Many years ago, during my days in college, I had my trusty iBook (900MHz G3, white model, thankyouverymuch) that was my proverbial workhorse. And it was beautifully portable to the point where I literally took it everywhere. One good thing about have a laptop with you at all times and having plenty of downtime between classes on a well wifi-d campus is that you get to spend plenty of time on the internet.
Granted, I spend a lot of time on the internet now, but back then, I also spent a lot of time reading web comics. Sadly, as the years progressed, I stopped paying attention to the comics (it seemed like if you miss too many, and you want to go back and find where you left off, you're screwed!).
Despite this, I've always been keen on MAKING webcomics. And since I've recently returned to that passion with Explorers of the Unknown and Zaphod Zombie, I thought it prudent to get back to reading those webcomics that had fallen back to whatever lies beyond the back-burner.
After the break, I'll share with you a little nugget called "Console Hopping".
I first discovered this comic a few weeks ago while poking around the Project Wonderful ad network. At first glance, I was mostly indifferent. Another webcomic about video games? Be still my beating heart. Quick, let me call Guinness because this is about as monumental as man landing on the moon. In 1970. (We first walked on the moon in 1969.)
Despite my prejudice, and because the art was incredibly clean and well done--and also because the site has a wicked professional look to it and the comic, conversely, doesn't seem to have an overwhelmingly huge fanbase--made me stop a moment and read further.
The comic revolves around the misadventures of Max and Brody. And between discovering an underground city of mole-men who worship old Van-Damme VHS's and a mini story-arc about an illegitimate love child and Max's ultimate need to simply grow up ... well, video games actually have little to do with Console Hopping.
To be fair, the current story line has them buying a store and starting their own video-game rental service. But aside from a few jokes revolving around the size of Microsoft's X-Box displays, the comics are far more about the characters of Max and Brody than anything else.
Which is pretty a-okay in my book.
The comic's author is Rob Lundy. Aside from his website, you can also find him on Twitter. Don't hold his Canadian-icity against him ... he can't help where he was born. Console Hopping updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays ... but like all working comic creators, the post can appear at pretty much anytime during the scheduled days. Don't let that stop you, though: go read Rob's archives and decide for yourself.
I'm out to find some other interesting new comics. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!
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