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Webcomics are comic strips published via the Internet. Simple concept. Since they're not required to jump through hoops to get published (unlike syndicated newspaper strips), they often are edgier and have longer, more intricate plots. They make an excellent TimeSuck (in fact, it's traditional to introduce the FreshMen to [Sluggy Freelance] on the night before the first HumPaper is due). Put your favorite webcomics on this page, preferally with some kind of brief description. And please, try to keep some kind of order around here.

[Sluggy Freelance]: The archetypal webcomic, with about six and a half years of archives as of this writing (in early 2004). Probably the most popular webcomic in existence, it covers a huge range of genres but tends to stick to scifi/fantasy/horror. This admittedly leaves a lot of wiggle room. Updates daily. Well, except for Saturdays, when the artist takes a day off and another person does a filler strip/side story. (Used to be Ian Mcdonald, now someone else whose name escapes me.)

[The Bad Boys of Computer Science]: It's ALIVE! Well, sort of. It's still dead, but the author has a new comic, and now has the BBoCS? archives hosted on his new site. My favorite WebComic ever - it's your average geek-type college comic, with CS, gaming and generally making-fun-of-stupidity jokes. Think [Mac Hall] only funnier. Updates never (duh!)

[Penny Arcade]: A special interest comic regarding video games and the gaming industry. The comics are pretty funny, but what really makes it a great place for gamers to visit is the witty commentary of the creators, as displayed in both their comics and editorials. Updates MWF.

[MegaTokyo] : Two guys get kicked out of America and go to Japan, where they get stranded. One of them is an anime/manga-crazed kid who has a phobia of girls; a real shame since he meets a cute girl who has a softspot for foreign losers. The other has trouble separating reality from whatever universe he's in, which results in a lot of things getting destroyed. Very nice art, a bit shoujo, updates whenever Piro has the time to.

[Dominic Deegan]: A fantasy manga about a seer and his friends; currently winding down from an epic save-the-world plot but that's not all they do. Good art, good characters, bad puns. Updates daily.

[El Goonish Shive]: A rather odd comic strip about some rather odd highschool students. Characters swap forms and genders around, train at the "anime-style martial arts dojo", fight beings from other dimensions, and the like. Average art, good writing, decent characters, and large archives. Updates MWF.

[8-bit Theater]: An ongoing comic that retells the story of FinalFantasyOne with NES sprites, occasional bits of genuinely poetic writing, and lots of quirky humor. It gets old after a while, but it's worth reading at least the first 150 strips or so. Updates vaguely three times a week.

[Bob and George]: As long as we're talking about sprite comics, B&G should be here. If not the original Megaman recolor comic strip, it is at least the one with the most consistently good writing. Lots of fourth-wall breakage. Some of the fan/subcomics are interesting, too. Updates daily (in theory).

[Kid Radd]: An interesting take on the whole sprite-comic genre, these comics should be seen if only for the way they approach the medium. Each "strip" is a series of possibly-animated "slides" in a "viewer"; each slide is done primarily with HTML code. The sprites (which are actually original art) actually get their blockiness from being blown up by the HTML instead of by a paint program. Interesting style, and it doesn't hurt that the content is unique (no game storyline rehashes here). The story has run its course, and the comic has ended, but the archives are still online for those of you who haven't read it yet.

[Jack]: An adult comic that, for once, isn't about sex. Jack the Reaper is the namesake of the comic; the storylines generally each focus on people either making the transition from life to death, or peoples' "lives" post-mortem. Good art, if occasionally rather graphic. Updates three times a week (?).

[Adventurers!]: possibly the first RPG parody comic, definitely the one with the largest archives. Generally good writing, and the art is passable once you get about halfway through the archives. Updates TThS?, though it appears to be almost over.

[Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki]: The name should say it all. A parody of magical-girl manga with some genderbending jokes and some requisite cheesecake. Updates very sporadically.

[Darkbolt]: A huge suit manga (where "suit" means that the main characters have special body armors that give them magical abilities). Writing is standard manga fare, art is average; there's a lot of action scenes, but then, what did you expect? What helps keep it alive is the fact that the author updates with four or five pages per week. Updates Mondays.

[Men In Hats]: A comic about some guys who walk through the desert talking. Well, and other stuff (like setting people on fire, or pushing a church off a cliff, or just staring at each other). Often thought-provoking, often silly. Seems to be dead at the moment, but the archives are still worth a read.

[Dragon Tails]: A webcomic about a group of young dragons who live in a forest. Art is reasonably good, and the humour is often very good. The comic has been going for years, has quite a large archive, and is pretty consistently amusing throughout. And it's worth it just for the occasional Eva joke. Seems to be dead, but the archives are still worth a read.

[Something Positive]: "Once upon a time, there were two friends - a girl named Aubrey, and a jerk named Davan. They'd grown up together in a mystical place known as the Dallas/Ft?. Worth area. Okay, well, maybe not mystical. Actually, it sort of blew... and Davan didn't even live in Ft. Worth or Dallas, but in a little pitstop between called Bedford. Anyway, they were chugging away and being themselves when one day, Davan had a realization - he didn't know what the hell he was doing with his life. Aubrey had a sneaking suspicion she was in the same boat, but kept it to herself. They had some mutual friends, including a Canadian named Pee-Jee, who'd moved to Boston a while back, and decided maybe that was a good idea. So they packed up and moved up north to see if maybe a change of scenary would help them make sense of life. Thus far, it hasn't - but they're too lazy too move again." A nice, somewhat bitter webcomic. It tries to be fair as it mocks, insults, and injures everyone with equal glee. Updates daily in theory, sporadically in reality.

[Questionable Content]: A comic about some twenty-something indie-rock fans, their respective amusing love lifes. Also includes a healthy dose of sarcastic sidechatter, and costars a humanoid robot who doesn't understand the human romance thing fully, but gets it enough to make snarky comments. Oh, and the author also frequently recommends music he likes, on the side. Updates 5 times a week (and he's pretty good about it, too).

[Piled High and Deeper]: Like Crippling Depression, only for grad students. One Stanford grad student's take on the benefits and drawbacks of being a grad student there. Makes fun of Berkeley about as frequently as a Mudd comic might make fun of CalTech?. Updates about 3 times a week, give or take.

[Squidi]: A comic consisting of handmade sprites. Has two main storylines: A Modest Destiny, which is fantasy-based and is getting pretty epic, and The Starship Destiny, which is sci-fi based, less serious, and was pretty much abandoned... Still, A Modest Destiny is pretty good: it starts rough, but what webcomic doesn't? Updates five days a week.

[Tailsteak]: A bunch of different webcomics, with independent storylines and plots, by the same guy, known only as Tailsteak. He updates whichever he feels like, whenever he feels like, and the topics range from alien rickshaw-pullers to political commentary.

[1/0]: Dead comic, also by Tailsteak. It, for the most part, completely lacks a forth wall, and the characters explore the philosophical questions of living in a comic strip: free will, existence, etc. Interesting, in a psuedo-philosophical way.

[Ctrl+Alt+Del]: Another gamer comic, similar to Penny Arcade. Except this one has a sapient XBox robot, and a penguin! Updates M-W-F.

[Smogwarts] A Mudd webcomic based on the many parallels between HMC and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, though most comics so far just poke fun at Mudd experiences in general. Updated each weekday for the summer of '05.

[Narbonic]: A webcomic, written by Shaenon Garrity, following the adventures of Dave Davenport, a CS grad currently working (against his underdeveloped common sense) for patently eeeevil mad scientist Helen Narbon. Shaeon's sense of pacing and cartoon mechanics is fantastic; 9 out of 10 hyperintelligent mutant gerbils agree that while her work is cute, hysterical, and witty, it does not fail to advance some disturbing long-term plot arcs. One of the main attractions on [Modern Tales], a pay-for-read subscription site . . . for a short time, however, she's opened up her archives to non-subscribers. (Also, WillShipley is strongly considering buying her book compilations to bring to Mudd next year.) Updates daily, with a grab bag of goodies on Sunday ranging from guest art to chapters of a Victorian serial featuring her main characters.

[Bob the Angry Flower]: An absurdist comic about an angry flower. Updates every week, maybe.

[Ozy and Millie]: Comic about two wacky young foxes named Ozy and Millie who are best friends. Occasionally philosophical, and generally silly, cute, and clever. And Ozy's dad is a dragon. Updates weekdays.

[Schlock Mercenary]: Imagine a giant space opera. Wait, you're not thinking big enough. OK, now center the story on a bunch of mercenaries who happen, in their adventures, to discover a giant conspiracy, spawn a FleetMind?, experiment in time travel, and use these things called Fabbers to make whatever the heck they feel like. Now, remember that they're mercenaries, and they live by the rules of things such as "There is no overkill. There is only 'open fire' and 'I need to reload'". OK, now read it, because you still haven't comprehended the hilarious awesomeness.

[xkcd]: Simultaneously the worst artwork and some of the best geeky humor on the web. I'm shocked - shocked! - this hasn't been posted here yet.

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