Kathleen Kralowec's The Lion and the Roc has yet to feature any literal Lions or mythical Rocs (spoiler alert?) which leads me to believe them to be metaphors, or perhaps something coming up in this so-far-pretty-short comic. As of this blog post it has 115 pages. And they are all good!
The Lion and the Roc is a fantasy story dealing heavily with magic and the realms of the gods, who seem to be a petty lot. They are also threatened by some not totally known force and that's what leads our two non-godly protagonists to do what they do. Some of the things I like about it are...
1. It creates a unique atmosphere. While much of the imagery is clearly from small cults and religions, I don't get the Disney's Hercules feeling from it. This may be a magic realm and full of deities, but it still feels fresh.
2. Every full page is colored with watercolor paint. Maybe it's because this is a medium which entirely escapes me, but I find that way the heck impressive. This would make it seem understandable to have a comic which updates infrequently, but we get a new page a week! Not bad at all!
3. In spite of myself, I find the main characters likable. They're a petty, bickering duo whose mission includes deception and betrayal, and they're able to add levity to it, without taking away a serious edge that comes with their tasks and surroundings.
Kathleen Kralowec is also part of KerBop the Angel, Electricity is Her Element, and The Inner Mask Oracle, which is a card game that looks pretty good to me!
So go read her stuff! you won't regret it!
Cartoonists stick together, when we're not being massively antisocial (comes with the job, I suppose). In that attitude I want to point out a cartoon that YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN READING ALREADY if you aren't If you're well versed in webcomics, there is a good chance you've heard of Minna Sundberg's Stand Still Stay Silent. It's a post-apocalyptic world set in the Scandinavian countries (Nordic countries? I forget which is which). A team of people enter the "Silent World", which has been devastated by disease and the freakish demons that the disease causes, to find books. Apparently books are worth mucho dinero in this world.
A description like that might be enough to convince you to read, but if it isn't, let me show some of the things I like about it.
1. While a lot of this screams "ZOMBIE COMIC?!!" it really REALLY doesn't feel like one. Maybe it's the fact that some people have natural immunity , or maybe because some are effected in different ways by the disease while some just die of it. I'll let you be the judge, but it's the furthest thing from "The Walking Dead" that I could think of, which is just fine to me.
2. The artwork is amazing and unique. Holy. Freaking. Crap. The little image I put up there is an early one from her and not from the comic itself, just promotional. I don't know if I can describe it in any way that would do it justice. It's deep and able to express both seriousness while still hinting at humor when it needs to be. It's picturesque and adorable, but also horrifying and grotesque, when need be. The expressions are easily readable and the characters easy to differentiate. I should give up now knowing this exists and I'll probably never achieve anything like unto it.
3. The writing is good. She can create tension well, certainly, but what I love about the pairing of her writing and art is the general ambiance she creates. Whether it's the attack of some oogy-boogy or simple traveling, there's not any moment where I felt like I was trekking on in hopes of something better. I will say that the first 20 pages or so (and as of now she's done about 750) it's tough to keep track of what's going on, because a lot is going on, but looking back, it all makes sense. Also warning: heartbreak.
4. She updates with 5 fully colored and beautiful pages a week. 5. A. Week. Minna, if you need to get outside to get some fresh air because of art overload, I'll gladly volunteer to go for a walk with you or something. She does take a few week breaks between chapters, but honestly it's not a bother because she updates 4 times a week with a page length comic. Oh wait, sorry, 5 times a week. That kind of dedication is incredible.
Long story short, go read Stand Still Stay Silent. Right now!
With a sheepish grin and only the slightest of stumble in my stride, I start my own website. Shown here are pieces of art I've done over the years as well as some of the Graphic Design jobs I've had, mostly in the employ of a tea shop and spa. That's interesting if you're in need of an illustrator or graphic designer.
If neither of those are what you are looking for, I also make comics! Recondite Woods is a comic that can reach all audiences, while RimWorld comics make more sense if you've played the acclaimed game RimWorld.
The site is still in its improvement stage, but is fully accessible otherwise.