10 Great Online Gaming Webcomics!

gaming comics   10 Great Online Gaming Webcomics!There was a time when we still went to the store if we wanted a good comic, losing ourselves between the shelves. Of course, though the shelf-losing is still optional, we have the opportunity to lose ourselves anywhere we want with one of the great online gaming webcomics.

There are tons of webcomics to be found, ranging from the hilarious brutely stick figures, to short graphic novels, written by Neil Gaiman.

Gaming webcomics, however, a thing that seems pretty obvious for the everyday nerd, are much scarcer.

Of course, we have a few top comics that most people know of, but they’re not sheer in number. Far from it.

In a quest, we ventured the world wide web, looking for the best gaming webcomics available. We’ve compiled a list that should be worth your while.

The 10 comics below are ordered in semi-randomness, it’s not a ranged listing. Most of them are worth a look anyway.

Dueling Analogs

A well known, well drawn, and already long-running webcomic by the hand of Steve Napierski. It does a great job of ridiculing most video gaming topics, be it games or consoles.

The comic airs semi-weekly, a sure bookmark if you want a quick laugh.

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Penny Arcade

Most comics center gamers Tycho Brahe and John Gabriel. Two guys who seem the couch-friends stereotypes. Occasionally though, Penny Arcade takes a hit at other gaming topics, such as the Army of Two satire we see below.

Penny Arcade launches several new comics a week, about two or three, on a not-always-so-regular basis.

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Digital Unrest

This comic often takes independent hits on video game topics, sometimes with a political aftertaste, but also features a few returning characters – Charles, Carter and Dr. Scopes – with which it strikes on other fronts.

There’s a new comic at least every Monday, more if possible.

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2P START!

A comic you might’ve seen featured on Joystick several times.

The comic is mostly focused around the in-comic depictions of creators Tim and Ray, who tackle gaming matters with a critical, otherwise absurd kind of humour.

Tim and Ray provide a new comic each Wednesday, and a new podcast each Monday.

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Nerf NOW!!

A webcomic that has – lately – busied itself solely with comics concerning Valve’s Team Fortress 2. Most comics are either three-paneled comparisons, or ‘evolutions’.

An interesting comic, though probably only to those familiar with the game in question.

Nerf NOW!! tries to throw a new comic in the bin each Tuesday and Friday.

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Another Videogame Webcomic

This webcomic satires videogames by using the Animated Actor trope, where actions ‘in between scenes’ are shown, and ridiculed.

A new comic is launched every week.

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Gamebrit

An awesome gaming comic, with a very interesting arsenal. The comics range from blunt pun – like the one below – to some pretty witty subjects.

The comics originally aired weekly on Monday, but the comic appears to be discontinued, as the last comic dates back to November last year.

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Ctrl+Alt+Del

Even people living under rocks should know Ctrl+Alt+Del, one of the overall most popular webcomics, recently even with an animated series adaptation.

The story revolves around ICT, and video games specifically. It mainly shows us the gaming-drenched lives and experiences of Ethan, Lucas, Lilah and Zeke.

A new comic should be released three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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VG Cats

VG Cats, a satiric animal reflection on video games, is also one of the more popular webcomics. The Aeris and Leo characters, which you can see in the comic below, reappear frequently, starring in most comics.

He usually updates his comics on Mondays, or bi-monthly, although there he’s taken a break right now.

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PVPonline

The comic centers around the employees of a fictional video game magazine. Though featuring frequent ‘regular puns’, the comic also engages some more serious matters from time to time.

The comic publishes weekly, not always on a regular schedule.

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33 Comments -

besucher

I would like to suggest a very ironic, very absurd comic series: the Buttersafe comics. Updated Tuesdays and Thursdays.

buttersafe.com/

Wulf Gar

I call for redo. The greatest gaming webcomic of them all, The Order Of The Stick, wasn’t mentioned.

FekketCantenel

Wulf Gar, this seems to be a list about _video_ games, not games in general (therefore, the title is a bit inappropriate). However, if it’s not, I agree with you completely; Order of the Stick belongs on this list.

Buttersafe is awesome and always makes me laugh.

This list fails, though, for including such dreck as CTRL+ALT+DEL. It’s not even a ‘gaming’ comic anymore; it’s a moronic soap opera. The closest it gets to its roots are occasional mentions of the game shop where Ethan works and those screamingly terrible ‘violent gamer’ one-shots. The same goes for PvP, or did when I quit reading it a few months ago (during a pregnancy scare arc or something equally unimaginative).

Wulf Gar

You are, of course, correct. I often forget that I’m old enough to hear “rpg” when I the word “gaming” is spoken. These days, “gaming” refers to console and video games.

*sigh*

The Raven

I like… what is it called? castle vidicons?… I like it’s artisic style and play on the console wars.

JX

I saw the picture of the Nintendo characters at the top of the article, and it made me wonder why you didn’t include “Brawl In The Family”?

brawlinthefamily.com/

fast4

Not only, as mentioned, is PA on a regular 3-a-week schedule, but PvP is published every weekday. And its interesting that you mention the huge popularity of ctrl-alt-del when PA is just just as popular.

GenXer

Number 2 from the top, Penny Arcade, has posted precisely 3 strips a week, M W F, for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been reading it since about 6 months after they wrote the first strip. They’re one of the few that are absolutely punctual with releasing a strip by the end of the day on those days.

Cool list overall!

Ian X.

Hard to take this article seriously, when the writer doesn’t seem to know anything about the biggest player on the list.

Penny Arcade is on a very clear Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, and I don’t remember them ever missing it. Where in the world to the comments on their schedule come from?

cshields

“Penny Arcade launches several new comics a week, about two or three, on a not-always-so-regular basis.”

huh? They release every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.. I could set my calendar by it.

Simon Slangen

I recently took a look in their archive, and thought to see a few date misses. However, it seems you’re right, they are posted very regular.

Andy Bates

“They release every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.. I could set my calendar by it.”

Wait…you have to SET your calendar??

Let me second that: Penny Arcade is the most regular, reliable webcomic I have seen. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, without fail. Even hinting that they are “not always so regular” is doing them a disservice.

Sietse Smith

You totally forgot about Dr. McNinja!
Been reading it for years now!
drmcninja.com/

Dave Rapp

Dueling Analogs? Long running? Well known? wtf? It’s been going for a meager three years and I’ve never once seen it posted or referenced on a forum, unlike PVP, PA, CAD, etc. Who wrote this tripe and what idiots are paying them? Also, isn’t Blind Ferret behind like half of these comics?

Simon Slangen

It appears I must apologize to all the fans, for mentioning their favourite webcomic next to some of the other mentioned…

wwic

Well it seems you are missing information thats all. PA aside from their successful webcomic have started a charity, convention and have an actually video game based on their work.

PVP also had a series adaptation by the same company that did CTRL+ALT+DEL’s. PVP’s creator is also part of a group that does podcasts on the webcomic creating process called Webcomics weekly.

Loving Comics

I personally like PVPonline, but the others you mentioned are ok too.

Jeff0

Umm okay Dueling Analogs is appauling. Ugh. Also Penny Arcade is thrice a week, no maybe, they are regular as my bran flake consuming gran.

PS: CAD sucks and hasn’t been funny since like 2003

Bob

Odd that you would use a picture from Brawl in the Family but not include it in the list.

Epsilon

Wha? You used a picture from BitF and didn’t put it on this list? Also, I’m surprised that The Order of the Stick and Fanboys aren’t on here. I’m questioning how much you actually know about these comics with your comment about Penny Arcade’s update schedule, it seems to me you should /at least/ know that if you’re writing an article on gaming webcomics.

Epsilon

And Gamebrit’s on there with thirteen comics?

Epsilon

Not to mention Another Videogame Webcomic with 23?

storiescomic.com

This is an amazing list. I knew some of them, but the others are new to me and amazing :D !

Collateral

Christ with you people.. All you know-it-all bashers seem to be under the impression that in order for someone to say a some comics are in their opinion cool, they’d have to had read EVERY SINGLE WEB COMIC RELEASE KNOWN TO MAN before they have a right to speak..

To me the list seems valid, didn’t see any bad comics listed there and found a few new ones that I hadn’t personally read before; my thanks to mr.Slangen for that. For the rest of you who didn’t find your favourite web comic in this particular list, GET OVER IT, it doesn’t make the comics any less appreciated overall just because every single person who’s granted an internet connection isn’t automatically familiar with them.. Sheesh.

Epikur

I’m missing EXTRALIFE and maybe Sore Thumbs. (even though both of them aren’t that much about games anymore, but so is PVP)

PZT

You include a picture of BitF yet don’t include it in the article? More importantly, you included Dueling Analogs, VGCats and CAD? Shiny pretty art doesn’t equal being funny. Nor does popularity. You also definitely need to work on your journalistic ethics, because not only was this article misleading, you also didn’t credit Matthew Taranto with the art you stole from his comic. You should have at least had the decency to list him. Do you think it’s peachy-keen to rip off things from other people without even so much as mentioning them?

Simon Slangen

BitF was originally supposed to be included in the list. The fact that I wanted to put his artwork at the top (instead of those “shiny pretty art”), means I’ve got great respect for him. Again, they were supposed to be included, and at no moment did I have the intention to steal from him.

That aside, your critique about DA, VGC and CAD is unjust and unfair. Not because you don’t like them – which is in your good right – but because you read a list and expect it to match your favourites one by one.

Enraged Rodent

How dare you steal from BitF. I demand that you delete every other webcomic, and replace them with BitF.

Simon Slangen

Lol, good try ;-)

You’re a little late by the way. Through popular request (I presume…), all pics concerning BitF were taken down.

zoop

I think Brawl in the Family should have made the list. If his art is good enough to include in your header, why not add him to the list?

John Hammond

I don’t think it was fair of you to use artwork from Brawl in the Family and not put it on the list. You didn’t even credit Matt anywhere for that drawing. It just isn’t right.

Nameless Friend

You could have at least MENTIONED Brawl in the Family, after all, it IS the webcomic from where you took the first pic of your article.

Other then that, I’m glad to see Nerf NOW!! in your list, it’s a very good WC, that is if you know a bit about TF2.

Zombie

…You people are idiots. Stop whining, stop complaining, you sound retarded when you talk trash over the internet. Everyone knows you are simply jealous of the successful, in all ways, webcomics listed. Stop being loser virgins, and stop thinking your loudmouthed, unintelligent opinions actually mean anything. To ANYONE. At all.