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.
I mentioned Swordtember in a post earlier today, and it’s far from the only online challenge aimed at creators going on on social media right now. Yesterday, in fact, was 24-Hour Comic Day, the “annual celebration of comics creation” where artists attempt to create an entire comic in 24 hours.
As the Crow Flies creator Melanie Gillman once again took up the challenge, creating a comic called The Night-Mother. It’s a horror story, and Gillman includes several content warnings at the beginning, including violence and miscarriage. But it’s a very well-done comic, especially for one they created in just 24 hours — or almost, anyway. Gillman still has a few pages left that they were hoping to finish today. Here’s the first page:
You can read the rest on Twitter.
cAPSLOCK, aka R. Skye Thompson, is the creator of the webcomic Tailslide. For 24-Hour Comics day he created “an eight-page fable introducing the trials and tribulations of path planning to our protagonists,” who are a robot and a bird. You can find the whole comic on Twitter.
Jumping now to another online artist challenge, October brings Inktober, the month-long event that challenges artists to create one piece art of every day. You might also see some of the spinoffs/alternatives to Inktober on social media, such as Artober and even Jacktober, where people draw Jack Kirby characters.
RuinWorld creator Derek Laufman is taking the challenge one step further, as he’s posting a comic titled The Witch of Wickerson on Twitter as his Inktober contribution. You can find the first one here. He says not to expect a page every day, but he has posted three pages so far, and he’s planning on collecting them when he’s done.
Laufman isn’t the only creator who is using Inktober as opportunity to create a full story. Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, who worked together on The Infinite Loop, have teamed up again to create a graphic novel using Inktober prompts — and they’ve even started a Kickstarter to fund the printing. You can follow along on Charretier’s Twitter feed.
Finally, let’s wrap things up with a comic that probably took longer than a day or a month to complete: The One You Feed #1, by Donny Cates and Dylan Burnett. This is one of several comics Cates is doing on Substack, and while future issues will require you to subscribe to a paid tier, this first one is free. He divided it up into three different newsletters, so check out part one, part two and part three to read the entire issue.