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Old 05-13-2014, 11:01 AM
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Recomend a free online graphic novel


I just finished Freakangels and I liked it quite a bit. I've been digging around for something similar, but without much luck so far. Any recommendations?
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:19 PM
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I really enjoyed The Silver Cord. Just be aware that only first volume has been published with the 2nd volume due out sometime this July.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:18 PM
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I assume by "online graphic novel," you're looking for webcomics that feature continuing dramatic storylines?

Girl Genius is always a popular recommendation. Steampunky high fantasy set in a Europe devastated by constant wars between mad scientists.

Magellan is one of the better superhero comics I read. It follows Kaycee Jones and her fellow classmates at a superhero academy. Kaycee herself is basically Batman-in-training: the only student on the island who doesn't have any superpowers. On a bit of a hiatus right now, but there's years of comics to catch up on.

This might not be quite what you're looking for, but Skin Horse is a personal favorite. It's not quite a graphic novel, in that it follows the traditional four-panel newspaper comic format, but it uses it to tell the ongoing story of a team of government civil servants tasked with helping the God-forsaken offspring of unholy scientific experiments find meaningful and productive roles in society. It's a sequel of sorts to Narbonic, which is also quite good, but is also very clearly an amateur effort, at least in the beginning. You don't need to read one to enjoy the other, though.

Spinerette is a manga-influenced superhero parody, following the adventures of young woman who is involved in a spider-themed lab accident, and as a result, grows two extra sets of arms and can shoot webs out of her <ahem> lower back.

Schlock Mercenary is another four-panel comic, this one following the adventures of a mercenary fleet in a high space opera setting. Warning: it took the artist a couple of years to learn how to draw, so the early strips are really painful to look at.

Gunnerkrigg Court is another Steampunky/fantasy comic, this one set in an English boarding school.

And I'll finish up with The Order of the Stick, which is currently my favorite ongoing strip. Ostensibly a D&D parody, it's also the best epic fantasy I've read in a long time. If you only click on one link in this post, click on this one.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:18 PM
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I was coming in to recommend Girl Genius, but it seems someone's beaten me to it.

If you happen to be a fan of the Metal Gear Solid series, The Last Days of FOXHOUND isn't half bad. It's mostly comedic, but manages to tell a halfway decent history of, well, the last days of FOXHOUND before the Shadow Moses incident. (It has, of course, been completely superseded by actual canon.) Plus, you'll get to learn all about Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
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I have no idea what Freakangels is about but I'll recommend Digger, a story of a wombat who mistakenly digs up through the floor and into a temple to Ganesh and finds herself in a peculiar adventure. It also has the benefit of being a complete story now so you don't get that "plow though 600 pages and then find out you need to wait two weeks between updates" thing happening. Site description:
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Digger Is a story about a wombat.

More specifically, it is a story by author and artist Ursula Vernon about a particularly no-nonsense wombat who finds herself stuck on the wrong end of a one-way tunnel in a strange land where nonsense seems to be the specialty. Now, with the help of a talking statue of a god, an outcast hyena, a shadow-being of indeterminate origin, and an oracular slug she seeks to find out where she is and how to go about getting back to her Warren.

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Miller is absolutely rright about Order of the Stick, and as long as you're on the Giant in the Playground page, take a look at Erfworld. I just re-read The Battle for Gobwin Knob yesterday, and it still holds up.
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Much as I love Order of the Stick, I'll say that it takes a little while to get rolling. The first seventy or hundred strips or so are more "RPG Joke of the Day" type strips even while following a plot. The real interesting plot development starts later on. Once it gets moving though it hooks you in with some great story telling.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:26 AM
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Errant Story is also complete and worth a read - they're rerunning the strip at the moment, but just go to the start.
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First off, thanks for all the suggestions. Too many are not what I am looking for, but HA!, they look pretty cool so I might read them anyway

Perhaps I mis-phrased the title. Perhaps it should be"Graphic Novels Available On Line". Think less "online" comics (which, let's face it, usually have inferior art) and more comics that could be in print but are also online. So less Order of the Stick and more Watchmen or Akira. Good story, great art, a beginning and an end, and available free. (But legally off course, I don't think you can get either of those two free online legally)

The Silver Cord was a good suggestion.

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Old 05-15-2014, 09:56 AM
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When I Am King. Really cool stuff, and takes advantage of the online format (unusual layout, some moving graphics).
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Here is a link that you might find helpful. 10 comics that have been completed, a link to 17 others from a previous article.

I haven't really perused this yet. It's been sitting as a bookmark for a while now, so I can't speak to the other parameters you're looking for.

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Old 05-15-2014, 10:05 AM
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Every comic mentioned so far in this thread, with the exception of Last Days of the Foxhound and Errant Story, is available in print. With the exception of Magellan and Spinnerette, I've seen all the titles I mentioned in brick-and-mortar stores, too.

Meanwhile, this used to be THE biggest name in professional comics, and still gets regular work today.

Just sayin'.
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:10 AM
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I just finished Freakangels and I liked it quite a bit. I've been digging around for something similar, but without much luck so far. Any recommendations?
I don't read comic books, but I started FreakAngels just from this post and now I'm hooked. Thanks.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:23 AM
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Magellan is one of the better superhero comics I read. It follows Kaycee Jones and her fellow classmates at a superhero academy. Kaycee herself is basically Batman-in-training: the only student on the island who doesn't have any superpowers. On a bit of a hiatus right now, but there's years of comics to catch up on.
Thanks for this link, been reading it all day. There's quite a few of these superhero academy comics I've seen but this one is better than most.
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Just to rattle off a few real quick...

http://www.dominic-deegan.com/ - 12 years of daily updates in a humor/fantasy/drama thing. Very great story. Artwork could be better. Finished. Give it a look, it's easy to lose a day or two in there.

http://goblinscomic.org/ - Back to updating, I guess. Gets dark quickly, but it's not for nothing that this webcomic has gotten a lot (and I mean a lot) of awards. It's really, really good.

http://powernapcomic.com/ - Was recommended by a doper in another thread. Slow as hell to update, but incredibly engaging and visually stunning. Absolutely worth a look. I just wish they had more than a page every few weeks.
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http://powernapcomic.com/ - Was recommended by a doper in another thread. Slow as hell to update, but incredibly engaging and visually stunning. Absolutely worth a look. I just wish they had more than a page every few weeks.
My problem with Power Nap's update schedule isn't that it's slow, it's that it's erratic. I've ended up following it on Tumblr, so I can catch up when it pops up on my dash.

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal has just recently wrapped up. Amal is a gay man who's just stormed out of his parents lives after breaking off an arranged engagement (his fiancee took it better than they did). TJ is a stranger with a troubled past, who offers to car-share to get Amal to the other side of the country so he can attend his sister's graduation. It follows the two of them, slowly developing their relationship, and showing us Amal's family, and TJ's past. It can be quite NSFW (Amal and TJ are horny little dudes), so, y'know, tread at your own risk. >_>
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I just finished Freakangels and I liked it quite a bit. I've been digging around for something similar, but without much luck so far. Any recommendations?
I'm loving the art and story so far on this, but this is possibly the worst UI I've ever worked with for reading a webcomic.
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And I'll finish up with The Order of the Stick, which is currently my favorite ongoing strip. Ostensibly a D&D parody, it's also the best epic fantasy I've read in a long time. If you only click on one link in this post, click on this one.
Seconded.
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Unsounded (NSFW) has some fantastic art, but is not finished. The first chapter is more like a short story that has the same characters than a real first chapter - if you're not enjoying the characters/story, give the second chapter a try.

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