Tag: El Goonish Shive

Comic Links: Templar Arizona, El Goonish Shive

by on Dec.20, 2013, under Comic Links, Comics, Entertainment

Templar Arizona: 2007-09-03: 3.0×113

I just really like this comic.

El Goonish Shive: The Dawn: Identity: 2013-11-26

I think it has been awhile since I mentioned how adorable Grace is. Grace is adorable.

 Johnny Wander: Lucky Penny #88

Forget the joke. This is the craftiest comic ever!

El Goonish Shive: The Dawn: Identity: 2013-12-19

I just love Susan’s pose of triumph.

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Comic Links: El Goonish Shive, Critical Miss, Something Positive

by on Aug.14, 2012, under Comic Links, Comics, Culture, Entertainment

El Goonish Shive: By The Numbers: 2012-07-31

That is an awesome super power. I wouldn’t mind having that ability. Now am I talking about Elliot (the guy) or Susan(the girl)?

Critical Miss: 2012-07-31: Our Little Pony

This is amusing and awesome on many different levels. For one I love the clear-cut reversal of how most female gamers are treated by the video game industry/(male) video game fans. It is a problem that needs attention thrown on it. On top of that making the human equivalent of Fluttershy sexually harass someone is hilarious from an absurd-ist standpoint but requires knowledge of My little Pony:Friendship is Magic

Something Positive: 2012-07-24: Into the Dark

That poor kitty. Also hilarious punchline!

Something Positive: 2012-07-30: What Kind…?

So obviously a continuation of the last link. There were a few comics in between. You might consider reading them. Also my suggestion would be to remove the warning.

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Comic Links: Questionable Content, El Goonish Shive

by on Apr.09, 2012, under Comic Links, Comic Suggestions, Comics

Questionable Content: #2149: Everybody Love Angus

This is why I always warn people.

El Goonish Shive: End of Summer: 2012-03-28

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.

Counting Stars By Katie O’Neill

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!

Something Positive: 2012-04-05: Hippity-Hop

Exactly! That’s why I only trust the cardboard boxes. They’ll keep me safe.

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Comic Links: SatW, Sunset Grill, EGS, Johnny Wander

by on Dec.16, 2011, under Comic Links, Comics

Scandinavia and The World: 2011-12-03: Trans Fear

I love the idea of putting on deodorant before going to war.

Sunset Grill: 2011-12-09

Been awhile since we had a Sunset Grill comic but that’s because it’s been very dramatically lately. Unlike the above comic. It speaks to me.

El Goonish Shive: 2011-12-05: #1368

You have to love Grace. It is a moral imperative. If this comic doesn’t make much sense I suggest reading the last few comics but the last panel just made me laugh.

Johnny Wander: #335: laundry rich

Ha. Also applies to college students as well.

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Comic Links: El Goonish Shive, xkcd, Something Positive

by on Sep.09, 2011, under Comic Links, Comics

El Goonish Shive: One Way Road: 2011-08-25

Been awhile since I’ve linked EGS. This comic was just rather funny on it’s own. Science vs girlfriend. What’s that popular hashtag? #geekworldproblems

 xkcd #945: I’m Sorry

It’s an honest mistake but still annoying.

Something Positive: 2001-09-01: Painful Admissions

That is so awesome. I hope I get to pull off something like that one of these days.

Questionable Content: #2009: Who’s Your Daddy

It really was the next logic leap in the conversation.

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Comics: MGDMT

by on Mar.03, 2011, under Comic Links, Comics

Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: It’s okay Hannibal, you had a good run

Yeah Hannibal. It’s in the name of Science!

xkcd #864: Flying Cars

Seriously. Flying is overrated anyway.

El Goonish Shive: 2011-02-23

So very very true. Vigorous clicking just doesn’t work.

El Goonish Shive: 2011-02-25

One of these days I’m going to have sexy plans. And I’ll use that angry plotting face to declare them as well. Then one of my life goals will be satisfied.

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Article: How I Became a Comic Book Consumer, Part 5

by on Feb.07, 2011, under Articles, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment, Visual Media

This is the final part of an ongoing series inspired by Faith Erin Hick’s article “How I Became a Comic Book Consumer“. To read any of the prior parts, click here.

Last time I discussed the Marvel comics that started how I became a comic book consumer as an adult. I also made mention of Brian K. Vaughn, writer of a comic called Runaways. Like Warren EllisCraig KyleMasashi Kishimoto,Phil FoglioKaja Foglio, and Shirow Masamune, Brian K. Vaughn led me into other comics that would soon have a permanent position on my book shelves.

It was through Brian and a few friends of mine that I discovered Y: The Last Man and it quickly became one of my favorite comics next to Elfquest, Girl Genius, and Transmetropolitan. It focused on, literally, the last man on earth and the subsequent apocalypse society. It sounds like a cheesy b-movie plot or perhaps the start of a really bad porno but it instead molds itself into an epic story of survival. If you need proof, Y: The Last Man was nominated for a Hugo award and won an Eisner award.

In the comic we follow the story of Yorick who manages to survive a mysterious event that simultaneously kills off every other mammal possessing the Y chromosome on the planet, save for him Capuchin monkey, named Ampersand. We follow him and his friends and enemies, as people come to gripes with such a staggering event. Lasting sixty issues, the ending is something I wish I could get everyone to read.

Brian K. Vaughn then led me to Ex Machina, a currently on going story by him focusing on a retired superhero known as The Great Machine who wins the election to become the mayor of New York City in the wake of 9/11. The story explores his term in office as well as gives flashbacks to his life as a super hero and how the two bleed together, creating yet another compelling, and rather adult, drama.

By this point I was very much into reading comics again. I used the names of writers and artists I had collected through the years and began making lists of comics, using Wikipedia and Amazon to piece together what graphic novels I needed to complete story arches. Now, at least, I could read comics without worrying about missing issues! as long as I was willing to spend the money and/or hunt through good used book stores.

This actually catches us up to more or less modern days. I’m still reading comics, obviously. Here are some examples.

I still collect Masashi Kisimoto’s Naruto and a regular subscription to the American version of Shonen Jump keeps my interest in various other mangas such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Bleach. Shirow Masamune has made sure that I am always on the look out for some kind of Ghost in the Shell product, comics preferred but anime and books, I’ll gobble up. One of the current manga series I would like to read is called Bakuman, focusing on one teenager’s attempt to become a manga writer, and another is Hikaru no go, focusing on another teenager’s slow mastery of the Japanese game Go.

Craig Kyle and the Marvel Messiah Complex/Second Coming story-lines have kept me collecting X-Men graphic novels as they came out and introduced me to the re-start of X-Factor (Vol.3 ), which has quickly become my favorite X-Men title with its awesome writing of the character Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man and the introduction of the character Layla Miller (she knows stuff, be careful). There is also an ongoing X-23 series being published that I’m eagerly waiting to be collected into graphic novels.

I, of course, never stopped reading web comics. They’re the cheapest and most accessible of all the comics I love to read, plus I can easily share them among my friends and readers. Here is a small list of some of the best comics you can find online in no particular order.

Girl Genius, Scholock Mercenary, Gunnerkrigg Court, Templar, Arizona, Goblins, Guilded Age, Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, Weregeek, Scenes From A Multiverse, Order of the Stick, Erfworld, Dominic Deegan, Something Positive, Evil Diva, Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, El Goonish Shive, Demonology 101, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Freakangles, Bob and George: The Comic Strip, 8-Bit Theater, and many more.

So looking over it all, I guess you could say I’ve always been a comic book consumer. My initial entry into comics was due to overlaps between the comic industry and other media, and while I’ve taken hiatus, the adoption of collecting comics into graphic novels proved to be exactly what I needed to sustain a comic habit. Combine that with excellent writing, varying genres,  and stories for all age groups, and I will likely be a comic reader for the rest of my life.

The future of comics, like almost all forms of entertainment, will be undergoing changes in the digital age. Right now it seems to be trying to re-invent the old model, renting individual comics for prices only slightly less of their print versions for different reading platforms. One or two have adapted a subscription model. Both still DRM their content to make it inaccessible by means other than approved, and usually constrictive, methods. And there are still online comics, the particularly popular ones effectively earning their creators a living through donations, merchandising, and advertising. It’ll be interesting to see where this heads but unlike the music or movie industry, I suspect comics will fare better overall.

So I hope you enjoyed this article and found something in it you liked. Keep subscribed to this feed or keeping checking back now and again, as more articles of this type will appear, sooner or later.

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