Daily Archives: March 4, 2009

The Webcomic Overlook #72: Sister Claire


Scott Kurtz recounted an unforgettable anecdote on one of Halfpixel’s Webcomic Weekly podcasts. I’m not sure which one, and I’m not going to waste my time trying to dig it up just to post a link here (says the guy who’s been updating Comixpedia like a dog on crack the last couple of days). A webcomic creator solicited Scott’s advice. She gave a barebones explanation of her concept: it was to be a story about a pregnant nun. Mssr. Kurtz thought it was a cool idea at first, and he had a few suggestions lined up about how to run with the story. The creator, though, elaborated that the nun would give birth to a robot which the nun would then ride. At that point, Kurtz, exasperated, admitted that he was at a loss as to what to suggest.

I, on the other hand, had a different reaction. It sounded more like: “Hell with you, Kurtz! That sounds like an awesome story!” Incidentally, I’m also the guy who used to own a nifty PVC of the title character in American McGee’s Alice.

OK, so the premise sounds a bit tacky, and I can think of at least 70 different ways where such a story could go off the rails… and, frankly, I was betting on it. However, the concept is, at the very least, intriguing. I vowed that if I ever found that comic, it would be treated to a full-length review here at the hallowed halls of The Webcomic Overlook.

Well, there are rumors on the net that comic in question is none other than Sister Claire, whose tagline is “Pregnant Nun? Holy crap!” It’s written and illustrated by a creator who goes by “Yamino.” While I found no evidence of the mecha-baby, I admit that the comic is still quite new. Perhaps Yamino hadn’t gotten around to it yet … or perhaps she’d decided to go in a different direction.

Anyway, cyber-tot or not, I gotta say there’s plenty of other weirdness to be found in these pages. The question, of course, is whether or not it’s going to be worth your while. Will you, dear reader, see a pregnant nun and cuss like a sailor like that tagline suggests?

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Te Joi Of Webcomicz: Sum moar webcomicz stuf

A few items around the world of webcomics that might interest you, dear readers:

  • Looks like the reviews are in for the new Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out collection by Adam Koford. Here’s a review at Blast Magazine, and one at the AV Club (warning: link begins with picture of Superman and Lois Lane lookalikes in kinky play). Sadly, all signs indicate that this is not as fun as the original effort, which I reviewed here. That said, it does come with a foreword by John Hodgman, which all of you know as PC.
  • Canada is going crazy over Kate Beaton! First off, she’s going to be in the new MySpace Dark Horse (h/t ComixTalk) collection. Something that’s not been said yet: this might be an opening for all creators to compete for the Eisner Digital Comic Award. You may have forgotten that last year’s winner, Joss Whedon’s Sugarshock!, also came from the MySpace comics.

    Also, according to her LiveJournal, Ms. Beaton is being flooded with interviews lately. Librarian Beat, Culture Magazine, and a yet unpublished one at Canada’s weekly news mag, MacLean’s!

    (Full disclosure: The Webcomic Overlook was contacted by a reporter from MacLean’s to talk about Ms. Beaton. Not sure if it’s making it in the article, though.)

  • Speaking of MySpace Dark Horse, how much money does that make for the parent company? Probably nothing. According to editor Shawna Gore: “It’s essentially outreach. Basically what MySpace is trying to be, is the MTV of the Internet, which makes them attract younger viewers.” (h/t Robot 6.)
  • By the way, if Groening goes totally webcomics with Life In Hell (h/t ComixTalk) I will be personally blown away. I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the comic, but it was my introduction to the world of counter-culture strips.
  • Finally, The Battle of Dovecote Crest, by Hailey Bachrach with art by Bridget Underwood, was reviewed by both Ping at Webcomic Finds and Delos at ArtPatient. Judging by the sample artwork alone, the comic looks all sorts of awesome. It’s a comic about Civil war re-enactors. Man, I love comics with off-beat premises like that.
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