Showing posts with label webcomic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label webcomic. Show all posts

24 October 2016

Phoebe & Her Unicorn


About a month ago, I stumbled across Phoebe & Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle in Children's, screamed at the sheer sparkly cleverness of it, and brought it home.

Where I devoured it.

So I acquired the second book, Unicorn On A Roll: Another Phoebe & Her Unicorn Adventure. And devoured that.

And then ... what??? My library did not own the third book, Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe & Her Unicorn Adventure! So sad. So I had to wait for another library to send their copy along. And, eventually, they did and I devoured that ... but maybe a little more slowly, because I thought it would the last volume for me.

But, lo, the Children's librarians had ordered the fourth book, Razzle Dazzle Unicorn: Another Phoebe & Her Unicorn Adventure, (still no third book) and there it was on the shelf earlier this week ... sparkling at me, tempting me with snarky unicorn whispers to take it home. And I did.

And then I finally came to my senses and subscribed to the daily update at GoComics. Because, you see, Phoebe & Her Unicorn is a webcomic created by Dana Simpson and I could have been reading it a leisurely pace since 2012. Rather than gobbling it down like so much delicious leftover Halloween candy. But then, you know, I'd have missed all the fun forwards by PETER "I WROTE THE SEMINAL UNICORN NOVEL" BEAGLE, Corey Doctorow, Lauren Faust, and the author herself. Also, the books come with activities, recipes, and vocabulary lists ...


Clever, cute, and laugh-out-loud funny (seriously, I don't recommend these as quiet, waiting room reading) Phoebe & Her Unicorn is reminiscent of Calvin & Hobbes and, indeed, I believe anyone who adored C&H will adore this comic. Also strongly recommend it to socially-awkward nerd girls with too big vocabularies.

The illustrations are well done -- simple but very expressive and I love that Marigold is a proper unicorn with cloven hooves and a tail more reminiscent of a lion's than a mare's. Also, she's very swoopy and curvy -- like a swan or a delicately carved carousel horse.

Yes, I'm quite enamored with Phoebe & Her Unicorn and can't wait for the fifth compilation to come out next year.


Simpson, Dana. Phoebe & Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle. Andrews McMeel, 2014.

Simpson, Dana. Unicorn On A Roll: Another Phoebe & Her Unicorn Adventure. Andrews McMeel, 2015.

Simpson, Dana. Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe & Her Unicorn Adventure. Andrews McMeel, 2016.

Simpson, Dana. Razzle Dazzle Unicorn: Another Phoebe & Her Unicorn Adventure. Andrews McMeel, 2016.

10 May 2016

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Webcomics I Love


It’s been a rather long time since I participated in Top Ten Tuesday, but this week’s topic -- “Ten Websites I Love That Aren't About Books” -- caught my eye. I’ve gone with web comics I love and want you to love, too. Where possible I’ve noted how long the webcomic has been running to make it easier for you to guesstimate how much time you might need to to set aside to do a weekend blitzread.

Agents of the Realm by Mildred Louis. “Shortly after starting their first year at Silvermount University, five young women discover they've each been chosen to protect our world and its newly discovered sister dimension. Volume 1 begins at the start of their first year of college as they learn about this new responsibility and try to find out exactly what’s going on.” Running since March 2014. Louis ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for Agents of the Realm, Volume 1 earlier this year.

Ava’s Demon by Michelle Czajkowski. Set on distant planets far into the future, Ava’s Demon follows the adventures of a 15 year old girl named Ava Ire who has the misfortune of being haunted by a demon who takes great joy in making Ava's life as miserable as possible. Running since May 2012.

Bad Machinery by John Allison. “Bad Machinery consists of cases running around 100 pages, where six child, then teen, detectives solve mysteries. Each case takes place over a school term. The kids were 11 when the comic started, and are now nearly 16 - the tenor of comic seems to change a little with each passing term.” Bad Machinery has run since 2009, but is currently on hiatus. John Allison is also the author of the popular new(ish) print comic, Giant Days.

Blindsprings by Kadi Fedoruk. “A lost princess named Tamaura survives a revolution by making a deal with the Spirits of the forest. Pledged to them for three hundred years, the princess is about to fulfill her pact when a young man finds her and decides for himself that she is meant to be saved, whether she likes it or not. His ‘rescue’ pulls Tamaura out of her timeless sanctuary and into a world that advanced hundreds of years without her...where a civil war is brewing over the same magic that flows through her veins.” Running since October 2013. Fedoruk just completed an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign for Blindsprings: Volume 1.

Cut Time by Judy. “Cut Time is a fantasy adventure comic about Rel, a tiny nomadic protagonist who carries a bird on her head. The comic will span her journey past and present, including her relationships with her friends and enemies. It focuses on the character interactions to tell the overarching plot, but there’s going to be action, too!” Running since October 2013.

Daughter of the Lilies by Meg Syverud. “What happens when a man who kills monsters falls in love with a girl who thinks she is one? Brent, a brutish, freelancing adventurer, realizes that he's fallen for his coworker, Thistle: a shy, talented Mage who considers herself a monster, and who is relentlessly pursued by a tyrannical dictator.” Running since October 2013.

Far to the North by Allison Gregory. “Check back every Sunday and Wednesday to see Kelu run, see Kelu jump, and see Kelu save her captive family (with maybe a little help from a scaly, fire-breathing neighbor or two.)” Running since February 2015.

Love Not Found by Gina Biggs. “Love Not Found is a story about a young woman living in a time where touching has become outdated. She has recently moved to a new planet and finds that touching might not be such a bad idea. Now she is on a quest to find someone who wants to do things the old fashioned way!” Running since June 2014.

Oglaf by Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne. “This comic started as an attempt to make pornography. It degenerated into sex comedy pretty much immediately. Even so, there are some things depicted that are best kept away from children and work.” NSFW.

Oh Joy Sex Toy by Erika Moen. “From toys to workshops to birth control and much more, no stone will be left unturned, no vibrator left unused, no nipple left unpinched. With the aid of guest reviewers, this comic will cover products for ALL the different anatomies people possess, from vulvas to penises and beyond. OJST strives to be relevant to all different genders, body types, and sexualities.” NSFW. Running since April 2013. Moen is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of Oh Joy Sex Toy, Volume 3. Hooray.

13 June 2010

Contemporary Dystopia


huxley vs. orwell cartoon


Think this is funny? You might want to read Stuart McMillen's Amusing Ourselves to Death (Aldous Huxley versus George Orwell).

05 May 2010

Telling It Like It Is

Shelf Check 395

(Later, of course, I will feel guilty for not having made the time to read your blog post/tumblr/journal article and browbeat myself for not trying harder).