1. "The Order of the Stick (OOTS) is a comedic webcomic that celebrates and satirizes tabletop role-playing games and medieval fantasy through the ongoing tale of the eponymous fellowship of adventuring heroes. The comic is written and illustrated by Rich Burlew, who creates the comic in a colorful stick figure style.

    Taking place in a magical world that loosely operates by the rules of the 3.5 edition Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), the comic follows the sometimes farcical exploits of six adventurers as they strive to save the world from an evil lich. Much of the comic’s humor stems from these characters either being aware of the game rules that affect their lives or having anachronistic knowledge of modern culture, which in turn is often used by the author to parody various aspects of role-playing games and fantasy fiction. While primarily comedic in nature, The Order of the Stick features a continuing storyline serialized in one- to four-page episodes, with over 800 such episodes released so far.

    Although it is principally distributed online at the website Giant in the Playground, seven book collections have been published, including several print-only stories (On the Origin of PCsStart of Darkness, and Snips, Snails and Dragon Tales). An alternate version of the strip appeared monthly in Dragon magazine for 22 issues; these strips, among others, are collected in Snips, Snails and Dragon Tales.”

     
  2. "One day Millenium Boy decided to grab his hobo stick, his bandana, and his Swiss Army knife, bid his mom goodbye, and head off on a quest for adventure. Joined by his best friend Steve (weapon: baseball bat; clothing: wife beater, cargo pants and sandals), they soon find themselves in a violent altercation with two other adventure seekers. It ends badly for their antagonists (“Whoa, check it out, dude! You actually knocked this dude’s brain right out of his cranium!”) and Millenium Boy and Steve become the proud owners of fancy weapons upgrades (a crowbar and a steel chain). So on they trek, and the next inductee to their group is the muscle-bound Lash Penis.

    And then things start getting weird! 

    Readers of 2009’s Red Monkey Double Happiness Book will recognize Joe Daly’s delightfully unique stoner/philosopher dialogue and distinctive character designs, but the hilarious over-the-top Role Playing Game action (complete with periodic updates for each character’s status in ten criteria, including “dexterity,” “intelligence,” and “money”) propel this new story into a heretofore unachieved action-comedy realm. By the end of this book (the first chapter of a projected four-part epic), the trio has been joined by Nerdgirl the Archer, Lash Penis has nearly had his arm cut off, they’ve acquired a whole new nifty bag of tricks, and the menaces have become increasingly surreal and lethal. Where will it end?”

     
  3. So free comic book day is tomorrow, May 5th, and I encourage everyone to go out to your local shop and pick up anything that interests you and see what sticks, you never know what you might like! 

    If you aren’t aware of free comic book day, that’s ok, it’s only about 10 years old. It started in 2002 by the North American comic book industry and it’s a great way to bring in more people into the world of comics.

    This year the list is fairly promising but personally I’m most excited for the Adventure Time comic based off of the wildly popular television show on Cartoon Network and following the continuity of the main comic storyline. 

    For a full list of the comics available you can check here http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/981

     
  4. Can you ever escape your fate?

    Three shadows stand outside the house – and Louis and Lise know why the spectral figures are there.  The shadows have come for Louis and Lise’s son, and nothing anyone can do will stop them.  Louis cannot let his son die without trying to prevent it, so the family embarks on a journey to the ends of the earth, fleeing death. 

    Poignant and suspenseful, Three Shadows is a haunting story of love and grief, told in moving text and sweeping black and white artwork by Cyril Pedrosa.”

     
  5. Hark! A Vagrant! is Kate Beaton’s first book that collects her incredibly popular webcomic strips about history, literature, and general silliness. 

    http://harkavagrant.com/index.php to see more!

     
  6. David B- Epileptic

    The book tells the story of the artist’s early childhood and adolescence, focusing on his relationship with his brother and sister. His brother develops severe and intractable epilepsy, causing the family to seek a variety of solutions from alternative medicine, most dramatically by moving to a commune based on macrobiotic principles. As the epileptic brother loses control of his own life, the artist develops solitary obsessions with cartoons, mythology and war. The book’s graphic style becomes increasingly elaborate as the children’s fantasy life takes over, with their dreams and fears (including epilepsy itself) appearing as living creatures. In brief interludes, the children appear as adults when the artist begins the process of writing the story.

     
  7. Vanessa Davis is another cartoonist I have a great deal of admiration for. She primarily works in the realm of the autobiographical comic and she’s incredibly genuine with all the subject matters she touches upon.

    This is what Amazon has to say about her and her book titled “Make Me a Woman”

    …No story is too painful to tell—like how much she enjoyed fat camp. Nor too off-limits—like her critique of R. Crumb. Nor too personal—like her stories of growing up Jewish in Florida. Using her sweet but biting wit, Davis effortlessly carves out a wholly original and refreshing niche in two well-worn territories: autobio comics and the Jewish identity. Davis draws strips from her daily diary, centering on her youth, mother, relationships with men, and eventually her longtime boyfriend…”

     
  8. Lauren Weinstein is a bit of a personal hero to me. I’m not particularly attracted to her art style but her authenticity is stunning, especially in her book “Girl Stories”, which is a loosely autobiographical telling of many of her experiences and feelings from 8th to 9th grade, including but not limited to Homemade Barbie fashions, pining over Morrissey and feces in the locker of a certain ruthless bully.

     
  9. Bone, written and illustrated by Jeff Smith

    "Three modern cartoon cousins get lost in a pre-technological valley, spending a year there making new friends and out-running dangerous enemies. Their many adventures include crossing the local people in The Great Cow Race, and meeting a giant mountain lion called RockJaw: Master of the Eastern Border. They learn about sacrifice and hardship in The Ghost Circles and finally discover their own true natures in the climatic journey to The Crown of Horns."

     
  10. Everyone should go out and read Moomin and live in the moominvalley and create lots of chaos and friends!