Earthsong – by Crystal Yates

www.earthsongsaga.com

Earthsong is another of those rare decade-old-and-still-running webcomics. As someone who has followed it for almost as long, it is with a sense of nostalgia and awe I realize that it is nearing it’s end, as a fully completed story.

Though with a weekly update schedule, the end can still be cherished for quite some time! 🙂

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Part of the cast. Copyright Crystal Yates. http://www.earthsonsaga.com

The art and storytelling has improved over the years, and the early parts of the story has been redone, to polish the end result.
While I personally am a fan of seeing the progress of an artist through time, I also fully respect this decision and the end result is aestetically clean.

Earthsong doesn’t set out to spin you a tale of unexpected plot-twists, allowing instead the characters and their dynamics and relations to take center stage.
This is not a story focusing on blood and gore, and though there is drama, risk and even death I would say this webcomic is family-safe.

If you are looking for a fantasy comic with consistent quality in art and writing, which is also family safe I am suggesting you go check out Earthsong.

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The Mansion of E – by Robert M Cook

A page from MoE, showing parts of the cast. No rights belong to me.
A page from MoE, showing parts of the cast. Copyrights belong to the creator. No rights belong to me.

The Mansion of E by Robert M. Cook is found here:

http://mansionofe.comicgenesis.com/

This is a webcomic that has run for years, I believe it began in 2005, and I think I have been reading since about 2008.

It’s slow-paced, and though the esthetics are improving along the way, I think it is safe to suggest that it is about world-developing more than it is about art.

Which works fine by me, because the world developed and it’s characters are interesting and believable in their own way.

There is a sort-of plot, which is perhaps better described as a setup, but this serves more to illuminate the cast, which has grown rather large throughout a decade (!) of consistent updates.

The creator is also making a significant effort in tagging character’s latest occurrences and seemingly tying the many storylines somewhat neatly together, which I personally has found very useful.

I find it hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about MoE that makes me keep coming back, and I believe it is highly subjective. Taking into account the art and the slow pace of the story it might well be one of those things that you either love or hate.
Speaking for myself it is by now a regular part of my morning routine, and I enjoy the feeling of freedom from it; the ability to explore the facets of the story as they turn up, the progress of building a very complex world while keeping your own pace and (I think) enjoying the experience of doing so.

Also, I like the characters. Quite simply.

Bite Me! – by Dylan Meconis

Do yourself a favor and buy this book! No rights belong to me.
Do yourself a favor and buy this book!
Copyright belongs to the creator. No rights belong to me.

This webcomic is a personal favourite; To me, Bite Me! marks the point where I first encountered the world of webcomics, way back in 2000, and it had a profound influence on me, along with several of it’s now-deceased siblings.

Thus it felt only natural to begin everything with this one. It is amazingly still available online even after all these years, at www.bitemecomic.com You may also purchase it as a printed book (I adore my copy!)

Bite Me! refers to itself as a Vampire farce, and has a spontaneous and whimsical blend of slapstick, clihces and historical details. – While I wouldn’t cite it in a historical essay, the research and commitment is impressive, even if only used as a backdrop for the cast’s shenanigans.

The art has it’s own unique style, and those familiar with the later work of Dylan Meconis will undoubtedly recognize a few of her personal traits. It is an early work, and occasionally unrefined, but while I may well be biased I fully believe this merely adds to it’s charm.

(For more on Dylan Meconis you may find her website here: www.dylanmeconis.com – she has several later projects and comics that are also highly recommended)

Storywise Bite Me! is spontaneous and light-hearted, sporting chickens, fondue-forks and blood in rich measures.
Being a completed work, a fate that rarely befalls webcomics in general, it is a rare treat, even a decade later.

It is in the style of a zine, handdrawn and scanned (as most comics were back then). Kicking happily in every direction, be it the brooding vampires of Ann Rice or the more comedy-oriented aproach of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bite Me! does it all in good humour and what I suspect is love and admiration.