept that goes a long way.
Where most of us would automatically hit "delete", Frank has appropriated the detritus of his inbox and given it new life, recycling his junk mail into single-panel, often silent comics entirely based on the subject lines of his daily pile of spam.