By Hunter Camp
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Each and every week “The Crazy 88’s” MK2Fac3 and “Fox Force Five” Henchman21 read a lot of (web) comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of (web) comics. Maybe too many (web) comics. I mean, it is possible”¦ theoretically. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t, right? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull lists RSS Feeds, grab some (web) comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books web comics to look forward to are for the week of February 29, 2012. Single issues panels and trades pages, they’re all here.
We hardly ever talk about web comics here on The GoD List, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some fantastic ones out there. In fact, they are probably more great web comics available for free all across the Internet than there are comics available in stores for $2.99 and up. So, with that in mind, and considering that this week is extremely light in print comics considering the February leap day/fifth week syndrome that has infected comic book publishers, we’re turning our attention to web comics.
Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t some great comics available this week, in fact Dark Horse’s gigantic Empowered collection comes out today, so does Evil Ink’s trade paperback of Key of Z, and there are plenty of great single issues coming to stores like Hack/Slash, also. But, in light of all of these facts, we here at The GoD List wanted to take this opportunity to talk about some of our favorite web comics. Are you ready? I said… are you ready? Well, for the thousands in attendance, and the millions reading at home, ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to read some web comics!
Let’s Be Friends Again (Curt Franklin/Chris Haley): My favorite web comic comes from Curt Franklin and Chris Haley. Let’s Be Friends Again, to me, exemplifies what a web comic should strive to be. It’s short and to the point, it’s absolutely hilarious, it has elements of an over-arching story line, but more than anything, it lives by its own rules. No one is safe from the wrath of Let’s Be Friends Again, as they’ll easily champion ideas and creators in the comic book world as they will totally destroy them. But that’s not all. They also realize that there’s no one better to poke fun at than themselves. After you start to read the comic for a long while, you start to feel like you get to know the creators of the comic, because the creators of the comic are also the stars of it. Let’s Be Friends Again mainly focuses on the superhero community, but really anything is up for grabs, because again, they play by their own rules. No one tells them when to stop, or if a joke’s gone to far, so their personalities are in play with every digital/pencil stroke and letter, and to me, that’s what a web comic should be. So, if you consider yourself to familiar with the comic book industry and you like to laugh a whole lot, make sure to check out LBFA. To put this in wrestling terms, it’s a web comic for smarks.
Awesome Hospital (Chad Bowers/Chris Sims/Matt Digges/Josh Krasch):Awesome Hospital is one of the most unique comics on the web. There’s a level of continuity established in this strip that is unparalleled by its competition. What Bowers, Sims, Digges, and Krasch are doing here is basically creating a print comic and giving us pages for free, so I have to thank them for that. But as awesome as the format is, this is one of the craziest comics on the Internet, as well. Think about it, Awesome Hospital, a hospital that is totally awesome. We’ve got Dr. Dirtbike, a doctor who rides a freaking dirtbike everywhere even in operation, Nurse Cindy Punk Rock, who is a bad ass punk rock nurse in the hospital, Dr. Space Baby, a baby doctor that resembles Adam Strange, Dr. Guitar Solo, you can figure that one out, and who else could be the man in charge other than Santa Claus? Yes, it’s got one of the wildest cast of characters in any webcomic, and honestly, it’s just flat out fun. There’s loads of content here, though. When the novelty wears off, there’s a really interesting story involving all sorts of Kirby-esque content like time travel, space, and lots of SCIENCE. But while that’s true, the hilarity of the characters and situations never wears off, don’t worry. So, if you’re in the mood for an incredibly fun and crazy adventure, check out Awesome Hospital. It doesn’t work best in the RSS format of read whenever you feel like it, considering the fact that there is a narrative, but if you wait until a story arc finishes and then marathon pages, you’ll really enjoy this comic strip.
The Rack (Kevin Church/Benjamin Birdie/Joe Hunter): To put it simply, The Rack is a web comic strip about life inside a comic book shop. We are introduced to several players including staff, customers, and even the occasional other comic book store owners. The comic plays off a lot of the inner workings of the culture of comic book fans, and while it doesn’t go as far as the great Our Valued Customers (which is also hilarious), there’s plenty of laughter to have at the expense of the dumb stereotype that many of us in the comic book world try to shy away from. But honestly, why I love this web comic is that in all actuality, it could work with or without the comic book store theme. It’s a comic about a group of co-workers who are pretty much friends and how they deal with customer service in each of their own unique ways. So if you’ve ever worked a job where you’ve had to deal with the public, you’ll think this comic is absolutely hilarious, which it is.
Well, I think this weird fifth Wednesday in February caught most comic companies as much by surprise as the rest of us, and there’s not a ton of books out this week, which is why we’re talking webcomics. The first one I want to talk about is Cocotte, a brand new comic from writer Kat Vapid and artist Ryan Kelly. There are only a few pages up at this point, but I am already enjoying this story of life in a modern day restaurant. It doesn’t hurt that Ryan Kelly is one of my favorite artists and that he is doing some great work here. You don’t usually get such a high class artist working on a webcomic, and it’s a breath of fresh air to see such an artist working on a project like this. I’m still not sure exactly where the story is going, but it’s shaping up as an interesting story with real people and not just your standard joke-a-day comic. Cocotte currently updates every Monday, and is easy to catch up on at this point.
The next series I want to point you towards is Dork Tower, which is a long running series that covers gaming, movies, comics and whatever else comes into the mind of writer and artist John Kovalic. Dork Tower is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary and as it says of itself: “It’s REALLY for people who know the significance of “42”; who have bookmarked more than one area of Think Geek; who’ve memorized every lyric to Jonathan Coulton’s ouvre; who’ve cataloged which classic Trek episodes involved the Prime Directive; and who know the names of six people and a cat that make regular appearances in Wil Wheaton’s blog. And, of course, it’s for people who know that HAN SHOT FIRST!” If you’re reading this site, you’re already into the things that Dork Tower jokes about a three times a week basis. Dork Tower is consistently one of the funniest comics out there.
Okay, so kind of short, kind of sweet this week but go out and take a look at these because I told you so. If you don’t, well there’s not really much I can do because this is the internet and I’m too lazy to track you down. Just know that if you haven’t checked these series out, I’m not mad at you, I’m just very disappointed.
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