Somewhere along the way I went from a twinkling eyed little girl whose favourite series of novels was Emily of New Moon, to sort of a literary snob (briefly, thank heavens), and then somehow I discovered web-comics and graphic novels

Some people in my life have expressed surprise at my following web-comics or my interest in certain graphic novels. I like to think that I’ve matured into the kind of person that appreciates good things. Such an arbitrary word… and no I don’t mean Martha Stewart’s “a good thing”. I just mean the kind of stuff whether in art, music, or storytelling that speaks the same language as you do internally. It plucks a string and the two of you hum along in harmony for a bit. I think maybe the things that do that change over time, but for a moment they are really good… and that kind of enjoyment, whew, if only we could bottle it, right?

Anyway, if you’ve found this website you’re at least as internet savvy as me, if not more, and you may already know about these. These are a few of my favourite web-comics that consistently deliver impressive art and story telling. Check ‘em out from the beginning, pick up on the latest story arc, or just pick a few random ones out of the bunch. I’m telling you, you’ll find something enjoyable.

 

Questionable Content

(www.questionablecontent.net)

Probably one of the best web-comics because it’s just normal. The art has definitely progressed over time. I’ve been reading it for about 6 years now, can’t believe it, and I’ve grown sort of attached to the characters. There is a lot of pop culture-indie music-20-something angst, some adorable characters, and a few butt jokes thrown in for good measure.

 

ShadowBinders

(www.shadowbinders.keenspot.com)

This one I’ve only recently started following. The steam punk flair drew me in. The story has been quasi-intriguing enough for me to regularly check it. They’re update schedule fluctuates since it’s not currently their full time job, but the pages are beautiful and the steam punk fantasy sci-fi thing it’s got going on is pretty cool.

and I’ve saved probably the best for last

Gunnerkrigg Court

(www.gunnerkrigg.com)

This one is beautiful. I don’t always understand it. But I find myself flipping back through the archives and marveling at the art development, the character development, the layers to the story that were not at first apparent. I’m enamored. The artist is based in England and updates M, W, and F. I always forget about the time difference. That schedule hasn’t changed for at least 3 years and I still check it almost every day just hoping there will be a surprise update.
What about you? What are your favourite web-comic haunts around the internets? I can’t wait to check ‘em out.

 

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