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(Economist)   Thanks to the internet, cartooning creativity has recovered from terminal decline and is in rare bloom   (economist.com) divider line 40
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2013-01-10 02:23:11 PM  
In an environment where one doesn't have to worry about idiot executives only allowing things through that they think will appeal to the drooling masses, creativity can flourish. News at 11.
 
2013-01-10 02:25:50 PM  
Basic Instructions for the win.
 
2013-01-10 02:30:09 PM  
This thread is useless without tentacoo wape.

/no idea why I said that
 
2013-01-10 02:31:18 PM  
Oglaf for the (extraordinarily NSFW) win.

/so nsfw, I'm not even going to link it
//and I'm lazy
 
2013-01-10 02:33:50 PM  
As someone who (poorly) draws a webcomic, the internet has at least given me an outlet that I never would have had before.

Also, so looking forward to Stripped.
/slowly getting better
 
2013-01-10 02:35:32 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-10 02:43:16 PM  
Quick, someone put up the Ghastly signal!
 
2013-01-10 02:45:15 PM  
So, there's this:

A Softer Trek

which takes A Softer World text balloons and maps them to Trek episodes.

It's intensely internet.
 
2013-01-10 02:45:15 PM  
No more gate keepers, really.

Of course, it means the talent has to interact directly with the public. That smelly unwashed con crowd. It's called SOAP people. And some of you need to wipe better cuz I can smell it from here.
 
2013-01-10 02:54:12 PM  
It would have been nice of them to include examples from more than 2 comics.
 
2013-01-10 03:05:40 PM  
Then I guess it wasn't a terminal decline.
 
2013-01-10 03:12:35 PM  

Snotnose: Basic Instructions for the win.


fark i'd totally forgotten about that comic!
 
2013-01-10 03:15:24 PM  
The PA is actually pretty funny today

that or i like impressionism
 
2013-01-10 03:20:26 PM  
I'm torn...

There is plenty out there that is just as bland, repetitive and unfunny as the watered down stuff in print was getting to be. There is a lot of crap, and the internet is just creating more. That said, there are some really great ones I come across on occasion, and I usually like the same ones every time. The biggest problem is that we have a lot more crap festivals to sort through to find the true nuggets of gold than we did before.

I guess in the long run, I'd rather have the huge piles of crappy ones, because the good ones aren't fettered by censors.
 
2013-01-10 03:28:05 PM  
Interesting article, I wouldnt have included shiat fest Megatokyo as an example of how webcomics are thriving. The quick mention of Penny Arcade along side MT and CtrlAltDel is even more absurd, sure all three might have had the same video game gag strip beginnings but Jerry and Mike have turned it into a philanthropic, media empire.
 
2013-01-10 03:32:14 PM  
Oh wait.. "Penny Arcade" has become a sprawling video-games industry phenomenon, hosting games conventions and fund-raising campaigns.

... yea that would be an understatement.
 
2013-01-10 03:38:41 PM  
Shouldn't this be a report from Ric Romero? Webcomics have been flourishing for about a decade now.
 
2013-01-10 03:39:15 PM  

darkmayo: Interesting article, I wouldnt have included shiat fest Megatokyo as an example of how webcomics are thriving. The quick mention of Penny Arcade along side MT and CtrlAltDel is even more absurd, sure all three might have had the same video game gag strip beginnings but Jerry and Mike have turned it into a philanthropic, media empire.


Really? I wouldn't included 3 strips from the same comic and only cited comics that have been popular for ages. I'm assuming this Mr Romero's research consisted of 10 seconds of middle clicking in reddit's comics section.
 
2013-01-10 03:44:26 PM  

moothemagiccow: darkmayo: Interesting article, I wouldnt have included shiat fest Megatokyo as an example of how webcomics are thriving. The quick mention of Penny Arcade along side MT and CtrlAltDel is even more absurd, sure all three might have had the same video game gag strip beginnings but Jerry and Mike have turned it into a philanthropic, media empire.

Really? I wouldn't included 3 strips from the same comic and only cited comics that have been popular for ages. I'm assuming this Mr Romero's research consisted of 10 seconds of middle clicking in reddit's comics section.


haha yea that too. XKCD is enjoyable, and I love the shiat out of Hark a Vagrant (though she needs to update it more)

Of course if you want to read something really funny, check out the comments left by Ted Rall in the comments section.
 
2013-01-10 04:06:43 PM  

darkmayo: moothemagiccow: darkmayo: Interesting article, I wouldnt have included shiat fest Megatokyo as an example of how webcomics are thriving. The quick mention of Penny Arcade along side MT and CtrlAltDel is even more absurd, sure all three might have had the same video game gag strip beginnings but Jerry and Mike have turned it into a philanthropic, media empire.

Really? I wouldn't included 3 strips from the same comic and only cited comics that have been popular for ages. I'm assuming this Mr Romero's research consisted of 10 seconds of middle clicking in reddit's comics section.

haha yea that too. XKCD is enjoyable, and I love the shiat out of Hark a Vagrant (though she needs to update it more)

Of course if you want to read something really funny, check out the comments left by Ted Rall in the comments section.


Howard Taylor smacking Ted Rall down in such an epic fashion makes my day.
 
2013-01-10 04:27:39 PM  
Hey, everyone post their favorite webcomic. I need some new timewasters.
 
2013-01-10 04:54:54 PM  

Boojum2k: Howard Taylor smacking Ted Rall down in such an epic fashion makes my day.


This. Except it's Tayler.

JonZoidberg: Hey, everyone post their favorite webcomic. I need some new timewasters.


Tayler's Schlock Mercenary is one of the most consistently high-quality stories currently being told. Even in the beginning with the bad art, the strip had a great balance between one-shot gags and well-paced running plotline. But it never would have worked in print or in comic books.
 
2013-01-10 05:28:09 PM  
Neat article. But really, it just made me miss Calvin & Hobbes.

Guess I'll bust out the old anthologies when I get home.
 
2013-01-10 05:44:14 PM  
www.qwantz.com
 
2013-01-10 06:29:47 PM  

Richelieu: Boojum2k: Howard Taylor smacking Ted Rall down in such an epic fashion makes my day.

This. Except it's Tayler.

JonZoidberg: Hey, everyone post their favorite webcomic. I need some new timewasters.

Tayler's Schlock Mercenary is one of the most consistently high-quality stories currently being told. Even in the beginning with the bad art, the strip had a great balance between one-shot gags and well-paced running plotline. But it never would have worked in print or in comic books.


Autocorrect sucks worse than Duke.
 
2013-01-10 07:12:49 PM  

JonZoidberg: Hey, everyone post their favorite webcomic. I need some new timewasters.


The fun characters from Kila Ilo and the demented snark from Collected Curios' four different comics are always worth a look.
 
2013-01-10 08:29:32 PM  

JonZoidberg: Hey, everyone post their favorite webcomic. I need some new timewasters.


Sinfest, Schlock Mercenary, Sheldon, Girls with Slingshots, Questionable Content, Yet Another Fantasy Gaming Comic, Sluggy, Something Positive, Least I could Do, Gunnerkreg Court, Broodhollow, Average Joe....that's a few of them.

Of course, my comic, but I'm biased.
 
2013-01-10 08:33:34 PM  

ChubbyTiger: Oglaf for the (extraordinarily NSFW) win.

/so nsfw, I'm not even going to link it
//and I'm lazy


Oglaf fan here too. Trying to get to it through the main entry page has been giving me a 403 error for a while now for some reason, but adding /archive to the URL works well enough. And newcomers really should start from the beginning anyway.
 
2013-01-10 09:00:23 PM  
"Ctrl Alt Del" was nice while it lasted, but with the entire thing being blown up, it will be interesting what happens in 2.0
 
2013-01-10 09:17:11 PM  

JonZoidberg: Hey, everyone post their favorite webcomic. I need some new timewasters.

Romantically Apocalyptic
 
2013-01-10 09:23:48 PM  

JonZoidberg: Hey, everyone post their favorite webcomic. I need some new timewasters.


Grrlpower, can't link it from my phone but you should be able to find it by Google.

Only updates once a week, and fairly new, but absolutely funny as hell.
 
2013-01-10 10:01:58 PM  
Wapsisqaure.com has a good story
Sinfest.net is likewise great.
 
2013-01-10 10:34:48 PM  
Every time I check Nedroid Picture Diary I end up clicking on random strips from the archive for half an hour.

I'd like to see them to make a TV series out of it, but 'Regular Show' already has dibs on a tall blue bird and his little brown furball friend.
 
2013-01-10 11:36:28 PM  

JonZoidberg: Hey, everyone post their favorite webcomic. I need some new timewasters.


Girl Genius picked up a couple Hugos. So did Digger -- though it's come to a conclusion, it's well worth the read through. Erfworld is another excellent page-at-a-time format webcomic, though the progression is glacial.

Shannon Garrity is nearing the end of her "director's cut" replay with commentary of Narbonic, and her Skin Horse partnership with Jeffrey Wells is a worthy heir.

Gisele Lagace has an... interesting collection, ranging from PG-13 to R. The pervs who like Oglaf might find perusing Ménage à 3 from the start to be entertaining.
 
2013-01-11 12:12:01 AM  
I miss 8-bit theater
 
2013-01-11 01:43:20 AM  

Mikey1969: There is plenty out there that is just as bland, repetitive and unfunny as the watered down stuff in print was getting to be.


THIS

Same shiat (and non-shiat), different medium
 
2013-01-11 08:51:53 AM  
The Dreamland Chronicles

Been reading this one for a couple years now. CGI strip but the story has been great. He's tried to incorporate Arthurian legend and other bits of tales to tie them into the whole Dreamland world. Worth reading, but the story is now like 1,400 pages from the beginning so it may take a bit to get caught up.
 
2013-01-11 12:00:41 PM  

sprawl15: [i.imgur.com image 418x314]


i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-11 02:16:17 PM  
 
2013-01-12 12:49:40 AM  
Homestuck is the best one out there today, and it's definitely something that could not be done in any other medium. I keep up with that and Sluggy Freelance, which I've been reading for more than a decade.

The best webcomics are much better than any other sort of comic, in my opinion. The creators have more freedom to do what they want, yeah, but they also have more ways to do things (Flash movies, interactive segments, soundtracks, et cetera), and they have a closer relationship with the readers. A webcomic creator can monitor reactions to the comic as he or she writes it and respond accordingly. This was the entire premise for Problem Sleuth, another one of my favorites.
 
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