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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you think we’ve missed any? Want to share your opinion on those stated above? Which are your favourites? Tell us all about it in the comments!