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My deadline for Astonishing Adventures magazine has been extended again, and yet again- now it's on the 31st, so I expect to spend my Halloween painting and writing.  Plus I have jobs to do for Glencoe (a branch of McGraw Hill), which is cool- work is always nice.  

A girl still has to relax, though, and when I'm having a bit of downtime, I like to read through my favorite comics/graphic novels.  My two favorite print series are Bill Willingham's "Fables" and Eric Shanower's "Age of Bronze" (with an honorable mention to Kurt Busiek's "Astro City").  I'm also a big fan of Guy Delisle and Jean Dufaux (although the latter is really hard to find in English).

However, recently I've been getting into online comics.  My two favorites are "The Dreamer" by :iconcomic-chic:, and "Girl Genius" from Foglio Studios. www.girlgeniusonline.com/index…, what online comics/graphic novels do you guys like to read?  Anything you'd like to recommend?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!






  • Reading: Age of Bronze: Betrayal
  • Drinking: Airborne, because my throat itches
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:iconwarriormoonclaw:
WarriorMoonClaw Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
I love The Dreamer!
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Doesn't everyone? ;P
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rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
Mordred and Wiglaf kick ass!!!!
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll check that out, thanks!
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:iconrockpunk92:
rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
ooo you want the linkk??
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure!
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:iconrockpunk92:
rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
[link]

Tis funniness!!!!
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the recommendation! :)
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:iconrockpunk92:
rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
your welcome! did you like it?
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't had a chance to look at it yet- lately I've been swamped! But I bookmarked it, and will get to it once I have some time to relax. :)
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JunkyardHalo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
Ohhh man, I am totally addicted to Fables! I'm playing catch-up, but I think I'm up to volume 7 or 8 now. That and Tank Girl will be the ruin of me (or at least my paycheck).

Definitely seconding the recs of Octopus Pie and Lackadaisy-- those two comics are some of the best I've read lately. :) Questionable Content is pretty good (although it hasn't been as good lately, IMO), as are Basic Instructions, Shortpacked!, and The Non-Adventures of Wonderella.
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I need to catch up on Fables soooo badly. That must wait for my next paycheck too..

Thanks for the recommendations. Do you have links for all the ones you mentioned, except Octopus Pie and Lackadaisy?
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:iconjunkyardhalo:
JunkyardHalo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Certainly! :D

[link] Questionable Content
[link] Basic Instructions
[link] Shortpacked!
[link] The Non-Adventures of Wonderella

(Also, I just started reading Pictures for Sad Children ([link]), and it's good, too-- it's funny in a dark/sad way.)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I love Wonderella- it's hilarious, in a very nonsequitor kind of way. I don't think Sad Children is really my cup of tea, I've never really been able to get into the Chris Ware style.

I think there must be something wrong with the Basic Instructions site... I'm getting this rather scarily corporate Apple looking site. //shivers
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JunkyardHalo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Glad to hear you like Wonderella! I really enjoy it. (And I totally understand if Sad Children isn't quite your thing...I find some of them to be really funny and others to be just kind of depressing, myself.)

Hmm...that's odd, the Basic Instructions link seems to be working for me. o_O Maybe try Googling it instead of following the link?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The sad vampire one in Wonderella was particularly hilarious!

Actually, Basic Instructions is up again- it was only down yesterday. Weird, huh? I loved the comic where dude is punishing his cat by cuddling him... awwww!
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artspazz Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist
Grim tales by bleedman ^^

:iconbleedman: [link]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the recommendation! :)
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
For the ReBoot fans: [link]

But we're a closed and knit-tight community. Which means you have to register (free) before you can watch. That's because it's crafted by fan input. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I've never watched a single episode of ReBoot, so I think it might all be lost on me... ;P
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Caliypsoe Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I only read the Dreamer religiously, but I have looked through a few others. :) I like Dreamer for the historic nature of it and I haven't found too many others like it. :/
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It is a wonderful comic! I'm very happy to see it make it into print. :D
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Caliypsoe Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Me too! I can't wait to get my copy. :D
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Seitou Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Phoenix Requiem and Lackadaisy Cats are the only two webcomics that I read religiously. I've been getting into the Dreamer, though.

And I know some people say PR is a slow read, but that's honestly what I like about it o__O;; I really can't stand reading something that dives right into the plot before the reader has a chance to get to know the characters, which is what a lot of comics do. But Sarah Ellerton has even said herself that her comics are meant to flow more like a film (or a period drama in the case of PR), so they take quite a while to build up. I'd definitely go back and give it another chance, or at least wait until the comic is complete and read it in one sitting.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I'm not necessarily into action hero comics, but I get impatient with anything (books, comics, etc) that moves too slowly for my tastes. I figured if I wasn't digging PR in 50 pages, then it probably wasn't my cup of tea. However, since you, Lora, Savivi, etc, are big fans of it, I'll give it another go later. :)

Are you thinking of turning Flock of Ravens into a webcomic? I think there's great potential there. Or were you going to turn it into a novel?
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Seitou Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, give it another go. Sarah says that the first book is nearly the equivalent of the first 15-20 minutes of a film (and not that much can really happen in 15-20 minutes). If you think of each volume as equaling anywhere from 15-30 minutes of a film, then I think it's easier to get a feel for the pacing of the comic.

A Flock of Ravens would be really terrible as a webcomic because there isn't much "action"... though there are some really bloody/violent scenes x__x;; Imagine Interview with the Vampire as a webcomic; it'd be terrible because there's a lot of talking and there are only short burts of action. Webcomics also attract younger audiences since kids like "pretty pictures," but AFoR has A LOT of adult content (incest, rape, murder, etc.), so I wouldn't really want to take any chances letting kids read that stuff >___>;;; AFoR is much better suited for a novel series. But that aside, I hate drawing sequential art and I lack the ablities to bring it to life on that scale.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That makes sense. Are you thinking of turning it into an illustrated novel, like "Baltimore" by Chris Golden and Mike Mignola? [link]
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Seitou Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I don't think so. Any artwork I do for the books would be stuff like character profiles and costume illustrations-- that sort of bonus stuff.
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? That's too bad- your story seems so art oriented! :)
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, but it's more fun to draw miscellaneous illustrations rather than actual scenes from the story :D
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savivi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I read regularly The Dreamer, Girls with Slingshots, Penny and Aggie (can't help it, I have to know what happens), Octopus Pie, Pheonix Requiem, Lackadaisy Cats, Roza, What Birds Know, Family Man, and Directions of Destiny now that it's updating again.

I miss No Rest for the Wicked desperately, but I've come to terms that she'll probably never update again. I'm a totaly sucker for fairytale variations.

Okay, I'll totally have to check out Girl Genius.

As for print, I absolutely adore Halo and Sprocket, and also Blue Monday -- oh, and Liberty Meadows! I loved Get Fuzzy, especially starting when Rob got his new hair and glasses, but now I kind of think it's getting mean with out the adorable factor.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Gosh, that's a lot of recommendations to sort through! :) It'll be fun though, especially when I'm pulling some more late nighters later this week. I find that webcomics are a good thing to read when I'm busy, since they aren't that demanding of my attention, and I can read a strip and paint (mostly) at the same time.

You definitely should check out GG, but when things are slow. If you're new to it, there's a lot of story to plow through.

I used to follow so many print comics, but it ended up costing so much $$! That's why I only follow two now regularly... and a lot of times I end up checking out the collected trade paperbacks from the library. Comics can be an expensive habit... :/
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:iconsavivi:
savivi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hahahaha, It takes maximum ten minutes to check up on all of them, I've lost track on all the others, too.

Oh boy, tell me about it. I used to work at a comic book store, when I was in highschool. Half of my paycheck went back to the store because I spent so much money there.

Sigh! Now I check up on my favorite characters on the internet, and that's about it.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I bookmarked all the ones you recommended. They all look right up my alley, except for Octopus Pie and Penny and Aggie.... but even without those two, whoa, reading everything from the beginning will be about a month's worth of reading material! ;P

Have you read Fables? You might be able to find the trades at your library. I think you'd love it. It's one of the best comic series I've read, since the Sandman ended. [link])
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savivi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, yeah Penny and Aggie -- I started reading it a few years ago. And there are a lot of bits that don't quite do it for me, but I need to see this storyline play out. Karen must go down. Octopus Pie is another one of those, though now that some things have been wrapped up, and they're on to new plots, it's meh.

Oh and Comic-chic made a fabulous point about Pheonix Requiem -- now that those weird zombies are out, it's getting totally thrilling.

LOVED Fables. Though I would always have to take a break from it if one of my favorite fairy tale characters would die. I should get back into it.

Oh, and my library is the worst library in America. No joke. It's tiny, without even whole subjects, and no system combining other libraries. So I always end up buying used books online.... hmmm... Ebay may not be a bad idea. It's always disheartening to move from areas that have fabulous library systems to ones where the well is completely dry.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
So, what do you like about Penny and Aggie, and what doesn't do it for you? And what about Octopus Pie? What was the appeal when it first started, and why is it kind of meh now?

I'm kind of behind on Fables- I'm up to #7. I was waiting for the other trades to come out at the library, since I've been kind of broke this year... :p

Wow, that's awful your library is so bad. I guess I'm kind of spoiled here in LA, where I have access to five different library systems. Where are you right now?
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savivi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Penny and Aggie -- hmm... I'm a sucker for soap operas, honestly. And highschool stuff always intrigues me, to see what adults think of highschool, and how they transfer their experiences years before into stories that may or may not appeal to teenagers today. The other thing that they do well is keep the tension. If it weren't for the open storylines, (will Marshall EVER see Karen for who she really is?) I wouldn't be nearly as interested.

The Bad:
Something I find amusing is there seem to be some DEEP, UNDERLYING MESSAGES that posters love to analyse each update on the forums. I've never seen anything wrong with just telling a story and enjoying it, and if there's some symbolism there, that's fine, but it doesn't need to be the point. Oftentimes, when I don't understand the page, or there's some really funky, artsy soliloque going on, it's an attempt at "message time", and the forum runs rampant with "What does it mean?!?!?!"

That, and the clothes are a bit outdated. Reminds me of Archie comics.

Octopus Pie -- I really like the style, less of the storyline. There's a fluidity to it that I admire. And she won my heart when she did a mock '60s romance comic. But magic brownies aren't really my thing, and certain arcs can get pretty out there.

I live in South Florida, actually. I don't want to tell too much on the internet, not that I don't trust you, but the town is small and easy to find. And I'm paranoid, I'll admit that. My brilliance and beauty attracts all kinds of crazies. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That's interesting, what you said about Penny and Aggie. Do you know how old the author is? Does the comic have a big teenage following? Does the story ring true to high school, or does it seem more belabored and college-y, like a lot of allegedly high school soap operas?

I see what you mean about the clothes. But I don't think there was ever a time over the past 20 years where people wore clothes like that. A peace sign belt buckle? A venus woman's sign necklace? Costumewise, it has a vaguely '80s-'90s mishmash feel, kind of like "Clueless" mixed with "Freaks and Geeks." I don't think I saw a single hoodie in the pages I was flipping through. Weird...

Okay, now I'm interested in seeing the Octopus Pie retro romance comic. But the rest of it sounds a bit... woo-woo.... if that's a word. :P

Hehe, you don't have to tell me too much. It's better to be careful- after all, on my LJ I refer to a lot of my friends by their initials! :D

But since you live in Florida, tell me, what do you think of Carl Hiassen?
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lady-librarian Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
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Gunnerkrigg Court is pretty awesome. Gets your daily dose of mythology and science fiction in one happy location three times a week. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the recommendation- I'll have to check it out! :)
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:iconlady-librarian:
lady-librarian Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
No problem! 'Tis a pleasure to share awesome webcomics and you had already mentioned my other top picks.
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you a big Girl Genius fan too?
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:iconlady-librarian:
lady-librarian Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
Totally, it's such a fun comic!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Gilgamesh is pretty cute, isn't he? ;P
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lady-librarian Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
Oh yes, admittedly one of the reasons I keep reading. :P
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, I just read all of Gunnerkrigg court- I love it! It's up there with Girl Genius as one of my favorite webcomics. Thanks for the recommendation! :D
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Snitter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Writer
Ha ha!! The Dreamer is my fav webcomic!! :love:
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's pretty awesome, isn't it?

By the way, I just noticed your name was from "Plague Dogs." I love Richard Adams! :D
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Snitter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Writer
It sure is!!

Whoo!! Nice to find another RA fan! I've always meant to pick up "Traveller", as I'm a huge Civil War buff...have you read that book by Adams?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Not yet. Right now I'm working through "Shardik."

Have you ever read "Maya"? I think that's the longest book he ever wrote!
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