Web Comic Spotlight: 'Looking for Group'
November 10th, 2011
03:44 PM ET

Web Comic Spotlight: 'Looking for Group'

This week's featured web comic is written so well that it made me want to go out and find everything else they've done.

"Looking for Group," created by Canadian duo Ryan Sohmer (the writer) and Lar DeSouza (the artist), is a fantasy-based comic that follows Cale'Anon, the good-guy, pre-destined elven hunter main character who is accompanied by a destructive and funny undead warlock named Richard. A host of other friends join them on their journey.

"If you've ever enjoyed a fantasy story, or playing something like 'Dungeons & Dragons' or 'World of Warcraft,' or read a good fantasy book like 'Lord of the Rings,' you'll get it," said DeSouza. "We've got a band of adventurers making their way around. But at the same time as we are telling our stories, we're not afraid to poke some fun at the genre, so there's a good dose of parody in there too."

"A heavy dose," said Sohmer.

I got the chance recently to pick DeSouza and Sohmer's brains about gaming, Web comics and a few finer points about their brand of nerdery. FULL POST

Web Comic Spotlight: Onezumi and Harknell
From left: Onezumi, her familliar William, Harknell, his familliar the Demon Pickle, and Garthnell and Negazumi.
October 21st, 2011
10:23 PM ET

Web Comic Spotlight: Onezumi and Harknell

In Web comics, there's a niche for everyone. "Stupid & Insane Defenders Against Chaos" is the niche that mixes Lovecraftian monsters with Japanese-inspired art and a dash of nerdy humor concerning the most evil careers known to man: business management and finance.

It's a comic that started in 2003, involving two characters, Onezumi and Harknell, who have evil genius versions of themselves in another, horror-filled dimension. Through some shenanigans, these characters swap universes, and things get wickedly funny from there.

For example, there's a character called Mr. OctoPants, who in Onezumi and Harknell's universe is just a goofy octopus who collects really ugly pants from Macy's. A "beast with a thousand horrible pants," if you will. But in the evil universe, he's truly suspicious.

The creative team behind the comic, Onezumi Hartstein and her husband James Harknell, have a far more serious side (albeit still plenty nerdy) when it comes to their business. As early web comic purveyors, they rode the wild, untamed waves of the internet, gathering enough skills to start their own, informative convention for Web artists of all kinds. FULL POST

Web Comic Spotlight: 'Erfworld's' Rob Balder
October 7th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

Web Comic Spotlight: 'Erfworld's' Rob Balder

How is it possible to combine flying Peeps, ORLY owls, a propensity for cute baby talk and very serious strategic tabletop gaming with honest, emotional relationships? Probably the only way is to let "Erfworld" creator Rob Balder write it.

There's an awful lot that goes into the Web comic "Erfworld," and Balder exploits the medium for all its communicative layers.

As cute and minimalist as Xin Ye's design of the comic is, the content is stacked deep. Nearly every frame holds an Easter egg - and if you're not in the know, the Google fodder in this comic is off the charts.

I recently got the chance to catch Balder in a rare moment of free time during his hectic convention schedule. We chatted not only about "Erfworld's" clever audience (we have a lot of obsessive readers, Balder said) but about how the Web comic industry is thriving today.

Thankfully for my RSS feeds, this is no part-time hobby for Balder. Here's our discussion: FULL POST

Web Comic Spotlight: d20Monkey's Brian Patterson
Brett and Sam two of the main characters in Brian Patterson's d20Monkey web comic
September 27th, 2011
11:35 AM ET

Web Comic Spotlight: d20Monkey's Brian Patterson

I have a confession to make: I play D&D. Not only do I play, I run a game at my local comic and game store.

There, I said it!

It's because of my love of D&D that I stumbled upon the comic I want to introduce you to today.

I found d20monkey.com on the blog for Obsidian Portal and was instantly hooked on the style of the art and the funny storylines.

I recently got in touch with the comic’s creator, Brian Patterson, and he was good enough to answer some questions about the comic. We even had a chance to talk about some other gaming and geek topics along the way.

Enjoy!

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