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Webcomic Wednesday: A Softer World

During the NEWW pub crawl, I ran into a striking young Canadian in a hoodie.  He loudly proclaimed to me, “You’re very pretty, OH MY GOD I AM GOING TO DIE IN HERE!”  I’m fairly certain the two things were not related.  This young man turned out to be none other than Joey Comeau, half of the superteam behind one of my favourite webcomics, A Softer World.

I also had the pleasure of meeting the other half, the amazingly talented Emily Horne (click on her name to see her flickr page).  She was less concerned that she was going to meet her untimely end in a bar in Northampton, MA.  A few weeks later I noticed that a certain drunken blogger had appeared in one of their occasionally whimsical, often insane, and always brilliant comics:

pointYep, that’s me in all of my drunken, opinionated glory.  The young man behind me who looks equal parts scared and amused is Joel Watson of Hijinks Ensue, a really good comic if you feel like checking it out.

I was flattered and amazed, not only because I think that Joey and Emily are good people (they are), but because A Softer World is such a damned good comic.

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It’s one of the first webcomics that I started that made me think.  Sometimes about deep things, sometimes about Popsicles.  But it stirred something within me that caused my brain to start percolating.  How many webcomics can you really say that about?  Yes, some of the comics are depressing.  Some are funny.  Some are hopeful.  Some are downright random.  Some of them I plain don’t get because I’m probably not cool enough.  But I guarantee that you will come away with a thought, an opinion, or an inspiration.

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This is one of those comics you see yourself in.  Where you read Joey’s words or see one of Emily’s pictures, and you think to yourself, I’ve thought that.  I’ve dreamed that.  I’ve lived that.  It’s familiar and relatable in a way that not many things are.  Especially not many things that you can read on the Internet for free.

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A Softer World is like that song you heard once at a bar you didn’t particularly want to be at in the first place, but then end up singing the next day with no memory of its title.  It’s that girl you saw at the library who you swore you know from somewhere but you can’t remember her name or whether or not you kissed her once, or maybe it was her brother.  It’s the friend who shows up at your party and drinks all your gin, only to leave you with a note the next morning that reads “thanks for the purple”.  It’s a zombie attack on the day you get your hunting license, but forget your gun.  It’s an overextended string of bad metaphors by a ridiculous excuse for a blogger.  You get the idea.

The point is, it’s good.  And you should read it.  You should also go buy Joey’s book, Overqualified, which is a collection of actual (and hilarious) job application letters which he’s sent in to employers.  They also have a slew of other projects you should check out.  It’s like a smorgasbord of awesome.

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–DB

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Emoticomics #4: Based on a True Story

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Yes, this is based on a true story.  Also, I am pretty sure that I am the first person to come up with an emoticon for jazz hands.  I’m not sure whether to be proud or ashamed.  I’ll settle for amused.

–DB

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Webcomic Wednesday: Girls With Slingshots

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do a Webcomic Wednesday about Girls With Slingshots.  It’s easily one of my favourite webcomics and the third one I sat and read all the way through back when I first discovered webcomics and went on a bit of a binge (The first two were Something Positive and Questionable Content, in case you were curious).

gws073Girls With Slingshots is written and drawn by one of the best (and nicest) in the business, Danielle Corsetto.  It’s one of those character driven comics I wish I lived in if I had enough disposable income to spend my days at the coffee shop and/or bar.  The comic centers around Jamie and Hazel, two 20-something friends living, working, drinking and gallivanting around with their friends, lovers and cohorts, who include gws033(but are not limited to): Maureen the blog girl, Jameson the barista, Candy the carnivore,  Zach the taxi driver and McPedro the talking cactus.  Yes, I said talking cactus.  What? I haven’t even gotten to Sprinkles the Hypoallergenic Kitty or the time McPedro’s mustache went to find himself.   It’s sort of like Friends but without the bad laugh track, constantly changing hairstyles and the wonder of modern comedy that is David Schwimmer.  And, y’know, with more porn, pirates, mustache rides and talking plants.

gws443Danielle is an immensely talented artist, and her earlier strips are incredibly detailed and lovely to look at.  The later strips have been simplified to allow for more updates (which I’m a fan of), but they still rock my socks off.  This is definitely a comic you want to take the time to read the archives of (or you could make Danielle really happy and buy a copy of the books), but it’s a good read for a rainy April day.

gws666It was truly a pleasure to meet Danielle at NEWW last month, and anyone who gets a chance to see her at a convention or get a sketch from her should grab that opportunity and run with it.  It’s not everyday you run into someone so talented who can also pull off a joke about unicorn porn.

–DB

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Emoticomics #3: Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Laziness

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The pages in question are, of course:
icanhascheeseburger (i.e. lolcats)
Married to the Sea
A Softer World
Garfield Minus Garfield

All of which I have nothing but the utmost respect for and which make my days a little brighter.  Well, ok, maybe not lolcats.  Impact font makes me stabby.

–DB

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Webcomic Wednesday: The System

Holy cats, it’s an actual Webcomic Wednesday post!  I know y’all are clamouring for another round of emoticomics, and trust me, there will be more, but today I want to talk about one of my new favourites: The System.

In case you hadn’t guessed, in my real life I’m a graphic designer.  Don’t let the templating of my blog fool you, I actually do know what I’m doing, I’m just incredibly lazy.  Incredibly, painfully lazy.  But I digress, the reason I fell in love with The System is this specific comic (click to see larger):

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Oh, how painfully, drunkenly, hilariously true!  Rosscott, it’s as if you read my darkest thoughts, dreams, desires and Twitter posts!  It’s as though you are Dilbert without the suck and with more references to kerning!

But those readers who hate font jokes and think that “kerning” is something you do with popcorn can rest easy, The System is more than that.  It’s a celebration of the quirky, the ironic, the dry, the snarky and the irreverent in our everyday lives as told via universal symbolic representations of men, women, bikes, and Jimmy the Murder Dog.

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This is easily the best new comic that I’ve discovered since NEWW.  The comic itself is relatively new (about a year or so old), but creator Rosscott is, in his own words, “kinda famous on the Internet”.  He’s also damn funny.  Damn hell ass funny.

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So go, click, read, enjoy, and tell ’em BarGeek sent ya.

–DB

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Because You Demanded It: Emoticomics #2

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At least there wasn’t a penis in this one.  Just a screengrab.  My artistic talents know no bounds.

Don’t forget, I will be at the Zombie Butt Touch party on Saturday, feel free to swing by, support your local zombies, and say hi.

ppz-smallAnd, for the 3 of you who aren’t sick of my zombie-pimping, go check out the first three chapters of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.  It’s pretty much the definition of awesome.

IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.

–DB

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Webcomics Wednesday: Emoticomics #1

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Fact: Penises are funny.
Fact: This is an April Fool’s post.
Fact: I am NOT drunk, I am HUNGOVER.  There is a difference.

For more April Fool’s webcomic shenanigans, check out:
Zorphbert & Fred
Steal This Comic
Bullfinch

–DB

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