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A lot of us grew up reading our favorite comic strips in the newspaper every day.
You probably know the classics like Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, and Garfield. And you may even pick up the funnies section every once in a while just for old time’s sake.
Yet like most newspapers, many popular comics today are now online.
Comic strips are experiencing something of an online Renaissance these days with thousands of indie artists publishing their own comics online or on social media and building an audience.
This has given rise to the term “webcomics,” a new phenomenon of comic strips that are based completely online.
Whether you’re looking to get into webcomics yourself or if you just want a good laugh and to look at some cool art, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite comics from around the Internet all into this one post.
Shenanigansen, or Shen, is the mastermind behind Owl Turd Comix which started back in 2013.
The subject matter varies quite a bit in these comics, touching on a wide range of topics like fandoms, life as a millennial, identity, and life inspiration. Shen publishes comics on the main website and many are also available elsewhere online.
Drawn in Photoshop, the cartooning is simple yet expressive and features both humans and animals as characters. Along with many metaphorical comparisons and items being brought to life to make a point.
This is perhaps one of the few comics that almost everyone can relate to.
Loading Artist is a real and funny take on confidence, depression, life, and some random jokes.
The creator Gregor has been running the comic for quite a few years now. We actually got a great interview with him a little while back touching on his experience with the comic.
Read through the archives and you’ll find hilarious comics featuring inanimate objects like talking salt and pepper, along with simple, stylized human figures in absurd situations.
Cartoonist Gregor Czaykowski is a master at capturing intense emotions with minimal lines. The dramatic facial expressions are our favorite! We’d describe this as “Facepalm-inducing humor with a lot of charm.”
xkcd calls itself a “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”
It’s hard to put it any better than that.
The artist worked on robots for NASA before starting xkcd, and it shows. A lot of the humor is math and science related, so if you’re into stats jokes and technology you’ll feel very at home here.
And no, the name isn’t an acronym. It’s just a random mishmash of letters that forms an impossible-to-pronounce word. That fact alone should give you a good idea of this comic’s offbeat yet enjoyable humor.
The art style is very simple using black and white stick figures. It’s text-heavy but very engaging. If you’re into math, science, and technology, this is the webcomic for you. In fact you’ve probably heard of it before, but maybe check up on the newest releases!
This webcomic is the definition of random, sometimes edging on slightly disturbing.
If that statement entices you, definitely check this one out.
These brightly-colored, globular characters are surprisingly relatable and you might find yourself nodding in between eye-rolling and snorts of laughter, thinking to yourself “I’ve been there.” (For example, this one in particular. Right?!)
Also, make sure to hover your mouse over the left side of the white space below each comic for a hidden bonus panel!
The humor style ranges from mildly off-color puns to “okay, this is getting little real” and is sometimes depressing and disturbing in the best way.
Doesn’t make sense? Check it out. You’ll understand.
The artist known only as “Zach,” includes everything from fully colored, polished comics to quick photographed sketches. Subjects range from ridiculous to relatable with everything in- between and sometimes both at once.
Read the text on the artist’s Patreon button for a good summary of his humor.
Unlike most of the other comics on this list this one sometimes has a bit of continuity and storyline.
It’s definitely not for everyone. But super enjoyable if you’re into it.
It’s kind of like the weird Nickelodeon cartoons your parents wouldn’t let you watch.
Drawn by KC Green, some of these comics might remind you of drawing in your notebook during class in high school. There are some storylines(for example, one plot involves office workers who try to eat the devil to get his powers) and there are plenty of standalones as well.
Again it’s not for everyone but Gunshow has a dedicated fanbase who can’t get enough. It’s a little hard to jump into due to the continuous storyline so it’s worth starting from the beginning.
This well-known strip has made the internet rounds for years, so there’s a good chance you’ve seen one of these C&H comics.
You’ll probably recognize this super simple drawing style and an almost modular writing structure. But that’s what makes this comic series awesome.
In fact, there’s even a generate comic page where you can just hit a button to create a random sequence of three panels. It may or may not make sense, but play with this for a while and you’re sure to strike gold at some point.
Or you can waste a very entertaining hour playing with it. Your choice.
From the artist who calls himself Lunarbaboon (a half-human half-space-monkey-creature, obviously), this comic follows a few different imaginative characters and covers topics like depression and childhood.
It’s a great read for parents who are raising young kids or expecting a little one soon.
Still very funny but also some very insightful and introspective ideas to be found here.
Dumbing of Age also has a continuing storyline and follows a few college freshman girls and their friends at Indiana University.
The story gets into some pretty heavy stuff like religion, abuse, and depression, yet it’s still a great read and well worth checking out. Especially if you’re in the same age group: there’s plenty of stuff here you might relate to.
Created by Elizabeth Pich and Jonathan Kunz, this comic is relatable, ridiculous, and random. Is that like the three R’s of comics? If it isn’t, it should be.
And with a punny name you know this has some good jokes waiting inside.
So pop some popcorn and spend time exploring a handful of webcomics from this list. You might just get inspired to create your own, but if you find some comics you like then you’ll have a great way to burn a little time on those slow workdays.
Author: McKella Sawyer
McKella is an artist and freelance writer from Salt Lake City, Utah. When she isn't painting or writing for clients she loves to write fiction, travel, and explore the mountains near her home either on foot, horseback, or a mountain bike. You can view her art on Etsy and her writing services at TheCafeWordsmith.com.