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All throughout May, I’ll spotlight a different webcomic. Like with the month of independent comics and the month of LGBT comics, I figure I will let you webcomic creators out there suggest your comic for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Today we look at a charming comic book about the employees at an independent bookstore. It is called Foxing Quires and it is written and drawn by Joel Fry.
Boy, webcomics about the 20/30-somethings who work in a store sure are popular, eh?
I can see why – it’s an attractive formula (as it allows you to easily make popular culture jokes as well as a good reason to have a disparate group of characters together in one place). Foxing Quires is a good webcomic that uses this approach.
It is about twin siblings who work in an independent book store and the various misadventures of their lives.
Here is the introduction of one of the twins (well, both, really, but Ivy gets “lead” here)…
I really, really enjoyed how Fry introduces us to the information that Ivy and Paul are twins…
A funny joke as well as a sly info dump. Well done, Fry!
Perhaps the main recurring storyline in the year and a half that the strip has been around is Paul’s love life.
He has a crush on one of the other workers at the store…
but a friend’s sister is also in the mix…
That storyline took up the better part of 2010, really (not as the ONLY plot, of course, but it was always there in the background).
Things have gone better on the road to Paul getting his dream girl, though…
Here’s the latest strip…
A cafe really is a good idea for an independent book store (which is why so many of them are doing it nowadays).
So anyhow, there you have it! A charming, humorous comic strip with strongly defined and interesting characters. Sounds like a winner to me!
You can start reading the strip here.
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