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! šŸ™‚

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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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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 purchaseĀ it as aĀ 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.