Questionable Content

Ok, ok, I am really late in updating this week. It has to do with that all that messy personal stuff that no wants to read about.

Webcomic Week Two!

So this week I am going to talk about the absolutely fabulous webcomic Questionable Content by the amazingly talented Jeph Jacques. (Updates Monday – Friday) (Lookit all those adverbs and adjectives I used, I’m such a fancy writer.)

This is a webcomic where I get to smile and brag, “I’ve been reading it from the beginning!” And that is really saying something. Today marks the 2,483rd comic in this long running series. It started back on August 1st of 2003 (That’s TEN YEARS. Seriously, that’s so freaking cool, a 10 year webcomic run). And the comic has come a long way.

Comic 1:

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Comic 1695:

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Comic 2842:

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LOOK AT THAT. The art has advanced tenfold! (1 fold a year. :P) And it has been absolutely wonderful to watch the webcomic evolve.

So what’s it about and why do I love it so much?

What its all about. You know the show Friends? If they had all lived in a little town in Massachusetts, been indie rockers, had talking robotic computers (And Roombas!) and been generally more badass… they would have been Questionable Content. It’s a webcomic about friends, romance, and being unique and different. The cast of characters is actually quite extensive but it mainly follows Martin (The guy in the TEH shirt [NO. He doesn’t always wear that shirt. The first and latest non-4th of July comic just worked out perfectly for my timing.] It is his favorite shirt though, obviously), his roommate Faye, and Faye’s boss at sassy Coffee of Doom Dora. There’s also OCD and germaphobic (but getting way better!) Hannelore, anime/manga/WOW nerd Marigold, pervy PC robot Pintsize, lesbian librarian Tai, and many many more.

Why I like it:

It’s not 100% realistic. Between the robot computers, ipods, and roombas and a trip to an intensely futuristic space station, Jeph has allowed himself some wiggle room with reality.

It’s hilarious. Seriously, just read the comics above and tell me this webcomic isn’t a hoot. I definitely wouldn’t read it if it didn’t make me laugh.

There’s an ongoing story. Every story has arcs, but QC is following it’s characters lives. Lives are messy and sometimes their stories aren’t as linear as we’d like them to be. Jeph is wonderful at moving the story along as if it’s real life. And while there are random one hit comics here and there, this isn’t the bulk of the comic and I appreciate that. (I’m having a little beef with another comic right now.)

It talks about serious issues. This is probably the reason that QC held me in the first place. It’s very real and it’s not afraid to talk about real stuff. Not only the pain of failed relationships and job suckage, but divorce, suicide, therapy, the inability to trust, to be intimate, sexuality. Recently Jeph introduced a character who is transgender. A very brave move, and if you can be proud of someone you don’t know, something I am proud of him for. This comic refuses to stay on the surface of human pain and emotion and that really draws the reader in.

So read Questionable Content! Seriously, if you haven’t it’s a real shame because it is basically the webcomics of webcomics. Even people who don’t read webcomics read QC. And it won’t take too long to get caught up. 10 years worth of comics isn’t that many right? 😀

 

(Everything belongs to Jeph Jacques, okay? The art, the characters, everything. None of it is miiiiiine!)

http://www.questionablecontent.net

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What-Man

So it’s time for my much awaited Webcomics Series!!!!

Okay…. so maybe just much awaited by me. Because no one else knew I was planning this. And most readers probably aren’t as mega enthused by webcomics as I am. Webcomics are one of the few things in my life that stay constant and for that I love them. Monday through Friday each week at least one of my comics is new. In the morning before I go to work I read my comics to prepare for the day. They and their writers are my morning cup of coffee. (Did that just get way too dramatic?)

So for the next several weeks I will talk about webcomics I currently read religiously, read every now and then, and past comics that have been completed but I loved all the same.

Today’s webcomic is a SHAMELESS PLUG. My good friends Robin Karleskint and H. Renae Croissant have recently started a webcomic. Only 24 comics old, this webcomic is still an infant and holds all the joy new babies do.

I love new webcomics. Webcomics that are not only new to me but the internet. There is so much hope and promise in following a new webcomic. You get to see the story progress, the art evolve, you get to wait painstakingly each week for the newest comic, and you get to say, “I’ve been reading it from the beginning!”

What-Man is all I want a new webcomic to be. About a guy named Ted who wants nothing more than to be a super hero. … Except he has no super powers. … And doesn’t know his super hero name. …And has a poncho made out of a garbage bag.

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The comic has a wry sense of humor, making fun of everything from art students (Portrayed by Ted’s oh-so-dramatic roommate, photographer Rob) to hopes & dreams. The story is written in Ted’s point of view and completely encompasses a person who looks at life in a hopefully cynical and completely pragmatic way.

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What I like most about the comic is that the story is promising. It introduces characters slowly and endears them to the reader and there is a sense of mystery of what’s yet to come. Ted’s messy, rambling path to super hero-dom makes you want to keep reading just to see what antics he gets into next.

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So go read What-Man here. It’s a quick read and you’ll be hooked. What-Man releases every Thursday and is totally worth the wait.

Enjoy and come back next week for my post about Questionable Content!

For more work from these two awesome writers, check out Robin’s blog all about being a freelance copywriter and H. Renae’s amazing and fun Tumblr blog “The Late Review” where she reviews movies long past new.