Incredible Indie Tuesday: Faith and Five Word Webcomics

For a couple days at the end of last week, a neat trend took over the webcomics hashtag: creators describing their webcomics in five words. Hashtags like these have popped up on Twitter and Tumblr before, and are a fun way to promote webcomics and independent creators, even though boiling a digital epic down to fewer words than your average sentence can be a challenge. This might not be anything new, but it presents us with the opportunity to play a fun game of Guess the Webcomic! All answers will be posted at the end. For bonus points, describe your favorite webcomic in five words in the comments.

  1. hair-powered witch without hair
  2. fantasy-adventure biography/sociological meander
  3. embrace or destroy the world
  4. space is your home now
  5. friendship, hardship, flying ship, shipping
  6. inventors + robots create a family
  7. moody cartoon animals frequently gay
  8. learning to walk without wings
  9. queer teens + Christian backpacking camp
  10. young women learning about heroism

Faith #1 by Jody Houser (W), Francis Portela (A), Marguerite Sauvage (A), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (C); Valiant Entertainment (2015)While you think on that, let’s talk about Zephyr, AKA Faith Herbert. Introduced in the Valiant comic Harbinger, Zephyr is a psiot and one of the teen heroes known as harbingers. She’s featured in Valiant comics off and on since 1992, but this year, fans were thrilled to see her debut in her own 4-issue miniseries, Faith. The fact that a plus size, proudly nerdy woman was leading her own title signaled progress in an industry that is known for its ridiculously proportioned, oversexualized female characters. Not only did the comic succeed both critically and financially, with a 5th printing of the first issue available this month, but her portrayal was of personal significance for many readers. This week, with the final issue of the miniseries drawing near, Valiant announced that Faith has been upgraded to an ongoing series that will develop her love life and introduce her first nemesis. Writer Jody Houser and artist Marguerite Sauvage will continue their work on the comic, with the new addition of artist Pere Pérez (Archer and Armstrong). The new series will begin on July 20, which will give you plenty of time to catch up on the miniseries. But there’s good news for the trade waiters too: the collected miniseries, Faith Vol. 1: Hollywood and Vine, goes on sale July 6!

More big news this week:

New photos of CW’s Archie adaptation Riverdale, Lumberjanes wins a GLAAD Media Award, and Gene Luen Yang has a new monthly minicolumn over at Panels. Humble Bundle’s latest books bundle includes dozens of Buffy, Angel, and Spike comics, and all purchases support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. J.J. Abrams is producing a film adaptation of Dream Jumper, a forthcoming graphic novel by Greg Grunberg about “a boy who jumps into the nightmares of his friends in order to rescue them from a monster who tries to keep them from waking up.”

And here are the answers of the webcomic quiz:

  1. Witchy by Ariel Ries
  2. Vattu by Evan Dahm
  3. The Meek by Der-shing Helmer
  4. Star Trip by Gisele Jobateh
  5. Prague Race by Petra Erika Nordlund
  6. O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti
  7. Love Me Nice by Amanda Lafrenais
  8. Full Circle by Taneka Stotts & Christianne Goudreau
  9. As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
  10. Agents of the Realm by Mildred Louis


KM Bezner

KM Bezner

KM is a queer Nashvillian who reads a lot of books and watches too much TV. She hopes to one day retire as a recluse book printer with a farm of pigs.