Forward to next post: “Or the future of the Internet becomes something that is done to us.”
Kyle Baker has made his comics available free on his website! (The ones he has the rights to, I mean. I’m not expecting to see those issues of The Shadow Baker drew for DC in 1988–89, or the infamous “Letitia Lerner” story.) You can read classics like Why I Hate Saturn, The Cowboy Wally Show, and You Are Here. There’s a Flash interface, so it won’t work on your iPad, but I also saw links at the bottom of the Cowboy Wally page for an app, and some kind of executable for Windows. Anyway, Baker’s got a real way with snappy gag-filled dialog and strong page design skills; if you haven’t seen these classic works before, you’ve been missing out.
He’s even got some non-comics material up there. There’s an animated series I hadn’t heard of with the title TNH, which apparently stands for “Tortoise and Hare”. (Haven’t watched it yet, but the initials caught my eye.)
In other comics news, I’ve been following some great new webcomics. Strong Female Protagonist (by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag) is about young woman with super-strength who’s trying to quit the super-heroing biz. Nimona (by Noelle Stevenson) is a hilarious fantasy strip about a shape-changing girl determined to be a villain’s sidekick.
Edited to add: Oh, hey, since this is a comics, post, I might as well piggy-back this bit on. I was looking through the Dysfunctional Families thread and saw some stuff about the cost of cleaning supplies, and costs of living in general, and thought — have I mentioned Poorcraft here? Written by C Spike Trotman (creator of Templar, Arizona), drawn by Diana Nock, Poorcraft is a guide to frugal living, in the form of a comic. It was the first project I ever backed on Kickstarter. It’s got advice on buying and cooking cheap food, making your own cleaning supplies, and picking a place to live in an inexpensive neighborhood. There’s a sequel in the works, too.