7 Quick Takes (12/17/10)

7 Quick Takes (12/17/10) December 17, 2010

I have exams/papers and have been trying (and failing) to ignore the internet.  While I’m blocking it, you can check out some of my favorite webcomics below.


Unsurprisingly, one of my absolute favorite webcomics is xkcd, which bills itself as “a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”  I’m a proud owner of the “Stand Back, I’m Going to Try Science” t-shirt, but my proudest xkcd link is the one that got me and three friends into the xkcd in Real Life heading on the wikipedia page.  Inspired by this cartoon, three friends and I dressed up as ninjas and accosted Richard Stallman at a Yale Political Union debate my freshman year.  In the photo below, I’m the ninja on the right with upraised arms.


A more general interest webcomic I follow is Questionable Content which follows the personal relationships and associated drama of a group of friends.   Kind of a sitcom in webcomic form.


And back on the incredibly geeky side are Order of the Stick and Erfworld, both of which are probably not very funny if you’ve never played Dungeons and Dragons, but are unspeakably amusing if you have.  (My whole AP Computer Science took it up in high school after the AP exams were over and we decided to find the geekiest possible thing to do in class for the rest of the year).


Dave Mailki, the author of Wondermark, creates his comics by scanning Victorian engravings and woodcuts and then cutting and pasting the people in them into bizarre situations of his own devisings.  (The t-shirt based on the above comic is pretty excellent).


The Adventures of Dr. McNinja (a doctor who is also a ninja) take absurdity to a whole new level.  The good doctor has faced down banditos riding velociraptors, children infected with Paul Bunyan Disease, and the zombie of the clone of Benjamin Franklin.  The comic is exceedingly delightful.


…and that pretty much sums up how amusing Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is.


My absolute favorite webcomic is Gunnerkrigg Court.  GC is essentially a graphic novel being published serially online (though you can also buy it in book form).  It’s a coming of age story set in a fantasy/scifi world with beautifully drawn characters (in terms of personal development and art).  It takes a few chapters to get the series plot moving, but it’s absolutely thrilling and the first thing I check on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.  If you’re going to pick only one of these to get hooked on, check out Gunnerkrigg Court.

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  • my proudest xkcd link is the one that got me and three friends into the xkcd in Real Life heading on the wikipedia page. I'm not worthy.

  • Dorian, no kidding. My admiration for Leah has reached new levels.

  • Wow, I'm already 5/7th as hip to webcomics as you! Dr McNinja and Gunnerkrigg court await my reading pleasure I guess. If you like SMBC, check out Scenes from a Multiverse (http://amultiverse.com/)

  • Not to give you more excuses to waste time you could be using to study, but are you familiar with Sinfest?

  • @Blotz: I do like Scenes from a Multiverse. I used to read Goats by the same author, but it became too bizarre and complex for me.@Ebonmuse: LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU (until this paper is done)