Some things I love: #1 Webcomics / by George Qin

It’s come to my attention recently that whilst this blog is intended to be a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings, I haven’t shared very personal content. However, it’s often hard for me to share very personal things on public platforms. So to compensate, I’ve decided to start a series of some things that I love - to better express the person I am and the things I believe in.


Todays theme is webcomics,which is something I picked up in my artsy, edgy, nerdy high school days. I went through a period of "finding myself" - what I liked, what I didn't, what I was good at, what I stink at; that sort of thing. Reading webcomics was originally about admiring vector art, but it became about so much more. So I want to share some of my favourites  before they stop drawing, stop hosting, or the singularity occurs - y'know, whichever comes first.


Starting off with something pretty mainstream, Zen pencils is drawn by a commercial illustrator gone rogue - putting images and stories to quotes by historical greats, both contemporary and classic. My favourite entry is Stephen Fry's Ultimate Self-Help Book which I think everyone should read. At the very least, it can give you an insight into how people depressed about underachieving think and feel. Check it out if you don't mind losing yourself to the lovable art style and messages.

2. HERO by Hwei Lim

This guy has style and flair about him and he's definitely someone to look out for. It's apparent as soon as the comic begins that he's not going the traditional route - and instead using the web to the full extent of its capabilities as a medium. The text appears as your cursor hovers over various images on the screen to maximise art space and create beautiful sceneries as backdrops to the dialogue. He's introduced me to the philospohy of Camus, the imagination of Italo Calvino, and the beauty in the little things in life. Here's a quick peek into some of the first chapter that's totally hit me in the feels more than once:

"The world is made of cities, and the spaces between them.. and cities are separated by spaces, but connected by roads. From the beginning, let`s not fool ourselves. Cities will never overcome the spaces between them. As much as one city would like to meet another, it is sometimes hard for one city to even see another city...

They are created as separate things. Even if they send many things to each other, they will never see or feel what really happens to each other. Even if they build a bridge between them, or put buildings all along the sides of the road that connects them, they will always just be two cities that are connected by something else. Still, since they will never meet each other, just that connection is better than nothing at all, isn`t it?"

On that summer afternoon, it felt like the priest was telling me a good thing, but he was also trying with all his heart to believe in it.

3. AKIMBO COMICS by B. Patrick

Of everyone I read, this guy is the MOST underrated by far. People post his comics to /r/getmotivated on a regular basis, and his philosophical mid-conversational rant style doesn't feel contrived, as if the comic is serving the reader. It feels as if we're getting a glimpse into part of an ongoing conversation. Dude's got some flair, that's for sure. My favourite comic? There are way too many to choose from, but I tend to like his EAT SHIT AND DIE series. There's just too much good in there, but I'll get you started. Enjoy!

4. MAGICAL GAME TIME by Zac Gorman

Zac Gorman's squiggly animated art style is perfect for reminiscing about childhood gaming memories. He embodies the essence of the generation that was lost in their consoles and glued to their television screens in their happiest times which still hold a special place in their hearts. Please enjoy the nostalgia if you've grown up playing smash bros and earthbound - or if at any time zelda has brought you joy.

5. VEFURRIN by Hwei Lim

This guy again? Yup, he deserves a second mention for his second place prize in the IMCC manga competition. Whilst only at 26 pages, he makes multiple literary references whilst telling his own story. I love that he draws philosophical inspiration from Saint Antoine Exupery's The Little Prince - also my favourite children's book, whilst telling a story of his own - about love.

The biggest lesson I learnt from this is that for a story to end happily, it must first end, and endings are sad. Oh well, another story? ;)


Special mentions go out to King Kaiser, shirotsuki and Synpai (formerly Syncaidia). SO much respect for these guys.

On another note - PLEASE don't search for my long lost Tumblr and DeviantArt accounts. I still cringe when I look back at those. I feel deeply ashamed but it's representative of a period of my life when I was finding myself so I can't bring myself to delete them just yet.

Hope I haven't wasted too much of your time!