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The Weird World of Webcomics: Karl Kerschl’s “The Abominable Charles Christopher”

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October 4, 2011

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An engaging fantasy story about a Bigfoot named Charles on a secret mission to save his forest friends.

If you’ve ever read The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl, your reaction to the news that it won the 2011 Eisner for Best Digital Comic can probably be summed up with a word: “Duh.”

I could go on about how this webcomic consistently delivers emotionally striking scenes each week. Or I could ponder Kerschl’s playful and precise artistic style. I could even offer some guesses as to the major mysteries underlying the ongoing story, but instead let’s cut to the chase. This webcomic is wonderful because it stars a lovable (and often times befuddled) Bigfoot.

He goes by the name “Charles” and is on a secret mission to save his forest friends. Although, the reason why he is referred to as Charles or what this secret mission is has yet to be explained. However, these mysteries are part of the webcomic’s draw and along with Charles’ innocent and unassuming nature, not to mention the various personalities of his animal buddies, The Abominable Charles Christopher makes for a charming weekly read.

Kerschl’s webcomic has been compared to other graphic novels, including Jeff Smith’s Bone and I see the similarities. Both works have a similar tone and tell an engaging fantasy story at a leisurely pace. What sets The Abominable Charles Christopher apart, though, is that as a webcomic each new page from Kerschl reads like a complete moment – while reading all of these “moments” during one sitting can feel like digesting an entire epic. In fact, Kerschl has even indicated that his webcomic is a skewed version of the Gilgamesh epic (y’know, that early poem from the folks in Mesopotamia).

Kerschl is best known for his mainstream work at DC Comics. His recent projects have included Adventures of Superman, Majestic, The Flash (All-Flash #1) and Teen Titans: Year One. To catch up on Kerschl’s webcomic, and follow the adventures of Charles Christopher, go stop by www.abominable.cc.

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Will Penny

Will Penny hails from the cornfields of Iowa, but calls the sunny beaches of Southern California his home these days. When he’s not out surfing you can probably catch him at a local coffee shop doodling away at another creepy picture for his webcomic Sex and Monsters.

  • http://www.strangekidsclub.com Rondal

    I’ve heard about this one before, but haven’t actually read it. From what I could pick up from the first few strips it looks like an awesome kid-friendly fantasy/adventure read though.

  • http://sexandmonsters.com Will Penny

    Yeah you should definitely check it out. Some of the themes and story elements take a darker turn as the strip goes on.