Posted by: kcgadiyar | April 12, 2009

Comic strips: My picks

As with most people in the world, my day starts off with a reading of the newspaper. To be slightly more specific, the first page i go to is the Funnies page to catch up on the comic strips of the day. There are good sites, like joshreads.com and dailycomicsreview.com which will tell you the strips which badly suck. I decided to make a list of my favorite comic strips, in no particular order (apart from number 1, which anyone who even slightly knows me will be able to guess). Click on the pictures for larger versions.

Dinosaur Comics: This strip operates within a limitation placed upon it by its author. The drawings can never change, the panel layout and the drawings are the same everyday, only the content changes. It is remarkable to see that a new joke can be made using the same layout everyday. Well worth a bookmark, and very funny too

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XKCD: Completely irreverent, although most jokes will go over the heads of people who are not up to speed with their pop-culture quotient. XKCD is more like the Frasier of comic strips, the jokes are never in your face, but they are among the funnier ones out there.

Phd Comics: This strip about grad students is a perennial favorite, have been following this strip since engineering, that makes it one of the longest read strips by me. Mike Slackenerny rules btw.

Dilbert: Funny, crazy and just laugh out loud humorous. Scott Adams has created one of the most endearing symbols of the Cubicle era.

Beau Peep: Humour in the foreign legion. Beau, Dennis, the Nomad, the Chef, Honest Abdul make for a hilarious ensemble cast.

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Frazz: Initially started reading this because the reviews of it suggested it to be a thematic continuation of my favorite strip. One of the more intellectual strips, it balances social commentary with intellectual discussions, not to mention, its fun to read as well

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Garfield Minus Garfield: Garfield is funny, sure, but this is even better. From the site: Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.

dino

Tumbleweeds: One day in Mangalore, in my library, i got a book for real cheap, it was called “Sound off tumbleweeds”. I haven’t laughed so hard at a collection of strips excepting one. The strip has a poorly built website, but the strips are funny nonetheless.

dino

And, my number 1 comic strip

Calvin and Hobbes
(oh, come on, dont pretend you weren’t expecting this): I could write a full post on CnH itself, but i will restrict myself to a few words (maybe one day, a full post will be written). This is number one with good reason, The humour is just brilliant, the characters are well defined, the setting is believable, but more than all that, i think we all can relate to it. We all have been Calvins at some point in out lives. I already own 3 collections of CnH and will continue my buying of the books till completion of the collection. The strip included below is probably among my top 5 Calvin strips, enjoy.

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EDITS:

Gautham alerted me to a strip i forgot, Abstruse Goose , Also check out Pearls Before Swine

Did i leave out your favorite strip? Want to add any to the above list? Let me know, use the comments.

Until Next Time,
K.C.G

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Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing your favourite webcomics, some of them are really funny!

  2. Haven’t you heard of Cul-De-Sac, Sinfest, Abstruse Goose ??!

  3. @ego: Don’t like Sinfest all that much. I can’t believe i forgot “Abstruse Goose”, i actually like that one a lot. Dont know much about Cul-de-sac.

    Another strip i realized i forgot about is “Pearls Before Swine”

    Will Edit to include these.


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