bestof2013

2013 has come to a close, and I’ve somehow managed to do this weird little thing for a year. Deaf from fireworks and still half-drunk, it’s time to look back at the highlights of this 365-day misadventure!

Remember to scroll down to see today’s comic!

January 3rd

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This comic makes me laugh like a moron every time I see it. Remember, that is the man who determines who’s innocent and who’s guilty. That is the man who determines your life. Max remembers.


January 14th

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This one is both a really nice tribute to Krazy Kat and to Weirdly’s obsession with over-complicating things. The curved shapes, line-shading, and general moody atmosphere make me wanna see Krazy Kat-styled Slylock and friends. Remind me to get on that.


January 18th

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There is nothing funny about a stoned baby.


January 21st and 22nd

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I don’t think I noticed when these ran, but this is basically what happens when Slylock is a defiant jackass. This is probably unintentional, but hilarious on a second readthrough. Thank God they’re only super-singing lightning flashes. ♪


February 5th

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I don’t even know why this comic appeals to me so much. It’s like a mid-nineties Nicktoon, with a wacky semi-undesirable cast of animals travelling around, falling victim to wacky plots every 22 minutes. Which is probably the dumbest reason to like something.


February 10th

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It’s hard to believe Cassandra’s drunken mission of love was so long ago! Her heart sank as she mumbled her alibi. Max was there first.


February 21st

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Their baby is going to get stoned.


February 23rd

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Slylock’s cold fury is still awesome. My favorite detail is how between panels, Slylock rips the snake’s fangs out. That’s dark.


March 24th

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There’s also this comic where Harry Ape just stares at Slylock and Max, naked. OK, maybe next year, instead of “best” I’ll write “most interesting”.


April 28th

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This comic had so many great sections I had to pick them apart, but the highlight is a reanimated Elvis Presley goading on the starcrossed couple. The other highlight is the “Super challenge” as narrated by Cassandra’s semi-sentient clock.


May 6th

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I already commented on the funky perspective in this panel, but I’ll do it again: I like it. It’s a cool way to show off the footprints going all through the spooky old house. Of course, good art is nothing without a good story, like Harry Ape taking the trouble to plant a diversion while stealing a tire.


June 5th

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A few things I’m a sucker for in cartoons: bright, high-contrast visuals; detailed scenery; Slylock being a total psychopath. It’s OK, Max, that snake was gonna eat something anyway.


June 16th

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I didn’t nominate this one because it’s funny, or epic, or very difficult. I just think Max is freakin’ adorable. There’s a crime wave all over town and the first thing he thinks about is his skateboard. He’s like a little kid, if little kids skated into your house at 120 MPH right towards your cluttered desk.


July 1st

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Scaryface Slylock is my favorite character in this whole comic. He suddenly goes from a bright, nonviolent protagonist to a man who will demolish and eat everything in his path. I’m not convinced Max was trying to tranquilize the snakes.


July 16th

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This is just a cute little Six Differences with a fun little assortment of animals… and then you see Ziggy’s ugly brother. The children look content to watch him gnaw through the world, oddly enough.


August 23rd

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HOW TO DRAW something that sounds normal in text form but is actually quite unsettling. I don’t even know why you would draw this, but I’m so glad someone did.


August 26th

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Why? Why does the power company alert Slylock when people’s bills go up? Why did Slylock assume it was because Smitty hoards penguins? Why was he right??


October 1st

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I still love everything about this panel. The abruptness, the maniacal excitement, and the idea that a single cop went out to make the arrest with a sledgehammer. If this happened in a more story driven series, it would precede the greatest knife/hammer fight in history.


October 11th

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Because I have clearly been using the word “mean” wrong all my life. It’s apparently some kind of condition, for one thing. Honestly, though, it’s a giant hunchback rat with its teeth filed into points. What’s not to love?


November 4th

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Did I mention that this sexy slab of gangrene ran on my birthday? Yeah, it totally did. I’m one lucky girl!


November 28th

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This is one of my favorites because it is total madness. Slylock is phasing through a glass dome to catch a bear falling off (not down) a waterfall in a giant butterfly net. There are some other things I like about it, like the highlights on the falls, and how despite being a relic of black and white print media I think the black water looks cool. But honestly you could have a monkey draw this and it would be amazing because it’s Slylock catching a bear in a bug net.


December 2nd

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I just thought this one was cool all around. Harsh shading, detailed setting, and a neat piece of trivia for the solution. I like the whole “shadowy villain” thing, as well as the whole “Max admires his hot bod in a hand mirror” thing.


December 23rd

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My last pick of the year comes for similar reasons. The color scheme makes it kind of hard to take in, but there are a lot of details packed into this one. I just love the visual of cartoony, big-headed Slylock and Max crash-landing in semi-realistic France. They’re totally scared, too. They’re reacting about how you would if your craft went down in flames and you found yourself in a grim world with mindless, quadruped versions of your friends.

Those are my picks for this year, and thanks for reading! May 2014 provide even more weirdness.

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About Inkwell

Just your average girl surfing the web for kick-awesome cartoons and comics. I enjoy reading, writing, and listening to my head rattle.
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2 Responses to

  1. $$$WESTVIEWONCOLOGIST$$$ says:

    Careful there, Inkwell! I may commission you for some Cassandra Cat and Slylock deviant art pics!

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