I can't remember now how I stumbled across Dave Ryan's Badass Muthas! but the title alone grabbed me and then I found I really liked how the art contrasted with the jokes and story. It's a kind of rough, angular style but with a very soft, tranquil color palette. What else can I say - you should go check it out! I got a chance to interview Dave about it - read on for the gory details.
Lora Innes is the creator of the popular historical fiction webcomic The Dreamer about Beatrice “Bea” Whaley whoose dreams about a Revolutionary War soldier named Alan Warren lead her into adventure. Issue #1 of the print series from publisher IDW came out in November and the webcomic is up to episode #123 (page 23 of Issue #50). I got a chance to interview Lora via email earlier this fall.
Crystal Yates is the creator of the fantasy webcomic Earthsong. The comic has a complicated mythos; in it the planets are somewhat like gods and the creatures that live on their surface are their offspring. I don't want to write out the whole mythos but many different species are relocated to the world of Earthsong. Despite the involved world-building that went into the concept, it's a pretty easy webcomic to get into and the art is nicely done. I got a chance to interview Crystal earlier this fall via email.
Hans Tseng is the creator of the webcomic Directions of Destiny, a tale of the students at the Alatus Institute for Magic, Summoning, Weapons and Technology. Now that sounds like a school that prepares it's students for the
real fantasy world, not some ivory castle tower! I got a chance to interview Hans by email recently.
Evan Nichols is the creator behind the long-running Ask Dr. Eldritch webcomic. The long-running adventures of the intrepid advice columnist Dr. Eldritch are nearing episode #500 which is a pretty significant milestone for any comic project. The concept here alone cracks me up. Just check out the intro to the "Letters" page at the site:
Dr. Eldritch answers the questions that no other columnist will touch, with solid, no-nonsense advice to get you through those once-in-a-lifetime crises:
- Being menaced by the Undead?
- Scientific experiments gone horribly wrong and may destroy the Earth?
- A Loved One is possessed by Satan?
- Your gorgeous lover is using you as a patsy for an elaborate swindle?
Don't fall victim to vampires! Don't get slashed by a psycho! Don't get stuck, ASK DR. ELDRITCH!
Read on for my interview about the good doctor with his creator, Evan Nichols.
Nicole Chartrand is the creator of Fey Winds. Chartrand describes the comic as "a sword & sorcery spoof comedy". It's a good read (start here - the comic's navigation seems to lack a "first" link) and everything in it has gotten better over its (so far) more than 300 pages. I got a chance to interview Chartrand by email this month.
Sean McGuinness is the creator of the website Neo Monster Island and the webcomic Twisted Kaiju Theater it hosts. Kaiju is apparently a Japanese term for monster. McGuinness makes TKT with his own collection of Godzilla toys so you know it's a labor of love... of love and smashing Tokyo to bits. I got a chance to interview McGuinness about his long-running webcomic (since August 2000!) via email last month.
Michael May is the creator of Eros Inc., a webcomic about a young woman, Mot Fleishman living a normal life until fate picks her to be Cupid giving her the power of fate of lovers living in Los Angeles. (May first came to my attention with his now on hiatus comic about movies called Stock Footage). Eros Inc. is a very funny comic and young, twenty-something Mot is a great character to follow along with. I would guess fans of Octopus Pie could really like this too. It's very funny but it's not always tightly wound around jokes per se and May handles the story pretty well so far. His art is a bit on the rough side but for me it works very well.
May did our cover art at ComixTalk this month and I interviewed him very recently via email.
Brion Foulke is the creator of Flipside, a webcomic he describes as, "[A] story about relationships, sex, and compromise. It's a romantic fantasy adventure with a lot of action, and a small dose of horror." I got a chance to interview Brion via email this month.