Posts Tagged ‘comics I like’

Sam Koi

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

I was lucky enough to see Mal Jones’s Koi paintings at Washington DC’s Artomatic show several years ago. An entire room was hung with adorable (but not over cute), almost comic-like Koi paintings and even had a wall painted with the little creature. It was mesmerizing and memorable, which is why last year at SPX I started squealing mid-aisle when I realized the little Koi had been turned into a comic and had a name, Sam Koi.

Luckily, Sam Koi’s creator did not run for cover, but instead signed an “I love Mal Jones” postcard for me. It was then I found out that Sam Koi would be available as a web comic as well, and it is beautiful. The stories are artwork and the comic blurs the lines between what most people think of as “comics” and “fine art.”

Don’t take my word for it though, go see for yourself. As of this post, there are three Sam Koi episodes available. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment!

DM of the Rings

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

OK, let me say that I am WAY late to the party on DM of the Rings by Shamus Young, but it really doesn’t matter because this comic can be re-read over and over. It has had me bent over in laughter too many times to count. I’ve only been lucky enough to actually *play* D&D once (Thank you Delaware crew!) but have long been friends with people who play on a regular basis. DM of the Rings basically takes every comment and complaint I’ve heard throughout the years, tosses them in a blender and purees. Which leads me to believe there is indeed a wit check involved, but what do I know, I don’t play. :}

Anyway, Twenty Sided uses image stills from the Lord of the Rings movies and places the characters into their own personal h*ll of a D&D game. Whether you play D&D or not, it is a hilarious interpretation of the story and a great way to have hours of your day disappear.

Misery Loves Sherman

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Misery Loves Sherman is a web comic by Chris Eliopoulos about a boy, his family, and a couple of aliens. Even better, Mort (Death) makes a cameo here and there. I have an affinity for aliens (natch!) and the attitudes of Zort and Benny in Misery Loves Sherman always make me laugh. They remind me a tad of Pinky and the Brain with a twist and a side of vinegar. The strip has a bit of a newspaper feel to it and appears every weekday.

Martin: Angry Owl

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Hooray! a new comic to love! I actually found Martin: Angry Owl via twitter of all things. You think it doesn’t work? Well, how’s this .. someone followed me (and it didn’t look like one of those naughty chicks) so I looked at their twitter profile to see who they were. They had a URL listed; I checked out their comic. In their ‘following’ list was a cute little avatar so I clicked on it, then clicked on that person’s web site and Voila! Martin: Angry Owl.

The creator behind Martin is Amy Crosthwaite; at least that’s the name behind the little copyright © on the latest comic. My favourite so far is Spiders! and I’m joining the chorus of commenters asking for prints or t-shirts or something! Martin is updated twice a week and features (you guessed it!) an angry owl named Martin. Hopefully, you will enjoy it as much as I do. So, go! Go now and enjoy the anger!

Note for those who know me all too well: The fact that the owl’s name is Martin has nothing to do with my liking this comic. Well, almost nothing. ;)

And, finally, for Kristina: Herzilchen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag! Ich liebe dich! :)

SPX Day Two: the lOOt edition (mini-comics)

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Day two of SPX was quite a blast. I finally got to wander around a bit and met some wonderful artists. One of the things I really love most about going to cons is meeting other artists and discovering their work. Robert and I were lucky enough to be neighbors with Kurt (One Year in Indiana) and across the way from our neighbors last year (Bamn). The people around us were fabulous and I meet another local artist (Chris Malone) as well as artists from NYC and MA who I’m hoping to see at King Con Brooklyn and perhaps the New England Webcomics Weekend (still upset I missed that last year and hoping there is a reprisal, but I digress).

So,  what came out of meeting so many great people? I obtained quite a few mini-comics. Details below (in no particular order) …

Minicomics and a few extras from SPX 2009.

Minicomics and a few extras from SPX 2009.

Blue and Blonde. I stopped y Chris Malone’s table on day two and we ended up trading comics. He’s got over 500 comics on his web site–woah, I can’t imagine finally creating that many! His mini-comics are great. I’m pretty impressed with the simple, yet detailed style ofhis characters and I really enjoy the jokes; they remind me of my days at the beach and my surfer dude friends. Stay Casual Barlowe.

One Year in Indiana. Kurt was our awesome neighbor and this comic kicks ace. It is the story of the “worlds smartest death metal vocalist and his adventures in the Hoosier state.” His art style is very different from what I’m normally attracted to, but it really compliments and fills out his stories. The stippling for shading looks great and gives the art a gritty look that is consistent with the story. The facial expressions are priceless. I loooooooove the mouth of horrors storyline.

Spinks! is an adorable little monster with tiny eyes and a big mouth. It’s a picture comic and I’ve very impressed with the cute little stories that are told without words. The spinks crew had knitted spinks characters for sale and they were adorable!

Fashion Parade and Surprised Monsters. These mini-comics by Anne are pictorial and don’t have stories to them, but are still quite amusing. The art is very fun; my favourite is the “death of higher education” costume in Fashion Parade. Brilliant! Who says robes are good for nothing but graduations? And, the scared octopus-like monster is fabulous.

Hey Pais. I love kitties and Hey Pais is a journal comic by Paisley the cat. I ended up with “The Best Thing in the World.” This mini-comic pits various things from Paisley’s life such as ice cream vs. soft treats. It’s a bracketed series and the winner is… ok, I won’t spoil it, but there is a complete bracket in the comic as well as one you can play yourself. How neat!! Since Paisley was unavailable at SPX, The Girl was kind enough to sign the comic for me and even drew antennae on Paisley.

Sam Koi. Oh happy day! Mal Jones dropped by and traded comics with me too. I love love love Sam Koi, as anyone whose been reading the blog already knows. Even happier for me, I was chatting to a really nice young woman who turned out to be Rhiannon Thumma who writes the stories for the Sam Koi comic. Issue Two is a printed edition of the Sam Koi comics “The Chase” and “Pals”, which are sad but sweet tales told by beautiful illustrations. I could stare at the blue of the cover for hours it is so relaxing.

My Boyfriend is a Space Robot. This mini-comic by Abby Denson is a short story about a girl with muscular dystrophy who meets a robot. It’s a color comic with a limited palette, but the colors really work for this story. It is a short but sweet tale of a girl who meets a robot and what happens next.

Erik Siand. Robert and I talked to Erik for a while about his artwork and  how he got into doing SPX.  I ended up with one of his prints which I like to think of as a British Police woman. It’s blue stippling on an orange background. Generally, I can’t stand orange, but this just works so well; it really is quite beautiful.

That’s all for the mini-comics .. more on the books another day!

Ted Dead: Just your everyday zombie …

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

An old coworker and friend of mine dropped by the a2alien table at SPX. He introduced me to a friend of his who was helping him publish a book. We all chatted for a while and even talked about how easy it is for anyone who has a little bit of persistence to put together a web comic. The next thing I knew, I received a suggestion to fan the Ted Dead comic on facebook. You guessed it, they left SPX and created a new comic!. I have to admit, I was pretty darn impressed! People with that kind of go get ‘em, just do it attitude always amaze me.

So, I present to you Ted Dead, just your everyday zombie by Cal Miller and Greg Bogle. Ted Dead takes place in an office where Ted (just your everyday zombie) battles his need for brains while his coworkers fend him off with head cheese and obnoxious customers. In just a few months, they have already created a comic that gets better and better. Of course, since Cal and Greg just started Zilyon publishing and their first book, Het Madden, A Zombie Perspective is now available via both Create Space and Amazon it really shouldn’t be much of surprise that the writing is sharp and the jokes are funny.

So, if you’re looking for a Zombie comic, then look no further .. go check out Ted Dead!

SPX2010 Preparations

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Make your last minute plans now! SPX 2010 is this coming weekend, September 11th and 12th. I’ll be there with RS Harvey and we’re bringing robots and aliens. Luckily, they get along fairly well. There will be new comics, screenprints and alien mini-paintings!

mini-paintings of the a2alien

If that’s not enough to tempt you, then come out for Kurt Dinse (One Year in Indiana), Bill Roundy (The Amazing Adventures of Bill Roundy), Carolyn and Joe (Curls Studio), the Interrobang Studios crew and of course the awesome stylings of Anne Thalheimer (My Monster Hat). You won’t regret it!