What Damonk is Reading
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 30, 2003 - 07:13
Frank "Damonk" Cormier is the Editor-in-Chief of Comixpedia and possibly the creator of (Naught-)Framed!!!, depending on who you ask.
"In no particular order, here are my most recent faves -- I read FAR too many comics as is, so it was very tough to whittle it down to 8, let alone 5:
1. MNEMESIS: Sylvan Midgal has done nothing but get better and better with each new webcomics project he's ever undertaken. Mnemesis is a perfect case in point. This imaginative story of life after death has proven to be remarkably enthralling â€“ great character development, solid story pacing, and of course, trademark Midgal writing skills add up to an appealing afterlife... Who knew being dead could be so darn cool?
2. SPARKLING GENERATION VALKYRIE YUUKI: Blame Scott McCloud for getting me hooked on this one. I was always a fan of Kittyhawk's work (The Jar rocked), and when I first lay eyes on this, I simply fell in love. Hilarity pummels you nonstop in this wonderful manga-esque spoof of Magical Girl stories. I DARE you to not think this comic GOLD. DARE YOU.
3. LABGOATS, INC.: This month, Petie Shumate is REALLY outdoing himself. His Edward Gorey tribute just canâ€™t be explained properly in words â€“ you have to go SEE IT to believe it. He's really stepped up his art and writing skills for this marvelously macabre month-long Hallowee'en special feature. I've never been so excited in my life about watching people bite the dust, one after the other! The tribute starts here.
4. VIGILANTE, HO!: Yeah, I know, my wife draws and dialogues it all up, but trust me â€“ this ain't bias talking here, seriously. Art-wise, this is easily her best work, ever... and she was damn good to begin with, so figure it out. A cowboy western with plenty of wacky spoofiness to come (an advantage of sleeping with the creator is that you get sneak peeks!). The story's just begun, so it's a great time to hop on board. The art alone will keep you coming back.
5. IT'S WALKY: Always a fave of mine, Dave Willis' sci-fi action comedy drama romance horror school webcomic (did I miss any?) is ALWAYS consistently quality stuff. Whether he makes me laugh or cry or sigh or get angry at whomever in any particular daily installment, I ALWAYS want the next strip to be delivered to me posthaste. One of the best webcomics out there, bar none. It's got a giant robot monkey, for crying out loud! And sweet, SWEET, delectable Joyce... *drools*
6. FILTHY LIES: This one appeals to the crude little mouthy sarcastic fellah in me that usually never gets a say. Filthy Lies goes beyond the boundaries of taste and decorum again and again, yet I canâ€™t stop laughing. It's like I secretly want to say all the things that Damian and Joel say. Raunchily funny and surprisingly intelligent, too, which makes for a scary one-two punch to the groin. The groin of Laughter. (Make sure you start from the beginning, tho!)
7. KILLROY AND TINA: I have to confess, when this first came out, I wasn't all that impressed. I read maybe a dozen strips, and gave up. Boy, do I ever feel like the fool now, though. I reread the entire archives just a few weeks ago when I was given a gift subscription to Graphic Smash, and damn. I couldnâ€™t stop reading, and when I reached the end of the archives, I wanted more. Killroy is a MASTER of deadpan humor, and the story just keeps getting more and more interesting which each new episode. A crazed warmongering alien despot bonded to a normal teenage Earth girl as punishment? Apparently, this spells "E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-M-E-N-T". (Really! I looked it up!)
8. SKIRTING DANGER: Superheroes. Wanting to go to fashion school in New York. Really. Need I say more?
And again, I could EASILY add another few DOZEN to this list. There's some really solid stuff coming out right now in Webcomics World, and we're lucky to have so much quality hitting us from all sides."