I had my Documentary Writing class first, and found that several of my friends were also in it. Good times! It should be an interesting course, as we’ll be preparing for the spring semester’s Documentary Production class, and I’m already sort of working on a project for it. More on that later.
After that class was Telecommuncations Networks. Meh. I’ll have to think hard about whether or not I want to keep this one.
More later. I’m tired.
I go to my first class of the semester at 4 today. 30 minutes after it ends, I’m back in class until 8:30. I’ll give my thoughts on them after that.
Every day I have a series of webcomics I read, so I thought I’d share them with my loyal readers. :-)
- New comic every weekday. Written by T. Campbell, art by various artists. Follows a science fiction fan club through incredible adventures. It’s been going for more than 5 years, and contains a wealth of character development and complex story lines. Access to the archives costs $.
- It’s Walky!
- New comic every day. Written and drawn by David Willis. This comic traces its roots back to Willis’ time at Indiana University, drawing a comic called “Roomies” for the IDS. I used to follow the comic when I was still a young student here at IU. “It’s Walky!” is the evolution of the “Roomies” characters. The current story line will be closing out “It’s Walky!,” and Willis will be starting on the next evolution of the characters (or subset of them) in a new comic this fall. Archives of all 6+ years are free.
- Player Vs. Player
- New comic every day. Written and drawn by Scott Kurtz. Mostly a gaming comic (video and role-playing), but also incorporates other themes as well. PVP is also printed as an Image comic. All 6+ years of archives are online for free.
- Penny Arcade
- New comic MWF. Written by Jerry Holkins (Tycho), drawn by Mike Krahulik (Gabe). Probably the most popular online comic, drawing 175,000 individual hits a day. Primarily a video game culture comic. 6+ years of archives are online for free.
- You Damn Kid!
- New comic at least a few times a week. Written and drawn by Owen Dunne. YDK! is an adult reminiscence about growing up in the 60’s/70’s, attending a Catholic school. Updated sporadically, though the artist promises to update daily if he gets $2000 in donations (he’s at $1300 as of now). Most archived comics are available, though some have become exclusives for the YDK! book.
- Mac Hall
- New comic…uh…intermittently. Written by Matt Boyd, drawn by Ian McConville. A comic about college, games, and life in general. Features some of the best art of any comic out there. Archives are online and freely viewable.
- New comic on MWF (usually). Written and drawn by Fred Gallagher (Piro). One of the few hand drawn webcomics. Main story arc has been running for 4 years and counting. Think of it as a soap opera/action/romantic comedy/sci-fi comic about two Americans getting stranded in Tokyo. Fred started the trend for webcomics being published in graphic novel form, getting the first few chapters of MT printed in a manga-style books. He also added his own comments to each particular comic on every page, and added in extra material. Several others have followed suit. Archives are online and free.
- Real Life Comics
- New comic every weekday. Written and drawn by Greg Dean. As the name suggests, this comic is about the everyday life of the artist, with some extra adventure thrown in (time travel, dates with anime characters, etc). Greg also just recently release a book, collecting the first year of comics along with his comments and a number of extras. I’d link to it, but they’ve had to stop taking orders at the moment. Glad I got mine already. :-) All comics are archived and freely viewable.
- New comic daily. Written and drawn by Tatsuya Ishida. An incredible strip that covers the gamut, from pets, politics, consumerism, even inter-spiritual relations. 4+ years of archives available for free.
- Rip & Teri
- New comic every Saturday. Written by T. Campbell, drawn by Jason Waltrip, colored by David Willis. An action/espionage comic, about a retired super spy the government decides is better off dead. Viewing archives requires a paid subscription.
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed our little walk through my personal webcomic world. There are plenty more out there, far more than I would ever have time to read. These are the ones that consistently pique my interest, or make me laugh.
I came across this while reading reviews of the Star Wars Trilogy DVD Set that’s coming out next month. If you’re like me, you grew up with the original trilogy, not the tweaked (and somewhat idiotic) “Special Editions” that were release 7 years ago. Well, the DVD set coming out contains even more tweaked versions than the “Special Editions,” proving that George Lucas’ neck is truly taking over his mind. OriginalTrilogy.com is hosting a petition, calling for Lucas to release the original, unmodified versions of the trilogy.
Wow, what a week this is turning into. Working 8-5 at Journalism, then spend the early evening in the Telecom lab preparing it for classes. Hopefully today will be the last evening at Telecom. All I have to do there (physically) is install the disk images, that I’ve spent the last week preparing, onto the lab machines. Maybe I’ll get to relax a little this weekend before classes start.