Comics were once a part of the morning routine, picking up the newspaper and turning to that page. Since social networks are our main source of news now, why not rekindle your love for the funnies in the same way: by following the best ones on social networks.
There are plenty of great tech webcomics that rival the quality and content of what you would get in print earlier, and most of them are quite active on Facebook, Twitter or elsewhere. By following them in the right places, you can once again get a daily dose of laughs right alongside your daily news and updates.
Scott Johnson has been drawing Extra Life since 2001, and he only gets better with age. Dave thinks it’s among the best webcomics for geeks, and rightly so, since technology, gaming, geek news and pop culture are Extra Life’s common themes. There are few cartoonists who do as good a job of marrying humour, language and art as Johnson does. He does wisecracks, puns, and great setups, so there’s plenty of variety too. You’ll be very glad if you follow him on social networks, where he often posts about his family, and puts up silly drawings like this Seal of Approval which cracked me up.
I discovered Phil Johnson while researching this article and he ended up killing my productivity. Johnson is a writer and editor for IT World magazine where he draws his cartoons. Phil has a wonderful sense of humour and doesn’t rely on puns; his are more old-school newspaper cartoons where a single panel captures a trending event in a way that will have you chuckling.
At some point, PVP evolved from “a comic about the staff at a gaming magazine” into something more; it stopped being a nerd caricature and started being an all-round great comic strip. But creator Scott Kurtz still holds on to his geek roots and you will find some of the best tech jokes on this blog. Kurtz isn’t the best artist around, but he does a good job and has the ability to make you laugh with puerile humour, great puns and fantastic situational comedy. If you don’t fall in love with Skull the troll, you aren’t human.
Joel Watson has been drawing Hijinks Ensue since 2007, and you merely need to go to the early strips to see how much progress he has made as a cartoonist. Watson started off with loose dialogue, forced laughs and poor art but today, he makes every panel count. Pro tip: Hover your mouse over the comic strip for a tooltip with commentary from Watson -— it’s well worth it.
Tim Buckley’s Ctrl Alt Del is perhaps the only webcomic I have seen that managed to reinvent itself by changing its main characters entirely. A year ago, he ended the storyline with the four previous protagonists of his comic (a guy obsessed with video games, his gamer girlfriend, his roommate and his robotic Xbox) and replaced them with “in-game characters” known only as Player 1, 2, 3 and 4. But the comic is still a great read. Go through the archives to read the original storyline and then catch up with the new one. It’s among the best gaming webcomics out there.
Cute art? Check. Cute art that swears a lot? Check. Cute art that swears a lot and has unnecessary gore and violence? Check. Cute art that swears a lot and has unnecessary gore and violence but pulls it all together to be hilarious? Follow. Not for kids, obviously!
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Krishna M. Sadasivam’s webcomic is 15 years old, but there’s a whole lot of awesomeness in those archives. The PC Weenies humour is heavily dependent on knowing the characters and the storyline, so I recommend you start reading from the first strip. Jumping in randomly won’t really let you appreciate this strip, but if you become a follower, you’ll need your fix every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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Too Famous To List
There are a few webcomics that are so famous and awesome that you don’t really need an introduction to them any more. Here’s where you can follow them on social networks:
If these webcomics have inspired you into making your own cool funnies, it’s not as difficult as you think. Here are 5 great tools to create a webcomic, and if you do, share yours in the comments so we can have a look!
Are there some hilarious tech comics that should be on the list? Tell us about them!