“Stand Still. Stay Silent” is a post apocalyptic webcomic with elements from Nordic mythology, set 90 years in the future. It’s mostly a story about friendship and exploring a forgotten world, with some horror, monsters and magic on the side.
I started my recommendations with Stand Still. Stay Silent. for a reason: it is one of the best comics I’ve ever read. Period. I know taste is completely subjective and it’s got a few things that I enjoy going for it:
- Speculative fiction
- Great characters
- Amazing art
- Great writing
It’s hard to pinpoint what’s the best part of it because she’s really, really good.
The worldbuilding is a clear standout because she intersperses informational pages like maps, train tickets, advertisements, propaganda, and more between and sometimes within chapters. I mean – look at this map:
Is that amazing or what? It adds SO MUCH to the believability to see something that looks so real.
And you’ll note that her design skills kick ass too – no surprise as she studied graphic design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. If you click over to her site, it is the best designed comic sites I’ve ever seen. All of the navigational elements, the header graphics, the site background and even the social media icons share a consistent design ethos. It’s just plain beautiful.
Her comic layouts are fantastic, her art is great and the characters are all fully-realized people with personalities and motivations.
There is literally nothing that she takes a shortcut on.
As of today (Dec 12, 2018), the comic is at 1030 pages (!!!) and counting. And she updates 4 times a week, taking breaks between chapters (and drawing covers for each and every chapter). She has a clear vision and she really puts in the time to make it the best she possibly can. And as good as her art already was (this is her 2nd super long webcomic, her first was 556 pages), there clear improvement from the first page until today.
Oh – she also won a Reuben in 2015 in the Online Comics – Long Form category. I wonder whether you can only win it once or what because I doubt there’s anything else remotely close to hers in quality and depth out there.
If you like speculative fiction at all, you NEED to check it out. Just know it’s so disappointing when catch up and the binging ends. Having to wait a day or two for the next page just seems cruel.