I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get a hankering for some visual storytelling. Not just like TV or movies. Something nerdier than that! Graphic novels!
There are some amazing options you can read right from your computer. Extra bonus: With webcomics (especially active ones), you get access to some sweet online communities.
I love history, fantasy and folklore, so I’m a bit genre biased… but here are some of my five favorite webcomics!
1. The Dreamer
Written and illustrated by Lora Innes, The Dreamer has it all: Time travel, mystery, romance, history. (See how I rhymed that right there?) Beatrice Whaley finds herself trapped in two lives. As a modern day teenager, she has school, boys and drama to juggle. But when she sleeps, she finds herself in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Beautiful art, history, characters and story. If you are like me and grew up on Liberty’s Kids, you’ll love this.
This is an on-going comic with 19 issues to date. Updates on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The Dreamer is also published by IDW, so you can read it online or in print!
The Battle of Dovecote Crest is a fun webcomic about Civil War reenactors. Charlie is a volunteer at a dead-end internship, trying to remember why she majored in history in the first place. She and Jeremy have A Thing but an inability to communicate outside of historical battlefields has made relationship progression difficult.
It’s a quick read and a lot of fun. The text was written by Hailey Bachrach and drawn by Bridget Underwood (they were college friends–d’awwww!). There’s also a sequel on the site. The Battle of Dovecote Crest is a complete/finished webcomic.
A Redtail’s Dream is a wonderfully imaginative story by Minna Sundberg. She draws on her Finnish/Swedish roots to create a world steeped in mythology and a story that reads like old folklore.
Hannu Viitanen isn’t taken seriously by anyone in his village. This may be because he’s lazy, uncaring, and sarcastic, but that’s beside the point! His dog Ville makes up for all that with enthusiasm and spunk. When Puppy-Fox sort of accidentally sends the village into a dream state between worlds (where everyone will die eventually), Hannu and Ville are the only ones left to save their friends. They travel through seven different realms of dream, and in each one they have to fix villagers’ problems before the people can be freed. This gets increasingly difficult… especially when Hannu’s own soul starts to wander.
The webcomic is complete and you can read the whole thing online!
4. Bite Me!
Bite Me is a entertaining farce that’s something like a blend between A Tale of Two Cities and Interview With the Vampire. Claire is an inn waitress who is bored to death of all this French Revolution stuff. So when she finds out hot customer Lucien is a vampire, and that the mysterious wound on her neck is not from a fondue fork, she’s very excited. A whole new immortal underworld is open to her, and the only thing in her way is… garlic!
Anacrine Complex is the newest webcomic on this list, and branches out of straight up fantasy and into superhero genre. Lee is an angsty guy who can control metal. Ben is an adorable video game addict/nerd. When Lee causes an explosion at Ben’s workplace, Ben acquires new powers of observation. Perhaps even–video game superpowers?!? I don’t know because the comic is still pretty fresh.
Updates are on Saturdays!
BONUS: 6. The Silver Eye
Full disclosure: The Silver Eye is written and illustrated by my sister, so I’m clearly biased. But it’s also a great story, and it’s cool to watch Laura Hollingsworth’s art improve as it goes. (Spoiler: It gets pretty awesome.)
Orphan Enel teams up with an outcast in a search for answers. Why does the country’s ruler always wear a mask? Are there really kingdoms beyond the Deadlands? And most importantly: Who is Enel, really? A cast of cool characters joins in, each with their own reasons to seek the truth. But everyone has a secret–and perhaps the person with the most is Enel’s friend, Apen.
The Silver Eye is currently updating every Friday.
Do you read webcomics? What are some of your favorites? Leave recommendations below!