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Space Goth by B. Zedan

Space may be great, but prep school isn't--though it feels better if you have fellow weirdos to hang out with. Political Economics, Art History and a minimum of angst.
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tjgeezer's Review of Space Goth
I saw a review by Spike that praised this comic for finally getting down to the good stuff. But it was already exceptionally good.

B. Zedan, about whom I know absolutely nothing, started this strip with no script and a vague notion of running it out 6 or so episodes. It was supposed to be a birthday present for a younger sister's 15th birthday. A year later the sister gave the project back with the comment that it would always be her present, so it didn't have to be her project.

 Now it's running on WCN. The art has gotten better in the sense of not quite so amateurish (though I suspect it will never be in a class with the most polished artists on the Web). But more to the point - even before the artist scripted it, Space Goth managed to be wonderfully interesting. It was - and remains - one of those minority web comics, a character-driven story. 

 Now that politics and adventure loom, it is heading into more common territory, in this case involving an interstellar empire and an array of sentient species so huge it's a wonder any of them manage to find mates and propage their species. It has all the makings of a first-class sci-fi adventure strip, with lots of room for political satire and very intelligent, faux academic commentary. It is, simply, a great deal of fun to read. Intelligently written. And it's in transition.

 A character-driven sci-fi comic strip tale that could go in just about any direction at this point - what could be better?

 I am SO glad I make it a regular habit to range around the strips at WCN. There's a lot of gold here, and every once in awhile - look! A diamond. This strip shows every sign of becoming one of the latter.


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Brigid Sullivan's Review of Space Goth
Science Fiction is, thankfully, making a come back in popular media. Instead of focusing solely on Encountering the Unknown and Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before, however, much of science fiction now focuses on internal and personal struggles.
Soli, Midge, and Gunthere are three friends of different races and personalities who come together while in school. Against a backdrop of complicated trade routes, intersteller travel, and a boarding school set in an orbiting space station, they discover a Mystery. The three react to the Mystery differently, as people with different personalities and interests will. Their friendship changes as they grow, as they change. And woven through this story of friendship and Mystery and growing up are a thousand thought out races, a rich history, and a million or so different cultures. Brenna Zedan is ace at world building, at creating a complex mythology and history for a fictional place. This is science fiction as it's meant to be, fully fleshed out and very real feeling. While reading "Space Goth," I very much have the feeling that if I slept for a few thousand years, I'd wake up in Soli's world. ... read it now!

Dirk Tiede's Review of Space Goth
Expecting angst and meloncholy? Not so much of that, but future archeologists rejoice. I'm starting to think she means 'Goth' in the historical sense.

Well, maybe not literally, but Space Goth has way more going on in its pages than teen drama. This is clearly science fiction, but stripped of the expectations. There are aliens, but while they're just other friends and classmates, they're not window dressing, either. While the characters are in orbit, the fact that beyond the confines of the living space, there's nothing but empty vacuum doesn't come much into play. We're far more interested in what characters are up to, anyway.

What starts out as a story about high school friends on a space station soon turns into a mystery revolving around a found artifact and an ancient culture. It's like sci-fi art history, and it's totally unlike anything I can put my finger on.

What's even better is that there's actually a history to mine. There's an impressive amount of background detail built into this world. Soli and her friends actually have interesting discoveries to make, and I'm keen to find out what they are, too.

I'm sure you will, too.

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Nina Cox's Review of Space Goth
There are many things in the vastness of space... such as you know... aliens, spaceships, stars, planets, goths...
I tend to avoid comics with the words "goth", "pirate", "space" and "ninja" on the title, but this one came highly recommended by some people who are not lame, so I came and checked it out.

Holy wow.

The thing hooks you right up and you can't stop reading until you get to the last page, which you then continue to click, obsessively, in hopes that a new page will appear magically after your 666th click.

This has yet to happen. But the new pages are totally worth the wait. What a great comic! ... read it now!

Christopher Lowrance's Review of Space Goth
Brenna Zedan's vision of high school in the future isn't all that different from now. Same boring classes, same brain-dead jocks, same three-eyed, fur-covered girlfriends.

In fact, the characters and dialogue in Space Goth are so natural and familiar that it's easy to forget the setting. That is, if you're having the comic read aloud to you, and don't see the four-armed librarians, the sharp-beaked instructors, and the swirling void of cold, black space surrounding the station in which Soli and her friends attend class.

And that's why the comic works so well; like any good sci-fi, Space Goth is about believable, interesting characters in extraordinary situations. Zedan scores points for breaking far away from the "Buffy" model of female high-school protagonists, instead giving us awkward, self-conscience teenagers that we can remember being.

The plot's just starting to warm up; something about complex trade wars, cryptic notes found on ancient data-storage devices, and ominous abandoned planets. As they get tangled up in all of this, it will be great reading how Soli and her friends grow and change, and the fact that you know they will speaks volumes.

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Gerry Swanson's Review of Space Goth
The name "Space Goth" brings to mind the kind of thing you might see on a T-shirt at Hot Topic. Luckily it's way more interesting than that. Space Goth is the story of a normal teenager, who just happens to live in space!
Soli lives on a space station. How exciting is that? But instead of flying around on a jetpack, and saving the universe from aliens with a laser gun, she goes to Art History and Biology class. Sure, her best friends are aliens, but it turns out aliens are just as human as the rest of us, when it all comes down to it. Living in space is a lot like living on Earth, except you're surrounded by billions of lightyears of vacuum, and your teachers have tentacles instead of hands. But now it seems that Soli and her friends have stumbled upon an intergalactic mystery that may change their seemingly mundane lives. I am not sure where the story is going, so I know I'll continue to follow this quirky and engaging comic. ... read it now!

Spike's Review of Space Goth
Not too much so, thankfully.

Soli Timur, the star of B. Zedan's Space Goth, lives in the far-flung future, attending high school on a space station called Galileo III. Her classmates are aliens, but somehow, her classes still manage to be incredibly boring. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Don't let the name fool you: Space Goth isn't about a scene. Soli is simply something of an outsider, the way Goths used to be. I'm not even sure she knows she's a Goth. She's just going through that delicate, self-conscious phase every kid goes through, and more than a few spend sullen and dressed in black. Only now, her teenage ennui is being unceremoniously interrupted by unfinished interstellar business, much bigger than her and her friends. Now's a great time to start reading, with the meat of the plot finally rearing its ominous, heavily politicized head.

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