Hi guys. No Free Write today! I was actually expecting to still be doing NaNoWriMo at the moment. But in fact, I won yesterday! So I’ve so far been relishing my last fifteen or so hours of not having to write a ton of words, until I realized that it is a Wednesday and I don’t have a Free Write for you guys. So I hope you’ll forgive me. Free Write will return next week in December with a character window from Everlasting.
In the mean time check out the video I just posted, or maybe go read this comic I was recently linked to called Unsounded by Ashley Cope. An amazing fantasy world with several compelling heroes and some amazing art. If there is one thing to complain about it is, of course, how slowly the comic is created, once you’ve read through the backlog.
Grrl Power is a comic but I’m not exactly sure how to describe what it is about. It’s about a girl who co-owns a comic shop with a mysterious messenger tube, in a world where superheroes exist and belong to a privatized military force.
Why? Well because it is hilarious. For example this is our main character. She is a doofus.
If you want a better write up of what the comic is about, here is what the author has written.
Not to say the comic doesn’t have its down points. For example it’s pace is on par with episodes of Lost in terms of plot. While each update is entertaining, it has taken three years to get through about a day’s worth of time in the comic. The comic only updates about once a week. Additionally the art style might take some getting used to, depending on your preferences. It is in no way bad art but it is somewhat stylized and might not be to everybody’s taste, but keep at it. It’d be worth it.
One of my favorite comic artists, Faith Erin Hicks, has another graphic novel coming out called Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. It will be releasing in the next few months. What’s awesome, however, is that it is being released on the internet right now!
According to Erin the story is about two guys who go to school together named Nate and Charlie. One of them is a nerd and the other a jock but they still manage to be friends, sorta, until they both get caught up in this year’s school election. Also there will be “ninja cheerleaders, over the top comedy and SO MANY BATTLE ROBOTS.”
I remember her tweeting about the robots. I’m looking forward to that.
The first 17 or so pages are already up and ready to read. It’s a great set of pages as well. I’ll even give you a challenge. Before page 3, guess which character is the jock and which character is the nerd (answer on page 4 for your people who must be spoiled). I can tell Prudence has a great story lined up because I can already see the depth of the characters within the first few pages and Erin’s comic style can portray so much regardless of dialog.
So yeah I’ll be reading it. Plus ninja cheerleaders and battle robots.
Here is the draft of an untitled and unfinished comic that is still a great read.
Mused is a comic written by Kostas Kirakis. I highly recommend reading both of them. It has two episodes.
A deep and interesting comic discussing the value of questions and answers.
An esoteric story about names, nonsense, and memory.
Unfortunately the website was having problems loanding when I tried to read it. Please try multiple times if you have similar issues.
Knite is a combination of the words “Knight” and “Kite”. If you see the logo below you’ll note the “t” is used as a the Simplified Chinese character for the word wind.
Knite is a flash comic about a city without stars and a boy who dreams of them. It is being distributed for free via deviant art by its creater, ‘yuumei. Chapter four was just released. Below is chapter two and you can find links to the other three below that. The chapters are not long but beautifully drawn with a compelling story, so please take some time to read them.
This is why I always warn people.
EGS is an oldie but great comic with a lot of history. I don’t expect you to find the first few panels funny but the punchline at the end amused me greatly.
I actually found this comic on Tumblr and managed to find the artist’s portfolio site. Her site doesn’t have much more information than her Tumblr but it at least had the name of the comic. Not humorous but very touching. Enjoy!
Exactly! That’s why I only trust the cardboard boxes. They’ll keep me safe.
I don’t think I’ve ever managed to get an entire cat’s head in my mouth… they usually run away before I do that, unless I’ve eaten tuna. Why are you looking at me like that?
Does this service exist? It needs to. I have so many friends who would love to get this!
I am so doing this from now on.
I am so loving Hannelore now. She is my favorite. More so than Faye.
I have a comic for you. It is actually a completed graphic novel that you can read from beginning to end. It was written by Bobby Crosby, author of Marry Me, +EV, and Last Blood (comics I’ve never read but will give them a try now), and illustrated by Sarah Ellerton, author of The Phoenix Requiem and Inverloch (both comics I like).
Dreamless is about two people sharing their lives in an extraordinary way in perilous times. I don’t want to give much more away than that.
You can purchase a physical copy of the book here.
You can purchase a PDF copy of the book here.
I stumbled onto this comic wandering through Deviant Art and got permission to host it on my blog:
I know in the past I’ve ranted about the adage “A picture is worth one thousand words” and how it has been used to demean the worth of the written word but here I can see nothing but homage to both image and word both in its medium (comic) and in the story’s telling (the artist’s 1000 words to her parents and the girl’s 1000 words to the artist). Both art and the written have their specialty when conveying thought and emotion and this comic beautifully represents that.
Not to ignore the comic’s other masterfully used techniques and its overall message but that was somewhat I wanted to comment on. Check out Wenqing’s other work on her Deviant Art page, or follower her on Facebook.