This Week in WWAC History: Webcomics

Jackpot Comics, 02, digital comics museum

Webcomics — do you read them? Should you read them? Are you reading a favorite right now you want to share with the world? In the WWAC archives there are plenty of articles for ongoing webcomics and those who’ve reached their end. We also share industry news, staff favorites, and short reviews. Check out a sampling below, and then come back for more.

Webcomic Statistics – A Deeper Look into the Webcomics Scene, August 1, 2014,

Webcomics have changed and are continually changing the game. Everyone with an internet connection and basic computer skills can publish their comics in the web. Everyone. “Is it good work?” and “will it be successful?” are entirely different matters, but if you fulfill those two prerequisites (and if you’re reading this, you do), you can showcase your work to the world.

Readers who seek diversity are definitely not getting it from mainstream publishers, and are therefore looking for alternatives. And webcomics have everything, really: every imaginable genre and unimaginable made-up ones too. And for free!

But who are those people who so generously share their work with us? Where do they live, what do they eat?

To help us understand the webcomics scene, twenty-five web cartoonists were consulted. The aim was to have a diverse selection, from newbies, to professionals, to older hobbyists. In total, they have accumulated 140 years of webcomics making! That’s an average of 5.6 years to each artist, the newest one having only months of practice, the oldest one having 18 years.

Although it may be easy to publish art online, it is very hard to turn it into a profession. The common strategies revolve around ad revenue, paid content, donation, and merchandise. The latter seems to be an especially a good one, as J. Jacques argues. But as with all the other methods, it needs a strong fan-base. That’s not something you can build from day to night, even if your art and your social media skills are awesome.

Data collected from our webcomics statistics questionnaire

Only one out of our twenty-five artists has webcomics as a main job. Most of them (14) do not earn money with webcomics. Of the ones that do, most (8) use it to complement a non art-related job, and two use it to complement an art-related job. READ MORE

Starting Points: 4 Webcomics (Written by Women) You Should Check Out, December 18, 2015,

I know you’re in a rush. But—looking for some reading material? How about a space opera military science fiction comic? Or two characters on a road trip from one coast of the U.S. to the other, dealing with adventure, sexuality, political intrigue, pie baking, and more?

Allow me to introduce you to some of the most high-quality, exciting, interesting free webcomics out there created by women. These are some true indie gems that have not yet to hit the mainstream. Over the last five years, webcomics have become the go-to venture for aspiring artists who want to gain a following, experience, and a portfolio to help them get professional work. Tumblr, especially, has become the platform of choice for many new creators as a website with a relatively young audience and an emphasis on graphics. The most famous example is perhaps Noelle Stephenson, whose debut comic Nimona went from being posted on Tumblr to being published by HarperCollins.

All of these options are well-written and well-drawn, if not work-safe, and if you’re not familiar with them yet your life will be improved by giving them a chance.

1. The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E. K. Weaver

What’s it about?

The protagonists are Amal, who has just come out to his Indian-American family and now has to drive cross country to make it to his sister’s wedding, and TJ, a hippie drifter with secrets in his past who’s headed the same way that Amal is. Together they embark on a less-than-epic road trip.

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by EK Weaver

Tell me more!

Since completing the comic in 2014, Weaver’s published various “extras,” including a 45-page comic depicting three different possible futures for her protagonists.

Is it ongoing?

Nope, lucky you, it’s complete! All 500 pages are available for free online and for sale in print.  READ MORE

Webcomics Capsules: orphans, fantasy, and unicorns, December 24, 2013,

Welcome to another round of webcomics short reviews! This week we have comedies and mysteries, newbies and long-runners. If you like fantasy, this is for you: disney-esque irony, fairy tales or medieval quests, they are all here.

Camp Weedonwantcha


The premise of Camp Weedonwantcha is a simple yet extremely messed up concept. Kids find themselves dumped there without ceremony by parents who, well, don’t want them. There are no adults, so the kids are left to fend for themselves with what they know about the world. Which is to say, nearly nothing. Supplies drop from the sky now and again. Although sometimes the drop isn’t suppliesjust a box of feral cats.

We see the camp through the eyes of the newest camper, a boy named Malachi. He’s an uptight little guy who is severely repressed (an early arc is all about how everyone and everything else in the world can poop happily–except him. Ew). But he’s also capable of a greater range of emotion. In the “Colin” arc we see his devious side and his empathic, compassionate side. And thanks to Colin himself, we see the darker, realer side of the premise; of parents who dump their children at a camp, never to pick them up again. This arc, still in progress, impressed me enough to move the comic up my review queue.

I’m hoping to see more of the creepy twins and the other kids at the camp, since there seem to be several dozen. Good start, and a nice setup to build on. Smart.

Katie Rice’s art is so gloriously beautiful and lushly detailed that I hung in there, even through the poop arc. No surprise; she won the 2013 Strip Search competition with this comic!  It occasionally veers into creepily cute, given the big giant heads and scrawny little bodies of the main three kids. Also, since it’s new, having debuted in late 2013, it’s got a small archive. Easy to catch up on and get up to speed! READ MORE

Melinda Pierce

Melinda Pierce

Contributor for WWAC, mother of 2 mini-geeks, writer, and girl geek. Dreams of having enough time to write Veronica Mars fanfiction. @melindabpierce