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Your Favorite Webcomics of 2005

I'm copying and pasting the actual reccomendations from Fenris' thread from the old forums b/c it was a good one and I'm hoping there's more to add from our readers.

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Here's Stuart's list based on Delicious links
Your assigment is to look over your links or bookmark or whatever and find what you consider to be the best webcomic that YOU read that is NOT on that list (the Best of 2005 one). Go with one if possible, but if you can't choose, keep your list short. Yeah, we want to spread the word, but we want the list to be relatively concise too. Don't forget to actually link it too.
I'll start off with Nothing Nice to Say by Mitch Clem. Anyway, it's a great punk themed comic with solid art. I'd say Clem is also one of the smartest writers in our field as well. His other project with artist Joe Dunn, the Coffee Achievers, really shows off his writing flair.

- Fenris

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My top five (in no particular order) are:
Malakhim
Clan of the Cats
Narbonic
College Roomies from Hell
Girl Genius

- Rob Howard

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Puppetry by Skyler Breeden has worked it's way into my number one spot. She just found a new home after the DD crash.
Runners-up: Joe and Monkey and Bunny.

GregC
no frailty
UpDown Studio

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A few other webcomics that I read no matter how irritated I am with comics (and that I didn't see on that list):

- Kelly J.

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I guess most of the comics I like are the popular ones, since almost all of them are on Designmeme's list (I thought Nine Planets In Search Of Intelligent Life was obscure, but it's towards the bottom of the list.) But surprisingly, Little Dee by Chris Baldwin ( http://www.littledee.net/ ) didn't make the list. I don't know why, it's totally excellent!
-joezabel

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Yanno, Kelly...if I had taken that drink of my Sobe Courage, it'd be all over the monitor...as it was I set it down heavily and splashed it a bit...
Thank you for the mention...I'm still looking for my dropped jaw. Smile
To contribute to this thread, I don't have many that I read, but here are the ones I like.

 *still shaking head in amazement at being mentioned*
--L.Graf
creator/artist, Twilight Agency

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If I've got to nominate the best web comic I've discovered this year, my vote goes to The Rainbow Orchid, but that's because I'm a HUGE fan of the European white line inaugurated by Hergé.

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Holy Bibble had me in stitches from the moment I discovered it.
Patches is adorably bizarre.
OverCompensating is the best all-around webcomic out there right now, in my humble opinion.

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What, you mean besides my own? =Wink

http://www.fluffinbrooklyn.com/ is one of my favorites, and doesn't get anywhere near enough press.

Charles Snow
Sordid City Blues

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  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereals - I love Zach's sense of humour.
    No rest for the wicked - Very original concept and I like everything about the script.
  • Alien loves Predator - It cracks me up, starting from the subtitle, "In New York, no one can hear you scream". Even if the humour is very NYC based, I can follow it even if I've only visited the place a couple of times. Really funny comic.
  • The B movie comic - To be honest, I discovered this comic only this morning. I saw it listed on Litazia's Secret Santa list and I clicked on it because I fancied the name. The art is way above webcomic average, and while the humour can be hit and miss, it has some really great moments. It's very rare that a comic makes me laugh aloud and this one's done it twice.


 

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Lest I seem to be pimping, I also sumbit Hate Song http://www.hatesong.com/. Very evil, but very well done.

Charles Snow
Sordid City Blues

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Raina Telgemeier's Smile, which is the only comic to ever make my teeth hurt, and
Lia F.'s Airshell, one of the very few sci-fi comics out there to do justice to the genre.
And my comic, of course. At least judging by the amount of time I spend staring at it.

Jonathon Dalton
A Mad Tea-Party

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These are worth reading:

  • Beaver & Steve
  • PC Weenies
  • Raymondo Person
  • Beyond the Punchline
  • The Kenmore
  • HOUSD
  • Rob and Elliot

Tim  Demeter's picture

My all time favorite: Killroy and Tina

My favorite new comic of 2005: Super Heros in Bars
It's REALLY new so there isn't much in the archive but c'mon, it's the freaking Azreal Batman pouring beers. That's awesome.

OH! Also: Hold My Life
Read the blog, damn clever, that.

Tim Demeter
does a bunch of neato stuff.
Clickwheel
GraphicSmash
Bustout Odds

All time favorite: Megatokyo

Favorite webcomic of 2005 Inverloch

Greg Carter's picture

To replace the missing link above:

Fave less well-known webcomic in 2005: Puppetry by Skyler Breeden

Of the "populars" -
Favorite webcomic: The Devils Panties by Jennie Breeden
close second: Errant Story by Michael Poe

Greg Carter - Abandon: First Vampire - Online Graphic Novel

Fabricari's picture

I gotta add a gaming comic to the list, Commissioned. Not only does Obsidian crank out 6 COMICS A WEEK IN FULL COLOR, but he's also one of the nicer online personalities I've enjoyed reading in the last year. He's prollly too busy making - oh I don't know, COMICS(?)- to post in forums often, so go over there and read. He just passed his 300th.

http://commissionedcomic.com

Steve "Fabricari" Harrison

AbbyL's picture

I thought that Girly was good this year... As for new comics I found that I fell in love with, there's Cat Legend, which is both an awesome story and drawn/written by a terrific person without whom I would not be where I am today. (Thanks, Kat!) Wapsi Square, which just keeps getting better and better... (And which also has a terribly nice author...).

As well, there's Starslip Crisis, which just gets funnier and funnier. I also love Mechagical Girl Lisa: A.N.T., which has yet to really take off but is completely adorable.

There are more, but I have a horrible swiss cheese memory.

Besides my recent findings of ALP and HateSong, Diesel Sweeties is pretty good

EricMillikin's picture

Everybody knows that the greatest webcomic of 2005 was Casey Sorrow's Feral Calf but of course I'm somewhat biased because Casey and I used to be in the same breakdancing crew before a hallucinogen-induced exacto-knife fight created an irreparable rift between us as well as the loss of my left arm. Also, I enjoy oiled goats, shaved monkeys, and square dancing. Oops, I thought this was adultfriendfinder for a second. Speaking of seconds, the 2nd through 447th greatest comics of 2005 were every other comic on webcomicsnation because webcomicsnation was the greatest thing to happen to webcomics in 2005.

Speaking of seconds for the third time: If you want a second opinion, Warren Ellis wrote the following about comics in 2005: "Did comics have a good year? It's seemed slow, hasn't it? I haven't seen a lot of stuff. But, this year: SHARKNIFE? Rey just released a preview of a new work on The Engine and his LJ, and it's a quantum leap. Hope Larson's SALAMANDER DREAMS. The first issue of LOCAL. THE PUSH MAN in an English-language collection for the first time. I've only skimmed the new Renee French, but it looks gorgeous. Continuing superb work on the web from Jeff Rowland, R Stevens and PERRY BIBLE FELLOWSHIP, FETUS X and a bunch of others. And all of that is just scratching the surface."

Perhaps more interesting than the four superb webcomics he lists may be that at least two of the print comic artists he lists (Renée French and Hope Larson) have strong ties to webcomics. SOON ALL OF COMIX WILL BE OURS.

P.S. If I screwed up the BBCode on those links, blame xerexes -- he told me not to preview!

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Fetus-X is the greatest comic in the world.

Tim  Demeter's picture

I fixed it all by myself.

NOW I DEMAND TRIBUTE.

Tim Demeter
does a bunch of neato stuff.
Clickwheel
GraphicSmash
Bustout Odds

xmung's picture

There were a number that I really dug:
* Scary Go Round
* Flick
* Rip & Terri
* The Ice Queen
* Agnes Quill

Links? Y'mean you didn't read 'em too? ;)

Magellan - superhero cadets... their own worst enemy is themselves!

'Part from those already mentioned:
Newshounds (I've been collaborating with TKD, so I'm biased on this.)
Pastel Defender Heliotrope One of the best and most artistic science-fiction comics I know. It's been offline for a few days; I hope it's back soon.
Schlock Mercenary It's getting extra bite with the developments in the Petey storyline.
Shuck Sort of a Krazy Kat / Horned God Mythology entanglement.
Slightly Damned Another comic that's going somewhere.

Katie Sekelsky's picture

Favorite webcomic started in '05: Starslip Crisis
Favorite webcomic started before '05, but I just started reading in '05: Rob and Elliot

Other favorites: SMBC, Questionable Content, Bunny, and most everything Ryan Estrada has done.

bobweiner's picture

Even though it doesn't get updated but once a month, I really enjoy "Copper" by Kazu Kabiushi. The stories and the artwork simply blow me away.

I also enjoy reading Rob & Elliot. Genuinely funny stuff!

-Krishna

Krishna M. Sadasivam Cartoonist, "The PC Weenies" http://www.pcweenies.net

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[quote:84e3f1eece="bobweiner"]I really enjoy "Copper" by Kazu Kabiushi.-Krishna
Wow, great find! I had never seen it before and it's terrific.

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Vote Vito: Line Item Vito

Just submitted this to the news section... but there's only 24 hours left -- so I'm posting it here as well in case it doesn't get on the homepage soon enough...

You can now submit your nominations for the 2006 Bloggies ( http://2006.bloggies.com/ ). The finalists will be announced on Friday, January 20 when voting will begin. Getting ANY webcomics nominated and/or winning an award is good for ALL webcomics. Remember that most webcomics also have a blog...

* The contest is open to any weblogs that existed for a period of time during the year 2005, so weblogs that were discontinued during 2005 are also eligible.
* You may nominate your own weblog, but the total nominations for your own weblog must be less than one third of your total (legitimate) nominations.
* Only one nomination form and one finalist voting form may be submitted per person.

In addition to nominations for regional blogs ( Australian or New Zealand, Asian, African or Middle Eastern, European, British or Irish, Latin American, Canadian, American ) you might give some thought to webcomic blogs in the following categories:

*Best Tagline of a Weblog
*Best Podcast of a Weblog
*Best Entertainment Weblog
*Best Weblog About Politics
*Best Topical Weblog
*Most Humorous Weblog
*Best Writing of a Weblog
*Best Group Weblog
*Best Community Weblog
*Best-Designed Weblog
*Best-Kept-Secret Weblog
*Best New Weblog

Nominations close at 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) on Tuesday, January 10, 2005! You've only got 24 hours -- so get nominating.

And if you need to fill out your ballot with a web design blog... there's always mine. ;-)
http://www.designmeme.com (I'm also, like Ghastly, eligible for the Canadian category). While you're visiting you might like the new Firefox extension I published on Friday.

Last Day to Submit Nominations for the Bloggy Awards

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Just to follow up on Stuart's hijacking of this thread :) today's the last day to submit a nomination to the bloggy awards.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

Tyler Martin's picture

These awards are just popularity awards.

It's just about numbers. So if you don't already have a huge fanbase, and hadn't already had that fanbase nominating your comic/blog since long before now then it's kind of pointless.

:(

hpkomic's picture

The three comics I discovered this year that I fell in love with:

Jen Babcock's C'est La Vie, Claude TC's Reckless Youth and Phil Gibson's Lancaster: The Ghost Detective.

All rather small comics which really struck a chord with me. I hope you enjoy them.

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