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Monday, December 15, 2008

WEBCOMIC: The Abominable Charles Christopher

The Abominable Charles Christopher

Webcomic URL: http://www.abominable.cc/
Webcomic RSS feed: http://www.abominable.cc/feed/

Artist/Author: Karl Kerschl
Updates: Wednesday

"The life and times of The Abominable Charles Christopher, a quiet and kind sasquatch-type creature."
-- The Webcomic List

"The Abominable Charles Christopher follows the adventures of a dim-witted yeti through a forest full of colourful animal characters.

Who is Charles? Where did he come from? Where is he going? He knows about as much as you do - probably much less, actually - and his adventure is just beginning."

-- The Abominable Charles Christopher ("About" page)

"One of the most refreshing webcomics I’ve ever read... The artwork is astounding... “The Abominable Charles Christopher” is an enjoyable read thus far, and the content is clean enough for your kids to check out..."
-- One Punch Reviews at The Webcomic Overlook

"How to describe the world of The Abominable Charles Christopher? Not really realistic but still seemingly modeled after our world. Only it's a world of animals with familiar human problems like drinking too much, intrusive advertising, and seeing your analyst... There's a lot of funny bits in many of the strips based on simply having the animals act like humans.

And then there's Charles... He's a bit of a man-child really, well an abominable snowman-child to be exact, but you get the picture...

...There's a story lurking in this comic that we're only just getting the first true glimmer of...

...Kerschl has done a remarkably effective job of sketching out the world in which it takes place.

The art is very well done...

...The Abominable Charles Christopher is a light-hearted, entertaining comic so far and one I can't recommend enough."

-- Xaviar Xerexes at ComixTalk (May 2008 Issue)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

WEBCOMIC: Sandra and Woo

Sandra and Woo

Webcomic URL: http://www.sandraandwoo.com/
Webcomic RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/sandraandwoo

Artist/Author: Powree & Oliver Knorzer
Updates: Monday & Thursday

"Sandra and Woo is a webcomic about the adventures of the girl Sandra and her pet raccoon Woo written by Oliver Kn√∂rzer (aka Novil) and drawn by Powree. Its writing and style are influenced by Bill Watterson’s legendary comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, but Sandra and Woo shall also offer many unique features, like Woo’s trips to the nearby forest to meet his furry friends. Moreover, single strips or even small storylines will center on the minor characters, who are often disregarded in other comic strips. While most strips are just supposed to be funny or whimsical, some stories will also deal with more serious issues like the destruction of the environment. Of course in the most funny way possible."
-- Sandra and Woo ("About" page)

Friday, December 12, 2008

WEBCOMIC: Moose Mountain Comics

Moose Mountain Comics

Webcomic URL: http://www.moosemountaincomics.com/
Webcomic RSS feed: http://www.moosemountaincomics.com/feed/

Artist/Author: Mark Ricketts
Updates: Tuesday & Thursday

"MOOSE MOUNTAIN revolves around Ranger Todd, a nature loving do-gooder, and the wildlife that resides at Moose Mountain National Park. There's a brooding, love-sick blackfly, a New Jersey squirrel family relocated to the park by the wildlife witness protection program, a self-centered, passive aggressive black bear, and a moose whose four husbands were all killed in tragic car crashes. Most of the strips are set in the park, which, in many ways, resembles Maine's Acadia National Park, but sometimes the action takes place in the coastal resort town of Bar Harbor where Todd reluctantly shares his house with a beaver named Orson."
-- WebcomicZ

"...There is no rush, no urgency to resolve the story and it will take as long as it takes to show you what needs to be shown. And that’s good. As part of the country theme, you can let life slow down and really savor the moment.

Every comic has a decent punchline, driven by the characters...

...Moose Mountain starts out in black and white, with some grey tones. The linework is good, the characters are well designed with accessories and varying sizes for interest. Later comics have (mostly) color which I liked much more...

...the color gives a much better sense of the woods than other coloring techniques. It also provides some variation on the characters, making them seem more alive...

Moose Mountain will be a fun comic to check up on... If you like nature, rural life or Maine then you’ll like Moose Mountain.

...Moose Mountain has masterfully done presentation. It’s full of great theming, with a great color choices of browns and greens. There is wood signage and the next/back buttons reminded me of official nature park signs. It has an open, comfortable layout which is easy to navigate..."

-- excerpts from a great review by Delos Woodruff at ArtPatient.com

"Make no mistake: Moose Mountain is no “amateur” comic strip. Mark Ricketts is a successful, professional illustrator with a long resume...

In my view, Moose Mountain is superior to most of the test comics in both content and execution..."

-- Patrick Moening in Portland Press Herald

Thursday, November 13, 2008

WEBCOMIC: Luz: Girl of the Knowing

Luz: Girl of the Knowing

Webcomic URL: http://www.transmission-x.com/luz/
Webcomic RSS feed: http://www.transmission-x.com/luz/feed/

Artist/Author: Claudia Davila
Updates: currently on hiatus

"She’s a city girl on a mission to gather “the knowing”: knowledge and experience about sustainable survival for humans, specifically in urban centers. Occasionally we’ll glimpse into Luz’s musings about the human condition and our connection, or lack thereof, to the natural world. You’ll meet her neighbours, friends, and mom and grandma, all of whom have knowledge of their own to share with Luz. Whenever it’s appropriate I’ll include commentary and links to more information relating to the content of each episode."
-- (Claudia Davila) Luz: Blog Archive

"...While it can be a tad preachy at times, this kid-friendly webcomic features Luz, a Hispanic girl, who is already thinking about life in the post-peak-oil world. Her vision is reassuring, not apocalyptic, with neighbors from a variety of Old Countries showing her how they preserve their own food, save seeds, rotate crops, and conserve water. A blackout means picnics and internet withdrawal, not panic and looting. Luz even demonstrates how to make an electricity-free refrigerator...

There is an atmosphere of foreboding to Luz. She’s preparing for something that she herself can’t really visualize, but she’s sensible enough to talk to wise grownups about it. And there are a few hints of hard choices to come when Luz has to forgo a vacation trip, as well as when she eyes a friend’s pet rabbit as a possible protein source. Cartoonist Claudia Davila puts a lot of emphasis on simple measures, such as eating local foods, and self-reliance—walking and keeping a garden. The overall message is that less reliance on oil might actually be a good thing, if it strengthens communities.

Davila’s clear, simple style makes the strip easy to read, and her light approach keeps the strip interesting most of the time. At a time when news about high gas and food prices may be making kids anxious, Luz presents some ways to take control of the situation... "

-- Brigid Alverson on Good Comics for Kids

(You'll also want to read Brigid's interview with Claudia Davila on Digital Strips from 2 Mar 2008)

"...It might read as vaguely didactic, but I’m quite charmed by this webcomic. The linework is lovely; simple to process but with a solid use of visual flow and color, plus a great sense of pacing...

...it’s obviously kid-friendly... obvious potential for a dual audience. It’s new, kind of nascent, and I’m interested to see where it goes; it’s interesting, relevant work from someone with a long history working in comics and visual media. Take a half-hour or so to read through her archives; I think you’ll find it time well spent."

-- Anne Thalheimer on Fleen