Best Web Comics Around: Hilarious, Dark, and Fun Comics
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(Pocket-lint) – Web comics are the natural progression of web comics in digital form. They are incredibly popular and are uploaded by a multitude of awesome artists all over the world.
Some have been running for almost two decades, but new ones are appearing all the time too.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite web comics with samples of the potential hilarity for you to enjoy.
Shen Comix is a web comic with a particularly dark sense of humor. He started in 2013 as Owl Turd Comix and is relatively young compared to some of the others on this list, but no less fun.
Designed by Shenanigansen, Shen Comix covers a variety of topics in a fun way. You might also see his work on CollegeHumor, Naver Webtoon, and Daily Dot.
Adam Ellis aka Adamtots is a fun artist to follow if you like to see Disney characters in a new light or like modern life in a comic book format.
The joy of technology
The Joy of Tech is an online comic by Canadian artists Nitrozac and Snaggy (Liza Schmalcel and Bruce Evans). It is produced three times a week and focuses on tech-driven japes, with an emphasis on the “cult” of Apple products. The couple started doing web comics in 1999, so know a thing or two about the joys of tech.
Don’t have time to read an entire comic? Don’t worry, Nate Fakes is here for you.
This cartoonist creates single image cartoon panels that are always good for a laugh.
Cereals for breakfast on Saturday morning
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) is similar to XKCD in that it contains many geeky gags on science, religion, philosophy and more. Zach Weinersmith’s comic is often hilarious and rarely disappointing.
Honey Dill is a web comic created by Canadian writer / illustrator Ryan Harby. It’s a comic that often features new comic ideas as well as awkward and absurd nonsense. Sometimes you’ll see the same characters show up, but we especially love this one for how random and silly it is.
Formal Sweatpants is a weekly illustrated webcomic created by Josh Mecouch who also creates The Art of Pants and works for Mad Magazine. It features adult themes, dark humor, and amazing detail.
Loading the artist
Loading Artist (Gregor Czaykowski) is one of our favorites and a longtime web comic creator with a dark sense of humor.
These comics have an instantly recognizable style thanks to simply designed characters, striking colors, and wonderfully humorous storyboard designs. Beware, however, of obscene scenes and vulgar language.
Randall Munroe created XKCD in 2005, possibly making it one of the oldest comics on the web. He is also probably one of the most geeky. XKCD is incredibly cheesy and known for its understated style and cutting-edge commentary on modern issues, politics, and current affairs.
Cyanide and happiness
Cyanide and Happiness is another classic web comic that’s been around for years and years. It was created in 2005 by Rob DenBleyker, Kris Wilson, Dave McElfatrick and Matt Melvin. It has continued since then and has grown into a wonderful production which also includes some hilarious YouTube videos.
As you might have understood from the name, this is a web comic with a dark sense of humor and equally dark language, layout, and subject matter. It is still very pleasant.
Hey Bob Guy
The Hey Bob Guy comics are mostly centered around the life of “The Pudges”. They are cute, comical and sometimes rude little creatures of his own creation. These guys get into all kinds of shenanigans that are sure to get you chuckling.
The Perry Bible Community
The Perry Bible Fellowship, also known as the PBF, is an online comic that originated in the Syracuse University newspaper, The Daily Orange. It’s an offbeat comic with an often surreal vibe and a good dose of morbid humor. Expect some sex, violence and madness with this one.
Badly drawn lines
Reza Farazmand is the originator of Poorly Drawn Lines, an online comic published three times a week in a funny satirical tone. This one includes regular appearances of a variety of animals that go for all kinds of pickles or think about their life issues.
Penny Arcade is perhaps one of the oldest web comics, having started life in 1998. It is written by Jerry Holkins, illustrated by Mike Krahulik, and focuses primarily on video games and video game culture.
Ctrl + Alt + Del
Ctrl + Alt + Del is a web comic about the game lovingly crafted by Tim Buckley. The Ctrl + Alt + Del comic, also known as the CAD comic, first appeared on the web in 2002. This comic features regular themes, familiar characters, and fun commentary on the current state of games and new versions of games. Gamers love this one.
The Oatmeal, alongside XKCD, is perhaps one of the most well-known web comics to ever grace the internet. It was created by Matthew Boyd Inman in 2009 and continues to bring the chuckles all those years later.
Like XKCD, it features comic book panels with a hilarious take on everyday life, a tongue-in-cheek commentary on modern society, and a personal glimpse into the creator’s everyday life.
Some of our favorites from The Oatmeal include classics like My Dog: The Paradox, How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You, and How To Pet A Kitten.
The name of the web comic, by Alex Norris, has a fairly simple three-frame design that is the perfect digestible comic for today’s fast-paced society. Every comic ends with the word, but the meaning is always different and in this way alone, it’s intriguing. It’s also fun, colorful and makes us smile regularly.
In danger in complete safety
Safely Endangered is a fun web comic created by British artist Chris McCoy. It features a classic, dark British sense of humor with a simple yet instantly recognizable design style that we love.
JL Westover is the genius behind the Mr. Lovenstein web comic series. He says he “makes silly comics for cool people” and neither part of that statement can be denied. Make sure to follow him and check out his website for lots of laughs.
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James Squires is an incredibly talented and fun New Zealand illustrator. He describes himself as a “delusional comic person, coffee drinker and cat owner”.
He is the brilliant mind behind the Moonbeard web comic. A surreal comic book series that often features surprising twists, silly humor, and understated designs.
Extra fabulous comics
Extra Fabulous Comics is run by an artist known only as Zach. The bands are often black humor and with NSFW themes. Extra Fabulous Comics is interesting if you like variety in your comics, as Zach uses different styles and posts all kinds of color posts, to raw sketches captured and uploaded via a smartphone.
Dave Kellett is a cartoonist who runs two comics – Sheldon and Drive. Sheldon is particularly good as he follows a fictional character (named Sheldon) who leads a fun life with his pet duck Arthur. There is also a lot of character in this comic and brilliant humor.
Garfield minus Garfield
Garfield Minus Garfield is a work by Dan Walsh that adds an interesting twist to Jim Davis’ already brilliant comic book by simply removing Garfield from the frames.
The site explains it best:
Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comics in order to reveal the existential languish of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of a lonely young man as he battles a loser struggles with the loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb. “
Brilliantly, Jim Davis even approves of the job and so do we.
War and peas
War and Peas is a fun and silly webcomic by German artists Elizabeth Pich and Jonathan Kunz. Lots of adult humor and giggles abound.
They can talk
Jimmy Craig’s comic They Can Talk simply gives all kinds of animals a voice with hilarious consequences. Simple gags and lots of entertaining fun.
Deliberately buried comics
Deliberately Buried provides chuckles with short, punchy and fun comics on a variety of topics. We had a good chuckle at this one.
If you like your comics with a little more dark humor and the occasional rudeness, then look no further than Comic Dux. Follow this artist and the hilarity will follow.
Comics with a twist. If you have a dark sense of humor and can’t help but laugh at things you shouldn’t be doing, then Dave Contra is your man. Follow her Instagram and savor the laughs.
Nathan Olsen is a cartoonist and the creator of Sundae Comics. Cheesy comics with a lot of hilarity in all the forts with monsters, superheroes, aliens and even useless cats. Perfect.
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