Editor's Choice web reviews: Online funnies

Moving away from the traditional comic book form or strip in a newspaper, budding comic artists have chosen the Internet as an avenue to showcase their work and have developed a cult following worldwide. We expose three of our favourite online strips.

Red Meat

www.redmeat.com

Hailing from Tucson in the United States, Max Cannon has a very distinctive formula for his comic. Max switches between several main characters for every strip. He uses the same three cells for each strip and inserts different dialogue into each cell. If you have never seen a Red Meat strip - and a lot of people haven't - I suggest immediately visiting the Web site for the dark humour of Red Meat.

Penny Arcade

www.penny-arcade.com

This strip is strictly gaming-orientated; to put it bluntly, only true gamers will understand the often coarse in-jokes. Welcomed by the gaming community for their ability to tell it how it is, the creators of this comic represent the face of true hardcore gamers.

Looking nothing like their online caricatures, Gabe draws the strips while Tycho pens the dialogue. The comic is updated online four times a week and has such a large following now that it has its own booth at E3 where the creators sign material for fans and distribute merchandise.

Mystery Clock

www.mysteryclock.com

This slick and stylised site was put together by an Australian company called Animal Logic. Known for its visual effects work on the Matrix films, AL really pushes the boundaries for Flash animation for Mystery Clock. The site is devoted to showcasing the work of Alex Proya, director of The Crow and Dark City, and most content is short films, commercials and interactive games. The main drawcard to the site is the Multiverse, an animated comic strip that is very detailed and immersive. The story follows three characters with superhuman abilities as they fight evil through different dimensions, and their ensuing wacky high jinks.

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