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.

Take one part Muppet Babies, one part Beetlejuice, a little mayhem, and shake it all up. The resulting explosion is the madcap fun of Littlelight Asylum. Join the growing cast of youngsters, Headmistress Light, and more in this mostly-kid-friendly tale about some special kids with magical tendencies and the adventures they spring on everyone around them.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

This is our first episode of GOOD PULL, where we take time to find some quick hits of things that might have missed your attention otherwise. Steve recalls Kochab, hypes up Dwarf Fortress comic, Losing is Fun, and introduces everyone to Ramshackle. Jason recommends Hannah Templer's GLOW work, updates us on the latest Patrik the Vampire pages, takes a trip to Lake Gary, and posits a theory about Penny Arcade's artwork. Catch it all!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT

It's no secret that the life of a princess isn't always a great one, but in the world of Hannah Templer's Cosmoknights, things are so bad that two adventurers have taken to freeing them of their captivity through an elaborate, loosely-regulated sport. It's a great basis for a fun story and the characters you meet will ensure you want to keep reading until you're begging for another chapter.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

Patrik the Vampire is a case of what you see is what you get, and what you see is an undead guy who's willing to cut loose and murder a person or two just as much as he'd like to sit at home on the couch and learn to sew from his elderly gal pal. Bree Paulsen brings us this man-of-the-ages in a unique and touching story that we absolutely loved in the previous episode. Here, Jason sits down with Bree to discover the origins of the titular vamp and get her take on the vampire/monster genre and why funny can sometimes be the better way to go.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:49pm EDT

Finally, an episode you can really sink your teeth into! After Steve and Jason hash out the details on Fangr, their new dating app for vampires, they invite you in to listen to their review of Bree Paulsen's Patrik the Vampire. At times both full of slapstick and heart, Patrik is a story that can do it all, and while jumping from timeline to timeline, no less. Listen to the review and then read the whole, engrossing story thus far.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

J. Alice Bown's Damsels Don't Wear Glasses is a compelling read, with visuals that compliment and amplify a fun, kinetic story. Jason called across the pond to have a chat with Alice, learning about her process and experiences creating a webcomics for over a decade and how it's shaped her abilities from writing to encompassing everything needed to tell a good and convincing comic story.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

It's time to save the world from ... something, and we've got our psychic blades ready to ... do something, I guess? We don't feel incredibly motivated to fight evil after reading J. Alice Bown's Damsels Don't Wear Glasses, but we certainly dig the vibe that Lave and company are putting out into the world. The comic has a visual style all its own that shows a clear delineation between the "real" world and the magical one. Get off the couch and don't sleep through this one!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

The first episode on the other side of our first 600 takes a look at Urban Animal, a comic on Webtoons from a talented team who took inspiration from everything from Filipino folklore to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and created a great tale of teenagers transforming into animals. Jason prefers John Hughes-type lame parents to the cool mom and dad in this comic, but Steve is just concerned the libido of a wolf might be more than a young man/chimera can handle.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 11:15pm EDT

It's time for another milestone! Steve and Jason are celebrating the 600th episode of the first, and best, webcomics podcast on the planet and you're invited to the party! After Jason talks about a handy summary of the story on Tiger, Tiger to catch you up before the next chapter begins and a syndication deal for Brian Anderson's Dog Eat Doug, the guys take a walk down memory lane, recalling everything from the first comic they ever read for the site to what the future holds for the show.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:57pm EDT

When magic is present in any given webcomic world, you can bet that Steve will be grinning from ear to ear, partly because he loves it, and partly because he understands it better than Jason. This is true of the simple but fantastic Tistow by Elli Puukangas and Mark Thomas. Come for the possibly murderous wisp rats, stay for many, many people with loose morals.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT

Did you know that Gary Larson got a digital tablet and decided to pass this pandemic by with a return to The Far Side, the wildly popular comic strip that many of proudly wore on T-shirts in the 90's? Then go read the new strips, we'll wait. Now that you're back, you can listen to our confused but effusive thoughts on Broken, a comic by Kristina Caruso that inspired a great discussion about the art of comics and webcomics standards some of us might take for granted. The comic itself is exceptional, and worth a read, after you listen to our review.

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As kids, we sometimes feared the dark (in Jason's case, childhood continues). Manek D'Silva's Bonabyl tells us that maybe we were right to fear it all along, and maybe even still. Follow along with us as we explore the world with Miro and Vick, discovering once and for all what those bumps in the night are all about.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:34pm EDT

The stars of Tracy MacLauchlan and Yesenia Carrero's Gemini Journey are like an odd couple, but not THAT Odd Couple. One is vivacious, the other dour, and that difference makes for some fun and dangerous situations! Also, one of them drives Jason INSANE. Listen in to see which one it is along with why the guys describe the comic as Tiny Kitten Teeth by way of H.P. Lovecraft and how the structure of comics on Webtoons is going to drive both guys crazy before too long.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:14pm EDT

Year in Hereafter by Mikael Hankonen introduces us to a sweet, practical family before confirming that, yes, there are forces of evil in the world that you absolutely want to avoid. Running afoul of these entities takes our boys, Veeti and Mikael (no relation) on a journey you absolutely must take with them into worlds unknown. But please, leave your smartphone behind. Trust us.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

You'd think a fellow who trains mythic and fantastic creatures would have a higher status than a white collar schmoe with friends named Garth and Kevin, but that's exactly where Ulrick, the titular character of Mythic Creature Trainer by Rene Pfitzner, lives. But will he be any help when the invading orcs arrive? Read the comic and listen to our review to find out (not really, we don't know yet, but read and listen anyways).

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:22pm EDT

After Jason lays out his reboot of Old Yeller (the twist is that the dog shoots his owner), it's time to travel to the fun, fanciful, and frightening world of Knucklejelly! Creator Benjamin Hall has weaved together a story of both heartache and adventure, full of monsters and ... well, more monsters. Though it's a comic that would probably be better served outside the restrictive confines of the Webtoons platform, it's got a charm and joy all to itself that comes through no matter where you read it. Make sure that you do!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

Eldrick is the wussy chosen one of Crookshaw Creative's Helm. After the guys talk about comics news, including Star Power coming to a somewhat abrupt end and a new life for PvP, they delve into the excellently-produced but thus-far soulless fantasy comic that's all about following someone else's dreams.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

Return with us to the world of mice, cats, fantastic, epic battles, and missing humans. In Mac Smith's Scurry, danger awaits around every corner and just when you think you're safe, your fellow rodents are waiting to take your place. It's wild, it's dangerous, and it's a thrill you have to read for yourself. Hear our take on this adventurously tiny tale and then go check it out!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

When several characters take center stage in a comic, how do you know which one is the focus? Look to the fanart, says Jason, webcomics supergenius. That advice might help when reading Star Prichard's Castoff, a tale about journeys, mysteries, and the mysterious journey that our three intrepid adventurers undertake. It's one that's worth taking, so listen to our review and get prepared for what's ahead.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

He's Toivo, he's very insecure about his position in life, and he's also a wildly powerful wizard. What could go wrong? The answer is a lot, just so much wrongness, and those stories are contained in Kay Rossbach's Ingress Adventuring Company. Hear our gushing good words about this outstanding comic and then go read the whole thing for yourself!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:35am EDT

It's not every day that a cute alien girl crash lands in your backyard and changes your life, possibly for good, but Kade certainly treats it that way in Pookie Senpai's Down to Earth. Steve is convinced this comic is plotted like a sitcom, explaining why he's not a huge fan and Jason doesn't buy that he never set foot in a Hot Topic. Stay up late, go to the store, and listen to our review!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

Sure, we looked at this comic back in episode 562, but maybe that was actually another version of us and this is brand new? We're back with Shen's (and Megan McKay's and Dave Mercier's) Live With Yourself! and it's just as fun and insane as we (or our other selves) remembered. Jason really enjoyed getting to know all the characters that Steve had already made friends with months ago. Join them and make these loveable weirdos your friends, too!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

We're diving back into the fanciful and fun world of fruit stacking competitions with Sam Kim's Plum! When last we reviewed this delightfully unique comic, the fun was plentiful and the fruit was flying. Hear our joy as we read on and meet even more colorful teams and learn their creative techniques in this bizarrely cute take on ... sports? Gonna go with sports.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

There's no feeling like flying down a steep hill at high speeds on your sweet bike. It's even better when you literally can't lose a race or look anything other than a super rad dude. That's the story of Wind Breaker, which follows a mysterious guy with a beat-up bike and the students and other figures that surround him. Hear our voyeuristic views on this exciting world and then catch the virus of competition and read it for yourself.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:53pm EDT

Ever think you could get a bunch of friends together and bounce around the galaxy, having adventures and maybe saving a life or two? Temerity by Jemma Young and Chad Hardin is a Guardians of the Galaxy-like romp that turns zeroes into heroes, with a fantasy bend to the sci-fi that lends to a flavor all its own. See what we thought about this fast-paced adventure and then get on the train early with us!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT

Welcome to the wasteland! It's terrible! Seriously, don't go. If you're not terribly lucky or disfigured in some way, you're doomed. But Nuclearpasta's Ten Earth Shattering Blows makes it seem like so much darn fun, you'll want to join the party and ride a lizard to almost-certain doom. Hear us gush about the ridiculous ride this comic takes you on and then join in yourself!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

Brave the Spiderforest with us once again to discover a tropey tale of daring do and daring don'ts. James Nelson's Monster Lands follows a set of heroes, most of whom are just barely scraping by in that category. But when the rest of the world sucks so much, how else is a good-hearted person/elf/dwarf/whatever supposed to make a living?

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

It's largely NSFW, it's Perry Bible Fellowship-esque, and it's not apologizing for any of it's jokes. It has no qualms with killing both the boy and the grandmother, questioning Jesus' water-based powers, and slapping a d___ on a unicorn. It's Zach Stafford's Extra Fabulous Comics and you must now read it.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

Once we get around the idea of childhood Steve really wanting a cool old man friend, it's time to talk about characters. Specifically, a comic with many, many characters to keep track of. O Sarilho also has plenty of lore and mystery to keep things going as well, including just what is in the satellite that came crashing back to Earth and how many of the multitude of soliders we just met will it claim? Listen to our thoughts on it and then give it a read for yourself!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 11:41pm EDT

The combination of Witches Get Stitches and 666 Bistro from demon-centric creator Laura Graves is one that at once creeps you out and draws you in. Though we agree the color palette could stand to add a few colors and shades, the detail is amazing and the action in particular is bound to get you out of your seat in preparation for a massive kaiju battle to break out. ... wait what

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

While looking at a portfolio site for a comic review is outside our normal process, sometimes a creator is just so good, we can't turn it down. Lee Gatlin is one such creator. Who knew that combining poop/fart jokes with beloved fantasy/sci-fi characters would be right up our alley? But that's also selling this timeless, mostly all-ages comic work way too short. Do yourself a favor and spend a few unfortunately short moments pouring over the offerings on Lee's site and hope along with us that more is coming some day.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

Fantastical worlds with fearsome dragons, kings and queens of valor, and knights showing off their cunning and bravery are plentiful but welcome escapes from our everyday lives. The Stoop Gallants is ... like that. Kind of. But the characters of yore are more akin to burnout dudes who accidentally become necromancers and nosy bards who just can't stay out of everyone's business. Your mileage may vary with the mundane fantasy in this comic, but mindless zombie companions are always funny and we can all at least agree on that.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 11:07pm EDT

Raise your hand if you're fatigued by superhero stuff. Ok, put your hands down, because WE DON'T CARE! Folklore has a unique twist on a worn and well-traveled genre that's well worth checking out. After hearing about their greatest fears (mummies vs. the darkness, FIGHT) and a quick news update about a series option for Gunnerkrigg Court, the guys offer their opinions on this highly-kinetic story.

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The world of Zoul is a complex and messy one, full of vast technological advances and grounding references to many places we ourselves know and love. Creator Maria Valentina presents this lush, detailed world in both English and Spanish, sometimes with mixed results. Hear our full thoughts in this episode and then check it out in one of the many ways she has made possible!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

We're returning to an old format for a good old fashioned Horizons Watch! These comics are young and hungry for your time and attention. Check out our thoughts on the delightfully dour Jack Of All Grades and the molecularly specific Under the Lion.

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If you like deep dives on a society of owls that explores the silly nuances of their government, currency, entertainment, and more, then plant yourself in front of a computing device and absorb the dry, Monty Python-esque wit of Realm of Owls. It even features a URL that can be read as a near-expletive!

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The promise of the afterlife is just too enticing, so we're dying and coming back to life with Don Juan Mancha III's Purgatory. But just what is going on in this life after life? Is it worth living in again? And why do we still have to go to work?

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:09am EDT

For this brave new decade, we're looking at a comic we all wish was real life: living that role-playing life as our real life. Three brave(?) souls do just that in Myisha Haynes' The Substitutes. Jason found it to be a little confusing but Steve is confident he's just a moron. Have a listen to their thoughts and then give it a look to judge for yourself!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:22am EDT

After we give credit where it’s due for Everblue (check out the review in Episode 568), it’s time to jump in the Wayback Machine and travel back to 2011, when Magnolia Pearl was just starting out on a little creature comic called Monster Pulse. We’re back, eight years later, to check in on Bina, Ayo, and the whole gang to see who’s still around and what monsters they have to check out. Join us!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Families are the worst, right? And we're not even talking about the holidays, but what about when your brother or lazy teenage son lets a sexy bird lady escape from your family's private garden with the golden apple that holds an antidote which would end your family's long reigning fortune? Yeah, that just SUCKS. If you've never experienced that yourself, enjoy our thoughts on The Red King, a comic so full of family drama and angst the bird women leap off the page and fly into your heart.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:24am EDT

We don't do news items that often any more, but John Allison updates are worthy of our attention! After we get excited about Wicked Things, his upcoming expansion of the Scarymachinerydaysiverse, we take to the skies and give love a chance with the hopeful comic, Michael Sexton's Everblue. Once you see the progress this story and artwork have made in the last decade, you'll agree that it's a must-read comic.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

Is it a journal comic? Is it a memoir comic? It doesn't matter, because Ryan Made Mistakes is yet another good, good Ryan Estrada comic. Delve into Ryan's sordid past with tales about school shower apprehension and melting clothes, it's all there, laid bare, for you and I to consume and judge. BONUS: Given the subject matter of the comic, we included a small taste of our other show, Today I Learned Nothing, as Jason recounts his own problems with showing off his bits at school.

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Welcome to Zero Game, where you can earn a second chance at living the life you lost or wasted, but must sit through unbelieveable video game conceits and unnecessary exposition to earn it. Also, in the course of detailing the story of this comic, Steve reminds Jason of the lore behind the vehicular combat game franchise, Twisted Metal, and he is not happy about it.

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Are you ready to laugh? Like, seriously LAUGH? Then click through to Neil Kohney's The Other End and let the guffaws begin! His comic, which mostly uses children to give hilarious commentary on everything in our modern society, has biting wit and dark comedy that should have you laughing with each click. If not, you're a robot, and we request that you answer this CAPTCHA to proceed.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

We're calling back to days of yore with a Horizons Watch-esque episode! Hear our thoughts on the short but excellent comics Threader by Liz Kramer and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and Silvester Vitale. Check them both out!

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Motion comics can be stiff reading experiences, but what happens when they pay homage to a cartoon era that was likewise simple and stilted? Cyko KO! takes a swing at that question with a Webtoons, online-only comic that has plenty of fun hijinx but might be lacking in heart and depth. Listen to our thoughts, turn down your volume, and give the comic a look for yourself.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:51am EDT

This week features a comic with time travel that's so fun, your nose will bleed! Or your older self might die! But don't worry, he'll come back. Shen, with help from Megan McKay and Dave Mercier, brings us Live With Yourself, a Multiplicity-like with heart and zany, doppelganger-infused hijinx that tells the story of Todd and his three friends, himself, himself, and himself. You don't need more than one of yourself to enjoy this comic, though!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

Plum: it's like Pokemon, except instead of monsters living in balls, it's fruit, and instead of making them fight each other, you stack them. Like, really high. That's the idea behind our comic review this week, Plum! Come for the silly conceit for a story, stay for us brainstorming modern disagreements that could be solved with fruit stacking matches.

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The world of Ty Dunitz and Jenn Lee's Rising Sand is desolate, hopeless, and treacherous, fully-realized and under-explored. Follow along with a small but lively group of the survivors of this dangerous land and hear why the art style reminds us of a Don Bluth cartoon and how you might need to give this slow-paced but engaging comic some breathing room in between views.

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Monsters live among us and, as usual, kids are the only ones with enough chill to keep them happy and alive. Drew Weing's The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo will entertain and delight you, even as Steve and Jason use it's immense quality to discuss the days when webcomics weren't necessarily so good. Enjoy both, please!

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The guys take advantage of a comic still finding its footing in iZiAHZAY's Comic Strips to look back on the early days of webcomics and to explore the origins of a Digital Strips legend.

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Lee Keegan has taken the wide open, detailed world of Dwarf Fortress and added his own story and characters to it with Bridgedflickered. Jason doesn't pretend to know a thing about it, so Steve leads the way on why all dwarves are so expendable and who comes up with this goofy names. It's a fun ride!

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Learning can be fun, and Aztec Empire is here to show just that. This expertly crafted comic about history informs just as much as it entertains, with plenty of behind the scenes trappings for those of you who always want a little something extra in their entertainment.

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Jason loves romantic comedies and tolerates dumb science. Steve loathes both things. This makes their tandem review of LUFF by Arechan a contentious one, indeed! Listen as they come to a consensus of disbelief and enjoyment for this questionably-nominated comic.

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The internet is a historical oddity, full of old browsers and search engines that rise to fame in a day and burn out just as quickly. But, did you ever want to see what it looks like if they were all represented by magical anime girls? Then boy howdy, do we have the comic for you! Check out our review of the inscrutable Internet Explorer by Merriweather and Princess Hinghoi and pick your favorite anthropomorphized web browser!

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This podcast has been around for almost 15 years, so Steve and Jason take a quick look back at some of the episode formats that worked and many others that didn't. After that brief introspection, it's time to get lost on a strange planet with a band of intrepid adventurers in Room of Swords!

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When the whole world is full of nuclear fallout-induced freaks, are normal people the true weirdos? Grace Mulcahy attempts to answer that question as well as many others we don't quite understand with Larkspur. Join a gang and get in the fight!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

Do you like questionable takes on classic cartoon characters? How about horror comics? Anime? If you said yes to all of those things (and more, who the heck are we kidding), then you will love our review of Misterie Krew's Scoob and Shag!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:46pm EDT

After Steve was getting fed up with a certain journal comic (Eisner-winning, even!), Jason decided to find something he would enjoy a bit more. Enter My Giant Nerd Boyfriend. Follow along with Fishball and Boyfriend as they navigate life together, one of them being small, and one of them being ridiculously large. Now available on YouTube as well!

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

After the guys reminisce about podcast days gone by with the John Oliver-laden episodes of The Bugle (the most special of which can be found here), they take a look at the precocious treat that is Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson. It's vibes are all-ages and Calvin and Hobbes-inspired, with enough of an identity to tell a story unique to Phoebe and her unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils.

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Beacons of hope have it so tough; always getting chased by one tribe or race, being harassed for their blood and/or life to break this curse and that curse. Doesn't a beacon deserve happiness, happiness with a handsome shark prince with sexy teeth? Find out in our review of Wendy Lian Martin's Castle Swimmer.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

Ever want to learn more about nature and the animals it contains, but were afraid it wouldn't be funny enough? Bird and Moon by Rosemary Mosco has you covered, with enough animal facts to fill an Illustrated Wildlife Treasury and dry humor that would make even the stiffest Brit chuckle.

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While Steve is out, Jason takes the opportunity to catch up with friend of the show and amazing creator of all things ... well, all things, David Gallaher. Hear David talk about his work on The Only Living Boy, the follow-up, The Only Living Girl, his contribution to the upcoming Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, and why many people are wrong about who the best Green Lantern of all time is.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

Steve and his family are enjoying Noelle Stevenson's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and they think you should, too! Meanwhile, Jason brings a comic unlike most others you've read before, where love is just around the corner and even the fearsome Duke of Hell is getting into the act. Listen to the guys review Love Advice from the Great Duke of Hell and then go read that wonderful, weird comic for yourself.

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In the mood to solve a mystery? Feeling hated even though you are the very best at what you do? Does your privileged, boring life leave you wanting to don a mask and take down your fellow elites, Robin Hood meets Batman-style? Then Dan Schkade's Eisner-nominated Lavender Jack should satisfy whatever comic appetite you have!

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The gods are angry! Also, horny, hungry, lustful, bored, and horny again. We're trying to keep track of the entire pantheon and shipping so many couples you should call us Amazon in our review of Rachel Smythe's Lore Olympus.

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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

After some silly chatter about flip flops, the guys take a peek into the demon-shilling, economy-busting world of botanical curiosities with C.B. McPherson's Bybloemen. Check your feet and stop to smell these flowers!

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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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 3:14pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 9:51am EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 1:36pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 11:57am EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:46pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 3:39pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

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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Category:Digital Strips -- posted at: 3:10pm EDT

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