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by Caley Tibbittz Collopy

No One Is Reading The Best Webcomic EVER

 

No, I don't mean my totally bitchin' webcomic (yes, I'm gonna pimp it in pretty much every entry, sue me) --

 

-- I'm talking about freaking brilliant and staggeringly incredible and super-fantastic and stunningly stunning and witty and pretty and shockingly fun to be gawking totally rockingly great webcomic The Adventures of Jonas.

 

Despite your immediate confusion, no, this is not a fan tribute to the incredibly terrible brother band; it's a diary webcomic by the titular and insanely talented Jonas.


 

 

 

It starts out a little aimless and episodic, and even the author doesn't seem to much love the start -- but he's wrong. Even in its infancy, the strip is fantastic. His world view is unique, artistic, vibrant, smart, wonderfully blunt, and genuinely alive in a way most of us have forgotten how to be in our lives, let alone in our work. Even simple situations come across as inspired in the telling.

And the art -- my God man, woman, child, and surly teenager, the art is FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC. It's like Bill Watterson fell in a blender with Charles Schulz and a big dash of non-douchey alt-comics. From character to expression to rough-hewn natural linework to inventive and just plain delightful color work... it's all here. It's not somewhere else. This is the place that you get this. All the this that you need.

And once we get past the high school years... holy SHIRT. Son of a HORSE. It gets kinda... mind-blowing and life-reassessing? Soul-touching? MORE DEEPLY HUMAN THAN ANY OTHER WEBCOMIC YOU WILL EVER READ EVER?


Yes.


Don't trust the Eisners; there really isn't anything better than Adventures of Jonas. It blew me away; if it doesn't reach you, you may have, in fact, died several years ago.

 

I'd mean, I'd definitely go see a doctor just to be sure.

 

Medium toast on a cracker,
-Caley Tibbittz

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by Caley Tibbittz Collopy

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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