- Fox Rain
Fox Rain is a WoW-related comic surrounding the mysteries of the Scythe of Elune. Since October 2012, it has been undergoing a reboot; it is being redone in a different style and feel. The comic still features a WoW-inspired world.
The story follows Lis the genius and Biryuk the mysterious, who are on a quest to search for what's most dear to them. The comic is driven by the narrative and geared towards WoW-playing adults who love an involving story.
In the new version, more focus is being put into the artwork and pages often have only two or three panels, giving the story a slow pace that requires readers to invest their time in the characters and their world.
Kuo comics started WoW comics back in 2009 with one-off funnies based on raids, cooking dailies and the adventures of the author's Horde guild. After exhausting every punchline she could find, Jenn (aka Volucris) changed the comic to be story-based, linking the old Warcraft 3 and WoW lore together. It also featured guest comics from Keen (Rory) and Ssantoki (a Korean web comic artist) from time to time. Fox Rain was created to weave story, action, and humor into one.
The comic updates every Thursday New Zealand time (Wednesday US time).
"Fox Rain" is a word used in East Asia for what is commonly known as a Sun Shower. The bright light above the falling rain goes perfectly with the theme of Fox Rain.
In the near future, the comics will be translated to Korean and Japanese, so if you're interested, check those out too!
Words from Volucris - "Thanks so much for everyone who reads Fox Rain! And to those who haven't started, please go take a look! The comic will deliver story, fun, action, lotsa wolves and tons more mischief."
Words from Keen - "I love you readers."
- Contested Territory
What happens when two small girls from either side of the war meet? What happens when they become best friends? Contested Territory is a story about just that; a young orc named Thook and a rescued night elf with no memories named Kithra. Instantly inseparable, the girls face the challenges of Azeroth together, testing the boundaries of friendship, family and faction as they learn what makes them so similar, yet so different. Raised by loving but cautious Auntie and Uncle, Aguul and Kross, as well as a dear tauren friend, Winthir, Thook and Kithra learn what happens when two enemies meet before they are old enough to understand hatred.
This comic was originally written in 2008, with the prologue and chapters one and two taking place during Vanilla. The comic is done entirely by hand: pencil, pen, colored pencil, and scan.
Contested Territory uploads regularly on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
- Trigonometry Comics
Trigonometry Comics is a comic about a gnome death knight named Trigonometry. She's a high-functioning psychopath with a talent for deductive reasoning and an obsession with mathematics. Ever since the fall of the Lich King, she's been struggling to find her place in the world. Luckily, she is not alone; she has her friends, Sparcle and Helayne. And then there's Arugadh, a proud, stiff-necked dwarf paladin who would put the death knight into the ground permanently, if not for the fact that they're being forced to work together.
The comic is created by Brett (aka Trigonometry), who is happily married, possesses “no particular talent for mathematics,” and is “owned by two cats.” Brett creates the comic mainly in-game. It is a good balance of funny, dramatic, and philosophical.
Trigonometry Comics updates on Mondays and Wednesdays.
- Away From Reality
Away From Reality (AFR) is a comic by Erik Jensen. Professor of ancient Mediterranean history by day, WoW-player by night, he has been creating AFR comics since 2007 but adventuring in Azeroth since 2004. It is made using software programs such as Poser, Bryce, GIMP and Paint, and most comics take 2-3 hours to do up (not counting the days or weeks spent with the jokes percolating in the back of Jensen's mind, of course).
Jensen aims for humor and accessibility, so new readers can jump straight in and won't feel lost. The tone is light and on the occasions when the comic is critical, he tries to keep it fair and maintain the silliness. Most of his inspiration comes from his own play-time, but he also gets ideas from engaging with WoW-related media.
The comic is grounded firmly in World of Warcraft. The characters are living in a game and they know it; Jensen often draws on this contradiction for comedic effect. The characters themselves are ordinary; they don't have the latest gear, they struggle to level up, they suffer defeats and setbacks.
Alaxia and Gord are the main and original characters. Gord is the group's go-to tank, a prot warrior, and the comic's everyman. He means well, he tries his best, but life just keeps kicking him in the face – but he doesn't let it get him down. Alaxia (a druid), on the other hand, is sweet, optimistic, and therefore easily disappointed.
Morgatha was the third major character to be added, and over time, has developed quite a strong friendship with Alaxia. A typical warlock, she is snarky, impatient, even violent – except with Alaxia. According to Jensen, she's also the most openly sexual, and can be counted on to deliver the dirty jokes.
Hurgon, a healer, takes everything personally. Perpetually depressed, he's the “Eeyore” of the group. He's also a bit oblivious, which certainly doesn't help. He shares a “friendly antagonism” with Gord, although they are united in their annoyance and frustration with DPS.
Targe is less sophisticated but makes up for it with his “unfailing enthusiasm.” He also possesses some interesting characteristics, which Jensen describes as “child-like.” For example, his boundless imagination allows him to achieve things that others cannot, simply because he doesn't realize it's impossible.
Finally, there's Thizzible, the role-playing Jewish gnome who started out as a one-off character but won Jensen over and became a regular, rounding out the main cast of 6.
AFR has been going strong for half a decade and shows no signs of stopping.
AFR updates once a week.
- Guilded Age
Guilded Age is inspired by WoW, and so is much more loosely based on Azeroth than most of the other comics on the list. It is written by T. Campbell and Phil Kahn and illustrated by John and Jason Waltrip. It is heavily story-based and features beautiful artwork.
It takes place on the continent of Arkerra. The Kingdom of Gastonia and the World's Rebellion (dubbed “The Savage Races”) are at war. Gastonia hires a select group of adventurers (the “Peace-Makers”) for diplomatic and reconnaissance missions, as well as criminal investigations.
Meanwhile, on Earth, a man is CEO of a major corporation. He devotes himself to working on a virtual world that he insists is real; he claims to have bridged Earth and another realm.
Guilded Age updates every weekday.
Gratz is a humorous comic by Lackinganame (Jason Nebeker). It is a relatively new comic, and family-friendly. It's fun and a great one to check out each week if you enjoy watching an artist evolve.
It began as a few character sketches and evolved into a full story-based comic. It features five main characters: Vancore (a leader, hero), Starfire (gifted, insightful druid), Red and Green (brothers; jokers, trouble-makers), and Gorak (wise, grandfather-figure, trainer, aging leader).
Gratz Genesis was written from 2009-2011 but not published until 2012, when the artist was able to devote more time to the comic. This is also when Gratz Transition was born, which not only features the characters as older, but also an updated art style.
Gratz updates Mondays, usually with 3-4 pages (and sometimes more!).
- Lo'meath & Huilii
Lo'meath & Huilii is a WoW-related machinima comic based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Moeru, the artist, is a Canadian game designer who works on the comic as a hobby. It began in April 2011 and shows no signs of slowing down.
Lo'meath (Low-me-eff) (based on Romeo) is a high-ranking battle mage of the Scryer faction who is creative, poetic and dramatic. Huilii (Hyu-lee) (based on Juliet) is the last apprentice of the Aldor High Priestess. She is dutiful and devoted to her trade, outspoken, yet conservative.
Lo'meath & Huilii updates three times a week.
- Teh Gladiators
Teh Gladiators is written by Uros Jojic and drawn by Borislav Grabovic, both Serbian. They describe it as “a labor of love.” Jojic is a player and fan as well as novice writer; Grabovic “is an accomplished artist,” and it shows; Teh Gladiators boasts one of the more polished art styles of the group. It is primarily a story-based comic.
Originally, it was a story about arena but has since evolved into “a more free-flowing story about the adventures of three principal characters.” Gorrok (the aging warrior), Spin (Tauren) and Vallant (a hunter with two rats) are the stars of the show.
Since the change, it has been less gag-based and moves at a slower pace. In order to keep it moving, the pair started posting double updates.
Teh Gladiators updates every Sunday with two comics.
- What's Shakin'
What's Shakin' is a comic that chronicles “the epic adventures of Coffinshaker and friends.” It is based on the original characters from Coffin Comics, which is now about a variety of video games and other topics.
While it is inspired by WoW, it is an original story set in its own world. Shawn Tommelleo, the creator, describes it as “fantasy drama with a splash of humor.”
Coffinshaker is the “fun and lovable fire mage” with a big imagination. He's quiet, a touch odd, and really doesn't have much hair. Ell is the “smokin'” hot healer of the group who specializes in defensive magic. Nith is a holy battlemage and trouble-maker and while Pai is a summoner (complete with guardian spirit, Berry, who – alas – can't use magic).
What's Shakin' updates Mondays.
- Dark Legacy Comics
Dark Legacy Comics is a funny comic featuring a group of 8 Alliance-based regular characters: Keydar, Donald, Miji, Gigz, Narya, Krom and Nyte, as well as the two little clones. Many of its comics are one-offs but it also features running storylines from time to time.
The subjects vary. Sometimes there are long storylines where something unique happens in the world (like an NPC strike). Other times, the comics focus on a character's hobby (like Gigz's cooking) or even comment back on the experience of playing WoW, such as with a sequence where the characters are raiding.
DLC is one of the longest running and most popular WoW-related comics, and is a great pick if you're new.
DLC updates on Sundays.
- The Daily Blink
The Daily Blink is a WoW-related web comic by Chris Hanel. It consists of funny, once-off jokes about Blizzard, the in-game experience, the developers, classes, characters, and the like. It experiments with a variety of styles; for example, there are mock magazine covers, meme parodies, and staged in-game situations. Their subject matter is often topical, riffing off of the latest news or the popular complaints du jour.
Hanel uses WoW Model Viewer, Machinima Studio and Photoshop to create the comic.
The Daily Blink updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Looking For Group
Looking for Group is, unlike many of the other comics, not just a hobby. In fact, it has a whole team behind it. A team including personnel with titles like “logistics manager” and “communications director.” They are part of the Blind Ferret network. LFG was launched in November of 2006 and has grown to be very popular.
It is a fantasy-themed comic that is loosely based on WoW; however, it's very accessible to non-WoW players. It “follows the adventures of Cale'Anon and Richard, as well as their companions.” It's story-based but also humorous. The warlock Richard is the primary source of comedy as well as the entry point for readers who don't usually enjoy comics heavy on story.
Looking for Group is Canadian. It's written by Ryan Sohmer and drawn by Lar DeSouza. You can read a bit more about them and the rest of the team on their About page.
Looking for Group updates Mondays and Thursdays.