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#1 Oct 19 2010 at 8:31 PM Rating: Good
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So I was poking around for something to read that I hadn't heard of before (not hard to find there...)

I stumbled upon a Korean web comic called "Tower of God".

http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/list.nhn?titleId=183559&weekday=mon&page=1
http://www.mangafox.com/manga/tower_of_god/

For being a free online comic, it was surprisingly good. I'm not big in the world of web comics, but pretty much all the ones I've read are random, if even a little story, nothing like that. It's not exactly original... but that's ok (for me at least).


(Of course, I'm using the English word Comic to describe them... but I'm sure there is something else they wish to call them instead.)
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#2 Oct 19 2010 at 8:40 PM Rating: Decent
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There are a huge number of serial webcomics, but they rarely get the exposure of the big name two-gamers-and-a-couch comics. Western audiences tend to be less interested in continuity.

I've read a few of those on clone manga, and I like many of the author's ideas even if the executions need improving. Darth & Droids and Order of the Stick are more about individual strip comedy, but they technically have strong continuity.
#3 Oct 19 2010 at 9:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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Western audiences tend to be less interested in continuity.

I've no issues with continuity but experience has taught me that a daily three panel chuckle is more reliable than a story line that will fizzle or take three weeks between updates or suddenly turn retarded or whatever fate befalls most web comics. There's just no point in getting invested much of the time.

The best ones are when you find one with a year's worth of backlog to read through and amuse yourself with instead of the "He said he updates on Wednesdays but it's Friday now and still no new panel" game.
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It was a neutral statement. Interesting that you took that with negative connotation though.
#5 Oct 19 2010 at 9:45 PM Rating: Good
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I highly, highly recommend Erfworld (first page found here).

It's a deconstruction of tabletop games and the "cliché" gamer fantasy of going into the game itself. The only downside is that it tends to update slowly.

Another favorite of mine is Gunnerkrigg Court which has a story which is only now coming together. After 800 pages. It's well worth the wait so far, though.
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#6 Oct 20 2010 at 12:47 AM Rating: Good
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Erfworld is definitely a good comic, I enjoyed that one.

One of my favorites is Hero. It has a storyline, but it's a little more cryptic. The art is absolutely wonderful though, it's a shame it's rarely updated any more.
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#7 Oct 20 2010 at 1:01 AM Rating: Excellent
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This is a list of webcomics I keep up with. Some have changed their update schedules, so no longer really fit in where I have them categorized(and one of them has actually finished its run). I'm putting a star next to ones I think might fit with what your thread title asks. Some of the ones I do not mark may fit as well, as they have continuous plots to them, but tend to get sidetracked fairly often.

Updated Daily or on Weekdays
Least I Could Do [Sometimes NWS]
Questionable Content
Red String*
College Roommates from *****
Shortpacked!

Updated a few times a week
El Goonish Shive*
Weregeek
Megatokyo*
Girl Genius*
Gunnerkrigg Court*
LFG Comic*
Ctrl Alt Del
Dr McNinja*
Penny Arcade
Errant Story*
EQComics

Updated Weekly
Dark Legacy Comics
Daily Quests


Updated...well I don't know how often they're updated. Seems to be random.
VG Cats
Erfworld*
Order of the Stick*
The Noob Comic
Flintlocke Vs The Horde

Edited, Oct 24th 2010 12:34pm by Kaolian
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#8 Oct 20 2010 at 6:16 AM Rating: Good
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You need to move Megatokyo to the random update list, and Order of the Stick to the updated weekly list.
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It was a neutral statement. Interesting that you took that with negative connotation though.

Not really. I don't think it's negative so much as not exactly accurate. It's not a question of Western audiences being "less interested" in continuity, it's a question of continuity web comics being worth the effort of investing time in. People managed to watch Lost for six years (or soap operas for thirty and forty years) or read serial comic books or whatever because you knew it'd be there when it claimed and the payoff was greater. Web comics don't have that going for them.
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I can't believe no one mentioned the awesomeness that is Flipside [sometimes NWS]


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I'm surprised that in Pold's giant list I didn't see 8-bit theater. I mean, it's over now, but still... there's some continuity!
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I'm surprised that in Pold's giant list I didn't see 8-bit theater. I mean, it's over now, but still... there's some continuity!


And probably the world's longest joke set up, not counting the creation of mankind.
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#13 Oct 20 2010 at 7:56 AM Rating: Good
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Allegory wrote:
There are a huge number of serial webcomics, but they rarely get the exposure of the big name two-gamers-and-a-couch comics. Western audiences tend to be less interested in continuity.

I've read a few of those on clone manga, and I like many of the author's ideas even if the executions need improving. Darth & Droids and Order of the Stick are more about individual strip comedy, but they technically have strong continuity.


In the case of OotS, that stopped being true a loong time; it's very much story led these days.
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"Flintlocke vs. the Horde" ended back in July, I believe. Still hilarious, though, as is the original "Flintlocke's Guide to Azeroth."

I read several that Polderan already mentioned (CAD, Gunnerkrigg Court, Girl Genius, LFG). All excellent comics.

I'd also add Dominic Deegan, Goblins, Digger, and Dead Winter to the list. Dominic Deegan updates M-F consistently, Goblins seems to update about once or twice a week, Digger updates Tues and Thurs, and Dead Winter's a bit sporadic but averages once a week. I'd also like to add my all-time favorite, Zebra Girl, to the list, but I'm a bit hesitant as it doesn't update very regularly or consistently these days (maybe once or twice a month, if we're lucky). All of the web-comics I listed have excellent ongoing, consistent plots, and have spectacular artwork. Well, some of the early stuff can be pretty rough, but at least two of those comics are done by professional artists.

Fun Fact: Digger's drawn by the woman who created the original "LOL WUT?" pear, Ursula Vernon: Link to original image on DA. The linked image is safe, but I'll put a NSFW warning on her gallery; she does some rather bizarre and risque paintings sometimes...
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#15 Oct 20 2010 at 11:47 AM Rating: Good
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Someone in the OOT linked Grim Tales a long time ago, and I spent a long, wonderful day reading that. It hasn't been updated in a looooong time, though.
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Grand Master Angler Shaowstrike wrote:
You need to move Megatokyo to the random update list, and Order of the Stick to the updated weekly list.

I'd have to move them on the three different sites I keep copies of the list in case one site goes down, and that's just too much work. Smiley: laugh
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Someone in the OOT linked Grim Tales a long time ago, and I spent a long, wonderful day reading that. It hasn't been updated in a looooong time, though.


God, yes, that was so awesome. But after not updating for 6 months I gave up on it :(.
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#18 Oct 20 2010 at 1:09 PM Rating: Decent
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Dungeons & Dorks was the first webcomic I ever followed. Pretty good.
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Surprised no one listed Bob & George, that's 6-7 years worth of storyline right there.

Also there is NSFW Menage a 3 NSFW, if you're into LGBTHetero love-octagon storylines.
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Oglaf kind of has a story.



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You know. It's rather creepy how we keep independently having interests in the same esoteric media. Pretty ***.
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Vataro wrote:
Belkira the Tulip wrote:
Someone in the OOT linked Grim Tales a long time ago, and I spent a long, wonderful day reading that. It hasn't been updated in a looooong time, though.


God, yes, that was so awesome. But after not updating for 6 months I gave up on it :(.


Grim Tales from Down Below is done, and IIRC, Bleedman is taking a break and working on finishing the Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi before anything else. He hasn't left it alone, though, and has been posting previews for a sequel comic called Grim Tales from Down Below: Afterbirth featuring older characters.
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#23 Oct 21 2010 at 8:20 AM Rating: Good
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Grim Tales from Down Below is done...


You mean done as in not working on it anymore, not done as in he wrapped the story up, I assume.
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Belkira the Tulip wrote:
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Grim Tales from Down Below is done...


You mean done as in not working on it anymore, not done as in he wrapped the story up, I assume.


Done as in that storyline is finished.
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Grand Master Angler Shaowstrike wrote:
Belkira the Tulip wrote:
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Grim Tales from Down Below is done...


You mean done as in not working on it anymore, not done as in he wrapped the story up, I assume.


Done as in that storyline is finished.


Storyline as in the flashback plot?

I hope he starts the new arc soon then, because it kinda left off at a cliffhanger of sorts, with a whole bunch of unanswered questions.
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#26 Oct 21 2010 at 11:44 AM Rating: Good
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Well, I have been persuaded to reread it and it does seem like he continued it at some point... and it's even better than I remember. Thanks for making me check it out again Fish.



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I've been reading something called Wayward Sons: Legends recently, it's pretty good, and it has a proper continuity based storyline too.
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Vataro wrote:
Well, I have been persuaded to reread it and it does seem like he continued it at some point... and it's even better than I remember. Thanks for making me check it out again Fish.



Edited, Oct 21st 2010 12:54pm by Vataro


This.

Thank you!
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MS Paint Adventures has been doing a storyline called Homestuck for a long while now. Previous to that is the completed story of Problem Sleuth. Problem Sleuth's story was progressed via fan-submitted suggestions on what action the main character should take next. Homestuck doesn't seem as hands-on as Problem Sleuth in terms of how the story progresses. Either way, it's entertaining as ****.

Edited, Oct 22nd 2010 3:20pm by Seitekifu
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There is also Drowtales. It updates everyday at Midnight EST. Its side stories are updated weekly or so.
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