This is our first episode of GOOD PULL, where we take time to find some quick hits of things that might have missed your attention otherwise. Steve recalls Kochab, hypes up Dwarf Fortress comic, Losing is Fun, and introduces everyone to Ramshackle. Jason recommends Hannah Templer’s GLOW work, updates us on the latest Patrik the Vampire pages, takes a trip to Lake Gary, and posits a theory about Penny Arcade‘s artwork. Catch it all!
It’s no secret that the life of a princess isn’t always a great one, but in the world of Hannah Templer’s Cosmoknights, things are so bad that two adventurers have taken to freeing them of their captivity through an elaborate, loosely-regulated sport. It’s a great basis for a fun story and the characters you meet will ensure you want to keep reading until you’re begging for another chapter.
Patrik the Vampire is a case of what you see is what you get, and what you see is an undead guy who’s willing to cut loose and murder a person or two just as much as he’d like to sit at home on the couch and learn to sew from his elderly gal pal. Bree Paulsen brings us this man-of-the-ages in a unique and touching story that we absolutely loved in the previous episode. Here, Jason sits down with Bree to discover the origins of the titular vamp and get her take on the vampire/monster genre and why funny can sometimes be the better way to go.
Finally, an episode you can really sink your teeth into! After Steve and Jason hash out the details on Fangr, their new dating app for vampires, they invite you in to listen to their review of Bree Paulsen’s Patrik the Vampire. At times both full of slapstick and heart, Patrik is a story that can do it all, and while jumping from timeline to timeline, no less. Listen to the review and then read the whole, engrossing story thus far.
J. Alice Bown’s Damsels Don’t Wear Glasses is a compelling read, with visuals that compliment and amplify a fun, kinetic story. Jason called across the pond to have a chat with Alice, learning about her process and experiences creating a webcomics for over a decade and how it’s shaped her abilities from writing to encompassing everything needed to tell a good and convincing comic story.
It’s time to save the world from … something, and we’ve got our psychic blades ready to … do something, I guess? We don’t feel incredibly motivated to fight evil after reading J. Alice Bown’s Damsels Don’t Wear Glasses, but we certainly dig the vibe that Lave and company are putting out into the world. The comic has a visual style all its own that shows a clear delineation between the “real” world and the magical one. Get off the couch and don’t sleep through this one!
The first episode on the other side of our first 600 takes a look at Urban Animal, a comic on Webtoons from a talented team who took inspiration from everything from Filipino folklore to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and created a great tale of teenagers transforming into animals. Jason prefers John Hughes-type lame parents to the cool mom and dad in this comic, but Steve is just concerned the libido of a wolf might be more than a young man/chimera can handle.
It’s time for another milestone! Steve and Jason are celebrating the 600th episode of the first, and best, webcomics podcast on the planet and you’re invited to the party! After Jason talks about a handy summary of the story on Tiger, Tiger to catch you up before the next chapter begins and a syndication deal for Brian Anderson’s Dog Eat Doug, the guys take a walk down memory lane, recalling everything from the first comic they ever read for the site to what the future holds for the show.
When magic is present in any given webcomic world, you can bet that Steve will be grinning from ear to ear, partly because he loves it, and partly because he understands it better than Jason. This is true of the simple but fantastic Tistow by Elli Puukangas and Mark Thomas. Come for the possibly murderous wisp rats, stay for many, many people with loose morals.
Did you know that Gary Larson got a digital tablet and decided to pass this pandemic by with a return to The Far Side, the wildly popular comic strip that many of proudly wore on T-shirts in the 90’s? Then go read the new strips, we’ll wait. Now that you’re back, you can listen to our confused but effusive thoughts on Broken, a comic by Kristina Caruso that inspired a great discussion about the art of comics and webcomics standards some of us might take for granted. The comic itself is exceptional, and worth a read, after you listen to our review.