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Been reading web comics again [May. 6th, 2007|10:29 pm]
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Was somewhere there is actually a halfway decent Internet connection this afternoon so did a bit more web comic browsing. Caught up with a comic I've just had recommended to me. Now, I think this one's a good one... with one major, major problem.

Now, I have only bashed a very few people over the head, and most of them in the last few weeks, but I'm still pretty sure that most people's heads don't go "Bong"

Digger is a story about a wombat, the eponymous hero of the story (Digger of Overly Convoluted Tunnels, to give her full name), and her bizarre adventures after tunnelling somewhere she really shouldn't have. On her way she meets various hags, hyenas, temple guards shared between various gods and other bizarre creatures.

The story seems to be quite obviously written by someone who has a serious interest in all sorts of arcane subjects... geology, biology, anthropology, folklore etc. ... and seems all the better for it (as it is also all the better for being written by someone who doesn't make typos on every third page). It's a bit hard to describe without giving away too many plot points, but one important thing is that its strength is in its characters. Practically every character gets a personality, even once-off walk-on characters. Not much detail is wasted either; off-hand comments may be recalled many pages later.

A few of my favourite moments: Here, which reminds me of a real-life event; here, where Digger first meets one of the hyenas; here, where Digger points out something that a few commentators on current events need to learn; here, where we learn that wombats are by no means the strangest talking creatures in the story; here, where Digger gets all gloomy and introspective, and the comic plays along... until you notice the graffiti at the bottom; and here, where Digger finds herself trying to explain the nature of evil to a living shadow with no concept thereof. But it's hard to pick out favourites; the characters and dialogue are excellent throughout the story.

Now for the major, major problem. The last third or so of the comic is subscription-only. So there's a large gap between the last public page of the archive and the current page (which may be of interest to anthropologists but is not recommended to people who hated liver when young). I have no idea at what rate the archive becomes public, or if it ever will, but that shouldn't overshadow the quality of the story as a whole.

[User Picture]From: quaxo9
2007-05-06 03:38 pm (UTC)
You know, I hadn't realized it was subscription only. :ermm: What have I been reading these past few months then? o_O Creepy, man.

We seem to keep having these technical problems, Dave. Content's been fine though, right? ;) *batts eyelashes*
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2007-05-06 07:39 pm (UTC)
"What have I been reading these past few months then?"

Have you been reading the archives or just the current comic page? The current comic page is public (and its current content, while making sense in the context of the story, still makes me want to go "eeeeew" for at least four reasons) but all the archives, from the time Digger and Surka are escaping from the Black Riders Things from the Dungeon Dimensions whatevers on troll-back while Wild-Eyes prepares to make a one-hyena stand, aren't available. Grrrrrr and all that.

points to review at top of page Content definitely interesting. Characters are just so good.

So... any other interesting web comics out there you were thinking of telling people about?
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[User Picture]From: quaxo9
2007-05-07 02:40 pm (UTC)
Ummm, well let's see. I can't quite remember what have been in your last webcomic posts, so bear with me if I list something that you've read.

[url=http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/index.php]Lackadaisy[/url] This is a fabulously drawn comic set in 1927 St. Louis during the Inhibition. It's about bootleggers and gangs and illegal liquor-selling establishments. Oh yeah, and they're cats. Just to warn you. ;)

[url=http://www.biev.net/faintingspells/]Fainting Spells[/url] Don't know if this is your bag but this is one psychadelic ride of a comic! The creator uses so many different art styles and the story...is quite unlike anything I've ever read. That's a good thing.

:Paradigm Shift: This is a werewolf story so I figured you might enjoy it. If you can make it through the first book, I think you'll find the rest quite rewarding. ;)

http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/index.html :Roza and the Horse Prince: LOVELY tale of the adventures of a gypsy girl with cursed blood and a very troublesome horse.

http://withershins.phozon.com/index.php :Withershins: Set in the Victorian era in a mental institution where a doctor is treating a young boy. I would not suggest reading this right before bed. It does things to you. :ermm:

http://www.graphicsmash.com/comics/jazz.php :Jazz Age: Pretty well self-explanatory title. I love the film-noir feel of this comic!

http://www.graphicsmash.com/comics/bang_grsm.php :Bang Barstal: Gritty and full of mystery. Set in an apocolyptic future...sort of. It's cool. I think you'll like it.

http://www.tragi-comix.com/tbp/index.html :Teaching Baby Paranoia: Yeah, the title DOESN'T tell all. It's a witty and often satirical look at historical events and the mysteries/facts that surround them.

http://www.arktheimprobable.com/ :Ark the Improbable: Monster hunting! WOOT!

http://www.pointlesscomic.com/ :Pointless: There is indeed a point. It's a funny sort of comic though. I like it very much - nice free style too. Or maybe I just like the hair...

http://www.drunkduck.com/Purgatory_Tower/index.php :Purgatory Tower: This one just started. I like it so far and I think it would make a kick-butt game, but that might just be me. ;)

http://www.drunkduck.com/EarthBound/ :EarthBound: Again, just got into this one. I think what really gets me is the art. It's just a bit different from what I'm used to seeing. The story...is interesting. We'll see.

http://blackbird.ashen-ray.com/ :Blackbird: Manga. Kicks butt. The author is in the middle of re-vamping the first pages she drew. She's releasing them on a schedule now, so that's always handy. ;) Oh yeah, swords and magic and stuff.

http://jameslong.comicgenesis.com/ :The Forsaken: This one is just getting going too, but it shows a lot of promise. I mean, the pirate stuff in the beginning is weird...but you find out a lot later. It's sort of like Lindy's world from Solus.

http://www.forthewicked.net/index.html :No Rest for the Wicked: Fantastic story incorporating all sorts of fairytales - some we know, and many that we have forgotten. I really like it.

Aaaand that's just a few of what I read. I hope you enjoy them. :D
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[User Picture]From: quaxo9
2007-05-07 02:41 pm (UTC)
Aaand I'm a dork and didn't get my first two url's to work right.

http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/index.php Lackadaisy

http://www.biev.net/faintingspells/ :Fainting Spells
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2007-05-07 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, but you're our dork. Or is that not the sort of reassurance you were looking for?

(and don't worry about getting HTML and BBCode mixed up. I do it all the time, too.)
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[User Picture]From: quaxo9
2007-05-07 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, that is exactly the kind of reassurance I expec...was looking for. ;)

And THAT'S what I did wrong! Right, the OTHER programming language...as in the one that's used for everything BUT message boards...riiiight. *facepalm* Sorry about the ugly urls. I tried...
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2007-05-07 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the long list of things worthy of investigation. I will add these to The List some time today and work through them as I can (looking at them from home is not practical - useless internet connection - and anyway if I did have time I think the regulars at A Certain Message Board would prefer me to actually contribute something rather than just reading more Stuff).
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[User Picture]From: quaxo9
2007-05-07 08:32 pm (UTC)
*blush* Yeah...I will get back I hope - at least for a bit before I head back into the land of no internet. I'm pretty sure the connection at home is worse than yours. :P *sigh* *kicks thesis for taking away her creativity*
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2007-05-08 11:09 am (UTC)
And now I've had the opportunity to actually track down the relevant posts...

A while back I typed up a quick index to my reviews (well, really just batches of comments) here. The "master list" of comics to work on (of which you might notice a bunch that have just been added...) is here.

As to my thoughts (going just on your comments for now)... "Lackadaisy" could be fun (I'm not averse to noir stories - I'm trying to resist the temptation to throw something warped into the new noir story on the message board). "Paradigm Shift" looks definitely worth a decent read (yes, you figured me out... I'm that transparent, am I?). "Teaching Baby Paranoia" could also be fun (I quite enjoy reading things that burst Common Knowledge bubbles to get to the facts therein and have since, probably, the first time I read "The Daughter of Time"). "Ark the Improbable" sounds like possible fun and "Blackbird" sounds like probable fun.
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[User Picture]From: intheologus
2007-05-07 05:09 am (UTC)
Interesting, I had followed a link recently and bookmarked as an something that would be worth investigating when I get time. Sorry to hear that it's subscription-archived. I shall have to console myself with a quest for good lambsfry instead.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2007-05-07 08:03 pm (UTC)
The first two thirds of the story are free to view, so you can still find out why it's not a good idea for a hyena to sneak up on a sleeping wombat.

And as far as I'm concerned the only good thing about liver and bacon is the bacon.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2007-05-08 11:11 am (UTC)
Further to the previous message: even if you don't delve into the archive, you might find the last panel of the latest (today's) instalment mildly amusing.
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