Who doesn’t love a funny comic strip? From those with the attention span of a Cocker Spaniel to the members of the Jane Austin book club, everyone has a couple of minutes to spare for a good comic. Born on newspapers, comic strips have featured largely mainstream topics due to the shackles of censorship.
But on the web it’s a riot. Niche after niche, every possible topic of interest is being made fun at by talented people. True, a lot of them tend not to be kid friendly or controversy free, but so is literature. We’ve put together a list of awesome web comics created by some truly brilliant people online. Care to join us?
People go gaga over this one-man hilarity vending machine. Don’t believe me? Just check the shares & tweets in the social media. From arguing about how useful it would be to date a Unicorn, to what it’s really like to own an Apple product, the comics mock both the geek & the folk relentlessly. There are no solid traffic numbers to compare with the rest of web comic outlets, but The Oatmeal seems to be the daily diet of about everyone these days!
I’ve been a die hard fan of the adorable, fat, orange cat all my life and Garfield’s charm is a major reason for the success of the series. The entire idea of removing Garfield from the comic strip is in order to reveal the existential angst of young Mr. Jon Arbuckle, Garfield’s owner (I argue it’s the other way round). It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb. Despite the description that sounds too deep, the strips are still funny.
I never thought stick figures could be so funny. xkcd is updated three times a week and has a huge fan following. The strips are often funny and some deeply thought provoking, just like the one here.
Beautifully drawn, brilliantly colored and funny as hell are the USPs of The Brads. Drawn by the talented Brad Callow, the comic strips of genuinely funny and does not use offensive words.
Least I Could Do is funny to say the least (Couldn’t resist the mild pun). With a hero obsessed so much with Star Wars, I thought it would be another Geek comic on the block. But when I started diging through the rest of the week’s posts that included one outrageously hilarious how it all began and how the state of Alabama explains evolution, I was so hooked.
Published three times a week, The Joy of Tech pokes fun at technology and pop culture. The comic strip has been around for 10 awesome years now. Apple fanboys beware! Nitrozac and Snaggy love to pull your legs often and they don’t even leave Steve Jobs alone for that matter.
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal or SMBC is a drawn on a single panel and has is full of twisted & dark humor. Occasionally a bit geeky and a bit offensive, but is fairly thought provoking in most cases.
Based around a naive Ethan, an avid gamer who happens to be working at a game store, Ctrl+Alt+Del, known fondly as CAD, is a treat for gaming & sci-fi fans.
Loosely based around the storyline and characters of the famous RPG Final Fantasy, 8-Bit Theater looks stunning with an art inspired from the old games but is hilarious nevertheless.
Another comic with a lot of gaming references but pretty understandable and funny to non-gamers alike. Sometimes swearing is involved and is definitely not for kids. I found myself ROFL’ing with the Dukem Nukem Forever wager joke published last week.
Truthful to its name, Sinfest is indeed not for firm believers of religion, politics, relationships or anything else for that matter. The strips are short and concise, on top being funny. If you don’t mind being offended on grounds of some of your beliefs, Sinfest is a guaranteed place have a laugh.
Diesel Sweeties is set in a world were human beings and robots co-exist. Need I say how awesome that would be? Barring the artwork that is slightly reminiscent of 8-Bit Theater, there some dynamite robot jokes out there.
Player vs. Player aka. PvPonline is a long running (since 1998) web comic that revels on making fun of the geek life and pop culture. Its huge success online has spawned a number of print versions as well.
Cat & Girl follows the life and (mis)adventures of a girl and her eight foot tall talking cat. The comedy isn’t slaptstick but is mostly wordplay.
I was surprised with the abundance of dialogues in these strips. Questionable Content is centered around young hipsters and the boy-girl dynamics in some of the strips are absolutely hilarious.
Have a favorite web comic that makes your belly ache? Share it with us in the comments section.