June 2nd, 2005

Brad @ Burning Man

Modern Faerie Web Comic: Gossamer Commons

I just got blown away by a new web comic. And this time, I'm telling you in time, instead of burdening you with a three-year backlog to catch up on. But I just caught a link off of one of Randy Milholland's comics to something called Gossamer Commons. You're getting in on the ground floor, here, there are only 29 strips to catch up on, starting on March 21st. If you like fantasy stories or fairy tales set in the modern world, you'll thank me for pointing you at this one. If, like me, you think that War for the Oaks is the greatest fantasy novel ever written, because no other author has so perfectly captured the essence of Faerie, then you'll be too busy worshiping Eric Alfred Burns and Greg Holkan to remember that it was me who pointed you there. It's that good.

On the subject of web comics, on the off chance that my recommendations mean anything to you -- and they probably shouldn't, because right now I have more time to kill on web comics than is healthy -- here's the list of comics and cartoons I read online: Crap I Drew on My Lunch Break, Day by Day (finally, a conservative comic strip that's actually funny!), Diesel Sweeties, Ghastly's Ghastly Comic (but I'm getting bored with it quickly), Girl Genius 101, Gossamer Commons, Kevin and Kell, Least I Could Do, Lore Brand Comics, Midnight Macabre, Partially Clips, Penny Arcade, Piled Higher and Deeper, Questionable Content, Sex and Violence (which feels more like early Phil Foglio than anything Foglio has done lately), Shortpacked, Sinfest, A Softer World, Something Positive, Two Lumps, Ubersoft, The Wandering Ones (which may be the best current science fiction cartoon), and Wapsi Square. Over on the King Features site, I read Bizarro, Funky Winkerbean (why, I don't know), On the Fastrack (even though it's only really funny about once every two weeks), Pardon My Planet (a favorite), Safe Havens (which I'm enjoying but it desperately needs a FAQ), Six Chix, and Zits. Over on Yahoo Comics, I read Bob the Squirrel, Boondocks, Doonesbury, Foxtrot, Get Fuzzy (although I don't know why), Non Sequitur, Rose is Rose, and Tank McNamara (best sports journalism in the world, period).

On the subject of modern-world fantasy, I finally finished Resume with Monsters, which has sat on my shelves for I-don't-know-how-long. I almost quit in the same place this time, which explains why I didn't remember if I'd read it or not. There's a part in the middle where the narrator is being such a clueless idiot that I could hardly bear to watch. But it ends better than I was expecting. I don't know if I'd recommend you go out of your way to track it down, but if you want to see something that's sort of like a cross between H.P. Lovecraft and Sewer, Gas and Electric, then this may be for you.
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