MomentWithMarty

Marty Basto, the new owner of Top Web Comics, decided to give me some time off today so he could share some insight with all of you. What he has to say teases quite a bit, so be sure to read between the lines. There is quite a bit on the go behind the scenes here at TWC and soon you’ll have even more ways to promote your art! So here is the innovator behind it all to give you an idea about what is happening now at TWC, and a glimpse at the future. Welcome to… A Moment with Marty.

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The Blue Bomber has been with us for a long time and some fans may not have been really noticing what was going on when Archie Comics released their books featuring him. With the Mega Man franchise cooling as many gamers wonder when the next titles are going to launch, these comics give everyone a great new adventure to take.

The series started off decently basic, introducing the first couple games or so. From there it really branched out after Mega Man, Dr. Light and Roll attended a robotics convention. Today, issue #35 is being released. That should tell you just how popular the series has become! That and there’s a five page Mega Man X comic pencilled by Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante at the end! Spoilers of course too if you haven’t been reading the series. (more…)

UnEpic – Review

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If you’re a fan of Metroidvania titles, you know, games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for example, UnEpic is a wonderful exploration title you’ll probably enjoy very much! I’ve already gushed a little bit about the game before, but there is a lot more to be said about the game itself. Available both on Steam and on the Wii-U eShop, I took a look at the console release that is available thanks to EnjoyUp publishing the title on Nintendo’s latest system. The best part that I’ve already noted is how much UnEpic feels like you’re living a comedic RPG web comic. (more…)

The Verdict

9.5Amazing

The Good: Lots to do and explore | Tons of items | Great dialogue and voice acting

The Bad: Jumping works well, but could just be a touch better.

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Want to dress like the main star Aiden Pearce from Watch Dogs the new hit title by Ubisoft? Clothing maker musterbrand is releasing much of the characters outfit for fans to wear in the real world. All in all it’s a pricey venture for the whole outfit but not unrealistic considering the value involved. (more…)

I’m sure many of us can remember the days when the Death of Superman was in comic stores. It’s happened before, and odds are will happen again. But how does death contribute to making your comic meaningful? Hopefully when I get to read Life With Archie‘s last issue in which he’s reported to die saving a friend I’ll review it here. Till then, this weeks Friday Artist Talk is opening the topic of characters dying up for discussion. (more…)

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Coming in third in last months contest to bring readers into our ever growing blog section here, Doodling Around gained a wonderful 305 views. We’re quite delighted by how many of their readers stopped by since it seems the comic only featured a custom banner on their comments below recent pages and on deviantART. So I should be saying hi to a lot of you fans of Doodling Around since many visited directly from the comic. So what exactly is Doodling Around? Well read on because it’s this weeks Web Comic Wednesday review. (more…)

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Just a quick heads up, io9 has posted an article about web comics that will make you smarter. Of course we can learn lots of things from all web comics, like being understanding with giant green humanoids like Zukah and of course how to overhear far off conversations using your AI in The Demon Archives, but this list seems to focus on more fundamental educational titles such as XKCD which I reviewed back in February. (more…)

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Comics have always tackled deep and emotional stories along with all of the silly adventures we’ve enjoyed over the years. With something as solid as Archie comics, it’s great to see them continuing to expand with new stories like Archie’s marriages, and of course the animated cartoons. So why not add grief and loss to those stories? Potentially we’ll be seeing just that in Life With Archie #36 due out this July, we’ll see how Riverdale deals with losing it’s iconic character. We’ve all seen comics like this before, how do you feel about this story? (more…)

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Over the years, the LEGO games have found an endearing charm that many gamers have found hard to resist. With light hearted takes on some of our favourite movies, Travellers Tales has created some grand adventures. Today gamers can go there and almost back again in LEGO The Hobbit which includes adaptation of Peter Jackson’s first two movies based on the J. R. R. Tolkien classic. Rumour has it that the third instalment’s game content will be released as DLC closer to the movies release. Want to see the trailer? Travel along further into this article for (more…)

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In just two days, you’ll be able to start voting on your favourite Hippos In Heaven art contest entries, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to still submit your own creation! Get sketching away, have fun with it, and you could be the winner of Top Web Comics first art contests! We’ve already seen what Dark Wick released as a example image, so read on for a highlight on some of the wonderful current entries in the contest. Join in! The more the merrier! (more…)

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If you’re a fan of space combat sims and want a game to just track some fighters and destroy the daylights out of them, Strike Suit Zero: Directors Cut has a fun collection of missions. There is a deep and rich lore to the game as well, which is delivered via dialogue while you’re in and out of combat. This keeps the story progression entertaining while you’re busy trying to blast your rivals. (more…)

The Verdict

7.0Good

The Good: Controls feel good | Combat is fun | Lots of unlockables to encorage replaying missions

The Bad: Changing around HUD indicators may have helped information flow better

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It’s new contest time already! TWC has an art contest on the go and the theme is… Well it’s creative at least! If the idea of a hippo, working in a pumpkin, and your interpretation of the gates of Heaven doesn’t get your mind going with some sort of concept, then you’re a lot more laid back than I am. To be fair the first thing that came to my mind was a Nightmare Before Christmas version of the Hippo ballerinas from Fantasia. Want more details and to know what you can win? Read on! (more…)

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Comic font producer Blambot, whom even has free fonts for indie comic artists like many of us, also features an educational collection of articles on their site. Until one of our readers mentioned it yesterday I didn’t really pay any attention to this section. It’s actually quite an interesting read, even for some comic veterans out there since it is quite in depth. (more…)

Delver

Ever played the first person rogue-like RPG Delver on Steam? Well good news! The early access game that’s still in beta just got even better. Since it’s launch Delver has seen some graphical changes and a good progression of updates. There’s still lots planned for the future but I couldn’t resist and got in on this title already. Going through the dungeon, leveling up, and wandering about is fun! Sorta like a simplified, cartoony, one quest version of Ultima Underworld if I had to put a reference to it. So what’s new? (more…)

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Okay, lets get this out of the way first, Heroine’s Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok isn’t an official Quest For Glory game, nor an official Sierra game. However, you really wouldn’t know it. It’s a beautifully crafted adventure and best of all it’s FREE! If you’re like me, you’ve been aching for more Quest For Glory adventure. While Corey and Lori Cole continue work on Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption to bring us new content from Quest For Glory’s original creators you can enjoy the wonderful tribute to one of gamings greatest series in Heroine’s Quest. Read on for more info and the trailer! (more…)

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Comic artist Ben Dunn has contributed a piece towards the auction to help support Stan Sakai’s wife after an unfortunate illness. For those who don’t know, Stan is the creator of Usagi Yojimbo, the samurai rabbit seen in the artwork above. He’s fighting against Ben Dunn’s creation Ichi-Kun Ichihonei in this piece. Most of these drawings will be included in The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo, a book being released by Dark Horse this July. So this very drawing just may be in the book itself and the original could be yours! (more…)

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It’s been a long road for those promoting the new Top Web Comics blog section this past month, but today the contest closes and we have two winners and an honourable mention! Thanks to everyone who participated! It’s fantastic to see such support and we’ll continue to bring you new content as the months continue on. So lets get down to it, here are the contest winners! (more…)