Digital Strips Podcast 267 – Review – Velia, Dear

Hey people of the Internet. Stop putting punctuation in the name of your webcomics. It makes my show titles look weird. Can’t you see what you’re doing to me? I’m looking at you Miss Beaton.

This week’s episode is a hard one for me to post. Not because of any emotional thing that happened during it’s production or that the comic was painfully bad (quite the opposite, in fact) but because I come across as a raging butt-munch.

Normally, if either of us somethings like a turd-burglar with cheese, it’s Jason, and I’m totally down with publicly shaming him for his own good. But me? I don’t see how I can learn from this. I’m just posting it in the hopes that you find my dilweed-hood entertaining.

This week we’re taking a look at the cross-generational gag-a-day comic, Velia, Dear by Rina Piccalo. We discuss whether or not very newspapery strips work in webcomics if they use dirty words and how an art style can make you feel at home, even in Canada.

We cover tons of news, lots of stuff we’ve been reading, the happiness of a new comics’ birth and the sadness of their retirement, love, death and horchata all on this episode of Digital Strips.

Show Notes:

ECC comic – 4:00
Brad Guigar – 4:00
Penny Arcade – 4:45
Beaver and Steve – 6:30
Faraday the Blob – 6:45
Muktuk WolfBreath (I say Assassin but he’s a shaman) 8:45
Song of Xanthia 10:00
Sequential Art 11:00
StarCrossed 12:00
Ellie on Planet X 12:00
Judge Jetski – 12:30
Hunter Black – 14:00 (Once again dude, super sorry)
Hereville – 21:00
Imagine This – 22:00
Bear and Tiger – 22:00

Music in the middle by zircon.


Digital Strips Podcast 266 – Review – Unsounded

Shortly after discussing the soundtrack to the hit iOS game, Robot Unicorn Attack, and the benefits to being a friend of a Disney character versus knowing one of the Looney Tunes gang, we roll right into the show!

Our Whatcha Been Readin’ segment finds me checking in with the latest PvP storyline (4:00) while Steve recommends both The Secret Knots (5:05) and Slow Wave (5:47) and reminds everyone to check in again with Atland (6:36).

News is populated with new projects or just simple some doodles that I particularly dug, along with a card game getting a welcome expansion and a brief discussion about what it takes to actually pirate a webcomic (they are typically free, you know).

Appropriately serving as our music break this episode, an 8-bit take on the aforementioned “Always” by Erasure, attributed to YouTube user Simetra666.

The review this week, an epic fantasy tale with a personal touch, is one that speaks largely for itself.

Luckily, even when a comic illustrates it’s tone and intention so clearly, we’re still there to muck it up with criticism and discussion. About the only comic to get brought up along the way (that wasn’t previously mentioned already)?

It’s all downhill in the aftershow, when the Rambletron rambles on (33:09)! On the menu: Steve’s delusions, goals in life with regards to reading, Jason’s proclivities towards lending things in odd places, a disturbing occurrence known only as the “Steve Bone”, the weirdness of using parent as a future tense verb, and Steve’s grasp of the English language (or lack thereof).


Digital Strip Podcast 265 – Horizons Watch – Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether

Did you know that turtles can’t breathe underwater? You learn something every day I guess, and now you can say the same with the news we’re bringing to you this week. Among other topics, we talk about comics that are calling it quits, genres Steve didn’t know existed, new projects, webcomics in print, and a new way to discover your next favorite piece of work.

After mentioning Battletoads in the open, I had to find a remix for this week’s music break based on that harder-than-nails franchise. And so, we have “BirdGuyJam” by Kumeelyun (13:24), for the Game Boy version of the series. After finding this gem, I realized I have no idea what the music from that game sounds like.

There are lots of creators working on comic books who are finding the web to be the perfect outlet for the creative imaginings that won’t fit into their current works. Joining these ranks with this week’s not-a-review, not-yet-a-Horizons-Watch is a steampunk western from Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett:

Given the pedigree of the creators involved, it’s no surprise that this story shows tremendous promise, and we mention some other comics residing on the web from other prolific creators, as well as some other examples in our discussion:

Finally, for Whatcha Been Readin’, we run down what plussed (or minused, as the case may very well be) us in the past week:

The Rambletron rolls on after the show proper, featuring NPR voices, new character Dr. Earl Poopenheimer, questions about accepted action movie conventions, and return of an old friend!