27 September 2008

Breaking into Webcomics

So many webcomics, so little time?

So why bother?  Webcomics are worth it.  Not only are they entertaining, but they keep you with an ear to either the gaming world or pop culture or nerd culture.  I started when a college friend of mine introduced all of us to Nuklear Power 8-bit theatre followed by PvPonline and then Order of the Stick.

Strips that I personally follow in the order they appear my bookmarks:

Order of the Stick
Nuklear Power
Looking for Group
PvP Online
VG Cats
Starslip Crisis
Penny Arcade
Flintlocke vs. the Horde
Gavalier's World of Warcraft (Alpha's new webcomic)

If you're into WoW, check out Flintlock, Gavalier's WoW, and Ding!.  That last one is Scott Kurtz of PvP Online's newer strip.  It's not updated nearly as often as it ought to be, but WoW players would appreciate it.  Especially the alt-aholic.

If you're into Sci-Fi, start with Starslip Crisis for a humorous strip or Jumpleads for a slightly more serious (and British) strip.

If you were a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, try Sheldon.  The creator--Dave Kellet--was a huge Calving and Hobbes fan and from time to time it shows.

And everyone should read xkcd.  I'm not quite enough of a math wiz or a programmer to get every little thing that they do, but 90% I get.  And it's brilliant.  Some of it's just lovely and wacky, like these:


There are many more, but you can read the strip for yourself.

I also used to read goats by Jonathan Rosenberg, but it's gotten so convoluted that it's hard to make myself read it.  And if you have to make yourself read it, you probably shouldn't.  I was with him up to shortly after the character Jon takes over hell.  That was this spring, I believe.  They have come up with some great catchphrases over the years though, I have to give them that.

Next time?  I don't know yet--you'll have to wait and see!

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