Greetings and Salutations Nerdarchy Readers!,
As you are reading this, I think it is a safe bet you are capable of reading and enjoy it during your leisure time. To this purpose I would love to share my love of web comics. Now there is many web comics out there and I am sure many will say “what about this…” or “you forgot about that one!”.
Well my friend, there is always a part 2 to do and I would like to thank you in advance for your advice on which to check out in the future. None the less, This is my top ten web comics that I currently enjoy or have in the past.
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10. Ctrl+Alt+Del: Ctrl+Alt+Del is the creation of Tim Buckley and follows the madcap adventure of Ethan the mildly psychotic gamer, his best friend Lucas, the beautiful pro gamer Lilah, and Zeke the sentient xbox robot made by Ethan. Beyond creating holidays, running a game store, fighting off a robot apocalypse and stopping a penguin bent on taking over the world… Thing’s are pretty normal in this web comic.
Though the series is only number 10, and barely that, because the series seems to be on indefinite hiatus with nothing but side stories. Though it has years of the main story worth checking out and an animated series to boot. This web comic does not appear to have a set update schedule but is very steady in it’s new content. Also worth note is the site has a minimalist comic series that runs alongside the main comic known as CAD Sillies.
9. Spinnerette: This little brain child of Krazy Krow is your average super hero web comic on it’s face. With a satirical look at many super hero common stereotypes that somehow gets you to really feel for these characters. What really sets it apart is that in the 4 years it has been out, it has managed to tackle some tough issues. Everything from coming to grips with one’s sexuality, coming out, racism, interracial relationships, first loves, deadly disease that causes slow death, to war and political refugees.
The current arc, which has me on the edge of my seat, has a noble hero dealing with wanting revenge, even if it costs her life, against the man who caused her PTSD. Though that may seem busy or rushed, it has been a beautifully written natural flow to everything. Though random it appears to update Wed and Fri.
8. Zombie Roomie: This gem of a web comic by John Wigger is like the show Friends… if Joey was a zombie and all the horror stories we grew up with were real. This one is full of puns, fun and all thinks nerd. As a reader of Nerdarchy, this one really is written straight for you. I do love how the author constantly reinvents the way the characters do their hair and clothes. This adds to the feeling of watching these people grow up and deal with real life issues mixed with a bit of unlife.
SPOILER: I can’t wait to see more of main character George’s baby Cthulhu spawn. Thing seems to be a fowl mouthed straight shooter. This web comic updates Mon, Wed, Fri.
7. D20 Monkey: Brian Patterson really shows that he is an old school gamer with his knowledge and attention to detail in this web comic series. If you are a gamer and love web comics, this one is for you. Near and dear to me is the fact that this series shows that anyone can game. From the awkward nerd, to the babe, the blind guy, the stereotypical gay friend, and even Santa Claus’ illegitimate son.
It also shows another thing that I have been privileged to witness over the years, game table therapy. From bringing a father and son together, to a person coming to grips with their homophobia being a cover for not wanting to admit his own homosexual feelings. Each arc is well done and ties up very nicely. This web comic updates Mon, Wed, Fri.
6. Table Titans: Though I had to wrestle hard on either this or Scott Kurtz’ other web comic PVP but in the end I gave the win to this one as it is not only sanctioned and endorsed by Wizards of The Coast but is aimed at gamers with content by gamers. Every issue of this web comic is an ongoing in character and out of character storyline of a group of gamers trying out the new edition of the classic game, Dungeons and Dragons due out the summer of 2014.
What really sets this one apart though is every issue is accompanied by a hilarious story from nerds like you and I from the gamer stories. Though I am still waiting to see my story show up on there, I have yet to not laugh at a story they chose. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be your days to check for this web comic.
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5. Least I could Do: Soon to be a series on HBO, this amazing web comic is the creation of Ryan Sohmer and artist Lar De Souza. It mainly mainly follows the promiscuous adventures of Rayne Summers as he chases women and comes up with crazy schemes. Through this his friends and family are dragged into many stories that will have you laughing and thinking. Often the series will make commentary on current events or on sociological issues which matter to the author but does so in a way that keeps it interesting.
As a speical treat there is a “LICD Beginnings” that follows Rayne as a child with a “Calvin and Hobbes” art style and that every valentines day they run a contest to have one fan drawn into a date special with a main character of the winner’s choosing. I would also like to put out there that this is the only series I know of that the character’s are aging in real time. Look for updates of this web comic EVERY DAY.
4. Evil Inc: Brad Guigar really knocked it out of the park with this web comic. A corporation ran by villains for villains, puns galore so bad they are hilarious, and a lampooning look at the heroes and villains we all know and love. What is interesting is how the writer has snuck in messages that we all can relate to. From Iron Dragon wrestling with his philanderer ways in the face of true love, to the CEO Evil Atom viewing life from the eyes of one facing life’s twilight.
My favorite is the romance and marriage of Class A villainess Miss Match and #1 super hero Captain Heroic. I can tell you that these two are probably the tangibly real couple I have seen in a web comic. Why do I say that? Because they are not perfect. They fall down, get back up, have arguments, and still passionately love each other at the end of the day. Real love is not all roses and candy, sometimes it is work and these two show that it is all worth it. Check often, as there is updates EVERY DAY.
3. Schlock Mercenary: My daughter’s godfather turned me onto this web comic by Howard Tayler. Updating EVERY DAY, and part of my daily ritual, this self described “comic space opera” follows a mercenary crew of Tagon’s Toughs as they try to make a buck while trying only slightly harder to stay alive long enough to spend it.
What I find interesting is that the series is named after the amorphous Schlock but gives an equal amount of face time to every character. From a seemingly immortal killer blob named schlock with the brains of a child, to a koala named Petey with the power of thousands upon thousands of artificial intelligences (and the warships that come along with those A.I.s), Schlock mercenary is years worth of non stop linear story of unique amazing characters. What is very interesting is that any character changes in design are explained in story and that anyone who dies stays dead.
Considering the series debuted on June 12th 2000 and is updated daily, you can imagine just how long this beautifully written story really is. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be surprised but most of all you will be hooked. Also knowing someone in my real life that the character Lt. Pibald is based on is kinda neat.
2. 8 Bit Theater: The number 2 slot is taken up by this amazing gem that never sacrificed its plot and shows that you can make a good story with anything. Brian Clevinger actually created this series as a high school project in 2001, and using the sprites from such classics as Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy III to weave a comedic, satirical story that very roughly follows the entirety of the Final Fantasy game for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
There is no lesson, no moral, just 4 characters of questionable morals and even more questionable intelligence bumbling through life trying to save the world while pursuing their own ends. Not to give any spoilers but pay attention to everyone they cross, Brian Clevinger makes use of many of the small characters for big effects toward the end.
I strongly suggest not drinking while reading this one as I had the VERY UNPLEASANT experience of having Black Velvet shoot out my nose from sheer hilarity. It is worth note that the entire web comic was wrapped up well and ready to be read. No updates will be done in the foreseeable future.
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1. Looking For Group: Currently this web comic series by Ryan Sohmer and Lar De Souza is being updated every Monday and Thursday but check back every weekday as the site is host to two different related projects that update the other days of the work week. This web comic was a VERY tough choice on which would be number 1 but I gave the win to this based on it still being in production. Anywhovian, though it appears at first glance to be based in World of Warcraft, Looking For Group is in fact one of the longest, richest, funniest stories out there.
Following the heroic elven ranger Cale, his on again off again love interest of questionable lineage Benny, the bardic warrior dwarf Pella, and last but definitely not least… the sociopathic Chief Warlock of the Brothers of Darkness, Lord of the Thirteen Hells, Master of the Bones, Emperor of the Black, Lord of the Undead, Lord of the Dance, mayor of a nice village up the coast (it is quite scenic in the spring, you should visit), and Mistress of Magma… Richard.
Over the course of the 8 years of it’s ongoing run, you watch as the characters face off against an enemy army, make tough decisions that have long reaching effects, and see that the actions of a few can effect thousands. Beyond the lord of the rings scale story is a Machiavellian level of planning behind the scenes that is revealed slowly to be there the entire time. I don’t often think a web comic is worth buying the hard copies of but this is one I would be proud to see on my shelf.
Inspiring everything from toys (my daughter sleeps with a “Little Richard” ), to music Videos, to a full length movie and video game in the works. Looking for Group is the web comic that launched a thousand products.
I sincerely hope that this little list provided you with some good leads on what to read. I know it would take an amazingly long time to read them all, but not a one is going to fail to entertain.
Feel free, loyal Nerdarchy reader, to comment with your favorite webcomics.
This is Nigel “Nubz” Sanford reminding you all to role with it.