Web Comics Recommendations

Note: This is a re-post from my old blog, written back in December 2016.  I’m a bit busy this week but didn’t want to miss my schedule!  Hope you enjoy this post.

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The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn
The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn

I am by no means a comic aficionado; I leave that stuff up to people like Patrick & Dad.  However, I do enjoy comics, every now and then.  I’m not sure yet whether I prefer the physical article or reading on a tablet – more and more lately, tablet is becoming much friendlier – but I’ve always liked web comics, for sure.  I’ve gotten out of reading them lately, which is unfortunate.

Anyway, a few months back I asked the aforementioned Patrick for some free comic recommendations and he turned me onto City of Walls, available via LINE Webtoon.  In addition to CoW, I’ve found a few other gems hidden in the app.  I find that the “popular” and “featured” comics on Webtoon generally do not have me in their target audience, so I’ve had to do some digging.

Here are my recommendations from LINE Webtoon, in no particular order:

City of Walls – 3.5/5

I struggle with rating this one.  On the one hand, I really appreciate the art and level of detail; on the other, the writing leave me a little wanting.  Sometimes it’s got bad pacing…other times it seems just right.  I like the overall story though.  I don’t want to give away too much about it, so I’ll just say that the protagonists are kids in a fictional Asian city.  The world building is just great as well.

Zen Pencils – 4/5

Zen pencils is illustrated by Gavin Aung Than.  This is a series of stand-alone comics that are based on / inspired by actual quotes from real-life people.  Most of hte quotes seem to be about being creative or being true to yourself.  I do sometimes find it off-putting that lot of the advice about dropping everything and doing what you love doesn’t present a realistic sense of balance…


The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn – 3.5/5

Author/Illustrator: Tri Vuong (works out of the RAID studio in Toronto).  This one has gorgeous artwork.  The story is only okay – I like bits and pieces of it, but I mainly stick with it for the beautiful art.  The current story – “The Last Soldier of Somme” – is set in WWI and seems to be going somewhere, but pacing can make it hard to follow.  Vuong is admittedly new to writing so I’m willing to cut some slack.  Either way – the character design for Oscar Zahn is fantastic.  It looks like Vuong has had this idea floating in his head for a while now.

There are more, but I feel like I need to get caught up with reading some of them before I can properly recommend them.  Until then – enjoy those three!

Radioplayer Canada

Disclaimer: this is NOT a sponsored post, but I have considerable bias when it comes to the success of Radioplayer Canada.

The official Radioplayer Canada app is finally here!  This app is the result of a partnership between most of the major media companies across Canada.

Radioplayer aims to make streaming radio dead simple, putting various streams all in one place.  The app is available on both iOS and Android, and works pretty much the same on both platforms.

I downloaded it as soon as I woke up this morning, and listened to some stations in Ottawa and Toronto.  I added some favourite stations based on my preferences, and you can also browse by location or station name.

This is perfect for today, because of the NHL Trade Deadline at 3PM Eastern.  I don’t have a local sports station where I live, so I can tune into a station that does.  It’s pretty great.

Radio is evolving to online streaming
Radio is evolving to online streaming

Features

I haven’t tested all of the features of the app yet, but some highlights include a car mode and alarm clock.  The car mode looks like Android Auto, and features big buttons.  It’s a good indication of what it will look like with Android Auto built into the dash.

The app has a minimal layout, and only gives you the options you need to play the radio station you want.  Bell-owned radio stations are notably missing, but that’s because Bell signed their own deal with I Heart Radio.  It’s unfortunate, but there are literally hundreds of other stations to choose from.  CBC even got on board with this app.

You can check out the app yourself at http://www.radioplayer.ca.