Of Tumblr and Superheroes

First, some online bookkeeping. I’m happy to announce that in addition to the Twitter and Facebook profiles, Dog and Bird is now on Tumblr. That’s right, you can now follow and reblog the comic to your heart’s content. Woo! Go social media!

Second, I’m excited to share another webcomic with y’all. Earlier this month, I had a wonderful trip out to Minneapolis. While it was very bad for my comic productivity (sayonara to almost my entire buffer of prepared strips), it was great for the warm fuzzies. I got to eat my weight in delicious food and catch up with many dear friends. One of those people not only put me up for the week, but he also suggested a comic that I hadn’t read yet.

Once I got back home, I binged my way through the entirety of Strong Female Protagonist in a single afternoon. As is so often the case for me, the incredible writing by Brennan Lee Mulligan was an immediate draw. The comic is about what it means to be a hero or a superhero in the modern world. It presents unusual ethical angles on what it would mean to live with mind reading, mega strength, or self-regeneration. Toss that in with some nuanced ideas about the role of women in society and in the superhero literature, and you’ve got a truly compelling read. Bonus: there’s even a chapter with a puppy!

I never read comic books growing up. But I really have learned a lot about this art form thanks to projects that still use the traditional format, even for an online work. Molly Ostertag’s wonderfully evocative artwork for SFP is a great example. Not only are her characters super (heh) cool, but I appreciate how she chooses to use her space, how to break up her panels, and when to throw out all the rules for maximum impact. Not sure if any of these new observations will ever make their way into D&B strips, but it’ll be simmering on the back burner.

So yes, take a gander at Strong Female Protagonist! And as always, if you like what you see here on Dog and Bird, let me know. Or even better, let your friends know. Everyone could use another comic in their lives, right? Right.