DS 657: By The Book

We’ve all been there: school is going okay, but it could be better. Your friends have your back and everything is looking up, even though your mentor is haunted by thugs who want him dead. Then, he’s murdered and the whole town, school included, is razed to the ground. So you befriend a simple bugbear and set out to find the truth. Right? Creator Kanekuo takes that premise and crafts a unique, detailed world in By The Book. Catch up with it while it’s relatively young and listen to our scorching take.

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DS 656: Hooves of Death

Though zombie fiction continues to be an over-saturated portion of the entertainment industry, Hooves of Death by Sam Bragg is the first one we can think of that introduces unicorns and other fantastical being into the mix. There are relationships, there are betrayals, and there are horsemen of the apocalypse who apparently got lost on the way home. Hear our thoughts on this fun, harrowing tale and then be sure to check it out on Webtoons for yourself!

Editors’s note: We erroneously misgendered Sam in this show and we are sincerely sorry for the error. Sam is a female creator and our error in stating otherwise is a regrettable one.

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DS 655: Nerd and Jock

At the end of the day, and near the end of the world, all of life comes down to nerds and jocks. Creator Marko Raassina knew this and based his comic, Nerd and Jock, on the yin and yang of the universal balance between the two iconic archetypes. In this story, however, the two live in harmony and exist only to resolve and complete one another. It’s cute, it’s funny, and it’s the friendship we should all strive for.

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DS 654: Ozzie the Vampire

Ozzie’s not like other vampires: she only drains demons because she’s kinda fond of humans (certain ones, at least) and she really just wants to hang with her friends rather than fight the horde of otherworldly invaders constantly plaguing New Jersey. Eric Lide takes the millennial malaise and cranks it up for some hilarious characters and mind-blowing fights in Ozzie the Vampire, a raucous, fun comic you can really sink your teeth into!

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DS 653: Oi! Tales of Bardic Fury

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Bryan is a traveling bard who is bad at his job. Servius is a slave who is better at that job. Rhiannon is a selkie girl looking for love and approval from her townsfolk. Aideen, her sister, loves a good fight and excels at hurling. Their dad, King Star Seal, is often high and gets lost at sea on the reg. If that cast of misfits and screw-ups don’t make you want to read Oi! Tales of Bardic Fury by Daniel de Sosa, what would?

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DS 652: Murrz

Murrz by Murrz is a journal comic like many others, full of joyful yearnings after pointless pursuits and enough Internet speak to interrupt your cat’s poo-powered mind control. Hidden in the many updates of this kind, however, are more personal stories about the creator’s family that will bring you that much closer to understanding and empathizing with another person’s life in a way that other mediums just can’t touch.

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DS 651: Miss Melee

Can Miss Melee truly have it all: a loving family, the career of her dreams, and a superhero life that would make Bruce Wayne jealous? In this comic by Rob Johnson and Ariel Guadalupe, the titular character is lucky enough to have a husband that adores her and a daughter that wants to be her, but unlucky that her boss is secretly the big bad. Does that work out in the end? Listen to our review and then read it for yourself, true believer!

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DS 650: BaDoom

Everything about this week’s comic, BaDoom by Sirk!, just screams life and excitement. Even the name is exciting! Journey the wasteland with our intrepid screw-ups, enjoy a Michael Jackson pun or two, and try to figure out just what the heck those worms are infected with. This story is fun, it’s action-packed, and it’s not safe to breathe in, so get that mask back on and join us!

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DS 649: War and Peas

It might be a return to the gloriously existential gag-a-day world of War and Peas, but Steve certainly never forgot about the robot hoping to be loved (how could he forget someone so similar to himself?). You’ll find a lot to like the jokes creators Jonathan Kunz and Elizabeth Pich have in store for you here. Maybe just spread them out to avoid crushing, suffocating ennui? That way the antics of a slutty witch will always seem fresh and funny in your mind (but really, why wouldn’t they?).

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DS 648: Tom ‘N’ Artie

Journey to new galaxies with two buddies just trying to make rent with Tom ‘N’ Artie, a throwback comic to webcomics of old. Like Steve says, a massive lore dump isn’t always necessary to have a good time with a story, and the titular duo proves it with a zany adventure full of even weirder creatures and plenty of explosions. Strap in and let’s go!

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