Many young artists have created webcomics to showcase their stories.With the advantages of the internet, creators are able to make content that might not be made elsewhere. Many are created by and about women, people of color, and LGBTQ+.
Webcomics can also be a good place to start if you’re interested in reading comics. There are a wide variety of genres and art styles to try, and all free to read. Here are recommendations of just a few webcomics out there.
Blackwater by Ren and Jeanette
Centering around the protagonists Eli and Tony, this webcomic is a series of short comics about the strange small town of Blackwater, Maine. There’s the typical high school drama, but also involves Tony and Eli exploring the supernatural mysteries of the town.
Blackwater is spectacularly drawn by Jeanette, it’s amazing that she can always put out quality work and stay on schedule. Her lineart and compositions are so energetic and expressive. Also, the comic is co written by the two creators, who effortlessly combine the creepy supernatural elements and the high school plot. If you love Stranger things, Riverdale, or the Goonies you’ll likely enjoy Blackwater.
Read the webcomic here: https://blackwatercomic.tumblr.com/
Hark! A Vagrant! By Kate Beaton
Beaton’s webcomic series are comedic comic strips on historical figures and classic novels. For example, one strip shows Nick Carraway from the Great Gatsby wondering why Gatsby is staring at the green light. The next panel cuts to Gatsby’s grimacing face, thinking, “I wish that green light didn’t give me seizures”. She also has a few that focus on superheroes and feminism.
If you’re unsure about starting a webcomic with a long plot, Beaton’s comic strips are more for you. You can also physical copies of her work, as they have been published as the books, Hark! A Vagrant! and Step Aside, Pops.
Read the webcomic here: http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
One of the most successful webcomics, by one of the most successful webcomic creators, Nimona is a fantasy about the reckless shapeshifter, Nimona, who is hired to be the sidekick to super villain Lord Ballister Blackheart. Soon, the two are forced to take action when they uncover the kingdom’s secret plans to control its citizens.
Once the webcomic was completed, it was published as a physical copy by HarperCollins. Since Nimona’s success, Stevenson has written for comic giants like Marvel and co-created the popular YA comic series Lumberjanes. And Recently, it was announced that 20th Century Fox has bought the film rights to make an animated movie based on Nimona.
Read the webcomic here: https://gingerhaze.com/nimona/comic/page-1
– Lauryn Anthony