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