From the Economist Special Christmas Double Issue:
Triumph of the nerds
The internet has unleashed a burst of cartooning creativity
IN 1989 Bill Watterson, the writer of “Calvin and Hobbes”, a brilliant comic strip about a six-year-old child and his stuffed tiger, denounced his industry. In a searing lecture, he attacked bland, predictable comics, churned out by profit-driven syndicates. Cartooning, said Mr Watterson, “will never be more than a cheap, brainless commodity until it is published differently.”
In 2012 he is finally getting his way. As the newspaper industry continues its decline, the funnies pages have decoupled from print. Instead of working for huge syndicates, or for censored newspapers with touchy editors, cartoonists are now free to create whatever they want. Whether it is cutting satire about Chinese politics, or a simple joke about being a dog, everything can win an audience on the internet.
The article is here – behind a paywall, unfortunately. The strange thing is that the article does a good overview of what is out there in the online comic world (though I know there are omissions) but fails to provide a single link. I assume it is policy. Anyway, I have hunted down the various comics mentioned and set out the links below. If you are at all interested in comics or cartoons, you should find at least one site to bookmark, if not more. And I have added a couple of other links for your consideration. One is the link to the most obvious omission from the article, the world famous Dandy, now well and truly disappeared from brick and mortar stores, but firmly established online. The other is to a personal favorite of mine: Aces Weekly.What else is there to say? Enjoy!
- Hark! A vagrant
- The Oatmeal
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
- Dinosaur Comics
- To Be or Not To Be; That is the Adventure
- Mega Tokyo
- Penny Arcade
- Bear Nuts
- Garfield Minus Garfield
Try these as well: