Each of these guys (and gals!) could single-handedly beat off an enraged mother grizzly bear recently awakened from hibernation with nothing but a bottle of soda and a single rock. That is how unbelievably fantastic they are.
They are listed in no specific order whatsoever.
Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques. This is the webcomic that inspired me to start making my own strips. He is what we mortals refer to as a demigod. This is a slice-of-life strip telling the stories of a few indie music lovers who become lovers themselves.
Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran, who has an extraordinarily graceful way of telling stories. In a word, she is classy. Octopus Pie follows two Brooklyn women as they participate in a wide host of… Well. Everything.
Hark! a Vagrant by Kate Beaton, who taps into my love of history and satire.
xkcd by Randall Munroe. I’m pretty sure that everyone knows what xkcd is, so I’ll leave it at that.
Anders Loves Maria by Rene Engstrom. Wonderfully melancholy. Contains some adult material, but in good taste… But extremely NSFW. Anders Has Sex With Everybody is about a guy named Anders who loves Maria (woah), but who also likes to have sex with everybody (woooooah.)
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, whose illustrations make me laugh for hours without cease. This is a largely autobiographical webcomic/blog/???
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick. I’ve started to refer to people as “jammy” thanks to her. Another autobiographical webcomic, this one about being an engineering grad student, graduating, and becoming an engineer for a large firm in Canada.
Blip by Sage Leaves, who is really the friendliest soul you will ever encounter, ever. This webcomic’s got a really great, innovative plot, and the cuteness of the art makes me squee on a regular basis. Imagine that God made a mistake in the form of finding a girl in his universe who he did not create, and did not intend to even exist. She is, in short… A BLIP.
Johnny Wander by Ananth Panagariya and Yuko Ota. I cannot say enough good things about Johnny Wander. It is funny, charming, relevant, and oh it just makes me so excited! Another autobiographical webcomic.
Girls With Slingshots by Danielle Corsetto. Its tagline is “Two girls, a bar, and a talking cactus,” but it is so much more than that. The characters are very well-developed and realistic, and Danielle’s art makes me incredibly envious. :3 Another slice-of-life comic, this one following the life of Hazel, an English major trying to make her way through life with a little help from her friends.
All New Issues by Bill Ellis and Dani O’Brien. It follows (mostly) a small video shop and the shenanigans that occur inside or because of it. It’s a newer comic, and it’s very entertaining.
Something Positive by Randy Milholland. Profoundly deep (and sadistically funny) plot. Especially for the earlier strips, I recommend zooming in (control+mouse scroll) to see the text better. It’s about- well, it’s basically a microcosm of all existence.
Shortpacked, Dumbing of Age, and the whole damn Walky-verse by David Willis. How do I even begin describing this… Alternate universe? Seriously, it will take you forever to read through the archives, but it’s so, so, so worth it. Definitely a weekend project. If you want the full experience, read the entire fucking Walky-world first, followed by Shortpacked and then Dumbing of Age. The latter two are currently being updated (daily!) and the former is on hiatus (but I’m currently treating it as if it’s at an end.) Seriously, read it.
Max vs Max by Wes…? Dunno his last name. Max vs Max is unique in that it’s a Christian comic intended for a Christian audience. Despite this, it’s actually a very good read, and isn’t afraid to take on some tough theological questions. That said: it’s not for everybody. Max takes on dating, religion, and mostly himself. It is now finished.
Between Failures by Jackie Wohlenhaus. Very entertaining, well-executed, always in good taste. This story follows the day-to-day mayhem of an entertainment superstore on the decline.
Queen of Wands by Aeire. It’s about being in that point of our lives when we’re not quite grown up, but we’re expected to be. It’s introspective, witty, and deeply thought-provoking. It’s finished, but has an active sequel done jointly between Aeire and Chris Daily entitled Punch ‘An Pie. It doesn’t require prior reading of Queen of Wands, but reading Queen of Wands first does help to make the experience a little more meaningful.
Pancake Cookie is a joint effort between Kelly and Andrew (surnames unknown.) It’s a relatively new autobiographical webcomic, and I think the illustrations are the most adorable things ever.