'Loves' to 'Laf', what else?
April 29, 2010 5:48 AM   Subscribe

Recommended webcomics?

Sort of a follow up to this post.

Sexy Losers is good, and I'm really loving Oglaf.
Also enjoyed Anders loves Maria

What other Webcomics are clever, witty, pretty, deep, etc?
posted by BadMiker to Media & Arts (51 answers total) 59 users marked this as a favorite
Seeing that you just want webcomics, Perry Bible Fellowship is the best of the internet.
posted by JJ86 at 5:59 AM on April 29, 2010 [3 favorites]

Copper doesn't have that much but he's pretty and deep.
posted by edbles at 6:00 AM on April 29, 2010

Sin Titulo!
posted by Erasmouse at 6:24 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Some of the better stuff I've been reading:

Errant Story
Rice Boy (and Order of Tales)
Dresden Codak (warning: takes forever to update)
Hark! A Vagrant

MS Paint Adventures' latest adventure "Homestuck" is really awesome, but its somewhat different from a regular webcomic. Its also frighteningly long.

Disclaimer: Tastes vary, your favourite webcomic sucks, etc. etc.
posted by destrius at 6:28 AM on April 29, 2010

Questionable Content!
posted by cozenedindigo at 6:33 AM on April 29, 2010 [5 favorites]

I posted the bunch that I read every week to the blue a little while ago. It's easier for me to link to that than to redo all the links, but Perry Bible, the Abominable Charles Christopher, Penny Arcade, We The Robots, even Erfworld are all pretty good. And of course, Bob the Angry Flower.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:33 AM on April 29, 2010

Cat and Girl
posted by buriednexttoyou at 6:37 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh, and in case you missed it while it was still going, A Lesson is Learned but the Damage is Irreversible.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 6:38 AM on April 29, 2010 [3 favorites]

I really love Basic Instructions.
posted by Shohn at 6:47 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Templar AZ
posted by The Whelk at 6:47 AM on April 29, 2010 [2 favorites]

Bad Machinery (the successor to Scary Go Round)
SUBNORMALITY! (wordy, sweary, hilarious)
posted by scruss at 6:55 AM on April 29, 2010

Questionable Content is my favorite!
posted by hungrybruno at 6:55 AM on April 29, 2010

You might be interested in Dreamless - it's a drama about an American girl living around the time of World War II who sees the world through a Japanese boy's eyes when she sleeps (and vice-versa).
posted by Vorteks at 7:05 AM on April 29, 2010

I do two that are pretty different; one might appeal to your taste.

Nowhere Band is a longform, character-based strip about making music.

(Being a) Gentleman's Gentleman is a sillier thing that supposedly helps you with your etiquette.

The Agreeable Comics empire might also contain something you like...
posted by COBRA! at 7:10 AM on April 29, 2010

XKCD. A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language.
"Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)."
posted by evilmomlady at 7:18 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Non-Adventures of Wonderella is consistently funny, but not generally deep.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is usually funny, almost always smart, often adult, sometimes vulgar, and sometimes deep.

Alien Loves Predator is usually funny, socially aware (though not quite deep), and storyline-based—so it's smart to start from the beginning.
posted by AugieAugustus at 7:31 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Nthing Questionable Content and xkcd.
posted by Gainesvillain at 7:32 AM on April 29, 2010

It's over - but that means you can read the whole thing through and not go "arg what next", but A Miracle Of Science is a mostly hard-science fiction comic about mad science and how to stop it. It's more than that - you'll get used to it - but I loved it, and I was actually sad when the story was over.
posted by mephron at 7:50 AM on April 29, 2010

Response by poster: Fabulous, I'll check them all out; keep them coming!

How do you find out about good stuff; is there a recommended review/roundup site?
posted by BadMiker at 8:10 AM on April 29, 2010

A lot of the bigger ones link to each other, if I see something I've never seen on a link page, I'll check it out.
posted by The Whelk at 8:12 AM on April 29, 2010

Pictures for Sad Children.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:20 AM on April 29, 2010

2nding The Whelk's preferred seeking method. I usually when I'm looking for a new one check the links pages. I also hang out with other nerds. That helps.
posted by edbles at 8:27 AM on April 29, 2010

(disclosure: I used to be roommates with the guy who does PFSC, but it's fairly well-known and I don't mention it just to get an ex-roommate pageviews)
posted by shakespeherian at 8:28 AM on April 29, 2010

Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic is a bit geeky but it updates every darn day and the art is well done. Also, boobs.
posted by The otter lady at 8:28 AM on April 29, 2010

Questionable Content and Achewood. Achewood can get very deep, considering it's about cats and stuffed animals.
posted by Jasper Fnorde at 8:42 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Questionable Content and Achewood are probably the best out there. A Softer World is pretty good too, as is Overcompensating.
posted by james.nvc at 9:04 AM on April 29, 2010

Sorry, I suck at posting links. I think my browser here at work may block a script for it or something. Anyway...

http://www.somethingpositive.net/ is a longtime favorite of mine.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/ is awesome. Sometimes it has more formal story stuff, but usually it's just a damn funny strip of one-shots based on internet matters, pop culture and computer gaming.

If you have any appreciation at all for roleplaying games, Order of the Stick at http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0718.html (most recent entry) consistently rocks. It's awesome in its own right regardless of the RPG context, but there are a lot of in-jokes for gamers.

Also, I will second the earlier recommendations of xkcd and Sinfest.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:20 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

My favorites:
Questionable Content
Least I Could Do
Frazz (newspaper comic with web presence)
Pearls Before Swine (newspaper comic with web presence)
Fox Trot (newspaper comic with web presence)
The Noob
Gunnerkrigg Court
Order of the Stick
Alien Loves Predator
Dr. McNinja
posted by Slinga at 9:22 AM on April 29, 2010

oh and nthing Cat And Girl
posted by The Whelk at 9:23 AM on April 29, 2010

More of an ongoing narrative than a gag strip, but often funny: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:00 AM on April 29, 2010

I used to read a lot of them but now its just a few goodies.

The best:
A Lesson is Learned but the Damage is Irreversible. (sadly it is over now)

Also good:
Hark a Vagrant (especially if you like history or hardy boys)
Dresden Codak (if you like science and are patient)

Also, a few people recommended Cat and Girl, but I'm personally way more into her side projects Donation Derby and Very Small Array.

Penny Arcade if you like video games.
posted by cirrostratus at 10:13 AM on April 29, 2010

I'll second both The Abominable Charles Christopher and Gunnerkrigg Court.
posted by severiina at 10:20 AM on April 29, 2010

ParaAbnormal by Dave Lowe. Brilliant artwork, very snarky and dark.
posted by Sophie1 at 10:24 AM on April 29, 2010

Keep 'em coming? Seriously? Ok... well, I'm not clear on exactly what you're looking for, so, aside from Dreamless which I've already mentioned, here are the highlights of my "comics" folder in Google Reader:
posted by Vorteks at 11:06 AM on April 29, 2010

Buttercup Festival is wistful and beautiful and funny in equal turns. He's on series 2 now, which is less joke based but equally good, I recommend starting from the beginning in the series 1 archive.
posted by haveanicesummer at 11:11 AM on April 29, 2010

What no love for Girl Genius? Helps if you're a big Phil Foglio fan.
posted by elendil71 at 11:22 AM on April 29, 2010

Since it's photos, it's not technically a comic, but
Surviving The Word has a similar sense of humor to XKCD.

Dante(the author) refers to it as a "photo comic".
posted by specialnobodie at 11:41 AM on April 29, 2010

http://www.asofterworld.com/ (not funny, per se, but I love it)
http://abstrusegoose.com/ (people claim this is an XKCD rip off. but as the author said, "I'm not trying to be your dad, I'm just fucking your mom")
http://www.smbc-comics.com/ (make sure to mouse over the little red button looking things at the bottom of some comics)
posted by sacrifix at 12:46 PM on April 29, 2010

I've been getting a zombie fix from Dead Winter and The Zombie Hunters recently. Girl Genius is awfully fun as well. End Town is an interesting take on the post-apocalyptic.
posted by kjs3 at 1:04 PM on April 29, 2010

Daisy Owl has moments of absurd genius.
posted by chairface at 1:07 PM on April 29, 2010

Wow, I can't believe I'm the first one to post the link to the absolutely beautiful and mysterious Platinum Grit - Enjoy!!

I also enjoy a good thingpart for a guilty laugh or a few goats although I haven't read either for a while now.
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 2:07 PM on April 29, 2010

Response by poster: Wow.

There's quite a lot out there...

Thanks you all very much for your recommendations. At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I think I've got a much better idea what I like.

Not really into the one-shot/scratchily done/cleverclevercomment ones. Sorry.

I love the long-story well draughted, sci-fi/fantasy/extended-reality stories. I've had to force myself away from 'The Abominable Charles Christopher', 'Yet another fantasy games comic' has excellent monsters and excellent boobs, I'm looking forward to getting into 'Gunnerrig court' and I'll give 'Errant Story', 'Sin titulo' and 'a miracle of science' a longer read.

I'll keep on looking for moe stuff like this. Any more suggestions would be great, if anyone ever revisits this?!...
posted by BadMiker at 2:49 PM on April 29, 2010

Pretty, long-story, well-draughted fantasy? Digger is worth it for the hyena mythos alone.
posted by ormondsacker at 4:33 PM on April 29, 2010

Definitely check out rice-boy.
posted by hannahelastic at 7:11 PM on April 29, 2010

sluggy.com ftw. Try starting with one of their Harry Potter spoofs for an easy introduction http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020902
posted by earlsofsandwich at 7:58 PM on April 29, 2010

I love the long-story well draughted, sci-fi/fantasy/extended-reality stories.

Roza? I like it 'cause it's girly! And beautifully drawn.

Definitely put Sin Titulo at the top of your list-- it's up for an Eisener for best digital comic, masterfully drawn by Batman artist Cameron Stewart, and has a Twin-Peaksish surreal noir thing going on.

Here are the Eisner nominees:

* Abominable Charles Christopher, by Karl Kerschl

* Bayou, by Jeremy Love

* The Guns of Shadow Valley, by David Wachter and James Andrew Clark

* Power Out, by Nathan Schreiber

* Sin Titulo, by Cameron Stewart
posted by Erasmouse at 1:28 AM on April 30, 2010

Response by poster: Amazing; thank you all very much. I feel like I've found a whole new world to explore; there's some fantastic stuff here and I appreciate every post.
Regards. M
posted by BadMiker at 3:25 PM on April 30, 2010

You and I share the same taste in comics. I almost guarantee you will enjoy these two comics that didn't get enough love in these comments...

I dare you to read the very first Something Positive comic and not love it.

Least I Could Do - You will love Rayne.
posted by thekiltedwonder at 3:49 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

Most of my favorites have already been mentioned, but here's another: Hitmen for Destiny. You may find the graphics annoying at first, but it's hilarious and wonderful. It has the same bizarre but totally straight-faced dream logic found in, well, dreams.

Nthing Rice Boy as well. I've heard it described as "Dali does 'The Hobbit'".
posted by lolichka at 9:10 PM on April 30, 2010

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has me belly laughing at least once a week.
posted by talldean at 8:54 AM on May 2, 2010

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