Key & Compass: About Webcomics
Summaries, reviews, and short remarks about the webcomics I either currently read or have read in the past.
|Tags:||comedy, geeky, inert|
|Tags:||homosexuality, nudity (mild), science fiction|
|Frequency:||Series is complete. Was weekly (usually Saturdays), with occasional bonus strips on Wednesdays.|
- Deacon (about).
A highly-advanced artificial human, built by the Corporation. Trained to be a soldier.
But his abnormal behaviour during a recent mission on Da Vinci Four
and his erratic behaviour afterwards has labelled him as malfunctioning, crazy, and dangerous.
He is also the last of his model; all of his fellow operatives were destroyed when a booby-trapped landing pad
for their spacecraft exploded.
- Dr. Clarice Maven (about).
A Corporate psychologist trained in artificial intelligence. Currently interrogating Deacon to find out what went
wrong and if he can be salvaged, and she's not too happy with his various evasions to direct questions.
- Jeff (about).
A young man and the only survivor from the Da Vinci Four colony. Because of a genetic quirk,
Jeff is also a homosexual, and was shunned by most of the puritanical colony because of it.
The Bare Pit
|Tags:||Australia, comedy, fantasy (light), nudity (explicit), spin-off|
|Frequency:||Weekly when active, but there are extremely long breaks between storylines.
Sequel to Loxie & Zoot, but still about the residents and visitors at the same Australian
nudist site, the Koala Bay Bares. The only real difference is that Loxie and Zoot are no longer main characters; any character can be a
main character for a storyline.
Storylines have distinct beginnings and ends, but there can be long (months-long) hiatuses between storylines.
Storylines are often about nudity, in particular people's various issues with it. The general tone is mild comedy;
characters are never in much danger. Sometimes there's a bit of slapstick or Three's Company-like odd coincidences,
but just as often the comic veers into a relaxed carefree mode that risks being humdrum.
Although the comic tries not to be preachy, it may be a bit wearisome for some readers to keep encountering
the "there's nothing wrong with nudity" message that forms the basic premise of the strip. The big problem is
that all the residents of the Koala Bay Bares drank the "ain't naked life grand" Kool-Aid and have no conflicts with
each other. (There are no gossips, no sluts, no drunks, no smokers, no loudmouth opinioned people, no restless people, etc.
Some sun, a swim, a quiet lunch, and a leisurely walk around the place seems to be all that anyone wants.)
So the author is all but forced to introduce new characters in every storyline to introduce some conflict.
And unhappily, that conflict will almost certainly have something to do with nudity.
- Loxie and Zoot. Young co-owners of the Koala Bay Bares. Zoot is the slightly dumb blond type who can forget he's
naked when he goes into town for supplies. Loxie is a normal and friendly dark-haired woman. They share the same birthday.
There's not much more to say about them, except that all their relatives (when they came to visit) are all more interesting
than either of them.
- Willow. Willow is a thin blonde woman attending the local university and who works at the Koala Bay Bares.
(I'm not really sure what her job title is.)
Her nuanced opinions about nudity, life, romance, etc. easily make her one of the more interesting people in the strip.
- Mungo. An aborginal resident of the Bares. He seems to have a mystical awareness of everything around him,
and his predictions of the future are never wrong.
- Tash and Herb. Hippies. Tash is Willow's cousin. They don't get much to do, but are usually around.
- Fred and Janet. The older couple who used to run the resort. They also don't do much.
- Tex Tyler. The closest thing to a villain in the strip, Tex would love to close the Bares down.
His outlandish attempts to do so, however, only succeed to make himself look foolish. He hasn't been seen much since
the Loxie & Zoot days, though.
Blur the Lines
|Tags:||bears (ie: heavy-set gay men), geeky, gross, homosexuality, nudity, profanity, sex, silly|
|Tags:||animated, Big Brother style surveillance, cyborgs, futuristic, homosexuality, nudity (explicit), science fiction, sex, social issues, social stratrification|
|Tags:||alternate Earths, anime-look, child protagonist, dinosaurs, dystopia, possession, religion, superpowers, theocracy, torture|
|Tags:||comedy, dinosaurs, geeky, plotless, silly, talking animals|
T-Rex expounds his dubious wisdom on whatever nonsense he happens to think about.
The main gimmick? The art never changes. (Well, almost never.)
There are no story arcs. Most of the strips are independent of each other and can be read in any order.
- T-Rex is the lime green dinosaur who appears in all six panels. A lovable idiot type.
- Utahraptor is the orange dinosaur in panels 4 and 5. He's T-Rex's best friend and somewhat smarter.
He usually gets to explain to T-Rex why his latest theory or idea won't work.
(Utahraptor is also gay, but that isn't mentioned much.)
- Dromiceiomimus is the pale yellow dinosaur in panel 3. Dromiceiomimus is a female friend of T-Rex's.
- God, the creator of the universe, appears only as a boldface all-caps voice from the top edge of the panels.
- The Devil, the tempter, appears only as a reddish boldface all-caps voice from the bottom edge of the panels.
The Dreamland Chronicles
|Creator:||Scott Christian Sava|
|Tags:||Arthurian, centaurs, dragon, dreaming, dwarves, elves, fantasy, fairies, monarchy, nightmares,
talking animals, twins, two worlds|
|Frequency:||Unsure. Currently in hiatus between books six and seven following a successful kickstarter.|
|Creators:||Dale Lazarov & Delic Van Loond|
Finn and Charlie are Hitched / Muddlers Beat
|Tags:||comedy, outer space, robots, science fact, science fiction, silly, talking animals|
|Tags:||comedy (light), funny animals, inert, science fiction, soap opera|
|Frequency:||No longer updated. Was approximately three-times weekly until Albert Temple's death in 2017.|
General Protection Fault
|Tags:||anime style, funny animals, science fiction, survival|
Ghastly's Ghastly Comic
|Tags:||aliens, anime style, comedy, drunks, furries, gross, homosexuality, inert (although there was a comic in January 2013 after years of inactivity), profanity, sex|
|Creators:||Phil and Kaja Foglio|
|Tags:||adventure, comedy, mad science, science fiction, soap opera, steampunk
|Links:||LiveJournal alternate site|
The Gods of Arr-Kelaan
Gyno-Star, The Adventures of
|Tags:||female focus, fantasy (light), homosexuality, social issues, superheroes|
|Frequency:||Ideally Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, but closer to three times a month.|
Little Nemo in Slumberland
|Frequency:||Completed ages ago.|
Look What I Brought Home
|Creators:||Scott E. Kuehner and Amanda Kuehner|
|Tags:||comedy, drunks, gross, profanity, sex, shit|
|Frequency:||Left unfinished as is after Scott K's death in 2009.|
Loxie & Zoot
|Tags:||Australia, comedy, fantasy (light), nudity (explicit), parodies|
|Frequency:||Completed. Continued in the sequel, The Bare Pit.
Loxie and Zoot are the new co-owners of an Australian naturalist resort, the Koala Bay Bears.
All would be peaceful and bliss except for one Tex Tyler who'd like nothing better than to shut them down
and make them put on some clothes.
(Most of what can be said about Loxie & Zoot would be identical to its sequel, The Bare Pit,
so look there for more info.)
|Creator:||Grace Crowley aka xmung (formerly known as Stephen Crowley)|
|Tags:||Australia, fantasy, nudity (mild), science fiction, soap opera, superheroes|
Mahou Shounen Fight
|Tags:||anime style, comedy, homosexuality, soap opera, superheroes|
The Mansion of E
|Creator:||Robert M. Cook|
|Tags:||comedy (light), science fiction, silly, soap opera, talking animals|
Ménage à 3
|Creators:||Giz and Dave Zero1|
|Tags:||Archies-style, comedy, homosexuality, Montreal, nudity (T&A), sex, soap opera|
|Frequency:||Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays|
Minor Acts of Heroism
The Non-Adventures of Wonderella
|Tags:||comedy, fantasy, female focus, parodies, superheroes|
|Frequency:||Weekly on Saturdays|
O Human Star
|Creator:||(I found her name by googling, but it appears nowhere on the oglaf site, so maybe she doesn't want her name associated with it?)|
|Tags:||comedy, fantasy, homosexuality, medieval, nudity (explicit), sex (explicit), silly|
|Frequency:||Weekly? On weekends, I think.|
Order of the Stick
|Tags:||adventure, comedy, dungeons and dragons, fantasy, gaming, medieval, stick figures|
|Frequency:||Extremely irregular. Ideally, it's weekly, but in practice, it can be anything from daily to once every three months.|
Main Cast (a.k.a. The Order of the Stick)
- plus some affliated non-members:
- Mr Scruffy
The Parking Lot Is Full
|Tags:||black & white, comedy, inert, plotless, silly, single panels (although it became more multi-panel over time), weird|
|Tags:||black & white, homosexuality, manga style, nudity (expicit with a few thin white rectangles slashing across penises), sex (explicit)|
Punch an' Pie
|Authors:||Aeire and Chris Daily|
|Tags:||comedy (light), female focus, homosexuality, jobs, spin-off, real world, soap opera|
|Frequency:||Your guess is as good as mine. Ideally, it's weekly, but lately, it seems that the creators have half-forgotten the strip.|
The Q Man
|Writer:||Aaron F. Schnore
|Artist:||J. Robinson Wheeler
|Tags:||black & white, grim, science fiction, superheroes|
|Frequency:||Currently inactive and unavailable because of too many hacking attacks|
A man known only as the Q Man finds himself to be a superpowered would-be puppet of a very powerful and very secretive organization.
Who is he? What is he? There's no reason to believe the Six Million Dollar Man inspired origin story that he was given.
Regardless, he intends to be somewhat rebellious until things are more to his liking.
|Tags:||androids, future, humour, interplanetary, intrigue, pseudoprofanity ("shuck", "feck"), science fiction|
Queen of Wands
Elan Meets Rafa
|Tags:||homosexuality, nudity (tame), real world|
|Tags:||comedy, gaming, geeky, real world (kinda-sorta, if you can overlook Tony's inventions), science fiction, silly|
|Frequency:||Inactive, was weekdays|
- The cartoonist
- Alan Extra
Sandra on the Rocks
|Tags:||real world, silly|
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
|Tags:||comedy, geeky, plotless, sex (mild), silly|
|Tags:||comedy, gross (sometimes), inert, nudity, sex, silly|
|Creators:||Thom Pratt and Kambrea Pratt|
|Tags:||comedy, fantasy, steampunk|
|Frequency:||Monday, Wednesday, Friday|
Typical high school girl Mia White literally falls into a steampunk-fantasy world she's been dreaming about, thanks to her grandfather's mysterious antique ring.
There she meets Crimson Rhen, captain of The True North (a flying ship); he's the most powerful mage of the world and just so full of himself.
|Tags:||fantasy, homosexuality, nudity (explicit), sailors, sex (explicit), shipwrecked.|
|Tags:||comedy, gaming, homosexuality, jobs, science fiction, silly, soap opera, spin-off, superheroes, Transformers|
|Tags:||adventure, aliens, comedy, deaths, demons, dimension travel, drunks, explosions, fantasy, fighting, mad science, parodies,
science fiction, silly, soap opera, talking animals, time travel, vampires, zombies|
|Frequency:||Monday, Wednesday, Friday.|
(Was formerly daily plus filler sketches on weekends for years.)
The wacky misadventures of Torg, his friends, and their pets as they encounter various threats from mad scientists,
vampires, zombies, aliens, demons, assassins, holiday personifications, alternate dimensions,
alternate timelines, etc. etc. etc. ... and each other.
Other important characters
Storylines of interest
Torg loves Zoë.
Dimension of Pain.
Who is Oasis?
Sticky Dilly Buns
The Suburban Jungle
|Publisher:||Penny Farthing Press|
|Tags:||deaths, grim, science fiction, superheroes, talking animals|
|Frequency:||Series is complete. Was updated on Mondays and Wednesdays, I think.|
Think Before You Think
|Tags:||comedy, real world (except for Brian's psi-talent), soap opera|
TJ and Amal (The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal)
|Tags:||homosexuality, nudity, sex|
Too Much Information
Triangle and Robert
Weebl & Bob
The Young Protectors: Engaging the Enemy
|Tags:||homosexuality, nudity (no full frontal, but lots of teasing), superheroes|
|Frequency:||Wednesdays and Saturdays. Originally, bonus pages appeared on Wednesdays only if readers ponied up enough cash in time; this was changed by the introduction of funding through Patreon.|
Most recent comic|
A young male superhero, naïve, just beginning his superhero career, barely beginning to accept his own homosexuality,
begins a romantic relationship with a somewhat older male supervillain. Is it getting HOT in here?
- The Young Protectors is a team of super-powered youth who, for legal reasons, are normally only permitted to act in search and rescue missions. They have six team members:
- Kyle, code name "Red Hot", is the main character. He's a 16 year-old redhead with the superpower to generate and absorb fire. He's also gay and is in the process of leaving the closet.
- Spooky Jones, his original name unknown even to him, is a magician. On his 13th birthday, he was abducted to Hell but somehow managed to fight his way back to Earth.
- ____, code name "Commander", is the leader of the Young Protectors. Her superpower is telepathy, and thanks to her mother, she also has army training in manual combat.
- Mitch, code name "Flyboy" is the youngest member of the Young Protectors. He can fly, can lift anything while flying, and has eagle-like vision. He's also the computer expert on the team. But he has a few secrets, such that he's gay, and that he also fights crime alone late at night.
- ____, code name "Tsunami", is a black man with several tattoos and elemental control of water. For example, he can pull the water out of a nearby river and use that water as a fist-shaped battering ram. His tattoos glow blue when he's using his power. He and Commander are the legal guardians of the junior members of the team.
- Paul, code name "Fluke", is a black man with luck-based powers. Basically, he can experience unusual good luck if he's experienced bad luck first.
- Duncan is the muscular and silver-haired supervillian known as the "Annihilator". His superpowers include superstrength, fast reflexes, agility, and rapid self-healing. He augments his abilities with assorted weaponry and cunning. We also learn that he's gay, and he and Kyle actually start dating!
- Sircea, also known as the "Platinum Priestess", is a 6000-year old sorceress and supervillian. She and Duncan have a working relationship.
- Laampros is a demon lord of Hell. He's a few stories tall, dark red, has horns, wings, and a tail, but no clothes. To everyone's surprise, he is also Kyle's father.