2019 Big Webcomics Catch-Up: Introduction

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Introduction (you are here)
Tapas, Part #1 (Bad Bad Things, Cupido, Desert Rose, Finding Home, The Firelight Isle, Fisheye Placebo, Fox & Willow)

Webcomics used to be one of my favourite forms of entertainment. I first got into them around 2010 or 2011, with Romantically Apocalyptic, Shadowgirls, The Phoenix Requiem, and probably a few others – though The Phoenix Requiem is the only of those early comics I’d still recommend and even remains one of my favourites to this day. I never had enough. It was quite hard to find new things to read, lots of sorting through crap, lots of artists who went on a perpetual hiatus and comics I lost my patience with for other reasons, but eventually, I accumulated about 80 that I followed. Not all of them were favourites, not all of them necessarily the best, a few will likely be DNF’d in the next few weeks or months or years, but it’s the current state of my list.

I used to check for updates religiously, every day as soon as I came home from school. I didn’t discover feed readers until last February and relied almost entirely on bookmarks until then. When I started with uni, time became more scarce and I started checking less often, until eventually, I stopped completely for a few months, tried to come back, discovered Feedly only keeps data for about a month, and gave up completely. The backlog in the meanwhile grew to an intimidating size. Still, I switched readers (currently Inoreader, which seems to keep a longer backlog, thanks for the rec Farragut) and I want to try again.

My preferences for comics are similar to books – leaning towards fantasy, mostly secondary-world and non-portal – with the addition that I find art to be really important. I don’t mind a rougher start (Gunnerkrigg Court comes to mind…), but if the style doesn’t mesh with me (Girl Genius, most manga-style comics) or if it starts bad and never improves, it will be a dealbreaker.

As part of this series, I will catch up to each of the series I used to read before I fell off the wagon (maybe rereading the whole comic, maybe not, depending) in no specific order, and write a post with 5 or so mini reviews. There might be a post on completed or DNFd comics later on, and if I catch wind of a new one, or restart something that I lost track of even earlier, it’s quite possible it’ll make its way in as well – I’ll be basically making it up as I go along.

Hopefully this will help someone discover something new!

And since I’m perpetually looking for new recommendations: what are your favourite webcomics?

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13 thoughts on “2019 Big Webcomics Catch-Up: Introduction”

  1. I’ve never read any webcomics, though I am considering reading Siren’s Lament. I saw it almost daily on Instagram last spring, so I’m very intrigued. I’m also going to check out tsome of the ones you’ve mentioned, because I’m very curious.

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  2. it’s been quite a while since I kept up with webcomics, so long that I’ve forgotten pretty much all the titles 😅 but I totally feel your struggle with backlog and generally keeping track, I dealt with a lot of that during my manga and fanfiction phases. I lean more towards contemporary and magical realism, though I also like fun random ones like Cat Loaf on Line Webtoon, and the art style is definitely so important!

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  3. I really like Carciphona! It’s drawn in traditional manga style so Black/White, read right to left and the art is really really pretty. The artist also has a modern AU with the characters that updates sporadically.

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    1. Carciphona was one of those I tried to get into years ago because her colour art is stunning, but never quite managed to keep up with. Was it because it was black and white, because it went on a hiatus…don’t remember. Might have to give it another try.

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  4. I used to love webcomics too when I had more time.

    Ones I like now: Sleepless Domain, Namesake, Those Unknowable, Homebound, and Tangled Weave.

    I can’t wait to see what your reading/DNFing.

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    1. I don’t think I’ve heard about any of those except Namesake, which I haven’t read, because I discovered it during my busy/slump period and it was long. Onto my “to check out” list they go!

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