There were two things I loved about the long line of cameo appearances in this Sunday “My Cage” comic from 2010: first, the extremes in variety of comic styles (all rendered at least pretty well) and the webcomics (most exclusively on the Web) they came from, some successful and/or familiar (not always the same thing), some cult or special-interest favorites and some just plain obscure, but all web-based; well, it is an Internet Cafe, even if one character is reading a newspaper.
The other thing I love is I was able to identify ALL of them, proving that I am indeed qualified to blog about webcomics (being approximately 40% of the subject matter of Tooned.In).
From left to right:
Skull the Troll from “PvP” by Scott Kurtz
The Space Pig from “The SuperFogeys” by Brock Heasley
Steve (a guinea pig raised as a moose, therefore the artificial antlers) from “Pinkerton” by Mike Witmer
Dr. McNinja, eponymous star of “The Adventures of Dr. McNinja” by Christopher Hastings
Agatha Heterodyne, title character of “Girl Genius” by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Woo the Raccoon of “Sandra & Woo” by Powree and Oliver Knörzer
Clango Cyclotron, romantic robot from “Diesel Sweeties” by R.Stevens
Coney, carnivorous bunny from “Kevin and Kell” by Bill Holbrook
Teenage Girl President, title character of a recurring TV show within “Medium Large” by Francesco Marciuliano
Max Terrier and Norman Platipus from “My Cage” by Ed Power and Melissa DeJesus (the host comic, sadly cancelled soon after by the Internet unfriendly King Features Syndicate where seeing comics over 30 days old required a paid subscription – but now re-running on the free-as-in-beer GoComics.com)
Gil, obvious star of “Gil” by Norm Feuti (which ended a 14-month online trial run even before this appearance, only to be picked up later by the previously-noted King Features for a newspaper run)
and Zorphbert, space alien disguised (poorly) as a dog in “Zorphbert and Fred” by Dawn Griffin
The above in no way is supposed to represent an even halfway-definitive list of Beloved Characters in Webcomics (some are lead characters, other scene-stealers, a few are just IMO favorites), but is just the result of a little obsessive behavior while doing my daily ‘Webcomic Surf’. Some of the comics represented have been ended, cancelled or abandoned since 2010, but I kept them on the list anyway, because they do not deserve to be forgotten – and in another act of obsessive behavior, I added a few more that have started since 2010 while preparing this post for the new site.