Great online comics at least...

The last few days I’ve been fighting the “Ohio Valley Crud.” At least that’s what they call any generally unidentifiable malady around here.

While in this snot-for-brains state, I fortunately stumbled across a listing of the 2007 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards nominees.

Thus, while fighting the crud, I became hooked on reading the nominees in the digital comics category. This was admittedly not a hard thing for me as I have loved comics since I was knee high to a wallaby (grasshoppers are too small).

Nonetheless, I was amazed by the quality of the work. The story lines were addictive and the art is beautiful. Here are the nominees I’ve read so far…

Motel Art Improvement Service by Jason Little, features 18-year-old Bee who stumbles on this guy who goes from motel to motel secretly altering paintings on room walls. Little offers this strip to alternative newspapers as well, though I have never seen it in print.

Girl Genius, by Phil and Kaja Foglio, is steampunk at its geeky best. G.G. follows the wild adventures of Agatha Clay who is a “Spark” — essentially a talented mad scientist/engineer of very special lineage. This would be a great addition to Young Adult graphic novel collections as printed compilations are available.

Minus, by Ryan Armand, is about a young girl with magical powers. Minus is a neat character, but the real winner here is Armand’s artwork. Instead of using a computer graphics program, he hand watercolors his work and the results are wonderful.

Finally, Shooting War, by Anthony Lappe and Dan Goldman, takes place in 2011 during President McCain’s second term. A live-streaming video blogger accidentally films a terrorist attack and soon finds himself in Iraq covering the long war as a journalist for a 24/7 terrorism coverage news network. The comic combines artwork with actual photographs for a real/surreal on-the-spot feel. Unfortunately, the online version is a huge tease for a graphic novel to be released this fall. I’ll have to buy it, so it was a very successful tease.

For readers who only like their comics funny, note that Shooting War and Motel Art are edgier works that include violence, nudity and drug use.

Other Eisner nominees include Phables, by Brad Guigar, and Sam and Max by Steve Purcell. However, I haven’t had a chance to read them yet.

Finally, here’s a list of other digital comics I’ve recently enjoyed:

If there are any digital comics you’d recommend, let me know. I always enjoy discovering a new cartoonist.