Oh mang I don't even know where to begin about how DAR has changed everything but here I go.
I started reading Erika's livejournal in 2001 because of a chain of clicky linkies that began with a Big Lesbian Crush on a friend of a friend. No surprise there.
Since then I've had the incredible honor of watching DAR grow up. It was just a little protean form of a comic back in the day. Now it's a beautiful expression of the web comic form.
But it's not just the artwork—it's the fierce fearlessness of DAR that's what thrusts its hand inside your heart, "Temple of Doom"-style, in a GOOD way. When Allen Ginsberg used to get heckled on stage at poetry readings, he'd start taking off his clothes. "The poet always stands naked before the world!" he'd yell. "Do you have the courage to stand naked?"
That's what DAR is like. Daring you to get naked, too.
Take a trip through the archives: you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hit Alt+Tab really quickly at work. You'll bookmark some of them, and there will come times and there will come days and that bookmarked comic will be the thing holding you up that day, keeping your soul from dragging on the floor.
Not a True Fan of DAR yet? [Yoda voice:] You will be. You will be.
... read it now!
Ok, sometimes the truth does tread lightly. Moen understands that realism has comes in many forms: silliness, sadness and all spots in between. It's rare to find a comic that brings validity to the medium the way Erika Moen does. Her comedic art style combines traditional comic gesticulations with surrealism and topics run the gamut from farts to sexuality all of which are dealt with on a day-to-day basis. Her comic persona is well defined and matures/immatures through the years and allows for the reader to form an instant connection with her.
... read it now!