Ariel Ries's webcomic Witchy is set in a fantasy kingdom where magical strength is decided by hair length. Find yourself born with hair too short, and you're a drain of resources in an ostensibly meritocratic society. If your hair is long enough, you're conscripted into the Witch Guard, which acts as the police force during peace, and the army during war. Find yourself with hair too long, and you're burned to death as a possible threat to the kingdom.
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It wasn't that long ago that Jake Wyatt started Necropolis, a new fantasy webcomic that quickly became one of my favorite things to read. In the strips published so far, Wyatt shows off an incredibly engaging fairy tale style that blends the sinister bargains of its main character with some of the most beautiful pages of the year.
Unfortunately, the comic hit a delay in updates thanks to a cross-country move, but rather than leaving his readers waiting for the next few pages without anything to tide them over, Wyatt has taken the opportunity to share some of his design process --- including full short stories that he made to test out the Third Sword's look.
Kate Ashwin's webcomic Widdershins has been running for several years, telling a series of different stories in a quaint little town of the same name. Widdershins is a magical place in the heart of Yorkshire, where technology is banned but magic is heartily encouraged... most of the time. Inhabited by a cast of brilliant rogues, daring adventurers, and heroic cake-makers, it's a uniquely English sort of series, inspired as much by the Great British Bake Off as by classic novels gone by.
Demon is an ongoing webcomic by Jason Shiga that started in January 2014 and updates every weekday. The series focuses on a seemingly ordinary man who finds that he has the power to take over a different body after death.
Michelle Czajkowski’s webcomic, Ava’s Demon, has become a beacon of independent success. Financially, it’s garnered over half a million dollars in Kickstarter backing over the course of two campaigns. Culturally, fans are popping up in highly-saturated body paint wherever cosplay is exhibited. Artistically, it’s become one of the most luminously lovely comics currently produced.
Yet its origins are simple: a story about a girl possessed by the ghost of an alien queen, created in the scant few hours Czajkowski had to herself between the end of her formal workday and sleep. ComicsAlliance sat with Czajkowski to learn more about her influences, her career transformation, and the future of webcomics as she sees it.
Eth's Skin is a fantasy quest adventure by Sfé R. Monster, published online since 2014, about a genderqueer fisherperson named Eth, their mermaid best friend, and the troubles that begin when Eth encounters a long-lost mythical being.
To say that The Adventures of Dr. McNinja is one of my favorite webcomics is putting it mildly. It's one of my favorite comics ever, period, and for almost ten years it's been delivering over-the-top action and comedy to readers three times a week. Now, though, that's coming to an end. With Monday's strip, writer/artist Christopher Hastings and colorist Anthony Clark followed up the print release of Dr. McNinja Vol. 3 from Dark Horse by officially starting "The End," the final story of the doctor who is also a ninja, and his increasingly bizarre supporting cast.
To find out more, I spoke to Hastings about the decision to end the comic, why he's doing it now, and who will survive the experience.
When you look at the sheer range and number of original stories being told in comics form today, it's hard to imagine a better time to be a comics reader. Online and in print, from all around the world, artists and writers are telling stories with their own voices and styles, and there's so much to choose from that it's sometimes difficult to know what to read next. With 'Should I Be Reading... ?', ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today.
Aquapunk: The First Law is a space-fantasy webcomic by writer/artist LoFrequency, currently on its first year online --- though it dates back further than that. It centers on magical constructs of solid stone, the war they fight in, the serially reincarnated overclass they serve, and the crimes that a small band of them are falsely accused of.
Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, and Dave McElfatric have been producing their daily webcomic Cyanide & Happiness for more than ten years now, which is a pretty staggering accomplishment. Their bleakly cynical humor and proudly simple style has garnered actual millions of readers, and has led to the creation of an empire that includes animation, merchandise, and even a mobile app. Oh, and books. Yes, you can buy it in books!
In fact, ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, Boom Studios has announced the latest Cyanide & Happiness collection, Stab Factory, featuring thirty strips that have never been seen before... until now! Boom has exclusively shared four of the new strips from the collection,, which you can check out here. For the other 26 new strips, you'll probably have to grab the book when it comes out in November.
You know what's a great way to wake up? Getting out of bed, making a cup of coffee, and sitting down to find out that Jake Wyatt has a new fantasy webcomic about a young girl's quest for revenge against anyone and everyone. Short of rolling over to find out that you have literally been sleeping on a pile of hundred dollar bills, it might actually be the best way to start your morning --- and this way, there's significantly less risk of papercuts.
The comic is called Necropolis, and even though it's only a few pages in, it's already amazing, with gorgeous art and story that feels familiar, but is being told in a beautifully expert way.