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The Kairos 30-Day Meme: Twelve Favorite Comic Strips

This is a queued entry and does not reflect my current status. A new post will appear each day this month, but to preserve novelty, the categories that I used won’t be listed publicly beforehand. If you’d like to use my template, let me know and I’ll privately send you the complete list of categories so that you can rearrange and swap them out to suit yourself.

If you don’t want to bother with the entire meme but still want to play, it is highly encouraged to list some of your own favorites for today’s category in the comments.

Day Twelve: Comic Strips

I haven't checked any webcomics on a daily basis for quite some time, so my favorites are for the most part outdated. But that's better for you because it may give you a chance to discover a large backlog of something awesome you've never heard of. :)

Housekeeping: the note about this being a queued entry has been a lie for a few days now, and tomorrow I'm traveling all day and spending a week seven hours ahead of my usual time zone, so I think we can expect this project to more or less fall apart. WHY DO I EVEN MAKE GOALS.

I'll pick it up again when I can. Maybe work on it while I'm away and have the remainder ready to queue again.

Not Wild, Just Crazy

Even the niche magazine where it was published was forgotten long before the days of the internet, but I have this theory that the fewer people who understand a joke, the funnier it seems to those who do. So what’s the obscure subject of this strip? Ferrets. I freaking love ferrets.


Sluggy Freelance

Hey, this one has a ferret too! I stopped trying to keep up with it years ago, and recent strips would probably be as incomprehensible to me as they are to a brand new reader. It’s still worth it for the early days, and twenty years of almost-daily comics is impressive in its own right.


Dresden Codak

The site is under construction now so I couldn’t search for a favorite episode. But the art is the best out of everything on this list, the one-shots are hilarious, and the world explored through the serial arcs is dark and strange. You won’t regret checking this one out.



The writer/artist duo ended this strip and moved on to the classier Three Panel Soul, but I still prefer their college days, maybe because I could relate, maybe because the rapidly evolving art was supported by a lot of sheer silliness and references to The Matrix.


Ozy and Millie

Even its persistent detours into politics couldn’t spoil my enjoyment of this webcomic while it was running. It was cute and whimsical, especially as the art improved, and characterization was just right: a couple basic personality traits examined over years until everyone seemed fully rounded.



These days everyone’s got a webcomic and a lot of them are slice-of-life serial stories with sharp-looking art, so I don’t suppose I’ll drum up much interest in the Y2K era high school drama Avalon. But I loved it, cared about every character, and still esteem it very highly.


Hark! A Vagrant

A little newer than the last few (although still old enough to now be infrequently updated and focused on merch). I suck at history but the style of humor is right up my alley, and, no kidding, you actually can learn something from it now and then. Like Hamilton!


Penny Arcade

Over the years it’s been fascinating and awesome to watch Penny Arcade develop from one of the internet’s first ongoing comics to a culture of its own. Through it all, it’s remained true to its sarcastic, witty, vulgar core. I don’t tend to get the gaming references, but I’ve been to PAX twice.


The Far Side

I decided to combine my webcomic and newspaper comic categories when I realized that there’s only ever been two of the latter that anyone cares about. The Far Side was the single panel that could redeem an entire page of crap. I fear people are beginning to forget about it.


Calvin and Hobbes

This is the other, of course. The character of Calvin, a six year old, struck a rare balance between merciless humor and genuine warmth - his relationship with the wise and wild Hobbes wasn’t cute, but it wasn’t heartless. Come for the easy laughs, stay for layers of character and imagination.



The appeal of any given comic comes from both its writing and its art, and a weak point in one needs compensation from the other. What kind of writing could possibly compensate for art composed entirely of stick figures? I give you: XKCD, reigning king of webcomics.



Listen, you’re either going to love it or hate it. Don’t try to find out by starting in the middle. If the first strip makes you laugh, keep reading. You don’t have to understand why you laughed. No one does. If you make it through the first year, your life will never be the same.


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