Every once in a while - and more often than one might reasonably expect - a cartoonist will launch a new strip on Comics Sherpa (our "community of undiscovered comics creators") and begin a steady ascent to the top. We're talking about a strip that has just the right blend - unique premise, deft cartooning, unpredictable humor, consistency. The strip starts out as an unknown commodity, and before long, begins to build a small following. As more and more people try out the strip and spread the good word about it, the strip catches the attention of the decision makers here at Uclick. If the strip maintains a high level of quality over a long enough period, the dream of online syndication becomes a reality as the cartoonist is signed to a contract. Bob the Squirrel did it. The Argyle Sweater did, as well. In fact, more than a dozen strips currently in online and/or print syndication, whether on GoComics.com or a competing site, got their start on Comics Sherpa.
One of the latest to make that jump is Rabbits Against Magic, a strip by Jonathan Lemon. Lemon cites legendary Krazy Kat creator George Herriman, classic children's book author Dr. Seuss and Simpsons mastermind Matt Groening among his influences, and a glance at his cartooning style confirms all three. In short, his stuff is very good.
So what's the strip about? Here's the description from Lemon's own Rabbits Against Magic site:
"Ever wondered what goes on inside a magician's top hat before the wand raps on the brim and the word "abracadabra" is uttered? Well here's a comic strip that delves headlong into that world of wacky weirdness and silly surrealism. A strange world where two mutant rabbits, one in superhero costume, one a cynical cyclops—no doubt warped by appearing in too many magic tricks—speculate about life, death, love, truth, beauty and the futile nature of representative democracy. There are foxes of limited intelligence endlessly and hopelessly pursuing their carnivorous instincts. And then there's a duck."