14 Awesome Webcomics To Distract You From Getting Things Done
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8 Everything Dies
Twice nominated for SPX Ignatz Awards, Everything Dies is a series of short comic arcs by Box Brown that tackle religion and religiosity often by framing stories within fables from ancient belief structures. The example page here is from “Debate Between Bird and Fish” which illustrates a Sumerian fable. The mini comic “Ben Died of a Train” has been the focus of particularly high praise.
9 Ellie on Planet X
Launching in June of last year, James Anderson’s Ellie on Planet X has quickly won praise for it’s beautiful art (every strip is full color) and all-ages content. The comic follows the adorable robot Ellie as she explores the strange and colorful world of Planet X, reporting her findings back to the scientists that built her on Earth. There’s an irresistible Dr. Seuss-like quality to Anderson’s art, especially in the wobbly and fantastical flora and fauna of Planet X.
10 The Oatmeal
Probably the most popular webcomic I was willing to put on this list, Matthew Inman’s The Oatmeal is just too awesome to ignore, and having launched in 2009, it’s still new enough for me to not feel guilty about it. Inman’s site, which features comics, quizzes and lists, is hard to describe, rather, it must be experienced. I can’t get enough of this webcomic, and if you aren’t reading it already, I’m pretty sure you will be from now on.
11 left-handed toons
The premise is simple. Two right handed artists, Justin Boyd and Drew Mokris, draw toons with their left hands. The squiggly art becomes hilarious in it’s own right, and the two have a knack for topical and mildly absurd comedy. Starting in 2007, they’ve got 1088 so far, with a new one every weekday.
Jessica Hagy has been drawing sharply witty graphs and diagrams since 2006. Since then, her simple works have received much acclaim: Time.com named her site as the best blog of 2008. Yet her work typically falls under the radar of the majority of webcomic readers that frequent big names like Penny Arcade or Questionable Content.
13 Plastic Brick Automaton (formerly Lego Robot Comics)
This is a comic drawn by a strange, awesome, anonymous and likely deranged young man. Quite a few strips are NSFW, but if you like your humor crass and without limits, Plastic Brick Automaton will be your new favorite webcomic. I have no idea how he comes up with the things he does, but whether you end up liking it or not, it’s hard to argue that his work isn’t incredibly unique. Also, be prepared for the most detailed stick figures you’ve ever seen.
14 Toothpaste for Dinner
Written and drawn by Drew Dee, and hosted on a website he shares with his wife Natalie who also draws her own series (together they’re behind the webcomic Married to the Sea), Toothpaste for Dinner is updated daily with simple, usually single-panel comics that usually mine irony, cynicism, schadenfreude, surrealism or some combination of the aforementioned for surprisingly witty effect. Drew is also author of the book Veins and in 2006 revealed himself to be the electronic artist known as KOMPRESSOR.