The past few weeks I’ve been running features on the new Spider Forest members. Today, I’d like to give shout-outs to two comics I consider honorable mentions. SF has been growing significantly over the past few years. We get more and more applications every round, but can still only take on about 10-15 new members. That means a lot of comics that are quite good don’t always get in. Comics are also chosen by group vote, so sometimes there are comics that I really love that aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Other times, there might not be quite enough content for some members to feel confident (yet) and those comics might have a better shot the next time around. Regardless, there were two comics THIS round that I really liked and I wanted to share them with you.
This comic is fairly new, but I see a ton of potential in it. It’s got a grim opening, but even with a lot of dark implications it still feels like an ultimately hopeful story. I’m also really curious to see them explore the magical elements of their world more. I am a sucker for urban fantasies. The main character, Angel, has been bothered by recent visions. Things only get worse when her haunted roommate Sam moves in. They have to learn to master their fears and awaken their powers if they want to save Sam’s ghost. But along the way they learn it might not be enough to save their world.
(No, long-time readers, I do not mean my own old comic Shades of Grey, although I’ll admit the name gave me a double-take!) Where Indigo Sisters is relatively new, Shades of Gray is loooooong. And it is an incredibly slow-burn story. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you really love character drama and don’t mind decompressed pacing, there’s something about this one that really drew me in. I will admit, at first glance I did not expect to like it. Yet something about it kept me reading through the entire archive. There’s some magic and gods and dream stuff and scifi stuff, but overall I’d actually put this more under a slice-of-life category than anything else. It’s a lot about college/school life. Making friends, growing as a person, goofing off, cramming for a test.
It almost has a Harry Potter vibe in that way. Sure, it’s a magical school, but it’s still SCHOOL. And all the good and bad that comes with it. The main character is a boy named Ten who deeply wants to be a pilot, but both physical and mystical ailments threaten that dream. Fortunately, he’s able to get a little help from his friends. And frienemies. And possibly the spooky fuzzbutt creatures that only he can see that may actually be real or could all just be an elaborate figment of his imagination as his condition renders him insane. But…nah. I’m sure they’re real. It’s fine. I’m sure it will all be fine.
A few warnings: 1) There is some swearing and adult situations in this comic, so I’d probably rate it PG-13 at a minimum. 2) Be prepared for some archive art shock. The artist has improved their craft A LOT in the years they’ve been working on this project!
So there are two newly discovered comics that I think deserve some more love. If you enjoy them, please leave a comment on their sites! I know from experience how meaningful a kind word can be.
Do you have any new favorite stories you’ve found recently?