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Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the obligatory-xkcd dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 321

skade88 writes "It's time to do another year-end best-of roundup! Today's topic is web comics. What was your favorite web comic of 2012? Feel free to use the following categories, or make up your own. 1) Best overall web comic series of 2012. (Any web comic that produced content in 2012). 2) Funniest web comic of 2012. (This one represents the single funniest comic of any web comic series. Provide links!) 3) Best art in a web comic of 2012. (Web comic from 2012 with the most amazing art ever). 4) Web comic that was most relevant to you in 2012. (This one is even more subjective than the others)."

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gay dicks raping your eyeballs (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399181)

that one.

Re:gay dicks raping your eyeballs (-1, Offtopic)

TemperedAlchemist (2045966) | about a year ago | (#42399237)

I didn't know a dick could have a sexual preference.

Re:gay dicks raping your eyeballs (1)

NaCh0 (6124) | about a year ago | (#42399339)

Then you aren't reading the best web comic out there: Jerkcity [jerkcity.com]

Re:gay dicks raping your eyeballs (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399577)

It's raining!
It's pouring!

My cock is filling your asshole with cum!

Too east (5, Insightful)

cheater512 (783349) | about a year ago | (#42399187)

Best art in a web comic has to be http://xkcd.com/1110/ [xkcd.com]

Derp, Derp! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399331)

Let me guess...you spam every fucking story with 'hilarious' links to that shitty website.

Re:Too east (2, Insightful)

chronokitsune3233 (2170390) | about a year ago | (#42399387)

I love XKCD, but best art? Well, in terms of artistic ability, stick figures are far from difficult. However, this particular "strip" along with all of its geekiness—the fact that you can drag it AND a lot of the content itself—was truly amazing. I can definitely agree with this vote.

Re:Too east (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399601)

Personally, I've come to hate XKCD('s following, at least) but I can't deny it best art for that day's entry (not fair to call it a strip). It didn't have a lot of true "technical" art skill, but it really did push the boundary of expectations and really did give a sense of exploration

Re:Too east (1)

dirk (87083) | about a year ago | (#42399673)

I think you are confusing most art with best art. It is certainly an accomplishment, but the art isn't particular amazing.

Re:Too east (5, Insightful)

slimjim8094 (941042) | about a year ago | (#42399863)

I think you're confusing best technique with best art. The art wasn't the beauty of the actual strokes, it was the beauty of the idea and execution.

Re:Too east (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42400135)

I think you're confusing best technique with best art. The art wasn't the beauty of the actual strokes, it was the beauty of the idea and execution.

... wich it's art too.

Re:Too east (1)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | about a year ago | (#42400301)

I wore out a couple mouse skates on that damn comic... EXCELLENT... plus I now have over 99% of a 12" x 12" sheet of etched Teflon [amazon.com] in my misc. supplies store.
I thought my friends would tease me but they let it slide...

xkcd (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399193)

That is all.
I didn't even read the summary.

For gaming? Nerfnow.com (1)

saikou (211301) | about a year ago | (#42399217)

Nerf Now [nerfnow.com] was my pleasant discovery in 2012 :)
Yes, some humor can be a bit weird for non-gamers, but you can't just limit yourself to XKCD (okay, maybe you can, but more regular content is better)

Re:For gaming? Nerfnow.com (1)

isorox (205688) | about a year ago | (#42399625)

Nerf Now [nerfnow.com] was my pleasant discovery in 2012 :)
Yes, some humor can be a bit weird for non-gamers, but you can't just limit yourself to XKCD (okay, maybe you can, but more regular content is better)

Xkcd has come out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for years. How is that not regular?

Re:For gaming? Nerfnow.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42400213)

I started reading it now, but it became obvious very quickly that the person writing it had no idea that a pyro can airblast rockets. It killed the (already very limited) fun from reading it, so I stopped around strip 12.

Re:For gaming? Nerfnow.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42400289)

Should have kept reading! The 4chan references are hilarious.

well? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399221)

Who's going to link the relevant xkcd strip?
(my favorites were the what-ifs rather than strips

Schlock Mercenary (5, Interesting)

Sowelu (713889) | about a year ago | (#42399243)

For reliable quality I'd go with Schlock Mercenary. It's not-too-soft sci-fi, consistent and pretty good art, a daily update schedule, very good pacing, and nothing about it annoys me.

Re:Schlock Mercenary (5, Informative)

Y.A.A.P. (1252040) | about a year ago | (#42399891)

I think Schlock cannot be mentioned enough.

The art is better quality than most web comics (or newspaper/dead tree comics), even if the style isn't going for as-real-as-possible. No storyline is ever dropped in the middle (there are cutaways to things happening on the other side of the galaxy, but these are things happening at the same time and the series will then jump right back to the main action).

Not every day has a LOL moment at the end (or during the strip), but that's because something's happening in the strip which is a very much OMG sort-of thing.

And, oh yeah, something else the parent post mentions which I've never seen any other web comic manage: a new comic every single day of the year (and it's never some kind of filler), and has done this since the comic started (which means a huge reading archive). Which means not a single day need go by without the reader getting some form of entertainment on that day.

Re:Schlock Mercenary (2)

BigSlowTarget (325940) | about a year ago | (#42399945)

It's really amazing to take a look at the first strips then walk through as the artist has improved in technique and detail. There's an easy jump to the first strip. Compare that to the latest one. The difference is profound.

Re:Schlock Mercenary (1)

peragrin (659227) | about a year ago | (#42400189)

After 12.5 years Some 4,500 updates.( you have to count days and leap years). I would hope the artist not only gets better with that kind of practice but faster too.

I read schlock daily. It is awesome. Multi year story arcs, Stories from multiple points of view. Consistency that Hollywood doesn't dream as possible.

Characters flawed, but very few actually over the top. everyone has a reason(logic, emotional, money) for doing exactly what they are doing and when.

Here's five examples (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399247)

Order of the Stick
Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures
The Non-Adventures of Wonderella
Menage a 3
Eerie Cuties

I could list more, but there's five for you. Find the links yourself.

Favs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399287)

1) Buttersafe - http://buttersafe.com

2) Mnage à 3: http://ma3comic.com

3) Bravoman: http://www.shiftylook.com/comics/bravoman

4) Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: http://smbc-comics.com

Wondermark (2)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year ago | (#42399291)

By far my favorite web comic, and some of favorites are from this year, like the one below about tic tacs. The link is for the first of a four-part series, so hit next to see the rest. And don't forget the alt text.

http://wondermark.com/813/ [wondermark.com]

Re:Wondermark (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42400101)

In lieu of the recent showing of A Christmas Carol, I was hoping for something more along the lines of "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine" [youtube.com] for the punch line, but c'est la vie.

Best Relevance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399303)

But I can't post *why* it was so relevant...... **whistles to self**

http://www.theyfit.co.uk/pages/theyfit-comic

Oatmeal vs funkyjunk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399311)

Polarbear riding lawyers mother
photo of cash he's never going to see.

EPIC!

Bravoman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399351)

Bravoman has great art, humor, story, and kind of came from nowhere: http://www.shiftylook.com/comics/bravoman.

Like its crazy coloring...don't see enough of that in webcomics!

Oglaf.com (5, Interesting)

queazocotal (915608) | about a year ago | (#42399357)

Not worksafe.

Favorite Web Comic (3, Insightful)

celticgeek (1356201) | about a year ago | (#42399403)

Best overall webcomic series of 2012: Questionable Content http://www.questionablecontent.net/ [questionablecontent.net]

Re:Favorite Web Comic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42400061)

Surely this is a troll?

Re:Favorite Web Comic (1)

hormesis (1139599) | about a year ago | (#42400079)

I logged in to my slashdot account for the first time in 5 years to tell you that you are a terrible person.

Basic Instructions is the Best (1, Informative)

Mark Atwood (19301) | about a year ago | (#42399413)

1 Best: Basic Instructions http://basicinstructions.net/
2 Single Best: too many to choose from
3 Best Art: Girl Genius http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/
4 Most Relevant: Dilbert http://dilbert.com/

XKCD April Fools 2012 (4, Interesting)

Maow (620678) | about a year ago | (#42399431)

XKCD's Umwelt [xkcd.com] comic for April Fools 2012, the best comic ever.

Dozens of different comics presented depending on your IP, your browser, your geolocation, and many other factors too numerous to enumerate.

A mind boggling concept, a tremendous amount of work, incredible creativity.

Shout out to Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Tom the Dancing Bug, too. Tom Tomorrow also hits it out of the park on occasion.

Some of 'em.. (1)

Ardyvee (2447206) | about a year ago | (#42399455)

Carciphona http://carciphona.com/... NavComic http://navcomic.com/... Yeah. I think these two are pretty good. Then there is also Rain over at devianart.

A what comic? (2)

Bazman (4849) | about a year ago | (#42399465)

What the heck is a web comic anyway? They're all on the web now. I'd rather see a poll for best non-web comic.

I'd vote for Steve Bell's If... strips as published in The Guardian, but you murkans wouldn't get the jokes. He was also meta before it was mainstream, one of his penguin characters joking in a strip about "the baggy-eyed yanks upstairs" when If... was printed underneath Doonesbury.

This is like asking what turd you liked the best (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399471)

40 year old doodles on the web, and its 90% bland pointless, poorly drawn shit

which one do I like the best? I dunno the one with corn?

xkcd, obv (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399487)

http://xkcd.com/1110/

End of discussion

Too many options. (0)

baldusi (139651) | about a year ago | (#42399505)

1)Schlock Mercenary
2)The Whiteboard
3)Least I Could Do
4) Menage a trois
5)Too Much Information

Alessonislearned (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399517)

Alessonislearned.com just came back

Troops of Doom comic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399561)

By far my favorite web comic is Troops of Doom. A humor adventure webcomic featuring a mix of slapstick, social satire and geek culture jokes.

http://www.troopsofdoomcomic.com/

Girl Genius Online (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399569)

Girl Genius [girlgeniusonline.com]

Great art and story

Re:Girl Genius Online (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399947)

seconded here.

Cyanide&Happiness (3, Insightful)

hedley (8715) | about a year ago | (#42399579)

Consistently funny, esp Depressing Comic Week

H.

Re:Cyanide&Happiness (1)

clintp (5169) | about a year ago | (#42399845)

Agree about Cyanide & Happiness. Sick, perverted, and completely inappropriate. And always funny despite just being stick figures.

(The thinking man's version of xkcd.)

JL8 by Yale Stewart (1)

flabbergast (620919) | about a year ago | (#42399605)

Imagine if the Justice League met as super-powered children instead of adults. And their gym teacher was Darkseid. And Batman and Superman pretending to be Spider-man with the mouth sound effects (Tchoo!) Its sweet without being over-bearing and hits that perfect note of what it is to be children.

http://jl8comic.tumblr.com/ [tumblr.com]

Derelict (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399651)

Well-known it ain't, but the best Sci-Fi story I've seen in years plays out every Monday on Derelict. http://derelictcomic.com/ Great art, great world, great characters.

I nominate... Loading Artist (1)

julianl (2771751) | about a year ago | (#42399655)

A few comics have been mentioned several times, and deservingly. If I may add my two cents, however, I would add a few more:

Best art in a webcomic: Loading Artist. Despite it being quite new compared to some of the veteran comics out there, it has shot in popularity this past year and not without reason. Not always the funniest, but definitely the most beautiful IMO. http://www.loadingartist.com/ [loadingartist.com]

Most relevant (to me in any case): "The Joy of Tech" by GeekCulture.com. Certainly appeals to the tech-orientied masses and is much easier to understand than comics like XKCD. It might not be as intellectually stimulating, but browsing through the archives is a great way to spend some time and have an easy laugh. http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/ [geekculture.com]

There you have it.

Re:I nominate... Loading Artist (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42400249)

I too like loading artist.

I also like amazingsuperpowers.com, licd.com, and lfgcomic.com

Favorite Comic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399703)

my favorite is User Friendly, http://www.userfriendly.org/. It's about the inhabitants of a Canadian ISP.

Troops of Doom comic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399713)

My favorite web comic is Troops of Doom. A humor adventure webcomic featuring a mix of slapstick, social satire and geek culture jokes.

http://www.troopsofdoomcomic.com/

whisper in the wind (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399715)

1) Tower of god is by far my most favorite comic of all time. If you ask me Korea is well ahead of the "west" in the webcomic department now-a-days,

In English:
http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/tower-of-god-r1

the official site in the original Korean:
http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/list.nhn?titleId=183559

PS: yes it counts, it is free it is published regularly and exclusively online, it is not manga/manhwa.

2)Funniest? I have to go with go with Scandinavia and the World - although I probably find it funnier than most of the world :).

http://satwcomic.com/

3)best art - that is a tough one as I dont see that as very important. I would pick Meek, good story doesnt hurt either.

http://www.meekcomic.com

I don't expect people to agree with my tastes, they rarely do, but Tower of God makes me feel like a giddy fanboy.

Lackadaisycats (2)

FlameWise (84536) | about a year ago | (#42399777)

In no particular order I'm currently reading:
1) XKCD http://xkcd.org/ [xkcd.org] (and yes, 1110 was amazing art even though it's mostly about arcane, subtle or smart references)
2) Dilbert http://dilbert.com/fast [dilbert.com] (makes actual work seem a little less sad)
3) Lackadaisycats http://lackadaisycats.com/comic.php [lackadaisycats.com] (guns, alcohol and cats)
4) Unsounded http://unsoundedcomic.com/ [unsoundedcomic.com] (thieves and their pesky offspring)
5) Gunnerkrigg Court http://gunnerkrigg.com/ [gunnerkrigg.com] (a school with mediums, shadows and robots)

Touch of dark comedy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42399895)

Creative and entertaining views and oddities.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
http://www.smbc-comics.com/

yes...manhwa... (1)

bigCstyle (2802795) | about a year ago | (#42399907)

Best overall 2012: The God of Highschool, runner up: Noblesse
Best art: The Breaker: New Waves
Best Story: The God of Highschool, runner up: Noblesse

Kevin And Kell (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42400041)

My first check of the day is on Kevin and Kell [kevinandkell.com] , even before slashdot.

My favourites... (1)

tao (10867) | about a year ago | (#42400057)

1.) Pearls Before Swine ( http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine?ref=comics [gocomics.com] )

2.) Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal ( http://www.smbc-comics.com/ [smbc-comics.com] )
Examples:
* http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2835#comic [smbc-comics.com]
* http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2560#comic [smbc-comics.com]
* http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2674#comic [smbc-comics.com]

3.) Romantically Apocalyptic ( http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/ [romantical...lyptic.com] )

4.) A softer world ( http://asofterworld.com/ [asofterworld.com] )

Subnormality (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42400265)

http://www.viruscomix.com/subnormality.html

Very good stories and art.

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