2010 Comic Strip Question

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2010

Open question: What comic strip did you discover in 2010 that you now read religiously?

Update: Feel free to include links if you’d like: I’ve overridden the “2 or more links send a comment into moderation” function.

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  1. Nick Theodorakis Dec 31st 2010 at 12:05 pm 1

    Cul de Sac
    Questionable Content (not new, but new for me)
    Velia, Dear
    SUBNORMALITY (can’t say religiously, since it’s updated very sporadically)


  2. Winter Wallaby Dec 31st 2010 at 12:10 pm 2

    Hark a Vagrant

  3. GagWriter Dec 31st 2010 at 12:19 pm 3

    Freshly Squeezed
    The Argyle Sweater

  4. James Schend Dec 31st 2010 at 12:21 pm 4

    Super Mega Comics: http://supermegacomics.com/index.php

    Very Pokey The Penguin-esque, exactly the kind of humor I like.

  5. Elyrest Dec 31st 2010 at 12:22 pm 5

    Questionable Content.

    I love that warped little world of Jeph Jacques.

  6. OldOwl Dec 31st 2010 at 12:24 pm 6

    Hark! A Vagrant

  7. mitch4 Dec 31st 2010 at 12:34 pm 7

    I’d second Hark a Vagrant.

    Out There. [Bought the extant collection of books, reading from the beginning in those while following the current strips online.]
    Girls with Slingshots.
    Templar, AZ. [Bought the extant collection of books, reading from the beginning in those while following the current strips online. — Though in fact my read-from-the-beginning has gone back to the web, as I like following the reader comments.]
    Penny and Aggie
    Pink Parts [But this has been so irregular!]
    PHD Comics

    Also like Questionable Content but was reading it before 2010. But listing it here to second Nick’s endorsement, plus I got the first volume as printed book as a gift and will be reading that.

    Comics I gave up on in 2010:
    Cyanide and Happiness — enjoyed the comic, but not enough to put up with the aggressive pop-up strategy.

    Comics I started following in 2010 but still haven’t decided whether to keep going with “permanently”:
    Surviving the World
    All New Issues

  8. Mark Dalrymple Dec 31st 2010 at 12:34 pm 8

    Optipess. http://www.optipess.com/ . Sick an twisted.

  9. amo Dec 31st 2010 at 12:37 pm 9

    girls with slingshots and 9 chickweed lane - both thanks to you

  10. Jen Dec 31st 2010 at 12:46 pm 10

    Wonderella http://nonadventures.com/
    Bug http://www.bugcomic.com/
    Subnormality http://www.viruscomix.com/subnormality.html

    I’m sure there’s more. I’m a regular comics junky.

  11. Futabakun Dec 31st 2010 at 12:53 pm 11

    Barney & Clyde
    Velia, Dear (I’m a very frequent commenter there: www.veliadear.com)
    C’est La Vie
    The Doozies (so intentionally bad, it’s brilliant)
    Dumbing of Age
    Skin Horse
    Tanktop, Texas (yeah, I’ll get grief over this one, but I can’t help myself; I love it!)

  12. Zookeeper Dec 31st 2010 at 12:53 pm 12

    I’d have to say CIDU. Thank you Bill, for the consistently satisfying, wry commentaries on the human condition. (P.S. I also like Knight Life.)

  13. Val Dec 31st 2010 at 01:00 pm 13

  14. Detcord Dec 31st 2010 at 02:18 pm 14

    Well, thanks to this site, I’ve added two; xkcd and 9 Chickweed Lane (the latter despite my best efforts ;-) ).

    I’ve also discovered a third, called erfworld, or OralStick - they don’t seem able to make up their minds and it’s a bit sporadic at the moment. Nevertheless, it’s a right-riviting-read, whenever they get started again. :-D

  15. Kamino Neko Dec 31st 2010 at 02:21 pm 15

    Ironically, considering it’s been in repeats since, like, 2008, PreTeena. Aside from Dumbing of Age, which only started this year, everything I follow regularly, I’ve been following for at least a year and a half (when Eerie Cuties started).

  16. Kamino Neko Dec 31st 2010 at 02:24 pm 16

    Wait, not true. Springiette has moved over to ‘religiously’, and I only discovered that a few months ago.

  17. Bob Peters Dec 31st 2010 at 03:03 pm 17

    Questionable Content. Not new, but new to me.

  18. PeterW Dec 31st 2010 at 03:07 pm 18

    Hm… I think a lot of the comics I think of as “new” I actually picked up last year. Arlo and Janis, Questionable Content, Menage A 3, and others.

    Most of the new strips I started to follow this year were startups from cartoonists I already follow (the only example I can think of is that I read In The Gutters because I read Least I Could Do).

    Thanks to this site, I finally started reading My Cage, in blogged rerun form. I always thought it was a webcomic that I’d go find someday until I heard it was canceled.

    Now, I’ve given up on a lot of newspaper comic strips this year, and I’m definitely cutting even more in my next cull. Family Circus and Ziggy come to mind. Neither have been funny in years, and they rarely come up at The Comics Curmudgeon.

    TCC itself is starting to focus more on the soap strip core, so I’m doing a lot of skimming and starting to consider dropping it.

  19. Kara Dec 31st 2010 at 03:09 pm 19

    Surviving the World

  20. Charlene Dec 31st 2010 at 03:32 pm 20

    Rhymes With Orange and Baldo.

  21. Tullia Dec 31st 2010 at 04:29 pm 21

    Hark! A Vagrant, maybe. Thing is, I can’t remember if I started reading it in 2010 or 2009, and I think it was 2009. Still totally worth a mention. (I nearly met Ms. Beaton, but she was actually away from her con table getting an award when I sidled up to it. Nuts.)

    This, one, however, I can totally recommend, but it is NSFW (not safe for work). It is so not safe for work in places that I’m going to give it a special treatment:

    NSFW! NSFW! NSFW! http://oglaf.com NSFW! NSFW! NSFW!

    Don’t go unless you want to see tiny golems made of human semen, among other things. And yes, you get to see them being made.

  22. George Dec 31st 2010 at 05:09 pm 22

    Least I Could Do (still deciding on this one)
    Questionable Content

    all thanks to rss feeds

  23. James Pollock Dec 31st 2010 at 05:12 pm 23

    I don’t think I picked up anything new this year.

  24. Heather D Dec 31st 2010 at 05:22 pm 24

    New to me this year… some I’d heard of before but didn’t “follow”, but these are all now ones that I check regularly. A few I might have started before 2010… my memory is weak… but if so, then not by much.

    9 Chickweed Lane
    Pearls Before Swine
    Cyanide and Happiness
    Basic Instructions
    Ink Pen
    Pooch Cafe

  25. Kamino Neko Dec 31st 2010 at 06:02 pm 25

    Oh, I just noticed that Bill’s turned off the ‘no more than 1 link!’ thing, so…

    All links are to the first strip.

    Bear Nuts (which I’m pretty sure I started reading last year, but may have been this year, and besides, it’s good enough to share).

    And even though I’ve been reading it since it started last year, I mentioned it in my earlier post, so, I’ll include a link to Eerie Cuties. (Note that this one underwent a format change early last month, so don’t be surprised when the colour disappears. And there may be a few colour strips that didn’t convert properly to vertical format.)

  26. guero Dec 31st 2010 at 08:04 pm 26

    I read A LOT of comics (hey, I’m retired), and now, thanks to you guys, I’ll probably spend even more time; some of these look interesting. It’s hard to keep track of when I started reading specific strips, but one I know I discovered this year is Spacetrawler by Christopher Baldwin, because it began on 01/01/2010. I discovered it when he wrapped up his “Little Dee” storyline, and I went in search of his other work.

  27. turquoisecow Dec 31st 2010 at 10:36 pm 27

    Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Arlo & Janis. Both thanks to CIDU. Thanks guys! :)

  28. buzz Dec 31st 2010 at 11:16 pm 28

    Oh, Brother is a >very< low-key strip but it draws me in.

  29. Lihtox Dec 31st 2010 at 11:20 pm 29

  30. Steffen Jan 1st 2011 at 12:08 am 30

    Questionable Content (’tis a popular one to take up these days, it seems)

  31. Usual John Jan 1st 2011 at 12:58 am 31

    * Scenes from a Multiverse, http://amultiverse.com/
    * The Deadlys, http://www.thedeadlys.com/
    * Gunnerkrigg Court, http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/index2.php

    And in that order. Gunnerkrigg Court actually has been around for a while, but it’s new to me. It has a continuous storyline, so it was quite appealing to sit down and read it straight through (over a number of sessions, of course - did I mention that it’s been around for a while?). Now it’s kind of frustrating to have just three strips a week.

  32. Chuck Jan 1st 2011 at 01:17 am 32

    9 Chickweed Lane and Frazz. Thanks to you.

  33. Freezer Jan 1st 2011 at 02:04 am 33

    Freshly Squeezed
    Tina’s Groove
    My Cage (just in time for it to get canceled!)

    Bittersweet Candy Bowl: http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/
    Curvy (NSFW): http://www.c.urvy.org/ (From the same artist of Where The Typos Og. )
    Cute Little Hentai (Beware: Boobs): http://clh.smackjeeves.com
    Kiwi Blitz: http://www.kiwiblitz.com/
    Our Little Adventure: http://danielscreations.com/ola/
    Spinerette: http://www.krakowstudios.com/spinnerette/

  34. Lola Jan 1st 2011 at 02:39 am 34

    This year, like many others here, Hark a Vagrant.
    Slow Wave … I’m still on the fence about this one. It doesn’t update regularly that I can discern but it’s definitely different. Sorry, no links, I’m visiting my daughter in Boston this weekend and her computer doesn’t have my illustrious bookmarks. :)

    More than half of my regular queue of comics are sourced, either directly and indirectly, from CIDU, but I’ve been reading a while now, so the list just keeps growing.

    I’m really looking forward to what I’ll find here this year.

  35. Proginoskes Jan 1st 2011 at 03:38 am 35

    In alphabetical order:

    Bad Reporter (the Jon Stewart of comics)
    Least I Could Do (occasional readings)
    Medium Large
    Nest Heads
    No Exit (by Andy Singer)
    Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (thanks to CIDU! … this is the one I read “religiously”)

    The comics that I read online on a semiregular basis are at http://www.public.asu.edu/~checkma/comics.html

  36. furrykef Jan 1st 2011 at 03:41 am 36

    Something*Positive. Technically discovered it before (I think), but it didn’t leave me a special impression that time. But I looked at it again and quickly went on an archive binge.

  37. Keera Jan 1st 2011 at 07:59 am 37

    I did try a few out, like XKCD, but I’ve had to pare down my reading. Frazz, however, introduced to me in 2009 (IIRC), is still a fave.

    I have now kicked Pibgorn to the curb. The last story was so convoluted and drawn out (!), and with some accidental interruptions ended up losing me completely. This means I may pick up a new fave in 2011. And I learn about what’s out there in comic world by reading CIDU. :-)

  38. DemetriosX Jan 1st 2011 at 08:18 am 38

    I only picked up two this year and both are also new this year.

    Spacetrawler (http://spacetrawler.com/) by Christopher Baldwin (who did Little Dee, Bruno, etc.) and Scenes From A Multiverse (http://amultiverse.com/) by Jonathan Rosenberg.

    I’ve been trying to cut back some and I rarely discover new print comics, since I’m in Europe and only pick those up if they attract special attention.

  39. Soup Dragon Jan 1st 2011 at 08:38 am 39

    Not religiously, but Abstruse Goose gives me a chuckle now and then.

  40. BBB Jan 1st 2011 at 09:26 am 40

    Actually, your site is a find for me this year, and I’ve enjoyed this site. I’ll check out a number of the comics readers have suggested here. One comic that I discovered this year was The Lost Side of Suburbia. For the reader who tired of Pibgorn’s plot, this is one to check out. Interesting story line and phenomenal artwork. Reminiscent of Dr. Suess for some reason, but darker.

  41. bookworm Jan 1st 2011 at 05:29 pm 41

    This year I added Grand Avenue and The Sunshine Club, both at comics.com.

    I quit following Clear Blue Water — got tired of waiting for her to update. (If it gets regular again, please let me know.)

  42. Anne Jan 1st 2011 at 07:50 pm 42

    Meaning of Lila
    Safe Havens

  43. Todd Jan 1st 2011 at 08:18 pm 43

    There’s a new comic on ArcaMax called Dustin which seems pretty good. If you’re into family strips where the main character is unemployed.

    I suppose it was in 2010 that I started reading Drabble and Foxtrot.

    I think I dropped 9 Chickweed Lane and Get Fuzzy in 2010.

  44. Ellen Jan 1st 2011 at 09:58 pm 44

    Religious reading…(most of these for more than just this year I guess…)

    Arlo and Janis
    9 chickweed lane
    Pooch Cafe (the poncho year one series has been great.)

  45. John Small Berries Jan 1st 2011 at 10:14 pm 45

    Hark! A Vagrant.

    Also, though this is more like half-blog, half-cartoon, Hyperbole and a Half is one of the funniest things I’ve read on the Internet. Well, the current entry isn’t quite as funny as some of them, such as the previous one. But in general, hilarious.

  46. Elyrest Jan 1st 2011 at 10:28 pm 46

    John Small Berries - I saw that second Hyperbole and a Half (on moving) fairly recently and loved it. It was recommended in another blog, but darn if I remember which one. Thanks for the reminder.

  47. Igelino Jan 2nd 2011 at 08:27 am 47

    I don’t think I’ve added any to the “religious” list this year. Brevity is probably the latest I’ve added. I added that one because Guy has said things here on CIDU, and that kind of changed my opinion of the strip.

  48. Mental Mouse Jan 2nd 2011 at 05:35 pm 48

    http://www.knightlifecomic.com/ (Keith Knight — slice of life with a twist of wry), also his weekly http://www.kchronicles.com/
    http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/ Amen to JSB and Elyrest: One of the funniest things on the Internet.

  49. Jim Jan 3rd 2011 at 05:56 am 49

    Life and Death
    El Goonish Shive
    Gunnerkrigg Court
    Out There
    Menage a 3
    Questionable Content
    Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
    Bloomin’ Fairies
    Trying Human
    Wapsi Square

  50. Kilby Jan 3rd 2011 at 09:06 am 50

    Here is an alphabetical list of comics that I started reading in 2010 (thanks, CIDU!):
    Abstruse Goose,
    Doghouse Diaries,
    Jesus and Mo,
    Queen Victoria,
    Slowpoke Comics,

    I did read Questionable Content for a while, but ultimately decided that it was just an exercise in virtual voyerism. I also dropped Angry Little Girls and Cyanide & Happiness (both were too cynical for my taste).

  51. Dan W Jan 3rd 2011 at 09:49 am 51

    Bear and Tiger
    Draw Until It’s Funny
    Red’s Planet
    Spooky Doofus
    Scenes From A Multiverse
    Drawing Board

  52. Dan W Jan 4th 2011 at 10:19 am 52

    Oh I also forgot:

    Rhymes With Orange
    Dog Eat Doug
    Kukuburi (hoping it starts updating again soon)

  53. Harise Jan 4th 2011 at 05:41 pm 53

    Barney and Clyde! I also discovered Tom the Dancing Bug online, and read as far back as the website would go. For some reason I had that one mixed up with some other comic that was a non humorous graphic feature about cooking or something, and never looked at it.

  54. Dave in Boston Jan 4th 2011 at 11:47 pm 54

    I added quite a few webcomics in 2010, including Questionable Content; one that hasn’t been mentioned yet is Sandra and Woo.

    I also added Frazz based on seeing it here, but I think that was in 2009.

  55. Esteban Jan 5th 2011 at 10:09 am 55

    xkcd. 2010 was the year I really got into webcomics, and Randall Munroe’s strip is the best of them all.

  56. Shari Jan 6th 2011 at 04:05 pm 56

    Many. Favs are Questionable Content, Bug, and Girls With Slingshots. Oh and Dark Side of the Horse.

  57. Lola Jan 6th 2011 at 06:12 pm 57

    Wow, thanks for all the tips. I’m going through the backlist of BUG now and really, Really, REALLY like it. I’ll be checking out every one of these in the days to come.

    CIDU Bill, you could do this every year and I would not complain.

  58. gramma(r) Jan 7th 2011 at 09:44 am 58

    Cul de Sac
    Absolutely True Tales of Lesbian Drama

  59. gramma(r) Jan 7th 2011 at 09:46 am 59

    Oh, and www.QlownTown.com. Not new, but consistently funny.

  60. mitch4 Jan 9th 2011 at 08:07 pm 60

    Futabakun sez: “The Doozies (so intentionally bad, it’s brilliant)”. Tom Gammill, the creator of The Doozies, has a series of videos (or Lessons) on YouTube under the collective title “LEARN TO DRAW with Tom Gammill,” which sometimes include visits with famous cartoonists and have fun playing off the idea that The Doozies is so badly done that these big names are ill at ease counting Tom in the same club.

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