I don’t know if you’re anything like me or not, but I have a problem with webcomics. In fact I have two major problems: First, I don’t really like reading on screen all that much. I’m gradually getting used to reading single issue comics on screen for review, but anything longer just does my eyes in. But more importantly, second… I just don’t have time to read all the print comics I want. Having a (seemingly) never-ending stream of webcomics to look at just fills me with dread.
However, it’s always nice to have someone point you in the direction of a few of their favourites. Which is just what Comics Alliance has done. And it was a pleasant surprise to find that even I had read 3 of the 17 suggested by Comics Alliance – Marc Ellerby’s Ellerbisms, Adam Cadwell’s The Everyday and James Kochalka’s American Elf (okay, cheating slightly – all three came to me via print versions first but we’ll skate over that).
But annoyingly, at least a handful of the suggestions look and sound rather brilliant and they’re now down on the big, long list marked “webcomics to get around to reading…. someday“. Damn you Comics Alliance!
But if I had to pick just one I really enjoyed, even with the briefest of looks, it’s Saucesome by Sarah Becan – very nicely done, very personal strip about Becan’s drive to eat better, exercise more, and lose weight. And all interspersed with plentiful recipe and meal ideas. A fascinating look at how delicate our self-image can be, and impressive both for the casual, easygoing humour and deeper, darker thinking, often bundled all together. Plus, her art has come on in leaps and bounds; from this – strip #1 (March 1st 2010):
…. to this more recent strip (Nov 11th 2011)