For those of you new to Webcomics Wednesday, this is a weekly tradition where we choose five webcomics centered around a certain theme. They are chosen and presented in no particular order based on art, story and appeal. This week is, quite literally, a rainbow of colorful webcomics. Keep your eye out for your favorite color, and enjoy the selection!
Comic: Red Meat
Creator: Max Cannon
In our words: Everybody’s normal… until you get to know them, that is. This strip webcomic takes a humorous and sometimes mildly horrifying look at things we all assume to be normal. At times, the humor does take a dark turn, with a wide range from innocently hilarious to outright disturbing. One thing it always has is vibrancy, a quality about it that makes it especially eye catching.
Comic: Blue Yonder
Creators: Richard Pulfer and Diego Diaz
In our words: If you like fantasy, superheroes, and the color blue, this is the comic for you! Blue Yonder follows a team of superheroes fighting an ever dangerous enemy, especially focusing on one particular figure—Blue Yonder himself, who is badly wounded as early as the prologue. Can the superheroes summon enough strength before it is too late? Will Blue Yonder recover well enough to fight? Fabulous artwork makes this story even better with bold colors and dramatic drawings.
Comic: Yellow Peril
Creator: Jamie Noguchi
In his own words: It’s always disappointed me that in the history of the American sitcom, only one has ever starred an Asian American in the lead, headlining role. Margaret Cho’s “All American Girl” is the one and only Asian American sitcom to ever air on network television. What, we only get one? Yellow Peril is my small attempt to correct that great imbalance in the world of entertainment. Sure, there are plenty of office humor type comics. And yes, plenty of comics out there star Asian people. But none have been drawn by me… until now!
In our words: Sure enough, this fun webcomic is about an Asian office worker, Kane, and his friend, the ever-loyal Bodie. As a workplace comic, Yellow Peril spreads into the nitty gritty details about the relationships between race and ability and work. But it blends that with personality and humor to make a fun series with a sweet personal touch to it.
Comic: Green Lion
Creator: Meggie Fox and Ben Judkins
In our words: It’s Christmastime,1885. Once again young Helix is tormented by everyone telling him he should find a young woman and stop his study of alchemy—but very exciting things are happening in the lab. Unknown to all but the smallest of groups, Helix is participating in the creation of homunculi—artificial men. While scientists and alchemists alike have often tackled that Frankenstein-style feat, none have been able to get the mind to work right. Until now. This comic is a fascinating read, blending steampunk with mystery and a charming landscape in the background. Old and new, known and unknown collide in the alchemists’ lab, making a story so unbelievable it could almost be true.
Comic: The Rainbow Orchid
Creator: Garen Ewing
In his own words: If you like your comics full of mystery and adventure and you love the worlds of H. Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, Edgar P. Jacobs and Hergé, then you’ll want to read The Rainbow Orchid. Set in the 1920s, it is a tale of the search for a mythical flower last mentioned by the ancient Greek philosopher and botanist, Theophrastus. But why does the orchid also feature on a stone slab that may tell of a forgotten Vedic legend? Who was the mysterious stranger who brought one to a remote village in the Hindu Kush, populated by those who are said to be descended from Alexander the Great? And why does Urkaz Grope want the legendary Trembling Sword of Tybalt Stone at all costs? The Rainbow Orchid is traditional adventure at its best. Strong and simple storytelling with an involving plot and attractive and cinematic artwork, it enjoys a varied international readership of all ages and both sexes.
In our words: This webcomic is both fresh and nostalgic. Good old-fashioned adventure set in the classic era of the 1920s makes for a refreshing story that all ages can appreciate. It’s told in the style of older adventure comics and novels, but in itself the story is new and intriguing, with a fun mystery to follow and a loveable hero, Julius Chancer. This is a comic for everyone!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s selection of webcomics featuring all the colors of the rainbow. Fall’s the time to enjoy color, and these webcomics are only a taste of the many colorful series out there. Please come back next week for another Webcomics Wednesday. In the meantime, tell us if we missed anything in this week’s selection. What webcomics do you read? Is there something that we haven’t featured yet that we should? Let us know!