Each year, we are stunned by the remarkable and diverse comics that appear on the Internet, and 2014 has been no exception. From gorgeously illustrated epics to spooky short stories to comics that made us cry, here are the best new webcomics that we read this year.
Top image from Stand Still. Stay Silent by Minna Sundberg.
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Back by KC Green and Anthony Clark: KC Green (Gunshow) and Anthony Clark (Nedroid) team up to bring us one of the funniest apocalyptic comics we've ever seen. In a western-styled land, a mysterious gunslinger is raised from the dead by a coven of witches that she will usher in the end of the world. But when she wanders into a town terrorized by a crew of wicked tax collectors, it becomes clear her journey won't be as straightforward as she planned.
Kingdoms Lost by Boulet: Each year, amidst slice-of-life comics, fan commentary, social commentary, and travelogues, Boulet treats us to a handful of brilliant short webcomic stories. The standout piece in 2014 was "Kingdoms Lost," a story that starts with a (supposedly) evil wizard transporting himself and a fantasy princess to our world, the real world. Her (supposedly) heroic love interest follows her there, but when he can't find a way back home, the princess starts to explore the world around her and really living—perhaps for the first time.
The Hole the Fox Did Make by Emily Carroll: Emily Carroll had a big year. Her book of scary stories, Through the Woods, was published this year, and on top of that, she posted more delightfully creepy comics online. "The Hole the Fox Did Make" is an uneasy ghost story that combines many of the elements Carroll excels at: fairy tale trappings, family secrets, and terrible things lurking in seemingly ordinary places. We also highly recommend "When the Darkness Presses," which uses the familial advertising boxes we see on so many webcomics to clever effect and "All Along the Wall," a terrifying holiday tale.