Bananalog Boy, In a Digital World

          FreecomicHello friends, This week at The Banana Stand I thought it would be fun to spotlight some interesting comics I’ve found across the interwebs, there a quite a few talented creators out there doing some fantastic things with online comics, so I wanted to spread the word on some that I’ve enjoyed.  With any luck, this will result in a gigantic increase in traffic for their respective sites, and we will all become better people for having visited them and read their comics.  Some are pretty short and others are ongoing, so I’m just going to provide my two cents, and then let you all discover the rest for yourselves.  I hope this enlightens some to the joy of webcomics, as a person with a strict budget, it’s nice to be able to read some comics for free, and at the same time discover some very creative and talented names I would otherwise never hear about.  So without any further ado, let’s get on with it.

Strong Female Protagonist, by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag

                  SFP This is a very cool story about Mega-Girl, the world’s strongest known super-hero.  So far there are five issues available–I’m on #3–and I’ve really enjoyed every one.  Alison is not your average 20 year-old, but she is giving it the old college try; quite literally, she’s enrolled in college 🙂  After a year-long stint fighting crime with a super group know as The Guardians, she hung up her cape after defeating an evil villain group lead by The Menace.  At times very funny, but also just a solid take on super-heroism, and the possible ostracism that could come along with being super-powered.  It’s well written and the B&W art is fantastic, I highly recommend spending some time discovering this comic.

Our Valued Customers, by Tim Chamberlain

Boyfriend                    A ridiculously funny, one at a time panel strip that lampoons the hipster/nerd/comics scene.  You’ll have without a doubt heard some of the things said by the characters at least in some shape or form, and it’s a great place to just jump in and laugh till you’ve had your fill; make no mistake though, you will come back and read them all.  The header image on this article is from the site, and there are plenty more where that came from; creator Tim Chamberlain has been at it since 2010.  Another cool part is these are non sequential, so you can read them in any order you please, and just laugh without missing a beat.

Haunter, by Sam Alden

         haunter This silent comic is very creepy. It’s pretty short as well, so you could tear through it right now.  Telling a coherent and enjoyable story without words is not easy, but Sam Alden executes it wonderfully here.  I love the juxtaposition of a mysterious, spooky story depicted with bright and vibrant colors; it’s not the usual palette you’d find a story like this paired with, and I really enjoy that.  If you like this one, definitely check out his other stuff, like Eighth Grade; very different story, but again it’s all in the execution and Alden tackles the strange world of adolescence with aplomb.

Everything by Emily Carroll

          EmCarrollI couldn’t narrow it down to one, so I’m  just recommending you go to Carroll’s site and devour it all.  The art might not be to everyone’s particular taste–I personally love it, but Carroll’s sense of layouts and creative paneling are exquisite, and her stories more that compensate for any perceived shortcomings in her art style.  I enjoyed His Face All Red, Anu-Anulan & Yir’s Daughter, and Out of Skin  the most.  All the stories fall into the fairytale or horror/suspense categories, and are well worth your time.

Hobo Lobo of Hamelin, by Stevan Zivandinovic 

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          I don’t know if I can properly describe how amazing this comic is.  From a story standpoint it’s nothing that special, an enjoyable fairytale/folklore type of story about a town called Hamelin and a hobo who happens upon it.  The execution and inventiveness involved in the way the story is told is pretty much unparalleled.  Every page has 5 to 16 stages, and you need to click on them and wait a few seconds, because some are animated in a way.  Some pages also contain a soundtrack so turn the speakers on or grab those headphones.  Just trust me and check this out, because I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it before–if you have, then tell me where in the comments, because I want to see that as well.

Destructor, By Sean t. Collins and Matt Wiegle

          DESTRUCTORThis is just fun, exciting, adventure comics.  If you think you’d enjoy reading about a iron robot in a fantasy world fighting monsters and alligator soldiers, then just stop reading and go discover this awesome comic.  As of now, there are five stories completed and I believe they are on hiatus till the artist can return to draw any new ones.  I’m not going to say much more except that I love this little comic, if they were to ever print these tales I would buy it in a second.  Do yourself a favor and check it out, then come back and thank me in the comments 🙂

          So that’s it for now, I want to try and continue spotlighting some of the webcomics I come across in future installments of TBS (The Banana Stand)–yes all the acronyms we use here are existing TV stations 🙂 Feel free to list any cool ones I missed in the comments below.  There are a ton of wonderful stories out there waiting to be discovered, and I hope this article has lead at least a few of you to new stuff you would’ve otherwise missed out on.  As always, thanks for reading and see you next time!

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