Sunday, June 07, 2009

Webcomic Mania! 

One of the things that me and my friends like to do is read webcomics. We appreciate them for their clever humor and enormous quote-ability. Here is a list of the ones I regularly read:


Charlottesvillian actually introduced me to this one. It's hilarious. Involves lots of religious/philosophical issues, political issues, and life in general. Thing is, it's really long, with 3,196 3-panel comics. READ IT! This one our readership would appreciate the most, probably, though it's considerably more liberal than our readership usually is.

A Softer World:

A strange, deep, sad, humorous comic. This one doesn't involve any drawing, but photography. The writers take a picture and crop three frames out of it, where they put the text that they want. It can be quite sad sometimes, but sweet at the same time. I recommend it for everyone.


Stick-figure art. The author/artist of the webcomic, Randall Munroe, is well versed in computers, physics, the Internet, and romance, sarcasm, math, and language. One of the best webcomics out there. Lots of the ones in the beginning are more poetic than they are funny, but they pick up rather quickly. It updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and is up to it's 593rd "issue." An important thing to remember about XKCD is the alt-text, which you can see by rolling over the picture for a second, where the HTML tag would be.

Dresden Codak:

If Sinfest and XKCD had a child, it would be Dresden Codak. Deals with a lot of science and philosophy. It requires a lot of arcane knowledge to understand fully, but Wikipedia and Google should be in your quick links bar thing anyway. :P There aren't many comics, around 50, maybe, but the artwork changes with each comic, and each comic is high-quality, too.
Questionable Content:

A story-based webcomic that has focuses on indie music, relationships, and general hilarity. It has an addictive storyline and very likeable characters. The art changes significantly over the course of the comic (meaning, it gets WAY better). It updates every weekday, and it's up to its 1420th "issue."


A story following Ethan McManus and his roommate/friend Lucas, this comic focuses around video game humor. The humor in the beginning is kinda random and doesn't have a focused storyline, but when Lilah is introduced, the story picks up nicely. If you play video games, you will like this comic. I'm not sure how many comics he has, but he's been writing them since 2002. I haven't paid close attention to when it updates, either.

Nuklearpower.com's 8-Bit Theater:

A comic that vaguely follows the story of Final Fantasy I, this comic contains lots of related humor, humor from Dungeons & Dragons, and other geek-type places. Brian Clevinger writes it, and there are 1137 "issues" to date. Updates two or three times a week. Very funny if you've ever played a Final Fantasy game or other role-playing game before.

VG Cats:

Involves the characters Aeris and Leo, this comic parodies....guess.....video games! with a little bit of anime thrown in. This comic has high quality for the comics that he has, but he hasn't updated in a LONG time. He also has two side comics, one about the original Pokemon games, Red and Blue, that basically follow the story, and a comic about Final Fantasy XI, an online game. The main one has 269 "issues."
Looking for Group (LFG):

Has a completely original storyline, albeit with themes and devices taken from games like Warcraft or Dungeons and Dragons. The artwork is quite good, and the writing is very good. It's quite addictive, and gripping, for a webcomic.
There we go, I've given you guys enough material so that you won't work for another month, guaranteed! Enjoy!


By Blogger Sara, at Sun Jun 07, 11:53:00 PM:

Digger at http://www.diggercomic.com/ is moving as well as funny. Digger is a
sensible engineer-type wombat heroine who falls into a weird fantasty world.  

By Blogger adagioforstrings, at Mon Jun 08, 12:26:00 AM:

There just aren't enough comics that feature female wombat engineer role models for young female wombats to emulate. I suspect this is one of the leading causes for the disparity between male & female wombat science & engineering majors.  

By Blogger Sara, at Mon Jun 08, 01:33:00 AM:

Adagio is quite right. If my daughters were wombats I would want them to be Digger. "Nice girl. Very good with explosives".  

By Anonymous Stan/Tx, at Mon Jun 08, 06:06:00 AM:

Try Day by Day


By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Mon Jun 08, 11:47:00 AM:

Left off Penny Arcade!


Least I Could Do, which is done by the same guy who does Looking For Group, but way funnier.

If you like quasi-D&D comics, Order of the Stick is 1st rate. (www.giantitp.com)

Cyanide and Happiness has a twisted sense of humor, much like my own.

A particularly clever and dirty one is Sexy Losers, which was defunct for a long while but now seems like it's being resurrected. My wife, back when she was my girlfriend, loaded all the Sexy Losers comics that existed at the time onto a disc and mailed it off to me when I was with the Army in the desert for my birthday. So funny...  

By Blogger Foxfier, formerly Sailorette, at Mon Jun 08, 01:06:00 PM:

Girl Genius! (If you liked Young Frankenstein, you'll probably like this-- don't worry, it goes into color soon!)

Amusing and kinda sweet.

No Rest for the Wicked
Web comic of all the old Grimms fairy tails, back when they were still very, very grim indeed.  

By Blogger Tigerhawk Teenager, at Mon Jun 08, 01:38:00 PM:

I felt Penny Arcade was obvious, but I forgot about Cyanide and Happiness.

I've never read Least I Could Do or Order of the Stick, but I've heard that both are quite good.  

By Blogger Semper, at Mon Jun 08, 07:10:00 PM:

I'll just throw in my two cents and also recommend The Order of the Stick and Sexy Losers.  

By Blogger Tamala, at Mon Jun 08, 08:53:00 PM:

Adding my own two cents in, Jesus and Mo is one of my favorites.  

By Blogger Sara, at Tue Jun 09, 02:51:00 AM:

is also well worth a visit. Look for the 'Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates'.  

By Anonymous wolfwalker, at Mon Jun 15, 10:12:00 AM:

Try Free Fall.

Like any good SF/F comic strip, it flips back and forth between Funny and Interesting. Sometimes it manages both in the same strip.  

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