We’ve finally entered the new year! Congrats to all of you for making it this far, and thank you for your continued support of our blog, whether it be by leaving comments or simply lurking. I don’t know about you, but one of the New Year’s traditions that I find particularly hard to keep up with is resolution-making. It’s great in theory, and gets me pumped for about the first three days of January, but then whatever resolution I made ends up getting pushed to the wayside. So this year, I just decided to not make any. However, I did make the promise to myself that I would try to consume much more diverse media this year. If you, too, have always found yourself wanting to support more diverse creators and diverse casts, but likewise found yourself having no idea where to start, today’s web crush may be just what you’re looking for!
While there are many forms of historical fiction, one of the set-ups that people return to time and time again is that of a more medieval era. Princesses, dragons, references to Arthurian legend; on a surface level, what’s not to like? With the way this era has been romanticized, de-romanticized, and romanticized again, it almost feels natural to be drawn to it, and one of the biggest sources of the romanticization is, of course, knights and the chivalry that comes with them. Knights fighting for their beliefs! Knights, protecting the people they care about! These already make a strong case for me to give a shit about a story about knights, but today’s web crush added one more ingredient to make itself positively irresistible: lady knights who love other lady knights.
I can’t say that Twitter is exactly my favorite social media platform, but what it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in making it easier for me to keep up to date with the artists and content creators I follow than I ever could on Tumblr. Thanks to this, I was able to quickly discover and devour Lady of the Shard, a new one-shot by artist Gigi D.G.. At this point, I’m definitely fashionably late making this post; however, if you’re a fan of cute comics about lesbians, aliens, and hope, sit a spell and listen to me for just a bit longer about Lady of the Shard.
There’s a certain level of adulthood you reach where you realize that filthy humor really is hilarious, and you’re not fooling anyone by pretending it isn’t. Unfortunately, this realization tends to come at a time in your life when you’ve also realized that things like misogyny and racism are both incredibly shitty and incredibly prevalent. You want sex jokes, but you don’t want rape jokes, and you want to acknowledge that butt stuff can be hilariously awkward, but you also get furious when people are homophobic. Where can you, an adult with a refined palate for filthy humor, turn to satisfy your deep, aching need for inclusive, witty garbage? Esteemed readers, consider Oglaf.
Extremely NSFW images under the cut.
I’m mostly between fandoms right now; my summer shows are over, my fall shows haven’t started, and I’m trying very hard not to spend my entire life reading post-finale Hannibal fanfiction. In the interests of digging into something new, I clicked on a bookmark I’ve had for a while—a link to the first page of a webcomic called Strong Female Protagonist. I’m not sure who first recced it to me—if I had to guess, my money would be on former LGG&F writer SquidInkSamurai—but it’s sat in my favorites for… probably years without my ever having read a panel. When I saw that I was up to write a Web Crush this week, though, I knew its time had come. I clicked the bookmark. The SFP fandom gained a member.
Trigger warning for mention of rape after the jump.
I always mean to read more webcomics, but I’m often daunted by long-running stories which I never manage to catch up with. I’m also always on the lookout for representation of different LGBTQ+ identities, especially those which are most often forgotten, such as asexuality. Enter this week’s Web Crush: Heartless, a promising and adorable webcomic about vampires in Victorian London. It’s only a couple chapters in so far, but the premise is intriguing and the art is cute.
Spoilers for the first two chapters of the webcomic below.
You may have heard of Questionable Content, a popular slice-of-life webcomic by Jeph Jacques. But today I’m not talking about Questionable Content. Jeph Jacques started a new webcomic last September called Alice Grove. And now that it’s far enough along that we can see what it’s actually about, I think it’s time to recommend it! Alice Grove is a sci-fi story involving humans that look and act like aliens, biotechnology, and of course, our protagonist, Alice the witch.
Mild spoilers below!
When I’m not browsing for cute pictures or just scrolling out of boredom, I like to keep tabs on my Tumblr dash for things that catch a lot of attention, or look like they might. So when one day I saw the trailer for The Book of Mojo show up on my dash almost continuously for the entire day, I thought I better have a look at it myself. I don’t remember if I was surprised or not, but the fact of the matter is The Book of Mojo has everything I love in an urban fantasy setting.
Recently, in my search to consume more diverse media, I’ve been getting more into webcomics. Because webcomics are, as implied by the name, published online, they don’t have to go through gatekeeping hurdles where the author has to find an agent or a publisher who deems the work acceptable for the public. As such, if someone wants to create a comic with more diverse characters, it may just be easier to put the thing online. Today’s web crush, Witchy, combines diverse characters with an interesting magical premise and some great art.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Kate Beaton, the delightful webcomic artist behind Hark, A Vagrant reblogged a post recommending the webcomic Blindsprings. I thought, “huh, that looks pretty”, bookmarked the first page, and promptly forgot about it. While going through my favorites this past week, I stumbled upon it again, and I have to say that I’m sad it took me so long to check it out.
Blindsprings creator Kadi Fedoruk describes her comic as:
[A]n all ages comic, featuring magic, secret societies and hidden gateways to fantastic places. The comic should appeal to anyone who loves Ghibli or Disney animated movies!
It certainly appeals to me—find out why after the jump! (Beware minor spoilers, though!)