Warning: this blog occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).
As a brief aside first, check out this post at io9, it’s got some good tips for any aspiring writers of fiction (I’m looking at you on this one, Geo). Now, let’s go a bit further down the ol’ rabbit hole, eh?
What we have today is a lil’ list of my favorite webcomics and we’re gonna start with the best and the one I unabashedly stole my title from.
1. xkcd: This one’s been around for eons (in internet years) and still remains funny as hell; assuming, of course, that you get it. And I’m not trying to be condescending here, some of them fly right over my head. But the one’s that don’t, the ones that hit me full on in the face like a bug hitting a motorcyclist without a helmet…those ones are high-larious. It’s made by Randall Munroe, who is awesome and came to ConnectiCon this past year, and it covers pretty much the entire nerd gamut, from science fiction to scantrons to physics and James Bond to the absurdity of life and sooo much more. Though this one gives a pretty fair summarization of his topics. Also, make sure you check out the title-text (aka just hover your mouse over the picture of the comic for a bit).
2. Order of the Stick: Or OOTS for short, has also been around for ages…they’re on #687 at the moment. Now this one’s a little trickier because it’s really only funny if you like “Satan’s Game” (that’s Dungeons and Dragons for all of you not familiar with 8-bit Theater or the Dead Ale Wives, attack the darkness, yo). If you’re that brand of nerd, find this, it’s great.
3. Questionable Content: This one’s not all that nerdy, though there is some serious music nerdiness going on at places, and the author does a separate blog about indie music. It’s mostly about life, some geekery, and relationships…it also occasionally tells you how to defeat the Awkward Zone with the power of frosty brews and fancy suits, which is a little more old-school classy than dressing up for the casino.
4. Penny Arcade: And now we get to the brilliance of Penny Arcade. Their topic changes from comic to comic, much like xkcd, but they’re mostly gamer geeks, much like GU Comics, but better, and more chock full of awesome. And they throw a big ol’ geek convention every year called PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) and next year it’ll be like christmas in March because they’re gonna do two, words cannot express how pumped I am for PAX East in Boston.
5. Least I Could Do: This one’s about sex and it’s hilarious. What more do you need to know? Seriously?
6. The Scout Report: If you don’t play WoW you probably won’t get most of the jokes, and if you don’t know what WoW stands for, then you probably don’t play it. Also in this category is Looking For Group, which started off fairly WoW-esque but has since become its own beast. Also, it’s done by the same people as Least I Could Do, though more violent then sexual, because, well, you know…
7. Qwantz or Dinosaur Comics: Same strip every single day. The same. Every day. The only thing that changes is the dialogue. T-Rex steps on the house and talks to Dromiceiomius and Utahraptor every day. Sound weird? That’s because it is. It’s also brilliant.
8. Transmission-X: This isn’t just one comic, it’s NINE. Kind of a collective publishing and distribution gig, which is cool. It’s also the only one with serious plot lines and such; aside from Princess Planet, they all read much more like graphic novels than something you’d find in the funny papers (unless of course, you count Doonesbury). Check them out, they’re worth the read, especially The Abominable Charles Christopher.
9. PvP: Any gamer can tell you what PvP stands for. Though PvP is more like a geek-obsessed webcomic version of the Office, but funnier.
10. Red vs Blue: RvB started out as a machinima rather than a proper comic, but over the years they’ve expanded out into some really great machinima, some funny as hell live action skits of crap around their office, and a webcomic that brings me back every day to see what manner of drunken x-box craziness they’re up to now.
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