Sunday Funnies, part 9
Another in my series of posts recommending web comics that I think more people should read:
Police Reports Illustrated is an irregular feature of the news blog for the Stranger, a Seattle alternate weekly news paper. As the title says, each feature is a comic strip-style retelling of an actual police report. Each one I’ve read has been amusing, though I realize the original humor comes from the incident in the police report. I really wish they’d collect these into their own feed. You can find earlier strips by Callan Berry on the Stranger’s blog.
“Always Raining Here” by Hazel and Bell is a fun comic about two high school boys, one of whom makes a pass at the other because he’s desperate and lonely, and things get complicated from there. The comic tackles some difficult topics, such as attempted date rape, but mostly is just a story of several people trying to figure out who they are, grow up, and not make too much of a mess of things along the way.
I’m a big fan of “Deer Me,” by Sheryl Schopfer. This artist is also a friend. I have previously described this strip as: “Three roommates who couldn’t be more dissimilar while being surprisingly compatible.” Except in a recent story line Thomas has moved out! Eeek! Currently, the strip has traveled back in time to the high school days of one of the aforementioned roommates.
In any case, if you enjoy Deer Me, you can support the artist by going to her Patreon Page!
I’ve long been a fan of: “Mr. Cow,” by Chuck Melville… and not just because the artist is a friend! A clueless cow with Walter Cronkite dreams presides over a barnyard of a newsroom. Or just showing him reading reacting to news or hatching plans to achieve fame, or just reading ridiculous news is funny because the real news isn’t any more logical.
And I love this impish girl thief with a tail and her reluctant undead sorcerer/bodyguard: “Unsounded,” by Ashley Cope.
The Young Protectors by Alex Wolfson begins when a young, closeted teen-age superhero who has just snuck into a gay bar for the first time is seen exiting said bar by a not-so-young, very experienced, very powerful, super-villain. Trouble, of course, ensues.
Tripping Over You by Suzana Harcum and Owen White is a strip about a pair of friends in school who just happen to fall in love… which eventually necessitates one of them coming out of the closet.
Tripping Over You has several books, comics, and prints available for purchase.
If you want to read a nice, long graphic-novel style story which recently published its conclusion, check-out the not quite accurately named, The Less Than Epic Adventures of T.J. and Amal by E.K. Weaver. I say inaccurate because I found their story quite epic (not to mention engaging, moving, surprising, fulfilling… I could go on). Some sections of the tale are Not Safe For Work, as they say, though she marks them clearly. The complete graphic novels are available for sale in both ebook and paper versions, by the way.