Look, so many indie comics, so little time! The month is barely here and we already set sights on a lot of interesting projects. We predict April will be extremely interesting for comics lovers!
As we strive to give each creator a bit of exposition, we decided to close our first week with a small collection. Without further ado, here are four free comics you should definitely spend some time on!
Burnt Toast – by Cynta Camilia
Starting off, we have a fantastic indie comic by Cynta Camilia.
Burnt Toast is one of those almost autobiographical comics that give you an eye into the mind of the creator. There are currently three chapters out, each quite short and following a particular train of thought. One has the artist contemplating her art and it’s ever-changing nature, while another shows her considering the repercussions of changing from digital art to traditional.
Burnt Toast contains a very sentimental tone and comes across as very personal and close to the creator. While I’m sure not all readers will be interested in this sort of thing, I always find these kinds of work really interesting. Seeing how others think and process parts of themselves is always fascinating to me and certainly contributes to my enjoyment of it.
If anything, I find Burnt Toast very relaxing. Following someone else’s thoughts while chilling out to the mellow artwork is just phenomenal. With the look coming off as soft, painterly and pleasant; the only real complaint I could have is that the text can be a bit hard to read due to its scribbly nature. Even that’s a bit charming in and of itself, so nothing really that bad to say here.
Read Burnt Toast, I think you’ll like it.
Bad Mouth Ouverture – by Jennifer Kiakas
Next up is Bad Mouth Ouverture, by Jennifer Kiakas.
Bad Mouth Overture is one those indie comics that just screams that whole “friendship” vibe. Essentially, our main protagonist – Pippin – is wandering around a city trying to find someone named Bird, whom a letter claims stays in the junkyard. She wanders around a bunch and eventually runs into someone named Matilda, who happens to live in the junkyard with Bird.
So they meet up and, after a bit of getting to know each other, Pippin explains that she needs to find Bird because she heard he could help her become a god. The rest is hard to make out; but we find it has something to do with some people named Vi and Crow. Pippin decides to start from the beginning, and here is where part six of Bad Mouth ends.
So far there’s nothing too intriguing in this indie comic, but it’s clearly laying a foundation to build off of. I guess my biggest problem with Bad Mouth is how “nice” everything feels. The characters almost seem too friendly to each other; which takes me out of the story for whatever reason. Though, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just a preference.
Having said that, I certainly see the potential here, and it’s definitely got the bases covered when it comes to style. The art looks like a cross between an album cover for Gorillaz and Saturday morning cartoons. It’s certainly pleasant to look at and will hopefully have a story that develops into something special.
Check it out if you like.
Minerva’s Map – by Stefan Tosheff
Now, here’s a gem I tell ya.
Three chapters into Minerva’s Map and I’m already hooked. Great characters, funny writing, and some highly detailed artwork combine to make Minerva’s Map my favorite of the list.
Where to start with this one? Created by Stefan Tosheff, Minerva’s Map wastes no time throwing you into the action; from a fun car chase to the introduction of the impressively cool private investigator Minerva. As of chapter three, it felt like every page was used to its fullest, skimping on unnecessary dialogue and instead fleshing out characters and introducing plot details with each line.
And given how great her lines are, Minerva instantly steals the show. Her laidback-detective style and quick-witted writing instantly made her a likable character. Add in the all-around great art that really brings out character personality and you have an indie comic that doesn’t feel boring for a second.
It looks like the story’s going for an Indiana Jones + Lovecraftian horror type approach just from what I’ve read so far, but even if those themes don’t interest you, you should give Minerva’s Map a read! For whatever reason chapter four won’t load for me on the website; but believe me, I’ll be checking back for when it does.
Go read it, seriously.
Jorogumo – by Charlotte Marshall
And to top the list off, we have the intro to Jorogumo, a vibrant indie comic by Charlotte Marshall.
While the description for Jorogumo promises a gripping tale of love, respect, and hatred all we really have at the moment is an extremely short wordless strip of… well, I’m not entirely sure.
The visual storytelling in this indie comic isn’t that clear in my opinion. Not that anything complicated happens, mind you. The intro pretty much begins and ends with a girl (or boy?) getting distracted by a beautiful lady, only to get knocked down when a spider lands on her neck. Almost getting stepped on in the process, the crowd around her helps her up and that’s about it (yea, it’s brief at the moment).
The problem is that some of the panels just feel a bit cluttered for what they’re showing. Jorogumo has a wonderful vibrancy to it that can sadly be a bit loud, and drowns out the details you’re supposed to be paying attention to. Of course, this is just a single page – and the intro at that – so it’s nothing that can’t be sorted in the next installments.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the presence of Asian culture in Jorogumo. Taking place during The Oiran Dochu, a type of parade where an Oiran – woman of pleasure – meet their customers. The concept might be a bit off-putting depending on who you are; but the vibrant art and chill Asian vibe are enough to get me interested.
So maybe check up on it for some more pages every now and then.