Oh shit, I'm behind on my interminable fucking ramblings about pop culture! >:O
ITEM ONE: Read More Chris Baldwin Comics
Little Dee (which should have been your favorite strip in the morning paper except that's not really how things shook out) just braked to its graceful end, and Chris Baldwin's got a new thing going on called Spacetrawler. It's an ensemble-cast SF adventure comedy, with classy art and some wonderfully dark laughs. You should absolutely be reading it. That's pretty much all there is to say on the matter.
ITEM TWO: Why the Hell Isn't Everybody I Know Reading Homestuck?
I usually vent my raging geek-love for it on Twitter, so let's get this down in somewhat more detail: For my money, MS Paint Adventures: Homestuck is the most exciting thing happening on the internet right now. Yeah, you heard me.
I'm enthusiastic about it because it's funny as hell and extremely cool. The reason I'm rabid about it is, uh, a little bit abstract. Okay, so you're familiar with webcomics, right? And you're familiar with the weird narrative conventions established by the genre of second-person text adventure video games? And with the ontology of the FMV cutscene? And if you're even reading this, you're probably intimately familiar with the various stages of IM/forum friendship. How about improvisational storytelling? Crowdsourcing? ARGs and network-metastasizing exonarratives?
Okay, mash all that bullshit together and imagine it actually forming into a coherent and impressive whole. I dare you.
Anyway, my point is, if you care about where the limits of the webcomics form are and how far they can be pushed before they break, you need to be along for the ride on this one. Start from the beginning, hold out until at least the end of the first act while you get your bearings with the weird narrative conventions, and enjoy.
ITEM THREE: Stumptown Comics Fest
Was pretty awesome.