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Subject:Some recent comics
Time:11:56 pm

No new comics for me today at the comics shop, so I might as well write about some others I’ve read recently:

Templar, Arizona (No, wait, start at the beginning!)
Spike, self-published through Webcomics Nation
Templar is a city in Arizona in a slightly alternate timeline. Not too alternate; they still had Jimmy Carter — Templar has a statue of him, posed heroically, hammer above his head, bowl of peanuts cradled in his other arm, wearing a toga to display his muscles. And the statue of Andrew Jackson is even worse....

Not only is Templar host to dozens of weird, invented sub-cultures and alternate-historical cuisines — often only hinted at — but Spike’s also got both the gift of spinning out entertaining dialog and that of showing you things about her character’s inner lives without having to spell them out for you explicitly.

Updates twice a week, or a third time whenever Spike’s tip jar hits $100. Each page reads pretty quick, and there’s only about 70 or 80 pages so far, so go get caught up now.

Moresukine
Dirk Schwieger, self-published through LiveJournal
A diary, in comics form, of a German man living in Tokyo. I first saw it through one of the Moleskine fan sites (probably Moleskinerie), and then forgot about it till eurotard reminded me. What Schwieger did was throw himself open to suggestions. Anyone who wanted could email him a suggestion of something to do in Tokyo, and he’d do it, one thing per week, and write/draw the experience up in comics form and publish it on LJ. And Schwieger’s an astounding comics artist. Eurotard suggests Matt Howarth, Joe Sacco, and Rick Veitch by way of comparison, and yeah, Schwieger’s got something of the zany inventiveness of page layout that Howarth shows at his best, but he’s a better draftsman than any of those three. (Well, maybe not Sacco.)

Polly and the Pirates
Ted Naifeh, published by Oni Press
Something to tide over those of us who’re waiting for more Courtney Crumrin. Just like Courtney, Polly is a young girl who gets into trouble. Unlike Courtney, her trouble comes looking for her — pirates swoop into her bedroom at night and shanghai her off to be their captain. It’s all a zany plot involving dubious parentage, rival pirate gangs, a map to (of course) hidden treasure, and a cameo appearance by Emperor Norton.

Naifeh’s ship designs are a joy — buildings with hulls and sails. A navy warship looks like a sailing fortress. Even Polly’s school is on a ship. It’s a great lesson about visual storytelling: If you can’t be realistic, be cleverly imaginative, and your readers will forgive a lot.

Wet Moon
Ross Campbell, published by Oni Press
Cleo Lovedrop is an art student at a small college in the deep south, one that appears to have a student body consisting mostly of hot, chubby women who wear torn scraps of clothing. (mister_wolf take note!) Oh yeah, story too, um, Cleo’s troubled love life, some mysterious doings, emotional issues, roommate arguments, stuff like that. But oh, the hotness.

Eurotard
Not a comic, but a comics review blog. (Though he, or maybe she, sometimes runs some comics, too.) Good taste, a good eye, and agrees with me that Transmetropolitan wasn’t actually all that great.

Full Story
Also not a comic, this site list completed webcomics — story-based webcomics that have finished their runs and come to endings.

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