This might be a strange question, but: how do you read webcomics? I assume, of course, that you do, because there are many fantastic ones out there.Do you check the site of your favorite comics each time a new strip comes out, eagerly waiting to find out what the authors and artists have in store? Check in once a week or semi-monthly?I came into the world of webcomics late, after several of them had been around for five or more years, so initially I was a binge reader, going back through the archives and plowing my way through sometimes many hundreds of strips. It was great! A new world of geekery! Comics like Sluggy Freelance
, which both started in the late 1990s, had a huge backlog of material to get familiar with. Sluggy runs long story arcs, too, so it was great to read these huge complicated stories all in one (or two) sittings.And then I got caught up.Maybe it was the way I’d been introduced to and had gotten in to the habit of reading established comics. Maybe it’s my need to read a story in a relatively short period of time. Maybe I just have attention span problems. Whatever the reason, I realized that I didn’t enjoy getting tiny pieces of a large story arc like crumbs on a trail. I wanted larger chunks all at once; the story was more cohesive in my head that way, even with series like PvP and Sluggy, which are updated daily.
So I stopped obsessing each day to see what creator Pete Abrams would come up with for Sluggy Freelance, or Scott Kurtz would post for PvP. Instead I checked once a week. And then once every other week….just so I could get those larger chunks of the story lines. I found myself in a similar pattern with Gunnerkrigg Court, Girl Genius, and Looking for Group. Once I got caught up, I waited until several updates had been posted before I went reading.
Each new comic I’ve found and followed as fallen into this same pattern, unless they are wholly episodic and self-contained strips with each update, as Jennie Breeden’s The Devil’s Panties often is. Those comics, the ones with short or non-existent story arcs, I can check in with frequently with no sense of frustration. Other than that, though? I’m a periodic binge webcomic reader.
Do you have webcomic reading habits and preferences?
Webcomics that I might be the teeeniest bit obsessive over. (In sporadic bursts of reading, of course.):
Digger by Ursula
Girl Genius by Phil & Kaja Foglio
Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell
Looking for Group by Ryan Somer, Lar DeSouza
Modest Medusa by Jake Richmond
Penny Arcade by Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik
PvP (Player vs. Player) by Scott R. Kurtz
Sandra and Woo by Oliver Knörzer, Powree, Lisa Moore
Sluggy Freelance by Pete Abrams
The Devil’s Panties by Jennie Breeden
The Order of the Stick by Rich Burlew
Virtuoso by John Munger, Krista Brennan
Weregeek by Alina Pete