Collected daily webcomics about an interstellar institution.
In a galaxy far, far away is Space Academy 123, where the newly graduated Donna Summer (not of disco fame) has been appointed principal, dashing her dreams of becoming a space chiropractor. At the academy, there is a delightfully assembled motley crew including a wry HAL-like computer named Grandfather Computer; a hotheaded, eye-patch–wearing girl named Ashley Forgiveness; a boy named Andrew who is riddled with anxiety; and a darkly droll story-hour–hating little girl named Shandy. Zacchilli (RAV: 2nd Collection, 2017, etc.) published one page of this comic per day to her Instagram account; they are compiled here to form a cohesive, albeit somewhat offbeat narrative of vignettes that should not be unfamiliar to those who follow webcomics. Zacchilli’s scratchy and wobbly black-and-white pen-and-pencil art is crudely wrought but appealing; the illustrations are simply rendered with everything hand-drawn, from the winding text bubbles to the shaky panel borders. While not boisterous and flashy, this oozes an indie DIY charm. Be sure to get this into the hands of those seeking webcomics and zines or those looking for something a bit less mainstream.
Maybe not for everyone, but expect this weird and fun homespun romp to inspire budding webcomics creators and the indie-curious. (Graphic science fiction. 12-16)