Webcomics Wednesday: Down on the Farm
Hello, and welcome to Webcomics Wednesday! Last week was Thanksgiving in the U. S. and harvesting time everywhere! To celebrate, we’re going to introduce you to a series of webcomics featuring harvest and life on the farm.
For those of you new to Webcomics Wednesday, it’s a weekly tradition where we showcase five webcomics centered around a certain theme. They are chosen and presented in no particular order based on art, story and appeal. This week, we’re taking a look at farming and harvest time in webcomics. Enjoy!
Comic: Farmy Acres
Creators: Pat Barrett, Todd McArthur, and Dan McCool
In their words: Farmy Acres is a collection of three concurrent comic strips set on a small Kansas farm in 1962. Each strip is drawn by a different artist and takes place in one distinct area of the property: at the Barn, in the Field, and in the Woods. Although characters can move around from place to place, their creators will stay put in the same location. Story lines will wander from cartoonist to cartoonist. Characters may evolve in unexpected ways when they enter the environment of a neighboring strip. Hijinx just might ensue.
In our words: Be warned—once you start reading this strip, Comic Booked will not be responsible for where the plot will lead. As the story is divided among three settings with the characters being able to move from one to the other, and each setting is handled by someone else, chaos can ensue. But since it’s only awesome webcomic chaos, we’ll welcome it with open arms!
Creator: Tracie Mauk
In our words: If you’re just looking for a fun, simple farm-themed webcomic, check out Funnies Farm! As the name suggests, Funnies Farm is a strip comic drawn and written in the style of traditional Sunday Funnies. Clean humor, loveable farm animals, and even the odd coloring page all make their appearance in this comic. Join Paisley and Peck in their old-style adventures on the farm!
Comic: Life Ain’t No Pony Farm
Creator: Sarah Burrini
In our words: Yes, there is a pony in this comic. And an elephant. And a loveable webcomic creator who shares the ups and downs of her life in the form of this delightful webcomic, Life Ain’t No Pony Farm. The comic is largely autobiographical, appearing in both German and English, and slaps together some fabulous wit dealing with life. With the odd addition of a pony and an elephant, who could resist giving this webcomic a try?
Comic: 2 Cows and A Chicken
Creator: Steve Skelton
In his own words: What happens when… A farmer dies and leaves his farm to three barnyard animals? How do they fend off the townspeople and the over-zealous real estate developer who [wants] to turn their property into a NASCAR track? 2 Cows and a Chicken is a story about a dysfunctional family of three trying to hang onto their farm. It is a comic strip filled with adventure and long journeys with wild escapades where they are James Bond one moment and Lucille Ball the next. It is a tale of survival, with hot air balloon mishaps, hazardous river crossings, clashes with snow monsters, runaway conestogas, and a close encounter with Bridezilla. Think “True Grit” meets “The Far Side.”
In our words: After reading a description like that, this comic should be on your list of must-reads, and it deserves it. Updated three times a week, 2 Cows and a Chicken is filled with some of the most original adventures in comic history, ranging from the thrilling to the laughable. Who knows what these creatures will be up to next? Check it out!
In his own words: The Grim Reaper, his best friend, and that strange fan of his who just won’t leave him alone, even after death.
In our words: Even though the comic hasn’t been updated in a while, Reaper Man easily offers one of the most lovable personifications of death since Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Although Reaper Man doesn’t have anything to do with farming per se, the fact that it is really awesome and about a reaper (albeit the Grim Reaper) earned it the spot with this week’s features. The story is bold and witty, and a fresh take on the age-old topic of immortality, ghosts, and death itself.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s study of the role of farming and harvest in the webcomic medium, and please come back next week for another edition of Webcomics Wednesday. In the meantime, tell us if we missed anything in this week’s selection. What webcomics do you read? Is there something that we haven’t featured yet that we should? Let us know! We love getting feedback and suggestions for future material! Also feel free to share this page with anyone you know who’d love it. The buttons on the side are there for just that purpose! It’s always fun for people to find a new favorite!