Wonderful Web-Comics, Page 2

About five years ago, I listed my favourite web-comics*.  Since that time, I have found many more.  Here, then, are three more wonderful web-comics to add to the list:

Pixie and Brutus, by Pet Foolery

A quirky comic about an adorable innocent kitten and a gruff retired military dog, and all the adventures that such a juxtaposition invites.

The story begins when Pixie meets her new ‘big brother’, Brutus.  The battle-hardened German shepherd takes one look at the diminutive kitten, and decides that it his duty to protect her at all costs.  Over time, Brutus’ character takes on more of a father/mentor role, with some of the rougher edges to his personality being slightly softened.  Pixie’s innocence is a key part of the comic, sometimes getting her out of as well as into trouble, but also drawing others into her world and inviting different perspectives. 

The side characters are just as entertaining, and sometimes get scenes of their own.  Neighbours Lola and Mr. Wrinkles are a sort of reverse Pixie and Brutus—with snarky, snobby Sphinx Mr. Wrinkles being constantly irritated by the optimistic obliviousness of Labrador Lola.  The massive marshmallow of a St. Bernard, Hugo, has an almost Pixie-like innocence, despite having a scarring backstory like Brutus.  Even the scrounging racoon, Randal, becomes more than just the neighbourhood bully.

Adventures vary from everyday life to Pixie’s wild imagination.  Sometimes there is a bit of time travel, as we see scenes from a teenaged Pixie and greying Brutus.  Although more of a ‘slice of life’ comic, sometimes there are short story lines, or even themed comic—usually during Halloween.  Now and then, the comic artist will take a break from the usual to put in a spoof comic, or to show the misadventures of Twig the velociraptor—who is forever putting ‘survival of the fittest’ to the test (these comics, though, are only available on Instagram or Patreon).

Lovely People, by Minna Sundberg

Possibly the cutest and prettiest dystopian story I’ve ever seen.  The story covers some disturbing concepts, but through adorable bunnies, intricate watercolours, and a lasting message of hope at the end.

The story follows Marigold, Peppermint, and Peony.  Marigold is an optimistic housewife with a supportive yet perpetually exhausted husband.  She begins to feel the pressure as her society slowly condemns and ‘corrects’ her Christian faith.  Peppermint is a teacher and mother.  At school she teaches her class the benefits of their world’s social credit system, but at home her teenaged daughter points out the flaws in the system.  Peony, meanwhile, is becoming a rising celebrity in a culture that is just as ready to abandon her as it is to applaud her. 

The art alone is good reason to look into this comic.  Minna Sundberg is an incredible artist, with attentive detail, vibrant colours, and moody shadows.  Her designs for the café almost make me wish there really was such a place.  The characters are adorable and expressive.  An overtly cartoony style is rarely used to show emotion, but whenever it is, it is used in a way that does not come off as lazy.  The story-world’s version of Amazon and Twitter are the least creative aspect of the comic, but in that respect I don’t think Sundberg is trying to be subtle.

I’ve seen some comments that call the comic ‘Christian propaganda’, or complain that it employs conspiracy fear tactics.  And yet the storyline isn’t so wild.  Social pressure is a powerful instrument, capable of making otherwise rational people do or allow irrational—even terrible—things. And Christians are usually the first to be targeted.  The old cry ‘the Christians to the lions’ may have had some tweaks over the years, but the sentiment is the same today.

PG warning: One character shows her butt in an act of rebellion…but these are bunnies, no one wears pants and we see everyone’s fluffy bums.   

Jupiter Men, by ActionKiddy

My word, I love this comic!  The art alone is so much fun, but the highlights are undeniably the characters.

14-year-old twins Jackie and Quinten live in a world where superheroes may or may not be real.  Quinten is a firm believer in Jupiter Man, Jupiter City’s mythic hero, and gathers all the information—real or imagined—he can get his hands on (he keeps this information in a complicated chart with red string, which he enters as a school project).  Jackie just wants to enjoy her youth, and keeping Quinten out of trouble is tiring work.  Meanwhile, a masked figure with advanced technology hunts through the city for a mysterious artifact… but the twins find it before he does.

The characters are endearing, in both personality and design.  The twins act very much like the young teens they are.  Quinten, in his monster hoodie, is just as eager to rescue anyone in distress as he is to touch strange glowing things.  Jackie, as soon as she gets her powers, wants to pull pranks (and shake chips out of vending machines).  Another thing I appreciate was what the comic artist did with Jackie’s cheerleading squad.  Not only are they a supportive squad, rather than the cliched cattiness associated with cartoon cheerleaders, but the designs of some girls are based off classic dolls. 

As for the art, it is expressive and energetic in both colour and design.  Motion and emotion are used for optimal action and comedy, characters are interesting even when they are just sitting down.  The art style shifts when flashback is employed, such as when the origin of superpowers is explained.  Said origin is very unique, merging science fiction with a bit of myth.  Speaking of myths, students of the classics will be interested to find many allusions in the names of places, including Jupiter City itself. 

PG warning:  This being a superhero comic, there is quite a bit of fighting and destruction.  Although I have not (yet) seen death, there are scenes with serious danger.     

*The Silver Eye and Space Boy are still running.  The Silver Eye has updated many of the first pages, and Space Boy has grown somewhat darker but the themes are deeper.  Tellurion finished in 2020, and I look forward to having it in print one day. 

2 thoughts on “Wonderful Web-Comics, Page 2

  1. These look interesting! Pixie and Brutus sounds so wholesome. Jupiter Men is the most compelling idea to me, mostly because the combination of siblings and superheroes is hard for me to pass up.
    Oh, I was just reading about Silver Eye on Sarah Seele’s blog and it looks really good. I may have to venture into web-comic land, a world hitherto unknown to me. There are too many intriguing stories out there.

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    1. Yes, Pixie and Brutus is a very wholesome comic!
      Jupiter Men is also great. Siblings + Superheroes = Massive Fun. Especially when those siblings are Quentin and Jackie!
      There are indeed so many intriguing stories, and I’m always on the look-out for new ones. All the best on your journey into web-comic land!

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