Digital Strips Podcast 280 – Horizons Watch – Runewriters and Unicorn Soup

They say that good things come in threes. Well, I say, then how do you explain Twix bars, huh? Those are good things and they only come in twos (and the super legendary fours). Continuing this tradition of things that are awesome coming in pairs, this week’s show takes a look at two new comics and lets you know which horse to back early so that you can look cool in front of your friends.

First up we had Runewriters, and yes, there’s more to this strip than that theme song I wrote for it a few shows back. It’s a fantasy tale full of magic, wonder and people overcoming their disabilities, whether they be deaf, or slowly turning into a tentacle monster and getting chased by a glowing talking wolf.

Continuing with our theme of two words per name, we move on to Unicorn Soup, a gaming comic for the over-30 crowd. I know they keep releasing reports that most gamers fall into this category but it sure doesn’t seem that way on Xbox Live or when I skim through any number of gaming comics. Unicorn Soup sets the record straight and does it in comic form, which is the only way I’ll read record straightening.

All this as well as chatting about the chance of a web comic making it in the non-web world and Jason makes the wrong kinds of friends.

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Show Notes:

Toothpaste for dinner 4:00
@drewtoothpaste 5:00
Adulting 6:45
Dinosaur Comic 6:45
Buttersafe 7:30
Axe Cop 9:00
Ratfist 9:15
Battle Pug 9:15
The Abominable Charles Christopher 12:30
The Meek 17:00
XKCD 22:00


Digital Strips Podcast 279 – Review – Lake Nowhere

I grew up in a small town where the coolest thing we had to do was breathe really fast to make ourselves hyperventilate. Dangerous? Yes. Stupid? Very. Better than anything else going on at the time? Unfortunately.

Besides that and fighting behind the boxcars, there wasn’t much going on in my childhood. If only I lived in a happening place like Lake Nowhere where I could sit on a dock and write in my notebook. Beside the lack of docks, I totally relate to this week’s comic by Stephen Ramsey. A gag-a-day look at the hard realities of growing up where the sun don’t shine.

We also discuss comixpress, and how people use it to enhance their comic and piss off Jason, a bit about the morality of RSS feeds, the various kinds of words we don’t know and a couple new comics that grabbed us in all the right places. All this and more on the latest episode of Digital Strips.

Show Notes
Deliah Dirk 6:45
The System 7:15
Shiver Bureau 9:45
After the Deluge 11:45
A Softer World 13:00
Buttersafe (the one he mention) 14:00
Legacy Control 14:30
Bug 19:15

Middle Music was Walk on the Water by Fluxcapacitor.


Digital Strips Podcast 278 – Review – Dicebox (Good Ol’ Childhood Sphincter Problems)

Science fiction tends to be a big pile of lies smothered in falsehood. If sci-fi were to be believed, in the future, everyone would be a starship captain, a roguish smuggler, a greenskinned slave girl or a robot. What I want to know is where are all the tales of normal people in sci-fi? The space-barbers, the migrate space-workers, or whatever the future equivalent of a janitor is. At least I used to wonder, until I found Dicebox.

This week we’re delving deep into Dicebox, a comic by Jenn Manley Lee. The story follows two space drifters/migrate workers as they try to make their way in the universe and slowly (very slowly) uncover each other’s past.

I make a couple mistakes in the show. One was making fun of the URL when there is a better one available (see our link above) the other was confusing the current chapter sections with total chapters. I’m sure I botched other things. This is why Jason and I can’t have nice things.

We also discuss scary childhood memories, the fact that my child is a wuss and how we both learn new words. Join us, won’t you?

Show Notes:
Runewriters – 5:00
The Meek – 6:30
The Bean – 6:45
False Positivethe link – 7:30
Mummy Comicthe link : 9:45
Bug – 10:00

Templar, Arizona – 14:15
Zombie Hunters – 19:30

Music by halc


Digital Strips Podcast 277 – Review – Delilah Dirk

April 2nd is always the saddest day of year for me because it’s the day that I have to face the fact that all the cool stuff I saw the day before isn’t real and will never happen (Google, if you’re reading that, that Mars thing still hurts). I hope we can make your April 2nd a little brighter with another episode and another great comic.

This week we’re taking a look a Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Luetenent by Tony Cliff. It’s a fun-fill, swash-buckling romp through the exotic lands of the Near East. Since the comic wrapped up in late Feburary this is a rare chance for us to talk about a full story arc as it was intended to be read by the creator. It’s a strange concept to us, but I think we handle it ok.

We also talk about the “proper” way to read a long form story based comic, the proper way to handle sexy characters and violence in comics and the proper way to searve burgers and tacos. It’s a good time. Please join us.

Show notes:
Space Trawler
Reptilius Rex
Not invented Here
Dawn of the Ninja
Diesel Sweeties
Gunnerkrigg Court
The Dreamer
Questionable Contact
Order of the stick
Realm of Atland
Schlock Mercenary
Corporate Skull

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The Meek
Next Town Over
Rice Boy