If’n you take a gander to your right and down a tad, as the Marshal might say, there’s a short-list of links to various webcomics (most of them, at least) that Rick, Eric, and I have been following for one reason or another. And it seems to me that now is no better time than to talk about them a bit, and share our love. Like the afore-mentioned list, I’m moving in alphabetical order, here, post by post. These’ll be irregular.
Before I start, though, I’m very interested in what other folks have been reading, and what they’d recommend. I’m particularly curious about anything that one might label steampunk (Girl Genius I am well-aware of, thank you.) So please, feel free to use the comments section to call out the strips you’re reading and liking.
If you’re not reading The Abominable Charles Christopher by the unfairly talented Karl Kerschl, you’re hurting no one but yourself. Seriously. Karl sent me a PDF of the first collection a couple weeks back, so I had opportunity to read the whole of the beginning again, and it is so very very good that I had one of those moments where I wonder why I bother. I worked with Karl during my Adventures of Superman days, and he is an artist I would eagerly work with again if the opportunity ever presents itself. His work is reflection of the man; thoughtful, caring, considered, smart, and very, very witty.
The fact that he’s drawing and writing ACC is insult to injury – and speaking as a man who cannot drawn – my envy is profound. The first collection is available for pre-order, and I feel no guilt in shilling for him. The series itself is difficult for me to describe concisely, but the immediate comparison I draw is to the estimable Walt Kelly. There is a similarly gentle, yet cuttingly precise, humor to Karl’s work, as well as enormous sensitivity, and the art is truly stunning.
Your eyes, brain, and heart will say thank you.