Thursday, December 1, 2011

Best Thing Today: Opinioncat Lady

See, this is why I love diary comics. Sometimes you get these lovely peeks into other people's brains. Also, I am completely using opinioncat as a real world from now on. It will be a nice complement to my constant use of faildog.

Someone is Wrong on the Internet [Today Nothing Happened]

Monday, November 28, 2011

Best Thing Today: Cyber Monday

'Tis the season to get your holiday shopping done (if you haven't already), and it's the perfect time to support your favorite webcomics artist. Even if the folks on your holiday list aren't into webcomics (or comics at all) there are plenty of t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, and toys out there that are perfect for readers and non-readers alike.

Planning to do a little online shopping today? Here's what you need to know:

TopatoCo has posted its holiday shipping deadlines. Take note and get your orders in early.

Danielle Corsetto has posted original Girls with Slingshots artwork in her store (squee!), and it's very reasonably priced. If you're looking to buy GWS jewelry, there's free shipping in the jewelry shop until 11:59 ET tonight.

PvP is having a Cyber Monday sale on all the items in its store, including the big hulking PvP Awesomology.

Narbonic and Skin Horse fans should wander on over to the Couscous Collective store for their Cyber Monday deals, including free sketches in all Narbonic and Skin Horse books ordered today.

Penny Arcade has free shipping on all domestic orders over $50 until December 15th, as well as a bunch of items still on Black Friday sale.

I'll probably have a more comprehensive webcomic gift guide up at a later date, so keep your eyes peeled. And post any Cyber Monday deals I've missed in the comments.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Achewood Returns

It appears Chris Onstad's Achewood is back, updating for the first time since February. That is all.


Best Thing Today: Happy Snakesgiving!

Light on the posting this week since I'm home with the fam. In the meantime, enjoy Gunshow's first Thankssssssssssgiving.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Best Thing Today: xkcd Visualizes Money

I admit, I get kind of frustrated when people treat xkcd as the platonic ideal of webcomics. For one thing, people, there are tons of amazing webcomics out there once you dig past Top Ten lists (which seem frozen in amber at this point). For another, xkcd simply isn't one of the strongest webcomics of the moment (although, let's face it, Randall Munroe has much more important things on his mind). But when Munroe nails it, he nails it. Some of his most powerful comics aren't really comics at all, but striking infographics, such as his radiation chart, his height map of the observable universe, the gravity wells of different celestial bodies, and his epic movie narrative chart. Now, he's added a timely new data visualization to his collection: Money. There's been a great deal of talk about money lately, with the budget crisis and the Occupy protests, but it's hard for us to picture relative spending and cost when the numbers get so big. Munroe breaks down everything from campaign spending to the net worth of professional rappers to how much it costs to raise a child to age 17.

Naturally, the entire chart is huge. See the whole zoomable, scrollable thing here.

Money [xkcd]

Dinosaur Comics' Ryan North Writing Adventure Time Comics

Between Netflix and Hulu, there are few reasons to be a cable subscriber these days, but it meant I was a latecomer to the awesome absurdity that is Cartoon Network's Adventure Time. But after a trip to Comic-Con where no one was talking about anything else, I was won over by the charms of the happiest post-apocalyptic TV show on the planet. And Boom Studios has just announced that Adventure Time is coming to comics, written by Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North!

Now that North is taking on the beloved Jake and Finn and Dr. McNinja's Chris Hastings has done the rounds on Deadpool, could we start seeing a trend of print publishers looking more and more to online talent?

'Adventure Time' Comic Series Coming from Boom! in February [ComicsAlliance]

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tomorrow: Narbonic Release Party at Borderlands in San Francisco

If you live in the Bay Area and are a fan of Narbonic (or cupcakes, or wine), get yourself down to Borderlands Books in the San Francisco Mission District. After a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, Shaenon Garrity released Narbonic: The Perfect Collection, the complete collected Narbonic in two volumes. She'll be at Borderlands from 5-7pm tomorrow (Saturday), signing books amidst cupcakes and glasses of wine. Come celebrate the sweet, sweet evil.

Even if you can't make it to Borderlands, you can still pick up the two-volume collection at the Couscous Collective store.

Narbonic Release Party [Shaenon's LiveJournal]

Best Thing Today: My Cardboard Life Sleepover Diorama

My Cardboard Life is perhaps the craftiest comic out there, with its cardboard, fabric, and paper characters, and if you've ever seen creator Philippa Rice at a convention, you may have seen her adorable dioramas. Rice is attending Thought Bubble in Leeds this weekend, and she's made this cozy diorama for the occasion. It makes me want to curl up in a pair of flannel pajamas with my cardboard dog, get under the covers, and read a good comic book.

Sleepover Diorama [My Cardboard Life]

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Best Thing Today: Menage a 3's Yuki Crotch-Attacks Giz's Characters

In Gisèle Lagacé's manga-inspired sex comedy Ménage à 3, the virginal Gary quite nearly got it on with the phallophobic Yuki -- until Yuki's tentacle delusions kicked in. Now Yuki is on a quest to save the world from the evil tentacle monsters in men's pants, and her rage is bleeding across Giz's earlier comics, with characters from Penny and Aggie and Cool Cat Studio feeling the force of Yuki's tiny but powerful foot.

Very nice [Menage a 3]

Octopus Pie and the Infinite Canvas

Okay, so I just linked to Octopus Pie a few days ago, but the most recent page is a must-read, especially if you're a subscriber to Scott McCloud's belief that webcomics should employ such Internet-specific forms like the infinite canvas. Also, there's a nice callback to the Duck of Enlightenment. Infinite Ducks!

You Should Call Him [Octopus Pie]