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.
October not only brings a change in the weather and the spooky Halloween season, but also a plethora of art challenges and events. Although there’s a bit of shadow over Inktober these days, that hasn’t stopped artists and creators from taking whatever prefix they want, sticking it in front of “-tober” and running with it on social media.
So yes, the fun continues all throughout the month, whether it’s Batober, Jacktober, Comictober or, yes, even Inktober. Let’s take a look at a few examples:
Here’s a fun one from Ryan Cody, comic artist and colorist extraordinaire. He’s kicked off a comic on Twitter and Instagram called Old Man Thunderpunch, which you can easily find under the hashtag #punchtober. I’m not 100% sure I know what it’s about yet, except that it should involve a lot of punching.
On Twitter, Skull Pizza, aka Steve Lewis, creator of Murdercake, has posted a list of prompts for Comictober, with the first one being “eyeballs.” And I gotta say, his strip on Oct. 1 really delivered. See for yourself.
Inktober isn’t the only comics-related challenge in October; there is also 24-Hour Comics Day, which was today. Melanie Gillman once again participated; last year they created The Night-Mother, and this year brings The Next Body, a 37-page (!!!) comic made in 24 hours. And this comes just a few days after the release of Other Ever Afters, Gillman’s latest graphic novel.
Last year RuinWorld creator Derek Laufman took the challenge one step further by posting a page a day of his comic The Witch of Wickerson. This year Laufman is working on a follow-up to it called The Rats of Ironwood, and he’s using October to post concept and pre-production art for the new project, starting right here.
Finally, David Lopez of BlackHand & Ironhead fame started his Inktober posts a bit early, and it’s an illustrated fantasy story called Trail to Lost Forest.
You can read more about it, including the prompts he’s using, in his latest newsletter.