I’ve recommended science fiction webcomics. I’ve recommended fantasy and supernatural webcomics. (Missed those posts? Here they are.) Now I’m recommending webcomics that combine them! Magic + tech = webcomics that I adore. Hope you find something new to read from this list.
Before we jump in, though, here’s a helpful webcomics reading tip: many creators sell PDFs or hard copies too! 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 the site for buying options.
Some of these comics may be on hiatus or abandoned. I don’t remove webcomics from my posts for that reason, though, because some people don’t mind reading a comic without an end, and also, sometimes creators come back to webcomics after extended absences.
Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell
Antimony Carter begins her school year at boarding school Gunnerkrigg Court to find it’s far more than a normal British school. Robots, ghosts, dragons, demons, gods, conspiracies… and she still has to attend class. Siddell is great at creepy atmosphere, and I quickly bonded with Antimony. Now that we’re four volumes into the paperback version of the series, I have way too many characters as favorites, and I love the uneasy feeling of never quite knowing what new strange discovery is going to happen next.
Metacarpolis by Erin Burt
What it’s about: “Metacarpolis is a comic I am doing! It is comedy and action with a touch of fantasy and sci-fi. I really detest plot summaries so I’m not going to do one!”
Why I love it: Since the creator can’t abide plot summaries, I’ll tell you that it starts when Maximilian Macallister is laid off from Doomcorps after seven years in data entry. (How can you not love a comic where a company called Doomcorps is a legitimate employer? Their logo is a SKULL, for crying out loud. And no one’s seen fit to investigate what’s going on in there?) Homeless, Maximilian ends up being attacked by a senile robot in an alley and moves in with the tinkerer girl who rescues him. And then, as they say, things start to get really strange. Make sure to read the creator’s commentary on this one, not just the comic itself. It’s often quite funny.
Minor Acts of Heroism by Adriana Ferguson and K. Van Dam
What’s it about: “The first, and wildly popular superhero sidekick Everywhere Kid; The magical ruler of Atlantis, her Royal Highness King Nilus; And Sergio…he’s very emo. These three kids have to deal with life, loss, and friendship, all while trying to figure out the hero-ing thing.”
Why I love it: I bought print copies of this at the first Geek Girl Con, not realizing it was a webcomic. (I may not even have known webcomics existed back then.) I opened the first issue just to see what it was, started laughing, and gave them my money for the first three issues. Best purchasing decision of that weekend! The series is really funny, but I didn’t realize until I got deeper how much heart it would also have, and how scary things would get. Ferguson and Van Dam are skilled at working all along the emotional spectrum. They give their trio of kid superheroes depth and personality.
Red Moon Rising by Rose Loughran
What it’s about: “When her brother abruptly flees the capital for reasons unknown, Adrianna is dragged into a mess of politics and scandal by the nation’s military, who seem to have an unusually keen interest in finding him. Red Moon Rising is a full-colour steampunk fantasy webcomic set in the midst of a magic-fuelled industrial society, following one person’s mistake and the knock-on effect it has on the people and the world around them.”
Why I love it: So dramatic! War, magic, family, betrayal, all the good stuff. The atmosphere is dark, the characters are complicated, and the female characters are especially well done. The creator commentary under the pages is absolutely hilarious and should not be skipped.
Skin Horse by Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells with color by Pancha Diaz
What it’s about: “Somewhere in this great nation is a top-secret government agency dedicated to aiding America’s nonhuman citizenry, but on a very tight budget.”
Why I love it: It’s so amazingly bizarre. The agency in question is staffed by a talking dog, a zombie soldier, and a fashion-obsessed psychologist who was formerly a decorated Army Captain. Their boss is a sentient swarm of bees. That’s just the tip of the iceberg with the strangeness here. (The psychologist is a cross-dresser but I don’t consider that strange, nor does the comic.) It’s like the X-Files crossed with Monty Python, with a healthy dose of civil service bureaucracy.
Note: Buying the first four volumes in PDF is only $35 for a metric ton of comics. It’s a great deal! But I advise you to spread them out instead of devouring as much as your eyeballs can hold in one sitting like I did. Let the material breathe! It will be funnier that way.
Stand Still. Stay Silent. by Minna Sundberg
What it’s about: “a post apocalyptic webcomic with elements from Nordic mythology, set 90 years in the future. It’s mostly a story about friendship and exploring a forgotten world, with some horror, monsters and magic on the side.”
Why I love it: As I said in my post about fantasy webcomics, Minna Sundberg does some of the most beautiful art in comics today. I love post-apocalyptic stories, and this one is fascinating to me because it’s so… not full of grim despair? The team of adventuring characters are fantastically well developed. And for anyone who loves a good ship (imaginary or anticipated pairing of fictional characters), this will be your jam.
And that’s my roundup of webcomics that blend science fiction and fantasy! If you’ve also read and enjoyed any of these, please 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 webcomics all deserve more readers.