Part I: The Geeky
Although officially on hiatus, it’s been nearly two years since it was last updated. Still, this webcomic about a small-time Linux-based Canadian ISP is recognized as a webcomic long-runner. It hit the ten year mark in 2007. There’s enough archived content to keep any geek entertained for months.
xkcd is exactly what it says on the tin. It manages to capture so much awesomeness into a few line drawings. There’s a ton of math and physics humor, punnery, absurdism, and generally brainy humor.
(Clever web designers – you need to click the image to read the comic – their servers check the referring URL to make sure you’re actually looking at the whole page, otherwise they just serve a tiny snippet of the comic.)
Schlock Mercenary is a comic space opera about a band of mixed-species mercenaries who manage to take pissing off entire civilizations to award-worthy levels. The eponymous Sergeant Schlock is a sentient pile of organic matter. You’d be forgiven for mistaking him for a walking dung heap. Not by him of course – he’d show you how well his custom plasma gun makes holes in things.
Sequential Art centers around Art, a (human) commercial graphic designer, Kat, a catgirl photographer, and Pip, a penguin e-bay jockey. Roommates (well, flatmates – they’re in England) all. Expect lots of light humor and parody. Bonus fourth main character: Scarlet (and her 3 sisters), a dippy, naive supergenius squirrel. Alone, she’s easily an intellectual match for even the smartest dirt particles. But with her 3 sisters, they’re just smart enough to build useful things that invariably cause Art, Kat, and Pip no end of trouble. Sci/fi, fantasy, geek humor.
Part II: The Furry
Freefall is a space opera whose main character happens to be a genetically engineered wolf. She’s an engineer. The other main characters are a cowardly kleptomaniac space squid starship captain and an intellectually flawed robot. There’s a deep civil rights undertone to the witty sci-fi action as the author uses the strip to explore the concept of consciousness and the rights and responsibilities that come with it. And before anyone asks, yes, I do have a massive crush on Florence. I have since I started reading the strip. She’s as close to my ideal mate as one can get.
DMFA is a furry fantasy comic with an anime bias. It centers around the hapless semi-retired adventurer Dan who’s just found out he’s an incubus and now needs to learn to control his powers. It really centers around the ultra-powerful Fae Mab, who maintains a facade of simple-minded bubbliness but behind the scenes is orchestrating the events of history so as to hopefully avert disaster for all of existence. Oops – I just ruined the plot! 😄 Don’t worry – you’ll still enjoy reading the archives – and there are a lot of them but the early strips are downright painful to look at. Which is why the artist hasn’t redone them – she’d have to look at them long enough to do it.