Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekly Webcomic Watch!

Hello my fellow Hunters (X & JT!)! I've managed to come up with a unique title to name what should be my first reaccuring post.  As the update schedule for each of the webcomics I currently follow is different, I will possibly develope different posts to follow them, but for now, you get this!  Enough chatter, let's see if I can finish this in under an hour!

Monday started with a one-shot aimed at how boardgames are becoming digital, and by doing such they are losing a quality that most people enjoy about them, that being how they force people to interact with each other.  My thoughts are if people want to play a digital/interactive board game, they should just play it online and send me their money instead.  I'll use said money to invest in a yacht!  Wednesday brought us back to the main characters of Ethan and Lucas talking about two of my favorite things: comic book characters and video games! Friday just showed us another glipse of Ethan's crazy crazy logic.

We were also rewarded with a new Silly.  A Silly is a 3 panel black and white strip that features the main characters drawn as stick figures with some unique characters only seen in a Silly.  There is no set schedule for Sillies to update, and is done solely on the whim of Tim Buckley.  This sillie featured Ethan and Death comparing Rift to Death's reaping of souls.

This week featured John (and his Darth Vader concious) starring as the date to this year's Valentine Contest Winner, Allison.  John is tricked by Darth Vader and makes his date think he is desparate (which he is) and crazy (she doesn't see Darth Vader).

Monday's comic was a tribute to Valentine's Day (I think) between Richard, Ray'd and a bag full of organs.  Thursday's comic showed Cale mysteriously revealing that he would not be present at the pending battle, thus showing us that he has an another ace up his sleeve to save his repopulated country!

This week focus' on Thea, her interest in the rollerderby girl that crashed into her a few weeks ago, and the fact that she and Hazel were evicted from their former apartment.  It mainly serves to set up some further development for Thea and possibly a new place and/or job her her and Hazel.

This week talks about why the publishers renumber their comics 6 times a year, the renaming of the Fantasic Four to the Fantasic Fwee! (hahahaha!) and the overhyping of milestones.  I'm sure I'll come back to the milestone issue after I've posted 98 more posts. :)  Wednesday's post beats the others for the best.

James finally acquires new skills, but apparently overdoses on them because we, the audience, decided he should buy all 9 of them.  In our defense, he had 3 times the money to buy them and there was no way we could see this happening in advance! Anyways, he goes crazy, threatening his party members and tossing Deblin's body into one of the cities of Enveil.  A side note re: Deblin.  This is the first time we've seen his body since his defeat at the hands of the Apprentice, and besides the fact that Douglas indirectly mentioning that he's dead, no one's actually said that.  Crazy James finds his way into a royal battle between the dominating Azians (?) and the other four remaining races (used to be 7 altogether) of the recently raised contenient of Enveil.  James breaks up the huge fight using his recently acquired whirlwind, and faces another god-like power, the Knight of Might, who informs his to change his actions or else he'd end of evil.  James then wakes up among his Enveil allies and asked to pose as an Elven Ambassador with Tina the Harpy to find out information, but since James has already been there and done that, he poses as an Apple Juice salesman which comepletely pisses off Tina who says that this is crazy and would only work for the luckies of people.   James informs her that Mage Cat is hiding under the floor of the General's location, which is across the street from their Appleade stand and he already has 5 pages of notes.

The plot advanced as James is finally helping the races of Enveil, but is completely separated from his party, yet again!  I hold hope that Deblin is still alive as he was just brought back and saved James from Joshua the Warlock! The use of Mage Cat had me happy as I was uncertain what would happen following the unfortunate events around Warrior Cat.  What Do You Do?

Okay, that's it, I've spent over an hour on this.  L8r days!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My first...

...posting.  Get your mind out of "the gutter".  This blog should (but probably won't) follow me reviewing webcomics, movies, and possible any trades I read for free at Barnes and Noble.  I don't anticipate anyone following this, but in case you do, I thank you.  I'm going to start (and finish) my first post by listing the webcomics that I read on a regular basis, and giving you a brief explaination/history about them.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Ctrl+Alt+Del (Updates Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays)
I should assume that anyone who's read a webcomic has heard of this one.  Created and drawn by the talented Tim Buckley, this webcomic has been going strong since 2002.  The storyline generally follows the main characters of Ethan, Lucas, Lilah, and Zeke, but will sometimes feature one-shots with Chef Brian, Player 1, 2, 3, and/or 4, or even just a one shot about a movie/video game/or a tribute to the death of a famous person.  It originally used to include Saturday updates, but that was cut out a few years ago to allow Mr. Buckley the time to focus on other pressing issues with the site (and possibly allow for more gaming time :])  This should be the staple of any webcomic reader, and with almost nine years of back issues, you should be busy for quite some time.

Least I Can Do (Updates Every Single Day!)
This webcomic is written by wacky Ryan Sohmer and drawn by the talented Lar De Souza.  LICD stars Rayne and a large ensemble of his friends, family and co-workers.  LICD is an adult humor based webcomic and should not necessarily be read by children.  That being said, Rayne is often found to be acting like a child with his crazy antics.  This webcomic has been going since 2003, although it's had 2 artist changes, Mr. De Souza has been onboard since 2005.  Sunday editions are called LICD: Beginnings and follow an 8 year old Rayne as he discovers the world.  LICD is ran by Blind Ferret Entertainment, a company started by Ryan Sohmer that has linked itself with CAD, LFG, and GwS.  In my mind, Blind Ferret is the top dog of the webcomic industry.

Looking For Group (Updates Mondays & Thursdays)
This webcomic is also written by Sohmer and Lar, and follows the adventures of Cale, Richard, and their friends in stopping the humans from wiping out every other race.  Whereas LICD is Sohmer's brain child, LFG is clearly Lar's in that he puts an incredible amount of detail into the large, full page panel drawings.  I would follow this webcomic for the art itself as it is amazing, and the storyline just makes it that much better.  Although this comic updates the least, I find myself looking forward to this one the most.

Girls With Slingshots (Updates Monday through Friday)
I just started reading this webcomic about a month or two ago when Sohmer announced that Danielle Corsetto, the creator and artist of GWS had joined Blind Ferret.  Although a rather girly comic, I've found that Hazel, Jamie, and their talking cactus McPedro can keep up with Rayne and his adult sense of humor.

The Gutters (Updates Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays)
This is a unique webcomic that I find this comic on my list for two reasons.  First, this is another comic by the team of Sohmer and Lar.  Second, is that each issue a parody of comics.  Although Lar is one of the creators and has an active role, he is actually not the artists.  Each issue is done by a different artists, and vary from up and coming artists to the best of the comic book industy.  I find that this is the hardest for me to remember to read as there isn't an ongoing storyline and each issue is a new parody.  But just because I don't remember to read it right away doesn't mean it's any less good.  Each issue is funny and a work of art.  I especially enjoy the fact that they are always making fun of BENDIS!

What Do You Do? (Updates TWICE A DAY?!)
Yes, you read that correctly.  This webcomic is updated twice a day!  This is a rather unknown webcomic is drawn by someone only known to us as GMChris, and is unique for several reasons.  The first is that it is updated twice a day! I'm sorry, but that is just shows me amazing commitment.  The comic is a single panel that follows the adventures of James Woodrock the Elf.  The second reason why this comic is so unique is that you, the reader, get to tell GMChris, what you want James to do.  He reads over the 50 comments (average) and chooses one as the basis of what James does for the next panel.  GMChris doesn't always pick the most logical comment, or the most crazy, but tries to choose a variety.  Several times he's taken 2-3 days to put together a short animation (usually signifying the end of a story arc), and has actually had 2 online games developed about the webcomic.  The comic stars James Woodrock, and his ever changing party members Jane the (formerly undead) Cleric, Techy the Dwarf Warrior, Krinn the Troll Rogue, Ray/Richard the Human Bard, Deblin the Half-Demon Mage, among others.

Okay, so I've actually spent 2 hours formating this post, and so that's it for today.  L8r days! Cole