For a while now I’ve wanted to write a post about Web comics and discuss their status as a unique and evolving art form. Frankly, I don’t have the time for that right now (yeesh, grad school!), so instead I’m just going to share my favorites with you. But do think about it.
My absolute fave: Wondermark by David Malki
This comic is continually hilarious, even if you don’t have a huge soft spot for Victorian culture and appreciate absurdist collages of quality ink drawings (which I very much do). I credit myself with having turned many, many excellent people on to reading Wondermark over the years, though I first found out about it through Samuel.
Here’s a classic, and it’s even about cats, which both I and the Internet find pleasing:
Second fave: Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Snappy banter amongst historical and literary characters, all in delightful pen and ink (and muted watercolors)? Sign me up.
In this one, Beaton was apparently inspired by a discovery of correspondence between Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne.
Third fave: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
This is more of a hilarious blog than a comic, but the illustrations absolutely make the posts. In fact, scrolling through the illustrations of a post is hilarious on its own. One of my favorite posts is “This is Why I’ll Never be an Adult”. Here’s the first drawing from it—but go look at the rest, because there is one that is simply too funny for me to post out of context.
Don’t take my rankings very seriously. These three I pretty much admire equally.
Another fave: XKCD by Randall Munroe
This is an obvious one, and a vastly popular one. The drawings are simple unless they’re graphs, and the subject matter is often scientifically complex unless it is about romance. It’s often about both.
A Recent Discovery: Doctor Cat by Sarah Sobole
I thank Stephanie for this one. I’ll start you off with the very first; it’s a gem indeed.
I’d like to read your favorites too. Drop me some links!