Hello, and welcome to January’s list of 2017 webcomic debuts! Check the links below to see incredible comics crafted by community members and independent creators.
Note: Most descriptions come from the websites of the creators themselves. I’ve made light edits or written descriptions only where needed.
Xaliree has had a hell of a year. And she’s tired. She’s so god damn tired. But she’s not giving up and neither should you.
“Ache Like Me” is a heartwrenching webcomic written & illustrated by @roxiqt that explores uncomfortable emotions and how to keep moving forward despite them.
Ache Like Me by RoxiQT
Admiral tells the story of Thomas Andrews, Jr., shipbuilder of the RMS Titanic during their final hours.
Admiral by Matt Aytch Taylor
Abandoned by their creators, scattered groups of robots search for purpose in the factory-cities of their desolate world. Though the robots differ dramatically in function and design, they share essential traits. Drawing power from the common grid, they never suffer scarcity. And the concept of violence is absent from their world. What new ways of being might such creatures create?
Alethia is a science-fiction comic. Each chapter is a complete story with beginning, middle, and end. But each is also part of the larger story.
Alethia by Kristina
Beelzebub is a geeky slice-of-life that follows a young couple and the hijinks that ensue when they invite a demon to live in their home.
Beelzebud by theBATCLAM and GideontheGreyFox
A newly enlisted agent joins an organization known as Black Sunshine, where he faces trivial tasks along side with other agents from around the world. College Student Indimaru Della Posta decides to take the chance and join the organization called Black Sunshine. However, new connections and adversaries make working for this organization a life threatening ordeal.
Black Sunshine by ChibiTomboy
Long-time friends SJ Khan and Matt Carter may live in a post-apocalyptic winter wasteland, but they’re not going to let that stop them from building a successful business from the ground up! Together with their haphazard crew of idiots, criminals, and cats, they’re going to be the best smuggling company Florida’s ever seen.
Cargo by Chloe Cunningham
Entering University when she didn’t even know what she wanted to study sounded less than appealing to Yumito. Instead, she reopened her grandmother’s cafe! Unfortunately, business has been slow, and managing a cafe by herself is a lot of hard work. Or it was, until a stranger appeared and changed everything…
Catcha by Anko
CHAMPS is a sports-romance webcomic about an MMA champion’s conquest in the cage and in love. The story follows the FFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Jane Brooklyn, a very confident champion who thinks nobody is good enough to be a champ aside from herself – until she is forced to watch an undercard match featuring the rookie fighter Tala Labrador, who has very promising potential. It seems that this rookie not only has the potential to be a future champion but has also won the Champ’s heart. Now the Champ has to face her biggest challenge yet: Winning Tala’s heart. Can she win the big fight? Or will she choke out in the last minute?
CHAMPS by Mharz
Noah wakes up in a strange world full of plant people. There, he learns about peoples’ lives and explores the area, in hopes of understanding their culture. In the meantime, he records his experience in a journal.
Cornucopia by Calorful
Cunning Fire is an urban fantasy story about witches and spirits in modern day Chicago, following the journey of Akiva Stein as she enters this unfamiliar, hidden world and learns the craft of the Death witch. Caught up in her new coven’s quest to create the legendary Elixir of Life, Akiva is forced to face her ability to see spirits and come to terms with the ways magic has tainted her past, and how it will shape her future.
Cunning Fire by Kaz Rowe
Dragon Fairies are a merged race at war against the demons. Join Ramona, the future Queen of the Dragon Fairies, her soul animal and brother, Milo, and her childhood friend, Kyle, as they fight against enemies, friends and family to end the century long war!
Dragon Fairy by Leia
Forget “A history of the world in 100 objects.” This comic tells the history of the world in some random stuff a space traveller had in her pocket.
Earth in a Pocket by Jabbage
This comic includes numerous werewolves with varying degrees of social functionality, one rather unethical doctor (also a werewolf), and a very unfortunate librarian who is eventually kidnapped due to an unfavorable combination of international treaties.
Edge of the Night by Sparkleswords
Eos is a sci-fi and adventure comic about two lonely girls and one eve lonelier robot. When they find each other and become friends, they get caught up in something much bigger than them, the mysterious island they call home…or the wide blue ocean beyond.
Eos by Brenna Baines
Esperance is a fantasy webcomic that updates every Monday. The story follows Fey as they adjust to life following a traumatic spirit possession.
Esperance by Gogglesbird
Naran didn’t know what to do but continue forward, despite being constantly in over his head. After meeting a lone scavenger on his latest job, things wouldn’t be the same. The two found themselves drawn to each other despite the masks they each wore….
FELL SWOOP by Alakotila
Three dweebs spend their Friday nights doing waste disposal in the capital of Madagascar.
And some more stuff happens or else it’d be boring.
Handrava by Rado
The king has died and left an ultimatum: Only the son who finds his sword can inherit his throne. The youngest prince, Finnian, is more content to live with his boyfriend and let his brothers do the searching, but one day a mysterious man comes out of the lake with the very sword his brothers are all looking for. It seems Finnian is the chosen heir, but he’ll only give the prince his sword on one condition- that they be wed first.
Heir to the Throne by Domoz
Himawari Share follows the lives of three international students living together in Tokyo. Join our heroines as they struggle with the language barrier, fall in and out of love, and eat as much as they possibly can.
Himawari Share by Harmony Becker
A poem-turned-comic about two girls, one who happens to be a ghost.
i knew a ghost by Tracy Ma
Eight-year old Charlie’s treehouse always felt safe until today. But something from inside has made its way out to our world, and Charlie finds herself caught in the woods in a storm, surrounded by monsters who fear only one name…
Imaginary Gumbo by Abby & Dave Bulmer
TWITTER: @AbbyRyder and @DemonTomatoDave
There’s an old mountain tale of a woman who battled three nights with the High Place — all for a child that could never belong to her.
Hilga from Below by Val Wise
Welcome to Laana Maji, a small town in which the paranormal and magical is considered an everyday affair. Local attractions include the Blood Fountain in the town square, the Church of Decay and its curious well, and the local cemetery where you may find the undead roaming about in the evenings. The residents can be mischievous, but they all mean well and are happy to welcome you to town. We hope you enjoy your stay.
Laana Maji by Gray Sterre
Keira is lost in an alternate world where portal travelers are outlawed and met with an untimely end. Befriending dragons and hiding among nobility, she searches for a way home as deeper connections between this world and her own are uncovered.
Last Traveler by Karen Heckman
Lavender Tea is a queer slice-of-life comic that follows Jasper (known to his friends as Jassie), Damian, and Nina through their school days.
Lavender Tea by Joichi
Les Piggies is an on-going graphic novel about how a couple of kitchen folk plot together to derail the plans of their head chef, Mr. Wolf.
Les Piggies by Kari Lynch and Bailie Rosenlund
leveL is a good old fashioned sci-fi adventure webcomic. Full of fun characters, exciting action and mysterious happenings, we follow our heroes as they traverse the city of Level. However, there might be something deeper at work here, waiting to crack through the surface. So tread lightly, dear reader.
leveL by Nate Swinehart
Meme Me Up, Scotty! is a webcomic featuring Samson’s take on memes.
Meme Me Up, Scotty! by Samson
12- year old globetrotter Roghan is new in town and wants to make friends. But instead, he accidentally causes one of the kids to get possessed by a deadly demon. Are they able to break the curse before their parents can find out?
Memorandum by Potoh
Toby Bennett, a middle-schooler who avoids socializing in favor of maintaining his online blog, tries to hide his ability to see invisible, misery-eating monsters from his fellow students. But when he’s discovered by two other kids with the same ability, he will come to realize he doesn’t have to suffer alone. Monster Boy is about three kids with mental illness. It’s about bullying, loss, and the importance of friendship and self-care. It’s about a kid who will fail to endure. (It’s mostly light-hearted though. Honest.)
Monster Boy by Para
Nine year old Keagan had a one-sided crush on eighteen year old Ryo. Then, Ryo died. Nearly sixteen years later Ryo’s little brother Yuuto comes into Keagan’s life to tell him to “get over Ryo’s death”. Not to help Keagan to finally process his trauma, but because Ryo is still tied as a spirit to him and is unable to properly pass on until Keagan is able to move on. Now both boys need to slowly break their bonds with Ryo, before he turns into a vengeful spirit.
MORBIDITY by Charu
MIRRORS: WEBTOONS & SMACKJEEVES
Take a Magical Mystery Adventure into Hell with Mortido, trickster-turned-soldier-of-fortune, and discover the horror of what it means to be the center of the universe.
MORTIDO by Chimera
Mumbo Jumbo follows the story of Ned the Nokken. After being forced to leave his home, he is faced with daily horrors like making friends, school or romance. A tough challenge for a green-faced loner who feels like a fish on land (literally)…
MUMBO JUMBO by Gazingmoro and SamPondu
INSTAGRAM: gazingmoro and Sampondu
In 1908 NYC, Evelyn Reuter has just taken over her late father’s business, and quickly discovers that his secrets go far deeper than she’d known. Following what little trail her father left behind, Eve comes face to face with the underbelly of New York – and with Margot, a mysterious shopkeeper who may not be entirely human.
Obelisk by Ashley McCammon
Cara Luong yearns for a romantic relationship till her dreams came true. But not what she expected! Now living together with her dream boyfriend Richie, Cara finds herself in a pickle between her family and her wants in life.
Only In Your Dreams! by Tuyetnhi Pham
MIRROR: TAPAS & WEBTOONS
Os is a short horror comic about obsessive thoughts, anxiety, humiliation, and mouths.
Os by Allison Barto
Over the Ocean is the first of two prologues for Sailor’s Warning, a comic about society and identity set in the British navy during the Napoleonic wars.
Over the Ocean by Tuisku
An ancient empire awakens, bent on reclaiming the world they once dominated. A small group of people, drawn together by a common cause, are determined to stop them. However, they face more than threats from the outside.
Pathways: Chronicles of Tuvana by Elaine Tipping
Lilith is a sin-eater: someone who is paid to take on the sins of those who have recently died. One day, she is hired to pawn her soul for Old Man Jasper by his son Thomas. From that point on, she becomes irreversibly involved in Jasper family affairs, which ultimately leads to tragedy.
Pawn My Soul by G. E. Gallas
Pigeon of Destiny is an interactive comic experiment about pigeons.
Pigeon of Destiny by Julia Hutchinson
Poco Adventures is about the life and adventures of Poco the goblin and her gang of comrades. It’s a high fantasy story told from the point of view of the “usual villains” from table-top games, fantasy novels, etc.
Poco Adventures by Revarien
Skyvein is a fantasy/sci-fi webcomic following the perilous adventures of our heroes (reluctant and otherwise) in a world where magick is regulated and everyone lives on islands in a sea of toxic clouds. Updates Wednesdays and Sundays!
Skyvein by S. Holiday
Tales From Treeroot is a slice of life comic set in New England about a hapless group of twenty-somethings trying to save their favorite cafe from closure. The comic mainly explores the lives of young people and their personal relationships between others in their orbit.
Tales of Treeroot by Ab H and Leo
TWITTER: @digrupert and @perripino
Imagine if superheroes were beings of mythology and folklore around the world. Join Alex as he discovers he’s the son of the Greek god Apollo, and follow his introduction to the world of the supernatural. Guided by Markos, the Prophet of Olympus, Alex dons the mantle of the Sparrow and becomes a superhero in a world that needs them.
The Sparrow by Micah Weltsch
The Usual Choices is a webcomic of short stories. Each comic features a different artist, and all are written by Keith Frady.
The Usual Choices by Keith Frady
The leader of a bandit crew, a runaway child, and a traveling wizard. Their pasts and their goals may differ greatly, but their destinies are soon to be forever intertwined. These travelers may be the ones to shape the future of Telaria.
Travelers of Telaria by Jeremy Sandler
When an exiled vampire and a reclusive herbalist become unlikely friends, they work together to complete their quests for revenge and redemption.
Twelve O’Clock Sweet by manatiel_
MIRROR: SMACKJEEVES and WEBTOONS
One morning the young dragon Rei decides to challenge his Queen for the throne. Unsurprisingly, things do not go as planned and Rei is reminded that he is a small dragon in a much, much bigger world.
Vainglorious by Kelly Bull
The city is flooded, rich people are bad, everyone will aggressively take care of each other. A clairvoyant could be helpful, but you’ll just have to take his word for it.
Violet City by wennovane
Willow Woods is a 2017 comic project about a girl, a cryptid, and finding love in unexpected places.
Willow Woods by Kaylee Rowena
Not all heroes wear capes. Some do, but not all. Seth was one such person when their life changed forever. We follow a Latinx non-binary cutie as they learn to be a hero and maybe get a smooch or two along the way. In this comic, best described as Spider-Man meets Her Story, Star City gets its first super hero.
Wish by Alexis Sergio and Valerie St. Gelais
ARTIST PORTFOLIO: https://www.valeriestgelaisart.com
WRITER PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/AlexisSergio
That’s it for the 2017 webcomic debuts! Did you read a new webcomic that started in 2017 and don’t see it listed here? Comment below and let me know!