2012 Comic Strip Question

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2012

Same question I asked at the end of last year and the year before: What comic strip did you discover this year that you now read religiously (and that you’d recommend to your fellow CIDU readers)? Feel free to include links, because the “responses can’t contain more than 2 links” function has been disabled.

The two that come to mind for me are Buni and Head Trip (though Sandra and Woo is growing on me).

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  1. Kamino Neko Dec 31st 2012 at 01:18 pm 1

    The Princess - about a transgender little girl, her family and friends.
    The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal - sometimes NSFW, two guys who just met (Amal, who’s just broken off an engagement, because he’s come out as gay, much to his parents’ distress, and TJ, who…would be spoilery to share anything about) share a car on a cross country trip.

  2. farmer Dec 31st 2012 at 01:18 pm 2

    Bug & Questionable Content (both already linked on the CIDU sidebar). Agree with the growth of S&W though I still don’t check it regularly (more like catch up on archives once a month or so when I remember it).

    On the other hand, I’ve dropped off on Doonesbury, which used to be a standard for me.

    Everyone here will likely enjoy this recent article on webcomics from The Economist; I got a real kick out of seeing xcxd and SMBC in print. The online version doesn’t capture the presentation the same way as seeing those strips laid out just like normal visuals in a serious publication. Awesome.

  3. Kamino Neko Dec 31st 2012 at 01:19 pm 3

    (Oh, FTR, The Princess updates Mondays and Fridays, TJ and Amal on Tuesdays, with two pages a week.)

  4. Kedamono Dec 31st 2012 at 01:19 pm 4

    Mine is “Heavenly Nostrils” a strip about a girl, Phoebe and a unicorn. It starts out with her “rescuing” the unicorn, Marigold, from her own reflection. That got her a wish and she wished that Marigold would be her friend. That culminates with this strip:

    http://www.gocomics.com/heavenly-nostrils/2012/12/22

  5. Woodrowfan Dec 31st 2012 at 01:25 pm 5

  6. Woodrowfan Dec 31st 2012 at 01:27 pm 6

    Kedamono, thanks for that. “Nostrils” is great and I added it to my list… Happy 2013

  7. James Schend Dec 31st 2012 at 01:55 pm 7

    Gunshow: http://gunshowcomic.com/ I like the comics with the fox and the mean rabbits, like this one: http://gunshowcomic.com/627

    Buttersafe: http://buttersafe.com/ which has been knocking it out of the park, especially since this strip: http://buttersafe.com/2012/03/29/moon-junior/

    Questionable Content: http://questionablecontent.net/ I’m sure everybody already reads this one, but this is the first year where I stuck with it long enough to really get the characters and really begin enjoying it. Also I like the little hats: http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2188

  8. John Small Berries Dec 31st 2012 at 02:05 pm 8

    This year, I discovered 2D Goggles, or The Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. It’s the most thoroughly documented comic strip that I’ve ever read, and half the fun (for me, at least) is following the cartoonist’s links about the histories and personal quirks of the characters.

    It’s certainly not for everyone, but if you’re into “alternate history” fiction, it’s definitely enjoyable. Fans of Girl Genius will probably like this one too.

  9. George Dec 31st 2012 at 02:52 pm 9

    Lost Side of Suburbia and Bug. I have a sneaking feeling I posted the same thing last year but they were brand new discoveries then if so.

  10. Fred C. Dec 31st 2012 at 03:10 pm 10

    Bug. LOL every day.

  11. James Schend Dec 31st 2012 at 03:15 pm 11

    You got me on a Buttersafe archive binge.

    Leaves: http://buttersafe.com/2012/09/27/leaves/

    Good dog and little kitten: http://buttersafe.com/2012/12/13/good-dog-and-little-kitten/

  12. Logan Dec 31st 2012 at 03:27 pm 12

  13. Elyrest Dec 31st 2012 at 04:57 pm 13

    I dropped more comics this year than I added. I finally decided that if I felt worse after I read a comic maybe I shouldn’t be reading it. I also decided that, if after I read a comic, that I wanted to mock and make fun of it - I should stop reading it also. That doesn’t mean I didn’t add a few though.

    Girls With Slingshots http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/

    Ollie & Quentin http://www.gocomics.com/ollie-and-quentin/ This is a reboot, but since almost nobody read it in it’s first incarnation and gocomics picked it up I started reading it from the beginning.

  14. Larry Dec 31st 2012 at 06:11 pm 14

    I kept it simple this year.

    Dogs of C Kennel is such a great strip: http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/dogsofckennel/

    And I don’t start a day without a visit from Bob: http://www.bobthesquirrel.com/

    Happy New Year Everyone !!

  15. Kedamono Dec 31st 2012 at 06:17 pm 15

    You’re welcome. Another strip that I’ve been following for a while is the Abominable Charles Christopher.

    http://www.abominable.cc

    There are multiple story lines, the two major ones involve the namesake of the series, Charles, a Yeti/Sasquatch and Tivol, a former circus bear.

  16. John DiFool Dec 31st 2012 at 09:25 pm 16

    I would have recommended Cul de Sac-that is, before the artist hung up his pens and Gocomics put it on eternal repeats several months after I got hooked on it. I love the Alice character, reminds me of some of the young female students I’ve worked with over the years.

  17. The Vicar Dec 31st 2012 at 10:29 pm 17

    Hah. It seems my earlier comment got eaten by Wordpress because it had too many links. So I’ll try just posting my top six from this category, in two batches of three:

    Winter Melody: a fantasy adventure story strip, updating about once a week, set in a world where “maidens” (semi-indestructable human servants of the various goddesses) provide services such as mail delivery, but ordinary people live ordinary if somewhat low-tech lives.
    http://www.winter-melody.com/

    Endtown: a post-apocalyptic story strip (sometimes funny, sometimes not), updating daily M-F, about the adventures of mostly-mutant survivors — who have mostly been turned into anthropomorphic animals — who live in an underground city and who struggle for survival against the unmutated cruel bio-suit-wearing Topsiders.
    http://www.gocomics.com/endtown/

    Two Guys and Guy: a violent psychopath, an inhuman science geek, and a nebbish, and their wacky one-shot adventures (funny and usually not NSFW). Updates MWF.
    http://www.twogag.com/

  18. The Vicar Dec 31st 2012 at 10:37 pm 18

    Part Two (I had about six more in the original eaten-by-Wordpress-probably-because-it-looked-like-spam comment, if anyone is interested):

    Widdershins: an often-funny story strip, set in an alternate-history Victorian England where magic exists. On the third storyline now, featuring the return of the characters from the first story. (Make sure to read this one from the beginning. The magician’s little disability is interesting.) Updates M-W-F.
    http://www.widdershinscomic.com/

    Genocide Man: a very dark (but interesting) weekly sci-fi story strip. In the dystopian future, the U.N. uses modified diseases to kill G.M. species — often mutant humans — which are perceived to be a threat to humanity, but All Is Not As It Seems, and one of their agents is going rogue. Updates weekly. (Read some of the backstory pages on the site; they’re interesting.)
    http://www.genocideman.com/

    Namesake: our heroine has been sucked into Oz, which apparently periodically receives visitors named “Dorothy” to provide cosmic balance and maintain justice — but it has been an unusually long time since the last “The Dorothy”, and our heroine is named Emma anyway. Clearly, something has gone wrong — and meanwhile back home, her friends are being plunged into a conflict involving other such semi-fictional countries and worlds. Updates T-Th-Sa.
    http://www.namesakecomic.com/

  19. Sal Dec 31st 2012 at 10:47 pm 19

  20. Meryl A Dec 31st 2012 at 11:00 pm 20

    Also found Buni through this list.

  21. Freezer Dec 31st 2012 at 11:01 pm 21

    Seconding Gil. That’s the only new newspaper comic I stuck with for more than a few strips. As for Webcomics:

    Gaia: A fantasy comic by the same creative team behind Sandra and Woo. http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/
    Wootlabs: A superhero comic about a mad scientist and her creations/”children” (Thought the inteligent penguin with ice breath is adopted). http://wootlabs.thewebcomic.com/
    Evon: A low-fantasy comic about a young mage girl pursued by an cabal of evil wizards and the adventurer sworn to protect her (contains, furries, boobs, furry boobs): http://evoncomics.com/
    Wizard School: A Harry Potter spoof comic: Basically what would happen if Voldemort swapped Harry for Charlie Sheen. http://www.meetmyminion.com/?p=1031
    Harry Potter Comics: A post-Epilogue fan comic made with Legos (in the style of Irregular Comics and Legostar Galactica): http://planescapecomic.com/harrypotter/

  22. Sheep Jan 1st 2013 at 02:28 am 22

    Buni.

  23. Proginoskes Jan 1st 2013 at 03:47 am 23

    Cul de Sac. Very briefly, though, because Richard Thompson retired about a week after I started reading it.

    (Once again, only one)

    Buni may be a new one for me for 2013, being similar to The Perry Bible Fellowship.

  24. Inkwell Jan 1st 2013 at 03:49 am 24

    I also picked up Cul de Sac this past year. Sad to see it go. :(

    I also picked up Buni, but my stomach proved too weak. Normally it’s right up my alley– very very mean, very very lovable– but once or twice there’d be a violent panel that would gross me out all day. I decided to remove it from my list while I still liked it.

    Huh. I guess that’s all I discovered in 2012.

  25. DemetriosX Jan 1st 2013 at 07:54 am 25

    I also picked up Cul de Sac, but I did so when the reruns started, so I’m basically starting it like it’s new.

    The one comic that I’ve picked up that has me really interested is Broodhollow (http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/) by Kris Straub. It’s basically a psychological horror story (in that we’re never sure if the horrors the main character sees are real or all in his head) set in the 30’s. The art is absolutely terrific. And it just started a couple of months ago, so there isn’t a huge backlog to work through.

  26. Freezer Jan 1st 2013 at 08:12 am 26

    @DemetriosX: OOOH! I’d lost track of Straub after Starslip ended! I’ll have to check that out.

  27. mitch4 Jan 1st 2013 at 10:30 am 27

    I’ll second Elyrest’s comment recommending Ollie & Quentin in its rerun. (Also GWS is excellent, though it’s not new to me.)

    In the same browser-batch with GWS I usually load the excellent Out There, the often pretty good All New Issues (http://www.allnewissuescomic.com/), and the aforementioned Head Trip, which I have to say feels often just a dutiful read. All New Issues has some crossover and apparently the creators are friends with the venerable Something Positive, which I have made several attempts to keep current with but never manage.

    Barney And Clyde is an interesting and apparently new comic this last year, which has drifted somewhat from its original central premise, but to its benefit IMO. It now has like three settings / storylines. In the home setting I like the clever/bratty girl story much more than the equivalent in Non Sequitur. In the office setting, I enjoy the serial punning. The original rich-guy/poor-guy/buddies storyline has its moments too but often doesn’t work.

    I’ll also second the recommend for Retail.

    Thanks for the pointer to that wonderful Buttersafe! I used to try to follow that (but apparently deleted it in the same browser batch as Cyanide) and now am ready to give it another shot.

    There are several I think highly of but have lost track of in the last year, in some sort of infrequent-updates hell. These would include PHD, Templar AZ, Hark A Vagrant, Darwin Eats Cake, and Courting Disaster.

  28. mitch4 Jan 1st 2013 at 10:50 am 28

    And if it’s okay to post software recommendations, I would suggest “Too Many Tabs” browser extension, specifically the Firefox version (the Chrome version seems to have a very different interface). I find it much more reliable than any session manager I’ve tried, and more suitable for a specific purpose than any bookmark/favorites list tool (whether built-in or in the cloud).

    That purpose (as must be obvious from context) is keeping track of and reading multiple webcomics that each have their own web site (and own navigation system and archive setup). The advantage over session managers are (1) more reliable after a restart of the computer (2) less demanding on RAM and CPU resources, as the pages are saved in the filesystem, not active memory except when activated. And the advantage over bookmarks comes in if you are often a couple comics behind the latest update, or even a couple years (!) if reading an archive sequentially from the beginning.

  29. Treesong Jan 1st 2013 at 02:24 pm 29

    This is a great idea. My pickups:

    Precocious (http://www.precociouscomic.com/), an anthropomorphic strip about a class of extremely precocious and rather sociopathic gradeschoolers who are too smart for their own good. And for those around them. The first dead-tree collection is titled Rule #4: No Dynamite.

    Subnormality (http://www.viruscomix.com), which is possibly the wordiest webcomic out there, but they’re good words. The more ingeniously skewed strips are like a multipanel xkcd.

  30. Lola Jan 1st 2013 at 03:10 pm 30

    The only new (to me) comic I picked up this year was Abstruse Goose and it’s gone fallow. Though not usually a comic, this site has been a good add this year for some yuks: http://humortrain.com

    There are a lot of possibilities here and I’ll definitely be checking them all out.

  31. Bookworm Jan 1st 2013 at 04:32 pm 31

    Me, too, with Cul-de-sac — started it when it began reruns. Also just started Bound & Gagged, Buckets, Incidental Comics (all @ GoComics.com), and Real Life Comics (www.reallifecomics.com). Can’t swear they all came directly from CIDU, but at least indirectly. So many sites I start with from here, and end up several links later realizing I’ve been sitting too long! Like the ones in this thread. Gotta get some food and get started!

  32. Bookworm Jan 1st 2013 at 04:52 pm 32

    Question: How do you make a link readers can actually click on in Wordpress??

  33. The Vicar Jan 1st 2013 at 05:06 pm 33

    @Bookworm:

    You use standard HTML syntax. You know, the “A” tag explained officially here. (And now something will gum up and that link won’t work. But it has worked for me in the past, on this blog.)

    The other method is just to type the whole URL, preferably with a space or a line break after it to make sure Wordpress doesn’t push any punctuation into the URL, and Wordpress will silently transform it into a link. So, for example, that link I gave above was:
    http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/links.html#h-12.1.3
    Which is, of course, the definition of the “A” tag at the W3C. (It beats having to hand-wave and use square brackets for examples and say “only you should change those into the greater-than and less-than symbols when you do it”. (When you aren’t using them in HTML tags, Wordpress likes to gum up those two symbols. And IIRC it eats encoded character entities like <, although I may be remembering incorrectly.)

  34. The Abbot Jan 1st 2013 at 05:09 pm 34

    I really like Bad Machinery (http://www.scarygoround.com/) and Grunnerkrigg Court (http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/), but they’re ones you ought to go through in order. Bad Machinery is starting a new thread this month, though.

    I think Girls With Slingshots (http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/) is the only funny strip I added this year.

  35. The Vicar Jan 1st 2013 at 05:16 pm 35

    @DemetriosX:

    Geez, I follow Straub’s Chainsawsuit, and I somehow never knew he had started that up. I’ll have to read that — although since it’s in his style, I keep expecting Checkerboard Nightmare to pop up, or Vanderbeam, or Two Cops.

    It may very well be good stuff, since Straub is, among other things, the author of Candle Cove. (Yes, that looks like a forum thread. It’s not; it’s a story. You have to go inside.)

  36. Mark in Boston Jan 1st 2013 at 06:48 pm 36

    Oglaf! No, I’m not going to include a link. It is NSFW. It is Not Safe For YOU! Under no circumstances should it appear on your screen if your boss or any children are within half a mile of you. You’ve been warned. The address is oglaf followed by a dot followed by com. It’s funny if you like your humor lewd and crude.

  37. Lola Jan 1st 2013 at 06:54 pm 37

    Wow, lots of good leads here (and a thoroughly trashed day, thank you very much).

    The link to the Economist article was gold. When I saw they were highlighting XKCD & SMBC I couldn’t wait to see who they’d also mention. Worth it. Here are two:

    Dinosaurs http://www.qwantz.com/index.php
    The Oatmeal http://theoatmeal.com/comics

    I’m going to have to clear out some dead wood to make room/time for all these great additions. Poor me …. NOT.

  38. T'ed Jan 2nd 2013 at 10:40 am 38

    Chester 5000, definitely adult and NSFW. Start from the beginning.
    http://jessfink.com/Chester5000XYV/

  39. James Schend Jan 2nd 2013 at 02:09 pm 39

    I love Kris Straub, but he’s hard to keep track of because his projects are all on different sites (and he rarely if ever links from one to another) and his Twitter is so damned spammy I just can’t follow it.

  40. John Jan 2nd 2013 at 05:22 pm 40

    Two Guys and Guy:

    http://www.twogag.com/

  41. zookeeper Jan 2nd 2013 at 11:00 pm 41

    Pibgorn makes me laugh. Djinn Djoints indeed! Good arcs, good artwork. And thanks, Elyrest (@13), for a good vision for approaching this stuff. Happy New Year Y’all!

  42. Dave in Boston Jan 5th 2013 at 02:42 am 42

    after a number of tries, Girls with Slingshots finally clicked for me — not only do you need to start from the beginning, you need to be patient for a while.

    Widdershins is the other one I picked up recently.

    On the flip side, I think I’m getting ready to drop Sandra and Woo…

  43. buzz Jan 6th 2013 at 07:13 pm 43

    Buni and Heavenly Nostrils are my two picks as well.

    I would have nominated Gor Domincal but it seems to have disappeared from the line up, alas…

  44. LarryLunts Jan 1st 2014 at 04:47 am 44

    Arlo and Janis, and Cyanide and Happiness, both totally thanks to you. I hadn’t discovered or sought out a daily comic strip since Calvin and Hobbes!

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