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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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Chris Onstad Is Taking Commissions For Original ‘Achewood’ Paintings, So I’m Gonna Need $800 Before Christmas


Even though there hasn't been a new strip in over a year, there's still hardly a day that goes by without me heading over to for some reason, usually because I'm talking about something that was covered in the comic. Today, it was a conversation about Airwolf, and when I went over there to find this strip --- an all-time favorite --- I noticed something I hadn't seen before: A link to an original art gallery where Chris Onstad is selling commissions and paintings of his characters.

And now, there's nothing in this world that I want more than an $650 oil painting of Roast Beef, the cat who has depression.

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Top Five Horror Villains in Indie Comics


If there's one thing we've learned from our years on the Internet, it's that there's no aspect of comics that can't be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there's no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we're taking it upon ourselves to compile lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

This week, we're heading away from the Big Two for a look at some of the scariest bad guys from the world of indie comics. The catch? We're also staying away from horror comics, just to make things a little more interesting!

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Holiday Gift Guide: ‘Achewood’ Merchandise

Achewood merchandise

When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.

Even if you're as big a fan of Achewood as I am, you might not know that the merchandise section recently returned after being absent for almost two years -- so finally, you can give someone that Sex Bicycle t-shirt they've always wanted. It's great for grandma!

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Link Ink: Comic Tattoos, New ‘Achewood’ And Cruising With Cap


Check out all the links from Monday after the cut.

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New ‘Achewood’ Test Footage Adds Voices, Depression, Scones [Video]


It's been less than a week since creator Chris Onstad posted short teaser footage of a possible Achewood animated series went up, but YouTube user benhet has apparently already posted five full minutes (with voices included...

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Chris Onstad Reveals ‘Achewood’ Animated Clip, Hints At Possible Series


Achewood, Chris Onstad's frequently hilarious and just as frequently terrifying surrealist webcomic, has been on an indefinite hiatus for almost a full year now, following an earlier hiatus through much of 2011...

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‘Doonesbury’ Mourns The Death Of Print, Is Promptly Clowned By Webcomics Community


It's no secret that newspapers in print aren't doing so hot these days, a fact that has put the hundred year tradition of comic strips (plus Sudoku and the Junior Jumble) in danger. For some strips, the cold embrace of oblivion would likely be a welcome relief from the horrors of life, but as you might expect, a few others are a little more wary of their impending extinction...

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‘The Hunger Games’ is the Young Adult Fantasy Version of Achewood’s ‘The Great Outdoor Fight’


Last weekend, I joined the rest of America in going to see The Hunger Games. I haven't read the original novel, but I have to say that I really enjoyed the movie. The plot was compelling, the characters were engaging, and the setting had a great visual aesthetic that made it a really enjoyable film to watch...

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‘Achewood’ Creator Chris Onstad Becomes the Food Critic For the Portland Mercury


If you're like me, in that you love both Achewood and delicious food, we have some good news for you: The Portland Mercury has announced that Achewood creator Chris Onstad will be taking over as their resident food critic...

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