Webcomics Weekly: The Substitutes
In a new feature here a Graphic Policy, we’ll take a look at one of the many webcomics out there that the staff enjoy each week (but don’t be fooled by the “weekly” part of the title; it may happen more or less than that). We’re defining webcomics as any comics published online for free consumption by the general public that doesn’t require a subscription service.
This week we’re taking a look at The Substitutes. The strip is created by Myisha Haynes, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about the webcomic below.
Graphic Policy: In a nutshell, can you tell us what the strip’s about?
Myisha Haynes: Roommates Freddie, Emilio, and Bianca accidentally acquire the magical weapons and responsibilities meant for someone else, and must learn what it means to become the hero to another’s story.
GP: How often do you update?
MH: Currently, every other Tuesday. I’m hoping to go to once a week in the future.
GP: How long have you been producing the strip?
MH: The comic just started September 8, 2015–still very much a youngin’!
GP: Where did the idea for the strip come from?
MH: It started off as a goofy idea about a group of apartment neighbors who discovered a portal in their shared laundry room. As I started to think more about what would be on the other side of that portal (magic weapons! The people who those magic weapons belong to!) and what that would mean for the story, the circumstances changed, but the central idea of fish-out-of-water urbanites with magic stayed the same.
Why it’s awesome: Although still in its infancy when compared to some of the other webcomics we’ve featured, this is always a joy to read. Click on the link here to access the archives and read a really entertaining illustrated story that has some fantastic art and a whole lot of heart and soul. Yes, the comic is young, but it’s absolutely bloody fantastic.
Below you’ll find a selection of pages from the strip; the first is from January 2016, and the second and third from September 2015.
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