Friday, August 17, 2012

TSOJ Speaks

I mentioned some time back that I like certain webcomics, including especially 3 or 4 on GoComics (Hubris, Lost Side of Suburbia, Endtown and Non Sequitur). GoComics supports comments from the readers, but the majority of the strips just devolve into shouting matches, or a bunch of "me too!" replies (which is a problem that plagues the Non Sequitur comments).  Hubris, Endtown and LSOS are the only three that have a sense of community, and the artists will occasionally chime in with replies of their own, or explanations of certain techniques that they used in a given strip.  I've developed a kind of reputation for making off-the-wall comments, but I'm also the one that can answer questions on how to insert links and pictures into the comments, and I'll occasionally help out one of the artists that way if the opportunity arises.  As a result, Greg Cravens has promised to send me some Hubris stickers, which I'm looking forward to seeing.  But, the real kicker was seeing my user name show up in the Friday LSOS strip.  Thanks, Kory!

If you're not familiar with them:

Hubris, by Greg Cravens (current artist on The Buckets) follows the misadventures of an outdoor sports shop owner who's more gung-ho than skilled on a skateboard or mountain bike.  Great if you're into outdoor sports.

Endtown, by Aaron Neathery, is an incredibly well-drawn post-apocalyptic adventure story with intricate plot-twists and cute furry animals with big guns.

Lost Side of Suburbia, by Kory Merritt, is a series of light-hearted horror stories about the monsters that inhabit the darker edges of the suburbs.  What sets LSOS apart from most other strips is that it's more of an illustrated book, with lots of text accompanying the pictures.  It reads like it's aimed at older children or younger adults, but the artwork can get fairly creepy and occasionally a little gruesome.  But there are a lot of in-jokes, including references to Calvin and Hobbes, and the names of friends worked into the background art.  The current story is a kind of riff on the original Pinocchio story, with children being stolen by creatures called "Takers".  Two of the kids are only partially taken (no one remembers who they are), and with a friend, they set out to defeat the Taker that attacked them.

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