Cartoonists like Garfield's Jim Davis are lucky they got rich enough to buy their own diamond mines before there was such a thing as the Internet. Now, a whole bunch of kids with Blogspot accounts and MS Paint are proving they can do better. Way better.
Since we figure our readers could use a little culture, we've put together a list of, without question, the funniest comics the Web has to offer. That's right: We claim to have identified the best of an utterly subjective art form. Let's see you take issue with that, smart guy!
8Dinosaur Comics, by Ryan North
A six-panel comic featuring clip-art dinosaurs trampling log cabins and tiny women gets its dialogue rewritten five times a week in an example of absurdism at its most hilarious.
How every Marmaduke is basically the same drawings of the exasperated lady owner. Only with this one, the written jokes actually change.
Words and Pictures:
Dinosaur Comics features a vibrant color palette, free and open canvases and a boldly choral compositional structure. All right, it' the same goddamned pictures every time. Disregarding that minor detail, the strips are not only funny, but also take on issues as diverse as moral relativism, the nature of true contentment and how to throw knives in order to cut speaker wires at a distance, thereby putting a stop to your neighbors' blaring techno music.
Plus, you'd be amazed how the occasional addition of a goatee can turn a T-Rex into the funniest thing you've seen all week.
Bonus Fun Fact:
Dinosaur Comics were used by an English teacher in Japan as part of his lesson plan. Japanese school kids filled in their own strips. The surreal results seen HERE do very little to disprove stereotypes that the Japanese are weird and obsessed with Godzilla.