I think it’s safe to say that the older you get, the less time you have in your life to devote to a specific hobby. This is a problem for me, as I have many hobbies. I’m lucky if I can get a half hour in a day for games, and that goes for comics too. When I’m stuck at the drawing board or my laptop for an entire day, the closest thing I get to a break is checking out my favorite web comics. I thought I’d share them with you, seeing as if you’re not reading them, you’re really missing out.
Battle Pug comes from the mind of Mike Norton, artist for both Marvel and DC on various books. The title evokes heavy shades of both Conan and He-man with Norton’s specific brand of wit and comedic sensibilities. The strip focuses on a young boy who’s lost everything, and grows to become a mighty warrior on a quest for vengeance. It’s cute, heavy on the cheesecake at times, and beautifully drawn by the always-impressive Norton. Read it here.
The Adventures of Superhero Girl is a slice-of-life superhero story done right. Created by Faith Erin Hicks, it follows a young heroine who just can’t seem to catch a break, or get the notoriety she deserves. Hicks’ line is delicate and playful, bringing to mind Becky Cloonan and Bryan Lee O’Malley. It’s always a quick read, and always worth the click-through. Read it here.
Power Nap is maybe the most existential, hard-to-quantify read on this list, but don’t let that stop you from checking out one of the best titles online. Starring our man Drew, the story focuses on his life in a near-future city populated with passive, dead-eyed citizens. As weird as his surroundings can get, it’s when Drew dreams that the strip gets really weird. Dive in for a great read, provided by Maritza Campos + Bachan. Read it here.
Before I talk about the next web strip, I have to drop a NSFW bomb. So, there you go. Ok, next up is Puddin’. While not strictly a web comic, it’s a live-action comic strip for adults. There’s a set-up and punchline, and most episodes last no longer than thirty seconds to three minutes. It’s premise is simple: one co-worker wants nothing more than to have his cup of chocolate pudding in peace, while the other is hell-bent on interrupting him. When you’re dealing with a comedic force like Eddie Pepitone, you never know what you’re going to get. Shocking, disturbing, vulgar, and always-funny, Puddin’ is a daily stop for me. Watch it here.
Last up is maybe my favorite current series, online or in print. Sin Titulo, by comic artist Cameron Stewart, is a loose-form gothic, psychological thriller. Cameron has stated that he has the story loosely mapped out, but is allowing it to grow organically, and it shows. Reading it, you feel like Cameron is having as much fun making the strip as the viewer is having reading it. It has more twists and turns than any major work of fiction out there currently, and while updates can be few and far between, Sin Titulo is a big influence on me. Highly recommended. Read it here.
So there you have it- go out there and get reading some comics!