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Hullo! Sorry about my scarcity. I come bearing not one, but two recommendations! One for a recently concluded webcomic, one for ongoing One Piece meta.

The first one, I thought I had raved about before, but if so I didn't tag it properly, because I can't find that now. "The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ And Amal" is a webcomic be E.L. Weaver which concluded about a month or so ago. It's a bit of a coming-out gay road movie with a strong slice-of-life-ish atmosphere, full of realistic-feeling observations, lovely art, humour and angst and drama... and great pacing, too. As for the plot, I'll quote from the "About" blurb on the website:

May 16, 2008 - In the span of a single day, Amal calls off his arranged marriage, comes out to his conservative parents, promptly gets disowned, goes on a bender... and wakes up the next morning to find TJ, a lanky, dreadlocked vagrant, frying eggs and singing Paul Simon in his kitchen.

TJ claims that the two have made a drunken pact to drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence. As it happens, Amal promised his sister he'd be there for her graduation from Brown University. And TJ, well... TJ has his own reasons.

The agreement is simple: Amal does the driving; TJ pays the way - but a 3500 mile journey leaves plenty of time for things to get complicated.

My second recommendation is another look at One Piece, the manga, from the beginning! This is a bit of a different angle to it than [personal profile] sara_tanaquil's ongoing re-read, which I still heartily recommend: [personal profile] we_are goes deep into themes and characterisation and relationships for each post. Warning: and unlike the former re-read series, we-are does so from the viewpoint of where the series is now (more or less), with spoilers in plain text, not hidden. Currently, we-are just concluded the Kuro arc, and I'm sure the Baratie arc will follow very soon, as we've had updates practically every day lately. This is lovely, meaty stuff, so if you're into meta on One Piece, don't hesitate to dig in! Comments are very welcome too, says the author ([profile] night_mare_chan). The master list with links to all the posts so far is here.


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