<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/logo-oatmeal.png”>A good webcomic doesn’t necessarily need out of this world drawings, a story line to follow, or much else other than a fabulously sarcastic sense of humour and bare-bones kind of drawings that leaves the focus entirely on the words.
That’s not to say that we don’t love the way these artists have chosen to get their message across. But in an attempt to narrow down an impossibly wide topic, we decided to take a look at the more minimalist geek webcomics and choose some of our favourites to share with you.
Geek & Poke
Geek & Poke is an almost daily online comic bringing hilarious commentary on the latest news in the Web 2.0 world. Whether it’s a take on the latest Twitter attack, a new gadget that’s just hit the market or thoroughly geeky fare about code, Geek & Poke is bound to bring a smile to your face.
Updated three times a week, xkcd, which needs no introduction, describes itself as a “webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language“. And it delivers on all four points and more. The bare-bones drawings put the focus entirely on the wry sense of humour that has become a regular part of many a geek’s weekly addictions. Sometimes the comic’s humour or idea can sail right over your head, but some fun is also to be had in trying to figure out the meaning behind some of the more cryptic strips.
Dog House Diaries
Also updated three times a week, Dog House Diaries is another webcomic steeped in a wry sense of humour. From the life expectancy of a slinky to the hot towels they bring you on airplanes, Dog House Diaries leaves no stone unturned. Although the guys behind it would have you think it’s all about love, life and sandwiches (or the love life of sandwiches, whichever you prefer).
Published on weekdays, Indexed takes a slightly different approach. At first glance, the site looks like a bunch of index cards from math class. On closer inspection, you’ll find that they’re an interesting commentary on almost everything under the sun. The site will probably have you thinking, why didn’t I think of that first?
Cyanide & Happiness
Cyanide & Happiness is one webcomic where you can go to get a daily fix in geek humour. Every day a new comic is posted, the kind of which you want to print off and hang up on your cork board. They’re all that good. Be warned, however, that this webcomic is certainly not for the faint of heart.
Geeks In Love
Geeks in Love is a lesser known geeky webcomic all about, you guessed it, a pair of geeks in love. They spend more time staring at their gadgets than at each other, but somehow, it works. Geeks in Love will also strike a chord with Apple fans, what with all the Apple paraphernalia here and there.
The Oatmeal admittedly is a little bit more elaborate in its drawings than the other webcomics listed here, but it is sheer genius. The Oatmeal is probably as mainstream as a geek webcomic could ever get. While it isn’t updated half as often as we would like, each new update more than makes up for the long wait. Part grammar nazi, part geek pop culture and totally off the wall, The Oatmeal is a must for any self avowed comic-loving geek.
What are your favourite geek webcomics? Let us know in the comments.