Comic Conversations: My Favorite Webcomics — "Scary Go Round" and "Questionable Content"

How about some free comics you can read right now that are really good? How about Scary Go Round/Bad Machinery and Questionable Content?


When I went to ConnectiCon in 2004, back when it was still held at the University of Hartford, I ended up reading two webcomics that I still read daily after meeting the creators there.

The first was John Allison, from whom I bought the collected editions of his comic “Scary Go Round” that I had never read before but had heard of in my Internet travels.

I was hooked immediately. I read the smallest, black-and-white, pamphlet, “Scare-o-deleria: Wishin'” while I ate my lunch and then tore right into the other books (not literally, mind you, they're still in OK condition after eight years of wear) “Looks Brains & Everything,” “Blame the Sky” and “Girl Spy.”

After that I started reading “Scary Go Round” daily on the web. It took some time to catch up because I was still on dial-up at the time and after that I went back even further and read his older webcomic “Bobbins” which he started way back in 1998.

“Scary Go Round” always had a large cast of characters that take turns as the leads from storyline to storyline. The first books I got focused on Shelley and Amy and the time Shelley died and came back as a zombie, or when they fought cannibals at Christmastime. There are also stories about Tim the inventor, Fallon the super-spy, and Ryan Beckwith, who has Fred Flintstone-like perpetual stubble.

Allison's comics are always clever, funny and charming, not to mention full of ghosts, zombies, monsters, spies and pals. “Scary go Round” officially ended in late 2009 but John Allison has continued with a new comic called “Bad Machinery.” You can read all of this online right now by clicking this link and I encourage you to do so.

"Questionable Content"

The other webcomic was “Questionable Content” by Jeph Jacques. I got a free button from him with the face of one of the characters on it while at ConnectiCon that time, which ended up at the bottom of the bag I was carrying and it was a while later that I found the button and finally went to the website and started reading the comic. Again, it took a long time to read through the archives which aren't nearly as long as they are now but after that it became a daily staple for me.

QC started off as the story of a boy and his robot but changed pretty quickly into more of a comedic soap opera as more and more characters were introduced. QC is sort of hard to pin down because it can go from being a gag-a-day strip to a long, seriously dramatic storyline and everywhere in between.

Really, the only thing stopping you from reading one of my favorite daily reads is clicking right here! What more could you ask for?

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