The Doe of Deadwood

The Doe of Deadwood is a webcomic by Songdog, spinning a story of a doe that does not wish to die and so makes a deal with a devil, a gnarled tree in a haunted forest called the deadwood.

An animal fairy tale featuring no humans, only talking animals. The titular Doe is a strange, red eyed solitary creature. At the beginning of the tale she comes to the attention of a newly arrived flock of deer who are curious about this lonely stranger.

In exchange for prolonging her life, curing her illness and making her immune to injury the tree devil demands to be fed with bodies of dead animals, which the doe must procure. Unfortunately the best source of bodies nearby happens to be the herd of deer that lives next to the forest… setting up the major conflict and moral quandary for the protagonist.

A comic that probably would not have been created outside of the online medium, the Doe of Deadwood is a very unusual tale for anyone used to Disney style talking animals. You won’t find any musical numbers or happy hijinks, these talking animals live in a very real world of predation and suffering, and react accordingly with their human-like intelligence.

Raining Knives

A twin murders his sibling. But then he comes back…

A webcomic by Moth

Raining Knives

A twin murders his sibling. But then he comes back…

Dylan and Jeremy Fletcher are 17 year old twins. Identical, yet completely unlike each other in personality. Quiet, introverted Dylan feels eclipsed by his more outgoing, popular and extroverted brother. The story begins with Jeremy disappeared and Dylan harbouring a secret – he is responsible for his brother’s absence, as he killed him in a moment of impulsive rage.

The police have no leads and Dylan is not a suspect, as the story begins Dylan is quietly mourning his brother and stewing about what he has done.

And then he begins to see a familiar figure in the distance…

A modern ghost story exploring sibling rivalry and the border between teen age and adulthood, Raining Knives is a medium length, full colour completed webcomic available on it’s own site.

Apparently the author created a previous version of the story but the current one available on the site is a reboot – this is a common thing in webcomics, as an author’s skill improves they become dissatisfied with their early pages and wish to bring them up to their current standards. More often than not this results in burnout and an abandoned comic as retreading grounds is not as interesting and the labour of love becomes a chore. So congratulations to Moth for persevering. Particularly since the story is complete, another rarity for webcomics!

An engaging mystery story with excellent artwork awaits you if you choose to read Raining Knives