Note: I’m sorry this page looks like crap. WordPress won’t keep it the way I want it. After so much damn time I put into this list, I’m pretty pissed.
This is the list of webcomics that I read. Most of them are gay. This is a post a long time in coming, and is linked on my About/Home page. It’ll be edited as time goes on. There are plenty of other good webcomics out there, but I have specific tastes, and so do you. Here are my recommendations (pics are links!):
This little baby above is special because the people have a specific way of linking to their stuff- so there you go. “A Broken Winter” was pretty much ignored by me because- though it has gay males in an dystopian society, plot and prettiness- this story goes a lot darker than how my tastes usually run. I couldn’t read too much without dying a little on the inside. Nevertheless, it has magic and mystery and just more than you would expect in something that could have gone in-love-with-best-friend-schoolboy route. By the way, the boy grows up.
I have no idea what “Always Raining Here” is about, and I don’t particularly like the art. I’m actually saving it for a rainy day (no pun intended) and when I am feeling particularly down. The cutesy art style, and the fact that it is labeled by the own site as a ‘BL comic’ tells me it will be dramatic (not my taste) but heartfelt. I can already feel it in the art, and I’ll need this someday.
I haven’t seen an update from “Atland” in a while. “Atland”, though cartoony in style, not gay (though one of the main characters is a lesbian!), is funny, clever, and sweet. Basically, a zombie prince is revived by a priestess to stop an evil in Atland, a fantasy land. A few more characters join, and you have adventures all over the place. I finished the 300+ pages in about a week.
Another webcomic I’m not so sure about. “Boned” has two couples- obviously- and it has just started. The POC got me, and the beginning. The author said the comic is weird, so I’m up for something supernatural, but it seems it my be a gay drama- which I’m totally okay with. The art is very specific and confident. Though not my favorite style, it’s good enough for me to follow.
“The Reporter and the Girl” is a mixture of text, video, and comic. The lengths the creators went to into making this got my interest. Yet again, I have no idea what it is about, but I intend to marathon its 18 chapters soon. It doesn’t look gay (gee, really) but its unique vibe had me bookmarking it, and placing it here. This is also a WordPress blog. Cool beans, right?
This is “The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal”. For some reason, I saw this webcomic and was like, “Nah”. I was probably very busy at the time with school and stuff. I came back to it when I had more time and now I’m like- HOW DID I PASS THIS UP? Fortunately, I spent months away, so I had months of pages to come back to. The POC (Amal, dur) is wonderful. He and TJ are going from California to New York: Amal is going to his sister’s graduation (at the same time running away from an engagement and coming out to his family) and TJ is going to live with a tattoo artist (and running away from a drug dealer). This comic is epic. If you want my honest opinion, this is the sole must-read on this list. I like other comics better than “TJ and Amal”, but “TJ and Amal” is the best.
“The Kingfisher”… How apt that this came after “TJ and Amal” (I had added the pictures randomly). This comic was also skipped, because I didn’t like the art. I decided to give it ago because I gave the duo above a second chance. Yet again, I had accumulated enough pages to quench my sudden thirst for this story. Lead character Jack (gay!) is turned to vampire and is swept into their highly hierarchical society, where a coup is coming up from a poor lunatic man from the past. My summary doesn’t do it justice, but this comic deserves more attention- it’s so well-written (and funny) I thought perhaps the guy wrote stories on the side. I would say it’s a must-read, but the art and vampire storyline might turn people off. There isn’t a lot of sex either.
Written by the same guy who wrote “Artifice”, also on the website, finished, and highly recommended, “The Young Protectors” is a gorgeous webcomic in the style of superhero comics. Main guy Kyle is currently with (platonically) Silver Fox Duncan. Duncan had blackmailed Kyle into his first kiss, saying he would tell the world he was gay. Kyle is the superhero Red Hot, while Duncan is a supervillian, the Annihilator. Anyone who wanted Batman and Robin to hook up, this is the closest thing right now. It also has the most consistent updates. I don’t think Mr. Alex Woolfson has ever gotten sick.
This is “Teahouse”. “Teahouse” is beautiful. It is hilarious. It is moving (character-wise, for me). It is friggin’ sexy. Did I mention beautiful and hilarious? This comic is what got me into webcomics (“Artifice” is a close second). It’s about a bunch of whores and their lives. The beauty and comedy and sex eclipses the drama that would usually turn me away from such stories. I’ve bought their comics, and their special additions. I’ve bought their fucking stickers. Though storytelling-wise, this doesn’t really hold against “TJ and Amal” or “Kingfisher”… It tickles all my bits. I would give it a must-read, but the pace may be slow for most people and may have too much smut. Read it anyway.
“Starfighter” followed “Teahouse”. A lot of their followers would say the same. Cain and Abel are those two (you can probably guess which is which) and they are Fighter and Navigator, respectfully, for a spaceship in an army. Cain seems to want Abel for something (other than sex, but Abel nor we readers know) Other characters have finally joined the cast to rile things up. Their side of the war has taken a turn for the worst, but we’ll see how it goes. The creator has a bunch of good art too. My favorite is the alien and Candy Ass.
“Spectre” follows the Avenier website creepy style with some poor guy being kidnapped and, I believe, SPOILER maybe, experimented on. It’s my kind of story with a dominant master sort of guy, and a wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time sort of dude who doesn’t back down easily. Things are progressing nicely. Despite the grotesque pictures sometimes, and the many gory sexualized images available on the Avenier website, it doesn’t feel nearly as dark or depressing as “A Broken Winter”. It’s kind of sad… As long as it has sex, I feel better.
“Mahou Shounen Fight” is about four magically transforming boy superheroes embodied with the spirit of the seasons to fight any threats to Mama Earth. Is it as cute as it sounds? Yes. Yes, it is. Go on and read it, it’s pure fluff and wouldn’t hurt a bit!
“Sfeer Theory” doesn’t seem to be about relationships, but about a war brewing across countries that sort of have this Pakistani-American vibe. I kind of got lost in reading it, as I was trying to understand the magic of Sfeer Theory. I’ll sound like a dumbass explaining it, but the art is wonderful and I’m enjoying the general gist of what is going on. Maybe someone else can explain the war and magic better, haha.
My guiltiest pleasure in all the known universe- and you should know that I have a lot of pleasures I should be guilty of. I avoided “Red Lantern” despite it’s impeccably gorgeous art, fantasy theme, war theme, whore theme.. Because, well, you can see why. I ended up liking it anyway. I haven’t checked it lately because the new location is difficult to keep my attention…. And the thought of the mountain of pages that await my return sounds wonderful.
“Purpurea Noxa” is another webcomic about vampires. I don’t really know specifically what’s going on and the writers’ native tongue is Italian, but the art is the closest to anime I’ve seen (“Teahouse” has a more artsy feel, though very much influenced by anime) and it surprised me with sex scenes. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting it, but I wasn’t. Maybe because I’m so confused with the plot. I do know that there are separate covens working towards… something. I’ll have to read it again, haha.
“The Prince of Cats” is what got me hovering around “Always Raining Here”. This ridiculously sweet story has these two guys coming out their senior year. It is pure drama, no sex, but the auburn-haired guy is talking to cats. And they talk back. I have no idea what is going on there, and I don’t think I’m supposed to know yet. If you like sweet almost run-of-the-mill BL stories, I recommend this.
“Oglaf” is comedy, pure and simple. But I don’t know any comedic anything that has so much sex in it. But it’s not real, like, pornographic sex. This comic is more along the lines of classic American comics. You know, with a theme plus a punchline per page. Except “Oglaf” is, I don’t know, hilarious. This is a must-read if you like comedy, though the flippant display of sexual organs may turn people away (it attracted me!), I insist giving this a try because it is hundreds of pages of laughter. I ended up going through a few dozen pages reading stuff again- I’ve forgotten a lot.
“Next Town Over is is a weekly paean to the western, with some steampunk and fantasy splashed in, updating at the stroke of midnight on Saturdays. There’s some twists lurking a little deeper in the story, but it’s a bit early to tip my hand talking about those; as of this writing the comic is pretty newly-minted.”
Not gay, but so far so good. You will have to read it, because anything I say will be spoiler. It’s a nice ride.
“Homestuck”. I don’t even… I read all over that this was… good? A comic, or something, but it’s interactive and full of puzzles and mysterious that I’m just chomping through without any good idea what is really going on. A lot of yaoi-lovers like Homestuck so I’mma stick with it and see what’s up.
“Minor Act of Heroism” is another comic I skipped because I thought it was yaoi, then I was afraid that it would be too weird for me, and I came back and found out it is about adorable young superheroes against adorable young villains (but they kill people…so… not that cute). The art may be too cute, but the story itself is getting pretty serious, and I love all the characters!
“Master!” may have off-proportioned art, but you can probably understand why I read this, so I’m not going to bother. It does have a more serious plot, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. I’m tasting this bit by bit.
“Manly Guys Doing Manly Things” is a comic that mostly caters to lovers of video games and movies and such that perpetuate masculine stereotypes. I randomly found this comic in December last year and now this is one of the regulars. It pokes fun at the stereotypes and characters all across media (the creator has Syndrome from “The Incredibles”!), and tropes of many video games. It is also very beautifully drawn. Hilarious.
GORGEOUS “Lackadaisy” is about anthropomorphic cats living in Prohibition Era St. Louis, trying to keep a speakeasy sort of place afloat. I bought the calendar to this because I had to support the breath-taking art (at least rifle through the gallery, you won’t regret it), the wonderful characterization, the fuckin’ mood of the entire piece. This is one of the best finds I’ve ever had. And, when I have the money, I will continue to support this artist. Action and drama all the way, baby, and it’s done well.
“Kyandi” is finished, but I’ve been putting it off because I know it has a sad ending. And sad endings are drama atom bombs. I’ll read it eventually. So far, I’ve read that this dude meets an old flame and things go on from there. I don’t really want to finish it, but one day I’ll just speed on through and cry.
“Knights Errant” is about an assassin who joins an army (actually, may be mercernary group) after not being able to be trusted by employers. He draws the attention of the leader of his part of the woods. It starts off with what looks like him and the leader in a jail cell (that’s the first page, so not spoiler really, right?) Um, this my not be gay, per se, but I can’t tell you more on that unless I want to spoil it.
“Incubus Tales” is mostly what it sounds like. It’s fluffy, light art is unappealing, but it has some cute, sexy stories. I don’t really take it seriously, but it passed the time when I was reading, so you can try it out.
“Feral Genry” is about fairies, so far named after certain trees. This guy, Tuomi, was mostly living alone before meeting a fairy named Cypress who invited him to her home. There seems to be something off about this whole situation. I like a good mystery, and the delicate art is strangely appealing, although I don’t usually like it. Perhaps it’s visceral, and fairies are supposed to be more delicate? (While “Incubus Tales” is smut and doesn’t have the art to make itself good smut for me, haha- Aren’t I conceited?)
“Devoto: Music in Hell” was avoided because it gave off vibes, to me, for being similar to “A Broken Winter” after I read too many pages to it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Anyway, main guy calls upon a demon of music so that he could play the piano. “Devoto” is funny and has some tragic elements of it, and puts a different spin on the fall of angels of Christian mythology. There isn’t a concrete separation between angels and demons like in most other representations, but a complex system that everyone is following. Anyway, that’s separate from the two in the picture. The art is dynamic and beautiful, the writing sometimes straightforward, sometimes witty, and sometimes off in the land of poetic art.
Before “Red Lantern”, I had “Cheap Thrills”. Though the art is… mediocre in the beginning, the creator makes leaps and bounds, and I ended up loving the story. It’s drama, but with drug use, and POC issues, and religion issues, and death issues- and it’s just very human and pulls at the heart guts. It starts off with main character Jeordie getting laid. There’s a lesbian main character (who’s my favorite!), and all sorts of other good stuff.
“Boy Lessons” is something I’m not sure of. The art isn’t… Hmmm… It’s very expressive, but doesn’t really have form…But the formlessness of it gives it a sort of form, ya’ know. I’m only a few pages in, but this guy is trying to seduce the man who fired him. Don’t know who this creepy red-eyed dude is.