2010 has been a watershed year for comics delivered electronically -- including the birth of the iPad, which has the potential to be a game-changer in the comic book industry. But even with the attention this year paid to digital content for mobile and tablet devices, we shouldn't forget the wealth of entertaining new webcomics out there by independent creators. So without further ado, here is our picks for the best webcomics and digital comics for 2010.
#10: Weird Fishes
Writer: Jamaica Dyer
Artist: Jamaica DyerJamaica Dyer uses watercolors to bring the surreal “Weird Fishes” -- also a collected edition from Slave Labor Graphics -- to life in a riot of hues and emotive illustrations.
#9: War of the Woods
Writer: Matthew Petz
Artist: Matthew Petz
This whimsical comic by newcomer Matthew Petz (and distributed by comiXology) is basically War of the Worlds from the perspective of otters living in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. This could be the next break-out hit in 2011.
8. Let’s Be Friends Again
Writer: Curt Franklin
Artist: Chris Haley
A hilarious webcomic about Comics, where anyone from Cable to Batman to comic creator Geoff Johns can make an appearance. A great comic to visit every day for a geek-related chuckle.
#7: Lily of the Valley
URL: Webcomic not currently available. You can visit its blog here: lilyofthevalleycomic.blogspot.com
Writer: Adam Atherton
Artist: Adam Atherton
Zuda.com winner Lily of the Valley is, in the words of writer/artist Adam Atherton, "a love story for the over and under medicated, the disenchanted, the excessively violent and the soft-spoken.” We hope it becomes available again online soon!
#6: Axe Cop
Writer: Malachai Nicolle
Artist: Ethan Nicolle
One of the biggest hits of the year, this webcomic written by 5-year-old Malachai Nicolle and drawn by 29-year-old Ethan Nicolle features a comic book action narrative as devised from a child’s point of view. Cop + Axe = awesome!
Writer: Scott Kurtz
Artist: Scott Kurtz
This year saw PVP creator Scott Kurtz win the Harvey Award for his hysterical long-running webcomic about a fictional game company and its employees. Running 12 years strong, PVP seems to have no intention of slowing down.
#4: Sin Titulo
Writer: Cameron Stewart
Artist: Cameron Stewart
Cameron Stewart’s Eisner-award winning Sin Titulo -- which means untitled -- is as much David Lynch as it is Dashiell Hammett. Currently on hiatus, Sin Titulo is scheduled to return to Transmission X in February of 2011.
#3: Scenes From The Multiverse
Writer: Jonathan Rosenburg
Artist: Jonathan Rosenburg
Jonathan Rosenberg's hysterical follow-up to GOATS gives readers a voyeuristic glimpse of what it’s like to live in a multiverse. Whether he's examining the the lifestyle of the extraterrestrial Murder Cops or exploring the Electric Donkeydrome, Rosenberg always manages toconvey a sense of wonder, imagination, and good humor. This is the strip you should be reading in 2011!
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Paul Duffield
Warren Ellis' retro-punk, steam-punk webseries FREAKANGELS poses the question: "What if the Midwich Cuckoos grew up to become disaffected twenty-one-year-olds?" Paul Duffield's stunning art, combined with Ellis' crisp dialogue, makes the world of KK, Connor, Sirkka and the others really come alive. This year the series won The Eagle Award for "Favourite Web-Based Comic" -- and rightly so.
#1: I Rule The Night
URL: www.comixology.com/digital/3773/ (log in to read)
Writer: Kevin Colden
Artist: Kevin Colden
After a very lengthy hiatus, Kevin Colden's "I Rule the Night" returned to Zuda Comics with the very intense, very adult story of young Lainey Lord and her former life as the sidekick to Night Devil. If you like mesmerizing, dark, perverse, examinations there is no reason why you shouldn't be reading this. It's an epic narrative about the iconic relationship between a superhero and sidekick that absolutely needs to be read in its entirety by everyone (except, you know, the easily offended).
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