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Webcomic Spotlight: Wondermark
There are a LOT of webcomics out there these days, making it hard sometimes for particular series to stand out. Not to mention something that's not comic book-like and episodic, but rather takes the format of a newspaper comic strip. One humor webcomic that wholeheartedly embraces the past and actually stands out more as a result is Wondermark by David Malki ! (he spells it with an exclamation point: "It’s considered an honorific, and used in the same manner as “Jr.” or “PhD”: there’s a single space before it. The exclamation point is not pronounced — though many have tried, often with hilarious results.") I can guarantee that there's nothing like Wondermark out there on the web. David Malki ! creates his strips from 19th century woodcuts and engravings and rearranges and reinvents them into hilarious, sardonic, wonderfully clever anachronistic situations. It has strong shades of steampunk, if you're into that (and you should be, because it's awesome). How does he accomplish such a feat? Malki ! explains that the source material is made up of images he "scanned from my personal collection of old books and also from volumes in the Los Angeles Central Library. Most of the books are bound volumes of general-interest magazines such as Harper’s, Frank Leslie’s and Punch, but my collection also includes special-interest magazines such as Scientific American, Sears-Roebuck catalogs, storybooks, and primers." Also, a Wondermark fan tip: always read the mouse-over text! Sometimes the best punchline is yet to be revealed... He is great at engaging with his fans, as well as creating awesome merchandise that he distributes through artist-directed TopatoCo. You can get prints of his comics, some of the awesome posters he makes (I've got the "Hierarchy of Beards" poster, and have gifted the "Genre-Fiction Generator" poster to a writer friend). He is also gifted at book design and has print collections of the comic strips, as well as seasonal calendars he hand-presses and other swag. You're also very likely to see him at your choice of comics convention. He always has some fun event, like live sketch drawing of crazy creatures and spin-wheel giveaways. If you want to share his comics with others (and you will), he encourages it! With attribution, of course. On his website he writes: "You can feel free to re-post any comics from this site on your blog, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. without asking permission, so long as you include a link back to wondermark.com as well!" That means Vingle, too, folks! Go check out Wondermark.com - it's cheeky good fun! I included some examples for your viewing pleasure.
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