Welcome to Comicon.com’s Best of the Year Awards, gathering the best comics and comics talent of the strange year that was 2021. This year we will be awarding in the following categories: Best Original Graphic Novels, Best Comic Series, Best Single Comic Issues, Best Writers, Best Artists, Best Cover Artists, Best Colorists, Best Letterers, Best Digital/Webcomics, and Most Progressive Comics.
Contributors to Comicon’s Best of the Year Awards this year include: Oliver MacNamee, Brendan M. Allen, Rachel Bellwoar, Scott Redmond, Benjamin Hall, Tito James, Tony Thornley, and Richard Bruton.
The following are Comicon’s 5 Best Digital/Webcomics of 2021.
5. Dr Who: Regenesis of the Daleks by Nigel Auchterlounie
Auchterlounie makes his webcomics through Twitter, fabulously funny webcomics, as befits someone whose career has spanned really funny adult works as Spleenal and kid-friendly brilliance as Nigel Auchtelounie in The Beano.
After the ridiculousness of the magnificently funny soap opera comedy, Farts, he’s back on Twitter with Regenesis Of The Daleks … and yes, it’s a Doctor Who thing. As Auchterlounie points out with the first episode … ‘I’m gonna do this for a bit, and legally, you can’t touch me because it’s fan fiction! What do you mean, “Legally I’m on very shaky ground?”’
Anyway, Regenesis of the Daleks is Auchterlounie doing his own version of the classic Tom Baker Doctor Who storyline, Genesis of the Daleks. And it’s very, very funny…
— Richard Bruton
4. Hotel Fred by Roger Langridge
Hotel Fred’s a perfectly brilliant daily record of life with the Langridges … life, drawing, the stresses of just getting through the day, all shared with partner, Sylvie, their children, Tamsin and Thomas, and their dog Luna. And of course, given the last couple of years, it’s also covered all manner of pandemic-related matters, the family coping with lockdowns, living together, changes in jobs, home-schooling, the delights of living in the UK as it goes through a disastrous response to the pandemic … that sort of thing.
Basically, it’s fabulous slice of life stuff. Langridge’s tone might be one of whimsy and light-hearted flights of fancy at times, coupled with an obvious love of his family, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t get somewhat dark and introspective at times, especially given what we’ve all been through.
— Richard Bruton
3. Lowry Walk by Chris Doherty
Lowry Walk began back in 2020 with Book 1: House Where Nobody Lives and continued in 2021 with Book 2: Dirt In The Ground. And both are just perfect examples of a deliciously slow-build horror comic that’s going to leave your nerves jangling. Doherty describes it, quite rightly, as a Giallo webcomic and it’s got all the requisite thriller-horror slasher mystery vibe running all the way through it.
If you’re after something crafted so well, with exquisite timing, deep characterization, and some great art, plus something to put you on the edge of your seat as you’re reading, something to send that shiver up the spine, this is a webcomic for you. Head back to the beginning, settle into a chair, turn the lights down low and get ready for the scares.
— Richard Bruton
2. Batman: Wayne Family Adventures; published on Webtoon, written by CRC Payne, inks by StarBite, storyboards by Maria Li, backgrounds by Lan Ma, colored by C.M. Cameron, Camille Cruz, flats by Jean Kim, and lettered by Kielamel Sibal
There are a ton of things that people love about Batman and his various wards and allies — often just referred to as the Bat-Family by many. One of the oddest things about the Bat-Family is just that: the fact that they are a family. After years of DC’s published comics only giving us snippets of this family here or there, at long last — thanks to a partnership with WebToon — we have the Bat-family content we crave. A weekly webcomic centered around the family and their wacky and emotional and fun and awesome adventures; you cannot go wrong with that. This one series beautifully reminds why the Bat-family is just such an awesome group of characters.
— Scott Redmond
1. Sarah’s Scribbles by Sarah Andersen
The comedic comic strip format has gone through a rebirth on the web. The “Scribbles” of Sarah Andersen is an excellent example of this new wave. Through her simple, charming designs and four-panel structure, Andersen is able to explore topics large and small. From mental health, the Millennial condition, or the mad antics of her cat, Andersen renders them all with creativity and wit. The line between Sequential Art and Memes created from text and images has largely eroded on the Internet. Andersen may have broken down the barrier for good with her webcomics being used by fans to express their emotions online. And by using what’s unique about the interactivity of the web, Sarah’s Scribbles continue to be just darn fun.
— Tito James