The second comic I’d like to shine a spotlight on is a charming modern fairy tale called Ellie Starling’s Very Long Walk. Written by an anonymous author who calls him- or herself “travis every_bear” it is a relatively new strip with only 63 pages completed. Right now it’s a very quick read to catch up on from the beginning and so perhaps less intimidating for a new reader to start than, say, the Order of the Stick’s 844 pages of story (as of March 13, 2012).
The story, which is written on the upper grade school to middle school level, follows Ellie as she runs away from home. She’s tired of being treated like a girl, and so she begins a quest for fun and adventure. While running away can certainly have some dark connotations, it quickly heads in a much different direction, both to Ellie’s and the reader’s delight. Featuring plush animals brought to life, feral pumpkins, and some rather eye-catching animation when Ellie encounters objects that would give off light, like Ellie’s television, Ellie Starling is perhaps aiming at becoming a modern Pippi Longstocking or Alice in Wonderland in webcomic form.
As a private note, Nick, if you’re reading this, I’m trying really hard to take your advice about one space after periods in digital type. I think I can break my two-space habit by, oh, no later than December.