Webcomics: 2010

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It's been a long time since we last did this. Time for the best of '10! Post links to the webcomics that you read regularly. If you don't read webcomics at all, post a link to your favorite search engine! For some reason!

Girl Genius: I still love this one. If anything, it's gotten funnier, and the color has gotten a lot better since 2007.

XKCD: This comic about romance, math, and computer science has terrible art, but is very smart and funny. Sometimes it goes over my head, but not too often.

Doonesbury: This strip is still going strong after 40 years. It's political, surrealistic, and dramatic, but above all funny and entertaining.

Oglaf: NSFW! This porno comic is hilarious and has good art. I recommend starting at the beginning.

Bob the Angry Flower: Stephen Notley has been experimenting with some longer-form stories lately, and it's working pretty well. Bob sits uneasily between mainstream and underground sensibilities, but I like it. Also, there are occasional Star Control references, which is a big plus in my book.

Order of the Stick: This comic is a sort of RPG parody. By turns silly and dramatic, it's quite good.

Planet Zebeth: I'm just barely hanging on with this one. The updates are so sporadic, and the story seems like it's going nowhere. I was pretty good until about a year or so ago, when it really went off the rails. Hopefully the author can turn it around.

Darths & Droids: This is a Star Wars screen-cap comic done as if it were a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. It's pretty epic, actually. Not quite as laugh out loud as maybe I'd like, but quite good nonetheless.
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I read XKCD,
Cyanide and Happiness (www.explosm.net)
Saturday mornining breakfast cereal ( http://www.smbc-comics.com/ )
But my favorite right now is Crimson Dark :)
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At last an OT thread I feel safe in !

I like GirlGenius too ; I've found the last few months a bit boring, what with all the fighting and pointless scheming, but the fixing of the Castle finally seems to come to an end, I'm eager to see what happens next.
By the Foglios too, I've read Buck Godot with great pleasure, but unfortunately it's over now ; and I continue to read Myth Adventures even if the graphism is a bit dated.

Crimson Dark has a good plot which could keep on for years, and very regular updates ; the style takes a bit of time to get accustomed to but the guy sure puts a lot of dedication into his work.

Looking for Group, a parody of WoW : it was fun at the beginning, but begins to suffer the same syndrome as Girl Genius : now the characters have exhausted the humor that came from their differences, and it's all down to endless fighting and over-complicated schemes to keep the story running. I still like the design and the universe, some good jokes pop out one in a while, but I'd like the author to focus on resolving some issues raised books ago than creating new plot devices.

My three all-favourite of the moment :
The Gutters, a very interesting project about comics industry, which manages to vary content by inviting different artists AND keep a readable editorial line thanks to Ryan Sohmer. I don't always get the comics industry jokes, but super-heroes being dragged into the mud, I can read that for years.
StarSlip, a sci-fi comedy, is well-executed and manages to introduce new content without forcing it into the story, thus avoiding repetition.
Evil Inc., a comic about a Super-Villain organization and the heroes who fight them, remains on top of my list by far, and shall stay that way for long. It has updated every day except Sundays for 5 years without fault, I love the style, there are great story arcs with a lot of suspense AND a good joke in every strip. What's not to love ? Oh, and did I mention it's about super-villains ?
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Yeah, I forgot about the Buck Godot one... Really shame it's over.
I've read it after a reference on Frungylovers, about "Martian sharades".
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I too can put my hand up to being a follower of xkcd. I also read Questionable Content, which I saw recommended on the xkcd homepage. It's a comic about some crazy indie people and their daily shenanigans, in world almost exactly like our own aside from the functioning AIs.
Another one I can suggest is Misfile, a gender-bending manga-style comic which handles its subject matter surprisingly well, and possesses the rare distinction of being both updated daily and incredibly slow. There is fanservice, but it's not the entire purpose of the story. Both QC and Misfile have occasional nudity (Misfile once cutting it really, really close to the line), so it's probably safer to read at home.
There's a fantasy comic I read, which has some of the laziest posing ever, has about three people working on it and still only updates Mondays. Jack of All Blades is the name, although it's now into the 'x years later' sequel comic Jacq of All Blades. Skipping back to the first should take you to the start of Jack, if not I'll take a look and see what you have to do.
And lastly, who could forget Dilbert?
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Sluggy.com -- Sluggy Freelance, running continuously for the past 13 years

Irregular Webcomic.net -- the relentlessly daily webcomic now on its 2869th installment

erfworld.com -- a world resembling a bizarre wargame is turned upside down. Updates are kind of slow, but they're professional, they aren't going to just drop it.

freefall.purrsia.com -- Freefall. A diamond-hard science fiction story about a mid-terraforming planet, featuring a larcenous alien and an artificially intelligent anthropomorphic wolf aerospace engineer.

egscomics.com -- El Goonish Shive. Action- and Character-driven fantasy with lots of gender bending. Largely avoids fanservice.

sgvy.com -- Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki. Umm. Also gender bending, but a less serious treatment than EGS or even Misfile, and WAY more fanservice. Not into oglaf territory.

Complete webcomics:
http://www.webcomicsnation.com/thorsby/ ... series.php -- Hitmen for Destiny. The art is primitive, but the story is solid, and the humor sometimes made me laugh so hard I was unable to click 'next'. Strongly plotted.

unicornjelly.com -- as the site says, "Unicorn Jelly is a philosophical science fiction manga strip which tells a metaphoric and purposeful story with a definitive beginning and ending. It was published every weekday at Midnight from 2000 to 2003."
I cried. Heck, I'm nearly crying remembering it. And despite all the extreme things in the strip, it was the subtle one toward the end that did it. (ETA: also, speaking of gender bending, without the flashy effects of the other strips mentioned with that aspect)

undefined.net/1/0 -- 1/0. Self-referential strip that started poorly but ended up pretty good.

home.comcast.net/~pshaughn/tandr.html -- Triangle and Robert. Wacky. Wacky wacky. Highly self-referential. Meanders like crazy, has a plot diagram that is best expressed in more than 3 dimensions.


SO. Of all of these, the only two I don't recommend wholeheartedly are the last two, and they are worth checking out to see if it's a good match. Oh, and SVGY, which I recommended for... some reason.
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Homestuck: The chief protagonist is one of four thirteen-year-old friends who are fated to play Sburb, a widely-hyped multiplayer video game with real-life effects: Sburb allows players to manipulate and modify each other's environments in real time (think The Sims). But as it turns out, the consequences of playing Sburb are more far-reaching than they initially appear, and what begins as a series of amusing domestic struggles and game-related pratfalls spirals into a succession of events the likes of which need to be seen to be believed.

Surviving the World is a webcomic focusing on all shades of life, from science to literature, politics to sports, romance to religion, and everything else in between.
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Rest in peace, Concerned, the only webcomic that I found legitimately funny :'(-smf
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I also read Misfile, Darths & Droids, and Crimson Dark regularly, and Outsider on those rare occasions when it is updated, all of which were mentioned previously. And of course, That Ur-Quan Master.

Others in my regular rotation:

Butternutsquash and Kukuburi are both by the very talented Ramon Perez, and both excellent reads. Butternut is a wacky slice of life sort of strip, while Kukuburi is shaping up to be an epic fantasy with some absolutely incredible artwork. Sadly, both are currently on hiatus.

Girls with Slingshots is an amusing strip about, as the author puts it, two girls, a bar, and a talking cactus. It's since expanded to include a fairly large and motley cast. Content is a bit racy, but should be worksafe for all but the most sensitive.

I'm a little surprised nobody's mentioned VG Cats or Penny Arcade yet.

If you're a fan of Transformers since the '80s like I am, Comics in Disguise and The Insecticomics should be right up your alley. The first is a hand drawn take on the G1 universe mainly based off the cartoon, the second a unabashedly goofy photocomic primarily starring the Insecticons and the other toys who live in the author's apartment.

Nuklear Power contains a group of several webcomics with a writer in common. While it's probably best known for 8-Bit Theater, which is now complete, it also includes the always depressing Warbot in Accounting, and How I Killed Your Master, a webcomic in the style of a kung-fu flick. Unfortunately, all active comics are currently on hiatus.

Antihero for Hire is a superhero comic set in a world where the government has made vigilanteism a viable career (and the Canadians conquered much of the northern USA with velociraptors, but that's not as important). While the art isn't the prettiest, the writing is consistently amusing. By the same author/artist as Adventurers!, which shares a similar style but parodies JRPGs, and has already been completed.
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