Today is hump day, and the first half of the week has already wasted your brain – the other half is still waiting to eat you alive. To help you through the monotonous working week, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite webcomics with you.
Lots of newbies are put-off by the art, but there’s a style to Girl Genius that’s fantastic and fantastical. The emphasis is on the storyline, a Victorian-esque, steampunk, mad science extravaganza! The protagonist, Agatha, is a Spark – a mad genius who can craft miniature robots out of cogs, a mass-destructive organ with a wrench, and a miraculous coffee machine with a town full of minions… I think I’ve said too much! It’s Agatha’s origins and mysterious family background that keeps the plot rolling, especially when her Spark ability was suppressed for years. Why was her genius restrained? Why does her parents keep her hidden? Why is there music when works?
You know Megatokyo and Ctrl+Alt+Del. They’re by gamers for gamers, but I don’t find them as beautiful or engaging as sequentialart. The main characters are all different, with their own personalities and strengths, and they’re all quirky. It’s not solely focused on gaming or geek life – they have lives of their own that’s touched briefly enough not to deviate from the gaming community. It’s pretty episodic and there’s a little something for everyone. Even if you’re not a gamer, you’d appreciate the hijinks they get into.
Snafu has some of the best webcomics on the internet; the Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi is one of the most engaging in their collection, a whole slew of Cartoon Network characters thrown together in a universe that’s composed from all the shows. From Dexter’s Laboratory to I am Weasel, Bleedman (the creator) excels at redefining the characters and their lives to interact one another. The plot, thus far, is about the Powerpuff Girls moving to a new city and meeting the other casts from the other shows. An over-arching plot of, obviously, all the villains from all the shows trying to destroy the girls is very exciting and suspenseful. I love this webcomic because I love the Powerpuff Girls. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are great protagonists, and I’m totally a Bubbles/Boomer fan!
For something simple, beautiful and heart-lifting, Extra Ordinary by Li is that extra dollop of whipped cream to an otherwise crappy day. It’s reminiscent of sunshine, rainbows and favourite things. Each update is a story in of itself, just snippets filled with happiness, humour and cuteness. Read this webcomic if you want to smile.