…and another set of links to help you waste time at work get you through your week.
We subscribe to The Oregonian at my house, but I rarely get a chance to look at the paper before it heads into my husband’s bathroom with him, never to be seen again (and, really, I’m not too interested in touching it after that, anyway.) Every now and then, he will tear out a comic for me to read, but there aren’t many that I follow, even though they are available online.
There are a few webcomics, though, that are probably never going to leave my feed reader:
You’ve probably already seen a lot of these. They are stick figures, in a mixture of math and science geekery, pop culture, and relationships. It’s also the source of one of my favorite panels ever:
One thing about xkcd.com — always, ALWAYS mouse over the image to see the ALT text. For each comic I’m mentioning here, the artist always adds a little tidbit or comment. But xkcd’s are simply the best.
Then there’s Hark, A Vagrant, which almost always has some literary or historical reference … or just lazy teens solving a mystery.
There’s more: Poor Jane Austen, just trying to write serious literature. Commentary on Facebook pictures. The Curies, in a romance-worthy clinch. Macbeth receives a prophecy of another sort. And there are the archives…the lovely, lovely archives.
Another favorite is Questionable Content, which — unlike xkcd and Hark, A Vagrant! — has an ongoing storyline with recurring characters (mostly twenty-somethings, all of them trendier and wittier than I will ever be).
There’s sex, geekery, relationships, breakups, some juvenile humor, and coffee. Every strip leads up to a punchline, so you do get a laugh or a smile a day (or almost every day) but it does take a little while to figure out who is who and how they are all related to one another. Luckily, there are archives. You can start just about anywhere and begin working your way to the present … but if you start at the very beginning, I should warn you that they aren’t quite as funny then, and the art isn’t as good. You can see how much the artist has improved over the course of 1500 installments (and counting.) It also means that you have 1500 installments to catch up on, so that should keep you busy for a while.
Or, you know, just pick one at random, and start working your way forward.
So, I’ve shown you three of my favorites. Wanna show me yours? *saucy wink*