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Webcomics: An oral history

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    cfabbro
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    Damnit, this article made me super nostalgic. I really miss the heyday of Perry Bible Fellowship when they were still pumping out comics on the regular. :( Some other ones I miss (RIP) that were...

    Damnit, this article made me super nostalgic. I really miss the heyday of Perry Bible Fellowship when they were still pumping out comics on the regular. :(

    Some other ones I miss (RIP) that were not mentioned in this article:
    8-bit theater
    Hyperbole and a Half (Her book is fantastic as well, BTW)
    VG Cats
    The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
    Hark! A Vagrant
    Subnormality
    Axe Cop

    Some others worth mentioning that are AFAIK still ongoing:
    Oglaf (very very NSFW warning)
    SinFest
    Poorly Drawn Lines
    The Oatmeal
    Moonbeard
    Jim Benton - AKA JimKB on reddit
    Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) - AKA MrWeiner on reddit
    Lunarbaboon
    Gone With the Blastwave (very sporadic, but incredible art)

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      >GWtBW >75 strips in almost 14 years Kimmo pls I remember finding Blastwave and TGSA way back in my Digg days. TGSA has been dead for ages, and occasionally I'm surprised to still see Blastwave...

      >GWtBW
      >75 strips in almost 14 years
      Kimmo pls

      I remember finding Blastwave and TGSA way back in my Digg days. TGSA has been dead for ages, and occasionally I'm surprised to still see Blastwave posts. I've become absolutely spoiled by webcomic full-timers.

      I used to follow a bunch of WC's but over the years storylines end, updates fade, hiatuses become permanent.
      I don't follow very many WC's these days. Really only about four:

      Alfie is a webcomic that attempts mixing plot and porn. It's a story about a remote halfling village coming in contact with humans for the first time. NSFW, incredibly well drawn, incredibly well written.

      Go Get a Roomie follows the wild adventures of an upbeat hippie, living her life in love and joy. (And beer and sex.) You'll get to meet her various other friends, all as lovely and bonkers as she may be. Soft NSFW, Slice of life. cute af, queer af.

      QuestionableContent is an internet comic strip about romance and robots. SFW, slice of life. (mentioned in the article)

      and Oglaf, which you've mentioned above.

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        cfabbro
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        Want to hear something kinda crazy? Kimmo gets $1050/mo on Patreon for Blastwave... which means he is basically making ~$2200 per comic at the rate he puts them out. Don't get me wrong, I think...

        Want to hear something kinda crazy? Kimmo gets $1050/mo on Patreon for Blastwave... which means he is basically making ~$2200 per comic at the rate he puts them out. Don't get me wrong, I think that's awesome and well deserved... it just surprised the heck out of me when I found out, since I didn't realize there were that many hardcore Blastwave fans out there willing to shell out for it.

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          CALICO
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          I'm several of those dollars tbh, support GGaR too. I love Blastwave, did a cosplay once in like, 2011/2012? Nobody got it, but I had a great time. I'd never have met another person who read GGaR...

          I'm several of those dollars tbh, support GGaR too.
          I love Blastwave, did a cosplay once in like, 2011/2012? Nobody got it, but I had a great time. I'd never have met another person who read GGaR if I hadn't met the author at a convention once—Chlove is a wonderful person btw.
          Both comics are pretty small compared to a lot of the usually mentioned ones, I feel compelled to support the artists. It's so easy for me to do, and I know it must mean a lot to them.

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          1. cfabbro
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            Oh, wow. I have never seen anyone cosplaying Blastwave ever... that's super cool! I used to attend a decent amount of Cons back in the day but have never really cosplayed myself (other than...

            Oh, wow. I have never seen anyone cosplaying Blastwave ever... that's super cool! I used to attend a decent amount of Cons back in the day but have never really cosplayed myself (other than wearing a starfleet uniform at Trek cons, but that doesn't really count ;).

            And that's cool you supporting Kimmo/Blatwave... I support a bunch of YouTube content producers (and Tildes) on Patreon as well. But I dunno if I can justify doing it for Blastwave though, especially because of how long there is between releases. Maybe if he switched to the "$X per release" model that other content producers who take longer than a month to release stuff do, e.g. Primitive Technology... then I might start throwing a couple buck in.

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          Aaron Diaz maybe isn't quite as bad, but he makes four times as much. Some creators are just naturally divisive and create extreme reactions.

          Aaron Diaz maybe isn't quite as bad, but he makes four times as much. Some creators are just naturally divisive and create extreme reactions.

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        cfabbro
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        The last Subnormality comic was released 19 September 2017 (I just checked my RSS feed)... Even though I would love to be proven wrong, I think at this point that qualifies as RIP. I will have to...

        The last Subnormality comic was released 19 September 2017 (I just checked my RSS feed)... Even though I would love to be proven wrong, I think at this point that qualifies as RIP.

        I will have to check out PeopleWatching though... I have never heard of it before. If Winston is involved then at least the art will be great. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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            cfabbro
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            Aww, damnit... why did you do this to me? That fist episode was wonderful but absolutely heartbreaking. :(

            Aww, damnit... why did you do this to me? That fist episode was wonderful but absolutely heartbreaking. :(

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              1. cfabbro
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                Hah... if that's the case, then watching first season may have to be a week-long endeavor. I can only take so much heartache per day before my brain melts. :P In any case thanks for introducing me...

                Hah... if that's the case, then watching first season may have to be a week-long endeavor. I can only take so much heartache per day before my brain melts. :P

                In any case thanks for introducing me to it. It definitely feels like Subnormality the animated series... so it's no wonder you didn't realize he hadn't posted a new comic in such a long time.

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          1. cfabbro
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            <excited squeal> I got a bad feeling about where that is gonna go though (story wise). :(
            <excited squeal>

            I got a bad feeling about where that is gonna go though (story wise). :(