Failing to find an appropriate section to post this in, I decided to post this in the non-Discworld books section, and hope.
Sooo...webcomics. Who here reads them?
I do. They often tend to be a source of humour and interest that I badly need. So, without further ado, here they are, in rough order of discovery:
8-Bit Theater (by Brian Clevinger): 8-Bit Theater is what happens when you take the ridiculous aspects of the Final Fantasy series, put it into the setting of the first game, and actually give the first game some plot beyond saving the world. Finished.
A group of four dysfunctional warriors team up to embark on a quest to save the world. Problem is, they are so dysfunctional and selfish that they might end up destroying it instead. Psychopathic Black Mage, extreme kleptomaniac and arrogant Thief, delusional Red Mage, and the stupid but good natured Fighter set off on adventures that are both horrifying and hilarious.
How I Killed Your Master (by Brian Clevinger and John Wood, with art by Matt Speroni): After 8-Bit Theater finished, Brian Clevinger worked on this little gem, which is basically a martial arts story told as a webcomic. Nicely done, but may not be for everyone, though it has plenty of humour as well as drama. Ongoing, but on hiatus, at the moment.
Martial artist Chang Sen has been searching all over for the man who killed his master. Finding Liu Wong, an old man, Sen is asked to listen to Wong's life story, in order to learn how to surpass his master. We learn the story of how Wong's father was murdered, how he was sent to be the servant of Master Fei, and how Wong started on the path to avenge his father's murder...
Ow My Sanity (by Adam J Thaxton): An unusual one, as I usually don't go in for horror, but this is actually quite interesting, even if the artwork is a little crude. TV Tropes' description of it being the bastard offspring between Ah My Goddess! and the works of HP Lovecraft is pretty much spot on. Or if that doesn't work, how about I Dream of Jeannie, where Jeannie is a cosmic horror instead of a ditzy genie? Ongoing, but on hiatus, at the moment.
David Bartlett has not had a good life at all. Born with a sensitivity to cosmic horrors, and with bad luck plagueing his every step, things culminate when his college dorm-mates and associates performing a ritual to summon a cosmic horror. When things start to go wrong, Bartlett is prepared to die, wishing only that someone would give a damn about him for once. The cosmic horror grants his wish, changing itself into the form of a young Arabic woman that he calls Nancy. With everyone else in the dorm dead, and with a cosmic horror following him around until she understands what he actually meant by his wish, Bartlett is in trouble, especially when the nearest Delta Green cell start sniffing around, and thinks that he is a crazed maniac...
The Last Days of FOXHOUND (by Chris Doucette): Like 8-Bit Theater, The Last Days of FOXHOUND serve to parody a video game, only this time, it is Metal Gear Solid that gets lampooned. Despite the crudish artwork, it is extremely funny, although the sheer amount of profanity would make a sailor blush. Even those who haven't played the games might enjoy it. Finished.
A mysterious, and rather stupid, young man called Liquid Snake joins the special ops organisation known as FOXHOUND, filled with some of the most dysfunctional operatives in the US. We have Psycho Mantis, an extreme misogynist and psychopathic psychic, Revolver Ocelot, sadistic sharpshooter and chronic backstabber, Vulcan Raven, a big Inuit with a big gun, and Sniper Wolf, beautiful sniper with a hair trigger. Between strange missions and stranger goings-on, ghosts, an ancient political conspiracy, and new Metal Gear weapons, they have their work cut out for them, and that's if they can even get along...
The Dreadful (by Matt Speroni): Another webcomic on the site that hosts 8-Bit Theater, this is a new one that looks promising. It's not been on long enough to provide a real synopsis yet, but it follows the story of a bounty hunter in the Old West, except that said bounty hunter is a cut demon girl, and this Old West also has centaurs, elves, and dwarves. Ongoing.
Girl Genius (by Phil and Kaja Foglio): A very long-running webcomic (the story, which started in print before heading online, has been done for the past decade), this is a very good one, if somewhat strange, that can be best summed up by the tagline "Mad scientists rule the world. Badly." Very Pratchettian in nature, especially with the character of Baron Klaus Wolfenbach, who is basically a much more militaristic Lord Vetinari. It will take you a long time to make it through the archives, believe me, but it is worth it. Lots of drama, humour, a bit of horror, and mad science.
Agatha Clay is a university student working at Beetleburg University, and somewhat clumsy, especially when it comes to machines. But when her locket is stolen by a pair of thieves, one that she was told never to take off, things change. For Agatha has the Spark, a form of gift that allows those who possess it to create anything, from death rays to artificial beings. But Sparks are feared by the populace, especially when they become megalomaniacs like the infamous Other, or tyrants, like Baron Klaus Wulfenbach. Her awakening of the spark takes Agatha from a gigantic airship, to a travelling circus, back to her ancestral home of Castle Heterodyne. For Agatha Clay is really Agatha Heterodyne, the last known survivor of a powerful Spark family, but is that a good thing?
So...yeah. Any comments?
I've lived for over 2000 years, and not all of them were good ones. I've made many mistakes. And it's about time I did something about that.
-The Twelfth Doctor, Doctor Who: Deep Breath