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Rand Brittain
Mar 24, 2013

"Go on until you're stopped."

Welcome to the general webcomic thread!

This thread, like those that came before it, is designed for webcomic appreciation, commentary, criticism, and analysis. If you want to talk about the process of webcomic creation, or if you're a creator looking to talk shop with other creators, you might also try The Making Comics Thread.

What is a webcomic? I've looked at that word for ten minutes and I still somehow can't figure it out.



A "webcomic" is simply a comic which is primarily hosted on the internet. It does not include newspaper comics with an online presence (but a thread for those comics can be found here). Webcomics come in all shapes and flavors: long, short, story-based, gag-based, science fiction, superhero, slice of life, comedy, drama, sprite-based fanfiction, whatever Dresden Codak is, etc. If you like comics at all, there's bound to be a webcomic out there which is right for you.

But I heard webcomics were bad!

Saying "webcomics are bad" is like saying "movies are bad" or "books are bad" or even just "everything is bad". Like anything else, there's good and bad stuff out there, and the nice thing about webcomics (as with most art) is that you're not forced to be exposed to ones you hate if you don't want to be; you have to go somewhere the webcomics are to find them. Webcomics aren't good or bad, they're just another art form like any other. What is true is that pretty much anyone can put a webcomic up if they want to without approval or oversight, so when it comes to quality the highs are very high and the lows can be quite low.

Which webcomics should I read?

All of them. Read every webcomic. Get to it.

Which webcomics are actually WORTH reading?

A brief list of comics broken down by category may be found in the second post of this very thread, so you can find something that appeals to you. Don't let that limit you, though. It's estimated by our panel of mutually-appointed experts that a new webcomic is created every 2.5 minutes, so there's bound to be something good out there that we've never even heard of. Do some exploring and report back.

In the event that you find a comic you think the thread should know about, feel free post about it in the thread (or PM me to make sure I see it) and I'll add it to the list. Keep in mind that we aren't trying to create a comprehensive list of comics, though, only those that are interesting for some reason, so it might not stay there too long if it doesn't have the goods. (Or if it isn't terrible enough that we want to keep an eye on it.)

I want to talk about a comic!

Perfect! Just be aware that some webcomics already have their own threads. They are as follows:

Achewood
Atomic Robo
Broodhollow
Cucumber Quest
Gunnerkrigg Court
It Hurts
MS Paint Adventures
One Punch Man
Order of the Stick
Paranatural
Prequel
Strong Female Protagonist
Unsounded

If your post is specific to one of these webcomics, please post in that thread, not this one. If there is some crossover and you are, for example, comparing a comic on this list to a newly-discovered one, then feel free to include that here.

In general, comics end up with their own threads if they tend to be discussed a lot (to the point where we'll get pages of discussion about just one comic on a regular basis); almost all comics are still discussed here. If you think that's happening, by all means make a new thread for that comic! The worst that will happen is that it languishes and dies and discussion naturally migrates back here. Also some people will post sarcastically about it for a while.

I want to talk about my webcomic!

Go ahead, just be aware that this is primarily a thread for readers talking about comics they read, and that's the sort of discussion that's going to happen. If you are primarily looking for shop talk, you actually want the dedicated thread for that. Please be aware that people might not like your comic and might sometimes say bad things about it. Discussion is cool, but getting into slapfights on the Internet benefits nobody.

I hate these webcomics with a burning, fiery passion!

That's great. It's good that you have the capacity to hate things; we're all super proud of you. Unfortunately, the internet is not suffering from a negativity shortage and having a strong dislike of something does not make you a unique snowflake.

The question is: can you say something interesting about the comic, and about why you like or hate it? Something that hasn't been said a million times before? Is it a comic the thread hasn't discussed, and can you explain why we should all like or hate it right off the bat? Can you take an old complaint and make it so funny that we all feel the joy of hatred anew? If so, by all means post in this thread about it. If not, well, it isn't that hard to get a personal blog or tumblr to complain about things where none of us have to look at it and be bored by it. We're all here to entertain and inform each other, so please at least try to do one or the other.

Just for example, here are a few things that have already pretty much been done to death. It will be difficult or impossible to find a way to say anything new about any of them.

* Dickwolves
* XKCD is for nerds and has stick figure art
* Questionable Content has very static panel construction and a soap opera plot
* Girl Genius takes forever to get anywhere
* Anything regarding any sort of Clevin
* Dresden Codak updates extremely infrequently but still makes lots of money

This list is not comprehensive and may be expanded. In general, if you're just dropping by to say you don't like something without explaining why, you should reexamine your life choices. Only you can help you, man. Only you can help you.

FURRIES! NOT THE FURRIES!

A comic having cat-people or whatever in it is not a reason to hate it. I realize this may sound controversial if you're stumbling onto this thread at random from some other part of Something Awful, but people here will straight up stab you in the face if you say anything bad about Lackadaisy Cats, Cucumber Quest, or Cheap Thrills (of blessed memory).

Here's a relevant quote from Tracy Butler (link to tumblr), Lackadaisy's writer and artist:

quote:

Anonymous asked: How do you feel about your comic being associated with the furry fandom? Do you mind that readers often assume your characters are actual cat people?

The fact that theyíre cats is rather beside the point. The story isnít about them being cats. Itís intended as a playful visual for the comic more than anything else, but whether a reader sees them as literal cats, as cartoons, as punny metaphors for otherwise human characters, or whatever is really up to the reader. The fact that theyíre reading it at all - hopefully because they enjoy it - is the part that matters to me.

That the comic has been associated with the furry fandom has been detrimental on the whole. I need to clarify why, though, and itís not because Iíve had any troubles with people who identify as furries. Itís because the terror of being mistaken for a furry (presumably for liking something with animals in it) turns certain individuals into obnoxious, insecure, trumpeting assholes. Iíve learned to stop caring when that happens in forum discussions or even right in front of me at comic conventions, but when it happens at, say, a corporate level (and it has) then I get kind of pissed off. Iím sure there are plenty of legitimate reasons to dismiss or dislike my comic, but for those of you who do it because junior high school level internet politics hold sway over some part of your real life decision-making, you should probably be less concerned about furries and more concerned about just what is wrong with you.

ÖAnd thatís probably enough pontificating from me for the evening.

Sometimes people just feel like the best way to handle their comic is to put talking animals into it, and sometimes it's useful to give the talking animals hands. It isn't always because they have no imagination or are trying to support some kind of fetish.

In summary: don't hate a comic because it has furries in it. Hate it because it has Sonic mpreg in it.

What's the policy for posting images?

Post them. Webcomics are a visual medium and having an example of the work in front of you is going to help a lot when it comes time to discuss it. Make sure you follow the forum rules when you do it, though. (But you're already following those every time you post, right?)

Here are some guidelines that might help:

1. Don't break tables by using huge images. Scale them down first or use timg if you don't know how to do that.
2. Don't hotlink images. If you do that, everyone in the thread is using the webcomic creator's bandwidth without actually going to their site. Put the image into something like imgur or minus first and use that.
3. Don't turn the thread into an RSS feed. We don't need to see every single Penny Arcade (and the thread would tear itself to pieces if we did), just post examples that you think are interesting or that you want to talk about.
4. Don't post anything that is or that you fear might be Not Safe For Work. Just link to it instead in that case.
5. Link to the original site somewhere in your post so we can go look at the rest of the comic if we want.

Sometimes people feel leery about posting the most recent page of a comic out of a well-intentioned desire to not take revenue away from the artist. You shouldn't feel badly about this, though; part of the purposes of this thread is to help people find comics that they like, and if they don't see some, how will they know? In the long run, you're actually helping artists that you like by getting them new readers.

Why do you all keep saying that <insert artist here> has a tiny, shrivelled penis? Isn't that a bit personal?

We'll often tend to project the work onto the people that do the work. This is sometimes regrettable, but given that the Internet as a medium encourages a direct connection between creator and consumer, it's essentially inevitable. Some amount of discussion of the creators of webcomics is going to happen.

We have to walk a line here, though; it's not okay for us to go Internet Detective on the authors, harass them, stalk them, or in any other way invade their privacy. Things that they have said and done publicly are fair game, but are really only germane to the thread if they have a direct bearing on the comic they produce (or webcomics in general). Don't be a loving creep, basically.

How can I support webcomics?

Many successful webcomics now have shops with merchandise. Also, clicking on banner ads can provide revenue on some sites if you can bring yourself to do that. Many sites will have donation links as well, and these days comics will periodically run Kickstarters or similar fundraisers to print books. Patreon is also popular these days; it's a service that automatically bills you periodically and donates the money to the creator, and is super convenient to use. If someone has a comic on the web, they usually will arrange some way you can give them money, and giving comic creators money is the best way of supporting them.

You can also leave nice comments and send polite e-mails to the creators, especially if you can't afford to donate (or don't quite like the comic THAT much). The thing creators like best of all, however, aside from being sent bags full of money, is having people write reviews on big sites like Amazon, if they have products there. Having lots of good reviews is how you get Amazon to recommend you to other people, so if you read an artistís book, writing a review is a great way to help them succeed, and itís actually very hard to get people to do this so if you do you get to feel pleasantly superior.

Webcomic creators love being told their work is good, because people who complain about it are frequently more motivated to contact them, so it's easy to think everyone hates your stuff if nobody who likes it speaks up. Of course, some kinds of feedback are less useful than others:




Where are the previous versions of this thread?

* The Webcomic Readers' Thread
* Webcomics Thread 2: Now Found in Barnes & Noble
* Webcomics Thread 3: Posting with an Irregular Update Schedule
* Webcomics Thread 4: Pretty much just comics about demons

Rand Brittain fucked around with this message at 23:30 on Sep 16, 2017

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Rand Brittain
Mar 24, 2013

"Go on until you're stopped."

THE ALL-STARS

These are the comics that 90% or more of the thread agree are good. They are not completely without blemish, but overall they are all worth reading.

Bouletcorp: A well-known French comic artist's amazing works, online in three languages! Seriously, the things Boulet can do are just insane.
Cucumber Quest: The colorful and positively adorable adventures of some bunny children, created by the very skilled Gigi D. G.. If you like any of the Super Mario RPGs, you'll enjoy this. [store]
Gunnerkrigg Court: The adventures of a young girl and her best friend, the two of whom study at Gunnerkrigg Court, a technological wonderland which borders a mystical forest. No description of this webcomic will do it credit, so you'll have to take it on trust that this is a story you don't want to miss. The art changes styles after the first few chapters, so if you're having trouble getting into it, at least read until that point. [store] [patreon]
Lackadaisy: A phenomenally-rendered sepia-tone comic about rum-running in St. Louis during the Prohibition. Now updating regularly thanks to Patreon! [store] [patreon]
Nedroid: Hilarious, crazy, adorable, astounding, divine, life-changing, and potentially anti-carcinogenic: Nedroid has been called some of these things. No matter the labels, Nedroid is a wonderful comic and fully deserving of the attention it has gained. Don't miss Party Cat! [store] [patreon]
Oglaf: The most best comic you'll ever read. Oglaf is a pornographic fantasy strip that revels in amazingly clever absurdity. Look out for the navigation; many stories have several parts! Also it is porn. Seriously, donít click this link at work. [store]
Kill Six Billion Demons by Operant: So far, it's only really about a dozen demons, but there's plenty of time! Features a really weird, imaginative world with inhabitants to match. Also takes a certain amount of reader input, so be ready to sharpen your mind and PRAISE YISUN.
Kiwi Blitz: A robotics billionaire's eccentric daughter decides to become a super hero, but ends up making things worse for everyone around her. By Mary Cagle, creator of Let's Speak English and Sleepless Domain.

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Goon-made Comics:

Comics made by goons. Since people are interested in reading comics from other Something Awful users, these have been separated for your convenience. Please note that Gunnerkrigg Court from the list above is also made by a Something Awful user (Tea-san).

Atomic Robo by Hyperactive: Rule #5: The Main Robot Punches A Different Robot (Or Maybe A Monster)
The Adventures of Dr. McNinja by Doctor McNinja: Yes, that is actually the title. Yes, it's actually a good webcomic. A doctor (who is also a ninja) protects his city with the assistance of a velociraptor-riding former circus boy, a gorilla receptionist, and sometimes even his mom, dad, and little brother. now concluded
Astral Aves by Space-Bird: a coming-of-age story with some amazing use of color. If you like Cucumber Quest, you might give this a shot.
Bad Reputation by Tank! with background work by Dvega: Pirates! loving PIRATES!
Beyond the Canopy by Blaine the Train: In a fantastic world, a young leaf-headed boy goes on a journey of self-discovery. And also an actual journey, like, with walking.
Bittersweet Candy Bowl by SuitCase874 and Veronica Vera: A slice-of-life comic with anthropomorphic animals. Very cute and worth looking at if that sort of comic is up your alley.
Blasphemous Saga Fantasy by Fortis: Fantasy adventure comic. The scene may or may not be stolen by various monsters and golems.
Bob 'n Ed by Phylodox: Sort of a gag-a-day strip, it just sometimes takes more than a day. Occasionally has aliens. (Always has bros.)
Curia Regis by RobinPierce: Rex mortuus est. Vivatne regina?
Dead Winter by Reiley: During the zombie apocalypse, the survivors (in dwindling numbers) do their best to carry on despite personal agendas, lack of combat skills, unfriendly factions, and a crazy guy who beheads pretty blonde girls.
Devoto by Pick: What is the value of beauty? Faust thought his soul was a fair trade, but perhaps there are other bargains to be made. for explicit everything.
Doomsday, My Dear by Grantaire: In the face of a plague which might mean the last generation of mankind, how much of our humanity will we give up in the name of survival? It's doomsday, my dear.
Ellie Starling's Very Long Walk by Travis343: A fantasy-themed adventure story about a little girl. If you're a fan of the Legend of Zelda series, give this one a look.
The End by Angry Diplomat and raaaan: Aliens decide to engage in a desperate, last-ditch effort to save the human race by kidnapping con attendees to start a new human colony.
A Ghost Story by fun hater: A ghost story. But is a ghost story really the ghost's story?
The Intrepid Girlbot by Dianasaur Go!: A story about a robot who is also a girl who is also a robot. Enjoy her wacky robot adventures and accidental animal murder.
Iothera by Rincewind: A comic that contains the word "astrothaumatology" (the study of magic in space), and that should tell you a great deal of what you need to know. Sometimes .
Latchkey Kingdom: A humor/adventure story starring a young girl. The first chapter is heavily inspired by the Legend of Zelda games.
Mythos by Kismet: Fireside tales of god and man, and the wide world that lies between.
On the Shoulders of Giants by Mercury Hat: A post-apocalyptic slice of life.
Over the Wall by faxmaster: The story of a girl who goes over the wall into an ancient city, and what she finds there. Once you're done with that, move on to the sequel, Stonebreaker.
Poppy O'Possum: Part slice-of-life home comedy with animals, part fantasy adventure story, all crazy. (And awesome.) (Now converting into a web novel.)
Prequel Adventures by Kazerad: An Oblivion (as in the game) themed comic starring a catgirl. Much better than it sounds from that description. The artist tends to be a controversial figure.
Prince of Sartar: The history of the Gloriantha role-playing setting, now in webcomic form!
Riverside Extras by a bloody icon: A comic about the relationships and rivalries of the members of two gangs in a city called Riverside set just pre-Prohibition.
Rusty & Co. by ZnCu: A fantasy parody comic starring a rust monster, a mimic, and a gelatinous cube. No, really.
Serious Engineering: Everyone knows that cyborgs are cool, but what would being one really mean?
Templar, AZ by DarthVersace: A long-form webcomic about the inhabitants of a town in Arizona that, remarkably, doesn't exist. It might exist in an alternate history, but in Arizona, who can tell?
The Last Cowboy by sweetguts: The human race is slowly dying. Its legacy might well be in the hands of a small girl raised by aliens, and a handful of scientists studying them. Will we continue, and what will we leave behind?
Three Word Phrase by Fifthace: Very odd and kooky gag comics. Also butt-abs and your bee game.
Widdershins by Kojiro: This pentagram was clearly inscribed by a left-handed forty-year-old man from Surrey, and if I catch that wanker I'll shoot him right in the bollocks. The game is bloody well afoot now!
You Suck by SuperHappy: A slice-of-life pornographic webcomic with occasional demons. Needless to say, .

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Gag-a-day Comics:

Comics with little to no running narrative, and sometimes without a constant cast. These comics will generally be humorous, but might also be surreal or thought-provoking. It's hard to predict what you'll like, so it's worth giving them all a spin, since the investment you have to make to try a continuity-free comic is quite low.

A Lesson is Learned but the Damage is Irreversible: Weird comics, amazing layouts, updates very infrequently.
Awkward Zombie: Short-form gag comic, mostly about the absurdity of video games.
Dinosaur Comics: Same graphics, different words, often gold! Totally has dinosaurs.
Hark, a Vagrant!: A very popular and well-regarded webcomic about any number of topics, but primarily history. And CANADIAN history.
Perry Bible Fellowship: Adorable art concealing a wellspring of humor as black as pitch. Buy the book!
Penny Arcade: The archetypical "two guys on a couch discuss video games" comic. Sometimes delves into other worlds the creators want to play with, but always returns to that format. Frequently criticized for, well, a variety of reasons that won't even fit into this space, but generally held to include everything that comes out of Gabe's mouth. Notable for being one of the most profitable webcomics in the world; their media empire currently includes the web comic, books, card games, video games, print comics, a multi-million-dollar charity, and three yearly video game conferences.
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Nerdy comics which are still somehow funny and not merely pandering to the dorkiest common denominator.
Space Avalanche: Surreal, multi-panel gag comic which touches on various aspects of pop culture.
Subnormality: There are some recurring characters but usually it's made of standalones. Also they're less often funny and instead interesting. Text density puts a lot of readers off.
XKCD: Stick figures and nerdery. Often criticized for being opaque if you have fewer than two PhDs.

Humor:

Webcomics with a story, but one that focuses entirely or almost entirely on humor.

Brawl in the Family: Video game comic based on the characters from Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Much better than it sounds.
Bad Machinery: The twee-est and most British of all humorous story comics.
Gone with the Blastwave: Beautifully rendered but rarely updated, Gone with the Blastwave is about fighting a war about... something. It was probably important before everything went to hell. Needless to say, this is some dark comedy.
Luffinpuff & Eric: The splendiferously cute adventures of a boy and the imaginary friend he's somewhat outgrown.
MS Paint Adventures: Low-fi art combined with liberal use of movies, music, and mini-games. One of the most irregular schedules on the Internet.
The Non-Adventures of Wonderella: A webcomic about Wonder WomanWonderella's adventures. Largely superhero-based comedy.
Order of the Stick: A stick-figure comic based on Dungeons and Dragons. Extremely long and convoluted.
Tiny Kitten Teeth: This painted comic is artistically reminiscent of old Golden Books. If Tigerbuttah doesn't make you smile, you've been replaced by Scrooge McPodperson.
Whomp!: Are you a neckbeard who loves anime? Then this comic is definitely for you! ... If you have some sense of self-awareness.

Fantasy:

Swords, magic, dragons, and castles. May also be urban fantasy, which is similar except the castles are skyscrapers and... actually, the swords, magic, and dragons tend to be exactly the same.

BACK: a fantasy western about the end of the world, maybe? Who cares, you should read it because both K.C. Green and Anthony Clark are working on it.
Godsend: Set in an alternate version of the historical Middle East, Godsend is about a prophecy that got royally screwed before it could even truly begin....
HERO: A rarely-updated webcomic with interesting artwork that uses mouseovers for text, freeing up space for daring and beautiful compositions. Has a manga aesthetic, but is by an actual manga artist.
Hemlock: The adventures of a witch, her three-eyed frog familiar, and the giant snail they live in. Also it's set in Finland.
He is a Good Boy: An acorn fails to learn lessons about life.
Hobo Lobo of Hamelin: A perfect example of how the internet can be used to enhance the comic-reading experience, Hobo Lobo is clever and beautifully rendered.
LAMEZONE: I won't bother trying to explain this, you just need to read them.
Strong Female Protagonist: A superhero comic with a... well, you can probably guess. Explores the concept of what a superhero really would be in modern society.
The Meek: Political struggles, the fate of the world, the inner workings of the gods, and nudity. Now back from a ridiculously long hiatus!
Unsounded: Great art, cute characters, and a story which almost immediately plunges into unsounded (har har) depths of horror.
Vattu: A story about cultural conflict and the nature of freedom.
Zebra Girl: One of the oldest quality webcomics still updating, Zebra Girl began in 2001 and has been recommendable almost from the get-go. Features some of the best monochromatic artwork among internet comics. Not furry, the "zebra" refers to something else.
Al Rashad: A fantasy comic set in the Arabian-inspired city of Al Rashad.
Parallax: A below-average high school receives a strange shard of glass by his homeroom teacher and becomes a (very pink) magical super hero.
Awaken: A sheltered playboy rich kid's life is upended after he begins to manifest magical powers in a magic-suppressing authoritarian city state.

Science Fiction

Robots, lasers, and spaceships. We'll include Steampunk in here too, because why not?

Tom Siddell, via Twitter posted:

I made a steampunk cog. It's two cogs.

Dresden Codak: A long-form story about a nerdy cyborg girl and the upcoming Singularity. It is generally assumed that the real, actual Singularity will occur before this comic gets around to it. The author is frequently criticized for sexualizing the main character, which he claims he does not do while drawing her in her underwear.
forming: A science fiction/alternate history/mindfuck by a well-respected professional artist who currently works on Adventure Time.
Girl Genius: Melty people trapped in a series of castles. By the Foglios, well-known fantasy artists.
Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether: Steampunk adventure, only good!
O Human Star: An SF family drama with gay robots. Has great art and a fairly intriguing mystery.
Power Nap: An outcast working for a faceless corporation learns of a destructive force creeping in on reality from dreams.
Red Moon Rising: Politics, guns, fire, steam-powered stuff, pretty art.
Shadoweyes: The story of a young woman who finds she can transform into a bizarre creature. Takes place in a Battle Angel Alita-esque decrepit futuristic city.
Stand Still, Stay Silent: Ragnarok has come and gone, and the world is different now. An underfunded and underprepared crew of heroes prepare to explore the ruins of the old world to find the true state of things.
String Theory: Following the life of one Dr. Herville Schtein, String Theory is about a physicist's fall from grace. ... Well, no, not quite. Nothing about Herville was ever really... "graceful".

Horror/Paranormal:

Ghosts, goblins, ghoulies, and other spirits of the night. Or maybe the true horror is other people? (Other people with CHAINSAW HANDS.)

Broodhollow: A horror comic by Kris Straub of Checkerboard Nightmare/Starslip/Chainsawsuit fame. As the dedicated thread describes it: "Steamboat Willy in Silent Hill".
Demon: A young man is bitten by a radioactive suicide attempt and discovers that with great power comes great being an enormous rear end in a top hat.
Elsie Hooper: Elsie Hooper is a grungey black and white serial about a small American town invaded by creepy humanoid creatures who have kidnapped the main character's sister.
Helvetica: Dead people in the afterlife, very cute skull dead people!
Monster Pulse: A comic about a girl and her monster. What part of yourself would you give up to create a new life? What can you live without?
Paranatural: A kid moves to a new city and can see ghosts and spirits. He and his friends set things straight. Sounds lame, is actually super cool.
Wilde Life: A man, a ghost, a werewolf, a town, Panama. (It's not actually set in Panama.)
The Last Halloween by Abby Howard: A little girl, Mona, discovers that monsters are real. Also, humanity is probably doomed.

Modern Day/Slice-of-life:

These comics may occur in our world or in something more fantastic, but overall they are mostly about people just like you hanging around doing things just like you do. Or you would, if you lived in colonial America or were a cop.

Double Cross: The brightly-colored adventures of some cops at various levels of corruption. Used to be called Chaos.
Family Man: (Risk of )The story of a lecturer living in the HRE is 1768 who may or may not become a werewolf. Why do we say this? Because he's also a character from the comedy webcomic Bite Me!, now complete. These comics are unbelievably dissimilar, but share some cast members.
Let's Speak English: A charming little webcomic about teaching English to small Japanese children.
Love Me Nice: It's about toons in show business, somewhat Roger Rabbit style, but with its own unique spin. Fantastic and very appropriate artwork coupled with a fun, intriguing story.
Octopus Pie: A slice-of-life webcomic about Eve and Hanna's lives.
Questionable Content: Slice of life with music nerdery and AIs.
Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: Every guy from pop culture who has too many muscles, too much testosterone, and way, way too much aggression finds themselves at a temp agency run by the surprisingly chill Commander Badass.
Sakana: Young Japanese fellows run about a market attempting to succeed at life and maybe one day successfully butcher a fish.
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Band vs Band Comix: Honey Hart makes music about rainbows for good boys and girls. Turpentine makes music about poisons for bad boys and girls. Secretly they want to kiss!


Completed Comics and/or Standalones:

These comics are complete; more updates are not expected. Some are "standalones"; that is, they had a determinate run scripted from the beginning.

The Abbadon: Incompatible people together in a room that will not open, and only one of them gives the slightest drat. Can be for breasts.
Balloon Adventure Comic: by the amazingly skilled Emily Cicierega, this is one adorable and colorful adventure that you don't want to miss! Can also be purchased in book form.
Buffet of Lies by FunkyAl: A collection of gag strips early, tending towards small, darkly humorous storylines later on. Party cloudy with showers of surreality.
Bobwhite: A delightfully quirky webcomic following three art students studying at Bobwhite. This comic has been completed, and now the same writer/artist is working on Monster Pulse.
Buttlord GT: This comic has been complete for 12 years. People still love it and talk about it. Think about what that means for a DBZ parody.
Digger: The story of a wombat on a strange adventure where she might not belong.... This comic has received rave reviews, and now's the time to give it a shot!
Don't Cry for Me, I'm Already Dead: by Rebecca Sugar (previously a storyboarder on Adventure Time and now the creator of Steven Universe), an amazing comic about two brothers and their love of The Simpsons.
Friends with Boys: A previously-homeschooled girl enters her first year of high school and the tangled social web there. Also, there is a ghost. NOW PRINT ONLY.
His Face All Red: by Emmy Carroll, yet another "EC" with truly fantastic graphic novel skills. Don't miss her story of Anu-Anulan (slightly possibly) or The Prince and the Sea (minor for breasts).
Gunshow: Has some recurring characters, such as the Anime Club, but is made of largely unconnected strips. Some pages are not comedic.
I Want You To Feel The Pressure: Sci-fi/spy story with relationship drama. Or maybe it's a relationship story with spy drama. Either way, it's NOT a side project of Dresden Codak's Aaron Diaz. "Season One" is done, which implies there might someday be a Season Two, but it's definitely stopped for now.
It Hurts: a comic about a sweet stupid little boy in love. Read until at least number 100 before deciding if you like it.
Job Dog: Job Dog is an artistic and introspective look at a dog who has a job.
Minus: Wonderfully charming adventures of a young girl!
Nimona: A wonderful, lighthearted fantasy romp with no okay actually it's a lot of murder. The art style is really cute, though, and the comic is by turns dramatic, humorous, and whimsical.
Order of Tales: a story about storytellers by the same author as
Princess Planet: The wacky hijinks of a psuedo-superhero princess and her family and friends.
Rice Boy: A somewhat surreal, very imaginative fantasy adventure. By the same author as
Shortpacked: Follows the escapades of a bunch of toy store employees who make jokes. The author is well-known for turning previous humorous comics into bizarre dramafests, but that does not seem to have happened here.
smokes: This comic is... odd and incredibly depressing, but despite the unusual art style, absolutely worth a try.
Sin Titulo: If Lost were a comic, pretty much. Very creepy and cool but quite confusing to most.
TJ & Amal : (Risk of - splash page will tip you off if the most recent update is NSFW. ) The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal. This comic is about the two titular characters taking a road trip across the United States.
Transient Man: A beautifully-drawn story about a homeless vagrant in San Francisco who believes he is the destined savior of mankind. May not be possible to complete the story without buying the print volume.

Abandoned

These comics stop partway through and are unlikely to be revived, but may be worth looking at anyway.

The Abominable Charles Christopher: The tale of a sasquatch on a journey to save the forest he calls home and the neighbors he loves. [store]
Achewood: a unique brand of surreal humor and wordplay. Holds a special place in the hearts of Goons. May sometimes update, but it's basically an accident if you spot it.
Alpha Flag: A strange man awakens in a world of strange symbols, each of which is a part of him. Difficult to explain, a joy to read.
Camodad: Mostly known for the Bendytoots comic, but is generally pretty funny.
Cheap Thrills: This comic was about a group of (anthropomorphic animal) teenagers who aren't particularly special. Still, their failures and triumphs struck any number of chords.
Curio: Utter cuteness! Also horror.
Dubblebaby: Longer-form, well-drawn gag comics somewhat similar to PBF in character.
The Lair of the Dreaded Atrox: A charming story following some monsters and woodland creatures. This comic is created using clay models, making its appearance distinctive.
Monster Commute: Monsters have to get to work too, you know.

Rand Brittain fucked around with this message at 01:22 on Jun 12, 2018

Just Offscreen
Jun 29, 2006



Webcomics are fun and good until they arent.

A Wizard of Goatse
Dec 14, 2014



I hate webcomics.

Rand Brittain
Mar 24, 2013

"Go on until you're stopped."

Please take disliking webcomics to the specific threads for the webcomics you dislike!

...oh, no, I accidentally left the banner on "shitpost." That was the opposite of my intention!

the old ceremony
Aug 1, 2017

by FactsAreUseless


my webcomic

Nuns with Guns
Jul 23, 2010

....?


Rand Brittain posted:

Please take disliking webcomics to the specific threads for the webcomics you dislike!

...oh, no, I accidentally left the banner on "shitpost." That was the opposite of my intention!

Eh, it works.


Also if there's going to be a new thread, shouldn't the first posts be updated instead of a copy/paste of the last two threads' first posts? The webcomic IRC channel has been dead for aeons.

Rand Brittain
Mar 24, 2013

"Go on until you're stopped."

Nuns with Guns posted:

Eh, it works.


Also if there's going to be a new thread, shouldn't the first posts be updated instead of a copy/paste of the last two threads' first posts? The webcomic IRC channel has been dead for aeons.

I did update it some but I didn't know the IRC was dead on account of never going there.

Which I guess counts as an indication.

the old ceremony
Aug 1, 2017

by FactsAreUseless


it's a great list of recommendations actually, i'm going through them now and looking at the stuff i'm unfamiliar with. thanks for making it!

Rand Brittain
Mar 24, 2013

"Go on until you're stopped."

Was it idonotlikepeas who made the big list, or does it stretch even further back through history?

Perhaps the list of good webcomics has always existing, waiting since the dawn of life on this planet for the internet to be created and for the links it contained to finally go hot.

Burkion
May 10, 2012

Changeman! And Not A Moment Too Soon!


I almost feel like Sluggy Freelance should be the first example


And then show one of the newest strips to reinforce how NOTHING CHANGED

Rand Brittain
Mar 24, 2013

"Go on until you're stopped."

Sometimes I like Sluggy, but I don't pretend to understand it.

Rexxed
May 1, 2010

Dis is amazing!
I gotta try dis!



I didn't check all of the comic list sections, but for the goon made comics it seems like Bad Reputation and Ellie Starling's Very Long Walk have either changed domains or stopped altogether.

A Wizard of Goatse
Dec 14, 2014



Nuns with Guns posted:

Eh, it works.


Also if there's going to be a new thread, shouldn't the first posts be updated instead of a copy/paste of the last two threads' first posts? The webcomic IRC channel has been dead for aeons.

like half the webcomics in it are years dead and still there's no Monster Pop!

Digamma-F-Wau
Mar 22, 2016

...puh-
puhroud..??


wubbinomics

PMush Perfect
Sep 30, 2009

MY PAPER SOLDIERS
FORM A WALL
FIVE PACES THICK
AND TWICE AS TALL




You forgot to set a thread tag.

I mean, not that you're wrong...

super sweet best pal
Nov 18, 2009



Lipstick Apathy

Nuns with Guns posted:

Eh, it works.


Also if there's going to be a new thread, shouldn't the first posts be updated instead of a copy/paste of the last two threads' first posts? The webcomic IRC channel has been dead for aeons.

And a few webcomics have outdated info. It Hurts ended and Poppy is a web novel now.

Nuns with Guns
Jul 23, 2010

....?


Rexxed posted:

I didn't check all of the comic list sections, but for the goon made comics it seems like Bad Reputation and Ellie Starling's Very Long Walk have either changed domains or stopped altogether.

Bad Reputation is dead for sure. The author confirmed that on her tumblr. Ellie Starling's Very Long Walk was going to be turned into a video game by its creator, but I guess he gave up on that project and mostly posts in PYF and the DC and Marvel threads here now.

A Wizard of Goatse posted:

like half the webcomics in it are years dead and still there's no Monster Pop!

In a way that's most true to the spirit of webcomics at least

PMush Perfect
Sep 30, 2009

MY PAPER SOLDIERS
FORM A WALL
FIVE PACES THICK
AND TWICE AS TALL




As someone who also made a new thread by copying the OP from its old version: Hahaha, you fool. Prepare for four pages of this!

(The Toku thread, incidentally.)

the old ceremony
Aug 1, 2017

by FactsAreUseless


i've never read job dog before except for the occasional post by the creator in the making comics thread

it loving rules

the old ceremony
Aug 1, 2017

by FactsAreUseless


Nuns with Guns
Jul 23, 2010

....?


PMush Perfect posted:

As someone who also made a new thread by copying the OP from its old version: Hahaha, you fool. Prepare for four pages of this!

(The Toku thread, incidentally.)

If there is too much discussion of the webcomic discussion thread, we can always sequester it in its own thread!

PMush Perfect
Sep 30, 2009

MY PAPER SOLDIERS
FORM A WALL
FIVE PACES THICK
AND TWICE AS TALL




Nuns with Guns posted:

If there is too much discussion of the webcomic discussion thread, we can always sequester it in its own thread!
That might be too specific. Maybe we should make a general thread-discussion thread.

the old ceremony
Aug 1, 2017

by FactsAreUseless




i love this comic omg

idonotlikepeas
May 29, 2010

This reasoning is possible for forums user idonotlikepeas!


Rand Brittain posted:

Was it idonotlikepeas who made the big list, or does it stretch even further back through history?

Perhaps the list of good webcomics has always existing, waiting since the dawn of life on this planet for the internet to be created and for the links it contained to finally go hot.

Pick made the first version. I updated it for the first thread I did, and then assiduously maintained it for... maybe a couple of months? Then I got lazy and stopped. Same thing happened when I rebooted the thread. I think that's basically how these things work. New thread is a good occasion to freshen the list up.

Xarbala
Feb 13, 2011

Rolling Thunder: War to the Knife, Knife to the Hilt

Why? , that's why.



Webcomics





exist

Bongo Bill
Jan 17, 2012

From my point of view, the Jedi are evil. But what really is... evil?

I like Branson Reese's comics.

the old ceremony
Aug 1, 2017

by FactsAreUseless


the old ceremony
Aug 1, 2017

by FactsAreUseless


World Famous W
May 25, 2007

BAAAAAAAAAAAA



Grimey Drawer

Webcomics are bad but I like them anyways.

Synthbuttrange
May 6, 2007
Probation
Can't post for 7 days!


no one should like webcomics

the old ceremony
Aug 1, 2017

by FactsAreUseless


correction, job dog is good

i can't believe i never read it before

anti-magic
Sep 9, 2012

We've come up in the ram-raiding business, Owl.
It's all high class now.
No more baby seats.


I'm not saying webcomics are bad, I just don't want them living in my neighbourhood.

Nick Buntline
Dec 20, 2007
Doesn't know the impossible.



as long as we're in the OP fixing stage of the thread:

Rand Brittain posted:

Bittersweet Candy Bowl by SuitCase874 and partner: A slice-of-life comic with anthropomorphic animals. Very cute and worth looking at if that sort of comic is up your alley.

it would perhaps be nice if the actual creator/artist/writer/etc (Veronica Vera) got a better credit than "and partner."

BravestOfTheLamps
Oct 12, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


Lipstick Apathy

Webclevins are good.

BravestOfTheLamps
Oct 12, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


Lipstick Apathy

Rand Brittain posted:

Order of Tales: a story about storytellers by the same author as
Princess Planet: The wacky hijinks of a psuedo-superhero princess and her family and friends.

lol


lol, and where the hell is Dumbing of Age?

BravestOfTheLamps fucked around with this message at 06:29 on Sep 17, 2017

thatbastardken
Apr 23, 2010

strewth


im webcomics, and so's my wife

BravestOfTheLamps
Oct 12, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


Lipstick Apathy

Rand Brittain
Mar 24, 2013

"Go on until you're stopped."

No clevins in this thread, please.

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Hogge Wild
Aug 21, 2012

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