For the past month, I have been moving from a house into an apartment. The decision to move was a quick one, and I had to put my entire life on hold. The first thing I packed was my comics and literature collection; It's the most significant collection I own. I was so busy that I barely had any time to read, but that doesn't mean that I didn't want to read.
With my books all stored in boxes, I went onto the app store to see if there was any way I could read some comics for free. One of the first options was Webtoons. I downloaded it and instantly fell in love with the app. I am such a big fan of indie comics and Webtoons allows creators the freedom to upload their work onto their website. If you search through the site, you'll notice a lot of the comics offered are written, drawn, colored, and lettered by just one person. Sometimes, that one person has an editor, but for the most part, that's it. It is incredibly admirable and makes me love the books I've read even more. The biggest charm of the app is that you can read it on your phone. While
I waited at the leasing office I was reading. While I ate my breakfast, I was reading. While I was getting ready for bed, I was reading. It's free and accessible to everyone.
The first comic I read through is called Scoob and Shag by a Brooklyn artist who goes by the name Dingo. It is a parody story about the latest journey between good pals Scoob (Scooby-Doo) and Shag (Shaggy). If you are a fan of Hanna Barbera cartoons, this book is incredibly hilarious as it pokes fun at all the iconic characters and their typical troupes. At least, that's how it starts. However, as the story progresses, the tone of it starts to shift into both the action and horror genres. Characters developed supernatural strengths called Ballyhoos that remind me of Stands from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny are the enemies of Scoob and Shag. Scoob's power is that he was an incredibly precise gun. It's an action-packed comic with lots of love and adoration for cartoons. It's goofy, short, and on-going. Check it out!
2. The comic Boyfriend of the Dead is by a creator named Ushio! It centers on the story of a girl named Alex who finds herself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead had just finished, and I forgot how much I adored zombie books. So, this one was a perfect fit for me. It is a light-hearted comedy/ romance. A girl falls in love with a zombie, just girls things, am I right? It is incredibly cute and provided a lot of stress relief.
3. The comic I am obsessed with the MOST is Lore Olympus by Rachel Symthe and edited by Annie Lahue. As the name suggests, this story involves greek mythology. I am fascinated with Greek mythos. This story centers around the relationship between Hades and Persephone. However, they are not romantically involved yet, as well as Persephone does not know she is a chaos god. Rachel approves the story with humor and modernism that is both engaging and refreshing. Not to mention, her art is stunning. Her color palettes are profoundly saturated and bold. Persephone is a bubblegum pink, and she has this shading always surrounding her, making her feel angelic and elegant. If you're looking for a great romance book, this one's for you!
Now that I finally unpacked all of my books, I can continue reading all the graphic novels I've fallen behind on. But one thing is for sure, webcomics on Webtoons offers quality content from the best of up and coming writers, artists, and colorists. Be sure to check their website out to find a comic for you to get obsessed with too!