Tuesday’s Webcomics

Comics in my Google Reader "Webcomics" folder between Monday night and Tuesday night (or thereabouts):

This must be my lucky day as far as online comics discoveries goes. Brian Chippendale's new webcomic "Puke Force" has it's first eight strips up at the Picturebox site. It's about what you'd expect from Chippendale's work if you've read Ninja. Thought the art is less dense that a lot of Ninja, the ubiquitous marks that almost define Chippendale's work is still to be found, as well as his might-as-well-be-trademarked snaking panel reading path.

Grandpapier. This mostly French language comics site has dozens of comic artists posting work irregularly. I follow the feed for the whole site, though I don't read all that comes through it. I've discovered a lot of interesting work at this site, often with visual styles that are very different from what you see in most English language webcomics. The works tend to be more "art comics" than strips, manga-influenced work, or long serials. Recent favorites include GrisFX's "Tout s'arrange avec le temps" which consists of pages from a work in progress posted in an ambiguous order and Pascal Matthey's 24 hour comic from this year. Today another one of Marion Fayolle's short stories ("Histoires Courtes") also appeared. Her pieces look like a series of cut paper characters acting out a play.

Arthur Magazine: Comics. The comics section at Arthur is curated by Floating World (comics store in Portland, OR), I'm pretty sure in the person of Jason Leivian, who also published the Diamond Comics newspaper anthology (don't see a place where you can get them by mail). The comics are often in a art comics, pulpy vein. I'm not always a fan of what gets published, but enough interesting work comes through that I keep following it. Today's comic from Chris Cilla uses a nice layout style, but narratively doesn't do anything for me. They recently posted some of Dina Kelberman's "Regular Man" comics, coincidentally, the twelfth issue of which arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Dina's visual design often in the form of collage and multimedia drawing is really striking. Arthur also uses a full screen comics viewer that I quite like for it's smooth horizontal scrolling.

The Mermaid Rooms by Eliza Frye. I've written about Eliza Frye's work at ComixTalk in the past. This is her latest comic, which has only been running for a couple weeks (page 15 went up today). So far, as I've come to expect from Frye, the comic is slow moving but visually dynamic. I'm not yet convinced about the mermaid story (we're too close to fairy tale land for my tastes), but I have some faith Frye will make the read worthwhile.

Sam Zabel and Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks. Horrocks is another one of those creators who has made the shift to serializing his work online before an (I assume) future print publication. This story is up to its 40th page as of today, and it's been rather slow going, partly, I think, because some of it is a colorized, edited, redrawn version of this story that originally appeared in Horrock's short-lived (and very very slow to come out) Atlas comic book series. Like much of Horrock's other work, this is comics about comics, even more so, comics about a comic artist, that seems to be partially autobiographically (or at least autobiographically inspired). I do like the color palette.

Also more Bad Machinery and more Les Petits Riens (a comic on drink coasters drawn with Jeff Smith?!).


Derik Badman

Derik A Badman is a web developer (for Springshare, Inc) and comics artist/critic living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA with his wife and two cats. His comics are often abstract or poetic in nature, frequently drawing from appropriated sources.