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Ask Chris #283: The Weirdest Part Of 'Achewood'
Ask Chris #283: The Weirdest Part Of 'Achewood'
Chris Onstad's Achewood --- which recently resurrected itself with a series of pretty regular weekly updates --- is one of my favorite comics of all time, and part of the reason for that is that pretty much everything that happens in it is really, really weird, to the point where even figuring out a baseline of what constitutes "weird even for Achewood" is darn near impossible. Take, for instance, The Great Outdoor Fight, arguably the high point of the strip. That's a story that involves two cats heading to some lawless farm outside of Bakersfield to battle 3,000 men in a no-holds-barred free-for-all that lasts for three days, and involves rigid rules about army leaders, turkey feasts, and unseen but murderous organizers who threaten to mow down the competitors with Jeeps, all of which somehow gets started when a meth-addicted squirrel tries to borrow $6,000,000 to start a business building genitals for cars. And honestly, that's probably the most straightforward story of the strip's entire run.
If You Loved The 'Deadpool' Movie, Read These Comics Next
If You Loved The 'Deadpool' Movie, Read These Comics Next
Deadpool is already the first big blockbuster of 2016, and its combination of over-the-top violence and irreverent humor has proved a hit with audiences. The film hits you hard and fast with joke after joke, and has some of the best fight scene choreography in superhero films to date. If Deadpool left you wanting more, and you’re looking for comics in a similar vein beyond the big two and the rather obvious choice of more Deadpool, there’s a wealth of choices out there. Whether it be indie, self-published or webcomics, we’re living in a golden age for comedy-action comics and we’ve selected five of the very best to scratch that particular itch.
Everyone Be Very Quiet: 'Achewood' Has Returned
Everyone Be Very Quiet: 'Achewood' Has Returned
If you've been reading ComicsAlliance for a while, then you already know that I'm a huge fan of Chris Onstad's Achewood, and if you've been reading Achewood for a while, you'll know that we spent 2015 wandering in a hellish desert, far from the sight of new comics. The last strip ran on April 7, 2014, and for a long time, I think we all thought that the formerly two-fisted Ramses Luther Smuckles learning to manage his anger would be the final installment that we'd ever see. Then, one year, eight months, and 17 days later, a new (and very NSFW) strip appeared on December 24, and while I honestly thought that was evidence of a genuine Christmas Miracle, there's been a new strip every Friday for the past three weeks. And we all need to be extremely careful about it so that we don't scare it off.
Ask Chris #259: How I Learned To Love 'Achewood'
Ask Chris #259: How I Learned To Love 'Achewood'
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.
Chris Onstad Is Taking Commissions For Original 'Achewood' Paintings
Chris Onstad Is Taking Commissions For Original 'Achewood' Paintings
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 Achewood.com 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.
Holiday Gift Guide: 'Achewood' Merchandise
Holiday Gift Guide: '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 t

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