Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for sharing your favorite contenders in different book categories.
The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is reads with awesome visuals, from picture books to graphic novels. I’m branching out into a slightly different genre: webcomics!
There is a whole world of amazing (and free) indie comics living out on the Web. I can’t tell you how many times in college I, as a procrastinator extraordinaire, opted to delve into a brand new webcomic for hours instead of starting on a homework assignment. Most webcomics are ongoing graphic stories that update one page at a time, on a semi-regular basis. When you find a good one, it’s delightful to tear through the hundreds of archived pages until you’re caught up, and then you get to look forward to a new page every so often.
These reads come in all styles of art, genres, and themes, so there’s guaranteed to be something out there for you. An added bonus of webcomics: a lot of creators in the webcomic community are really passionate about diverse representation, so you can find comics about all kinds of characters and people. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorites!
This gem of a comic is about friendship, family, cats, magic…and the post-apocalyptic wastelands. You may never have thought that ‘eerie’ and ‘heartwarming’ were moods that would go together like PB&J, but SSSS is here to prove you wrong.
This comic is about a band of adorable misfit adventurers going on a quest to recover books from the lost parts of the world 90 years after most of humankind perished in an awful plague.
I probably love Minna Sundberg as much as Maggie Stiefvater, and I love Maggie Stiefvater. The story, characters, and art are all masterpieces of imagination and filled with heart.
Go read this one! Like, now!
This one was Minna Sundberg’s first webcomic, and her self-proclaimed practice comic, so she could build the skills to tackle her dream project, Stand Still. Stay Silent. A Redtail’s Dream is a whimsical journey inspired by Finnish mythology, in which a grouchy young man and his very sweet dog reluctantly try to save their village from the dream world. It’s a little light on plot, and takes a bit to find its groove, but by the end, it is gorgeous, ethereal, and touching.
Love supernatural reads, but wish the genre had a better sense of humor? Paranatural is going to be your new favorite. Creator Zack Morrison’s pun game is on point, so make sure you read the alt text on each page for extra goodness.
This comic is about snarky, superpowered middle schoolers keeping the supernatural world in order, tackling dark conspiracies, and navigating the challenges of being pre-teens. The art starts rough and gets much more polished by the newest updates, but the writing is phenomenal the whole way. Plenty of mysteries to unveil in the town of Mayview!
This webcomic, by Taylor C., kind of strikes me as a grown up version of Sesame Street. Humans and Monsters live alongside one another in a semi-segregated city. When Wallace Foster, a human social worker, gets abruptly reassigned from the wealthiest district to one with primarily Monster inhabitants, he’s in for a world of surprises. Mostly lighthearted, this one is an awesome read about diversity, friendship, disabilities, mental health, and stepping out of your comfort zone.
On a snowy night, a mysterious man appears in the town of Esk, grievously injured with a gunshot wound. Anya Katsukova, a nurse, manages to save him and wants to believe the best of him, but that’s hard to do when ominous supernatural happenings seem to follow Jonas wherever he goes. An already-completed Victorian fantasy/romance about the difficulties of figuring out who and what to believe, and where the truth really lies.
In this sprawling, dark fantasy, a young girl is on a quest to save a world on the brink of war, a self-serving rogue is on the hunt for vengeance, and an emperor dances on the brink of insanity–or perhaps something even more dangerous. Angora is supposed to save the world, but when this sheltered girl finds out what humanity is really like, will she find the world worth saving?
A story of broke bootleggers in the Roaring Twenties, except all the people are cats. What more could you want?
Two very different young witches pursue their dreams in a small town.
This is a newer find for me, but I’m completely charmed by the art style, and by the unique world and understated beauty of it.
This one gets an honorable mention as the first webcomic I ever stumbled across! A Nordic epic about a pack of wolves, the interconnection of all living things, and the impending end of the world.
What about you?
Are webcomics a part of your reading routine? Do you have a favorite that I’ve missed, or are you already obsessed with one of these? Was your Top Ten Tuesday about a completely different corner of the illustration-based reading world?
I’d love to hear about your favorite visually-focused reads, and I hope you check out some of these fantastic stories!