It’s Friday the 13th. Friday the 13th of October, even. Should that be scary? Should I be scared?
Man, I just don’t know. The worst thing that has happened to me today is drinking Mountain Dew for the first time in two years. Is that scary? Bad, sure, but I wouldn’t say it’s left me shaking in my boots. (Well, poor choice of words – the caffeine has had its inevitable effects upon my system. Bah! Moving on now…)
It strikes me that horror seems to be a genre pretty absent in webcomics. It may be that the medium doesn’t work well for it – it is much harder to shock and scare the reader moving one panel at a time.
Now, I’m not saying I’m really looking for horror comics, as it isn’t really my favorite genre. I’m just a little surprised by the general lack of it on the web.
A quick review of possible contenders on my comics list doesn’t turn up much hope:
Scary Go Round: Delightfully quirky and with plenty of gothic elements, but not really frightening.
The Devil’s Panties: I wouldn’t say the comic’s all that fearsome, but yeah, I’ll admit that Jennie herself is kinda scary (in a good way.)
Hellbound: Zany, sure. Diabolic, technically. Not actually scary, though.
Jack: The best on the list thus far – but Jack is, in many ways, more philosophical than terrifying.
Megatokyo: Piro genuinely feels that having all his main characters strip down to their underwear is a genuine extension of the story, not fanservice. Including, potentially, an entire classroom of underage kids. Hmm… yeah, that is kinda scary.
No Rest for the Wicked: It definitely has elements of “the Brothers Grimm” creepiness to it, but it is generally a little diluted by the other fantasy elements. Moments of darkness, but not necessarily horror.
Suburban Tribe: This gets a spot on the list for having quality, non-continuity halloween arcs every October, much as I fondly recall the Simpsons doing. Rock on!
Toasted Pixel: Ok, I’ll admit that the news articles about phenomena found on the internet almost invariable leave me horrified.
Oh damn. I was about to give up hope – no real qualifiers in the list above. I’m ashamed to admit I almost forgot about The Stiff. The story is definitely up there for creepy. I mean, weird things are happening to the main character. It’s easy to focus on all the random school drama and highschool love crap happening – but at heart, this seems to be something of a zombie story, and I have a feeling it won’t stay hidden forever.
The art also really works for leaving one… disturbed.
Unfortunately it has also been on hiatus for a bit – but Jason Thompson (the disturbed mind behind its creation) hopes to be back and happening in November.
So I’ll keep my fingers crossed on that, and in the meantime, give out the First Friday the 13th Webcomic Horror Award!
(Can he do that, they ask? Ha! I just did!)
(And before you ask, no, the award doesn’t come with any special prizes. Just, you know… recognition on a horror well done. And really, in these days of half-assed efforts and disappointments, can one ask for any more than that?)
(On second thought, don’t answer that question.)