Looking for new comics to read
October 28, 2008 2:18 PM   Subscribe

I need some recommendations for daily comic strips to read

I've checked the old threads and found one thread that led me to some good stuff.

But, alas, that thread seemed to be filled with comics that were not to my taste. Plus, the thread is over 3 years old. Surely new stuff has come out since then.

My favorite comic strips in the past and present are as follows:
Calvin and Hobbes
Bloom County
Doonesbury (especially the Uncle Duke character)
My Filing Technique is Unstoppable (except for the excessive cursing)
Dilbert (Dogbert's my fav)

I'm looking for comics with a quirky point of view and an edgy sense of humor. I'm not big into sci-fi, gaming, or fantasy, so a lot of those might be out. I'm not closing myself off to such comics, but they would have to be really outstanding for me to get into them.

Also, I don't want to limit myself to webcomics. If there are nationally syndicated or paper-only strips out there that you think I might like, please recommend them too.

posted by reenum to Media & Arts (38 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Hmmmm... it can be a bit hit or miss sometimes, but Nemi can be quite amusing in a quirky kind of way... have a skip back through the archive and see what you think...
posted by Chairboy at 2:28 PM on October 28, 2008

The other list hits a lot of may current distractions (Penny Arcade, Cat and Girl, Girls with Slingshots, Questionable Content). Print media online that I like are Non Sequitur and Get Fuzzy. As for the not-so-dailies on the web: Patches is really weird, and updated a few times a week, while The Abominable Charles Christopher is very artsy, but it's only updated once a week.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:38 PM on October 28, 2008

Foxtrot is sort of geeky, but it appeals to me in the same way that Calvin and Hobbes did, and that Dilbert still does.
posted by spaceman_spiff at 2:39 PM on October 28, 2008

I'm quite fond of Pearls Before Swine.
posted by Nolechick11 at 2:41 PM on October 28, 2008

Response by poster: I used to read Foxtrot as well, but it felt that after a while, the situations started getting recycled. I mean, how many times can we see Peter messing up at athletics and Paige kissing the Frenchman in her dreams?

Thanks for the suggestions so far! Keep 'em coming.
posted by reenum at 3:06 PM on October 28, 2008

I like Sinfest.
posted by guniang at 3:08 PM on October 28, 2008

Oops, should have read first. How about this one...Not From Concentrate
posted by guniang at 3:11 PM on October 28, 2008

Best answer: My regular reads:

Real Life
Dork Tower
Penny Arcade
Awkward Zombie (updates weekly)
Freefall (MWF)
posted by Class Goat at 3:12 PM on October 28, 2008

Daisy Owl. Everyone I've shown it to loves it. It's very quirky and whimsical, a little like Calvin and Hobbes.
posted by Rhaomi at 3:29 PM on October 28, 2008

It sounds like you'd enjoy a Boondocks or La Cucaracha if you're into Bloom County and Doonesbury. I think Boondocks is funnier and more to the point, but La Cucaracha's not bad either.
posted by calistasm at 3:35 PM on October 28, 2008

I'm a big fan of Frazz.
posted by Marky at 3:37 PM on October 28, 2008

Cul de Sac! I think it's a worthy successor to Calvin & Hobbes.
posted by moonmilk at 3:45 PM on October 28, 2008

It's only 2x/week (Tue & Fri) but I'm liking a lot of Wondermark. Unique styling and odd sense of humor.
posted by trinity8-director at 3:47 PM on October 28, 2008

F minus -- you will thank me later.
posted by wittgenstein at 4:05 PM on October 28, 2008

Response by poster: I forgot to mention, but I absolutely love Perry Bible Fellowship. Gurewitch is a modern genius.
posted by reenum at 4:10 PM on October 28, 2008

In my opinion, Zippy the Pinhead is the best daily comic strip of the last 25 or 30 years. Griffith is the modern Herriman.
posted by Dr. Wu at 4:21 PM on October 28, 2008

posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 4:25 PM on October 28, 2008

If you have any interest in music, you might like my webcomic, Nowhere Band. It's pretty local-band-o-centric; but I'm coming from a place of liking (and being annoyed by) a lot of the same things as you, so maybe it'd be to your taste.
posted by COBRA! at 5:05 PM on October 28, 2008

i really like watch you head and brewster rocket
posted by lester at 5:18 PM on October 28, 2008

I collected a bunch a few months back in my Top 10 Twisted Comics of the Web, but then again, youd have to be a bit left-of-center to enjoy these.
posted by edman at 5:20 PM on October 28, 2008

Least I Could Do
posted by deezil at 5:38 PM on October 28, 2008

Whoops, forgot Edible Dirt
posted by deezil at 5:38 PM on October 28, 2008

I think Sally Forth is a surprisingly good newspaper comic.
posted by mustard seeds at 5:40 PM on October 28, 2008

Mutts is/are great, and Red and Rover has a lot in common with C&H. I second the recommendations for Brewster Rockit and Zippy.

I found my current favorite comic thru BoingBoing - Adam Koford's Laugh-Out-Loud Cats. The Cats are clever and well-drawn sons of the great 1920s Krazy Kat.

There's a book due next year, with Introduction by John "PC" Hodgman. No connections - I just love it and hope it gets in a newspaper before the last one shuts down.
posted by robotico at 5:59 PM on October 28, 2008

Best answer: Basic Instructions- has me laughing alot.
Frazz- for that C & H sensibility.
Rhymes With Orange- my most quoted.
Mr. Boffo- once had 2 guys in togas looking at this giant face down in the dirt. "You would think someone that good with a slingshot would be quicker on his feet."
The Pain -- When Will It End?
posted by pointilist at 7:27 PM on October 28, 2008

Nice thread! I've been enjoying the excellently-drawn PVPOnline, Ctr-Alt-Delete, and The Other Coast lately.
posted by Aquaman at 7:50 PM on October 28, 2008

Pictures for sad children is pretty freaking sweet.
posted by kpmcguire at 7:57 PM on October 28, 2008

Monty is pretty fantastic. As for webcomics, Dustinland , xkcd, and Questionable Content are great places to start.
posted by np312 at 9:05 PM on October 28, 2008

Omigosh! I forgot to add Medium Large to the awesome webcomic list!
posted by np312 at 9:08 PM on October 28, 2008

Lio and Bizarro
posted by brujita at 10:03 PM on October 28, 2008

What about Achewood?
posted by pea_shoot at 11:43 PM on October 28, 2008

You could read my comic strip, Loose Parts. I'll even be happy to talk to you about it. Oh, and you can't beat Lio. And F Minus.
posted by lpsguy at 7:13 AM on October 29, 2008

Yeah, I was gonna say... I was shocked no one had mentioned Achewood yet... that's the best thing since sliced bread.
posted by zennoshinjou at 7:18 AM on October 29, 2008

Try Scarygoround
posted by elendil71 at 7:51 AM on October 29, 2008

Pearls Before Swine is my favorite of the newer comics.
posted by neuron at 4:24 PM on October 29, 2008

Best answer: Pearls Before Swine is an absolute absolute MUST
Get Fuzzy
Non Sequitur
Basic Instructions
Medium Large
Dinosaur Comics
This Modern World
Savage Chickens
Circle Versus Square
XKCD - another absolute MUST
Questionable Content
Ballard Street
Cow and Boy is like a hyper-intellectual Calvin & Hobbes
Pardon My Planet
Mows is a webcomic with some very adorable silly cats
Inane Blabbering is a recent find
Urf doesn't update very often but is hilarious
Head in the Clouds is a new comic that I'm enjoying quite a bit

I use comicalert.com to get an rss feed of a lot of the newspaper syndicated comics and the site has a decent recommendation service, where if you add Dilbert, it will give you a list of a dozen other comics you might also like. Hope you enjoy!!

(and thanks for the thread - I'll definitely be checking out some of the other suggestions above)
posted by ahimsa at 7:48 PM on October 29, 2008

Neither updates as often as I would prefer, but I like:

- IrkWorks

- Webdisaster
posted by illflux at 1:22 PM on October 31, 2008

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