2011 Comic Strip Question

Cidu Bill on Dec 30th 2011

Open question: What comic strips did you discover in 2011 that you now read either regularly or religiously? I asked the same question a year ago, and your responses led a lot of your fellow CIDU readers to try new strips.

Feel free to include links (I’ve overridden the “more than two links throws a comment into the moderation queue” protocol).

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53 Responses to “2011 Comic Strip Question”

  1. Niac Dec 30th 2011 at 12:10 pm 1

    I am now a follower of Adam Huber and Bug (http://www.bugcomic.com/). I love his sense of humor and how he can show an amazing amount of emotion and character with such simple drawings. A hugely talented comic artist.

  2. Mr E Dec 30th 2011 at 12:29 pm 2

    Brewster Rockit (http://www.gocomics.com/brewsterrockit). My favorite character in the strip is Pamela Mae Snap. Her initials tell you pretty much all you need to know about her.

  3. Chakolate Dec 30th 2011 at 12:39 pm 3

    Agree with Niac completely - Bug has become my favorite comic, even edging out xkcd and Jesus and Mo.

    I also like Calamities of Nature:

    and Doghouse:

  4. Chakolate Dec 30th 2011 at 12:45 pm 4

    So Mr E - if a woman speaks her mind, she must be PMSing? If a woman doesn’t soften what she says, she must be PMSing?

    In that case, men have out-PMSed women for millennia.

  5. john Dec 30th 2011 at 12:47 pm 5

    xkcd. No more needs to be said.

  6. Mark Dalrymple Dec 30th 2011 at 12:47 pm 6

    Have to +1 Bug also. Also now reading Optipess (http://www.optipess.com/) and Cyanide and Happiness (http://www.explosm.net/comics/) regularly.

  7. Zookeeper Dec 30th 2011 at 12:48 pm 7

    Just found Pibgorn last month; knocks my socks off. Thanks Bill, I appreciate your work.

  8. Mr E Dec 30th 2011 at 12:50 pm 8

    Chakolate - please allow me to out-PMS you. IT”S A FRIGGIN’ COMIC STRIP. Thank you.

  9. Cidu Bill Dec 30th 2011 at 12:50 pm 9

    Bug also got added to my must-read list in 2011.

  10. Kamino Neko Dec 30th 2011 at 01:18 pm 10

    My Cage - which is ended and in repeats, sadly. Set in a world where humans are extinct, and animals…have evolved into a society just like late 20th/early 21st century North America.

    I may or may not have discovered Scandinavia and the World (warning, some strips are NSFW, although the linked one is fine) this year, but I definitely started reading Humon’s other comic, Neils…which I am not going to direct-link to since it’s FREQUENTLY NSFW (both for violence and sex), but there’s a link to it at the bottom of the SatW site, if you want to check it out. SatW is…a gag strip about anthropomorphic personifications of various countries - the key three being Denmark, Norway, and Sweden - which has strips about politics, sex, geography, food…basically whatever strikes Humon as funny or at least interesting when she’s writing the strip. Neils, on the other hand, is a usually humorous strip about a bisexual Danish crimelord and American lovers (a married couple, the husband of which works for him), and the various law enforcement officers pursuing him….when it’s not a random illustration which may or may not come with a narrative block, or mocking some of the sillier anime and manga tropes. (Both of those mostly stopped after the first bit, though she still does random illos not infrequently.) Unfortunately, while I read SatW and Neils religiously, I don’t read them regularly, since Humon’s not a regular updater.

  11. Rob aka Mediancat Dec 30th 2011 at 01:21 pm 11

  12. Sili Dec 30th 2011 at 01:37 pm 12

    Happle Tea
    Sandra and Woo
    Modest Medusa
    Girls with Slingshots

  13. Chakolate Dec 30th 2011 at 01:38 pm 13

    Mr E @8 - Very good! You have proved my point - thank you.

  14. mitch4 Dec 30th 2011 at 01:58 pm 14

    I was probably already reading Girls with Slingshots last year, but this year it climbed into my top tier. Similarly Out There — which was assisted by reading from the beginning but in book form rather than on the web. I don’t know why that worked for me in that different way, but it did. Contrariwise, while I continue to look forward to a new Questionable Content daily, I didn’t manage to get into the beginnings of that story and in fact was a bit put off by trying that in book form.

  15. The Ploughman Dec 30th 2011 at 01:59 pm 15

    Been getting back into the adventures of Reginald and Beartato in Nedroid Picture Diary:


  16. furrykef Dec 30th 2011 at 02:35 pm 16

    Out at Home, The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, and Sabrina Online. Technically I’ve known about that last one for longer than this year (and possibly Wonderella too), but I didn’t bother to actually read through it until recently. I also discovered and read through Angel Moxie, but I’m not following it because… well… it ended.

    Sabrina Online is particularly strange in that it’s been running since 1996, but has only had about a strip a week (if that) for all that time. This means that, if you read the archives, you’ll find horribly dated pop culture references followed soon enough by modern ones — even though not all that much time has passed in the comic strip’s universe.

  17. Zambia Dec 30th 2011 at 03:00 pm 17

    Buni (http://www.bunicomic.com/) is quite off-the-wall and flips back and forth between laugh at loud and groan with sympathy. Has become one of my most often “Save-as” and “send image by email” websites.

  18. Less Reality, More Fantasy, No Baby Bkues Dec 30th 2011 at 03:15 pm 18

    These are not exactly what you wanted, but I think they fit the spirit of the discussion:

    I discovered Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal–I am not sure if I discovered it this year, but recently–and it is a fun comic with a sardonic sense of humor and a nice style. I will read it more often.

    I discovered the recently-restaffed Dick Tracy, which looks like it is returning to the old style. I have seen the older decades of the comic in compilations, and though the recent years were not that good, the old comics were classics. I do not think the new comics have reached the old level of quality, but they are stylish and have a lot of potential, and I may start following the comic again to see how it goes.

    I only had one experience with manga before this year: Akira. I rectified that by reading a classic: Apollo’s Song, by the legendary Osamu Tezuka. I loved the movie version of Akira, although my experience with anime is also pretty limited, but I was very disappointed with the comic: it seemed to be a patchwork of sentence fragments and poorly-designed action sequences. I thought that perhaps my inexperience had clouded my judgement, but Apollo’s Song showed me the potential of the medium: It was a strange, detailed comic with a variety of interesting stories; a well-written main character; an interesting premise that led to a variety of settings; and plenty of style. I plan to read more of Tezuka’s work: Perhaps I will try Metropolis, as I also loved the movie version of it.

  19. heather Dec 30th 2011 at 03:36 pm 19

    Basic Instructions… I *think* it’s just this year that I discovered it…

  20. FeelinOld Dec 30th 2011 at 04:03 pm 20

    The two “new” ones I found this year that I’ve kept in my rotation are:
    Evil Inc.
    Questionable Content.

  21. Swordsmith Dec 30th 2011 at 05:27 pm 21

    I’m afraid I stopped reading more strips than I started. But I won’t mention them, in keeping with the holiday spirit.

    So lets see… Cul de Sac (I may have started on that in late 2010…) is consistently superb
    Brewster Rockit, I ignored it back when I mainly read dead tree, somehow it wasn’t until reading online that I realized how mildly subversive it is.

    And that’s about it.

  22. zbicyclist Dec 30th 2011 at 05:34 pm 22

    Dick Tracy is much improved, and the artwork is good. I can’t really recommend it yet, but there’s hope.

    I’m paying more attention to Abstruse Goose this year. Here’s my favorite: http://abstrusegoose.com/418

    PhD comics is very good if you can relate to the graduate student experience. That’s decades ago for me, but it seems not that much has changed. A favorite: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1457

    I was just getting into the bicycling-related strip Yehuda Moon, when Rick Smith stopped it, although he might start it up again. http://www.yehudamoon.com/index.php?date=2011-09-29

    Let’s do this thread every year! I want to check out the suggestions above.

  23. amo Dec 30th 2011 at 05:42 pm 23

    I started reading bug comic as well. I read the entire archive and my poor husband was constantly having to walk over because “oh you need to read this one too.”

    And thanks to last years’ list girls with slingshots.

  24. Lola Dec 30th 2011 at 05:44 pm 24

    Almost all of these I found either on CIDU or by a circuitous route that veered from there.

    Loose Parts
    Close to Home
    Cul de Sac
    Dark Horse
    Bad Reporter (not “really” a comic, but close enough)
    Double Take Toons on NPR (always two comics that are a bit synchronous and usually political) http://www.npr.org/2011/12/30/143799672/double-take-toons-looking-back-at-november-2011 or http://www.npr.org/series/130211827/npr-double-take

    Those are all the new ones this year.

    Last year the best addition was Bug. Love it.

    Still (after all these years) mourning the loss of Perry Bible Fellowship and Dr. Fun.

    Haven’t tried Pibgorn yet (3CL so turns me off that I haven’t checked it out), but maybe I’ll give it a whirl.

    Gheeze, like I needed more distractions!

  25. George Dec 30th 2011 at 05:51 pm 25

    Girls with slingshots
    Least I could do
    Questionable content

    Conjourers is the “new” strip. The others have proven really strong over the past year. As a 58 year old I may be reading out of my demographic but I’ve always been bad with conformity.

  26. Cidu Bill Dec 30th 2011 at 05:59 pm 26

    I’m planning to do this every year, Zbicyclist: by definition, everybody’s responses will be different each year.

  27. Less Reality, More Fantasy, No Baby Bkues Dec 30th 2011 at 06:21 pm 27

    I forgot about a comic I discovered this year: Chew, a strange classic-style detective comic with the weirdness of a 1960s superhero comic. It is surrealistic, stylish, original, filled with action and excitement, and not afraid to offend the readers: The ideal traits for a comic. It has weird humor and immature levels of gore for the kids, and style and charm for adults. I read the first volume, and I have the next three, but I keep forgetting to read them.

  28. James Pollock Dec 30th 2011 at 07:10 pm 28

    I know that I dropped a lot, because when comics.com got folded into gocomics, they stopped emailing them to me; I also stopped getting a daily newspaper.

  29. Jeff S Dec 30th 2011 at 07:46 pm 29

    I am now a daily subscriber to Savage Chickens. When my wife laughs at a comic, it has to be good. A chicken medical examiner is investigating the death of the Grinch and claims the cause of death is his heart enlarging 3 times. Another Grinch death… The Grinch is dead with a knife in his back. The chicken ME declares his death to be a Whomicide.

  30. Cidu Bill Dec 30th 2011 at 08:15 pm 30

    I saw that “Grinch died from enlarged heart” gag at least twice this month. I guess Savage Chickens would have made thrice.

  31. bob Dec 30th 2011 at 09:37 pm 31

    bug is the best.

  32. Kamino Neko Dec 30th 2011 at 09:56 pm 32

    Aaach, how could I forget Sandra and Woo?
    Also forgot Manly Guys Doing Manly Things.

  33. Lost in A**2 Dec 30th 2011 at 11:47 pm 33

    I added bug, chuckle-a-duck and happy hour this year, all fairly recently.

  34. Tom T. Dec 31st 2011 at 12:41 am 34

    Endtown (available on GoComics), is an adventure strip set in a highly-realized post-apocalyptic world, and it really draws you in to care about the characters.

  35. Cidu Bill Dec 31st 2011 at 12:53 am 35

    It’s a fact, George, that the more interesting comics today are being created by the young guys. The cartoonists our age are churning out Funky Winkerbean and are essentially tenured (of course there are exceptions such as Jimmy Johnson and Bill Amend). When I met David Willis last year, I was struck by the fact that I have shirts older than he is.

  36. Timothy P. Callahan Dec 31st 2011 at 08:46 am 36

    Watermark, SMBC, and XKCD.

  37. Kilby Dec 31st 2011 at 08:54 am 37

    My additions for this year include Bug and Extra Ordinary (www.exocomics.com). One oldie that I restored is Dilbert, now that I’ve discovered that it has a non-flash version that loads in a fraction of the time: http://www.dilbert.com/fast/

    I flushed Pibgorn about a month ago. The strip is still OK, but the self-effacing commentary that McEldoney now places below the comic is just too odious to endure. If he’s too chicken to deal with reader comments, he’ll just have to live with fewer readers.

  38. Proginoskes Dec 31st 2011 at 09:00 am 38

    (Thanks for the link to last year’s thread, btw … I wouldn’t have been able to remember whether I started reading certain comics in 2010 or 2011 …)

    New for 2011: Slowpoke (really? Only one? Well, I’ve read xkcd and Bob the Angry Flower and the like for years …)

    Looking at last year’s list, I’ve pretty much dumped The Least I Could Do and Nest Heads.

  39. Woodrowfan Dec 31st 2011 at 09:24 am 39

    another vote for Bug, which I’ve also turned a friend onto reading.

    Bug (http://www.bugcomic.com/).

  40. Bob Ball Dec 31st 2011 at 10:42 am 40

    @James Pollock: I’m getting a whole raft of comics from Gocomics as well as Daily Ink. If you want to get them, they’re there.
    Newly discovered: 9 Chickweed Lane, Pibgorn and in the last week, Questionable Content. In each case, I felt compelled to go back to the beginning and read the entire output. I’m probably from the wrong demographic, at least for Questionable Content — I’m 74, widowed, living alone in rural MI. But I’ve always enjoyed glomming on to a family, and each of these, as well as most of the others I track, create some kind of a family. I just finished the 2k+ Questionable Content output: a group of people in their 20s who work together, make love, have arguments, misunderstandings, use the toilet, make toilet jokes, and genuinely care for one another. I don’t understand their gaming and music references, but it doesn’t matter.

  41. Mark Hanson Dec 31st 2011 at 11:46 am 41

    Thanks to you I started reading 9 Chickweed Lane. What a hoot!

  42. turquoisecow Dec 31st 2011 at 12:45 pm 42

    Chalk another one up to Bug. I also went back and read the entire archives and loved almost every single comic. It’s amazing how consistently hilarious it is.

    And I also re-started Dilbert this year. Thanks, Kilby, for that fast link. :) Being as I’m now a cubicle-dweller myself, some of the jokes that I didn’t get in previous years are now hilarious to me.

  43. Zookeeper Dec 31st 2011 at 02:46 pm 43

    Oglaf (NSFW)

  44. Rob aka Mediancat Dec 31st 2011 at 04:09 pm 44

    Add my voice to the Dick Tracy chorus; it’s substantially improved in both story and art.

  45. Larry Dec 31st 2011 at 10:00 pm 45

    Cul de Sac, Dogs of C Kennel, Arctic Circle, Dark Side of the Horse. and I was late to the party on Bob the Squirrel, which is over, as of today. :(

  46. Elyrest Jan 1st 2012 at 02:15 pm 46

    I’ve added Bug, Abstruse Goose, Doghouse Diaries, and Girls with Slingshots this year. I may have added more as I’m not sure when I started reading some of them - . I’ve also dropped quite a few - when I feel I have wasted time clicking on something it goes into a drop folder and I look at them now and then.

  47. buzz Jan 1st 2012 at 11:44 pm 47

    Ollie & Quentin, a delightful UK strip about a gull & a lugworm (oh, those wacky Brits!) that got cancelled on Dec. 31… X(

  48. chemgal Jan 2nd 2012 at 12:38 am 48

    Bug (Thanks for the intro, Bill!) and Savage chickens; xkcd was either added to my list in 2011 or 2010

  49. BBBB Jan 2nd 2012 at 10:47 am 49

    Madam & Eve. Funny. Good characters. Unexpected plus is that it gives an interesting look at a different–South African–culture.

  50. Elyrest Jan 2nd 2012 at 12:46 pm 50

    buzz (47) I’ve read Ollie & Quentin for a while and was dismayed on Saturday when it said “The End”. Piers Baker did an amazing job of making a lugworm expressive and endearing.


  51. Dan W Jan 3rd 2012 at 10:57 am 51

    Guinea Something Good
    Lead Paint Comics
    Not Invented Here

  52. Kat Jan 6th 2012 at 03:27 pm 52

    I know this is a wee bit late, but I just found it… Lio’ by Mark Tatulli

    Have darn near fallen off my chair reading these!

  53. Keera Jan 7th 2012 at 04:39 pm 53

    I’ve added Lio and Abstruse Goose this year, but nothing’s really wowed me in 2011.

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