It was the dawn of the Litigious Age when the sprite comics began to fall. It began with Capcom, and their massive swipe at any and all unauthorized Mega Man and Chun Li sprites. Other companies would follow: Square and Sega, Namco and Tecmo. Finally, Nintendo did it as well, though they would claim they were first, and did it the best.
One by one, the sprite comics vanished from the web, leaving behind only shattered shards of their former glory. But there was still hope -- for among the brightest and sharpest of these shards was Kid Radd.
Nerds need to learn how to spell. L33T-speak is the single most annoying mode of discourse in human history, narrowly beating out the otaku patois created when American anime fans pepper their conversation with broken Japanese. While reviewing L33T Pixelz, I am afraid to speak the title aloud, for fear that the sheer irritating geekiness will cause jocks to spontaneously generate out of thin air and beat the crap out of me.
"The latest Flash Player is required to view this site properly"
The title page of Alpha Shade should be read like a warning marker to the unwary, letting the potential reader know what they may find within the home of Christopher and Joseph Brudlos' tag-team foray into the steampunk genre. Still fairly new – having launched only this past July – Alpha Shade is a unique mix of traditional manga cobbled together through the creative use of (Flash) technology.
In an arena that's crowded with elaborate Sci-Fi themes, baroque fantasy themes and byzantine plots, it's refreshing to note that one of the best comics on the Web features two main characters who don't even have arms.
The main characters of Steven Cloud's Boy on a Stick and Slither are a sort of coalition of the limbless. Boy is either a multiple amputee or a sentient Pez dispenser, and Slither is a snake. In a boxing match, they're on equal footing.
The fact that neither protagonist can wear a wrist watch is mostly irrelevant to the strip, though, as they're essentially icons or stand-ins for any two people. They look like doodles from the corner of a Physics notebook, and conceptually, they're the same. They're symbols, really, and their visual representations are irrelevant, except as fodder for a self-aware gag or two.
Brad Hawkinsâ€™ Monkey Law is an excellent example of the kind of genre-hopping that webcomics makes possible. One part social-political commentary, one part funny-monkey stories, Monkey Law is an occasionally awkward marriage of seemingly disparate parts, that delivers a powerful punch.
Stickler and Hat-trick, in association with Comixpedia present…
Stickler and Hat-trick at the Keyboard
This week, they review JJ McCullough's Filibuster !
(This month's show is sponsored by FBI Diapers. Guaranteed not to leak.)
In the weeks after Sept. 11, when anthrax was flying through the postal system like AOL free samplers, and flags suddenly sprouted from every crack in the ground, pop culture balled into a foetal position and rolled under a table. You were there, too, so you canâ€™t deny you saw it. American pop culture briefly became nothing less than a 24-hour, instantly-updated funeral service with occasional breaks for scary news stories about "dirty bombs."
Every comedian had a somber speech about being unable to make jokes. Talking heads debated the patriotism of disagreeing with the President. The editor of Vanity Fair, stretching that magazine's authority just a bit, officially declared irony "dead."
That's when David Rees started tearing it all apart with the caustic sarcasm of Get Your War On.
Presumably when one is looking into webcomic reviews, one expects to hear about… well, webcomics. Cox & Forkum is something that might fit the definition for a webcomic, and yet strictly speaking, it isn't one.
Is Death a popular guy? Does he have lots of friends? Does he enjoy his job of collecting the souls of the newly deceased and ushering them to their final reward, or does he secretly yearn for something that makes him feel better about himself? These might be, and sometimes are, the issues covered in Dorothy Gambrell’s Modern Tales strip, The New Adventures of Death.
Question: What do you get when you cross a stand-up comic who specializes in one-liners and puns with a habitual psychopathic murderer?
Answer: A serial kidder who really slays 'em by repeated club gigs.
Alternate answer: Butch.