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42 Web Comics You Need To Read

Update your reading list! These comics range from short funnies to novellas, from old standbys to mind-blowingly inventive GIF-scapes. They all deserve to be on your radar.

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4. Misc. Comics by Zac Gorman

Format: short stand-alones

Genre: gif diary / video game comics

Zac Gorman's personal and fan art projects are equally delightful. Most of them make use of gif animation in nifty ways.

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6. "Bongcheon-Dong Ghost" by Horang

Format: spooky short story (takes a minute to read)

Genre: HORROR HORROR HORROR

If you show this comic to anyone with a heart condition, you belong in jail. Otherwise, this is a very surprising use of the web medium.

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11. Editorial Cartoons by Matt Bors

Format: 2-8 panel stand-alones

Genre: political cartoons

Matt Bors is published by The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, and The Nation. The above links to his Tumblr, where he posts most of his shorter cartoons.

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17. "Sticks Angelica" by Michael DeForge

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Format: alien diary? (updates every Sunday)

Genre: alien

If you want a longer story from DeForge, Ant Comic is probably one of the weirder things you'll read. It's up for an Eisner Award nomination this year, and Adventure Time is lucky to have him onboard as an artist.

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22. "Black Is The Color" by Julia Gfrörer

Format: short story (completed)

Genre: gothic?

Two sailors are walked off the plank of a Victorian ship. On a small raft, sassy mermaids arrive to throw shade on their entire lives. Entirely worth the 10 minutes it takes to read. NSFW.

23. "Thunderpaw" by Jen Lee

Format: serial narrative

Genre: post-apocalyptic buddy adventure

Homesick pups stranded in post-apocalypse. The animated gif layouts make inventive use of its web format in a way few other comics do.

24. "Haunter" by Sam Alden

Format: serial narrative (updates every Saturday)

Genre: action/horror

A rare action comic that creeps under your skin without using any words. Sam Alden's one of the best dialogue writers out there (see below for "Eighth Grade"; also the bitter sweet family drama of Farmer's Dilemma), but here he forgoes words entirely.

27. "Girl Mountain" by Simon Hanselmann

Format: mid-length short stories

Genre: super dark comedy

One big room, full of bad witches. Meg the teen witch and her stoner monster friends stumble into sordid altercations in their Los Angle-ish neighborhood. Start with this strip and see if this is your jam. NSFW.

32. "Octopus Pie" by Meredith Gran

Format: serial narrative

Genre: Brooklyn roommate drama

Grumpy organic grocer and ekes out her frustrations in Brooklyn. Her upbeat hippie-ish roommate has none of it. They're good friends, really.

33. "Destructor" by Sean T. Collins and Matt Wiegle

Format: serial narrative

Genre: fantasy/sci-fi

The comic unfolds briskly and grittily. It never stumbled over itself to explain its futuristic feuds, warlords, and prison systems to you, but you'll absorb its rules along the way.

34. "Girls With Slingshots" by Danielle Corsetto

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Format: serial narrative

Genre: drama

Now on its #1641st strip and updating five time a week, Danielle Corsetto's comic is not only an acclaimed full-time enterprise, but one of few prominent web comics to honor the experience of queer women.

35. "Nimona" by Noelle Stevenson

Format: serial narrative (updates Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Genre: fantasy comedy

Punk girl shapeshifter runs amok as an outlaw's intern. Her boss, a former lord betrayed by his best friend, is out to expose the kingdom's hypocrisies. It does not always work out.

36. "The Super-Gay Adventures of Ross Boston" by Drew Green

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Format: serial narrative

Genre: adventure/fantasy/comedy

Adventure Time meets Power Puff Girls meets old school Saturday morning cartoons. A pizza delivery boy with a douchey boyfriend gets enlisted into some superwizard's league. Unfailingly cheerful.

37. "Blue" by Pat Grant

Format: serial narrative

Genre: beach bum youth memoir, Aussie gentrification horror

A career beach bum remembers his gross schoolboy days in New Zealand, before Aussie developers came in and poshed up his beachside town. You will speak heaps Kiwi after reading this, ay.

39. "Modern Fried Snake" by Ryan Armand

Format: serial narrative (updates 1st of every month)

Genre: drama (very quick read)

A warm, sparsely-worded comic about a street food hawker living on the edge of an (Edo Era Japanese?) town. Reminiscent of a quieter Tezuka.

40. "The Fox Sister" by Christina Strain and Jayd Aït-Kaci

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Format: serial narrative

Genre: supernatural thriller

Supernatural detective story, Korean folklore, wartime drama, history of Christianity's spread in Seoul -- all of that packed into tale as briskly paces as a blockbuster.

41. "Spera" by Josh Tierny and an A-list roster of comic artists

Via http://Afu%20Chan

Format: collection of stand-alone short stories

Genre: fantasy

Two princesses team up with their fire-breathing dog to cause trouble. Many of the most active current comic artists contributed chapters to this massive project.

42. "Eighth Grade" by Sam Alden

Format: serial novella (still updating)

Genre: golden age television drama

Probably one of the best narrative comics you'll read this year. The story's less about the cruelty of middle school children (though there's a ton of that) than the grudges, jealousies and heartbreaks of the families around them. Like the best TV shows, it's sympethetic towards even its worst characters. Takes an hour or so to read. Start here.

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