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Comic Showcase: DAR, A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary by Erica Moen

Illustration for article titled Comic Showcase: iDAR, A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary/i by Erica Moen

While browsing the 4thletter, David Brothers pointed out the end of an interesting strip. DAR, created by Erica Moen, is a strip that ran for six years, and dealt with love, relationships, and life's little vulgarities. (Warning: Mildly NSFW)

Moen can explain the Raison d'être of the comic far better than I can. In her "The End of Dar" blog post, she writes:

It started my sophomore year of college as a 20 year old student and has seen me through my first love, finding my queer identity, my first heartbreak, my first rebounds, traveling to another country, depression and medication, having stupid adventures, meeting the man I'd eventually marry, re-structuring "my identity", graduation, working in the real world while struggling to keep making art which brings us to today where I'm a 26 year old self-employed happily married woman.

Oh, and I guess there were some dick ‘n' fart jokes in there too.

Having a weekly deadline has taught me to draw more efficiently and the limited space of six panels has forced me to communicate my ideas as concisely as possible. It's helped me find my voice and opened up a helluva lot of doors to me professionally. I am extremely fortunate to have gathered a big enough readership that I can mostly live off of this goofy little journal. Most importantly, this comic has been directly responsible for me meeting my heroes, some of my very dearest friends and especially my husband.

I'm extremely grateful for the wonderful opportunities and experiences and connections that have come into my life because of this ridiculous comic.

After six years, I feel emotionally and mentally ready to move on.

The last comic provides a great summary of the feel of the strip, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite strips. I'm not quite through poking through the archives yet, but these are the standouts:

Illustration for article titled Comic Showcase: iDAR, A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary/i by Erica Moen
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Luckily, the end of DAR is not the end of Erica Moen's promising career. She has other projects in the works - hopefully, one of those things will be a new web strip.

(All Images/Comics from the DAR Website)

Official Site [4L]
Official Site [DAR Comic]
The End of Dar [DAR Comic]

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I really like this feature! :D Especially self-made comics on the internets; they are my favorite of all.

I can't say I care for Moen's work. I used to think it was kinda funny, because I do enjoy fart jokes, but it seemed a little too "frat bro" humor for my taste. I was actually really offended by her trans man comic. ([www.darcomic.org]) I know she clarified and said that she doesn't think trans men are women... but her art and her attitude don't show it, and I don't find jokes at the expense of someone's identity funny. I dunno, I guess it hits a little too close to home, and my identity is the butt of too many unfunny jokes as it is without someone who should really know better getting laughs at our expense. Since then, I kinda thought that if she were male, I would think she was just some frat bro, and I wouldn't think she was funny at all. And I don't really anymore. I mean, I almost always laugh at fart jokes, so... yeah.

I really like her art, though. I think it's very cute, and her characters are easily recognizable. She obviously has talent, and lots of people enjoy her, but I guess she just rubs me the wrong way. Which is also weird, because we seem to share a lot of humor, but she comes off like such as jerk in her comic.