2013 Comic Strip Question

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2013

Same question I asked at the end of last year, 2011 and 2010: 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.

My list:

Filed in 2013, Bill Bickel, Dark Side of the Horse, comic strips, comics, humor | 40 responses so far

40 Responses to “2013 Comic Strip Question”

  1. Tom D. Dec 31st 2013 at 11:19 am 1

  2. heather Dec 31st 2013 at 11:59 am 2

    http://www.bugmartini.com/

    I’ve also subscribed to Dark Side of the Horse and I find it amusing, but not “can’t miss hilarious”

  3. Kedamono Dec 31st 2013 at 12:31 pm 3

    My new find is Heavenly Nostrils. It’s fun and quirky, and has a unicorn!

    http://www.gocomics.com/heavenly-nostrils#.UsLxEXltn5k

  4. Bookworm Dec 31st 2013 at 02:58 pm 4

    Ditto Bug Martini and Heavenly Nostrils.

    Also, I must mention another one, WuMo. It hasn’t been here in a few years, but I first found it through CIDU. Then I got tired of the filth — it was funny, but just too trashy, so I quit reading it. Now that it is on GoComics, it’s all cleaned up, and still funny.
    http://www.gocomics.com/wumo/

  5. James Schend Dec 31st 2013 at 03:26 pm 5

    I don’t think I found any new ones, but some of the older ones I enjoyed (old being a relative term here) died. :(

    Specifically, Dawn of Time and Daisy Owl. (Might have been dead longer than a year, but I just noticed my RSS reader’s last update date recently.)

    I’ve really come to value artists who can draw a comic consistently for years over those who have great comics, but a spazzy, uneven schedule. (Like *ahem* Nedroid. Or Hark, A Vagrant.)

  6. PeterW Dec 31st 2013 at 03:42 pm 6

    I started on Bug this year because of this blog, and I picked up Tina’s Groove, Retail, Six Chix and Arctic Circle because King Features finally got with the 21st century and launched a comic viewing site without a paywall (Okay, Tina’s Groove and Six Chix were also kind of from here).

    And I’ve been meaning to start following Dark Side of the Horse, but I forgot it when I revamped the page I collect all my comics links on, so I’ll add it now.

  7. Another Mark M Dec 31st 2013 at 03:59 pm 7

    That is Priceless (or is it This is Priceless, I can never remember)
    Almost always makes me LOL

    http://www.gocomics.com/that-is-priceless/

  8. elGeo Dec 31st 2013 at 04:20 pm 8

    Last spring I started reading http://english.bouletcorp.com/ - it’s not a comic strip per se, but a weblog in comic form. If you read French (which I don’t) the originals are at http://www.bouletcorp.com/ . The artist translates from his archives at semi-regular intervals. His stuff is hard to categorize, but I love the drawing style and his flights of imagination.

    Unfortunately my other new favorite cartoon Gil (by Norm Feuti of Retail) is ending today. http://www.seattlepi.com/comics-and-games/fun/Gil/ .

  9. Plactus Dec 31st 2013 at 05:28 pm 9

    Ten Cats, Heavenly Nostrils, and Viivi and Wagner.

  10. mitch4 Dec 31st 2013 at 05:42 pm 10

    Hunh, Gil is ending? That’s too bad. I might not have listed it among my topmost favorites, but it was consistently good. I didn’t get that the “Expect change” thread was about it ending.

    I think I listed Dark Side of the Horse last year — still reading and enjoying it. I don’t know if I listed Barney & Clyde before, but it is relatively new for me and I am still reading and enjoying it, http://www.gocomics.com/barneyandclyde . Similarly for Viivi & Wagner http://www.gocomics.com/viivi-and-wagner — the best pig-centered cartoon, if you ask me!

    Certainly Nick and Zuzu http://www.gocomics.com/nick-and-zuzu/ is new for me. (Is Nick G related to Zach?) I also have come to be more fond of a work/life strip I had previously breezed by — maybe because I noticed and started following its single-panel variant. These are called Reply All and Reply All Lite, respectively, both accessible via http://www.gocomics.com/search?search_string=reply+all

  11. Elyrest Dec 31st 2013 at 06:27 pm 11

    “Is Nick G related to Zach?”

    They are cousins.

  12. Chakolate Dec 31st 2013 at 07:47 pm 12

    I don’t have any new comics to recommend, but I had to subscribe to this thread. I get the best recommendations here. :-)

    Oh, and James Schend, I don’t mind intermittent updates on two conditions: first, that there’s an RSS feed so I don’t have to keep checking the site, and second that it’s not a continuing storyline. Right now I’m sort-of following “Marry Me” but it only updates once a week, and I keep forgetting the storyline in between.

  13. mitch4 Dec 31st 2013 at 08:20 pm 13

    Hey, Chakolate, I also have been trying to follow “Marry Me” but was really confused by several narrative time jumps and embedded flashbacks.

    Another indie on its own site with a fairly reliable once-a-week update schedule (Fridays), and a pretty charming outlook on life, is “Think Before you Think” at http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/ . The embedded comments board is good-tempered and the author often responds.

  14. Chakolate Dec 31st 2013 at 10:11 pm 14

    mitch4,

    I also read “Think Before You Think”, but again, it only updates weekly.

    Happily, I didn’t find out about either of those until about a month ago, so I had the pleasure of reading each of them all in one go.

  15. Mark in Boston Dec 31st 2013 at 10:41 pm 15

    Does That Is Priceless http://www.gocomics.com/that-is-priceless count as a comic strip?

  16. thwgt Dec 31st 2013 at 11:11 pm 16

    Buni (http://www.gocomics.com/buni) is one that I started following this year, as well as Dark Side of the Horse. I’ll probably add Off the Mark (www.gocomics.com/offthemark) in the new year.

  17. zookeeper Dec 31st 2013 at 11:45 pm 17

    Buni is good enough I look regularly. Along the line of Dinosaur Comics is Partially Clips. It’s a palette for the guy’s imagination. I was sorry to watch Darwin Carmichael actually go on. There was one fine comic story.

  18. zookeeper Jan 1st 2014 at 12:10 am 18

    And I have to mention Curvy(NSFW).

  19. George Jan 1st 2014 at 01:52 am 19

    Mary Death was new to me this year. The Conjurer (sp?) moved to gocomics which will help with exposure. It seems to be full of potential. Let’s hope.

    Thanks to everyone here and especially Bill for this great feed/site.

  20. Proginoskes Jan 1st 2014 at 04:06 am 20

    Probably Chuckle-A-Duck.

    Definitely User Friendly.

  21. DemetriosX Jan 1st 2014 at 07:54 am 21

    I finally started Bug this year thanks to its frequent appearances here. That eventually led me to Mary Death. My biggest source for new comics this year, though, was StripSearch. I picked up both the old and new comics from the three finalists and, ironically, the comic from the first person to be eliminated.

    Camp Weedonwancha and Skadi by Katie Rice
    The Last Halloween (warning, some graphic horror) and Junior Science Power Hour by Abby Howard (who is going to be an incredible talent)
    Sufficiently Remarkable and Boxplot by Maki Naro
    Wanderlust Kid by Alex Hobbes

  22. Scott from Ohio Jan 1st 2014 at 08:01 am 22

    As others have mentioned, Bug Martini. Also, Two Guys and Guy: http://www.twogag.com/

  23. Kilby Jan 1st 2014 at 08:52 am 23

    @ DemetriosX (21) - Wordpress autocompleted your link, so that it didn’t work at all. I had never heard of Mary Death before, but my first impression was that the link was worth correcting.

  24. Kilby Jan 1st 2014 at 08:56 am 24

    P.S. @23 - Ditto Camp Weedonwancha and Skadi; the rest of the list @21 appears to work OK.

  25. Treesong Jan 1st 2014 at 02:10 pm 25

    I haven’t added anything notable this year but I don’t recall participating last year so here’s one from 2012: Curtailed, a charming slice-of-life comic with anthropomorphs and really nice art.

  26. Lost in A**2 Jan 1st 2014 at 02:26 pm 26

    Is User Friendly updating again? I dropped it a few years ago when it was in re-runs. I like the News Chicks at lcd, but that isn’t updated very often.

  27. mitch4 Jan 1st 2014 at 06:40 pm 27

    New this year is a special Sunday series on the longstanding workplace comic “Working Daze”. On Sundays they have been running an apparently mostly fabricated “History of Working Daze by Malcolm Bridgewater”. Each chapter (this week’s was number 15) has an essay on a given historical period and the writers / artists (sometimes the syndicators) working on this comic at that time, plus a couple sample panels. The essays started with the earliest days of newspaper comic strips, long before “Working Daze” actually existed, and do a remarkable job of imitating styles from different eras, plus reflecting some of the tone of the different phases of the business, and plausible lifestories for the different artists and their various outside endeavours.

  28. jp Jan 1st 2014 at 06:40 pm 28

    No, User Friendly is in reruns (although they have a pretty deep archive).

    It’s been more than a year that I’ve been following this comic, I believe, but I recommend Sinfest: http://www.sinfest.net/

    It takes a while to figure out what’s going on, but it’s worth it.

    -jp

  29. mitch4 Jan 1st 2014 at 06:46 pm 29

    Here was the latest of that “History of working Daze”: http://www.gocomics.com/working-daze/2013/12/29 . The style here is clearly meant to evoke “Garfield”, as some of the GoComics commenters mention — others like to play along with the joke and for instance claim to have old clipped newspaper strips from a great-grandfather’s scrapbook, or the like.

  30. Paperboy Jan 1st 2014 at 07:41 pm 30

    “Heathcliff”; It’s an old one, but it’s gotten really odd and loony lately.

  31. John Small Berries Jan 1st 2014 at 11:47 pm 31

    Oglaf (extremely NSFW, but usually hilarious).

  32. Mike Jan 2nd 2014 at 02:09 pm 32

    Two Guys and Guy. Extremely off center, but I laugh out loud way more often than not.

    http://www.twogag.com/

  33. Treesong Jan 3rd 2014 at 12:31 am 33

    Argh! That’s Curtailed.

  34. harise Jan 3rd 2014 at 12:18 pm 34

    There’s a new one in the Washington Post that is good and weird. The Post has had a lot of changes and the new ones coming in have pretty much sucked, just plain not funny. but this one is good. I can copy it into an email but not onto this thing. Here’s a link to a site for it on Uclick.

    http://universaluclick.com/comics/wumo

    WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler.

    Current January 2, 2014 January 1, 2014 December 31, 2013 December 30, 2013 December 29, 2013 December 28, 2013 December 27, 2013 December 26, 2013 December 25, 2013 December 24, 2013 December 23, 2013 December 22, 2013 December 21, 2013

  35. furrykef Jan 3rd 2014 at 02:45 pm 35

    Freefall. I read through its whole archive. I nearly gave up early on because the jokes in the early strips were a little lousy and predictable, but the cartoonist did get that ironed out soon enough, and, little by little, the story becomes utterly fascinating. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

  36. Ian Osmond Jan 3rd 2014 at 06:07 pm 36

    furrykef @34 — the OTHER thing I find amazing is that the guy actually manages to update three times a week, almost without fail, year after year.

    I WOULD point out the annoying thing that, in the fifteen years it’s been running, at three strips a week, something like a couple of months have gone by. I think the last month has covered something like a day or so… the plot is glacial.

    But the characterization is fantastic.

  37. Seymour Joseph Jan 3rd 2014 at 07:16 pm 37

    I *Loved* a comedy Science Fiction serial called SpaceTrawler written and drawn by Christopher Baldwin that just finished up in December.

    If you haven’t read it. Do.

    Orientation for new readers:
    http://spacetrawler.com/new_readers/

    Or to dive right in with the first strip:
    http://spacetrawler.com/2010/01/01/spacetrawler-4/

    The comic is also available in book form as 3 books from the author’s website.

  38. Dave in Boston Jan 3rd 2014 at 07:36 pm 38

    I’ve been reading Freefall a long time at this point, and I’d mention one other caveat: at times it gets kind of creepy. (In a bad way.)

  39. zookeeper Jan 5th 2014 at 01:17 pm 39

    OK, I’m impressed by Mary Death.

  40. Morris Keesan Jan 8th 2014 at 05:03 pm 40

    I picked up a lot of comics last year, and dropped a few.
    I’m not 100% sure whether all of these are ones I started following in 2013, rather than in 2012, especially the first three:

    Ménage à 3 (often NSFW)
    Moon over June (almost always NSFW)
    Sticky Dilly Buns (often NSFW - spin-off from Ménage à 3)
    Buni (because of CIDU)
    Dark Side of the Horse (also from CIDU)
    Girls with Slingshots
    Two Guys and Guy
    Carbon Dating
    That Deaf Guy
    Go Get a Roomie!
    HEY YOU GUYS
    O Human Star (a graphic novel being presented page by page; not an open-ended “strip”)
    Something Terrible (also a graphic novel, but each page is in strip formar)

    … and then there’s the set of comics that I started following because of the Strip Search web-cartoonist “reality show”, which I watched solely because one of the contestants was the wonderfaul Erika Moen. I tried the comics of all of the contestants, and some of them just didn’t do anything for me, especially the ones that were about 20-somethings who spend their time gaming. The ones I’ve been following
    (some of these are not actively updating, others update irregularly and/or infrequently; I follow most of my comics via a set of bookmarks that I visit daily, but I’m getting almost all of these via RSS feeds):
    Boxplot
    Camp Weedonwantcha
    Cardigan Weather
    Oh Joy Sex Toy (weekly illustrated reviews: ABSOLUTELY</em NSFW)
    Sci-ence (now defunct, but go and read all of the archives)
    Sufficiently Remarkable
    The Secret Life of a Journal Comic

    I also started reading Sandra and Woo in 2013, but gave it up after a few months.

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