5 Great Web Comics You Should Read [Part 2]

Jimmy Rogers 11-12-2008

One of the fastest growing online art forms is the web comic. Web comics can really break up your boring day and give you a little something to look forward to. Now you’re probably familiar with some of the greats out there like XKCD, but here are a few of my personal favorites to add a little variety to your list.


For more great web comics, check out Part 1 of this series 5 Great WebComics you Should Read Read More .

Questionable Content

Questionable Content - great webcomics

This web comic has been around for a LONG time. Jeph Jacques’ fantastic strip about the lives of some coffee shop dwellers is one of the top web comics on the net today. There is quite a bit of backstory, but the gist of it can be picked up with some limited browsing. It’s amazing how funny and original Jacques manages to be every day of the workweek. He’s also very social on Twitter, updating his account frequently. On top of that he’s made special accounts for each of his characters. Their conversations are like bonus material! Find them in the list of people he follows.


sinfest -web comics funny

I only discovered Sinfest a little while ago, but I’ve been pretty impressed with it. It’s a spunky comic about a bunch of walking stereotypes (and their pets) as they navigate the landscape of the modern American psyche. A lot of the episodes have a political slant (not favoring anyone too particularly), but it’s much more a commentary about modern day capitalism than an overt political admonition.  Plus, it’s pretty funny and very wacky!


Note: For some reason Sinfest isn’t equipped with a native RSS feed…so I made one! You can thank me later.

PhD – Piled High and Deeper

webcomics review - Piled High and Deeper

This one is a bit more selective.  PhD is aimed specifically at students going through graduate school.  That being said, just about anyone who’s gone through college or stayed through academia will probably love it.  The world of scholarly research is full of hypocrisy, wonderful moments, and crushing defeats.  As a prospective grad student myself, I’ve actually learned a lot about what life is really like for those in limbo between academic worlds.  I’d read up on some of the background info though, it will make the comic a little more coherent.


userfriendly - web comics best


Ah UserFriendly. This sardonic little comic sometimes gets a little too angsty for my taste, but that’s to be expected.  It’s about the plight of IT support employees.  Their jobs are often frustrating and thankless and this comes across pretty well in the comic.  That being said, the stories are full of demons, corporate hotshots, and every variety of geek, so there’s something in it for everybody!


freakangels review

FreakAngels is a bit of a weird one. I threw it on here because I know there is a nice chunk of you who get excited when the words “steampunk” and “post-apocalyptic” get used in the same breath. FreakAngels tells the story of a group of misfits who have taken up the task of caring for their town after the end of the world. They have unique and fantastic powers that grow stronger when they are together. It comes out about once a week in serial format, so each week reveals something new about the FreakAngels’ mysterious past.

What’s your favorite comic strip on the web?


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  1. Kampanye Damai Pemilu 2009
    February 4, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Nice Pick,..and now i'll be become fans of this site..
    This website many great news. Sorry my english is bad because i'm Kampanye Damai Pemilu Indonesia 2009

  2. Skip
    January 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    My favorite is QC, but an AWESOME one is Daisy Owl! Check it out!

  3. DenvaGrrrl
    January 8, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    The best new one I have come across has to be It's really dumb/good.

  4. VL17
    January 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm is new, but i'm really liking it so far

  5. design
    December 21, 2008 at 9:05 am

    'Art form' used in the loosest sense of the term...

  6. Erik
    December 20, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    This one is kind of newerish, but it’s good if you like gamer style fantasy adventures..

  7. Teddy
    December 17, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Great article. I just checked out and subscribed to Questionable Content and plan to go through the others, too...

  8. lokki
    December 17, 2008 at 8:40 am

    You forgot the best of all, Least I Could Do
    Similar to Bill Waterson but with a kick in the ass..

  9. kenny
    December 15, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Wow dude that is just WAY too cool man!!!

  10. Johnny Ancich
    December 14, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I love

    (but I'm a bit biased since it's my own cartoons).

  11. Moo
    December 13, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Sinfest isn't actually that political. It has been lately, but most of it isn't about politics at all.

  12. Mark
    December 13, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal


    Dresden Codak

  13. Lady
    December 13, 2008 at 2:43 am

    Kate Beaton for the win! She does wonderful and charming comics about history and Canada and all things that are good.

  14. Erin
    December 13, 2008 at 1:21 am

    I have followed the first two for some time now, but I have to say, I thought would make the list. It appeals to the the secret romantic and nerd in all of us!

  15. Emily
    December 13, 2008 at 12:18 am

    pictures for sad children?

    left handed toons? Dreamer, CtlALtDel, chalkboard manifesto, awkward zombie, we the robots, awkward zombie, flipside, little gamers (just turned 8), Extralife,

    really? has no one mentioned xkcd yet?

    i may or may not read too many webcomics.

  16. Jake
    December 12, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    So you link to XKCD, which isn't even reviewed, but you don't link to the five comics that you actually review??

    Nice work.

    • Jimmy Rogers
      December 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm

      Um, Jake....there's big FAT links to each of the comics's the largest text on the page

      • Jake
        December 13, 2008 at 1:45 pm

        Seriously... I'm sitting here thinking wtf. They weren't links for me the first time I was on the page. Sorry for the asshat comment.

        • Jimmy Rogers
          December 13, 2008 at 2:15 pm

          No problem dude, glad to have you reading.

  17. Ethan
    December 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing I some of those are really cool. Here is one I like to follow, it's more an comic journal but I really like her stuff, her name is Lucy

  18. got80s
    December 12, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    UserFriendly is great...cept for the fact there is no RSS feed for it..

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm

      yeah, I've been searching the page trying to work out how to subscribe to the comic!

    • Jimmy Rogers
      December 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm

      Page source, people, page source! :P

      here ya go:

  19. JeweyLewis
    December 12, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Sam & Fuzzy doesn't get half the appreciation it deserves. It carries EPIC story arcs well, and the art has gotten great. Plus the main character looks like Sonic and his best buddy is a mini bear. What's not to love?

  20. Rob
    December 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Everyone should give a shot at least once. There are some interesting studies in layout and panel design in some of the strips, and a lot of the subject matter is pretty in depth and well tied together.

  21. Simon
    December 12, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    You should check out Weapon Brown, post-apocolyptic Charlie Brown and Snoopy, just awesome.

  22. Mike
    December 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    VGCats is the ownage =

  23. Nelson
    December 12, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    The absolute best webcomic:

    they are so absurd, and the authors art style changes with each comic, its the most satisfying comic on the net. everyone who sees it ends up reading them all

  24. Joe Blow
    December 12, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Where's Jerkcity?

  25. mike
    December 12, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    What about Wondermark?

  26. Tim
    December 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm
  27. Nadril
    December 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Wow, this is the worst web comic list I have ever seen. Is this a joke?

  28. Helios
    December 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Freakangels is particular notable because it's written by Warren Ellis, a writer in the actual industry, not just some jackass with a copy of Photoshop and an internet connection.

    Also: Warren Ellis is, in my opinion, one of the best comic book writers active today.

  29. ans
    December 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Sinfest for the win.

  30. Model Ship
    December 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Don't forget WE THE ROBOTS and Abtruse Goose!

  31. Model Ship
    December 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Buttersafe, Married to the Sea, Toothpaste for Dinner, and White Ninja are all hilarious.

  32. UglyShirts
    December 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I'm always surprised when I read these lists, and I don't see "Achewood" or "Ugly Hill." The former is the best-written comic online, with a rich and convoluted storyline hat has no right to make as much sense as it does. The latter is never, ever not funny, features far, far better illustration than any other webcomic, and has a newspaper-friendly-looking format, but far edgier humor. They both have deep casts of characters that are amazingly consistent, distinctive, and real. Very, very rewarding, both of them.

  33. MystycalMage
    December 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Webcomics on my favorites bar: Sinfest, Questionable Content, Wasted Talent, Menage a 3, Natalie Dee, SoreThumbs, Least I Could Do, Looking for Group, Buttersafe, and a few others that are no longer updating, but are fun to read the old ones of. READ THEM ALL!

  34. Narciso Lobo
    December 12, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Take a look at Zuda Comics. They have some great stuff, especially Bayou.

  35. iec
    December 12, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    no love for

  36. Erin
    December 12, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I'm surprised Multiplex wasn't in there.

  37. Jimmy Rogers
    December 12, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Wow, these are some great add-ons! Thanks to everybody who’s contributing.

    I’ve heard of most of these before, but I’m gonna try out the few I haven’t yet.

    Keep um comin folks!

  38. Famf
    December 12, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Wow, thanks for introducing me to FreakAngels.

  39. Philip Clark
    December 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    FreakAngels is the bomb.

    Check out this one, too:

  40. TotalDomination
    December 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    These are good comics, but i think everyone should check out Nicholas Leffler’s Happy Robots over at . If you are interested in robots, rudeness and just plain absurdity, its definitely worth a look.

  41. Jeremy
    December 12, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    If you want one that's great, read Casey & Andy at

    Sadly, he has ended it now, but there's still 666 strips to go through.

  42. dave
    December 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Girl genius comics

  43. ender
    December 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    don't forget Basic Instructions:

  44. Philip Clark
    December 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    FreakAngels is the bomb.

    Check out this one, too.

  45. Zack
    December 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    All of those are great but you should really also check out

  46. Zoe
    December 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    I highly recomment Girls with Slingshots

  47. Patrick
    December 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Darths and Droids:

  48. Slaughter
    December 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm This is done by a friend of mine and it is a really great comic.

  49. Thomas
    December 12, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Wulffmorgenthaler is my favorite.

  50. Jem
    December 12, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    My big two are Questionable Content and xkcd, but is another favorite.

  51. ed
    December 12, 2008 at 1:48 pm

  52. Amanda
    December 12, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    What about Kevin & the Googlebots?
    You'll probably only like these if you're into SEO.

  53. xanderbradford
    December 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Sluggy Freelance the greatest web comic ever. you can start from the beginning and take weeks to read everything, but its well worth it.

  54. Dan
    December 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    CAD is where it's at.

    • Kitty
      December 12, 2008 at 10:27 pm

      This is sarcastic, right? Because CAD- and the majority of gaming webcomics- is a load of badly written, badly drawn shit.

      Thanks for the recommendations, I in turn suggest the charming Evil Diva.

      • Dan
        May 1, 2009 at 3:05 am

        You've got to be kidding me. That crap link you posted is horrible artwork compared to CAD and CAD is far more popular (according to alexa).

  55. markyj
    December 12, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Don't forget Jeffrey Rowland's Overcompensating.

  56. Madsen
    December 12, 2008 at 1:28 pm funniest toon since Gary Larson...

  57. Thales
    December 12, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    What about Jesus Christ: In the Name of the Gun? .

    One of the most original web comics out there.


  58. Khanxay
    December 11, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I love web comics that have little comments appear when you mouse-over it. XKCD is a great example.

  59. Paul
    December 11, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Dr McNinja, makes me laugh every time. I look forward to Mon wed fri for that reason.

  60. Aibek
    December 11, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Awesome picks!

  61. Jason
    December 11, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Great article. I just checked out and subscribed to Questionable Content and plan to go through the others, too.

    • MystycalMage
      December 12, 2008 at 1:41 pm

      I highly suggest with QC that you go back and read from the beginning. It helps with the little inside jokes. Also, Jeph is a great writer and you're guaranteed a laugh. It was also pretty interesting to see his artwork grow over the years. I read the backlog of comics when I first found it (around strip 500 or so), and I have been reading it ever since.

      • Aaron
        December 13, 2008 at 4:17 am

        i did the same thing i used to really only read ctrl alt del but when i found QC i loved it and read them all its is my favorite now

  62. anonymous
    December 11, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Hey I really think you should include "Least I Could Do" Its hilarious, a little dirty at times but when i stumbled into it, i literally felt compelled to go to the beginning of the strip archives and read them all. funny no doubt as a stand alone every day but many of the jokes are even more hilarious as they often reference past strips. check it out

    • Hayley
      December 11, 2008 at 7:12 pm

      Agreed. I'm a big fan of "Least I Could Do" Also, - phd kinda reminded me of that one. It's very clever.

    • Hayley
      December 11, 2008 at 7:25 pm

      Yeah, I'm a big fan of "Least I Could Do" Also really like It's very clever.

    • pootie chang
      December 12, 2008 at 2:07 pm

      I second the nomination of Least I Could Do. It's like a geeky, promiscuous tv sitcom put into webcomic format

  63. Tom
    December 11, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    You forgot the best of all, Least I Could Do
    Similar to Bill Waterson but with a kick in the ass

  64. MrJames
    December 11, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Order of the Stick - Beloved by gamers everywhere. saved my sanity.

    Cyanide and Happiness took it away again.