This is my first of a series of posts on webcomics that I've read. I'll cover two in each post. This week, I'm spotlighting Achewood and A Softer World.
by Chris Onstad
- A lot of comics - Achewood is nine years old, and for a long time had updates three times a week, meaning there are 1000-1500 comics for you to enjoy.
- Very story-driven - Onstad consistently goes off on funny arcs that explain the characters' personalities and backgrounds.
- Character development - As you read through the comic, you start to identify with each character, which can make Achewood's humor even funnier.
- Extra content - For $2.99 per month, you can get extra updates. Blog posts from each character, special comics, Onstad's tweets, and more.
- Inconsistent updates - As of late, Onstad has neglected to make comics. In the last six weeks, he has made four comics. He used to update three times a week, so you have to wonder what happened.
- Very story-driven - If you like your comics with just a punch line, Achewood has them, but it has a ridiculous amount of stories lasting weeks at a time. If you don't like the story, you miss a lot of comics.
- Not a pick-up-and-read comic - If you don't start reading from the beginning, you lose a lot of info compared with if you start with comic 1.
A Softer World
by Joey Comeau and Emily Horne
- Punch line - Since there's no continuity, every comic needs to be funny, and most deliver, with the ones that don't being meaningful in their own way.
- Photo background - It gives A Softer World a feel that no other comic can match.
- Pick-up-and-read - You can read just about any comic and you don't need to know anything about any other comics.
- Extremely quotable - At least 10% of A Softer World's 600 comics are something that you could easily use during a stand-up comedy routine.
- Updates often - Updates multiple times per week.
- Extremely dark humor - Some of the comics are so dark they make you cringe and wonder why Comeau would write that.
- Sometimes isn't funny - It's rare, but sometimes these comics typically make you think about other things, including life and death.