Webcomic reviews: Part 1
Ever found yourself stuck inside on a rainy day without much to do? Tired of refreshing Facebook for the millionth time? Looking for a good laugh? Then why not try out a webcomic - they might be just what you need!
Nedroid Picture Diary
What happens when a potato-shaped bear and a self-centred bird team up and become best friends? Some of the craziest adventures you’ve ever seen.
Nedroid Picture Diary is the story of Beartato, Reginald, Harrison and the ridiculous antics they get up to. It's written and illustrated by Anthony Clark and is usually updated a couple of times a week. Generally the comics don’t form any kind of story, so it’s easy to get into it at any time and start reading. The humour is mostly G-rated and is appropriate for people of pretty much any age.
The best thing about Nedroid Picture Diary, however, is easily its zany sense of humour. From just looking at it, you can never really guess what the punchline will be. It always comes completely out of nowhere to surprise you and leave you laughing so hard your sides hurt.
The other best part is you never really know what’s going to happen next. One week Reginald might have a sunburn so bad that he catches on fire, and the next they could be on an adventure in space, touring around all the planets. There’s a real innocence to the characters which makes it charming and leaves you wanting more.
5 out of 5
Cucumber Quest is anongoing story written and illustrated by Gigi Digi about a rabbit named Cucumber, his sister Almond and their adventures in the Doughnut Kingdom. Just from those kind of names you can already tell this is going to be pretty out there.
The story begins with Cucumber getting ready to head off to a magic school with dreams of becoming a wizard, only to find out that his dad’s been imprisoned and suddenly he’s the one responsible for going on an adventure and saving the world.
This isn’t your classic adventure story, however. Cucumber is one of the most reluctant heroes you could possibly imagine. He is constantly pointing out all the flaws in the normal clichés we’d see in these sorts of stories.
Cucumber Quest is a fairly new story (it started in April 2011) so it’s not hard to get into. It has a unique art style that’s bright and colourful, reflecting the light-hearted story that’s being told. It's a great little comic that updates twice a week with an easy-to-follow, entertaining story. It’s the sort of comic that’s great for someone who’s only just discovering the world of webcomics.
5 out of 5
Hark, A Vagrant
Here’s one for anyone who has an interest in history, pop culture, literature or fat ponies. This comic parodies all those things and more.
Hark, A Vagrant is written and illustrated by Kate Beaton, a woman who has a passion for history and a wacky sense of humour. Beaton updates her comic once a week with a parody of something new each time. Whether it be the history of the English monarchy or something as far back as the Romans, she’ll take a real-life event and turn it into something entirely silly.
While some of her comics are things everyone can laugh at, a lot of her comics might only appeal to those who have a bit more knowledge of history, but it’s completely worth it to see some historic events in a different light.
Beaton has been working at the whole comic thing since 2007 so there’s a lot to read through, but luckily there’s an organized archive on the site that splits the comics up into categories so you can find what you’re interested in pretty quickly.
With another unique art style and some of the most hilarious facial expressions you’ll ever see, Hark, A Vagrant is a great take on the events that shaped the world.
4 out of 5
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Articles Written by Grace H
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