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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

26 April, 2012

Link: The Book of Atrus

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Not too long ago, I went on a bit of a Myst binge in my posts here. The dominant feedback, both here and elsewhere, was a puzzled “huh?” Not wanting to turn completely into a Myst blog, I decided to hold off on posting this thing, just to give you some breathing space, but now it’s time to bring it out before the iron cools completely.

I came across this because of those previous posts, in a way; having Myst on my brain led me to look up again the old forums and websites I once frequented, and on one of them, I found a link to this. And it is glorious.

The Book of Atrus

The Book of Atrus is the first of the three Myst novels. This is a fan making a comic adaptation of that story. For those of you who don’t know Myst, and don’t yet feel like playing old games or investing time in the novels themselves, this might just be the perfect entry point to the series. The comic started not long ago, so there isn’t a huge archive to read up on yet, meaning you can get in on it now and then follow along as it updates.

Now, this is unofficial fan works – almost fan fiction. The comic has already departed from the novel in some particulars, which is only natural in an adaptation, and will probably make the story its own. I won’t get into the details of Myst’s complex relationship with canonicity, because it would frankly be nonsensical for someone not into the series, but suffice it to say that making changes for the sake of artistic license is well and truly entrenched in the series as a whole, and so the comic joins neatly into the tradition of the official publications.

It’s been a long, long time since I read The Book of Atrus, but reading through this comic – something I did three times in a row when I first found it – made me want to dig it out from the shelves again. Like I said, the comic is still in the early stages – the story of a young boy and his grandmother living alone in the desert – but I remember the general shape of what comes later and I am greatly looking forwards to it. On the basis of both the quality of the comic so far, and of the source material, I have no compunctions about recommending it.┬áIf you were at all interested by my previous Myst ravings, go read it.

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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