Webcomics Wednesday: Winter Wonderland
Hello, and welcome to Webcomics Wednesday! Winter is coming, and in many places it feels like it’s already arrived. Whether you’re building snowmen or out gift shopping, now doubt you’ve noticed that a change is in the air. Let’s take a Holiday Stroll through the land of wonderful wintery webcomics!
For those of you new to Webcomics Wednesday, it’s a weekly tradition where we showcase five webcomics centered around a certain theme. They are chosen and presented in no particular order based on art, story and appeal. This week, it’s winter in the world of webcomics. Sip on a sweater, grab a mug of hot cocoa, and enjoy the comics!
Comic: Snow by Night
Creators: Eric Menge and Brittany Michel
In their own words: Life is pretty good for Blaise and Jassart. The pair of thieves makes an easy living in the rich, frontier town of Sherbourg. The fur trade is booming and wealth is there for the picking. And down on Iniquity Row, the saloons and gambling hells provide plenty of opportunity to spend their ill-gotten gains. But when a mysterious rival steals their prizes and robs from their wards, Blaise and Jassart are forced into the unfamiliar role of thief-catchers. How do you find a thief who can slip locks and leaves no traces? Regardless, they must catch the thief. Their gloire and fortunes are on the line.
In our words: High class, French, the seventeenth century, and some good old-fashioned action-adventure make this a wonderful comic. Sherbourg, the capital of the French colony of Aradie, is a world itself with detailed illustrations and colorful characters to bring it to life. The winter air and the sense of excitement are sure to whirl you away to a wonderful adventure on the hunt for an impossibly sly thief.
Comic: Dead Winter
Creator: Dave Shabet
In his own words: Dead Winter is an action-filled modern fantasy/sci-fi horror story about a post-apocalypse living-dead zombie infested present-day world. It isn’t really about zombies, though. It’s about people. It follows the lives of a rag-tag group of survivors who struggle to further their agendas and live through a lawless, disease-torn reality where everyday job skills take on new uses and nothing ever really goes according to plan.
In our words: If the description above confuses you, you’re not alone. But it’s actually very accurate, and this webcomic’s a lot of fun from the first page on! The story starts out by introducing you to Lizzie Cooper, an English-Major-poet-turned-waitress at a greasy diner. One cool autumn day, one of the regular customers at the diner gets bitten by a stranger, and Lizzie rushes him to the hospital. Meanwhile, a strange disease is spreading around the world…. This is to be a winter like no other.
Comic: Winter Melody
In their own words: Follow Melody’s adventure every Sunday! Contains tea and soon to contain many goddesses and pirates.
In our words: “Today I got lost… but an old lady made me a new map and let me stay the night… she also has ducks.” Those lines are from one of Melody’s letters she wrote in one of the opening pages. Winter Melody follows the adventures of a 20 year old girl who has gone off to see the world. It’s a manga comic, though the art ranges from very basic to very detailed, and the story is not one to miss!
Creator: Jamie Jennings
In our words: This fantasy/sci-fi webcomic is just one of several created by Jamie Jennings. The atmosphere is fresh and magical, and the world is beautifully created. One of the best things is the network of comics Jamie Jennings has created and the way it is so easy to go from one to the other. If you’re impatient waiting for updates, you can get hooked on another webcomic that’s equally enjoyable.
Creators: James Ashby, Chris Jones and Zach Weiner.
In their own words: On a mountain top somewhere in the Andes mountains, a small group of very, very, very old nuns maintains a cozy orphanage. The kids have lost their families, and it may never stop snowing, but there’s always a fire in the fireplace and a never-ending supply of snowballs just outside the front door. Every Christmas, families used to come from all around to adopt. Now, sometimes only a single family arrives. Or none at all. With such tight competition, only a few kids get picked every year. The older they get, the worse their chances. But that’s okay. Just because you don’t have a family, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a plan.
In our words: For those of you who have been reading with bated breath, waiting for a mention of Christmas, here you are! This is a story about a land where it is always winter but almost never Christmas. A bunch of kids live in their own little world, and they will find ways to have fun.
Thanks for joining us on our tour of the winter wonderland in the world of webcomics! Please come back next week for another edition of Webcomics Wednesday, where you can expect for some carols to be sung and sleighs to be ridden in! In the meantime, tell us if we missed anything in this week’s selection. What webcomics do you read? Do you know of any Christmas specials that should be included in next week’s selection? Let us know! We love getting feedback and suggestions for future material! Also feel free to share this page with anyone you know who’d love it. The buttons on the side are there for just that purpose! It’s always fun for people to find a new favorite!