Welcome the the first in a series of reviews and articles about webcomics! I thought I would use Wednesdays for this feature as it is the middle of the week and usually at this time people could use something humourous (sometimes) to read. Also it rhymes.
Apparently (according to wikipedia anyway) webcomics have been around since 1985. I was bitten by the webcomic bug some five years ago and am still finding some interesting titles.
To begin I would like to introduce you to one of my favourite series of the moment:
I have been a fan of Weregeek since it began in 2006 and have featured it in two of my newsletters over at TeenLibrarian as I have found it to be a brilliant tool for educating people on LARPS, collectible card games, Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun and other obsessive tendencies of geek kind.
It is also a fantastic (free) read! The overarching story concerns Mark.
Mark was once just an ordinary guy with an office job and a blonde girlfriend. Except that every once in a while he had a strange urge to hang in front of a tabletop RPG store and stare at its wares pointlessly… Then one day, after a run in with the local vampire coven and The Hunters, he discovered a mind-blowing truth: there is a secret society out there, The Masquerade… OF GEEKS! And he is one of them, “a human by day and a geek by night”…
The story also follows his friends, and colleagues in their real lives as well as in the fantasy worlds they enter through their role-playing games. It also pokes fun at pop culture…
Weregeek was created and is written, drawn and edited by Alina Pete and Layne Myhre.
Give it a read, if you are a geek you will enjoy the in-jokes and positive portrayal of geek culture. If you are not a geek – read it and you may discover that actually you are a geek after all!
So if you just want to enjoy a good laugh with a few soap opera, fantasy, horror, gaming and mystery tropes thrown in then Weregeek is for you!
Just remember to start at the beginning
For those of you that do not enjoy reading off the computer, Weregeek is also available in print form from the Weregeek Store