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Webcomics: Chapter 4 – Märchenhaft

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Webcomics: Kapitel 4 – Märchenhaft

Nicht nur Bücher haben märchenhafte Themen, auch (Web-)Comics nehmen sich ihnen an. Im Rahmen des Märchensommers möchte ich euch zwei von vielen vorstellen.

Peritale

Peritale von Mari Costa erzählt die Geschichte der Fee Periwinkle. Doch eine Sache unterscheidet sie gravierend von ihren Mitschülern und Geschwistern: Sie hat keinerlei magische Begabung. Trotzdem wird auch ihr die Aufgabe gegeben eine gute Fee zu werden und ihrem menschlichen Schützling zu einem richtigen Happy End zu helfen. Dafür muss sie die Feenwelt verlassen und sich den Abenteuern in der ihr völlig fremden Menschenwelt stellen.

Das das ohne magische Hilfe nicht ganz so einfach ist, wird ihr sehr schnell bewusst, hält sie aber nicht davon ab mit Chaos und Herz ihren Weg zu gehen.

Der Webcomic hat zwar gerade erst sein dreijähriges Bestehen gefeiert, ist mit ~300 Seiten allerdings noch recht kurz – laut Autorin ist das auch erst ein Viertel der Geschichte. Trotzdem bietet Peris Welt eine bunte Mischung aus Charakteren, dunkle Geheimnissen, eine gute Priese Humor und liebenswerte Charaktere.

Also ich bin gespannt, wie das Happy End aussieht, das Peri für ihren Schützling fabriziert, aber ich vermute es wird ganz anders, als man es denkt. 😀

Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales (Belehrende Fabeln & Märchen)

Eine Reihe von Märchen aus aller Welt sind die Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales von Kel McDonald und Kate Ashwin. Bisher gibt es die drei Sammelbände Europa, Afrika und Asien, in denen verschiedene Märchen und Fabeln aus den jeweiligen Regionen von verschiedenen Zeichner*innen neu erzählt werden.

Der Fokus wird nicht nur auf die  Bekannteren wie – z.B. in Europa –  Rapunzel und dem Rattenfänger von Hameln gesetzt, sondern auch andere Geschichten erzählt, die eher seltener im Fokus stehen. Besonders faszinierend finde ich auch, dass mit Afrika, Asien und bald Ozeanien Regionen ein Teil davon sind, die ganz andere Traditionen und Geschichten pflegen, mit denen man hier in Europa ja doch eher selten in Kontakt kommt.

Auf Kels Seite kann man sich ihre Beiträge – neben ihren anderen fantastischen Comics – ansehen und allein dadurch reizt es mich die Produktion von Band vier Ozeanien zu unterstützen.

Nachwort

Einen weiteren Webcomic mit Märchenthema habe ich bereits in Kapitel 1 „Reluctant Heroines“ vorgestellt: Namesake, zusätzlich dazu hatte ich auf Twitter nach Tipps gefragt und einige interessante Vorschläge bekommen. Falls jemand noch mehr Lesestoff möchte: Twitter-Anfrage.

Eines der Prints, die ihr im Verlauf des Märchensommers gewinnen könnt, ist übrigens der „Traumafabel Short„, ein Teil einer Rotkäppchen Erzählung aus zwölf verschiedenen Blickwinkeln, der mit wunderbaren Zeichnungen von Blätterklingen und Mohnfuchs versehen ist. Einige der Zeichnungen sind ebenfalls in den Postkartenpaketen enthalten.

Kennt ihr die Comics oder andere Werke der Zeichnerinnen? Würden sie euch reizen?
Welche märchenhaften Comics sind euch noch über den Weg gelaufen?

Anne/PoiSonPaiNter

© Für die Bilder liegen bei ihren jeweiligen Schöpfern. Ich habe sie lediglich als Beispiel für ihre Arbeit benutzt und hoffe, dass das in Ordnung ist.

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Not only books have fairy tale themes, also (web-)comics deal with them. As part of the Märchensommer I would like to introduce you to two of many.

Peritale

Peritale by Mari Costa tells the story of the fairy Periwinkle. But there is one thing that sets her apart from her classmates and siblings: she has no magical talent. Nevertheless, she is assigned the task of becoming a fairy godmother and helping her human ward to a real happy end. For this she has to leave the fairy world and face the adventures in the human world that is completely foreign to her.

She quickly realizes that this is not that easy without magical help, but this does not stop her from pursuing her path with chaos and compassion.

The web comic has just celebrated its three-year anniversary, but with ~300 pages it is still quite short – according to the author this is only a quarter of the story. Nevertheless, Peri’s world offers a colorful mixture of characters, dark secrets, a good dose of humor and endearing characters.

So I’m curious to see what the happy ending Peri creates for her ward will look like, but I guess it will be quite different from what you think. 😀

Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales

A series of fairy tales from all over the world are the Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales by Kel McDonald and Kate Ashwin. So far there are the three anthologies Europe, Africa and Asia, in which various fairy tales and fables from the respective regions are newly told by different illustrators.

The focus is not only on the more familiar ones such as – for example in Europe – Rapunzel and the Pied Piper, but also other stories are told, which are rather rarely in the spotlight. I also find it particularly fascinating that with Africa, Asia and soon Oceania there are regions that have very different traditions and stories with which one rarely comes into contact here in Europe.

On Kel’s site you can see her contributions – besides her other fantastic comics – and just because of them I’m tempted to support the production of volume four Oceania.

Afterword

I have already introduced another web comic with a fairy tale theme in Chapter 1 „Reluctant Heroines“: Namesake, in addition to that I had asked on Twitter for tips and got some interesting suggestions. If anyone wants more reading material: Twitter request.

Do you know the comics or other works of the artists? Do they sound interesting to you?
What other fairy tale comics have you come across?

Anne/PoiSonPaiNter

© For the pictures lie with their respective creators. I merely used them as example of their work and hope that’s okay.

Gratis Comic Tag – Gewinnspiel

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Heute ist es soweit! Heute ist Gratis Comic Tag!

Aber was ist das eigentlich?

Der Gratis Comic Tag ist die deutschsprachige Variante des Free Comic Book Day und wird immer am zweiten Mai-Samstag gefeiert (eine Woche nach dem FCBD). Dieses Jahr findet er zum 8. Mal statt. Am GCT gibt es bei einigen Händlern in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz eine Auswahl (30-40 in den letzten Jahren) von Heften zu verschiedenen Comics, Mangas oder Graphic Noveln. Die 40-50-seitigen Hefte sind dabei entweder eine Leseprobe der ersten Kapitel oder aber eine Geschichte, die extra für diesen Tag verfasst wurde.

Neugierige Comicleser*innen können dabei zu den Händlern ihres Vertrauens gehen und sich 2-5 Hefte abholen – und gleich noch ein bisschen stöbern.

Meine GCT Erfahrungen

Seit ich 2012 das erste mal davon erfuhr, habe ich versucht mitzumachen. Damals noch hat DarkFairy mir ein Exemplar von Thor aus dem Zeitgeist* in Koblenz mitgebracht, im Jahr darauf konnte ich dann im Thalia in Neubrandenburg selbst teilnehmen, der dieses Jahr auch endlich wieder mitmacht – hatte zwischendrin ausgesetzt.
Seit ich glaube 2014 bin ich dann mit Breagit zusammen nach Berlin, die Filialen des Grobe[n] Unfug[s]* und von Modern Graphics waren definitiv auf unserem Plan.
Dieses Jahr bin ich mit meiner Mit-Norne June Is unterwegs, also im Prinzip während ihr das hier lest. 😀

Ich finde die Aktion klasse, man kann in Serien reinschnuppern, die man sonst vermutlich nie in die Hand genommen hätte und man kann gleichzeitig die fehlenden Reihen aufstocken, die man sowieso schon sammelt, wenn man grade im Laden ist. Gerade für jemanden, wie mich, deren nächstgelegener Comicladen diverse Stunden Fahrtweg entfernt liegt, ist das ein doppelt guter Grund mitzumachen. Natürlich sind die bekannteren Hefte von DC und Marvel furchtbar schnell vergriffen, aber wenn man früh genug anfängt, hat man meist die Chance noch etwas zu erwischen, eine/n nicht-Leser*in dabei zu haben hilft auch ungemein.

Wie sich aus der Beschreibung sicherlich lesen lässt, gehe ich in mehrere Berliner Läden, aber ich sammele ja nicht nur für mich selbst. Ein paar Leute, die auch gerne etwas hätten, schaffen es einfach nicht an der Veranstaltung teilzunehmen und so haben sie eine Chance dazu. Und hin und wieder kann man Hefte auch für Gewinnspiele nehmen …

* Diese beiden habe ich auch schon mal in einer Übersicht zu Nerdläden vorgestellt.

Was mich zum eigentlichen Thema führt:

Das Gewinnspiel

Wie bereits angekündigt, gibt es heute zum Abschluss der Nerdwoche ein kleines Gewinnspiel.

Wer beim Lesen der anderen Beiträge aufgepasst hat, hat sicherlich gemerkt, dass in den Beiträgen farblich hervorgehobene Wörter versteckt sind. Sie alle bilden einen Lösungssatz, mit dessen Hilfe und noch zwei kleiner Aufgaben aus vorherigen Beiträgen, ihr eines von fünf Comic Paketen** und obendrauf noch ein signiertes Exemplar der Supermamas von Tina Skupin***  gewinnen könnt.
Eine Liste aller Beiträge findet ihr hier: Nerdwoche Superheldinnen

Teilnahmebedigungen:

  • Teilnahme erst ab 18 Jahre. Wer jünger ist und trotzdem mitmachen will, muss die Erlaubnis eines Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen. Dies betrifft besonders das Paket „Adult“.
  • Die Teilnahme ist bis inklusive 19.5. möglich.
  • Die im Formular gestellten Fragen müssen sinnvoll beantwortet werden.
  • Die eingetragenen Kontaktdaten müssen nutzbar sein.
  • Im Feld „Paket“ ist die erste und zweite Wahl des Pakets einzutragen.
  • Wer die Supermamas bereits hat, kann das in einem der Textfelder als Information ergänzen und wird entsprechend aus dem Teil der Verlosung rausgenommen.

Auslosung der Gewinner erfolgt am 20.5. und anschließend werde ich hier verkünden, wer welches Paket und zusätzlich den Hauptpreis gewonnen hat und von den Gewinnern die Adressen abfragen.

Paket Adult


In diesem Paket sind enthalten:

  • Djinn – Die Favoritin Jean Dufaux, Ana Mirallés (GCT 2017)
  • Jessica Blandy – Bussard Blues Jean Dufaux, Ranaud (GCT 2014)
  • Die Überlebende – Band 1 Paul Gillon (GCT 2016)

Diese Bände sind nicht für junge Leser*innen geeignet und haben diverse explizite Szenen!

Paket Kampf


In diesem Paket sind enthalten:

  • Paper Girls Brian K. Vaughn (GCT 2017)
  • Black Hammer – Vergessene Helden Jeff Lemire (GCT 2018)
  • Battle Angel Alita Yukito Kishiro (GCT 2018)

Paket Leben


In diesem Paket sind enthalten:

  • Die Ustica-Verschwörung – Seneca Akte 1 Michael Feldmann (GCT 2017)
  • Die Unerschrockenen – Portraits außergewöhnlicher Frauen Pènélope Bageu (GCT 2018)
  • Der freie Vogel fliegt Jidi, Ageng (GCT 2018)

Paket Welt


In diesem Paket sind enthalten:

  • Soulless Gail Carriger (GCT 2013)
  • Ekhö – Spiegelwelt New York Christophe Arleston, Alessandro Barbucci (GCT 2018)
  • Courtney Crumrin Ted Naifeh,  (GCT 2018)

Paket Magie


In diesem Paket sind enthalten:

  • Hilda und der Mitternachtsriese Luke Pearson (GCT 2017)
  • Das Liberi-Projekt Tamasaburo (GCT 2016)
  • Maria the Virgin Witch Masayuki Ishiwaka (GCT 2017)

Der Hauptpreis

Maira ist schwanger und obwohl sie regelmäßig sie umkreisende Monde sucht, ist alles normal, bis … bis ihr Sohn Peter unter schwierigen Umständen zur Welt kommt. Plötzlich ist da nicht nur ein neues Leben, um das sie sich kümmern muss, sondern auch die Tatsache, dass sie nicht mehr ganz auf dem Boden der Tatsachen ist: Maira kann fliegen.

Bald begegnet sie anderen Frauen, die ähnliches wie sie erlebt und auch Kräfte davongetragen haben, mit deren Hilfe sie nun einer finsteren Verschwörung auf die Schliche kommen. Den gemeinsam sind sie Die Supermamas.

Das Formular

[Edit: Formular entfernt]

Viel Erfolg und eine gute Comic-Jagd, solltet ihr heute ebenfalls unterwegs sein!

Morgen gibt es dann noch einen Abschlussbeitrag von Katherina Ushachov in dem sie darüber erzählt, wie inspirierend Superheld*innen sein können, dann ist die Nerdwoche auch schon wieder vorbei …

Anne

** Die Hefte aus dem Vorjahr sind dabei aus meiner eigenen Sammlung, die diesjährigen wurden mir von der Presseabteilung des Gratis Comic Tags gestellt, vielen Dank dafür!

*** Der Hauptpreis stammt von der Autorin und war beim Nornennetz auf der LBM ausgestellt. Vielen Dank, Tina!
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Today is the day! Today is Gratis Comic Tag!

But what is that anyway?

Gratis Comic Tag is the German version of Free Comic Book Day and is always celebrated on the second Saturday in May (one week after the FCBD). This year it takes place for the 8th time. At the GCT, some dealers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland offer a selection (30-40 in recent years) of comic books, mangas or graphic novels. The 40-50-page booklets are either a sample of the first chapters or a story written especially for this day.

Curious comic readers can go to their trusted dealers and pick up 2-5 issues – and browse a bit more.

My GCT experiences

Since I first heard about it in 2012, I have tried to participate. At that time DarkFairy brought me a copy of Thor from the Zeitgeist* in Koblenz, the following year I was able to take part myself, in the Thalia in Neubrandenburg, which this year is finally taking part again after taking a break.
Since, I think 2014, I went with Breagit to Berlin, the branches of Grobe[n] Unfug[s]* and Modern Graphics were definitely on our schedule.
This year I’m on the road with my fellow Norn June Is, so basically while you’re reading this. 😀

I think the promotion is great, you can check out series that you probably never would have picked up otherwise and at the same time you can top up the missing series that you already collect when you are in the store anyway. Especially for someone like me, whose nearest comic shop is a couple of hours drive away, this is a twice as good reason to join in. Of course, the more popular issues of DC and Marvel are out of stock terribly quickly, but if you start early enough, you usually have the chance to catch something, to have a non-reader with you also helps immensely.

As you can surely read from the description, do I go to several shops in Berlin, but I don’t collect only for myself. A few people who would like to have something just can‘ t take part in the event and this way they have a chance. And now and then you can also use the issues for competitions…

* I have also introduced these two in an overview of nerd stores.

As the raffle is only for my German readers I will skip translating that part.

Tomorrow there will be a concluding post by Katherina Ushachov in which she talks about how inspiring superhero*ines can be, after that the Nerdwoche is already over again…

Anne

Golden Gail – Eine Superheldin?

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Nun sind wir fast schon am Ende. Heute stellt Ariane von Nerd mit Nadel uns eine ganz besondere Superheldin vor.

Golden Gail – Eine Superheldin?

Mit Black Hammer feiert Jeff Lemire das “Golden Age” der Comics. In der Zeit von etwa Ende der 1930er bis 1950 war es für weibliche Helden schwer, mehr als nur hübsches Beiwerk zu sein. Doch Gail bekommt ihre Kräfte bereits als Kind. Sie mag durch ihr Alter weniger bedrohlich wirken als ihre männlichen Kollegen, ist aber gleichzeitig zu jung, um Eyecandy zu sein.

Ein mächtigen Zauberer, der im Sterben liegt, überträgt seine Kräfte auf Gail, als sie seinen Namen ausspricht. Nur wer reinen Herzens ist, auf den kann seine Kraft übertragen werden. Das Waisenkind Gail kann von nun an fliegen und ist übermenschlich stark. Durch das “Zauberwort” kann sie sich nun jeder Zeit verwandeln.

Eine Frau steht ihr Mädchen

Golden Gail hat alles um eine starke Frau zu werden. Irgendwann alt genug, um nicht mehr wegen ihrer kindlichen Erscheinung belächelt zu werden, hat sie Pläne, Vorsätze und Träume. Doch sie wird enttäuscht werden. Zwar altert Gail wie jeder Mensch, dennoch wird sie als Golden Gail niemals älter. Wie soll sie so jemals von den anderen Superhelden ernst genommen werden? Außerdem werden sie sie niemals als Frau sehen.

Der erste große Zwiespalt mit ihrem eigenen Altersunterschied manifestiert sich in ihrer Pubertät. Sollte man nun meinen, dass es im Alter besser wird “vorübergehend jung zu sein”, dann täuscht ihr euch. Gail wird als Frau immer frustrierter und denkt darüber nach, das Superheldenspielfeld zu räumen. Mal ist sie jung und voller Energie und dann holen sie plötzlich wieder ihre “Gebrechen” ein. Ein Zustand, den sie immer schwerer ertragen kann.

Ein Mädchen in Rente

Wie es weitergeht könnt ihr hier nachlesen: Nerdwoche: Golden Gail – Eine Superheldin?

Die Autorin

Das Nordlicht Ariane bloggt seit 2014  und benutzt ihr Gästezimmer als Aufbewahrung für Comics, Wolle und Häkelnadeln. She’Ra, Rogue, 7-Millionen-Dollar-Frau zählt sie zu den Heldinnen ihrer Kindheit.

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Bald startet Ariane zusammen mit Sandra von Booknapping und Christin von Life for Books den Podcast #DerComicKlatsch, wo ihr noch viele mehr Empfehlungen bekommt.

Mit etwas Glück könnt ihr die Gratis Comic Tag-Ausgabe von Black Hammer morgen gewinnen, schaut also unbedingt wieder vorbei!

Anne
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Now we’re almost at the end. Today Ariane von Nerd mit Nadel (Nerd with Needle) introduces a very special superheroine.

Golden Gail – A Superheroine?

Jeff Lemire celebrates the „Golden Age“ of comics with Black Hammer. From about the end of the 1930s to 1950, it was difficult for female heroes to be more than just pretty accessories. But Gail already gets her strength as a child. Her age may make her seem less threatening than her male colleagues, but at the same time she is too young to be an eyecandy.

A powerful dying sorcerer transfers his powers to Gail as she pronounces his name. Only the pure of heart can receive his powers. The orphan Gail can now fly from and is superhumanly strong. Through the „magic word“ she can now change at any time.

A woman stands her girl*

Golden Gail has everything to become a strong woman. Eventually old enough not to be smiled at because of her childlike appearance, she has plans, intentions and dreams. But she will be disappointed. Although Gail ages like any human being, she never gets older as Golden Gail. How is she ever gonna be taken seriously by the other superheroes? Besides, they’ll never see her as a woman.

The first big conflict with her own age difference manifests itself in her puberty. If you think it gets better in old age to be „temporarily young“, then you are mistaken. Gail becomes more and more frustrated as a woman and thinks about clearing the superhero playing field. Sometimes she is young and full of energy and then suddenly her „ailments“ catch up with her again. A condition that she is finding increasingly difficult to endure.

A retired girl

You can continue reading here in German – if you’d like to have the full post translated, just let me know: Nerdwoche: Golden Gail – Eine Superheldin?

The authoress

The northerner Ariane has been blogging since 2014 and uses her guest room as storage for comics, wool and crochet hooks. She’Ra, Rogue, a $7 million woman are some of the heroines of her childhood.

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Soon Ariane and Sandra from Booknapping and Christin from Life for Books will start the podcast #DerComicKlatsch, where you will get many more recommendations.

Anne

* In German the saying goes „To stand one’s man“ (Seinen Mann stehen), the title „Eine Frau steht ihr Mädchen“ is a play on this.

Superheldinnen Teams

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Im heutigen Beitrag zeigt uns Guddy Hoffmann-Schoenborn von Fried Phoenix das es gar nicht so leicht ist Superhelden Teams zu finden, die nur aus Frauen bestehen …

Superheldinnen Teams

Superhelden gibt es derer viele und dass sie sich gerne in Teams zusammenschließen, scheint nur logisch. Dort, wo es gegen übermächtige Antagonisten geht, muss man die Kräfte bündeln, um erfolgreich zu sein! Auffallend dabei ist jedoch, dass der Anteil weiblicher Teammitglieder äußerst gering ist.

Die Teams sind entweder ausschließlich männlich oder enthalten nur wenige Frauen. Und wenn, dann oftmals nur die berüchtigte „Quotenfrau“. Besonders in den Verfilmungen fällt es auf: Justice League und die ersten Avengers-Verfilmungen etwa bestehen zu einem massiven Teil aus Männern. Immerhin: Auch das scheint sich zu wandeln. Nicht nur tauchen in letzter Zeit immer mehr Frauen in den Teams auf, auch werden nun ganze Filme einer Heldin gewidmet.

Doch eine Frage bleibt natürlich: Gibt es rein weibliche Teams? Hierbei möchte ich mich auf die westlichen Comics beschränken, womit etwa Sailor Moon rausfällt. Auch sollen es Superheldinnen bleiben – großartige Comics wie Rat Queens werden also ebenfalls außen vor gelassen. Zurück blieben da leider nur wenige Teams. Fünf derer möchte ich euch hier nun vorstellen:

Lady Liberators

Interessanterweise als Karikatur auf den Feminismus ersonnen, hat dieses Team nicht allzu viele gemeinsame Abenteuer bestritten. Immerhin wurzelt es auch auf einer Lüge: Von der hinterlistigen, als Valkyrie verkleidete Enchantress manipuliert, wurden sie damals auf die Avengers gehetzt. Mit dabei: The WaspBlack Widow, Scarlet Witch und Medusa.

Nach dieser Farce würfelten sich die Liberators erst viel später, nämlich 2008, wieder zusammen. She-Hulk trommelte Invisible WomanStorm, ValkyrieThundraSpider-WomanTigra, Black Widow und Hellcat zusammen, um die Identität des Red Hulks zu entblößen und ihn zu jagen. Obwohl erfolgreich, verkrümelten sie sich nach getaner Arbeit wieder und das Thema ist bis heute gegessen. Allerdings wünscht  sich „Valkyrie“-Darstellerin (Thor 3: Ragnarök) vehement eine Verfilmung des Stoffs. Man darf gespannt sein, ob es sich realisieren lässt!

Publisher: Marvel | Erster Auftritt: The Avengers #83 (December 1970)

A-Force

Auch hier hatte wieder She-Hulk die Finger im Spiel. Im Zuge der „Secret Wars„-Storyline scharte sie unter anderem  Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru und Singularity um sich, um die Battleworld zu schützen. Dafür wurde extra ein Team aus weiblichen Autorinnen rekrutiert. Marvel war und ist sich seiner weiblichen Leserschaft durchaus bewusst und wollte durch diese Serie bewusst die Diversität fördern.

Allzu lang währte die A-Force allerdings leider nicht. Nach nur insgesamt 15 Issues und zwei Alben wurde die Serie Dank schlechter Verkaufszahlen und trotz guter Kritiken eingestellt.

Publisher: Marvel | Erster Auftritt: A-Force #1 (May 2015)

Femforce

Die Truppe Femforce (Abk. für „Federal Emergency Missions Force„) formte sich in ihrer fiktiven Historie während des zweiten Weltkriegs, um geschlossen gegen die Nazis vorzugehen. In den kommenden Jahrzehnten blieb es nicht beim ursprünglichen Team – die Besetzung wechselte stets. Doch der Zusammenhalt bleibt!

Und so hat sich Femforce zu einer langlebigen und für einen Indie-Publisher höchst erfolgreichen Serie gemausert. Aktuell zählt die Reihe 182 Issues. Eine Zahl, die sich sehen lassen kann!

Publisher: A.C. Comics | Erster Auftritt: Femforce (1985)

Birds of Prey

Ursprünglich nur ein aus Barbara Gordon alias  Batgirl und Black Canary bestehendes Zweiergespann, scharten sie bald auch Huntress, Lady Blackhawk und mehr Heldinnen um sich. Obwohl sich ab und an auch Männer anschlossen, blieb das Team im Kern weiblich. Gemeinsam wurden Abenteuer erlebt und obligatorischerweise Schurken gejagt – und das überaus erfolgreich!

Nicht nur in den Comics, auch in einer eigenen Serie brillierten sie und überstanden auch Tiefen und Reboots. Aktuell befinden sie sich in der Comicserie „Batgirl and the Birds of Prey„, die gerade mit dem 23. Issue zu Ende geht. Es bleibt allerdings zu erwarten, dass es nicht das absolute Ende sein wird …

Publisher: D.C. Comics | Erster Auftritt: Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey (1995)

The Fearless Defenders

The Fearless Defenders sind eigentlich die Valkyrior, die auf der nordischen Mythologie basieren. Bereits 1966 in Thor #133 aufgetaucht, erhielten sie allerdings erst 2013 eine eigene Serie.

Dort scharen Valkyrie und Misty Knight Superheldinnen um sich, um sich nicht nur mit asgardianischen Belangen auseinanderzusetzen. Obwohl auch diese Serie von den Kritikern größtenteils geliebt wurde, schaffte sie es nur auf 13 Issues und wurde innerhalb weniger Monate aufgrund schlechter Verkaufszahlen wieder abgesetzt.

Publisher: Marvel Comics | Erster Auftritt: The Fearless Defenders #1 (2013)

Es scheint fast, als würden die rein weiblichen Teams entweder böse floppen, oder sich einer regen und langen Beliebtheit erfreuen. Zwischentöne scheint es kaum zu geben. Woran mag das liegen?

In The Fearless Defenders dreht sich viel – zu viel um ein Baby und ein Liebesdreieck: Zwei Frauen streiten um einen Mann. Dass nebenbei die Welt gerettet werden muss, verblasst daneben zu schnödem Beiwerk. Wollen Frauen etwa nur Comics über niedlichen Nachwuchs und Liebeszwists lesen? Wohl kaum. Vielleicht brauchen manche Autoren schlichtweg noch Nachhilfe in Sachen weibliche Teams und deren Motivationen und Ziele.

Auch schade ist, dass die rein weiblich besetzten Teams allzu oft von den Lesern in die feministische Ecke gedrängt werden. Dabei muss die Intention eines solchen Teams gar keine feministische sein, sondern kann durchaus auch der Liebe zu den Figuren entsprossen sein. Es sind Heldinnen, die gegen das Böse kämpfen – das können sie gerne mit feministischem Hintergrund, doch ist dieser absolut nicht zwingend. Genau wie rein männliche Teams keiner männlichen Bewegung folgen müssen – und es meistens auch nicht tun.

Ich persönlich brauche allerdings auch keine Frauenteams. Mir würde es reichen, wenn das Geschlechterverhältnis in den Teams ganz einfach ausgeglichen wäre. Wenn das zu Freundschaften zwischen den Figuren und zu interessanten Interaktionen führen würde – die gerne auch ohne romantischer Liebe auskommen dürfen.

Wie seht ihr das? Wünscht ihr euch mehr Frauenteams? Welches Frauenteam mögt ihr besonders?

Die Autorin

Guddy ist eine eierlegende Wollmilchsau und schreibt nicht nur Texte für Magazine, ihren eigenen Blog Fried Phoenix und ihren Roman, sondern zeichnet auch mit Vorliebe Rollenspielcharaktere anderer Leute, erstellt Videos für Youtube, musiziert in der Dusche und mit Luftgitarren und ist im Internet als Crazy Catlady, Diversitäts-Enthusiastin und Bahn-Nörglerin unterwegs. Aktuell arbeitet sie für Ubisoft und haust mit Mann und Katze an der schönen Küste Newcastles.

Blog: Fried Phoenix
Twitter: @Zeitzeugin42
Facebook: friedphoenix.de
Instagram: zeitzeuginguddy
YouTube: Fried Phoenix
Deviantart: Zeitzeugin

Morgen wird Ann-Kathrin Karschnik von der Erschaffung eines anderen Superheldinnen Teams erzählen.

Anne
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In today’s post Guddy Hoffmann-Schoenborn of Fried Phoenix shows us that it is not that easy to find superhero teams consisting only of women…

Superheroine teams

There are many superheroes and it seems only logical that they like to team up. Where you have to fight overpowering antagonists, you have to join forces to be successful! However, it is striking that the proportion of female team members is extremely low.

The teams are either exclusively male or contain only a few women. And if it does, then often only the notorious „quota woman“. It’s especially noticeable in the film versions: Justice League and the first Avengers films, for example, consist to a massive extent of men. At least, that too seems to be changing. Not only have more and more women been appearing in the teams lately, whole films are now also being dedicated to one heroine.

But one question remains of course: Are there all-female teams? Here I would like to limit myself to western comics, meaning that Sailor Moon is not included. They’re also supposed to remain superheroes – so great comics like Rat Queens are also left out of the picture. Unfortunately, that only leaves a few teams. Five of them I would like to introduce to you here:

Lady Liberators

Interestingly conceived as a caricature of feminism, this team has not embarked on too many common adventures. After all, it is also rooted in a lie: manipulated by the cunning Enchantress disguised as Valkyrie, they were incited onto the Avengers back then. Included: The WaspBlack Widow, Scarlet Witch and Medusa.

After this farce, the Liberators threw themselves together again much later, in 2008. She-Hulk rounded up Invisible Woman, Storm, Valkyrie, Thundra, Spider-Woman, Tigra, Black Widow and Hellcat to expose the identity of the Red Hulk and hunt him down. Although successful, they bunked off after the work was done and the topic has remained moot to this day. However, „Valkyrie“ actress (Thor 3: Ragnarök) vehemently wishes for a film adaptation of the material. It will be interesting to see if it can be realized!

Publisher: Marvel | First appearance: The Avengers #83 (December 1970)

A-Force

Again She-Hulk had a hand in this. In the course of the „Secret Wars“ storyline, she gathered Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru, Singularity and others around her to protect Battleworld. A team of female authors was recruited especially for this purpose. Marvel was and is well aware of his female readership and wanted to consciously promote diversity through this series.

Unfortunately, the A-Force didn’t last too long. After only 15 issues and two albums the series was discontinued thanks to poor sales and despite good reviews.

Publisher: Marvel | First appearance: A-Force #1 (May 2015)

Femforce

The Femforce (abbreviation for „Federal Emergency Missions Force„) formed in its fictitious history during the Second World War to take a united stand against the Nazis. In the following decades it did not stay with the original team – the line-up always changed. But the bond remains!

And so Femforce has evolved into a long-lived and highly successful series for an indie publisher. Currently, there are 182 issues. A number to be proud of!

Publisher: A.C. Comics | First appearance: Femforce (1985)

Birds of Prey

Originally just a pair of Barbara Gordon alias Batgirl and Black Canary, they soon gathered together Huntress, Lady Blackhawk and more heroines. Although men joined in from time to time, the core of the team remained female. Together they had adventures and were compulsorily chasing villains – and with great success!
Not only in the comics, but also in their own series, they excelled and also survived depths and reboots. They are currently in the comic series „Batgirl and the Birds of Prey„, which is just ending with the 23rd issue. However, it remains to be expected that it will not be the absolute end…
Publisher: D.C. Comics | First appearance: Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey (1995)

The Fearless Defenders

The Fearless Defenders are actually the Valkyrior based on Nordic mythology. They appeared in Thor #133 as early as 1966, but did not receive their own series until 2013.

There Valkyrie and Misty Knight gather superheroines around them to deal not only with Asgardian concerns. Although this series was also largely loved by the critics, it only made it to 13 issues and was sold again within a few months due to poor sales figures.

Publisher: Marvel Comics | First appearance: The Fearless Defenders #1 (2013)

It almost seems as if the all-female teams either flop badly or enjoy a busy and long popularity. There hardly seem to be any nuances. What may be the reason?

The Fearless Defenders is all about a baby and a love triangle: two women fighting over a man. The fact that the world has to be saved on the side is fading into mere frill. Do women just want to read comics about cute kids and love clashes? I don’t think so. Maybe some authors simply need tutoring in the matter of female teams and their motivations and goals.

It’s also a pity that the purely female teams are all too often pushed into the feminist corner by the readers. The intention of such a team does not have to be feministic at all, but can also have its roots in the love for the characters. They are heroines fighting against evil – they can do that with a feminist background, but this is absolutely not obligatory. Just as purely male teams do not have to – and usually do not – follow a male movement.

Personally, I don’t need teams of women either. It would be enough for me if the gender balance in the teams were simply levelled out. If this would lead to friendships between the characters and to interesting interactions – which are also allowed to get along without romantic love.

How do you see it? Do you want more women’s teams? Which women’s team do you particularly like?

The Authoress

Guddy is an egg-laying woolly milksow* and not only writes texts for magazines, her own blog Fried Phoenix and her novel, but also likes to draw roleplaying characters of other people, creates videos for YouTube, makes music in the shower and with air guitars and is on the Internet as Crazy Catlady, diversity enthusiast and railway nagger. Currently she works for Ubisoft and lives with her man and cat on the beautiful coast of Newcastle.

Blog: Fried Phoenix
Twitter: @Zeitzeugin42
Facebook: friedphoenix.de
Instagram: zeitzeuginguddy
YouTube: Fried Phoenix
Deviantart: Zeitzeugin

Tomorrow Ann-Kathrin Karschnik will talk about the creation of another superheroine team.

Anne

* This is a literal translation of the German term „eierlegende Wollmilchsau“ which essentially means to be a jack of all trades or a swiss-army knife.

Webcomics: Chapter Three – The Squirrely Ones

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A long time ago I planned to turn this thing into something regular on Wednesday. Me and plans, we still don’t like each other …

Anyway, as Katherina Ushachov (aka Evanesca) was looking for a few people to help promote her (German) novel „Zarin Saltan“ (Tzaritza Saltan) on today’s Squirrel Appreciation Day – yes, that’s a thing – I decided to make a schedule-exception and write about two comics that have squirrel-characters. Neat, right? 😀
(By the way: There will be another Fairy Tale Summer where I’ll talk about the Tzaritza some more.)

But let’s begin …

El Goonish Shive

I don’t remember when I discovered Dan Shives‘ El Goonish Shive, but it’s something I still enjoy reading.
It started off as a relatively poorly drawn comic, with no real plot, just two best friends living their lives in a world where lots of things were possible (like „Anime Style Material Arts“) because: Magic. Over its course the story picked up, the world building got stronger and the art got incredibly better. There was now reason to certain actions – without loosing „Magic’s flare for the dramatic“ – and the characters became deeper and more grounded.

Grace as squirely pirate

Updated three times a week the comic is accompanied by sometimes random, sometimes canon side-story the EGS:NP (currently running an instalment of Goonmanji, a Jumanji parody) and occasional sketches (like the one on the right).

There are many fun and diverse (gender, race and sexualities) characters. Nerdy and proud, yet vulnerable Susan being by far one of my favourites. The topics that are explored range from dating issues over teenage crime fighting up to world domination plots, all with a joke around the corner and good portion of magic.

As this is a post about squirrels let’s talk a bit about Grace. One of the main characters and a human-squirrel-alien hybrid. (Yes, there is not just magic, but also aliens in EGS, the main ones are called Uryoums). She can be horribly naive and oblivious to the things happening around her, due to her secluded upbringing, but when her friends need protection she becomes the badass fighter she was bred to be.
So look out, for this Squirrel might kick your ass! 😀

Twokinds


This is another webcomic where I don’t know how long I’ve been reading it. At some point I just stumbled across Twokinds by Thomas Fischbach and got drawn into the story due to its amazing art.

Though that’s not the only thing about it. While I have to admit that I haven’t quite figured everything out about this world filled with Keidrans (Canine- or Feline-based bipedal sentient animals) , Basitins (other animal creatures, that are not dogs) and Humans and their (racial) conflicts, do I enjoy following the characters journeys.

Mrs. Nibbly

And there are several journeys happening with the vast cast depicted above. Sure some of it is a bit too sexualized for my taste, but the Keidran characters act a lot according to their base instincts (the banner above portrays them with way more clothing than some of them usually wear). As this is also a story focusing a lot on its main character, is it another story, where I don’t like them. 😀 Instead I root for the side characters like the Wolf Natani who has to rediscover his own identity after his mind has been merged with that of his brother for a long time.

Another very minor character is Mrs. Nibbly, she is – you probably guessed it by the picture – a squirrel! A pretty smart and cool one at that, and also very brave. She just appeared out of nowhere at some point and stayed with the group, but I have a feeling there is more to her than meets the eye … she’s far too clever be „just“ a squirrel …

Afterword

I hope you enjoyed this little look into two great webcomics. 🙂
Have you read them?
Do you know others with similar themes?
Let me know in the comments below!

If you’re a German reader, make sure to check the German version of this post. 😉

PoiSonPaiNter

© For the pictures lie with their respective creators. I merely used them as example of their work and hope that’s okay.
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Webcomics: Die Eichhörnigen

Vor langer Zeit hatte ich mir vorgenommen, dieses Ding am Mittwoch in etwas Regelmäßiges zu verwandeln. Ich und Pläne, wir mögen uns immer noch nicht

Als Katherina Ushachov (alias Evanesca) am heutigen Welteichhörnchentag – ja, das gibt es – auf der Suche nach ein paar Leuten war, die für ihren (deutschen) Roman „Zarin Saltan“ werben wollen, entschied ich mich, eine Zeitplan-Ausnahme zu machen und über zwei Comics mit Eichhörnchen-Charakteren zu schreiben. Passend, nicht wahr? 😀
(Übrigens: Es wird einen weiteren Märchensommer geben, in dem ich noch etwas mehr über die Zarin sprechen werde.)

Aber lasst uns anfangen …

El Goonish Shive

Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, wann ich Dan Shives‘ El Goonish Shive entdeckt habe, aber es ist etwas, das ich immer noch gerne lese.
Es begann als relativ schlecht gezeichneter Comic, ohne wirkliche Handlung, nur zwei beste Freunde, die ihr Leben in einer Welt leben, in der vieles möglich war (wie „Anime Style Material Arts„), weil: Magie. Im Laufe der Zeit, wurde die Geschichte ausgebaut, das Worldbuilding wurde fundierter und der Zeichenstil hat sich unglaublich verbessert. Es gab nun Gründe für gewisse Aktionen – ohne „Magies Vorliebe für das Dramatische“ zu verlieren – und die Charaktere haben mehr Tiefe und Erdung bekommen.

Grace als eichhörnige Piratin

Dreimal wöchentlich aktualisiert, wird der Comic von einer manchmal zufälligen, manchmal kanonischen Nebengeschichte begleitet, der EGS:NP (derzeit laufen Folgen von Goonmanji, einer Jumanji-Parodie) und gelegentlichen Skizzen (wie die rechts).
Es gibt viele lustige und abwechslungsreiche Charaktere (Geschlecht, Rasse und Sexualität). Die nerdige und stolze, aber verletzliche Susan, zählt bei weitem zu meinen Favoriten. Die Themen, die verarbeitet werden, reichen von Dating Problemen über Teenie-Detektive, bis hin zu Weltherrschaftplots, alles mit einem Witz hinter jeder Ecke und einem guten Teil Magie.

Da dies ein Beitrag über Eichhörnchen ist, lasst uns ein wenig über Grace reden. Eine der Hauptcharaktere und ein Mensch-Eichhörnchen-Alien-Hybrid. (Ja, es gibt nicht nur Magie, sondern auch Aliens in EGS, die wichtigsten heißen Uryoums). Sie kann schrecklich naiv und ahnungslos gegenüber Dingen sein, die um sie herum geschehen aufgrund ihrer abgesonderten Erziehung, aber, wenn ihre Freunde in Gefahr sind, wird sie zur badass Kämpfer, zu der sie gezüchtet wurde.
Pass auf, denn dieses Eichhörnchen könnte dich umhauen! 😀

Twokinds


Dies ist ein weiterer Webcomic, bei dem ich nicht weiß, wie lange ich ihn schon lese. Irgendwann bin ich über Twokinds von Thomas Fischbach gestolpert und wurde durch seine erstaunlichen Zeichnungen in die Geschichte hineingezogen.

Obwohl das nicht das Einzige daran ist. Zwar muss ich zugeben, dass ich noch nicht alles über diese Welt mit Keidrans (Zweifüßlern auf Hunde- oder Katzen-Basis), Basitins (andere Tierkreaturen, die keine Hunde sind) und Menschen und ihren (Rassen-)Konflikten verstanden habe, aber ich genieße es, den Reisen der Charaktere zu folgen.

Mrs. Nibbly

Und es gibt mehrere Reisen, der riesigen Besetzung, die oben abgebildet ist. Sicherlich ist einiges davon für meinen Geschmack ein wenig zu sexualisiert, aber die Keidran-Charaktere handeln viel nach ihrem Grundinstinkt (das Banner oben zeigt sie mit viel mehr Kleidung, als manche von ihnen normalerweise tragen). Da dies auch eine Geschichte ist, die sich sehr stark auf die Hauptfigur konzentriert, ist es eine andere Geschichte, in der ich sie nicht mag. 😀 Stattdessen feure ich die Nebencharaktere an, wie den Wolf Natani, der seine eigene Identität wiederentdecken muss, nachdem sein Geist lange Zeit mit dem seines Bruders verschmolzen war.

Eine weitere sehr unbedeutende Figur ist Mrs. Nibbly, sie ist – ihr haben es wahrscheinlich auf dem Bild erraten – ein Eichhörnchen! Ein ziemlich kluges und cooles dazu, und auch sehr mutig. Sie tauchte einfach irgendwann aus dem Nichts auf und blieb bei der Gruppe, aber ich habe das Gefühl, dass sie mehr zu bieten hat, als man auf den ersten Blick sieht…. sie ist viel zu klug, um „nur“ ein Eichhörnchen zu sein….

Nachwort

Ich hoffe, dass euch dieser kleine Einblick in zwei großartige Webcomics gefallen hat.
Habt ihr sie gelesen?
Kennt ihr andere mit ähnlichen Themen?
Lasst es mich in den Kommentaren unten wissen!

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Oh, schau! Da hat das #SchusselHörnchen doch tatsächlich eine Nuss hier gelassen!

Falls du nicht weißt, was du damit anfangen sollst, empfehle ich dir katherinas Beitrag dazu:
Schusseliges Eichhörnchen Schnitzeljagd zum Welteichhörnchentag mit Verlosung

Viel Erfolg bei der weiteren Suche. 😉

PoiSonPaiNter

© Für die Bilder liegen bei ihren jeweiligen Schöpfern. Ich habe sie lediglich als Beispiel für ihre Arbeit benutzt und hoffe, dass das in Ordnung ist.

Comics: The Beginning

And another post that has nothing to do with the Fairy Tale Summer, but that I wanted to write because of its topic: „Me and Comics. How it all began. Blogparade.Booknapping and GeschichtenAgentin created this Blogparade for all those readers, who not just like the written word but also the picture accompanying them and that’s something I can talk about a lot (especially as Booknapping postponed the ending of the parade so I could still participate).

Let’s take a look at the beginning…

As you might know did I already talk about this, at least in terms of Webcomics, in my Introduction to Webcomics:

I can’t really remember how it happened, but I think that on one of my trips to the Book Store to buy a new Manga, I discovered a book-like collection of Comic Strips that I just had to look at.
But who wouldn’t do that with a bright red book that had a clown on the cover, who had just cut off his own leg with an axe, while its titled claimed the content of the “book” to be “Notfunny”?
I certainly couldn’t resist picking it up and I still do not regret that I did.

But that’s not entire beginning is it?

For as long as I remember did I enjoy reading the small comics and cartoons in newspapers and magazines. I never actually followed any series (except Bummi maybe, but that was more due to my mum buying it for me), but I read them whenever I got my hands on them. Still discovering that this is a thing took me a while.
When I was twelfth, I think, I got into Anime and wanted to read/collect the Manga they portrayed. I still remember that I would have had the chance to buy an entire set of the Dragonball Manga series at a flee market, but my grandpa and my mother argued against it, because it was too expensive and just some books with pictures. I kind of still regret giving in to them, but that didn’t keep me from collecting the series regardless, even if it was more expensive that way. 😉

As this was my first series – and I really liked both Anime – I also collected the magazine with new stories and additional info. Unfortunately did my mum (and I) decide that I don’t need them any more and gave them away. Still regret it, never found such a great time line of the Dragonball (Z) universe again, as the one in those magazines…

Anyway, this is about Comics not Manga (which even became a topic for my oral English exam during studying). 😉
Because of reasons I can’t remember I stopped reading for a while and didn’t care about my nerd stuff; which resulted in regretful sales. During my A-Levels I got back into it, mostly because of different Manga, but also because of Webcomics, which I told you about in the different parts of category I linked above – and will tell you more about when I get around to adding to the series.

Where did it go from there?

I think 2012 was the first time I ever was in a proper Comic book store and they’ve fascinated me ever since. Unfortunately there is only a small one in Rostock, but that ones mostly for card and table top games. The closest proper ones for me are in Lübeck or Berlin.
Since I’m able to go to (I prefer looking through stuff before buying, instead of just ordering it online) proper Comic book stores I’ve started to collect anthology albums of different series I like. Buffy for one thing, because I want to know how the series continues, but also mostly Marvel-stuff and I recently bought the first volume of Preacher.
For four years, I think, I’m attending the German Free Comic Book Day now and I always use it to fill up my (Manga) series and discover new things. I’m not really picky, if something sounds interesting and looks good I’ll check it out, though buying it might not be part of that equation. It’ll probably stay that way simply because I don’t want to go through the trouble of collecting old stuff, though I’d love to visit someone’s Comic library of complete Marvel volumes and spent a couple of days in there. Let me know if you’d be willing to let me. 😉

That is also why my book collection (and manga collection, simply because I chose to collect long series) is much larger than my Comic collection, counting physical volumes and bookmarks. But one thing is for sure (to quote the introduction again):

[Notfunny] was my entrance into the world of Comics and I haven’t started looking for the exit yet. Quite the opposite. Since I started using the Internet more frequently, I discovered many more Comics to enjoy.

And I certainly will continue to read and also write about the Webcomics I’m reading. 😉

See you around!

PoiSonPaiNter

Webcomics: Chapter Two – Things that go bump in the night

I think it’s time to talk a bit about comics again, it’s been a while. As I said before is Hiveworks a treasure trove for great comics and I’d like to introduce you to these two relatively new titles.
I’m not entirely sure why I chose the spooky theme for this though. Maybe it’s because I recently finished reading The Sandman; maybe it’s because I’m already contemplating a Halloween-vacation to Ireland again; maybe it’s because I’ve drafted a sequel to Winter Moon and am thinking about expanding it further; maybe it’s because both comics are seemingly at a tipping point for the narration into something quite interesting; maybe it’s just because I want to write about them.
Take your pick and enjoy the read. 😉

Black Grass

© kino


This comic literally starts with something that goes bump in the night, so it was kind of also the inspiration for the title.
Black Grass tells the story of Reverent Abel Ruby (front) who besides being a preacher is also a medium (according to the description is he also clairvoyant, but that hasn’t appeared yet) and therefore able to interact with ghosts. One ghost in particular – Blue Valentine (back) gets him into a rather sticky situation involving hellish bureaucracy…
What drew me to this comic was pretty much the whole idea of a preacher-medium and I’m certain that DarkFairy’s Coelestin is entirely to blame for this – and I made sure to tell her about it when I discovered the comic (back in May last year apparently o.O) – even if he so far only had to deal with celestial poultry. 😀
Anyway, with close to a 100 pages it’s easy to catch up with this one – and hard to write about it without giving too much away, especially as the narration is quite fluid and fast. The characters are great and lovely and definitely not what you’d expect at first glance, especially Rejean seems to have a few more tricks up their sleeves that I’m quite looking forward to see…
I also really like the art style, the play with colours (especially when including the neon ones) and the way the different characters (humans, ghosts, demons) are designed. It balances well between light hearted humour and serious topics (death, duh) and I’m really curious where the story will lead.

Headless Bliss

© Chloé C


Headless Bliss by Chloé C in turn has a more adult air about it. It deals with nightmares, demons, cannibalism, but most of all: stories; or rather: What happens to the stories a writer abandons?
The Comic tells the story of Sinaj an incomplete story, created by a human, that tries to find meaning in her existence. On her way she encounters demon princess Annùn and the two of them become quite unusual friends. When Annùn’s mother Diov throws a human, that carries around the head of its twin (see picture), into the celebratory battle for her daughter things start going from bad to worse…

With a combination of an intriguing and intentionally „ugly“ (read not clean cut, but wobbly, weird and horrific) drawing style (befitting the genre) and interesting story telling, world building and characters this comic makes for a great read, even if some scenes are quite gruesome and disturbing (especially the tale of the Twins). It’s definitely not for for the faint hearted…
The story telling aspect itself is well interwoven in between the struggles of and between the characters and underlined with fascinating usage of movement without using panels and different kinds of narrative styles. One of the background stories is even told as another characters‘ weird dreams and as someone who also has veeery strange dreams that is something I can definitely relate to.
Interesting thing to know: It’s becoming more and more clear that this story has a larger connection to Chloé’s other work Go Get a Roomie, not just its creator. 😉

Afterword

I hoped you enjoyed this little look into two great webcomics. 🙂
Have you read them?
Do you know others with similar themes?
Let me know in the comments below!
I know at least a couple of other comics with a similar theme, but on the one hand do I prefer focusing on two at a time with these things and on the the other hand do I think that they would work well enough on their own too.
So stay tuned for future updates.
PoiSonPaiNter

© For the pictures lie with their respective creators. I merely used them as example of their work and hope that’s okay.

Webcomics: Bonus Chapter – Animated

As I can’t decide which Webcomic I want to present to you today and instead of continuing with the Gamers-theme from the last few posts, I’ll simply introduce you to a few animated variations of the comics I already told you about.

A not funny series

When I „re-wrote“ the first post of this series where I told you about Nichtlustig (Notfunny) the German

one panel Comics by Cartoonist Joscha Sauer, telling the stories of his various characters. These include a Professor, his assistant and their strange experiments; Yetis; suicidal Lemmings, a killer-robot aspiring to become a kindergarten teacher, Mr. Riebmann, who lives in the wall beside his constantly annoyed neighbour and of course Death and his Poodle, who are the not so secret stars of the Comics.

I also mentioned that they had just

finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to animate the Comics as a Cartoon series.

So this of course is the first one I want to talk about – even if this will be boring for those who don’t know German, as they are only synchronized in that language.
With the Kickstarter Sauer wanted to be able to produce a whole series of animated comics, but aimed low and set it up for one episode first. The campaign funded that well that by now two of the six funded episodes are produced, with the remaining four being released in 2017.
As far as I know are the stories for these episodes completely new, even if some parts of it where used in comics before. In the books there are a few episode like narrations instead of the usual one strip jokes, so as a reader you can already get an idea of how quirky and intertwined his stories can be. A few glimpses at the episodes – I’m not sure if they will be publicly available as soon as all of them are finished – and some old animation of the one strip comics can be found on the Nichtlustig Youtube Channel. It is certainly fun to finally have a voice for Death and Poodle and all the other characters. 😀
(And if you’re really into animated German comics, don’t forget to check out the ones by Sauer’s college Ralph Ruthe while you’re at it. 😉 )

Miniaturized Adventures

After I recently talked about Looking for Group and Tiny Dick Adventures in passing it’s creators now released a new project, where the latter got a bigger spotlight.
Starting next Wednesday there will be a 50-60 seconds episode of the so-called Tiny Dick’s Briefs each week, with daily special releases during this (release) week.
Additionally to the briefs with random (new) commentary by LFG star Richard will there also be an animated version of one of Sohmers other comics that I’ll talk about on a different day. 😉
All of these – and old attempts at animations, like a very incredible and hilarious take on The Little Mermaid’s Part of that World, that were originally planned to go into a movie that turned out to be way more expensive than they had anticipated – are available on the YouTube Page of Blind Ferret Studios – the company behind all their works.
I’m certainly looking forward to this.

A cat’s tale

As I’m already talking about animated comics do I feel like a can’t leave out Simon’s Cat. Different to the other two that were (web)comics first and were animated later, was this one animated first before also releasing comic book versions – at least from what I know.
The short episodes about the cat’s antics and adventures are quite adorable and funny and it doesn’t matter that most of the story is carried by music and simple cat noises.
All of the episodes are and regularly updated on the YouTube Page linked above.

Last words

What are your thoughts on animated Webcomics?
Is it something that interests you or do you prefer the written word?
See you around
PoiSonPaiNter
© For the pictures lie with their creators. I merely used them as example of their work and hope that’s okay.

Webcomics: Bonus Chapter – Nuzlocke

With PokémonGo being the topic all around I decided to add a little bonus chapter to the usual webcomic chapters here about an old phenomenon regarding the normal Pokémon games:

The Nuzlocke Challenge

The Challenge itself doesn’t have anything to do with webcomics, but I’ll get to that soon. First let me explain:

What is the Nuzlocke Challenge?

The Nuzlocke Challenge was created in 2010 by a bored student that by now refers to himself as „Nuzlocke“, when he wanted to change the experience he had with the Pokémon games.
Originally he set up these rules:

1. Capture only the first Pokémon you encounter in a new area.
2. If a Pokémon faints you consider it dead and release it.

To accompany his run for the Ruby-edition he started a webcomic called Pokémon: Hard-Mode (start from the Beginning). He shared this comic in different communities and they created the name „Nuzlocke“ as a wordplay on the fan favourite Seedot/Nuzleaf of the run that he occasionally drew like John Locke from Lost.
Inspired by this, many others took up the challenge and modified the original rules and added a few more rules:

1. If a Pokémon faints you consider it dead and either release it or put it in a „Dead“ Box on the PC.
2. Capture only the first Pokémon encountered in a new area, unless it’s a duplicate, then you have 1-3 more tries. You may re-catch a Pokémon that previously died.
3. All caught Pokémon must be nicknamed.
4. Healing items can/can not be used. Pokémon Centers are a must.
5. You can/can not catch any Legendaries.
6. If you encounter a shiny all rules are nullified.

This of course is not a complete set of rules as Challengers individualize them, so every run has slightly different rules, but you get the gist of it.

The Challengers

I put this into the webcomics category so I’ll introduce you to a couple of Nuzlocke runs that turned their experiences into comics. This is only a collection of the ones I enjoyed reading there are plenty more – even some that turned it into diaries.
There are some things – besides the challenge – they all have in common:

  • None of them are finished and they update irregularly.
  • The protagonist is either able to talk to their Pokémon or at least the reader is able to see their thoughts.
  • Each update has about 10-20+ panels.
  • Nearly all of them can be found on DeviantArt

Pokémon: Hard-Mode – Nuzlocke

The Original run I mentioned before was for Ruby. By now he added a run for Fire-Red and is currently running one for White, but you should read the others before that. The art improved greatly over the years and also the story telling. At first it’s just headwords/phrases that are drawn, later there is actual plot behind it. Still, some of the jokes are quite lame, but that’s also part of the charm of these runs.
As a start into the whole Nuzlocke business I’d recommend it, it is the original after all.

Tales of Sinnoh/Myths of Unova – ky-nim

One of the first runs I encountered.
While Tales of Sinnoh (Diamond) follows some rather unusual way of story telling with a foul mouthed and sometimes reckless heroine and some pretty weird plots (Team Gaga and Dialgaga), Myths of Unova (White) is an entirely different story.
It feels like Ky-nim put a lot more effort and planning into the comic-version of this run. She created whole new stories and legends about the in-game tales about Ancient Unova, she even used her own language system for telling them. Additionally to that are her character portrayals great. You come to like Nina and her team for all their different quirks and charms and you suffer with her, when one of her team members is left behind.
From all the runs I read, this is still one of my favourites and I’m fairly certain that if Ky-nim/Kylee ever decided to start her own webcomic, she’d do so awesomely – at least I couldn’t find an original comic on her pages.

Tala’s Nuzlocke Adventure – TalaSeba

A bit strange at first Tala’s Nuzlocke (Silver or Gold) evolves into something with an interesting sub-plot regarding the trainers origin and motivation, and an interesting twist to the normal storyline of the game. The art also improved greatly between the updates, as does the story telling.
The characters feel unique and have interesting designs and personalities.

Fire Red Nuzlocke – french-teapot

The art of French’s Fire Red Nuzlocke is quite cartoonish, but at the same time adorable.
It has funny characters and a twist to the usual Team Rocket story line, though that part has still to be explored further – it had only recently begun to fully include the consequences.
The seriousness of some other Nuzlockes isn’t as present here, as the focus isn’t too much on the catches and deaths, but more on the overall run and team – especially as some updates are a bit rushed and composed of notes, though that doesn’t really make it worse.

The Pokédex Project – Effsnares

A different approach to the Nuzlocke Challenge is the Pokédex Project (Leaf Green) by Effsnares. This run doesn’t focus on the actual story, but creates its own by making the characters not rivals but good friends/colleagues in the completion of the Pokédex, using their different talents to do so.
It’s also different as the main character is gender neutral – something that is still a rare thing in most media.
Additionally, is this one of the runs where you can only read the Pokémons thoughts/conversations, but the trainer can’t understand them.
And to top this all up: The art is quite beautiful. The way Eff draws the different Pokémon is simply amazing.

Honourable Mentions

These runs are quite short but with a lot of potential:

  • Fiasko by Nekiwii: Adorable Silver Nuzlocke (so far)
  • Cross Out by Protocol00: Interesting X Nuzlocke that hopefully wont be abandoned like it’s predecessor.

Gijinka Nuzlockes

These are special Nuzlocke comics that turn the involved Pokémon into Gijinka’s – anthropomorphic Pokémon – some of them have an interesting background as to why/how this is possible, others simply use it as fact. In these runs there is either a Trainer capable of recruiting Gijinka’s or Gijinka’s getting together to build a team without any humans.
Until I came across these, I’m not sure I even heard about the concept – at least not by this name.
So if you want to try something different, you may want to give these a try:

Doubt and Trust – Nyapapa

Doubt and Trust by Nyapapa is a really interesting Heart Gold/Soul Silver run.
This one does not have any humans in it, but a few original Pokémon and a nice back story as to why some things are the way they are.
The characters and their designs are great. They all have their own story and back story – and some still untold stories and secrets.
I also like the explanation of how the Gijinka change their outfits after evolution. 😉

That comic about that one kid – dejasquietplace

That comic about that one kid by dejasquietplace is a (sort of) Leaf Green run.
It not just has interesting character designs, but also great interactions between them. The different personalities are refreshing – again no real rivals but friends helping each other.
The concept how Trainer and Gijinka work together is interesting (synchronising and sharing experiences) and that not all Trainers have to be human. 😉
The narration and the art style are great, not only for the Gijinka, but also for the few real Pokémon that are still around.
I’m really looking forward to this story being continued.

Honourable Mentions

  • Conticent by Jonquilladin: A Platinum Classlocke (Nuzlocke variation) with an interesting concept behind the reason why and how Trainers and Gijinkas fight together.
  • Journey of Runaways by Kittiled: A Heart Gold/Soul Silver run, that still has to show how Trainer and Gijinka are connected.

Last words

The very first Nuzlocke comic I read was Mira’s Leaf Green Nuzlocke by xXDeath-N-HellXx. It is/was a great run, but it hasn’t been updated in three years, so I left it out of the list above.
I hope you enjoyed this little look into different Nuzlocke Challenge comics.
Have you ever tried the challenge or read any of the comics?
Do you know any other comics of the kind?
See you around

PoiSonPaiNter

© For the picture lies with its creators. I merely used it as example of their work and hope that’s okay.

Webcomics: Prologue – Looking for Something

Remember when I told you about the amazing female leads in two webcomics and dubbed it Chapter One? Well, seems like you’ll be getting a belated Prologue today, as one can’t start properly before talking about the beginning…
That and the fact that I really like Prologues….
Anyway, as I mentioned in the Introduction were Fred and Notfunny my „gate way“ into comics and Webcomics in general, but what really got me hooked on reading them was

Looking for Group

(c) Ryan Sohmer & Lar Desouza


The webcomic by writer Ryan Sohmer and artist Lar (Lartist) Desouza tells the story of the elf Cale’anon (the one in the front) who just wants to be a hero, to do good, to help people, but is more often than not faced with decisions he wouldn’t naturally approve of. It’s not helping that the group he ends up travelling with includes the fourth wall breaking, easily bored, over-powered, homicidal and basically utterly ridiculous un-dead Warlock Richard (the one in the upper right corner), the witty and destructive priest Benn’joon (short Benny – in the middle with the staff), her Bloodrage father and scholar Krunch (on the left with the book), the crafty, bardic Dwarf Pella and bloodthirsty panther Sooba (both not depicted).
What makes this story fun is the clashing of these characters and their ways of solving problems. E.g. while Cale is still negotiating, Richard gets bored and just „FWOOSH“es the opposition (aka burns them to crisps with a – red – fire ball).
It basically started as run of the mill parody comic for the fantasy genre, gaming and pop culture in general (it’s filled with references: Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, Star Wars, Mary Poppins just to name a few) and turned into something way more epic in it’s own terms. For any new reader it’s a long way to go, but a worthy one.
When I first discovered it through a recommendation in The Forum I didn’t really give it much credit, the art was strange and the story was over the top, but the humour soon captured me – especially Richard’s, he’s so delightfully, well, Richard. The more I read the better art and story became until it reached the standard it has today. Sure there are still story lines that don’t really make sense and I’ve lost track of a lot of side stories by now (I believe I caught up when they were around book 15 and by now they’re in book 36), but I still return to the site whenever there is an update or I want to re-read something old.
Sure Cale is a typical main character, but there is so much thrown into his way that it’s fun again to watch his journey – especially the Archmage story line is incredible.
Sure there are times where the story just doesn’t seem to move on, but that’s a small price for what Sohmer & Lar offer their audience.
By now the universe expanded far beyond just Looking for Group, there are now also NPC stories, telling more about characters that only appeared briefly in the main arcs in tales drawn by different unknown/young/new artists and the Tiny Dick Adventures, where Richard comments on real life happenings – with a twist.
It’s fascinating to see the world that Sohmer created grow, see old story lines come back around and new ones starting. It’s the mix of the (bizarre) characters, the oddities and the seriousness beneath it all that makes this one special.
And Richard will certainly be amongst my favourite characters for a very long time (it is partly his fault that I keep naming characters Richard o.O).

Afterword

I hope you enjoyed this little look into my first long-term-commitment Webcomic. 🙂
Have you read it?
Do you know others with similar themes?
Let me know in the comments below!
If any one is interested: I’ve been eyeing this thing and also been using a LFG wallpaper of Lil‘ Richard and The Bunny – that is seemingly no longer available except as cover art of book 4 – for years now.

For Pony!

PoiSonPaiNter
© For the picture lies with its creators. I merely used it as example of their work and hope that’s okay.