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Webcomics are perhaps a more unusual subject for you to see on Make Use Of, but I thought it’d be a nice change of pace.

With the rise of the internet came the ability for everyone and anyone to self-publish. ‘Webcomics’ is a term that came to refer to any cartoon published on websites and archives.

While many conventional cartoons are also published on websites like Comics.com, Webcomics developed a unique and definable style which differentiates them from print media comics.

To give you a sample of some popular Webcomics I’ve chosen just 5 which are my favourites. Don’t get too worked up over me omitting your favourite comic, it was hard narrowing it down and there were quite a few more I would have liked to put in.

Dinosaur Comics

Dinosaur comics is a WebComic that has also made itself into print media and a selection of strips have even been published in book form.

The format consists of just one set of 6 panels which contain exactly the same art each day but are accompanied by a different series of dialogue.

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The characters consequently remain consistent throughout the series; T-Rex, Utahraptor and Dromiceiomimus. Occasionally other characters will interact with T-Rex but only through dialogue and stay off panel.

Dinosaur Comics

A Softer World

It’s hard to ever truly explain a Softer World. It’s humorous, sometimes, even when you’re not sure why. It’s thought provoking, which isn’t always a good thing and often it’s just plain disturbing.

Every strip contains three panels displaying one photograph by Emily Horne and several captions by Joey Comeau. It’s released three times a week and one book of selected comics have been published.

On the Softer World website hover your cursor over each cartoon for an additional sentence which often provides the text what could be a 4th panel.

A Softer World

Garfield minus Garfield

Barely 6 months old Garfield minus Garfield is already gaining rapid popularity and success and has been featured in numerous publications such as Time and Rolling Stone.

“Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.”

In fact Garfield creator Jim Davis likes the idea so much he’s even publishing a book juxtapositioning the originals against the modified ones.

Garfield creator Jim Davis was intrigued by””and pleased with””the concept. “I think it’s an inspired thing to do,” Davis said. “I want to thank Dan for enabling me to see another side of Garfield. Some of the strips he chose were slappers: “˜Oh, I could have left that out.’ It would have been funnier.”

Possibly the first original idea to come out of Garfield for 20 years.

Garfield minus Garfield

Garfield minus Garfield 2

Garfield minus Garfield 3

Gaping Void: Cartoons on the Back of Business Cards

I don’t really know if this is a “˜web-comic’ as such, it’s published on a website so that is good enough.

Hugh Macleod draws cartoons on the back of business cards and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

In recent times he seems to have branched out a lot more and does giant squiggly patterns to sell to New Yorkers to hang in their apartments. He also wrote an incredible article on “how to be creative” which is one of the best pieces of writing I’ve read.

He posts his business card cartoons on his blog as well as his work in progress and his thoughts on technology and marketing in general.

Cartoons on the Back of Business CardsimageGaping Voidimage

ToothPaste for Dinner

A minimalist hand-drawn WebComic consisting of single self-contained panels which cover strange, ironic and surreal topics.

ToothPaste for Dinner drawing-things burnt-chicken

Do you know of any good webcomics that I have missed out that you would like to recommend? If so, post the URL in the comments and let us know why you like it! Or maybe you have your own webcomic you would like to show us?

  1. Cailyn
    December 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I highly suggest both Looking For Group and Least I Could Do, by the same authors.
    http://www.lfgcomic.com/
    http://leasticoulddo.com/

    Bear Nuts is one I enjoy as well.
    http://www.dooomcat.com/

  2. Sam Benjamin
    June 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Check out ivyleaguepornographer.com/archives/485

    Mostly non-fiction comics about the porn industry (but not x-rated), with some tangential stuff like "Ten Dickheads".

  3. aki
    June 2, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I found an interesting web site with web comics:

    fenris-bd.eu

  4. Rogers Best Friend
    May 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Definitely savagechickens.com, webdonuts.com and even though it's a published comic and not just a webcomic you have to check out f-minus and argylesweater.com those guys don't get enough cred even though they're in the papers!

  5. VL17
    January 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    6or7popes.com not a lot there yet, but it's very promising

  6. Akun
    December 17, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Ctrl+Alt+Delete (CAD for short) is awesome. It's at cad-comic.com. Basically gamer stereotypes and how they survive in the real world.

  7. deadparrot16
    December 13, 2008 at 5:09 am

    xkcd and fact checkfail

  8. jayman
    December 13, 2008 at 12:05 am

    "Sluggy Freelance" is awesome, and you'll spend a month just catching up on the archives.

    "Least I Could Do" is another good one.

    I'm not bothering with urls, as a quick google search would take you there.

  9. Mr.Death
    December 12, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Dr. McNinja is a great one. So is Daisy Owl and We the Robots.

  10. Chris
    November 16, 2008 at 6:10 am

    I do a little webcomic called Zombie Taggers. It's at zombietaggers.webs.com

    I read the article above, and I like making the strips... but I also like when people look at and enjoy them.

  11. Jack
    October 17, 2008 at 1:49 am

    I agree xkcd is fantastic. My other two faves are Minus and Sam & Fuzzy.

  12. aleshay
    September 24, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    i think http://www.basicinstructions.net/ also can consider as motivational comic..hehe

  13. daniel mehlhorn
    September 17, 2008 at 12:46 am

    I think Morning Squirtz might be the best web comic on the net just because it combines Cyanide & happiness with great art ( and they are funnier ) I also really like Perry bible fellowship I'm not sure if these links work

    drunkduck.com/Morning_Squirtz/

    pbfcomics.com/

  14. amanda
    September 16, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Hi there! A fun list - I read all of them regularly except the Garfield one. If you're looking for more suggestions/great new comics, I have a few recommendations. These are all non-plot comics like the ones you listed above:
    Brainfuzz
    Off the Grid
    The Glass Urchin
    Heh - most of the ones I read are story-driven!

  15. Mark
    August 25, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Another good one:

    geekycomic.net/

  16. Mackenzie
    August 22, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I'm with everyone that says XKCD.

  17. Joe Chiappetta
    August 18, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    This is a great start. Narrowing it down to five certainly won't please everyone but you have to start somewhere. Please throw my comic Silly Daddy into the mix for future lists. Thanks.

  18. billblathers
    August 18, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    By far the best is "Married to the Sea" http://www.marriedtothesea.com/
    Cheesy drawings (Looks like cheap Highlights magazine drawings you'd find in Dentists offices) with contemporary commentary. Usually very brief and its just one frame which usually are the funniest (i.e. The Far Side). It takes talent to make someone laugh hysterically in one frame. Not your typical obnoxious comic.

  19. Josh
    August 18, 2008 at 10:32 am

    There are moments of sheer brilliance in Truck Bearing Kibble.

    http://truckbearingkibble.com/comic/

    Also, if you've -ever- done research or labwork before then you'll appreciate Ph. D (Piled Higher and Deeper):

    http://www.phdcomics.com/comic/

  20. Ted
    August 17, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    If you like 'A Softer World', you might also enjoy the webcomic 'Tiny Ghosts', which has similar sensibilities. http://www.tinyghosts.com

  21. Emily
    August 16, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Of course there are so many more, Ctl+Alt+Del, Penny Arcade, Extralife, left handed toons, Sinfest, VG cats (bit lax on the updating though :rolleyes: ), Chalkboard Manifesto, Little Gamers

    etc etc etc

    Throughout the bookmarks on my computer there are probably 3 dozen. My brother organizes his by update day.

  22. hugh macleod
    August 15, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for the kind wprds.

    btw Me big Toothpaste FD fanboy :)

    Rock on,

    Hugh

  23. Mortal Light
    August 15, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    What about Saturday morning Breakfast Cartoons or the Perry Bible Fellowship?

    smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1255

    pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF246-Bee.gif

  24. Sounf Of Vision
    August 15, 2008 at 10:55 am

    My faves are xkcd, Questionable Content, Happiness and Cyanide and A Softer World...have them on my RSS for longer time now :)

  25. AskTheAdmin | Karl Gechlik
    August 15, 2008 at 7:26 am

    I Am super addicted to XKCD and also really like BeingFive... (http://www.xkcd.com and http://www.beingfive.com)

  26. Laurence
    August 15, 2008 at 1:08 am

    xkcd is a good comic, and one of the originals... I'm not sure why I didnt include it, I probably just prefer the other 5 here, and I limited it to that number =)

  27. kevin williams
    August 14, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    http://www.savagechickens.com/

    daily cartoon on yellow post-its - and I totally agree no list is complete without xkcd

  28. Rob
    August 14, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Penguinsauce.

    penguincomic.com

  29. Alex
    August 14, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Shame on you for using an image from xkcd without even mentioning it. Should be in the first spot if you ask me!

  30. Ian
    August 13, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Agree about xkcd. I also love questionablecontent.net

  31. ipsocket
    August 13, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    how about this:

    packetlog.com/packetlog/2007/12/the-aha-moment.html

    packetlog.com/packetlog/2007/12/wireless-keyboa.html

    available at the following site of course (but not updated for a while)

    packetlog.com

  32. Johnny Ancich
    August 13, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Hey, don't forget my own single panel cartoon site... similar to Farside:

    ;-)

    • Johnny Ancich
      December 16, 2008 at 11:54 pm

      Dang. I forgot the link:

      PastExpiry.com

  33. Stephen Farrar
    August 13, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    definitely xkcd.

  34. Luigifan14
    August 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    How about XKCD?

    xkcd.com

  35. Joline
    August 13, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I really like xkdc.com, also minimalist, funny, ironic and often very clever

  36. Brad Taylor
    August 13, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Hmm, I like how you mention 5 comics, but use an image from one you don't mention ??

    http://xkcd.com/457/

    • Mark O'Neill
      August 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm

      That was me, not Laurence. When editing his article, I was looking for an image for the top left of the article.

      • Aibek
        August 16, 2008 at 4:14 am

        They got you Mark :-)

  37. AttmayMB61489
    August 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I can't believe xkcd isn't listed? Am I alone on that?

    http://xkcd.com
    "A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language."

    • Sid
      August 13, 2008 at 11:45 pm

      despite the fact the one of it's entry has been used right at the start!

  38. Brad Taylor
    August 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Nice comics, thanks!

    Your garfield link is wrong btw.. .net

    http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/

    • Mark O'Neill
      August 13, 2008 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks. I'll correct that right away. :-)

  39. Kaly
    August 13, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I would add Dilbert and TechJoy as well.

    • Mark O'Neill
      August 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm

      But can Dilbert be classified as a "webcomic"? It has appeared and has been syndicated in newspapers for years before it started to appear online.

      • qwerwer
        August 15, 2008 at 11:41 pm

        Is it a comic? Is it on the web?

        Moron.

        • Mark O'Neill
          August 16, 2008 at 6:36 am

          yes it is a comic and yes it is on the web but a webcomic (by my understanding) is something that is solely on the web and nowhere else.

        • Gordon
          September 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm

          By that definition, Penny Arcade and PvP aren't webcomics, because they also exist in print collections...

        • Vanessa
          August 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm

          Technically, a webcomic is a comic that is started online and gained most of it's popularity while located there. This has allowed a massive surge of new genres of comics because it allows artists to produce their content whereas in the past it might not have had a chance in newspapers, magazines, what have you. Because of the internet, a lot of webcomics have found success and are able to release their comic in print collections. This explains why Penny Arcade is considered a web comic while Dilbert, who gained popularity through newspaper syndication, is not.

  40. Madison
    August 13, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I really enjoy Cyanide and Happiness, it's on explosm.net/comics

  41. Julia
    August 13, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    How about Kevin and Kell? It's in a standard comic style, but it's only published in one newspaper as far as I know.

    kevinandkell.com

  42. KS
    August 13, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I heart Business Guys on Business Trips.

    businessguysonbusinesstrips.com/

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