Comic’s name: Nnewts

Creators: Doug Tennapel


What is the comic about: A grand adventure featuring a newt with scrawny legs.

How is comic drawn: heavily rendered, cartoony style, colored using watercolors. Very similar to this creator’s other works (Earthworm Jim, Ratfist)

How often updated: inconsistent update schedule

What else does the website offer: just a blog and an RSS feed.

What do I think of the site’s overall design: It’s a pretty simple, straightforward design, nothing spectacular. I do like the earthtones used in the coloring of the site, though, because it really helps set the earthy mood for this story.

What do I like about the strip:  I’m a fan of Tennapel. I loved playing Earthworm Jim back in my younger days, and I even thought his Skullmonkeys game was decent. His quirky, off-kilter sense of humor fit right in with the stuff I found funny. Flash forward about 20 years, and I stumble across His Online (at the time) graphic novel RATFIST. While I wasn’t a fan of his political rants on his blog (he’s a bit on the conservative side, and my views are more in tuned with Berkley Breathed’s), I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative and art of RATFIST, especially the growth of the central character as the story progressed and got increasingly weirder and weirder. And the ending was shocking, yet fitting, and was something you could definitely feel. Masterful stuff.

I said all of that to say this: NNEWTS has the makings of a great coming of age adventure story with many of the fantastical elements being relatable. We all have our own Weretoads to fight in life, after all.

Why should YOU read it: This is a well-made story by a master of his craft. Jump on board while you can: I’m sure once this story becomes a graphic novel the majority of these pages won’t be available online.

ESRB rating: All Ages.