The world of Gato Iberico’s Fireweed Moors appears to be full of mystery. We can’t wait to get the answer to questions like why do you have a cat head and are those magical birds forming that portal to who knows where? While you wait for those answers, and more, listen to our review to understand why we’re excited to read more!
Before greeting 2021 with (mostly) open arms, we look back to an amazing year in webcomics. We remember great works like Realm of Owls, Under the Lion, Extra Fabulous Comics, Ten Earth Shattering Blows, Plum, Live With Yourself, Scurry, Knucklejelly, Urban Animal, Patrik the Vampire, Alice and the Nightmare, Lunar Baboon, and many others. Celebrate with us before we permanently put that garbage fire of a year in the rear view.
On literally the last day of this god-awful year, we bring you a bounty of very, very good things with our final GOOD PULL of 2020. Listen to us gush about Marc Lapierre’s Second Extinction companion comic, the ethereal Frenchness of Yatuu, Danielle Corsetto’s sweet ode to her hometown, Elephant Town, the best-in-class Johnny Wander story, Barbarous, and gut-busting weirdness on the ‘Gram courtesy of KC Green and his Funny Online Animals. Read something good and send 2020 off in style!
After a tangent towards fighting games that Jason sincerely regrets, the guys get down to the seriously cute business of Leigh Davis’ Jailbird! The titular bird, along with many other friends they meet along the way, travels to the Temple of Daisies for reasons that still aren’t quite clear to any of the many characters we’ve thus far met. What is obvious, however, is the joy you’ll have reading about this eclectic, fun group and their individual quests to find what was once lost.
Noir or not, the world of M. Lee Lunsford’s Speak of the Devil can be a dangerous one for wisps and balisks alike (and yes, that entire sentence confuses the heck out of Jason). But you’ll want to take a dive in after you hear our review about the complex character relationships and stunning artwork.
What do you get for the person who has everything? Great webcomics! Jason discovered the precocious adorableness of Sedna and brings news of new Gastrophobia comics, while Steve finds out that his co-host still doesn’t quite get Order of the Stick and falls in love with his first magical girls story, Sleepless Domain, all over again. It’s the most wonderful podcast of the year!
Purpah’s Suitor Armor is a medieval fantasy tale that’s got it all: magic, battles, and fairies falling in love with enchanted, soulless suits of armor. Outside of Steve’s dislike of lazy secret identities, this is one fun, sweet, adventurous story we can recommend with all our hearts. Which we have, because we’re not just magically animated suits of armor.
Chris Grine is the creator behind the quirky adventures Chickenhare and Time Shifters. His latest work, a graphic novel of the young adult adventure series, Animorphs, has brought him a new perspective on working with a known property, dealing with the fandom of that universe, and coming to grips with possibly working on too many things at once. Chris talked with Jason about all of this and more, including his melancholy time at summer camp and why the story of Time Shifters is an incredibly personal one for him.
Welcome to Wonderland, where humans like us aren’t welcome and might even turn into evil creatures … er, more so than here on Earth. Michelle Krivanek has taken many elements of Alice’s classic tale and added more modern elements, with just a hint of a certain boy wizard thrown in. The result is a lore-heavy story called Alice and the Nightmare that has heart (and spade and club and diamond).
If there’s one thing you think of when you hear a podcast by two cis white men, it’s magical girls. But dang it, those are some captivating, fun stories to read and Mildred Louis’ Agents of the Realm is a great take on the genre, featuring minority characters and fashion that brings a tear to Jason’s eye. You’ll fall in love with these girls and root them on while reminiscing about your college days at the same time.