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Your favourite Webcomics of 2005

Alright, since I don't want to come off as bitching about things without presenting a solution, here we go. I assume most of us saw this:

http://www.designmeme.com/2005/12/06/best-webcomics-of-2005/

The "Best" Webcomics of 2005, which is of course in reality, the most popular. But I suppose that's nitpicking. 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. I'm actually surprised it's not on the list already, but go figure... the Internet. 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.

Alright, that was technically two. Sue me. Or post your own.

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Great idea for a thread - not sure if I can limit it to just one though. :)

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kjc's picture

The complete list there is pretty long and tough to read.

But I think it doesn't list Gossamer Commons at http://www.gossamercommons.com/ which I always make time to read. It's by Eric A. Burns, Greg Holkan, and others.

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

Twilight Agency by D.A. and L. Graf at http://twilightagency.com/
Digger by Ursula Vernon at http://www.graphicsmash.com/series.php?name=digger
Zebra Girl by Joe England at http://zebragirl.keenspot.com/
Dicebox by Jenn Manley Lee at http://www.dicebox.net/

So, that's five for me - I read a lot of stuff on that list as well...
Kelly J.

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.

Joe Zabel's picture

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!

RE: Re: Your favourite Webcomics of 2005

Joe Zabel's picture

C'mon, Bill! Water under the bridge and all. What's your favorite webcomics that isn't on Stuart's list?

Focus... focus!

Happy thoughts! Drama free, if we can manage that, please. I realise the list wasn't some infallible beacon of the webcomics pantheon, but it was a fairly useful barometer of popularity. The main point of all this is to bring some attention to that one strip that you personally feel is great, and did not get enough attention this year.

Seeing some interesting stuff thusfar.

Re: Your favourite Webcomics of 2005

Fenris wrote:
I'll start of with Nothing Nice to Say by Mitch Clem. I'm actually surprised it's not on the list already, but go figure... the Internet.
It has a lot of readers. You can't fault them for not being del.icio.us users.

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it was on the list.

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kjc wrote:
The complete list there is pretty long and tough to read. But I think it doesn't list Gossamer Commons at http://www.gossamercommons.com/ which I always make time to read. It's by Eric A. Burns, Greg Holkan, and others. A few other webcomics that I read no matter how irritated I am with comics (and that I didn't see on that list): Twilight Agency by D.A. and L. Graf at http://twilightagency.com/ Digger by Ursula Vernon at http://www.graphicsmash.com/series.php?name=digger Zebra Girl by Joe England at http://zebragirl.keenspot.com/ Dicebox by Jenn Manley Lee at http://www.dicebox.net/ So, that's five for me - I read a lot of stuff on that list as well... Kelly J.
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. :) To contribute to this thread, I don't have many that I read, but here are the ones I like.

There are three or four others on my read list, but I'm not sure if I'll stop reading them yet. They're what I call "hit and miss" comics. Sometimes they appeal, most times not, and I'm hanging around because the storyline is in what I call "bad accident" territory. You know it's bad, you know that it's not really grabbing you artwise or storywise, but there's just something in the storyline that's keeping you...for now. It'll take just the right thing to make you drop it. Anyhow, these are my "must read when they update" comics. Apologies if the list is a bit long. *still shaking head in amazement at being mentioned*

--L.G.Twilight Agency: my frustration, my insanity... http://twilightagency.com

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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.

This is exactly why I love these type of threads. I've bnever heard of The Rainbow Orchid until now.

This is one, very nicely done comic!

RE: Your favourite Webcomics of 2005

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

Though that list is subject to change depending on the day... as sometimes I become unhappy with a comic, and other times another one amuses me more. Really, I more have a "top twenty" list, none of which are my all-time "favorite" and even then sometimes that's subject to change.

What can I say? I just love webcomics...

Uncle Ghastly's picture

I don't have a lot of time to read comics so I have a very short lists of regulars I read which really hasn't changed much over the years. Thus having not read a heck of a lot of comics I can't really offer suggestions for the best of 2005. There's just too many I haven't read.

Here are the best webcomics that I read that aren't on my list -- which has a lot of comics I've never read. :-)

These are worth reading:

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

What, you mean besides my own? =;)

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

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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The Perry Bible Fellowship was definitely a standout webcomic this year - and as I'm in London at the moment I can read it in the newspaper which is pretty damn cool.

It's a breath of fresh air amongst the standard bland fare for newspapers, to mix a couple of metaphors.

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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.

I've got to add that onlinecomics.net may qualify as the best webcomics-related service of this year. I know it's been online for much longer, but the constant revamps have made it the best, most useful webcomics site I've seen in a long time.

(And they've adapted the categorization system by genre, style and format I once proposed here at Comixpedia!) 8)


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By the title of the thread, I guess that I should mention those comics that I discovered this year and that really impressed me. Here they are:

  • The Rainbow Orchid - it's the most impressive comic that I've discovered this year. I want it in book format.
  • 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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Gianna Masetti
thenoobcomic.com

Re: Your favourite Webcomics of 2005

Fenris wrote:
I'll start of with Nothing Nice to Say by Mitch Clem. I'm actually surprised it's not on the list already, but go figure... the Internet.
rezo wrote:
It has a lot of readers. You can't fault them for not being del.icio.us users.
So, that list isn't "the most popular" as it is, "the most popuar with del.icio.us users"? Isn't this sort of like a group of people agreeing on a particular comic based on their personal tastes?

Okay

I do agree that Nothing Nice To Say does get overlooked a fair bit. Though I think that may be because it's a gag strip with a focus that doesnt really match the web-geek population's tastes perfectly.

Stolle Bengtson was an odd, disturbing comic that sort of died out when the creator seemingly got a job.

I picked up on Narbonic when Sheanon offered it free. She's managed to meld "geek humour" and "accessible" together with "cute"

Hardly a hidden gem, but Dinosaur Comics always gives me the giggles.

There's probably a few more that's not coming to mind, but I've stopped really caring all that much about webcomics a while ago and have been suffering from unshaken habits for a while now.

My two (current) favourites that haven't been mentioned so far are

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.

I don't see www.whiteninjacomics.com on the top or runner-up list
it's grrrrreat! (in the voice of Tony the Tiger)

I'm kind of surprised nobody mentioned The Perry Bible Fellowship

That's been one of my new favorites this year.

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jdalton wrote:
Lia F.'s Airshell, one of the very few sci-fi comics out there to do justice to the genre.
I just want to thank JDalton on mentioning "Airshell". This is the first time I've heard of it and after visiting the site it's some of the best Black & White art I've seen...EVER!!

My picks

Seth Fronzoli's picture

Some gems I found this year:

-Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life.

-Schlock Mercenary

-Superslackers

Readers' Picks of 2005

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

If you're looking for some new stuff to check out this weekend, this thread ain't a bad place to start.

 

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