I Talk About Webcomics (Again)

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A while back I made a post talking about why I love webcomics, and linking to some recs, and I had so much fun doing that I thought I’d share with you some new webcomics I’ve been reading! (Because I have found a lot of new, awesome ones. JUST YOU WAIT.)

I’ve mostly linked to the Tapastic pages of these webcomics, since that’s where I can read many of them conveniently, but a couple of them do have other websites with extra info and things, to let you know. ūüôā

Long Exposure by mars Contains radioactivity and pining. (Kind of queer superheroes? Maybe? Guys, there are a lot of queer superhero webcomics and I looove it.) The art in this comic is SO NICE. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. The character designs are just GOOD. It’s so readable and, as a bonus, it updates in a couple of pages so you don’t have to¬†suffer¬† wait for new pages ahaha.

Dead End by M.Mork Dead End is a little darker and more action-based than some of the ones I read, but I do adore the (under)world & its protagonist, Neely. I mean, all the characters are cool in their own right but in particular I love Neely, aah! Emo cinnamon roll! They’re Extra and Angsty but also extremely rad. *nods* I am just…really eloquent right now, wow.

Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag I’m only about two thirds of the way through this one, but I’m enjoying it SO MUCH. It’s been in my ~consciousness~ for a while now, since I¬†know of Molly Ostertag through her other works & Twitter, but I only just started reading it for some reason…? ANYWAY. It has queer superheroes, it has great art, it has cool girls, yay.

Sharp Zero by robotsharks Yes! Another queer superhero webcomic! I fully support this genre, to be honest. Beyond the rad premise, this comic has made me actually laugh out loud more than once, and I really love the diverse cast! It actually returned for a new season the other day, which is super exciting.

Samuel & Djeya by KnightJJ I literally just finished reading this and I really love it so far! It’s by the same co-creator as Les Normaux, which I also love, so it wasn’t too suprising… I’m really exciting to see more of post-apocalyptic Amsterdam (!!!) and the two main characters who so far are much cinnamon roll haha. I can’t wait to see them interact more.

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image credit: Riot Comics

Rock and Riot by Chelsey Furedi This is DEFINITELY the webcomic I would encourage you to go to if you want a pick-me-up! It’s about two teenage gangs in 50s, except there is DIVERSITY and CUTENESS and DID I MENTION CUTE ART YEAH EVERYONE IS SO CUTE. Yes to cute blushing people.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman Can I make it one post without talking about Alice Oseman? Er, probably not, to be honest. I briefly mentioned this in my last post, when it had just begun, but many months later I am STILL LOVING IT and I have also converted two of my friends to reading it, hehehe. Heartstopper is basically the backstory of two characters, Nick and Charlie, who feature in Oseman’s book Solitaire. I mean, I already adore them because they are cool dudes, but it’s cool to get more of an insight into their lives, and wow this is #relatable haha.

Mimon by Sas Milledge This one hasn’t been running for very long, but I’m already enjoying it! It’s about a girl with something in her attic, and a hedgewitch (maybe?) who helps her. I love the characters, and the art style is so pretty, mm. (I…say this for every comic. WHOOPS. #sorrynotsorry)

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image credit: Hotblood! Zarco

Hotblood! Zarco by Toril Orlesky I know I mentioned Hotblood! in my last webcomics post — well, this is the sequel. *finger guns* It hasn’t been running for very long, but I miss centuars and morally ambiguous characters and the¬†amazing¬†art.

I had so much fun writing this post — it was a great excuse to spend some time rereading webcomics, hehe. I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions for stuff I should read! (If I mentioned it in my last post, I might have already read and liked it though haha.) (I feel like I have lots people have recommended, but I am terrible at recalling them. So PLEASE HIT ME UP.)

have you read any of these? do you plan to? do you enjoy reading webcomics?

In Which I Talk Webcomics

I have been having a lot of Feelings about webcomics lately. And I think that the time has come for me to share these feelings with the world. (Yes, essentially that means I am going to flail for an entire post. IT IS VERY FUN TO FLAIL FOR ENTIRE POSTS.)

I think that webcomics are wonderful. If you don’t have much experience with them, then they’re essentially just comics published online, usually available to read for free and updating with new pages every so often. I mean, in general I really enjoy serialised media because it gives me something to look forward to. But I also love that there are so many great, beautifully-drawn stories accessible. For some reason I actually find it quite difficult to read traditional comics? (Like, superhero ones. Also manga, which aren’t really traditional comics but you know what I meant.) I have done it, but I find it hard to focus on the page, and it takes me a long time. SO! Reading one page week by week is basically the perfect situation for me.

Anyways. Since I’ve been following some great webcomics for a while, I thought I’d share some of my favourite with you! These range from sci-fi to romance to fantasy and combinations of many genres. ūüôā

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Witchy by Ariel Rees I think this one has my favourite art — it’s STUNNING. Seriously. I die a little inside. But the story and world are also completely kickass: basically the longer your hair, the greater your magic power. The MC Nyneve is my precious angry child. And all the characters are just so wonderful. MY CHILDREEEEN. Um, I have a lot of fictional children, it seems. Updates every Monday/Tuesday depending on where you live.

princess-princessPrincess Princess¬†by StrangelyKatie You will probably collapse from the cuteness of this. (Or at least, I did.) It’s everything I want — yay reversal of fairytales, yay queer characters, yay awesome artwork. The Hello Kitty palette definitely adds to the cute vibes. And you can now buy a physical copy with some extra epilogue stuff! Complete.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson I feel like…many people I know have read Nimona? And it’s no longer strictly a webcomic since you’ll have to buy a physical book to read the whole thing. But it was the first webcomic I ever read, and I still adore it. (I was so smol back then, oh my goodness.) I do think the experience of reading it as a graphic novel is a bit different — you miss the banter in the comics, the comments from Noelle and the many running jokes such as Goldenloin runs like an idiot — it’s still AWESOME. It’s a kind of…hero and villain shapeshifter story in a monkpunk setting? (MONKPUNK. That word makes me laugh. It wasn’t coined by me, but it’s supposed to be medieval steampunk.) I’d definitely recommend this as an introduction, and you can still read the first few chapters online here. Complete.

Les Normaux by KnightJJ & Al Les Normaux is about the daily lives of characters in a supernatural Paris — and if that setting isn’t cool enough, everyone is such a cinnamon roll. The cast is super diverse and although there are lots of characters, I really felt involved in each of their stories! The art is adorable too.always human3.jpg

Always Human by walkingnorth This is another really cute webcomic! It’s in a sci-fi setting but I love that the technological advances are seen as positive. The main focus are the two MCs Sunati and Austen, but there are many other great characters — once again the cast is really diverse. (I am pretty sure that the majority of the webcomics I’ve recommended has canonical queer characters though haha.) he art is so pretty and glowy; plus, the author writes an original soundtrack for each episode! Updates every Saturday.

SIGNS by julshii This one is a little less developed than perhaps some of the others on here, but the mystery is half of the fun. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?? SHALL WE EVER KNOW??? It’s about some kids in a weird place and a secret computerised metropolis. The art starts off black and white, but woah there are GIFs later on and it is very awesome. Also, I would like to achieve Victor’s hairstyle for myself. Thank you world. Updates are sporadic currently.

Space Boy by Stephen McCranie¬†Space Boy is a slightly more action-based one. YAY SCIFI SPACE AND MYSTERIES. It follows the story of Amy, who’s just woken from a cyrogenic sleep as she travelled to Earth from her home in outer space. (Because space journeys are very long, peoples.) There she meets the mysterious Oliver, and…well. We are still working through the mystery, but nevertheless. Again, all the characters are precious and wonderful, as is the art! In later episodes the creator also features fanart and gives little comment things which are very cute. Updates every Thursday.

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Hotblood! by Toril Orlesky Alongside Witchy, Hotblood! has SUCH. BEAUTIFUL. ART. The colouring. The scenery. I am basically dying from the wonderfulness of the art. But aside from that, the premise is centuars in the old American Wild West, and WOW IT IS SO COOL. I have come to love all these idiots. Especially Rook, my favourite smol/extremely tall cinnamon roll. I could have read it all in one sitting, but I decided to save it and read it over…er, two. ūüėõ Complete.

Various other ones that I occasionally pop by and/or have read small portions of are Check, Please!,¬†Heartstopper (by Alice Oseman! yes, of Radio Silence fame!), Rock and Riot, Dissent, Best Friends Forever, Paranormal Investigators, & Mias and Elle. And there are thousands more out there so HURRAH. *throws all the links into the post. Um, so, yes. This post has mostly just been me talking at length about things I like. Go forth, friends! Read away! I’d absolutely love it if you enjoyed any of the webcomics I recommend and I’m also keen to get recs from you guys.

May Favourites!

AAH MAY IS DONE. Which means…EXAMS! *freaks out* But it’s okay, they’re not actual big scary exams for me. I am constantly amazed by all of you who are doing those, and I wish you all the best of luck.

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1. Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz I was lucky enough to win this from Chiara Sullivan and AAAH IT WAS SO GOOD. I’ve been wanting to read one of Hannah Moskowitz’s books for ages and this was such a good first impression. I’m definitely going to be picking up more of her books soon. YES WEIRD MERMAID FAIRYTALES. Although my heart is kind of broken, but whatever.

2. Billy Elliot Also a film I have been meaning to watch for way too long. IT WAS SO GOOD?!? Now I feel like so motivated about dancing, even though I have never been a dancer in my life and I’m not going to be. Like, I don’t really know what to say other than insert a lot of superlatives here.

3. MCM London YAY CONS.¬†I always put them here, but they’re always awesome. So. I cosplayed as Jehan from Les Mis for this — you can check out my costume here — and I now have NO MONEY. Mwahaha. I bought an absolute ton of Japanese sweets, arty things, and also several pairs of cute socks. (They were Totoro and cats.) Plus, I finally got round to buying Lucy Saxon’s Take Back the Skies which I’m enjoying so far!

4.Inception Okay, so I finally watched this movie. I mean,¬†I wish¬†it had more female characters¬†but I did love the premise. ( I’M SORRY. I’ve read Inception AUs already. I think they gave me a lot better idea of what was actually happening.) But YAY heists and weird mind bending stuff! Also, Arthur is the shy dude¬†Cameron from 10 Things I Hate About You and I spent the whole movie trying to figure out where I recognised him from.

5. Witchy Yay webcomics! I’ve been reading a lot of excellent ones lately, but I’m loving this in particular. It has such beautiful art and colouring, as well as an awesome fantasy world and adorable characters. (The longer your hair, the more powerful your magic.) (I would fail in this world. BUT IT’S COOL ANYWAY.)

6. Natasha, Pierre¬†& The Great Comet of 1812 I started listening to this musical adaptation of a (very small) part of War & Peace purely because Philippa Soo is Natasha. But IT’S FABULOUS. I really love the mix of operatic and electronic styles! Now I’m kind of thinking I might have to read War & Peace. (Why do heavy classical books make such good musicals? Is that a rule? *shrugs*)

7. Half Mystic I DIDN’T HAVE A PICTURE. But anyway. I’ve been spending some wonderful evenings appreciating this journal. I FEEL SO INSPIRED. There’s an absolute ton of amazing creators in there aah. I really recommend you go get yourself a copy! ‚̧

Stuff from around the internet:

  • An Overthinking Teenager and I wrote a collab review of Lauren Aquilina’s new music! You can read my review here and AOT’s here. ūüôā
  • VE Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light got a cover, and it is SUPER beautiful.
  • AAAH my first ever publication (!!) was this month. (Sorry.¬†I’m kind of excited.)¬†I’m honoured that my poem transit¬†features was in the new issue of Werkloos, in limbo.
  • Aentee @ Read at Midnight and Victoria both discussed shipping!
  • In the latest episode of Eve Tries To Analyse Fandom‚ĄĘ, here is an article about fan entitlement. I mean, I don’t agree 100% with everything the author says but it’s definitely a worthwhile read.
  • Also, there was a surprisingly good programme on Radio 4¬†about non-binary identities.¬†(I KNOW. Radio exists online?!? I don’t know if people from all countries can listen, but there’s definitely going to be some stuff I’m checking out.)

In the diary:

  • I did my clarinet exam and I got a distinction! ūüėÄ YAY I’M SO HAPPY. I thought I’d really worked hard for this grade, so I’m super glad it payed off.
  • CARNEGIE BOOK CLUB IS FINISHED. *falls to floor* This year was so good! I was really impressed with the standard, and I found a lot more that I liked compared to other years. My personal favourite is probably still Lies We Tell Ourselves, but One and The Lie Tree are both in second.
  • I saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe, which was insane but also fun. THE MUSIC WAS GREAT. Especially the Puck music. I’m also off to see Romeo and Juliet, which I think should be fun. I’ve studied it in quite a lot of detail so I think it’d be cool to see acted…?
  • We are singing Carmina Burana in choir and it is Very Very Fun and also Very Very Difficult. *laughs manically*
  • Boris Johnson is no longer Mayor of London. We can celebrate. No, I’m actually pretty pleased with Sadiq Khan. He isn’t perfect but he’d probably have been my choice if I could vote. And I definitely appreciate how somebody has finally managed to get their act together and join across parties in support of the Remain campaign.

how has your month been? have you been taking exams? or are you still? if so, good luck from me! ‚̧

My Hero Monday: Nimona

my hero monday This month, I’m starting with something a little different – I’ve decided to participate in Chloe @ The Book Hugger’s My Hero Monday linkup! My Hero Monday celebrates female heroes in our society. This month, we had a free topic, so I decided to go with Nimona from my the webcomic Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. nimona cover

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When did I first hear about her? Nimona is the protagonist of the fantasy-scifi-monkpunk-I-don’t-even-know-what-genre webcomic Nimona, which I literally cannot recommend enough. (Especially since it’s finished now, so you don’t have to go through the agony of waiting for updates.) I was introduced to Nimona by a friend around a year ago, and have been completely hooked on it ever since. It’s written and drawn by Noelle Stevenson, who also writes The Lumberjanes, contributes to Wander Over Yonder and even drew the illustrations for Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. What makes her one of my heroes? Nimona is an an awesome character for a lot of reasons.

  • Nimona is a shapeshifter. She could look like anything she wants. In a world where the media tell us that we should be skinny if we can, Nimona doesn’t – and she’s still awesome. She is still beautiful, and I think that it’s great she has started to show a greater diversity in comics and books. (In fact, the characters in the comic who most fit society’s norms are probably the guys.) And she also has the best hair, which changes colour quite frequently
  • She’s also a really strong heroine; she’s way more villainous than the supposed villain, Ballister Blackheart, who is basically just a big softie. She’s impulsive, fierce, and she doesn’t ever wait around to get saved (she does most of the saving herself). However, when I say ‘strong’ heroine, I don’t just mean kick-ass, because that’s not just what I want: I want shy heroines too, and clever heroines, and heroines who sometimes make the wrong decisions. I want well-crafted and flawed characters. Nimona has flaws, too, and I really like that she isn’t just a two-dimensional character.
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Goldenloin, who runs like an idiot.

  • There’s absolutely no romance between her and the male lead, Ballister. They have a great friendship instead! There is some romance, between Ballister and Goldenloin (yep, I promise that’s his name) but I feel like a romance between Nimona and Ballister would have been really awkward. And wrong. So I’m just glad, for once, that there’s no romance for the protagonist.
  • She’s had a dark past, but she doesn’t let that get in the way of stuff (mostly). I really admire how she overcomes things.
  • She has the best way of playing Monopoly ever:

Nimona comic, copyright Noelle Stevenson So, those are the reasons my Nimona is my hero. If you haven’t already read the webcomic, then hopefully this has persuaded you to do so! Be sure to check out Chloe’s blog, and be on the look out for more MHM posts. I really¬†enjoyed participating, so hopefully I’ll remember to do it next month!¬†All of the images used are credit to Noelle Stevenson.

January Favourites!

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Time for another round of monthly favourites! I’m getting rather fond of that exclamation mark now. So fond, in fact, that I’ve added a new section at the end for you. It’s a round-up of stuff on my blog and other articles from around the internet that I’ve enjoyed reading, as well as some bookish news. Tell me if it should be yay or nay.

1. Tumblr It’s actually ridiculous how much I use this site. I mean, I don’t even have an account. I’ve just been drawn in from the occasional checking of authors whilst waiting for the train to actively checking fan pages to it being THE FIRST THING I CHECK WHEN I GO ON THE COMPUTER.¬†And, if that’s not enough, it has also managed to half-drag me into Supernatural fandom despite the fact that I haven’t even watched the show. (Not for lack of trying. I thought I might manage to get away with a few episodes if it was on Netflix, but I’m not so sure about buying box set from Amazon.)

2. Theatre I have been to see more theatre in the last month than I had in, like, the entire six months before that. The plays I saw were: Usagi Yojimbo (admittedly in December), the annual pantomime in the form of Beauty and the Beast, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, and The Play That Goes Wrong (pictured). They were all excellent. I suppose that’s the year’s culture out the way, then. (Only kidding. I’m an extremely cultured person, remember? xD)

3. The Coldest Girl I Coldtown by Holly Black¬†I tried to read this book maybe a year ago and couldn’t get into it – a lot of Holly Black’s books have been disappointments for me after reading the awesomely awesome Curse Workers. ¬†However, second time round I rather enjoyed this:¬†it’s is vampires as they should be. Tana wasn’t the strongest protagonist, and to be honest she was a bit irritating, but it wasn’t that bad. The concept was cool.

4. Merlin I found it on Netflix, cue binge watch. My friends and I loved this show when it was on, and I think I would be obsessed with it now if it was still running. But it’s just kind of weird to see that it has a fandom, now that I know what a fandom is…it’s like my childhood colliding with my teenagehood (teenagedom?). It’s just weird. But also cool.

5. Golden Son by Pierce Brown You might remember me flailing over Red Rising in my last favourites, but probably not. In a nutshell: it’s awesome. I went out and bought the hardback edition of Golden Son because I couldn’t bear the suspense. (And that’s not something I grant every book, because I’m a bit of a money hoarder and¬†hardbacks are bloomin’ expensive.)

6. Ava’s Demon by Michelle Czajkowski This webcomic was recommended to me in the comments by Bridget,and just like with Nimona I read it all at once. Just like with Nimona, I’m now suffering from the drip-feed updates. But it’s awesome, and the art is just beautiful, so I completely recommend. You can go read it here.

Stuff from around the internet:

Bookish things that have happened:

  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven was released, and I seem to be the only person not raving…?
  • Pierce Brown announced the cover and title of Red Rising #3: Morning Star! Click here to see the cover.
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer was released – it’s a prequel to The Lunar Chronicles starring Queen Levana.
  • Sarah J Maas announced the title and release date of Throne of Glass #4: Queen of Shadows! If you haven’t been able to tell from my multiple major fangirlings, I adore this series. There’s more info on SJM’s website, if you’re interested.

On that excellent note, I conclude my first monthly favourites of this year! *dramatic flourish* What do you think of my new wrap-up from around the web? Have you read or seen any of the things I mentioned – or have you got some monthly faves of your own? ūüôā Let me know!