Quote of the Day: "I'm addicted to Webcomics. There, I said it." -- VertigoX
Comicstrips aren't just for newspapers anymore (which is a good thing, because who knows how much longer newspapers will be around.) There are literally thousands and thousands of Web-based comics. Most of them are terrible, but lots of them are entertaining, and some of them are downright hilarious and worth reading on a regular basis.
Webcomics hit their stride in the 1990s with the rise of the World Wide Web, and they're still going strong. Lots are incomprehensible, poorly drawn, and even more poorly written. Many are infrequent. Many are definitely for adults only. Most are short-lived (even some great ones which disappeared before their time). Some, however, have had a nice run and are pretty professional, leading to merchandising opportunities and turning their creators into pseudo-celebrities and legitimate cartoonists.
Webcomics are like the underground comics of yesteryear. Their humor sometimes tends to be a little more risque. But some of the best of them are actually going mainstream, earning mass appeal, and in some cases even getting picked up for print syndication.
Here are some popular ones that you should consider looking at if you haven't already:
Sinfest by Tatsuya Ishida -- Nicely drawn and intelligently written. There are three anthology collections available for purchase through Amazon.com, so pick up a copy. Laugh out loud humor.
PvP by Scott R. Kurtz -- A cult classic that's now a blockbuster hit in the comics world, and one of the first to be featured in newspapers around the country. But catch the strip each day online in full-color glory.
Theater Hopper by Tom Brazelton -- I like the movie-themed nature of this strip. It amuses me on a regular basis.
Penny Arcade by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins -- Another one of my favorites that continues to build its audience. Consistently funny.
Diesel Sweeties by R. Stevens -- Pixelated goodness and geek gold. It's also the best for people to get into with a section for New Readers and free PDF e-books.
If you still are hooked on your traditional newspaper comic strips and editorial cartoons, you can see a lot of them online. Yes, traditional cartoonists are seeing the writing on the wall and are delving into the Internet. Most, if not all, of the big comic strips that you see in your newspapers can also be found online. One of the best sites that features a bunch of them is Comics.com where you can find classics like Dilbert and One Big Happy, and my personal favorite, Liberty Meadows by Frank Cho.
So enjoy the Funnies on your monitor, not just your morning paper. Let me know if there are any other great Webcomics out there that I should be checking out. Which ones will be the Doonsbury, the Far Side, the Peanuts, the Bloom County, the Calvin and Hobbes of tomorrow?