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Two Tickets for the Apocalypse Please: Should You Be Reading ‘Back’?


Back is a supernatural/western webcomic by Anthony Clark of Nedroid Picture Diary and KC Green of Gunshow. Together, these cartoonists have created an eerie world with a lot of secrets and unanswered questions.

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Giving Back Some Happy Lesbians: Talking to the Creators of ‘Honey and Venom’


Imagine, if you will, being a goddess of ancient Rome. You've got power, supplicants, luxurious raiment, a devout young priestess you've fallen in love with. Suddenly it's 2,000 years later, and while you're still doing your thing --- with the horns and the robes and the lack of understanding of electricity --- the rest of the world is all gas station minimarts and doric columns on the sides of 'We Are Happy To Serve You' coffee mugs. You do, at least, find your priestess, resplendent as ever in the denim shorts and crop top she's traded in her toga for. But...she doesn't know who you are. She doesn't understand why you're dressed they way you are. She's lost her memory of what you meant to each other entirely.

Such is the tale of the goddess Axiothea and her priestess Caelia, the subject of Payton Francis and Megan C.'s recently-launched webcomic, Honey And Venom. Eager to get the details on this charming new read, ComicsAlliance sat down with them to talk collaboration, Euripedes, and Dionysian cults.

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Ryan North’s ‘Romeo And/Or Juliet’ Is Coming In June

Romeo And/Or Juliet, art by Kate Beaton
Romeo And/Or Juliet, art by Kate Beaton

Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be is one of my all-time favorite books, and just to give you an idea of how serious that is, keep in mind that I also own a novel where Batman fights a car that's possessed by a ghost. The Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style take on Hamlet, built around that simple joke of the title, has an incredible sense of humor, an incredible roster of illustrators, and a brilliant use of the form that involves changing lead characters, a second choosable path adventure hidden within the first, and even a game of chess played against Queen Gertrude, and it's been one of my go-to recommendations ever since it came out.

But if you were a Kickstarter backer for that original campaign, then you might remember that North promised a second Shakespeare-inspired game book. Now, we've finally got an announcement, and it looks like Romeo And/Or Juliet is set for release next June.

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Segregation of the Monster Nation: Should You Be Reading ‘Monsterkind’?


In Taylor C's Monsterkind, the world is a strictly segregated society, with the lowest of the low designated as monsters and confined to the shabbiest districts. A human social worker named Wallace has recently been transferred into such a district, and is forced to make friends with the kind of people he's been taught to be wary of, without ever realizing it.

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Artist Andre Araujo Constructs a Dystopian Android City for ‘Man Plus’ [Interview]


For the last few weeks, writer/artist André Araújo has been publishing pages from his new Titan Comics series Man Plus as a webcomic, offering a free look at the opening chapter in his story about a robotic dystopia. As he puts it, it's a story about "a shimmering metropolis where technology rules with a heavy hand, and cyborg strike teams are commonplace" --- or in other words, the perfect chance for him to assemble an entire city using only his imagination.

Having completed a thesis in architecture, Man Plus provides Araújo with the opportunity to realize some of his ideas on the page, and create not only a futuristic world and narrative, but a futuristic landscape as well. With the series heading to print in January next year, ComicsAlliance spoke to Araújo to find out more about how it came to be.

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Tony Cliff’s Next ‘Delilah Dirk’ Adventure To Be Serialized Online

Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling, Tony Cliff

Good news for fans of swashbuckling adventure: Before Tony Cliff's Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling is released in print next year, the first 90 pages are going to be serialized online to give readers a free sample of all the action and adventure that comes from a world-traveling soldier of fortune and her Janissary sidekick.

The story marks Miss Dirk's second adventure, following up on 2013's Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, and while readers will have to pick up the book for the complete 160-page story, the online version will feature four pages per week through March of 2016, starting tomorrow at

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Strange Days & School Days: Should You Be Reading ‘Gunnerkrigg Court’?


The webcomic Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell launched way back in April of 2005. A sci-fi fantasy story about two young women at a weird boarding school, the series updates twice a week, which means it's become quite a tale over the course of the past decade --- and it's tale you might just enjoy checking out.

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Young Luke Skywalker Comic from Korea Debuts in English on LINE Webtoon


It's a great time to be a fan of Star Wars and comic books. Not only is there a host of great titles being published by Marvel, but now the galaxy far, far away is expanding into international webcomics with a new digital series that aims to show the events of the Original Trilogy through the point of view of farm boy turned galactic hero, Luke Skywalker.

The web series, simply titled Star Wars, launches today for American audiences on LINE Webtoon, a popular portal for webcomics operated by Korean Internet company NAVER.

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Growing Up Queer: Should You Be Reading ‘As the Crow Flies’?


As the Crow Flies is a fantastic webcomic by queer creator Melanie Gillman that pushes readers to consider the way we talk about gender, race, and sexuality by following the interactions of a group of queer preteens.

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Ask Chris #259: How I Learned To Love ‘Achewood’

Background art by Chris Onstad

Q: What in the world is so great about Achewood? I've tried it a couple times , and it's always seemed average at best. -- @DylanJBurnett

A: Believe it or not, Dylan, there was a time when I was just like you. Much as I love it now, Chris Onstad's Achewood didn't click with me the first time I read it, or the second. Or the third or fourth, for that matter, and every time one of my friends would respond to a joke about Airwolf or the Smiths with a link to the strip, I'd wonder why anyone liked this comic about the weird dog running around in his underwear.

Then one day it just clicked. It might have been when I finally realized that Ray was a cat who was running around in his underwear, and it might've been when I finally sat down to read a complete story, but it all fell into place, and I came away firmly standing behind the idea that The Great Outdoor Fight is the single best comic of the 21st century.

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