Three Webcomics Guaranteed to Improve Your Sex Life


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We feature A LOT of comics here on Nerdlocker, because comics are the shizzle. But after running some experiments with the Nerdlocker Data Parsing Searchtronic 4000 (the white rectangle at the top right), we realized that we’ve sorely neglected one of the most insanely unpredictable, fearlessly risk-taking and occasionally brilliant forms of sequential art out there: WEBCOMICS.

Like anything else on the internet, webcomics are 95% turds to 5% peanuts. Just like blogs, anyone with MS Paint and a WordPress account can post some three-panels and have a webcomic. The natural filters in print comics provided by editors and expenses are nowhere to be found. So yeah, there’s a lot of webcomic suck to be found.

But when webcomics are good, they’re really, REALLY good, and you don’t want to miss out, right?

We here at NL thus present this Miniature Webcomic Starter Kit: three stellar webcomics that demonstrate what can happen when talent and discipline meet the freedom of the interwebz.

The Adventures of Dr. McNinja by Christopher Hastings

What happens when a ninja trained in the dark arts of assassination chooses a profession dedicated to the preservation of life?

Hilarity and awesomeness, that’s what. Christopher Hastings’ long running and mega-hilarious “The Adventures of Dr. McNinja” is the perfect introduction to comics on the web. Over the course of Dr. McNinja’s 15-and-counting-issues (each one between 20 and 60 pages long, exclamation point), you’ll meet characters such as Gordito, Doc’s 12-year-old mustachioed sidekick; the clone of Ben Franklin, Doc’s de facto immortal medical mentor; Sparklelord, an evil trans-dimensional unicorn/motorcycle; and, of course, the usual assortment of pirates, zombies, robots, velociraptors and Paul Bunyans.

Artwork in the early issues consists of slightly rough, slightly awkward black & white line drawings. By issue #5 (featuring a Ben Franklin “Thriller” dance you just gotta see), the illustrations are coming into their own, and by #9 everything’s in full digital color and perfectly presented. Composition is always great, and panel pacing is perfect.

But the real reason to read Dr. McNinja is to laugh, and laugh hard. The writing is spot-on from the word go, and it’s hard to go more than a few pages without doubling over at the gut. The premises and cast of characters are completely zany, but the delivery is always deadpan and never oversold, very Coen Brothers-ish.

Hastings has parlayed his success with Dr. McNinja into a high-falutin’ writing gig on Marvel’s Fear Itself: Deadpool three-part miniseries. The potential for nerdgasm here is incalculable.

The Adventures of Dr. McNinja updates nearly every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Check it out here.

The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl

This one’s for artwork junkies. If Christopher Hastings is the spunky upstart who used his webcomic to break into the industry, then Karl Kerschl is the industry veteran who escaped to webcomics.

A veteran illustrator for DC, Marvel, Electronic Arts and others, Kerschl spent a decade drawing superheroes, video game protagonists and other mainstream, money-making subjects. In the summer of 2007, working with fledgling webcomic label Transmission X, Kerschl was finally able to create something without the commercial constraints of print or the editorial constraints of existing franchises.

The story follows Charles Christopher, a dopey sasquatch, and other less mythological creatures as they encounter a strange combination of typical suburban issues (marriage, jobs, therapy) and epic struggles (destiny, death, revenge). The tone is somewhere between Winnie the Pooh, Death of a Salesman and Watership Down. The writing leans ever so slightly toward the sentimental, but always shows proper restraint. Episodes are alternately funny, contemplative, charming or tragic.

The artwork on display is masterful stuff. Kerschl is clearly a superior illustrator; his linework and shading are jaw-droppingly good in every single panel. The gray-green monochrome is the perfect palette for the sweet melancholy of the setting. But it’s Kerschl’s directorial sense of acting and timing (he’s a real master of close-up reaction shots) that elevates ACC from merely good to truly special.

Updated Wednesdays. Check it out here.

Wondermark by David Malki !

Wondermark is the brainchild of TopatoCo owner/operator David Malki !

Yes, the exclamation point is part of his nom de plume, and that should clue you into the irreverent spirit of his webcomic.

The artwork consists entirely of artifacts from 19th Century woodcuts and bookplates. Characters, settings and props from these antique illustrations are thrown together in the “willy-nilly” style, and then speech bubbles provide the dialogue across a traditional three-panel comic. The result feels like classic Monty Python animation: ironic, hilarious and batshit crazy.

Wondermark updates Tuesdays and Fridays. Check it out here.

That’s all for now.

In the spirit of discovery, we’ve intentionally avoided some of the bigger names like Penny Arcade, PvP, and Red Meat. We’re not even scratching the surface of what’s out there. If there’s a great webcomic out there that you want us to feature next time, sound off in the comments.

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  1. Those are a great start to archive diving into webcomics, for sure! Since many many many webcomics are not blocked by draconian internet filters at work, I spend a lot of time hunting around for good ones to read. This week I picked up on POWERS and Romantically Apocalyptic.

    One of my favorite things about webcomics is the lack of constraint. Yeah, being able to publish anything anywhere does lead to a lot of chaff, but only in webcomics will you get to see the truly outrageous. Worth it, in my book.