Sunday Comics | A cartoon journey around Vermont

Check out recent online comics from Caanan Grall, Ben Passmore, Matthew Dow Smith, Lar DeSouza and more.

Here’s a round up of some of the best comics we’ve seen online recently. If we missed something, let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Vermont’s indie newspaper Seven Days produces an issue dedicated to comics every year, with the most recent one arriving about a month ago. Contributors included Sally Pollak, Michael Tonn, Jordan Barry, Coco Fox, Ezra Veitch and more, while Vermont cartoon laureate James Kochalka provided the cover.

“… any of the stories in the following pages could have been reported and written traditionally,” Assistant Arts Editor Dan Bolles wrote. “Presented in graphic form, however, they shimmer through the lenses of talented artists, who see the material differently from reporters.”

Some of the topics they covered included a visual trip through Guster lead singer Ryan Miller’s Vermont (shown above), a look at a Vermont law that allows to-go cocktails and an excerpt from a comic about the U.S. health care system created by Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies. You can find links to all these different comics from Bolles’ write-up on the issue.

Congratulations and get well soon to Max Overacts creator Caanan Grall, who recently hit the 500 mark on the long-running (and always fun) webcomic. Grall is taking a break for health reasons, but plans to return to the strip at the end of this month.

I’m a big fan of Matthew Dow Smith’s Skeleton Tree Media comics, which he’s been sharing on social media since last year. This past week’s comic, Amelia Shadows, is taken over by the titular character’s cat, Clara. It’s a stand-alone comic and a good introduction to Amelia’s adventures, if you’ve never checked them out before.

“Whosoever holds this hammer, if they be worthy, shall possess the power of… Thor.” But do they necessarily have to be a Marvel character? Artist Lar DeSouza says no, they don’t.

Finally, let’s wrap up this week with “Super Mad,” a comic by Ben Passmore from The Nib about a certain segment of comics fandom that likes to perpetually complain about the state of comics while also wearing blinders to its past.

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