There are webcomics and then there are webcomics, online comics that don’t just use the net as a distribution medium, but to enhance the reading experience. After all, comics hosted on websites have great potential to not only reach a wider audience, but to even influence the mood of a scene through other, easily-embedded mediums such as animation and music for a unique experience — and tonight I am happy to introduce you to one of the coolest series out there to bring in these other media at pivotal story points.
Plus, if you’re looking for anti-heroes, gorgeous art and a taste for tyranny and universe-conquering-alien-invaders, then you need to give Ava’s Demon by Michelle Czajikowskia a shot.
Ava’s Demon is an ongoing science-fiction/fantasy multimedia webcomic that brings in art, animation, and music to tell the story of poor Ava, who has been possessed by a malicious demon all her life. However, playing host to the persistent demoness, Wrathia Bellarmina may have much more dire consequences beyond Ava’s own sanity. The fate of the universe rests on her shoulders–and instead of resisting her demon tormentor, Ava might just have to give in to her demon’s demands, if they hope to survive the reach of the god-like alien conqueror, Titan.
Our unusual anti-hero, Ava, just can’t get a break with events spiraling out of control for her within the first few luscious pages–but no matter how bad it gets, you can’t help but root for her to survive it all, and who knows, she just might be able to save the universe on top of playing therapist to her unwanted companion.
The intriguing story is backed up by gorgeous artwork. Michelle Czajikowskia doesn’t cut corners with her artwork, which easily draws readers in with its style, details, and striking color palettes. In fact, Czajikowskia’s art takes center stage thanks to her unusual “panel” structure; instead of dividing pages into different panels, pages usually involve single art spreads that optimize detail. And with 10 pages added per update, readers won’t be missing the typical multiple panel form and can instead take in the amazing art as is.
Plus — as I have hyped up before — Ava’s Demon is a multimedia webcomic and incorporates animated shorts at interesting plot points to great storytelling effect. These lovely additions are all courtesy of Michelle Czajikowskia herself–she is a full-time animator with past experience at Pixar and Dreamworks, and not only show off the artist’s skill and talent, but also the love that is put into this project.
Thus, with its intriguing story and drool-worthy art–and hey because it’s still in the early stages so you’ve got time to hop on the fandom band-wangon–Ava’s Demon is certainly a must-read webcomic that is definitely worth a shot!