Last week I found out, somewhat to my surprise (though, really, I shouldn’t be surprised at all), that there are still about eighty-five hundred MILLION webcomics I’ve never even heard of (such as this one and this one..and, uh, this one too). I had a look at them–thanks for the suggestions!–and it was interesting to compare them to the list of webcomics I’d ended up showing the
poor suckers captive audience in my office.
Here’s the list I mentioned last week, which is sort of a short list of my favorites.
Cat and Girl. This is one of the few webcomics I actually read (as a minicomic) before I ever started thinking about webcomics. Wacky Icelandic t-shirts, quirky pop culture references; what’s not to love? If I only knew about it during grad school…
Diesel Sweeties. One of my favorites. I know us Fleen folk get a fair amount of grief about the whole Rah! Rah! Dumbrella! criticism, but over time DS has proven itself as one of the very few webcomics to which I return on a regular basis even though I have friends who’ve lost interest in it (though one, who has gotten back into it lately, recently exclaimed on the phone, “Hey, Diesel Sweeties is kinda dirty!” which made me laugh like crazy).
And he’s got killer t-shirts, trumped perhaps only by Creatures In My Head. I swear, I look at this site and I start this bizarre Pavlovian drooling (less nasty than it sounds, really) over the shirts. Please, fellas, Halloween–the most awesomest holiday ever–is mere weeks away. What marvels do you have on tap for this year?!
Many of the others I pointed out in the office are webcomics I’ve written about before, like Exploding Dog and Teaching Baby Paranoia. While I don’t know Questionable Content all that well, it made the list, along with one of my perpetual favorites, High Maintenance Machine (with cool new site design!). And I still really enjoy reading Minimalist Stick Figure Theater. (Plus, y’know, we’re actually kind of pro-Comic Sans here in the office, for all of the font and typeset geekery which goes on here).
And I’m not sure I could show people webcomics and not mention one of my newer favorites (Scene Language) and one of my long-standing favorites (Overcompensating, which I especially love when it goes over-the-top with referencing a whole stack of other webcomics). I’m, embarrassingly, a little out of the loop on Scary Go Round at present, but I adore it (especially the color work and the wacky hand-lettered stuff from a while back).
This is like the worst list ever for newbies, isn’t it? Oops. (But you know what everyone went nuts over? Creatures In My Head. No joke.)
Unrelated, I loved this question in the comments: Have you had the â€˜No, Iâ€™m not a republican, thatâ€™s a character from a bookâ€™ conversation yet?”. I don’t think anyone who sees me near my car makes that assumption, and certainly not the ones who recognize this. Yeah.