This entry is part of 12 Moments in Anime 2010.
#7 is anime-inspired webcomics that I read. And/or manga-inspired, too, since the two mediums are so related. I read a few webcomics (though not many; suggestions are welcome), some of which are written in English and drawn in Japanese-style. (For more lengthy thoughts on “original English language” manga, click here.)
I actually read SNAFU for Grim Tales and Invader Zim, but this artist actually does a bunch of other series, too. I’m not sure how he keeps up with them all. Though, I do know that the “Grim Tales” storyline has ended (much to my chagrin).
Two: Four King Hell
Four King Hell is a fan-comic based on the Sailor Moon metaverse. My sister poked me early this year until I finally caved and started reading it and… it’s actually pretty good. The artist also has a formspring account where you can ask comic-related questions, though I do recommend having a basic understanding of Sailor Moon before you try to read (and understand) any of the comic itself, since the formspring account isn’t really for Sailor Moon 101 type inquiries.
Three: Fangs and Strawberries
I tend to read webcomics in large clumps and then completely forget about them for a long time and then find them online again and read the newest updates in large clumps and… etc. etc. Fangs and Strawberries is about a kid who finds a kid vampire in his bedroom one evening. Honestly, the story hasn’t really begun yet (even though it’s already in the third chapter), so far as I can tell, but it looks promising, so I’m going to keep tabs on it just in case.
I really, really, really liked Crowfeathers, but it hasn’t been updated in… well, maybe almost a year? Or more than a year? I’m not sure. It’s a comic set in the Old West and focuses on primarily Native American characters and their dealings with White townsfolk. There’s some fantasy/fable elements in there, and it was just really good (well, I liked it, at least), but then the artist couldn’t figure out where the story was going and shelved the whole thing pending further research/study/writing/whatever. It hasn’t been updated since. /sadface
Oglaf is not for the young reader. Extremely adult content (heterosexual and otherwise), so consider yourself warned. For serious: the first set of strips is called “cumsprite” for the reason you think it is. Updates Sundays. Many of the strips are only vaguely related to each other (ie: they’re set in the same world during the same time period but use different characters and situations), and most have very little backstory and go for laughs over extended plotline.
OMG I love this series. I bought the first chapter as soon as it was published and met the artist (albeit very briefly) at Yaoi-Con this year. I understand art and story takes time, but I want the comic to update more frequently anyway! Note: Starfighter contains graphic nudity and sex between men (in space! Seriously, it’s a yaoi sci-fi—awesome, right?). If that’s not your thing, this comic probably isn’t your thing.