I first started reading web comics as a way to pass time on my phone. I would pick a comic series, start from the beginning, and catch up. Once I caught up I would find a new series to follow, while still following the previous one. every day it updated. This grew out of hand, now I follow over a dozen comics weekly. It will most likely get worse considering I will refuse to stop following plot lines until a series ends.
This guide is comprised of my favorites. Each is addicting in its own way. Enjoy.
This sci-fi series takes place in a future where a drug, Z-Sups, eliminates the need for sleep. Citizens spend their sleepless lives working 16 hour days for the ominous ‘Corporation’. People who still need to sleep are oddities, seen as a disabled class. Main character Drew is allergic to the drug making him a social pariah. This drives Drew to the brink of madness, pounding caffeine to fit into a society not built for him.
The side effect of sleep give Drew a strange ability. He enters a alternate dream world. When The Corporation finds out he becomes their test subject. Working with other Dreamers, he explores the monster filled Dreamscape trained by two dickhead demons. The comic gets weirder with every chapter as Drew’s superpowers grow and he solves the mysteries behind his employer.
Strong Female Protagonist
This comic offers a breath of fresh air on the overdone super hero genre. Strong Female Protagonist gives a realistic view towards how society would view a super-powered population. It follows Allison, a college student and also a former super hero with super strength. This bi weekly comic addresses the relationship between super powers and real world problems. Through Allison’s eyes the series tackles problems much deeper than a simple evil mastermind. Each supporting character is fleshed out in a way that will make you feel a connection with every new hero. A must read.
‘Questionable Content’ follows the lives of a group of 20-something year old in Massachusetts. The comic can sometimes seem like a hipster version of ‘Friends’. The main characters spend most of their time drinking coffee, falling in and out of love, and listening to indie music. The unique aspect of the comic is the world creator Jeph Jacques has created over the last twelve years. QC’s world includes self aware robots, space stations, sketchy dive bars, and weird superheros. The cast of characters is immense and ever evolving which means this comic never gets old.
Don’t let the stick figure art fool you. XKCD is a hilarious web series filled with sarcasm and scientific inside jokes. The simple cartoons discuss everything from coding, to politics to the intricacies of physics. The heavy science themes can go a little over your head at times but each new comic has something to laugh at. While your there check out the spin off series ‘What If?’. The series serious scientific answers to some of the most absurd hypothetical questions.
Created by local cartoonist, Mikey Heller, Time Trabble’s charm comes from its utter randomness. The visual style is like Captain Underpants if Dav Pilkey had seasonal depression. Each stripe shows a new absurd situations with those involved seemingly unfazed. It is a simple seeming web comic to make you laugh with unhinged undertones. Good for a quick laugh every time you catch a new update.
Life Is Posers
Ever had a mohawk, blacked out on malt liquor, or got a stick n’ poke tattoo by a crust punk? If so you will find some common ground in Life Is Posers. This series follows a group of punks around Poserton as they cause chaos chasing down the next party. If you have ever gone to punk shows or spent a whole day finding beer money the characters will resemble some of your drinking buddies. Filled with a cast of pan handlers, space cases, and Neo Nazis, this is a great tongue in cheek view on living like a punk.
Dumbing of Age
Another slice of life comic that takes a turn for the fantastical. Dumbing of Age is a series following the lives of college students at Indiana University. It’s main focus is on Joyce Brown, a sheltered Christian Fundamentalist experiencing the world for the first time. It covers the usual college topics: classes, new friends, relationships, and growing up. It also explores darker topics of abuse, alcoholism, and violence. What makes this series unique is how it approaches each subject. Characters include a bipolar vigilante super hero, alpha bitch cheerleaders, and religious zealots. It takes classic subject matter to wacky proportions yet still reminds readers of their college years.
Poorly Drawn Lines
This quirky series is not one you have to keep up to date on. In fact it is more fun to hit random and bounce from one joke to the next. Much like Time Trabble the humor is in the randomness of the comic. Creator Reza Farazmand stretches every topic to the juvenile, jaded, and down right silly extremes. Universal in its humor, the book collections of this simply drawn series has won a New York Time Best Seller. It is a great comic to get a quick laugh when you are having a bad day.
What Is Deep Fried?
Last but not least, ‘What is Deep Fried’ comes from the depraved mind of Jason Yungbluth. The cartoonist known for Weapon Brown gives you a dose of the strong stuff with his twisted web series. Reading Deep Fried is like being dosed with something strong and led down a dark alley. It is dark humor at its finest, glazing over subjects most comics wouldn’t touch with a ten foot dick. It is not a single series, rather a collection of reoccurring characters and one off strips. You will find that you will love to hate the characters who do frequent the strip. Each panel will have you cringing, laughing, and looking over your shoulder all at once.