This week’s featured webcomic is Girls of Monster Paradise by Stephanie Gladden.
What’s the Deal?: Have you ever watched a monster movie and thought “Huh, I wonder where that slimey swamp creature wants to take that blonde cheerleader? It’s an amorphous blob for Pete’s sake!” Gladden has an answer- these monsters take the women to Monster Paradise, a luxurious island filled with relaxation, parties and good times. The comic’s a fun take on a traditional “damsel in distress” narrative and Gladden does a good job of constructing characters and creating an interesting story world.
The Characters: The women and monsters alike are artful plays on common stereotype characters seen in cartoons and comics. I’m personally a big fan of Chevelle – a gruff technology guru who’s Monster Island’s resident mechanic. All of the characters are delightful and have their time in the sun (literally) to be enjoyed.
The Art: For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Gladden has worked on popular comics and cartoons franchises including Dexter’s Lab, The Powerpuff Girls and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. If you watched any Cartoon Network in the late 1990’s, early 2000’s – you’ve seen Gladden’s work before. Therefore it is not surprising that the webcomic is very professional looking and well illustrated.
Safe for Work?: Yes.
Frequency of Updates: Weekly, typically Fridays.