Sunday Funnies, part 10
Another in my series of posts recommending web comics that I think more people should read:
Hi, I’m Liz! isn’t your typical web comic. Rather, its the tumblr of artist Liz Clizmo (among her claims to fame is being a character artist and storyboard revisionist for The Simpsons) who posts a lot of mostly stand-alone strips usually featuring talking animals. She’s collected a few of them into books (a recent collection has my favorite title: Lobster is the Best Medicine). It’s difficult to describe her comics beyond saying they are funny, light, do not require you to follow on-going stories, and are often at least a touch surreal. Go check her tumblr out! If you like her stuff, you can buy her books, and/or pick up prints, t-shirts, mugs, and so forth.
For some really silly, and quite frequently geeky, fun, take a look at The Junior Science Power Hour by Abby Howard. Abby’s journey to creating the crazy strip about science, science nerds, why girls are just as good at being science nerds as boys, and so much more, could be said to begin with a paleontology course she went on a few years ago in which she went on an actual dig in Saskatchewan. The strip is frequently autobiographical, but will definitely appeal to dinosaur nerds, anyone who has ever been enthusiastic about any science topic, and especially to people who has ever felt like a square peg being forced into round holes by society. If you enjoy the Junior Science Power Hour and want to support the artist, you can pick up various gifts at her store.
Some of the comics I’ve previously recommended:
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. If you like Mr. Cow, you can support the artist by going to his Patreon Page. Also, can I interest you in a Mr. Cow Mug?
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.