brigid: A fat faced baby in a cap is stuffed into a mail sack worn by a postal carrier. (what.)
Selkie, by Dave Warren, is a slice of life comic about families set in an AU world that has human-like aquatic creatures. One of them, named Selkie, is in an orphanage at the start of the story, waiting to be adopted. A man named Todd Smith, who was himself adopted, winds up adopting her. Initially unprepared for her special needs, he gets a crash course in caring for her... and is surprised to find that the CIA is interested in her as well.

Warren has a pretty good eye for dialogue and is handy at showing and not telling, two valuable skills many writers lack. Like many long form comics that update a page at a time, the story is compelling but slow moving and works best when read in chunks. He captures inter-kid and kid-adult dynamics really well. His characters have distinct designs, personalities, and voices. He's also made what looks like a conscious effort to show a wide variety of ethnicities and body types, and represent gender pretty evenly, without it feeling forced.

What's most appealing about Selkie is the amount of work he's done into fleshing out Selkie's character design. Her body is the way it is for a reason. He's worked out a lot of her biology. What does she need to breathe? To eat? What kind of culture does she have? What kind of clothing suits her body? How does her race influence her personality? The mystery of who, and where, her people are is also intriguing and something he's alluding to slowly.

The art is rough but improving, and gets an A+ for effort. I really look forward to what Warren puts out, artistically, in a few years. Selkie's speech, however, really bothers me. She sounds a bit like a parody of Skwisgar Skwigelf from "Metalocalypse." I don't know if the extraneous ending S-es are supposed to indicate sibilance or what. That's a pretty minor complaint, though.

Check out the comic and tell me what you think! Can you think of any other comics like this? Can you think of any other kid-oriented webcomics that need some loving attention and reviews? Post suggestions!
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