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Bone Up On Kay & P

 


You are seriously missing out if you're not reading the wonderful webcomic Kay and P:

 

There are several things about this comic that would normally annoy me to the point that I'd say say "Feh!" loudly -- transparent balloons, a compendium of trendiness from Kay's hair and piercings to her art studies and seemingly stereotypical young adult's love of music. With almost any other writer's sensibilities, this would be a laundry list of ham-handedly obvious and overplayed clichés to slog lazily through.

But not here. This is inspired stuff.

The trappings and cultural touchstones at play here -- so often forced, phony, and a waste of everyone's time in other works -- instead ring through this work with depth and authenticity. The bare-bones (ha!) of the premise is that college student Kay's best friend since childhood is an invisible skeleton that only she can see. His name is "P", short for Peaches (or Peach, it's been a while since I read it AND I'M TOO LAZY TO CHECK WOO GO AMERICA.

This is not an adventure piece; it's very slice-of-life in its scale. It's an engaging character drama, raising uneasy questions of loyalty and friendship.

Kay herself is a cool female character, strong and emotional and vulnerable independent and needy all at one -- exceptionally human. For all her ups and downs, she seems to have a solid handle on her odd life; watching her struggle to maintain that handle is, like, all watch-y and stuff, but then also struggle-y.

...sorry. Low on sleep lately. It is a genuinely interesting balance she has to maintain, and it's another-word-for-interesting watching her do it.

The art is lovely as hell> While I am only in my early 30s, I am a bitter old past-clinging curmudgeon at heart, so I'm not the biggest fan of the digital paint revolution, but there is a very organic quality to this artist's approach. The world is animated enough to be engaging and real enough to feel, well, like it's really there -- impressive, for a book so clearly step outside our reality. There is a naturalism to this cartoony paint style that really sells the situation at the core of the premise, and wins over the bitter black heart of this grousy old compu-Scrooge.

Of course, Kay may just be crazy -- but from her perspective, it is a supernatural story. From mine, it's... well, this is the point at which your average review blog stoops to bring you awful puns like "it's just super" or "it's super AND natural", but we don't tolerate awful crap around here.

How this marvelous comic has gone unnoticed and un-picked-up by, say, Image, I have no idea. Whatever comic you just bought, Kay & P is probably better. WAY better.

Enjoy.

Frogs on a bog log,
-Caley Tibbittz

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by Caley Tibbittz Collopy

It's All Spider-Man's Fault

 


Why aren't you reading this? Or this? Or especially THIS?

Well, it's not really your fault. It's Spider-Man's.

Batman's too, he's such a spotlight-hogging prima donna. And then Buffy's all "I need a terrible audience-sucking comic too!"

 

Now don't get me wrong -- I love a lot of the big trademarked characters. I like following their adventures here and there. But then again, it's often disappointing, with the demand for stories leading to a lot of barely passable make-work and fanfic-ish stories. I'm not judging any creators here; under the deadlines they face, I'd be hard pressed to come up with engaging originality and true verve, let alone pipes and pipes of the stuff.

Speaking of engaging originality and true verve, it's out here in Webcomicland, which is like Radioland, but without the dials. Anyway, there are a LOT of great stories and characters waiting to be discovered, via Google search or via this stupid blog -- the latter being better because I can pimp my webcomic as much as humanly possible (sometimes I do it twice or even THRICE* in a single post!), which is good for you if you like violence, nudity, sex jokes, and faeries as superheroes (who wouldn't, amirite?).

And the best thing about webcomics?

 

THEY'RE FREE.

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THEY'RE ALL FREE,
YOU STUPID IDIOTS!

 

Free comics. Hundreds and thousands of cool stories to choose from, full of the characters you don't even know you love yet. So I ask you: does it need to be Spider-Man? Like, all the time? Does every bloody story need a Witchblade or a Superman or a Willow or always something you've already heard of to be worth reading?

We live in a digital age, yet popular, heavily trafficked webcomics remain the exception, not the rule. The simplest and therefore scientifically likeliest explanation is that there's a vanity press vibe (which would be a cool name for a vibrator with a mirror on it) to webcomics: thanks to our lovely host here, ComicFury, which I adore and rules all and other much crappier free hosts, anyone and their relatively talented monkey butler can make and post a webcomic. How can anyone sift through 10,000 webcomics, or even a hundred, just to find a couple good ones?

 

Well, I can. I get very bored at work. And then you can, 'cause I'm doing the heavy sifting (har) for you.

 

And really, are you satisfied with the endless rehashes and "events" the big two use to flog the mortally syphilitic horses of their creaky aging trademarks? AVX? Really? Interest v. yawning, I declare ('cause I declare things). It's not a story that needed to be told for any reason other than they have to tell SOMETHING to fill all those pages.

And again, I love a lot of these characters -- mostly just when Warren Ellis writes them, and I think he hates at least half of them. I prefer the stuff he cares about -- Ignition City, Planetary, Doktor Sleepless...

That kind of love is for the material is everywhere in Webcomicland. Why not take a Spider-Break and read some stories about characters the authors don't just love because they once wore (or are still wearing) the officially-licensed Underoos? Characters who are a true part of them? Characters that inspire them so much that they toil like pros on comics YOU GET TO READ FOR FREE?

 

Webcomics aren't all just shitty fanservice masturbation; some of us are trying hard to create truly professional quality comics... and more of us are succeeding than webcomics as a whole are given credit for. And we're doing it for us, sure, it's what we love... but we're doing it for you, too. Our audience. 'Cause we wuv you.

And like Enzyte's Bob, we just want it to be bigger and satisfy our wife. Is that too much to ask? The answer is no, no it's not. So goddamn read some fucking free comics and like it already, you lameass corporate whore dicks.

 

...sorry, I'm just all tired and cranky from working around my day job to give you over 4 issues of my comic for free. But go ahead: read more pointlessly rehashed Spider-Twat while I cry in the corner. Or, y'know... don't. Even once in while, indulge in sparks of creativity younger than your damn parents.

 

Boy do I like swearing.

Cheese sampler from way back,
-Caley Tibbittz

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*Just for Conan O'Brien.

   

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