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Webcomic Review: The Outrunners
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Maximus Prime   |  
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The Outrunners cover by Andrew KrahnkeThe Outrunners
Written by Jonathan Gelatt
Illustrated by Andrew Krahnke
The Outrunners Comic
Release Date: Ongoing, Weekly
Cover Price: Free

I’ve never checked out many webcomics, but when I read the synopsis for The Outrunners, I knew I had to give it a shot. Written by Jonathan Gelatt and illustrated by Andrew Krahnke, the ongoing comic – with a new page added every Wednesday – offers a healthy dose of adolescent gangbangers who don ripped jeans and mohawks, carry guns and bats, and raise their fists to the man! Really, what more could you ask for?

Years after global energy wars ravaged the earth, the world has become energy deficient and now “united” under the crest of the American Continents. With the government regulating all aspects of social life including travel and gun use – only the nationalized police known as Metros are permitted to handle firearms – the streets have become littered with disorganized gang activity run by young criminals.

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Webcomic Review: Savage Jungle Princess
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Savage Jungle PrincessSavage Jungle Princess
Written by J.A. Short
Art by Gabby Noble
Kult Creations
Release Date: Available Now
Cover Price: $4.99

Savage Jungle Princess is not your typical comic. It’s being done as a FREE weekly web comic that you can ALSO order as a printed comic for $4.99 via the Kult Creations website.

Although it’s never stated, I assume the comic takes place during World War II, and features a shipwrecked young woman on the run from an all female crew of half dressed Nazi soldiers.

Luckily, to save her from a giant dinosaur, comes a Tazan-like…wait for it…Savage. Jungle. Princess.

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Comic Review: Man From Space #1
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PS Hayes   |  @   |  
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Man From Space #1Man From Space #1
Written by Marc Jackson
Illustrated by Marc Jackson
Weirdo Comics
Release Date: Available Now
Cover Price: Free!

Man From Space #1 is a pretty darn entertaining web comic. I have to admit, I’m usually not a big fan of web comics, but for some reason, this one really entertained me.

Writer and artist Marc Jackson takes us for a super crazy, wild space ride, and it’s every bit as fun as it can be. The story goes ALL OVER the place and sometimes you get lost, but that’s OK, because it’s all fun and it’s all good. There’s so many interesting characters introduced in this comic, yet they’re never hard to keep track of. All in all, this comic is definitely worth your time.

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Webcomic Review: Battle Creek, NE
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RoughJustice   |  
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Webcomic: Battle Creek, NEBattle Creek, NE
Created by Mike Steele
Art by Julia Philip
Battle Creek Comic
Release Date: Ongoing, Weekly

I’ve read webcomics about time travel, space ninjas, rampaging monsters, elves, orcs, Einstein, and heartbreaks. The Web has presented comic creators with an interesting new landscape. Tumblr, WordPress, and everything in between have guaranteed that if any aspiring creator makes a comic, it will get digitally published. Whether anybody reads it or not is a different story.

With this new creator-owned digital dynamic, webcomics and the ideas supporting them are, pardon the adage, a dime a dozen. This means the introduction of webcomics obliterated any preconceived notions behind the theory that there is such a thing as an “original idea.” It’s all been done before, detectives with drinking problems, goblins who like to knit, we’ve seen it all and our attention spans are ever-dwindling. So, now the question is — how does a webcomic really stand out among the tidal wave of daily digital comics?

The answer, as Mike Steele and Julia Philip have shown with their webcomic Battle Creek, NE, is character; good ole fashion character.

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Webcomic Review: King Of The Unknown
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RoughJustice   |  
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King Of The UnknownKing Of The Unknown
Created by Marcus Muller
Art by Marcus Muller
King of The Unknown
Release Date: Ongoing

Webcomics typically fall into two categories: either they are rough homemade projects that rely on humor and a compelling story to make up for a lack of art, or they are polished, professional-looking comics that feature a very abstract concept that has relatively no mainstream appeal. The webcomics that can find the space in between those two categories tend to be the ones that generate an audience. Off the top of my head, I can think of several webcomics that have jumped the gap from D.I.Y projects to independent masterpieces including, Evan Dahm’s Rice Boy and Ben Costa’s Shi Long Pang. King Of The Unknown falls into that harmonious middle ground as well with polished artwork and thoughtful storytelling. Marcus Muller has created a comic that has ties to mainstream audiences, yet stays true to the roots of the webcomic community.

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‘Makeshift Miracle’ Gets Collected In May By UDON
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Hunter Camp   |  
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Makeshift Miracle: The Girl From Nowhere

Web comics are a wonderful thing. There are a variety of style that show anywhere from a single comic panel, strip, or full page with a host of topics and plots to choose from. One recent approach to web comics was that of Jim Zub (Skullkickers), Shun Hong Chan, and UDON with their recent web based comic Makeshift Miracle: The Girl From Nowhere, which is now getting collected and will be released in May.

There’s plenty to talk about with the specifics of the story of Makeshift Miracle and the all new hardcover presentation, but before we get into that, I want to tell you why Makeshift Miracle caught my eyes in the first place.

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Comic Review: Heist #1: Homeland Insecurity
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Heist #1Heist #1: Homeland Insecurity
Written by Brendan McGinley
Pencils and Inks by Andres Ponce
Colors by Rocio Zucchi
Letters by Brendan McGinley
Plot and Edits by Brendan McGinley and Josh Elder
Cover by Andres Ponce and Juan Manuel Tumburus
Release Date: Ongoing

I’ve never reviewed a webcomic before but found it pretty similar to reading digital comics on my tablet. I read Heist#1: Homeland Insecurity twice because I knew that I had missed something on my first go. The comic itself was entertaining and held my attention all the way through. Brandon McGinley has taken the standard hero/villain story and twisted it a bit. I was stunned to see that the art was pencil and ink, it was so cleanly done that it seemed digitally rendered at times. Andres Ponce did a beautiful job and has some serious talent. My only complaint would be that maybe a bit more detailing in the foreground is needed. There were times it seemed a little flat, but really, that’s the only complaint I could come up with here.

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Is ‘Cyanide & Happiness’ A Global Internet Sensation? The U.S. Gov Doesn’t Think So
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Tom Cheredar   |  
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Irish-born illustrator Dave McElfatrick of popular Explosm.net web comic Cyanide & Happiness is asking for help in obtaining a work visa to the United States so he can continue working on animated shorts with co-creators Matt Melvin and Rob DenBleyker.

The only problem is that the U.S. doesn’t think C&H is legitimately popular enough to merit the type of visa McElfatrick would need to work in the country, which just seems insane until you realize how ridiculous it would sound trying to explain the humor of some of their comics to your grandma and/or crochety old uncle.

A little background on C&H for all of you who might be unfamiliar with it right off the bat: According to Alexa, Explosm.net is ranked #2,773 most popular website globally and #1,358 most popular in the U.S. America accounts for over 40 percent of the site’s total traffic. Yet, this isn’t sufficient enough to prove that he’s worthy of the visa apparently.

McElfatrick is asking fans who want to help to sign a petition and spread the word about his plight.

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Webcomic Review: ‘Freak Angels’ Episode 0001
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Freak Angels Episode 0001Freak Angels
Episode 0001
Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Paul Duffield
Available: Right Now, Bitches!
Price: Free, MutherF*er! Click This!

Ah, webcomics… the red-headed stepchild of the funny book world. Practically anyone can throw one together and set it loose on the wild waves of the interwebs. And maybe it’s that simple fact that has kept the webcomic from finding the love and admiration it so desperately craves. Or maybe it’s the fact that 90% of what’s out there is utter crap. Either way, webcomics are not typically looked upon with fond eyes from the readers of its 4-color printed cousins.

But things may be starting to change. The pendulum might be on a forward swing and webcomics may be finding its web-legs after all. Why? Because people like Warren Ellis are jumping into the game and giving it a level of legitimacy it has not yet seen.

Yes, Warren Ellis, who is currently taking over the writing reigns of Astonishing X-Men for Marvel.

Today marked the launch of Freak Angel, an episodic webcomic that looks and feels more like a printed comic than most other webcomics. Once you also take into account the beautiful artwork by Paul Duffield, it’s no wonder this webcomic is going to stand out. His manga-influenced art, textured background, and washed-out looking colors create an instant mood and atmosphere that is simply stunning.

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Webcomic Review: Boxcar Astronaut
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Ryan Midnight   |  
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Boxcar AstronautWebcomics. You know ’em, you love ’em, you read ’em when you should be working on some menial spreadsheet in your cubicle. Most out there are worth browsing through a few of the strips, maybe getting a chuckle or two, and moving on without bothering to bookmark. However, there are a few out there worth bookmarking, following, bugging your friends to read, and cursing the gods that the creators don’t publish on a daily rather than a weekly basis. One of these is a new comic that has been slowly growing since the beginning of this year, Boxcar Astronaut.

Boxcar Astronaut is a weekly, four-panel black and white strip that follows the backyard adventures of Ben, a young sprout who is never without his trusty space helmet. Along for the fun is his trusty dog Diogee, his best friend Devin, and recent acquisition Robot, a real robot from outer space that has become stranded on Earth.

Co-creators Jeff Carter and Marc Lapierre (who is the force behind Madfrog Graphics) have bravely set out to fill a void that has been left in the funnies since 12/31/1995, with adventures geared toward a male audience that fondly remember outdoor missions in cardboard spaceships, roasting ants with magnifying glasses, and playing king of the mountain well into the night. But the strip can still be enjoyed by girlfriends and wives whose significant others refuse to stop doing these things.

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