The dictionary defines “Anthropomorph” as resembling the human form. Sometimes, when conceiving a story, things become much more interesting when talking about an animal as opposed to a person. Today we look at five strips which use animals to convey their stories. Let’s take a look at some Anthropomorphs!

If you’re new to this, here’s the scoop: Each Wednesday we will showcase five indie web comics. Each will be categorized and will be judged by ART, STORY and APPEAL. This will give you an opportunity to support indie artists and the amazing work they do.

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By Tracy J. ButlerComic: Lackadaisy
Story & Art:
Tracy J. Butler
About: Lackadaisy is about a gang of tenacious (if not shady) characters running a St. Louis speakeasy in the era of Prohibition. It falls somewhere in the realm of historical fiction, parody, dark comedy, and abject nonsense. The story takes place during the 1920s, when America was in the grip of Prohibition. Despite some historical inaccuracies, Lackadaisy references many true historic events.

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By Chris OnstadComic: Achewood
Story & Art: Chris Onstad
About: Achewood follows the lives of the residents of 62 Achewood Court. 
Téodor, Cornelius Bear, Ray and Roast Beef, and Phillipe each get into unbelievable situations as they go about their merry days. From starting a greeting card company for men, to purchasing a copy of Airwolf, to the Great Outdoor Fight, the smooth-talking  animals of Achewood bounce from one adventure to the next.

 

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By J.P. KeslenskyComic: Bug Pudding
Story & Art: J.P. Keslensky
About: Bug Pudding is a community located in Lake Tuberville Georgia, inhabited by different kinds of bugs, critters and plants. The comic strip follows the adventures, as well as the social and political interactions of the group as they just try to live normal types of lives. The term Bug Pudding comes from a graphical description of the stuff you sometimes have to scrape off your windshield. It is the result of a bug, who while traveling down the highway of experience, fails to pay attention and runs smack into the oncoming automobile of life. There will hopefully be a “splattering” of truth in every Bug Pudding comic strip.

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By Scott RamsoomairComic:
VG Cats
Story & Art: Scott Ramsoomair
About: VG Cats (short for Video Game Cats) features the adventures of a pair of anthropomorphic cats, who often play the roles of characters in popular video games that are parodied in the strip. Strips are usually presented in a large format and in full color. The author generally sets Mondays as days for updating the comic, however, the current update schedule is once a month or even less; he frequently mocks his tardiness in updating in various strips due to personal reasons and frequent convention appearances.

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Story & Art: Iva Fany Vyhnánková
About: Dragon Heroes, a full-color fantasy/ adventure/ action comic about three dragons – Mirrage, the crazy homeless wanderer, Fayllen, the computer maniac, and Stacey, the straightforward dragon girl (who becomes an aggressive spitfire every time something pisses her off) as well as two ‘pets’ – Stacey’s not-very-clever ‘dragondog’ Keerio and resourceful talking spider Zeero.

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Want to share your favorite indie web or print comic? Feel free to comment below! I would love to add them to my list. Also feel free to visit my Facebook Wall to chat with these and other Indie comic creators.