Sunday Funnies, part 14
Another in my series of posts recommending web comics:This story about a nerd named Molly and her friends at college is a fun blend of romance, nerdy things, cryptozoology, and missed signals. I discovered Briar Hollow by Terry Blas & Kimball Davis because an acquaintance recommended the Gnerd Podcast, and while checking it out, discovered that the guy who does the podcast also does a web comic. Since I only discovered it recently and started reading from the beginning, it wasn’t until I had become completely addicted and reached the most recent page that I saw that he hasn’t updated since November. Eeeek! Maybe if we all write him fan mail there will be a new page soon? Anyway, I think what he’s published so far is entertaining and worth the read, and really hope he continues the story.
This one is a little complicated. See, several years ago I was reading a web comic called Finn and Charlie Are Hitched, which was a three-panel gag strip about Charlie and Finn, a couple of gay guys who are married and their sometimes whacky friends. It was a fun slice-of-life strip and I enjoyed it. But for some reason I stopped reading it (probably something silly like I lost the bookmark and just didn’t go searching for it). Anyway, I was reading another web comic entirely recently based on someone’s recommendation, and they had some links to recommended comics and I saw the name “Charlie and Finn Are Hitched” and I thought, “Hey, didn’t I used to read that?” I got there, and learned that the final strip was published on New Year’s Eve 2013, at which point the artist said that he was closing the strip, but that we could read more about the characters in his new comic, Muddler’s Beat by Tony Breed. And you can! Charlie and Finn are still there, and still hitched, and several other characters from the original series are still there. It’s still humorous, with occasional trips into serious topics (the series of strips about the death of Charlie and Finn’s cat for instance). In his announcement of the new comic, the artist said that the new strip would be more ensemble oriented. I like both strips. It’s a little weird, now that I’m caught up on Muddler’s Beat to go back and look at the earliest years of the original strip, as the artist has improved over time (which one would expect). Anyway, the original strip is also available in dead trees editions.
Some of the comics I’ve previously recommended:
“Mr. Cow,” by Chuck Melville tells the tale of a clueless cow with Walter Cronkite dreams. If the twice-weekly gags about a barnyard of a newsroom aren’t enough excitement for you the same artist also writes and draws (and colors!) some awesome fantasy series: Champions of Katara and Felicia, Sorceress of Katara. If you like Mr. Cow, Felicia, or Flagstaff (the hero of Champions of Katara) you can support the artist by going to his Patreon Page. Also, can I interest you in a Mr. Cow Mug?
“Deer Me,” by Sheryl Schopfer tells the tales from the lives of three friends (and former roommates) who couldn’t be more dissimilar while being surprisingly compatible. If you enjoy Deer Me, you can support the artist by going to her Patreon Page!
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.