Recommended Comics (In no particular order)
In dire need of an update. Also let it be known that I now think xkcd is lame.
Meaney and Llewellyn are two guys who are lost in the infinite possibilities of the Multiverse. Amusing hijinks ensue as they blunder from one reality to another. Funny writing with terrific art in full-page format. Schedule: Currently irregular, quasi-weekly
This is very similar in format to Dilbert only it’s set on a spaceship. By this I mean that it’s a collection of highly flawed characters who are constantly fighting against each other. Very funny and with good black and white art. Schedule: Currently irregular.
Two robots travel the solar system on an interplanetary road trip of self-discovery. Excellent, thoughtful writing exploring philosophical issues. It’s quite amusing at times, too. It also makes use of the Infinite Canvas if you’re into that kind of thing. Almost never updates, but highly recommended nonetheless. Schedule: Yearly, give or take.
Aliens and robots get blasted back in time to the golden age of pirates! Funny writing with good black and white art. Hey hey hey! Schedule: Hiatus?
The zany adventures of time-traveling grad students. The story is really zany and the artwork cheerfully whimsical. Schedule: Hiatus!
A full-page adventure/drama comic based around the complications of a new FTL starship drive. Good characterization, although the story can be somewhat difficult to follow. The art, however, is peerless. Schedule: Weekly, rarely misses.
Kristofer Straub’s famous humor comic of space exploration, piracy, and art criticism. I stopped reading it recently, but the archive is still great. Schedule: Weekdays, misses often
The ongoing adventures of a girl attending one of the strangest boarding schools of all time. Though superficially simple, Gunnerkrigg’s world building and ongoing storyline is without par. Small details recur later in ways one cannot predict. I don’t know where the story is going, but it is surely something interesting. The comic’s full-color art is a pleasure to look at, the content a mix of high technology and magical elements. Highly recommended. Schedule: MWF, never misses.
A high-fantasy comic. I’m sure there are better comics in this vein, but I do enjoy Wayfarer’s creatures. I especially enjoy the baboonlike people who appear occasionally. The story is kind of stiff, but for some reason I keep going back. It’s something about the art. I dunno. You might like it. Schedule: Hiatus due to “crazy schedule.”
This comic is still fairly new and I’m not quite sure where it’s going yet. It appears to be some sort of fellowship-type high fantasy. The art is nice. Unfortunately, in the months I’ve been following it, it has yet to give any indication of plot, and I’m beginning to lose interest. We’ll see. Schedule: MWF, rarely misses.
Adventures of an Amazon and her pesky kid in ancient Greece. It’s silly and fun. Schedule: Theoretically MWF, but misses often.
Relatively new and definitely worth your time. Very nice artwork and a storyline that obviously has been planned extensively. It is about a girl who has to go on a quest, and a monarch, and I assume other things as time goes on. You’ll like it. Schedule: Weekly.
Poorly-drawn pictures and deadpan humor. It’s hard to explain. It works, and that’s what’s important. Schedule: 7 days a week. Never misses.
Kris Straub again, quickly-scrawled comics with only lowercase letters. A bit too many pop culture jokes for my liking, but it’s quite funny at times. Schedule: Weekdays. Often misses.
You’re probably familiar with this one already. Stick figures and nerd jokes. It’s terrific if you like that kind of thing, but if you don’t you will probably be lost. Schedule: MWF. Never misses.
Comics Defying Categorization
T-Rex, Dromiceiomimus, Utahraptor and assorted friends discuss just about everything in a comic in which the art never changes. Interesting formal experiment, but also a great source for interesting topics and knee-slappers. Schedule: Weekdays. Only misses Canadian holidays.
I guess I would describe this as cultural/social commentary. Very understated humor. I’m having trouble describing this, so I suggest that you check it out. Don’t worry, I think you’ll like it. Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Rarely misses.
It’s a roomate comic! But it’s not a typical one, thankfully. It has no continuity, which allows for any number of sordid things to happen to our protagonists with no apparent ill effects. It’s also an infinite-canvas comic, which you may be interested in. Very nice art, but be forewarned that things get pretty ugly, in a figurative sense. Schedule: Irregular.
Historian Kate Beaton draws comics on a variety of subjects, but most of all she likes to draw amusing comics about historical figures which are funny even if you aren’t familiar with the person being spoofed (although they’re much funnier if you do). History has never been so ridiculous. Textbook writers would be well-advised to hire her. Schedule: Irregular, generally a couple comics a week.
Maybe, just maybe, the best troll-fighting Orthodox Jewish girl comic you will ever read. Nice art and a most unusual promise that reads much like a good folktale. Schedule: Not currently updating.
When you remove Garfield from Garfield, you get Garfield Minus Garfield, a bizarre tragicomedy wherein we watch Jon Arbuckle’s slow and sad descent into madness in the backwaters of American suburbia. Though not exactly a webcomic, it’s a very funny re-examination of a cultural institution. Schedule: MWF, I think.
A variety of things from webcartoonist David McGuire. A lot of fun stuff. I especially like RobotHunterSquadGo! and Kiss-Kiss PANIC!. Schedule: N/A
They’re using my title. It’s an amateur manga with a catgirl. Yeah. Schedule: Weekly, I think. Often misses. Not that I’d know.
Not Comics, but About Comics
Josh Fruhlinger reads the newspaper comics and writes snide remarks about them. Cynical fun. Schedule: 7 days a week. Often misses weekends but catches up on Monday.
Really long reviews of webcomics. Easily the best webcomic reviewer around. Someday he will review Sunrise and say that it has good plotlines but that the art is kind of stiff. He will give it three stars. This is my prediction. Schedule: Irregular, but usually more than one post per week.
David Malki ! looks at what makes some long-lived newspaper comic strips bad–and what could be done to improve them. Schedule: Not currently updating.
A webcomic directory you’ve probably heard of. I have to list them here because they list Sunrise, and that’s how the agreement works. Schedule: n/a. But you knew that.