Monster Pop! is a continuing web comic by Maya Kern. It was started July 18th in 2012 and it currently updates on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This comic takes place in an alternate world where monsters and humans live in more or less segregated communities, except for a few occasions where there is an attempt at integration. Our heroine is a young Cyclops girl named George who lives in a more or less integrated area and goes to an integrated school. George is an optimistic young lady who has never directly experienced prejudice, until she gets into a relationship with a human boy who is not aware that she is a monster thanks to a disguise spell provided by a friend. The relationship ends on a heartbreaking note, and our heroine is inspired by this experience to start a blog.
Since this web comic is strongly influenced by shojo manga romance tropes, it is quite possible that Mr. Heartbreaker will be turning up again. (This is actually extremely likely as he is on the cast list. He has yet to turn up in the current story arc however.) The current story arc involves George settling into college and making new friends. There is a great deal of humor, though the pacing is a little frustrating and the story does not advance very far between updates. For this reason, this comic is probably best read in archival mode rather than serial.
This particular web comic has an additional feature; each of the characters has their own blog. So far, the blogs follow the Tumblr roleplaying “ask the character a question" style, or are picture blogs. It will be interesting to see if the blogs become more integrated with the main comic as the story progresses. (A combination of sections of prose in addition to the web comic proper is something that is practiced by several web comics. Two web comics in particular that do this are Erfworld and Homestuck.)
Kern’s art and character design tends to be cute, rounded and brightly colored. (This in at least one of her previous projects does not stop it from being occasionally creepy and sad. Check out her short comic How to be a Mermaid for particulars. Make sure you have tissues, because this story is a heartbreaker.) This particular style meshes very well with the light hearted romantic comedy that appears to be the main plot of the comic. (It also doesn’t do too badly when the comedy turns into drama.) Kern’s characters are funny and interesting, and I look forward to seeing how the story develops.