Digger, my all-time favourite webcomic, finally got out of its “subscribers only apart from the newest page” cover.
As to the comic: It’s epic, the titular character is the only sane person (also wombat) in a somewhat crazy, rich world. I’m also a sucker for black and white art.
Here’s a shortcut to page 1
Speaking of webcomics… I recently got back into Magic: The Gathering (a fantasy-themed collectable card game), and while poking around on their website, I found that they had made some, too, about Planeswalkers… You can ignore “Chandra’s Ultimate”, because it’s repeated as part of Chandra Nalaar: Fuel for the Fire, Part I … That story (all 3 parts together, not only the first) is my favourite on the site.
In Magic lore, Planeswalkers are very powerful magic-users which can travel between planes/dimensions/worlds, and each player of the game is a Planeswalker. The way Wizards of the Coast is pushing that theme lately looks a bit odd to me, because on the table its more of a strategy game with high random factor than anything involving playing a role.
Oh, well, the whole “you are misunderstood and don’t fit in because secretly you are superspecial-magical” apparently can work well for marketing, when you’re aiming at misfit geeky teens*… Look at Spiderman, for example. Bullied goodie two-shoes geek power fantasy to the max.
Lastly, two articles that may be of more general interest I found hidden between the Magic-specific ones:
- Frakkin’ Zounds, about cursing in speculative fiction (nothing terribly exciting, but a nice nudge to think about it if you haven’t yet)
- Tipping the Scales, about ways to make big monsters look big even in tiny images. All those “tricks” of course work for bigger pictures, too, and it looks quite useful to me.
* Like I was when I got my first Magic
cards. I guess now I’m a slightly less misfit geeky twen.
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