So, I’m beginning to notice a trend. I’m quite the zombie fan. I usually don’t care much for horror stories, unless there are zombies. I’ve decided there are several reasons for this. Zombie stories lend themselves to humor much more readily than slashers, monster movies, and the like. You can get away with a few jokes here and there and maintain a serious tone. More importantly, the protagonists take an active role in their own preservation. They’re not just victims of some sadistic creep, feral monster, or terrifying circumstances. They are out there defending themselves, adapting to the situation. Sure, sometimes they still all die in the end, but more often than not they survive and it’s not through dumb luck. (more…)
I don’t really read a lot of non-sequitur comics during my obsessive comic checking archive trawls each week. I’m much more of a story guy, really, and I like knowing that there is a plan. Its not that I dislike random comics that are unrelated from the previous day, I just don’t have as much of a reason to visit them without a story to drive my motivations. And plus, the problem with a regularly updated non-sequitur comics is that it’s increasingly rare when an author can make something that is consistently funny day in and day out. In fact I whoa shit ice cream truck!!!!
Uh, sorry about that. First ice cream truck of the summer, you know. I guess since that irritatingly maddening jingle has completely dropped a pot of ruin all over my sweet, thoughtful introduction paragraph, we’ll just get down to brass tacks. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, written and drawn by Zach Weiner, is the ONLY non-sequitur comic I check daily. Why? Because it’s totally awesome, that’s why.
Resonance of Fate caught my eye a few months back because it still remains one of the few RPGs that exist on the Xbox 360, which is quickly becoming overrun by first and third person shooters. Sure, we’ve got the Mass Effect series, Oblivion and Fallout 3, but a lot of the traditional RPG formula has been removed from these games and slapped into a new, shiny real-time game engine. I can’t say I blame them, what with how poorly traditional RPGs are received in the American market these days, but I grew up with the old school RPGs and you know what? I miss them.
This game, ominously titled Resonance of Fate for some reason, simultaneously caters to and defers from the old school formula and makes something rather unique, in a run of the mill sort of way.
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Okay, so I admit it. I’m writing this for somewhat selfish purposes. It’s been several months since I started reading Andrew Hussie’s current mega-epic, Homestuck, and I have no idea what exactly is going on. What’s worse, my two Faceplant amigos, as well as a disturbing majority of people who I seem to encounter in my somewhat unusual life, absolutely refuse to pick it up, leaving me to wildly speculate and guess at the plot’s direction alone.
Homestuck is technically the fourth installment on Andrew Hussie’s mspaintadventures site, and looking to be the second one actually finished. The site is filled with a unique kind of web comic that mirrors and pokes fun at text-based adventure games. The first two adventures, Jail Break and Bard’s Quest, were both incomplete, with the ever popular Problem Sleuth adventure being the first adventure that has a beginning, middle and end. (more…)
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What do you get when put a six-year-old in charge of writing a comic? You get the Desperado of police thrillers. Axe Cop isn’t over just any top. This unibaby has shot right over Mt. Everest. Drawn by Ethan Nicolle and written by his five-year old brother Malachai, Axe Cop is the perfect blend of fun ink and pen and sheer insanity.
Most five-year old boys, and a lot of girls, I know tell amazing stories about superheroes doing strange things in the name of justice, but few are able to maintain the storyline for five months and keep any sort of continuity. Whether it is through coaxing from his older brother or not, the continuity and pseudo-logic the storyline follows is impressive. Readers ride along with Axe Cop as he drives a bus with no steering on rollercoaster tracks of insanity. It’s impossible to predict and the results are sheer awesome. (more…)
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Stuff. You talk about it. Sometimes you wish other people talked about it too. Well, we are other people. Presenting the first Faceplant podcast, General Mish-Mash episode 1! We hit some of the hottest topics in the universe today, such as why hammocks are awesome. Seriously. But we also talk about how 3d games will be invading our lives and making them more….expensive? Speaking of expensive, Tophat freaks out and explains why Modern Warfare 2′s DLC is the devil and we’re all idiots. We also hit on some other big games such as Borderlands and Left 4 Dead 2, but really sink our teeth into what makes Mass Effect 2 great. And terrible. And also, kinda ehhh. With quick hits on game remakes, developers mailing it in, and many reasons why Enosh sucks, you can’t afford not to listen. Enjoy! (The voice we referred to as “Peck” is actually “Tophat”. Don’t ask.) (more…)
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Anyone who has been reading web comics for any length of time has at least heard of Sluggy Freelance. And why wouldn’t they? Written and drawn by Pete Abrams and created in August of 1997, Sluggy Freelance is one of the oldest comics available on the internet. It’s long, looping stories may not be for everyone, however, and it’s definitely not the kind of comic that you should pick up if you don’t intend to read the entire archives.
And don’t get me wrong on this: reading the entire archives is a commitment.
Sluggy Freelance is a daily comic, and has been for it’s entire 10+ year run. Of course, once you start reading, you’re not going to be able to stop. You’ve been warned. (more…)