Digitalstrips's Podcast (Digital Strips)
Bring the 5% of webcomics worth reading to the rest of the world. The Digital Strips blog provides coverage of the webcomic community with news and commentary from our crack team of reporters. It consists of reviews of webcomics, with the occasional interview, round-table discussions, and general advice on how to create and run a webcomic.

Welcome to the world of Shattered Starlight, where magical girls might just save your life when they're not busy brewing a mean cup of coffee or enjoying some all-night poutine with their cute, cantankerous rabbit friend. It's a story by Nicole Chartrand where anything can happen, but usually doesn't. Listen to our review to see why that's not a bad thing.

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David Gallaher is adding a new achievement to his list with his work on Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Steve is hyped about the Midnight Radio Kickstarter supporting a new hardcover collection of comics, and Jason catches us up on his criticism of Pepper and Carrot, which has taken a turn NO one saw coming!

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It's Eisner time and Webtoon is claiming more than half the spots for their growing platform! We have quick thoughts on all the nominees, including The Contradictions, Lavender Jack, Let's Play, Lore Olympus, and DS fave, Tiger, Tiger. After that quick update, it's time to travel to the wonderful world of witches with Pepper and Carrot by David Revoy, where we learn to love our family despite our desire to just have some danged fun with some danged magic.

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Sometimes, the boy just can't bring himself to tell the girl how he feels. And then, before he can tell her, she decides to replace her human body with a synthetic one and move back to Earth. It's a tale as old as time when we review Heartwired by Rod and Leanne Hannah.

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Not content to call it quits at the midpoint last week, the guys decided to review the rest of Seed (or what was there at the time of recording, big doins in the newest update already!). Make Turry happy and listen to our thoughts so we all get out of this relatively unscathed. Please?

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Jason wasn't fair to Dave Mercier and hop.dude, so he offers his apology along with a promise to read more and give his thoughts. He also noted to The Last Halloween creator Abby Howard how uncomfortable a recent update made him (which she appreciated). Finally, the guys take a look at Said Polat's Seed, a comic about the problems that come with superintelligent AI that escape their confines and harass good, decent folk like you and me.

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Sometimes, you just wanna curl up with a good story about a boy who is also a chosen one. And that's what (we think) we have here, with a look at the first two-ish chapters of Brian Shearer's William the Last. Read up, we'll probably return to this one sooner than later.

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Webcomics live so long as we, the fans (and erstwhile creators) share them with others and grow the community. To that end, Jason showed someone Hop Dude and they ... appreciated it? And now he has a new one to share with The Square Comics, home of the sick burn and ... well, not much else. But it does that one thing really, really, scorchingly well.

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In celebration of Mar10 (Mario Day!), we took a look at the Mario-like hop.dude by Dave Mercier. It's ... weird, and subversive, with characters you know and love from the world of Nintendo, but who you've never actually truly met. There's no real way to describe this comic, so go view it on Instagram and judge for yourself.

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We're always on the lookout for our next favorite webcomic, so we took a look at a couple new ones in service to that end. Read along with us on the early pages of The Firelight Isle and Kamikaze, and see if they become your new favorites.

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Aristocracy! Pirates! Anime eyes! Crossdressing! If you want all of those things and more in your webcomics, you can't miss Tiger, Tiger, a Gilbert and Sullivan-like romp in the confines of your browser, written and drawn by Petra Nordlund.

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After Steve teases Jason with The Automan's Daughter, a great webcomic that is also on hiatus, it's time to venture back into Oddity Woods, to discover what other fun and sinister creatures await us in this cheerfully tragic story. Don't miss this one!

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This week, we begin our look at Oddity Woods, a cute, creepy comic that harkens back to the best parts of comics like Broodhollow and The Last Halloween in giving us quirky, fun characters and pants-wettingly scary creatures with a story that you're sure to root for. The second part of our review will post next week. Enjoy!

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It's possible that The Abominable Charles Christopher, an outstanding, quiet look at the animal world by Karl Kerschl, is back and that's all Steve needs to believe in good things again. The guys also delve into the magical world of Cut Time, where we follow the adventures of Rel, Sol, and Nal. It's much more exciting than it sounds, trust us.

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There were so many great comics in 2018 that we couldn't keep up with them all! So we're using the early days and months of 2019 to get caught up, this time checking out the second season of Nothing Special by Katie Cook. What fun and danger have Callie, Declan, and the rest of the gang gotten into since last time? We're telling you explicitly that in this episode, but you really should check it out for yourself, too.

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We're getting rolling in the new year with a longer look at a comic we first discovered last year, The 3 Pilgrims by Trevor Downs. It's very reserved and sparse in its presentation, but the mystery and adventure it presents are well worth joining the three pilgrims on their journey.

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Another year of Digital Strips is in the books, but before we move on, we're taking time to remember our favorite comics from the episodes we recorded in 2018. What comics are we keeping up with? What are some stories we'd like to catch up on? We've got loads of comics to talk about, so dig in and see what you might have missed this past year.

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Robin Kaplan's Ushala at World's End is a comic worth looking at ... again. The work has expanded since last we saw this exceptional comic, in some ways that we never would have foreseen. Follow the sherp and don't miss out on this story!

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Our long look at Mad Rupert's Sakana was so delightful, Jason decided we should also look at her choose your own adventure experiment, Pol-Apo. It's got a biting wit in the writing and a fun soul that is extinguished much too soon with a hiatus that might be permanent. Steve continues the enjoyment train by introducing Oddity Woods, a kid detective tale as charming as it is engrossing.

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Jason talks with Superfogeys creator Brock Heasley about his first novel, Paper Bag Mask, the real-world inspirations for that story, the Kickstarter currently wrapping up for the first volume of Superfogeys, and the long, winding road to where that comic is now.

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Zom Com brings us moment-to-moment undead gags that are sure to leave you in stitches! Also, Jason took a look back at A Long Halloween and got so engrossed in the first chapter that he couldn't even more on to the second (soon, though!). Finally, Steve introduces us to the lovely world of Yehuda Devir and his wife with One Of Those Days.

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Kate Beaton has provided years of quality, silly jokes with Hark! A Vagrant, and now that she's ending the comic and declaring the site to be an archive, you should go enjoy all that wonderful silliness. Also, a new webcomic is launching soon, and the guys are interested in the process involved with starting a new online comic these days. All that, plus our review of Goodbye to Halos, a wonderful fantasy comic that features representation for LGBTQ people and a fun, exciting fish-out-of-water story to boot.

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Hey, it's time to celebrate another webcomic milestone, this time involving John Allison and his massive, impressive body of work. Another thing we celebrate in this episode is Brigid Alverson, a former DS co-host and contributor who has opinions on a recent article from The Comics Journal about Amazon/Comixology and the Small Press Expo. Finally, we do what we do best: review the comic, Kochab, by Sarah Webb.

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Are you a troll, or are you a goblin? While you consider that question, join us in giving a fond farewell to the most professional of felines, Business Cat, whose final comic has now posted. However, there's much to celebrate as we take a look at the murky depths of Deeply Dave and the fantastical chicanery of Sneaky Goblins.

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Webtoon continues to grow and now it's getting some heavy hitting names like Stan Lee and Warren Ellis on the service. Also, we look at a comic that is charming, fun, and adventurous in 7" Kara.

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Just three episodes after talking about A Problem Like Jamal, we're happy to report further on exciting developments for the comic! Also, Steve brings us False Knees, a comic mainly about birds doing and saying funny things, but also other stuff.

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Jason Brubaker (reMIND, Sithrah) has some thoughts on the current state of webcomics, including what it takes to succeed in an ever-increasingly bloated ecosystem, and the guys provide their thoughts on those thoughts. Also, Steve wants to check in with Order of the Stick, which is still big on words. Not to be outdone, Jason brings it back to Gunnerkrigg Court, which has finally taken a turn towards the exciting again.

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Not content to just talk about comics on the web, this episode features some digital books about comics on the web. So meta! Or something. Enjoy talk about Launch Party (formerly on Kickstarter) and Hit Reblog (now on Comixology) and then hear about a new comic coming from the Brothers Weiner as well as a look at Mary Cagle's Sleepless Domain, a comic that takes some interesting twists and risks that you won't be expecting (unless you're spoiled by this episode, so be warned!).

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This week's comics take the conversation to some interesting places! Proper condom usage in Boo! It's Sex! Dark humor, including Garfield-murdering punchlines, in Little Life Lines! And Black Lives Matter in A Problem Like Jamal! Nothing is out of bounds in this episode!

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Not only do we have two excellent comics for you this week, but two comics that understand the web very well and utilize it in interesting ways to make their comics reach and impact that much greater. First up is Deathbulge, a biting gag-a-day that skewers all aspects of life with a razor sharp wit. Secondly, The 3 Pilgrims will take you on a journey you'll just be itching to be a part of.

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We celebrate diversity at Digital Strips, and you can't get much more diverse than the divide between the two comics in this week's episode. Dark Simpsons shows us what our favorite animated characters would be like in the hands of the a devious, macabre devil while Fruity Cutie Rescue is sweet as can be and just a wonderful good time from the talented creator of Precious Rascals.

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If you haven't sat and debated the nature of classic Looney Tunes characters, then do we have a fascinating illustrated conversation to share with you! Also, we're looking at the 2018 Eisner nominees for Best Webcomic. There is some outstanding work represented, but the people who choose these comics would do well to provide some new categories so the various subjects can breathe a bit more. Still, a lot of good stuff to check out, so we can't complain too much!

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John Keogh is back on it and back on Twitter, with a whole slew of new comics for you and I to read (endure?). Also, the guys review Space Boy, a story full of sci-fi elements, the promise of the future yet to come, but most importantly, heart and soul. Don't miss this one!

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Before they look to the horizon and gaze into the future of what Digital Strips might be, the guys pause to look back, at the year that was (in comics, don't worry, we're not looking at ANYTHING else) and recall their favorite finds from 2017.

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Man, bodies get old and give up on us, and that sucks. Know what will never give up on us, though? Those sweet, wonderful webcomics! Like Lookism, a shrewd look at the life of a bullied student and what it's like to get a measure of beautiful revenge, and Space Boy, a timeless escapism into the unknown, in more ways than one. Also, a talented 11-year-old has taken their hand at Trump comics and the promise they show has to be seen to be believed. The resistance is NOT futile!

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Steve found the four horsemen of the apocalypse and they're up to nothing but Horseplay, but his brief journey with Rachel Briner's Patches leaves him nostalgic for motherly love. Jason, meanwhile, contemplates Mike Norton's own words and asks, "Is there any writing necessary to make Lil' Donnie any more absurd than the real life man himself?"

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