It’s been a while since I told you to go read Girl Genius, which is still my favorite webcomic, and xkcd, which runs a close second. They are still the only webcomics from which I actually own merchandise. However, I have some more to recommend that you check out.
First, the delightful and charming tale of a young yeti on his own in the forest: The Abominable Charles Christopher. Charles Christopher is the yeti, a naïve but large character with an open heart and a silent demeanor. He travels and makes friends, exploring his world. In addition to following Charles Christopher’s adventures, the comic (by Karl Kerschl) also portrays vignettes featuring the other furred and feathered denizens of the woods. Soap operas play out among the birds and rabbits, and while I would never watch a soap opera on TV, Kerschl’s art is engaging and his animals expressive and I am drawn in. Give Charles Christopher a try if you liked Watership Down, or if you enjoy Miyazaki films such as My Neighbor Totoro.
Lucy Lyall’s Kaspall also features animals, but the denizens of Kaspall (a city) are human-like and have furry faces and tufted ears and clawed hands. They wear clothes and are in the roles of police, landladies, bartenders, professors, fishermen, students. We observe a regular society that also includes actual humans, and which has several mysteries. Why do humans show up in Kaspall and why can’t they get home again? What is causing mysterious deaths? And whose dreams are becoming reality? This fantasy uses mystery to draw in the reader and I keep checking in every Monday to see if there are new clues or revelations.
Cartoonist Kate Beaton is in a completely different vein. Not only does she draw human characters, they are mostly historical figures such as Napoleon, Benjamin Franklin, Jane Austen, Nikola Tesla, and many of the Prime Ministers of Canada. She doesn’t draw a story, and so it doesn’t have a title, other than “Kate Beaton’s comics.” You can see her work on her comic site or on her Livejournal. Beaton is a master of expression, and her characters sneer, pout, crave, grumble, and munch in simple line drawings. She also draws insightful little conversations between herself and her younger self which go exactly as one might expect: poorly.
I hope you give each of these comics a glance at least once. If you don’t like them, maybe you know someone who would enjoy reading them.
UPDATE: Kate Beaton seems to be calling her webcomic “Hark! A vagrant” now, after her Livejournal.