I used to read a lot of webcomics but not so much anymore I got too busy to keep up on all of them! Here are the ones that I still check regularly:
- Lackadaisy - the roaring twenties! prohibition! speakeasies! gangsters! period slang! hilarity! gorgeous artwork! sepia tones! also everyone is cats! it’s awesome!
- Hemlock - this comic is set in Scandinavia in what I believe is the 18th or 19th century. It’s about a witch who lives in a giant snail. The plot is intriguing, but even if it wasn’t I would read it for the artwork alone.
- Parakeet Jones - a fantasy comic set in the twenties. There’s not a lot up yet (it was recently rebooted) but this is another comic that’s worth reading for the artwork alone. The person who draws this is one of my favorite artists, and I could seriously just stare at those pages all day.
- Oglaf - This is the best porn comic on the web, all the other porn comics can go home now. I love this because it’s not JUST porn, it’s a legitimately hilarious comic that pokes fun at the fantasy genre.
- Hark! A Vagrant - well, DUH, but I’m including this just in case there are a few poor miserable folks out there who have never heard of Kate Beaton, and also because the latest comic is a Nancy Drew one and I fucking love the Nancy Drew ones.
- Freakangels - A full story about twelve people with psychic powers set in a post-apocalyptic London. It’s one of the best web comics out there and (sadly) was finished a few days ago.
- Spera - A fantasy comic about the adventures of two princesses, Pira and Lono, and a fire spirit named Yonder. The story of Spera was written by Josh Tierney, while the comic is a collaboration between artists from around the world.
- Rice Boy - Rice Boy is one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read. It’s visually incredible and the most elaborate worldbuilding I’ve ever seen in a webcomic. All three of Evan Dahm’s comics (Rice Boy, Order of Tales, and Vattu) are entirely different fantasy stories though they are built upon each other.
- Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell - This comic is set in a world where karma is both spiritually and economically valuable and mythological beings walk the streets casually. It’s hilarious, well drawn, and has a talking manticore named Skittles. Read it.
- Gunnerkrigg Court - One of the strangest comics out there, Gunnerkrigg Court is a sci-fi-fantasy-mythology-modern-day mash up. Like RiceBoy, it is one of the better written “story comics” out there and is definitely worth baring with the art style change.
- Johnny Wander - My personal favorite when it comes to journal-comics.
I’m just going to add a few more to this list Eva started (and I jumped on) a while back
- RubyQuest - A traditional text/comic forum game that is now complied into a series of flashes, Ruby Quest starts out as a simple “escape the room” type comic but quickly becomes an engaging and heart-pounding horror story. Drawn in MsPaint style and has both psychological horror and gore, it is intelligent, terrifying, and beautiful.
- Guilded Age - A hilarious and well drawn story about the adventures of a team of fantasy characters. Very nerdy and my favorite comic of the fantasy RPG genre.
- Space Trawler - Space Trawler is about a team of space rebels who attempt to free a race of aliens from slavery. Amazing story, great characters, and extremely funny to boot.
- The Abominable Charles Cristopher - A series of one-shot comics about the humorous lives of forest animals. There is an over-arcing story about a sasquatch named Charles Cristopher but it does not make up the majority of the comic. The jokes and story-telling are much in the style of Calvin and Hobbes.
- Ghosts of Tiny Animals - Even though this comic has just begun, I am posting it here because I think it has the potential to become something amazing (who am I kidding it’s already amazing just look at the art <3 *swoons ) Definitely worth checking up on.
if anyone else knows any legit webcomics feel free to reblog this thang with the title!
The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
On-going Road trip story about two guys coming from completely different backgrounds, on a journey that starts off relaxed, but becomes complicated with an unexpected bond. Amal, recently calling off his arranged marriage and getting partly disowned after coming out to his conservative parents, joins TJ who claims that he met Amal and together made a drunken pact to drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence, agreeing that Amal does the driving and TJ pays for everything.
kickass art and storytelling.
Sandra Eastlake’s goofy roommate Jack slams shut a magical book, and the backfiring magic energy turns her into the titular character, Zebra Girl. At first she can barely cope, and her desperation for an antidote to her newfound monstrosity sets Jack’s character development in motion. And yet, as her friends close in on a solution, she realizes she’s been inhuman so long she can barely remember her “normal” life anymore, and really, what’s wrong with instilling fear and chaos in the local populace?
This began as fantasy slapstick that quickly evolved into something amazing. Although the archives are slimmer than you’d expect for 12 years’ worth, Joe England’s pencil and ink art is beautiful and poignant, and his storytelling abilities have grown by leaps and bounds. Each character in the main cast grows with the story; there is no lack of depth in any given main character. I feel like I’m not doing this justice at all, just kjsghkhj I’ve been reading this comic for years, I grew up with it, and it’s really been a big influence on me, I think.
oh man I gotta catch up with Zebra Girl it was my main jam for years omg
Centers around Luther Levy, son of a Jewish man and a Christian woman, and a maybe-atheist and religious scholar in 18th century Germany. Somewhat down on his luck, gets a teaching job at a university, where he meets the Rector’s daughter and university librarian, Ariana, who has some rather mysterious secrets. This is a super nerdy but also super gorgeous and well written and also flawless comic, and has been one of my favorites for a long time. There is lots of really great symbolism, historical accuracy, and maybe a little teeny tiny bit of religious angst. Also, there may or may not be werewolves (!).
What Birds Know
3 friends take a weekend trip up into the mountains outside of their village, and end up finding some mysterious ruins… and weird, golden eggs… and terrifying shadow people. This is a sort-of fantasy comic that is kind of hard to describe, but it is one of the most intriguing comics I’ve ever come across, sometimes downright scary. The art is really lovely, and the characters are really incredibly fleshed out, and have some really emotionally moving stories: there is some ridiculously good storytelling happening here, people. More people need to read this comic. Okay. Go.
No Rest For The Wicked
I almost forgot about this one because it only recently started updating again, but damn is this ever one of my favorites! Princess November can’t sleep ever since the moon disappeared. With the help of Puss In Boots, the cleverest “man” in the kingdom, and the slightly psychopathic Red Riding Hood, she sets out to bring the moon back from the dead. Loads of fun if you are a giant fairytales nerd (and even if you’re not), and again, sometimes pretty creepy. In a cool way.