I'm still looking at new webcomics.
I've had the chance to look through two more from Transmission X.
The first is The Port
, which is set in a rural Canadian town. Three young men have formed a gang known as The Givers, and spend their days generally causing trouble. After some exploding cats appear, they find themselves drafted into protection their town from demons. This is quite an interesting story, which has been going for about two years. All of the TX creators are professional illustrators, so the artistic quality in their comics tends to be high. The Port is no exception. The story is engaging, despite being about three characters that are difficult to like.
The second is Dream Life.
This is set partly in reality and partly in dreams. At the moment, the main character is a guy working in a call centre. We haven't got far enough into the story to establish what's going to happen, or what's going to bring the other characters together. Unfortunately, it's 51 pages in already and it feels like nothing has happened because we've spent so many pages on splash pages and dream-sequence. I think it's progressing to slowly for me to want to continue to follow it; although I might come back in a year or so to see if the story has progressed.
The rest of the comics I've looked at have come through either advertisements or choosing at random from The Webcomic List.
The first is Wizzywig Comics
, which is about a hacker known by the alias BoingThump. The story has two timelines: the first about BoingThump's early life in the 1980s and the second about his life now, where he's in prison for hacking. The first timeline feels a lot like the film Wargames, because it's about a kid hacking the phone network for fun and starting to learn to use his computer. So far, it's been going about a year and is worth reading, especially if any of the technical aspects are something you'd find interesting.
The second is Cyanide and Happiness
. Remember those guys who were dicks when they were teenagers? This is one of those guys, and he's writing a comic. It's been going for four years, and the current level of emotional maturity is the same as when it started. If you enjoy Frankie Boyle, spitting at disabled people and think rape is a hilarious practical joke then you'll love this. And I hope you get massive genital warts.
The third, is Peter and Company
, which I picked out the small ads of the wecomic list, for having reasonably interesting tag-line and artwork. This is the first furry comic I've read. All the characters are anthropomorphic animals of different species. The main character is Peter, a cat, and he has an invisible guardian angel who's a duck. The concept is much like the 1989 version of Teen Angel, but reads like a homage to Calvin and Hobbes. After reading quite a few of the three panel strips I decided to abandon this because I didn't think the concept was being explored particularly well and the strips didn't seem to be going anywhere. I'm not sure the furry thing does anything for me either, but that's very much a personal opinion.