My recommended webcomics and comic strips (2018 edition)

I thought it was time for an updated look at some of the webcomics and comic strips I enjoy reading. I’ll try to stick with ones that are either currently running or recently ended. Yes, I like “Calvin and Hobbes” and “The Far Side,” but there are decent comics actually being published in this decade (or century).

FoxTrot

Think iFruity
Art by Bill Amend

By Bill Amend

www.foxtrot.com

The long-running strip about the geeky Jason Fox and his family. It switched from daily strips to Sundays-only in 2007.

Pearls Before Swine

By Stephan Pastis

www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine

A comic about a cynical rat, his dopey pig roommate, and various other characters. “Pearls” is infamous for making lots of bad puns or taking shots at the strip’s own creator, who’s an in-story character. The really dumb crocodiles who make repeated failed attempts to eat their zebra neighbor’s another high point.

A Couple of Guys

By David Brousseau

www.facebook.com/acoupleofguys

A comic about a gay couple in New York and their cast of friends. The strip recently ended its 20-year run. Occasionally a bit NSFW.

Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast

By Greg Fox

kylesbnb.blogspot.com

comic about the soap opera-style goings-on at a gay-oriented bed and breakfast on Long Island, New York. Occasionally a bit NSFW.

This Modern World

By Tom Tomorrow

thismodernworld.com

A long-running political cartoon that runs in weekly papers. Occasionally features a cynical penguin named Sparky.

Diesel Sweeties

By Richard Stevens

www.dieselsweeties.com

A comic with artwork in the style of old-school 8-bit video game characters. Features lots of jokes about coffee, robots, and cats.

Dinosaur Comics

By Ryan North

www.qwantz.com

The same clip art of a green Tyrannosaurus rex and a few dinosaur cohorts, but with different dialogue every day.

One high point: the strip about how many of Batman’s foes have pun-themed names.

Scandinavia and the World

By Humon

satwcomic.com

A comic about the countries of the world as people, focused mainly on the Nordic countries.

The Joy of Tech

By Nitrozac and Snaggy

www.geekculture.com/joyoftech

A comic making fun of aspects of technology, ranging from Facebook’s privacy problems to Apple’s latest iPhones.

Questionable Content

Questionable Content
Art by Jeph Jacques.

By Jeph Jacques

www.questionablecontent.net

A long-running webcomic that’s a “slice of life” strip taking place in a “twenty minutes into the future” setting, one where sentient robots are commonplace.

A few of the characters I like include Brun (an underemployed bartender with a stoic personality) and Bubbles (a former robot soldier).

My Cage

By Melissa DeJesus and Ed Power

www.gocomics.com/mycage

A comic set in an all-funny animal world. The main character’s Norm, a platypus stuck working in an awful, dysfunctional office. Recently, “My Cage” moved to Patreon, though older strips are still available on GoComics.

One high point: the strip where two of Norm’s coworkers go to the hospital for the birth of their daughter.

AJ & Magnus

AJ & Magnus
Art by Simon Steel.

By Bryan and Simon Steel

www.gocomics.com/aj-and-magnus

A comic strip similar to “Calvin and Hobbes,” but the strip’s lead kid character, AJ, has two fathers, who he calls “Dad” (Alex) and “Pop” (John). Magnus, meanwhile, is his pet bull mastiff, who often shows more common sense than his pal. Dad and Pop, meanwhile, occasionally get their own storylines, including one about how they became parents.

The strip also sometimes delves into the fantastical, such as an early strip where AJ and Magnus end up inside a video game (thanks to a genius classmate neighbor).

CommitStrip

By Etienne Issartial and Thomas Gx (English translation by Mark Nightingale)

www.commitstrip.com/en/

A French webcomic about the daily lives of web developers, with jokes about programming, software languages, tech standards, etc.

Hark, A Vagrant!

By Kate Beaton

www.harkavagrant.com

Comics about various historical figures, often dating from during or before the Victorian Age.

The Non-Adventures of Wonderella

By Justin Pierce

nonadventures.com

A superhero parody starring Wonderella, who’s basically Wonder Woman if she were Karen Walker from “Will and Grace.” That is, she’s vapid, selfish, drinks often, and does her superhero job in an inept manner.

Check, Please!

By Ngozi Ukazu

checkpleasecomic.com

A webcomic about a gay southern college student who plays for his school’s hockey team. There’s also southern cuisine (most prominently pecan pie). Yes, it’s a mix of gay characters, hockey culture, and the aforementioned pie. (And yes, there’s also Black hockey players in the strip.)

The Nib

By various

thenib.com

Not a single comic, but a site dedicated to carrying a variety of left-leaning political comic strips by multiple cartoonists.

What’re your favorite comic strips?

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