Sometimes, even if you’re not around a campfire, you need a good ghost story. Or a monster story. Or a demon story. Or a story about mystical forces personified as gods. Lucky for us, there are some top-notch paranormal and supernatural webcomics out there. Here are the ones I’m loving right now – but I wouldn’t say no to more, so let me know if I’ve overlooked a gem!
A helpful webcomics reading tip: many creators sell PDFs or hard copies for affordable prices. That can be an easier for long stories and lets you read without an internet connection. So if you get sucked in, but all the clicking gets tiring, check around their sites for buying options.
The Immortal Nadia Greene by Jamal Campbell.
Status: Ongoing, about 25 pages so far.
What it’s about: “Nadia Greene, armed with her baseball bat and dominant will, beats up death and becomes a little bit immortal. Sort of.”
Why I love it: OH MY GOD NADIA IS AMAZING. She’s an African-American kid with natural hair and a bat, and Campbell draws her with so much respect and love. She takes no bull from anyone, even supernatural beings.
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu.
Status: Ongoing, about 25 pages so far.
What it’s about: “A (queer, Chinese-American) paranormal romance. Long-lost childhood crushes Nova Huang and Tam Lang have reunited for the first time in ten years. They have a lot more to deal with this time than just being the only two Asian kids in school (who also happen to both have magical abilities). The comic focuses on their relationship as they struggle through bills, family, and weird horse demons in ways that only a witch and a werewolf can.”
Why I love it: Cuteness! A cozy shop full of books! Spooky things going on in the woods! Bonus #1: Multiple kinds of diversity in one story (ability, race, and sexual orientation)! Bonus #2: You don’t have to catch up too much since it’s new. Xu is so flexible with her panel layout, she uses it to tell the story effectively and keep the reader engaged. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes.
The Fox Sister by Christina and Jayd
Status: On indefinite hiatus, about 150 pages.
What it’s about: “…our Korean Supernatural thriller/dram-edy story […] it’s really all about Yun Hee hunting down the Kumiho which has taken on the appearance of her sister, Sun Hee. Revenge story!”
Why I love it: It’s so, so gorgeous. The art is amazing. The story is very emotional but in a quiet way. It feels creepy and dangerous, much more than a standard demon-hunting action comic. Faith and magic both suffuse the interactions between Yun Hee and the Christian missionary who befriends her (almost against her will.) I would pay money for an animated movie of this comic. If you’re going to be cranky that there’s no end, though, don’t start reading!
Spare Keys for Strange Doors by Lucy Lyall
Status: Was on hiatus, at about 115 pages, but has just started a new story.
What it’s about: “Your local Specialists are: Toby Hathaway and Marion Sark. Highly experienced and skilled professionals, experts at handling the uncanny, supernatural and subnatural. Some experience of the natural, but discussion of your exact needs is advisable. Specialities include visitations, disappearances, compulsions, manifestations, transformations and removal of uninvited guests. We can be diplomatic or more persuasive as the situation requires.”
Why I love it: If this was a BBC television show, it would have legions of nerdy fans. It’s funny, with touching moments that are so satisfying because they’re rare and restrained. (Marion’s birthday present, oh my stars!) Instead of being pretty, the main characters are cool. If you’re at all into monster-hunting, this is the supernatural webcomic for you.
Chainbreaker by Hizome
Status: Ongoing, about 54 pages
What it’s about: “Chainbreaker is a comic about two girls trying to put their lives together in a world that wants to break them. (Ok I still have to come up with a better explanation than that) It’s written and drawn by Hizome, in an attempt of getting slightly better at sequential art. […] The story contains some coarse language, violence and nudity, and it might dwell into triggering subjects like blood, death, and emotional and physical abuse. It also contains lots of cheesy romance. Read at your own risk.”
Why I love it: I love the combo of a modern society setting with demons and vampires. Hizome does a great job bonding the reader with the characters. It’s only 50 pages in, and I just want the main characters to be happy, is that so wrong?! They’re both so lonely! The meta-commentary under the pages is a kick, so don’t miss that either.
And here’s one I reviewed in its book form, but if you haven’t picked it up, you can try it as a webcomic:
Kay and P by Jackie Musto
Status: Ongoing, about 550 pages
What it’s about: “Kay is a college aged girl who goes to school for art and music. Her best friend P. is a skeleton – who, well, no one else seems to see. She does her best to try and manage her life and living with an invisible skeleton, as well as school and all the other weird happenings going on.”
Why I love it: The characters are so easy to bond with. You wouldn’t think an invisible skeleton would have that much of a personality, but he does. They have a great friendship even despite its complications. Seeing Kay truly relax around P is a joy. I also enjoyed reading about a bisexual main character where her orientation (and any drama about it) isn’t a central plot point.
And that’s the list of my favorite paranormal and supernatural webcomics so far!! If you’ve also read and enjoyed any of these, please do leave me a comment. It’s always fun to hear from another fan. Or recommend another webcomic I should read. And finally, if you enjoyed this post, I’d appreciate any sharing you could do to help others find it. These comics all deserve more readers!