Without exaggeration, there are literally thousands of webcomics out there, and very few definitive references about them. Some have been around for a matter of days; others, for a matter of years. Even though there are some real gems hidden about, there are also some that are grossly inappropriate and gratuitously violent or full of lewd references. Hopefully, I’ll be able to alleviate some of the anxiety that comes from watching your children navigate the wide-open Internet by providing some reliably good-quality and age-appropriate webcomics.
(categorized by age group)
Inverloch: completed in late 2007, but still available online, this 764 page epic is one of the best fantasy webcomics I’ve ever read. It centers on a young da’kor (a cross between a wolf and a goat) named Acheron who sets out on a journey to find a long lost elf. No language, some violence.
Earthsong: one of the coolest fantasy blend webcomics out there. A young girl who can remember nothing about her past is transported to a faraway world where she finds some very interesting people. The illustration is some of the most consistent I’ve ever seen, and the characters are easily distinguished. Mythological creatures abound, and it all combines for an awesome effect. Some violence.
Lackadaisy Cats: a fresh, original webcomic that combines St. Louis during the Prohibition with anthropomorphic cats to create an energetic, beautifully drawn work of graphic fiction. There’s no bad language to be found, but there is some violence, so it may not be suitable for everyone. The only drawback—while it does update, the installments are sporadic at best and may be a month or more apart.
Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi: currently on hiatus so the author can finish his other comic, but still worth reading and waiting for. Though I cannot remember the last time I watched the Powerpuff Girls, this comic still manages to bring a smile to my face. It re-imagines many Cartoon Network TV shows in a way that’s accessible to anyone (who can handle the themes and violence) and is engaging at the same time. You also can’t find full-color art this lavish and detailed anywhere else in cyberspace. Possible language, some violence.
The Phoenix Requiem: shaping up to be better than the author’s previous work, Inverloch. It’s a Victorian style thriller with supernatural overtones and barmy Englishmen, lost magic, and awesome soft-shaded art. It’s also one of (if not the best of) my favorite webcomics online today. Check it out. It’s amazing.
Xylia: the fairly new comic by the artist of Talismen, this is one of the most well-drawn comics out there. It’s able to traverse through different times, and still keep the same effect of high fantasy. Really creative ideas, all packaged together in a great-looking wrapper. If you’d like a more mature feel to your fantasy, go read this. Some violence and language.
Directions of Destiny: an awesome black and white comic that was on hiatus for a year while the creator went to Japan, but should be back soon. The first volume is complete, and it’s worth it. Magic, student councils, cool line art, and evil beasts. One of the better magic school-related comics. Some violence.
Aoi House: two boys accidentally move into an all-girls anime dorm. Mayhem ensues. Dense with manga and anime references, but still accessible to a mainstream audience, this is the comic for otaku and manga newbies alike. The art is super-polished and black and white, and it’s also completely hilarious. Some sexual content.