Thursday, February 2, 2012

First Thursday's Just for Fun: Webcomics

In no particular order, other than saving the best for last, here are some webcomics I love:

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Zach Weiner, the genius behind "SMBC," gets it. While higher education is not his only topic, he understands academics and their foibles at such a basic level that I have, more than once, thought "Oh my lord, that is Professor Whatshername to a T." The few times I've had the nerve to share the comic with the professor in question, the response is inevitably a laugh followed by something like: "Yup. That's me."

Here's an example of what I mean:

Original can be found here.

Battle Pug

First, there's the name. How can you not love a comic titled "Battlepug"? Then there's the Conan the Barbarian meets Homeward Bound quality to consider. There's hack-and-slash, honor, and glory, alongside lots and lots of (giant) dog spittle.

The original is here.

T-Rex Trying...

I grew up going to the Museum of Science in Boston. I'll never forget their commercial which featured, among other things, a little girl looking at the T-Rex model and saying, "Why does he have such funny little front legs?" Those front legs are the inspiration for all of the jokes in my newest webcomic love, "T-Rex Trying..."

T-Rex tryin' to put on a cardigan..

a softer world

There's something not quite right with Emily Horne and Joey Comeau, the creators of "a softer world," but in the best way possible. There isn't a theme, but in their own words: "Sometimes the 'comic' is sad or harsh. It should be noted that this is in the tradition of George Simenon's 'romans durs' (or 'hard novels') and not in the lesser traditions of comics like Peanuts or anything else not French." Don't miss the punchlines which are always delivered in the hover-text. 

To better explain, here are a couple of my favorites:

Hover-text: "Oh listen honey! She's purring again!" Original here.
Hover-text: "Come on, man. Use your evil cow brains for once." Original here.

There are plenty of others I read. Some examples are "xkcd," "Dork Tower," and (as is required of librarians) "Unshelved." However, if I were to list all of my webcomics, we'd be here all day.

So, how about you? What are your favorite webcomics?


  1. Anything by John Allison. Girls with Slingshots. Dinosaur Comics.

  2. For a saucy take on fantasy tropes, take a look at Oglaf ( Very funny and very NSFW!

  3. for sure, as well as,, &

  4. Definitely Hark! A Vagrant, by the lovely and talented Kate Beaton. She has a very distinctive take on history and literature (and everything else, I guess!) that never fails to make me laugh:

  5. Along with most of the others mentioned by you and the other comments I am also a big fan of Nedroid, it's just hilarious and childlike and awesome

  6. Along with Girls with Slingshots, Questionable Content is a fave of mine!

  7. definitely dinosaur comics, questionable content, and xkcd, as well as diesel sweeties, natalie dee, and hyperbole and a half (kind of a webcomic?.