Category Archives: Webcomics

Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy Lands at Dark Horse

Dark Horse is partnering with writer and artist Stephen McCranie to bring his unique space opera webcomic Space Boy to the page as a four-volume graphic novel series. Currently serialized on with over 50,000 unique readers, McCranie’s Space Boy is a coming of age story of a high-school-aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years.

Amy lives on a mining colony in out in deep space, but when her dad loses his job the entire family is forced to move back to Earth. Amy says goodbye to her best friend Jemmah and climbs into a cryotube where she will spend the next 30 years frozen in a state of suspended animation, hurtling in a rocket toward her new home. Her life will never be the same, but all she can think about is how when she gets to Earth, Jemmah will have grown up without her.


Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy Volume 1 goes on sale June 20, 2018.

Mages of Mystralia Goes from Webcomic to Print this January

Dark Horse Comics and Borealys Games conjure up the release the popular Mages of Mystralia webcomic in a new graphic novel coming to bookstores and comics shops in January 2018

Acclaimed fantasy author Ed Greenwood lent his magic to the Mages of Mystralia storyline for the game while writer Brian Clevinger and artist Carey Pietsch brought the lore from the game to the acclaimed webcomic.

The graphic novel will include concept art from the game and exciting bonus material. The game is currently available now, with the graphic novel hitting retailers in early 2018.

Ménage À 3 To Be Collected in Print by Udon Entertainment

The popular web-comic Ménage À 3 has been entertaining and titillating online readers for nearly ten years. Now, the Joe Shuster Award-nominated series will be collected in print form by UDON Entertainment starting with Ménage À 3 Volume 1 in February.

Produced by artist Gisèle Lagacé and co-writer David Lumsdon, Ménage À 3 follows the lives of a 29-year-old-virgin comic book geek and his two way-hotter-than-he-is roommates. Gary, Didi, and Zii’s tight-as-a-sandwich Montreal apartment is the cramped stage for sexy hi-jinks, awkward moments, and pretty much everybody trying to bonk, shag, or nuzzle with everyone else!

Series creator Gisèle Lagacé has lent her sequential art talents to the likes of Archie ComicsBetty Boop, and Jem and the Holograms. She’s also a sought-after cover artist whose work has graced titles including GwenpoolVampirellaStreet Fighter, and more. Gisèle has been in the web-comics game since 2000, and has grown Ménage À 3 into Pixie Trix Comix – a web-comic network that includes multiple ongoing series set in the MA3 universe and beyond.

Ménage À 3 Volume 1 collects the first two years of the web-comic – that’s over 300 installments. Also included are print-exclusive bonus stories, plus special guest artist strips. The book arrives in stores everywhere February 2018.

Johnny Bullet Begins a Silent Comic Adventure

The adventures of Johnny Bullet, comics’ favorite street and drag racer continue in a new story set in 1969, and rendered as a silent chapter, in his weekly webcomic.

Following the explosive revelation about Johnny Bullet in strip #132, this week’s strip (#133), explores the hero’s life five years in the past at the height of his glory and in the middle of muscle car madness in America.

In the release, creator Hervé St-Louis said:

Regular readers of Johnny Bullet already know that I have always been cheap with words, sometimes with just one per strip. Much of the action in the comic has always been visual. I am simply pushing things to their logical ends with this 22-page flashback. It is a challenge to tell such a story but I bet that readers will enjoy the ride.

Cartoonist Larry Hama wrote the first silent comic in G.I. Joes #21. Since, silent comics have become a favorite of readers and for cartoonists, a way to express the essence of comic art.

Strip #133 of Johnny Bullet starts a new chapter in the life of the 1970s professional racing driver originally inspired by Steve McQueen and Frank Frazetta’s Johnny Comet. The silent story continues weekly at Johnny Bullet’s home where Johnny Bullet chases beautiful women and outruns shady characters.

ComicBookBin publishes Johnny Bullet every Sunday as a free black and white retro web comic strip.

Check, Please!: Where Hockey Meets Great Storytelling

bittyWhat do maple-sugar-crusted apple pie, Beyoncé, and ECAC ice hockey have in common? Well, you’d be surprised.

In 2013, a recent Yale graduate by the name of Ngozi Ukazu put her knowledge of New England collegiate life to good use with a simple web comic on Tumblr. Four years later, what began as a grad student’s side-project has become a phenomenon in some cultish circles of the internet, with two wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns and two printed volumes on the way.

What exactly is the comic about, and why is it so popular? Check, Please! follows Eric “Bitty” Bittle, an anime-eyed figure skater turned smaller-than-average hockey player from Georgia whose scholarship depends on his ability to keep his head despite his phobia of physical violence. In a sport where physical violence is key, Bits needs all the help he can get.

But hockey is only a part of the equation. Bitty is also an avid baker and vlogger; his series of videos about food and college life give the comic its title—ha, puns!—and often serve to frame the story, with Bitty serving monologues directly to the reader as though they are a part of his in-universe audience.

Above all, however, the appeal of Check, Please! lies in its representation of friendship and camaraderie that anyone who has ever been a part of a team can relate to. Fraternity, self-acceptance, and diversity of experience are major themes throughout, which explains why so many fans tune in for the adventures of a fictional college hockey team despite having never watched a game.

Check, Please! also owes its storytelling success and cult popularity, in part, to its showcasing of mental illness and very personal LGBT issues which often go unexplored in more lighthearted media. Jack Zimmermann may be the very talented son of a hockey legend, but it is that very pressure which helped lead him to overdose at 18; Eric Bittle may have accepted his identity as a gay man, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to come out to anyone back home just yet. Each and every character is lovably flawed and facing their own dilemma, which makes the relationships between them all the more special in the eyes of the reader.

Ukazu’s work is real and relatable in its tragedy, its humor, and its examination of what it means to be a young adult making a place for oneself in the world. Documentation of Bitty’s first two and a half years at Samwell University currently exists on its own brand new website (though it can still be found on Tumblr, as well), but if one prefers to consume comics on real, tangible paper, the first of two volumes is set to be published by First Second Books and released in the fall of 2018.

Meanwhile, Bitty’s junior year adventures continue to be published online by Ukazu herself, with updates every other month. And once you’re all caught up, you can always have more while you’re waiting for the next episode—there are countless extras, notes about each update, endlessly entertaining fanworks, and a plethora of tweets from an active (but currently protected, for spoiler-type reasons) Twitter run by everyone’s favorite skating pâtissier. Fans are never at a loss for Check, Please! content, so the best thing to do is dive right in with Episode 1: Eric Bittle. You’ll be ‘swawesome friends with Johnson the Metaphysical Goalie in no time.

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As the Crow Flies is a story about Charlie — a queer 13 year old girl who finds herself stranded in a dangerous place: an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp.  It has been nominated for the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize (2013), an Eisner Award (2014), and an Ignatz (2016), and won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators (2016).

Creator Melanie Gillman joins graphic Policy Radio to discuss their webcomic as well as Steve Universe!

Melanie Gillman is an Eisner- and Ignatz-nominated cartoonist.  They are the creator of As the Crow Flies, a webcomic about queer teens and Christian youth camp, which will be published by Iron Circus Comics in late 2017.  They have also written the Steven Universe comic for BOOM! Studios including the fan-favorite Stevonie storyline. They currently live in Tulsa, OK, where they are a 2017-2018 fellow in the Tulsa Artist Fellowship program.  Their work can be read at:

Library of Congress Announces Webcomics Archive

The Library of Congress has announced two new born-digital collections are now available – the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive.

The Webcomics Web Archive focuses on comics created specifically for the web and supplements the Library’s extensive holdings in comic books, graphic novels and original comic art.

Webcomics selected for this collection include award-winning comics as well as webcomics that are significant for their longevity, reputation or subject matter. The collection includes sites such as Dinosaur Comics, Hyperbole and a Half, and XKCD. Also included are works by artists and subjects not traditionally represented in mainstream comics, including women artists and characters, artists and characters of color, LGBTQ+ artists and characters, as well as subjects such as politics, health and autobiography.

The Web Cultures Web Archive  is a representative sampling of websites documenting the creation and sharing of emergent cultural traditions on the web such as GIFs, memes and emoji. The project is part of the American Folklife Center, established by Congress to document traditional cultural forms and practices.

The effort will help scholars 25 and 100 years from now to have a fuller picture of the culture and life of people today. Sites included in the archive are Urban Dictionary, Internet Meme Database, Emojipedia and Boing Boing.

The Library collected and is displaying these sites with permission. Any further use by the public may also require permission.

The Library has been archiving select websites since 2000 and has now preserved more than a petabyte of web content, including collections of federal executive, legislative and judicial websites; sites of international governments; and national institutions such as the U.S. Olympic Committee and the American Red Cross.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States ­­— and extensive materials from around the world — both on site and online.

Kismet, the First Muslim Superhero, Returns

Having debuted in 1944’s Bomber Comics #1, “Kismet, Man of Fate” never had his own fate revealed despite being comic books’ first Muslim superhero. Over seventy years passed between his last adventure fighting Nazis behind the front lines in war-time Germany and just last year when he returned as part of The Broken Frontier Anthology, a successful Kickstarter campaign from publisher A Wave Blue World (AWBW). Now, the same Eisner Award-nominated team that brought back the character is continuing his modern-day adventures in the weekly Kismet, Man of Fate online feature as part of the AWBW’s Under Current imprint.

Writer A. David Lewis and artist Noel Tuazon are joined by colorist Rob Croonenborghs and Ghost Glyph Studios in bringing Kismet to the current day. Beginning May 2nd and running two pages per week for the next year, the storyline will pit Kismet against the climate of the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign and its ensuing fallout in Boston and beyond. Additionally, the issues of LGBTQ rights, experimental science, and immigrant communities will feature prominently in the year-long storyline.

Lewis, who separately serves as the President of Comics for Youth Refugees Incorporated Collective (CYRIC), has no intention to fall into superhero conventions nor shy away from challenging, real-world conflicts. In the release, Lewis said:

Kismet was created at a moment where fascism was a real and present danger. With the political climate being what it is right now – with Islamophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and hate crimes all on the rise – there seems no better time to reengage the character.

Kismet, Man of Fate is available weekly with the initial pages already available for free viewing. The completed storyline will be available in print in 2018.

Webcomics Weekly: Rising Sand

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s spotlight on webcomics, where we take a look at one of the many comics available online: Webcomics Weekly (but don’t be fooled by the “weekly” part of the title; the feature may happen more or less frequently 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.

BFFs XPOSTERThis week we’re taking a look at Rising Sand. The strip is created by Ty Dunitz and Jenn Lee, 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?

Ty Dunitz: The sun is falling from the sky, and a group reluctant friends are going to try to stop it, to keep their world from literally burning up—assuming they even can.

GP: How often do you update?

TD: Our schedule has typically seen us release a new page each Wednesday. However, due to some recent injuries to each of our respective drawing hands, we’ve had to temporarily slow to two pages a month. Making a comic with visuals as detailed as RS comes with some serious stakes, and we’re unfortunately learning our limits the hard way.

GP: How long have you been producing the strip?

TD: Jenn and I launched RS just over a year ago. Preproduction began several months before that.

GP: Where did the idea for the strip come from?

TD: My first love is lore. I really enjoy concepts that take the time to consider minutae, that the reader can zoom in and out of like a fractal without it falling apart. Rising Sand‘s world of Erj, as such a concept, was initially an exercise to sharpen my worldbuilding skills—my original aim was to create a roleplaying game, as a sandbox for people to tell their own stories. As the project developed, however, I realized it might be fun to first tell one of my own. Briefly, the plan was to write RS as a novel, but Jenn convinced me otherwise… and, here we are. While presented as a colourful, animated friends-on-the-road adventure, RS is ultimately just a cynical coping mechanism for my anxiety about death. That possibly has yet to be made clear on the page, but… we’ll get there.

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Why it’s awesome: On the About page on Rising Sand‘s website, there’s a fantastic blurb that you’ll find pasted below that pulled me right into the story with an almost unnatural ease.

Erj is a world kept alight by a sun that has orbited faithfully since recorded memory—and now, that faith is faltering.

A band of extraordinarily unlikely heroes will try and keep the sky itself from falling while facing threats they could never have imagined.

So, you know, the usual.

There’s an incredible amount of great content to read through, with a wonderful aesthetic to each page (which you can have a look at below). Honestly, I’ve seen comics from the Big Two that struggle to compare to this, frankly wonderful webcomic. At this point, I haven’t read every page of the story, but what I have read I’ve really enjoyed – there’s around 50 pages of story content uploaded, which you can read in a pretty decent amount of time, so I highly recommend you check this story out. It’s so much fun.

Below you’ll find three pages originally posted to the site.

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Webcomics Weekly: Zulu

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s spotlight on webcomics, where we take a look at one of the many comics available online every Sunday: Webcomics Weekly (but don’t be fooled by the “weekly” part of the title; the feature may happen more or less frequently 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 Zulu. The strip is written by Alverne Ball, 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?

Alverne Ball: Zulu is the story of teen named Lazarus Jones who becomes possessed by the spirit of the great warrior king, Shaka Zulu, while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a big corporation is behind the endless gang violence and disintegration of his neighborhood.

GP: How often do you update?

AB: Zulu will be updated with 2 pages every Tuesday on

GP: How long have you been producing the strip?

AB: It’s been some years I’d say, too many to want to reveal the real number, but it wasn’t until a year ago I pulled the series back out of the dark closet of my hard drive and felt that it neeWded to get out. In that time there was ups and downs but I had just finished a multi-artist web comic with Afropunk (When We Were Kings) and I thought if I can get the band back together (more importantly, artist Mike Watson) then AP might be the perfect platform for telling this story since they gave me a shot to do WWWK when no one else would hear my proposal, plus I felt that with the rise in violence in Chicago this story spoke truth to a marginalized voice that lives in the middle of all the chaos.

GP: Where did the idea for the strip come from?

AB: It came in part because at the time I had never written a superhero comic and I wanted to challenge myself, you know, to see if i could do it, but at the same time I wanted to fuse my love of history with something or someone that when people saw it they’d get it, i.e. Shaka Zulu, but with a new twist to this hero’s journey and how embracing one’s ancestry and culture can build pride instead of a sense of apathy for that culture because of how its been portrayed in mass media.

Below you’ll find some sample images to when your appetite.

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