Excellent webcomics: strips and dailies (Part 1)

Last time I covered some of my favorite webcomics in graphic-novel format. These are short strips and four-panel comics of the type you might find in your daily paper, if your paper were cool enough. I had so many, I had to split it up. This is Part 1: hand-drawn comics.

Ever since I discovered it, D.C. Simpson's Ozy and Millie has been one of my very very favorites. The influence of Bill Watterson's masterpiece Calvin and Hobbes is apparent in this anthropomorphic series starring a pair of precocious fox-children, serene straight-man Ozy and plucky troublemaker Millie, as they ponder school, bullies, politics, zen, and the meaning of life. It's wise, irreverent, funny, and brilliant. Start at the beginning of the archives and read through -- it's the only way to go. You can also check out House Rules, a selection of O&M strips in color, or I Drew This, D.C. Simpson's political cartoon series. He also has a livejournal.

The Girl in Black is a very nice strip about the titular darkly-clad girl and her hirsute boyfriend. I love the drawing style, and the characters are likable and ring true. A pity the comic isn't in production any more...I'd love to see more.

Little Dee is a traditional newspaper-style comic strip, about a little girl who is adopted by a family of animals. Cute.

Questionable Content is another of those day-in-the-life comics about a group of mildly angsty twenty-something friends. This one is pretty cleverly done. Oh, and there's also a pet robot.

PhD is Piled Higher and Deeper, a "grad student comic strip" with massive archives stretching back almost ten years. From to writing the perfect thesis title to stealing food from seminars, It's the entire graduate-school experience distilled into comic-strip form.



Blogger Adam Cadre:

Argh, Questionable Content. The guy responsible for this exemplifies the Rob Liefeld school of bad art even better than Liefeld does. "Hmm... I can't draw, so rather than learning how, I'll just memorize how to draw a 3/4 profile. And then I will draw every single character in 3/4 profile for several years, giving them slightly different haircuts so you can tell people apart. Then to show off my amazing artistic growth, I will memorize two more poses! How many artists can depict people from not one, not two, but THREE different angles?"


Blogger bluewyvern:

Hmm. QC is also misfiled in this post -- I had assumed it was drawn by hand and then colorized, but I see now that it's done on a drawing tablet...should have saved it for the post on computer-generated comics. Oh, well.

Blogger Adam Cadre:

On the flip side, this was my first exposure to Little Dee, and it's adorable.


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