I thought I’d give an update on a few posts from a few years ago, and look at what I’m reading these days for monthly comic books and comic strips. Between cancellations, changing interests, and trying to wait for the trade paperbacks on various books, this lists looks different than a few years ago.
I admit my list differs from the monthly “comics picks” lists I do, but for those I usually go for a broader range of suggested books. I’ve also been trying to read/wait for a lot more trade paperbacks lately (to save money), so that’s also impacted monthly reading. Some of what I was reading has been cancelled—“Adventures of Superman,” “Life With Archie,” “Kevin Keller,” etc.
There’s also changing interests. I’m still interested in reading Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but I’m not sure if it’s worth paying $5 for an Archie digest just for a few Sabrina reprints, plus stories about characters I don’t like (particularly Moose).
Finally, I’ve also been reading a lot more webcomics lately, and fewer newspaper comic strips. I realized I wasn’t enjoying a lot of the newspaper strips I was reading as much as I once did, and so thought I should try some fresher strips. Fortunately, the comic strip medium is thriving online in the form of webcomics, with a large variety of strips that would never appear in newspapers.
- Batman ’66
- Scooby-Doo Team-Up
- Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman
- Wonder Woman ’77
- Astro City
- Lumberjanes: a popular comic about the adventures of a group of girls at a summer camp where bizarre things happen.
- Oddly Normal: a comic about a young girl who moves to a realm where various fantasy/imaginary creatures exist…since that’s where one of her parents originally hails from.
- Copperhead: a comic about a single mother and her young son who move to a Wild West-like planet, where she’s the new sheriff.
- Pearls Before Swine
Alternative newspaper comics
- Diesel Sweeties: 8-bit-video-game-style characters’ daily musings.
- Dinosaur Comics: stock art used for the questionable-but-funny daily musings of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a few dinosaur pals.
- Hark, A Vagrant!
- Kate or Die: Kate Leth’s comic, for both her own website and Comics Alliance.
- The Boy in Pink Earmuffs: the adventures of two boys, one who wears nice clothes, including trademark pink earmuffs. Infrequently updated, unfortunately.
- Not Invented Here
- Scandinavia and the World
- The Joy of Tech: jokes about current tech trends, including some Apple jokes (the creators seem to be Mac users). The poll questions are often as funny as the strip itself.
- The Non-Adventures of Wonderella: basically “what if Wonder Woman was lazy, self-centered, snarky, and incompetent?”
- The Oatmeal