- 05 December 2011 | Surfing
Surf comics are an excellent way of pumping a surfer's heart. Dream barrels are always possible when you see yourself in a surf comic strip. Fun, color, hilarious gags and unique pieces of surf culture history.
Surf comics are not very common in surf magazines. There are a lot of great strips with loads of famous surfing catchphrases, but they seem to be a little bit repetitive. Drawings are copied and pasted and then only the words change in text balloon and captions.
Fortunately, there are superb surf comic authors adding creativity, humour, quality stories and perfectly designed panels and strips. Usually, surfing is in the center of the comics, but you can also beer drinking, surf shop buying and girl impressing stunts.
The best surf cartoons can be read and seen over the internet. One of the most important surf comics ever written is "Wilbur Kookmeyer," a character created by Bob Penuelas, in 1986. The last strip was published in 2006, but you can check the most famous strips online.
"Surf Dudes" is funny comic strip about the life issues of surfers in the line-up. JR Johnson is a great drawer and has published more than 100 surf strips that can be seen online. Chris Malone offers online more than 10 chapters of his "Blue and Blonde" surf comic adventures. Malone has a unique cartoon style very much influence by the Japanese manga.
Pat Grant drew less surf comic strips, but his online examples are of very high quality. His original colorful frames have relevant and hilarious content about the surf industry and surf lifestyle. Check "Tubby and Wiskit."
In black-and-white version, "Tico and Jake" is a 40-episode surf comic project designed by Alberto Verdeja. The quality of his work should be enough to get a weekly deal in a national newspaper.