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6 September, 2012

Five of a Thing: More Comics

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A while ago, I linked to five comics I like a lot. As I mentioned at the time, I actually read a bunch of comics, and once had a huge list of recommendations up here. I won’t go back to that untenable system, but I figure I can easily give you five more. Just like last time, these are in no particular order, so there’s no declaration of one as better than the others; they are all great comics that you should check out.


It’s both hard and easy to describe chainsawsuit, as it isn’t really about anything. There little to no continuity, and is mainly an outlet for the absurd and simple and hilarious jokes author Kris Straub can’t fit into his more story-focused works. It actually started as a parody of indie comics, but has become its own fantastic thing by now. Hit the random comic button a few times, and you’ll quickly know if it’s your cup of tea.


On the opposite end of the scale we have Outsider, a story-focused long form science fiction comic about a young man on a first contact mission. When his ship is destroyed, he is the only survivor, and is suddenly humanity’s representative to the aliens who pick him up – aliens in the middle of a galactic war. Fine space opera, that unfortunately doesn’t update very often.

Rice Boy (and Sequels)

If you haven’t read the beautiful and surreal Rice Boy, you have really missed out. A wonderful fantasy story, somewhat reminiscent of Tove Janson’s Moomin-stories, filled with strange and impossible creatures and lands and adventures. Two more stories set in the same world are available on the site, one of them currently going, and they’re all recommended.

Skin Horse

Black ops social services. The world is full of mad scientists and their creations, zombies and genetic mutants roam the land, and the government will be there for them come hell or high water. This very funny tale of classified bureaucrats is a spin-off of the also-great Narbonic, but can be read as a stand-alone. Just read through the cast page, all right? I’m sure that will sell you.

Myst: The Book of Atrus

All right, maybe I’m cheating slightly here, as I have already recommended this comic in a different post all of its own. However, since I wrote that recommendation based mostly on expectation and enthusiasm, the comic has continued to update and grow, and has become something that I can very easily recommend regardless of my Myst enthusiasm. If you still haven’t given it a try, I wash my hands of you.

So there you have it, five plus comics all ready for reading. Now let’s just hope this post won’t have any unintended consequences

14 May, 2012

Emergency Link Post

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I am out and about away from home and hearth, and with terribly unstable internet. Since I plain don’t have time to write a proper post, here’s some music to distract you all. See if you can detect the secret theme. Yeah, that’s right, this isn’t half-arsed at all, it’s a test!

I promise a more thorough post on Thursday, as I’ll have time to do some more Arkhosian history by then. Still a real test, though!

23 April, 2012

The Queen of Air and Darkness

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Well, midnight is fast approaching, my self-imposed deadline looming, and I’ve got nothing. I’ve been racking my brain all day trying to come up with something decent to write, and gotten nowhere. I guess I’m just tuckered out right now.

In lieu of my own words, let me point you to someone else’s. I’m not what you’d call well-versed in poetry, but I do enjoy the occasional bit of rhyme and meter. The other day I stumbled on to a short collection of poems by A. E. Housman, and found I quite liked them. See, i was curious where Jim Butcher got the title for Queen Mab in the Dresden Files, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Looking it up, I discovered it was the name of one of the books in The Once and Future King – a book I actually own, but haven’t read yet. That book, in turn, got the name from a Houseman poem, found in the collection Last Poems.

Her strong enchantments failing,
Her towers of fear in wreck,
Her limbecks dried of poisons
And the knife at her neck,

The Queen of air and darkness
Begins to shrill and cry,
‘O young man, O my slayer,
To-morrow you shall die.’

O Queen of air and darkness,
I think ’tis truth you say,
And I shall die to-morrow;
But you will die to-day.

Yup, this is the sort of poetry I like. I also quite liked this one, which I think is a bit more representative, what with being about war and how dumb it is to die for your country:

Oh stay at home, my lad, and plough
The land and not the sea,
And leave the soldiers at their drill,
And all about the idle hill
Shepherd your sheep with me.

Oh stay with company and mirth
And daylight and the air;
Too full already is the grave
Of fellows that were good and brave
And died because they were.

So yeah. Go read some poetry.

13 February, 2012

Five of a Thing: Comics

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In its previous incarnation, this blog included a rather long list of links to various comics I read on the web. At the outset, the idea was to list all of them, but it quickly fell behind as I dropped some and added others to my daily trawl. It was too long to be in any way useful, something I tried to alleviate by dividing into sections based on the strength of my recommendation, but this too was something that quickly became outdated. By the end, I don’t think there was much overlap between the list on the blog and the actual list of comics I read in my bookmarks.

The rejuvenated blog you’re reading now doesn’t have many links – actually, it only has one, and that one more out of deeply ingrained habit than anything else. Hopefully, I’ll eventually find some more worthy websites to add a permanent link to, but I don’t plan to repeat previous follies by trying to squeeze in all the comics I read – certainly not into the present sidebar. In lieu of that, I’m going to share my love of various comics a different way: by listing a few highlights. I’m not going to call it a top five, simply because I don’t want to make that kind of ranking judgement. They are picked from the upper echelon of the about fifty or so currently running comics I follow. If you are not reading these, you are missing out.

The Adventures of Dr. McNinja

The absurd adventures of the ninja who is also a doctor. Who idolises Batman. And has a gorilla for a secretary, and a prepubescent side-kick who rides a dinosaur.

Not the easiest thing to explain to people, really, but absolutely one of the funniest comics I know.

Dumbing of Age

On the subject of funny, this is basically a good sit-com in comic form. David Willis is no stranger to the college room-mates setting, and in this comic he perfects the form so well that the tired premise actually works. He’s basically taken all the best bits of his previous works and mixed them all together to create new greatness and hilarity.


The tagline for this one is that the story is serious and the characters hilarious. It’s hard to put it better than that, really. Interstellar war between the Galactic Spanish Empire and mysterious aliens, seen through the eyes of a variety of interesting personages, including centipedes who write poetry. Both good humour and a genuinely interesting sci-fi setting.

Bad Machinery

I don’t know how to explain Bad Machinery. It is sort of kid’s adventure novels taken to weird lengths and told with John Allison’s very peculiar humour. There aren’t many laugh out loud punchlines as such, but the whole thing is steeped in an ineffable hilarity. Yes, that sounds good, ineffable hilarity.

Gunnerkrigg Court

I said I wasn’t going to rank, but screw it. This is the gold medal. This wins. All the prizes. Intriguing mystery, fantastic humour and absolutely gorgeous art. I don’t think I’ve seen a comic deliver mood as well as this since Sandman. It is absolutely criminal that Tom Siddell can’t make his whole living off this, and you should help remedy that situation by starting to read it right away.

There, that’s much better. Five recommendations, none of this link page to maintain nonsense. Now go read.

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