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22 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
DS 675: Demon Street
After talking about Bree Paulsen's hiatus from Patrik the Vampire, the guys take some time to get lost and then find themselves in the endearingly fantastical tale of Demon Street by Aliza Layne. Though the hosts disagree on the appeal of the main characters, they both agree that this mix of horrifying creatures and well-crafted wonder is worth leaving your parents behind for.
26 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
DS 674: Ice Massacre
Look not to the sea, fair listener, for it promises nothing but death and decay. Well, maybe love too, if you're lucky. But with a story called Ice Massacre, do you really expect to find a relationship you want to root for? Creators Tiana Warner and April Pierce bring two parts violent death and one part love story to this dank tale, featuring Dances with Wolves tones and too few nipples. Set sail, adventurer!
30 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
DS 673: DPS Only!
In our first review of 2022, we look at DPS Only!, a comic by Velinxi, which caught our eye thanks to the esports gaming setting and kept us hooked with drama and relationships that we truly cared about. This story also inspired talk about the role of sexism in gaming, a subject we admit to being ill-equipped to say much about. Also, is creepy older male captain creepy? Steve files his report. All that, plus new focuses for reviews in the new year!
20 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
DS 672: Max Overacts Strips 400-500
It's the holidays, so we returned to a comic we know we love and that feels like home. Max Overacts by Caanan Grall is full of fun, mischief, wild children, but most of all, heart. We looked at strips 400 thru 500 of the comic, taking us up to the most current posted story. Grab some nog, throw a log on the fire, listen to our review, and curl up with this great comic.
22 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
DS 671: Gul
Gul the orc boy is annoying, loud, and constantly getting in the way. Gul the comic by Atenmaru and NicolieDC is loud, in your face, and epic in all the ways a story like Dragonball is and similarly blows you away with its constant need to up the ante and top the last huge moment. It's got orcs, it's got goblins, it's got parodies of Uptown Funk. It's a Christmas miracle!
13 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
DS 670: Angel Dust
Derri is a nice person is a universe of evil, skullduggery, and general no-good-ness. Derri thinks she found someone to help her in her mission, but what Derri doesn't know is that Sue isn't what she seems. This setup for the darkly comedic, Mega Man X-infused sci-fi comic, Dr. Dazzle's Angel Dust, is about all we have to go on, as this is a Horizons Watch-esque short episode about the promise this young but impressive story holds.
23 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
DS 669: Berkeley Mews
Did you know that Scott Kurtz has even more PvP-related news to share, this time involving the return of the pre-time jump gang we all know and love (which includes Skull the Troll, not Troll the Troll, as Jason realized after the fact)? After we run that down, it's time to click, laugh, and share in equal measure with the comic strip joy that is Berkeley Mews. Share your favorite strip with us!
22 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
DS 668: Cyclopedia Exotica
Jason is a huge fan of mockumentaries in the style of Christopher Guest and Taika Waititi, with the latter using a supernatural bend to add a little something extra to the ordinary. Aminder Dhaliwal's Cyclopedia Exotica continues this tradition in masterful, hilarious fashion, creating a whole connected cast of characters, most of whom are cyclops, that you'll be rooting for by the time the all-too-soon end of the story arrives.
19 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
DS 667: Offkey Comics
The subject of Brittany Keyes' mostly-journal comic, Offkey Comics, is her dog. He's a cute, good boy, as many dogs are, but it's when Brittany shines a light on the rest of her life, as well as her skills outside of a digital drawing tablet, that this offering truly excels. Regardless of your tastes, that brings something for everyone to love in this cute, loosely-drawn slice of life comic. We also have news via the fine folks at Fleen about the upcoming Clementine spin-off from The Walking Dead, being created/adapted solely by On a Sunbeam's Tillie Walden.
20 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
DS 666: Papercut
Is Papercut by Sony-Shock a sweet, fun comic about a precocious workaholic robot? Or is it a darker take on the dangers of communism and a cautionary tale for the proletariat? Who says it can't be both? Hear our thoughts on the cutest narc you've ever met, including the fanfic where Paper and Michael Scott meet that Jason is hard at work on. Then, take a break (short, we're still at work) and read it for yourself!
23 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
DS 665: Not Even Bones
Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer, Glamist, and Alai Cinereo is a comic about trust, mistrust, betrayal, and child trafficking, all told through a YA fantasy lens. It's got monsters (unnaturals, so no one's feelings are hurt), love, and enough parent/child relationship issues to fill an afternoon special. Our mileage, as with all things YA, varied, but you should definitely give it a look.
20 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
DS 664: Litterbox Comics
If you want parenting advice, life hacks, and how-tos ... you've come to the wrong place. If you want hilarious extrapolations of millennial cats raising little ones the best way they know how, however, Litterbox Comics by Chesca and J. Hause will have you enthralled with lots of laughs and parental horror in equal measure. Take your pick how you read it, but catch up and then add this regular dose of joy to your routine.
19 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
DS 663: Keinani and Mo'O
What would you do if you were stranded on a deserted island? What if you were hot? What if a large lizard were also there? Doug Compton attempts to answer these questions, all with a cheeky, horny sense of humor in Keinani and Mo'O. Though we could do without some of the guest stars (it started in 2017, so He Who Shall Be Shamed makes several appearances), the comic is almost always a party and one you'll want to be invited to.
22 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
DS 662: Soul to Call
If you think about it, an apocalypse would probably breed a lot of emo angst into younger people. That's what Katherine Lang's Soul to Call posits, and Avril and Eli represent different facets of one emo soul. It's not until an older authority figure comes in that the guys feel they can connect with a character. So it goes in a story intended for YA audiences, but one you should definitely see and read for yourself.
19 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
DS 661: The Pirate Checklist
It's the pirate life for me, yes 'tis! Sailin' with my buddies across the blue sky, enjoyin' some ale, and singin' some tunes, that's the pirate life for Alynne and Gruff, with not a care in the world about the other, more sordid details that the life of a true scoundrel contains. The Pirate Checklist is Ashley Reed's optimstically cute take on a lifestyle that seems to be all fun and games and this comic is often just that. Set sail and for god's sake, don't kill anyone!
19 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
DS 660: Brothers Bond
Yoshi did a bad thing and his self-imposed exile from the birthright of his kingdom will lead to horrible consequences for pretty much everyone he knows in Brothers Bond. But when you're rich and famous, you can run away whenever you want and everything will end up ok, right? Right? Hear our divided thoughts on the tropes at play in this fun tale (as well as a bonus story from Jason about the time he ran away from home) and then read it for yourself!
27 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
DS 659: Frankie Fearless
This episode is full of non-standard and more modern ways of reading comics. We check in on Evan Dahm's first foray into Webtoons with his reposting of Vattu, DC Comics' first Webtoon in Batman: Wayne Family Adventures, and Scott Kurtz gets a double exposure as we look at his short collaboration on Superman with Karl Kerschl as well as the comic that has temporarily taken the place of PvP, the cathartic Mort. Even after all of that, we still have time to get weird and geeky with Frankie Fearless, available only on Tinyview!
26 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
DS 658: Awful Hospital
Jason took a quick look at Marvel's stab at a Webtoons-formatted comic with a couple of their Infinity Comics, where he found mixed success with the layout but plenty of entertainment value. The guys also review Awful Hospital, a fan's choice-based comic that is truly awful in the best ways possible. Jonathan Wojcik has weaved an Alice in Wonderland-like tale through a slimy, grimy looking glass that never ceases to amaze and terrify in equal measure.
23 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
DS 657: By The Book
We've all been there: school is going okay, but it could be better. Your friends have your back and everything is looking up, even though your mentor is haunted by thugs who want him dead. Then, he's murdered and the whole town, school included, is razed to the ground. So you befriend a simple bugbear and set out to find the truth. Right? Creator Kanekuo takes that premise and crafts a unique, detailed world in By The Book. Catch up with it while it's relatively young and listen to our scorching take.
25 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
DS 656: Hooves of Death
Though zombie fiction continues to be an over-saturated portion of the entertainment industry, Hooves of Death by Sam Bragg is the first one we can think of that introduces unicorns and other fantastical being into the mix. There are relationships, there are betrayals, and there are horsemen of the apocalypse who apparently got lost on the way home. Hear our thoughts on this fun, harrowing tale and then be sure to check it out on Webtoons for yourself!
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