Comic strips and webcomics I’m reading (fall 2015)

Recently, my comic strip reading’s shifted heavily from newspaper comic strips to webcomics. Of course, I’ve been reading newspaper comics online for years, not having subscribed to a print newspaper in quite awhile. Still, my newspaper strip reading has been on a decline, between a drop in interesting newspaper strips, too many “dinosaur” strips still being published, and an increase of interesting webcomics.

While some feel the term “webcomic” is dated or shouldn’t be used, I still feel it has a use. While newspaper strips are all available for reading online, they’re still distinct enough in style, content, diversity, etc. from primarily or exclusively web-only comics that “webcomics” (for now) still has a use. That said, yes, all webcomics are comic strips—but ones with much more creative and formatting freedom.

Here’s the newspaper comic strips and webcomics I’ve been regularly reading. I’ve also included a few strips that still primarily appear in weekly “alternative” newspapers, though they’re also syndicated to various websites.

Daily newspaper comics

  • Monty
  • Pearls Before Swine

Weekly newspaper comics

Webcomics

That makes 13 out of 19, or over two-thirds, of the strips I’ve been reading being webcomics. Another four strips are weekly and/or alternative newspaper strips, though heavily distributed online. Only two strips are the traditional daily newspaper comic, and one of those, “Monty,” is apparently a bit obscure.

What comic strips do you read?

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2 comments

  1. I don’t read any regular newspaper strips any more. As an FYI, I have noted major genres, themes, and diverse characters. The webcomics I read regularly are, in alphabetical order:

    3 Minute Max (superhero)
    Bear Nuts (the OTHER Care Bears; cynical comedy, often violent)
    Blindsprings (fantasy; mostly female; character Street is black)
    Buying Time (Sometimes NSFW; science fiction and gay romance; one of the main characters is black)
    Dark White (fantasy)
    Dead Winter (zombie apocalypse)
    Ensanguine (science fiction)
    Everblue (fantasy, tho’ it might also be post-climate change post-apocalypse fiction)
    Far to the North (fantasy)
    Gaia (fantasy)
    Galaxion (science fiction)
    Girls With Slingshots (which is in repeats, but in color; rom-com/slice of life, diverse cast)
    Gunnerkrigg Court (fantasy)
    JL8 (the Justice League as 8-year-olds, usually comedic; John Stewart appears in the Green Lantern Scout troop and elsewhere)
    Kamikaze (science fiction; main character is half-black, half Japanese … I think)
    Lackadaisy Cats (anthropomorphic felines in 1920’s/1930’s alternate history)
    Magellan (superhero – HUGE cast)
    Mare Internum (science fiction; main character is gay)
    The Meek (fantasy)
    Not a Villain (post-apocalypse; most characters are uploaded to a game, and one complains about the lack of diversity in skin tones at one point)
    Sandra on the Rocks (rom-com in all combinations; often very close to NSFW, particularly in later strips; current story has a black lesbian trying to hit on Sandra, who is clueless)
    Spindrift (fantasy)
    Strong Female Protagonist (superhero; current story has a black female super-scientist)
    Suihira: The City of Water (fantasy)
    Supervillainous (superhero comedy; main character’s accountant is a black woman and wannabe supervillain)
    What It Takes (post-apocalypse; multiple diverse characters, including main character Peter, who is half Japanese)
    Wilde Life (modern day fantasy)
    White Noise (science fiction)
    xkcd.com (epigraphic comedy)
    The Young Protectors (superhero and gay romance; two members of the team are black)
    Zombie Roomie (zombies and rom-com; the brother of one main character just married his black boyfriend)

    I read more than these; the others may or may not be skipped, though, until I decide to binge.

    Many of these are violent, most are not comedic, and most are light on diversity; that said, most also have at least one diverse character (even where I haven’t mentioned one).

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