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A picture of the main heroes of the webcomic Namesake

We can all agree that reading is a solidary thing. Like: you open the book, you read it to yourself, and then you put it down. Maybe you join a book club and you can talk about it, but that isn’t as normalized and has the stereotype of being old fashioned. Maybe there are reddit […]

So Many Options!

  With more and more people opting for digital comics they can read on the go, it’s no surprise that the platforms for webcomics have increased. Some of the popular ones include Tapas, Webtoon, and Lezhin, which are all South Korean based companies.  What’s the benefit? Since each of these platforms are available in app […]

Scoob and Shag: The Wildest Webcomic You Need to Read

The Internet is a place of many fanworks, with fans from around the world taking the established properties they love and paying tribute to them through fanart, fanfiction, and various other creations. Some of these fanworks take on a life of their own, transcending their tributary origins to become something original. One such fanwork is […]

What Makes a Comic/Graphic Novel Interesting?

Throughout the course of the semester we have seen a variety of comics and graphic novels. The interesting thing about those were how vastly different they all were. In class we looked at different examples of different comics and the many paneling options, word bubbles design, etc. that they come in. The same goes with […]

What makes a comic popular? A look into Webtoons

If you imagine explaining comic and graphic novel genres to an alien, it might look like something out of the Mean Girls lunch tour scene. Webcomics in particular are interesting to look at because they don’t require any capital investment before reading. The author creates the story in front of an audience who consumes the […]

About “About Death”

I’ve never really been much for religion. I don’t have any problems with it– I just don’t really consider it a part of my life. That’s why I think I was so surprised at how the webcomic “About Death” by Sini Hyeono caught my interest. It didn’t make a huge impact on my life, or […]

She Will Tip the Balance and Change the World Forever! Probably.

When one hears the phrase “magical girl,” glittery transformation sequences, picture-perfect friendships, pretty outfits, and cute animal companions spring to mind. The Line Webtoon comic Apricot Cookie(s)! by Louistrations parodies Japanese magical girl manga and anime tropes, shattering those crystalline figures of beauty and love-ly power forever as the story is created within the traditional […]

Building and Destroying Community Through Fandom or: Let Me Tell You About Homestuck

So, full disclosure: I am an Internet Grandmother thanks to very little online supervision at a young age. I started watching anime and reading manga in 2nd grade before going to my first convention at age 9. I have seen the rise and fall of fandoms, each with their own social royalty and court system […]