The 8 Funniest Webcomics

#4. Creased Comics, by Brad Neely


www.creasedcomics.com

The Gist:
The guy that brought you George Washington fucking bears and a giant man-child known only as Babycakes presents single-panel comics designed to blow your mind.

Kinda Like:
If The Far Side had been entirely uncensored and involved the occasional acid flashback.

Words and Pictures:
If you've seen Neely's other work, like profiles of dead presidents highlighting their more hardcore aspects (ie, JFK is a telepathic knight, Washington' aforementioned bear fucking), then you know something about the art style and humor you're in for. Neely is unabashedly bizarre, with a penchant for making comics you laugh at for a few seconds before realizing you have no idea what they're supposed to mean.

Bonus Fun Fact:
One of the greatest of Neely's creations is a complete redub of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone called Wizard People, Dear Readers. Load up the QuickTime files, put the DVD of the movie on mute and prepare to hear Ron call Hermione "a hideous fucker."

#3. Dr. McNinja, by Chris Hastings and Kent Archer


www.drmcninja.com

The Gist:
The site's tagline sums it up pretty well: "Dr. McNinja is a doctor who is also a ninja."

Kinda Like:
If old Flash Gordon strips were redone to appeal to the midnight screening of Evil Dead college crowd.

Words and Pictures:
Dr. McNinja is formatted like an actual comic book, with pages released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and issues containing separate story arcs. Despite that, and the inclusion of some obligatory action sequences, you can't really have a ninja main character and not have him fight a raptor-it's by and large a comedy. The clash of the comic-realistic art style with the action fuels a lot of the humor.

Bonus Fun Fact:
Dr. McNinja started out as a character on the Something Awful forums, further solidifying it as the cradle of most of the world's Internet memes.

#2. The Perry Bible Fellowship, by Nicholas Gurewitch


www.pbfcomics.com

The Gist:
In a children' book world populated primarily by near-identical doughy figures, something unspeakably awful happens, but in a really funny way.

Kinda Like:
If every Dr. Seuss book ended with the characters dying in a fiery blaze.

Words and Pictures:
PBF is an old-school comic strip, meaning that each one takes place at a different time, in a different world, almost always with different, albeit stylistically similar characters. No continuity here. Rather, each darkly twisted nugget of genius stands entirely on its own two, disturbing feet.

Gurewitch virtuoso artwork is almost as striking as the dark humor. PBF is an experiment with different styles, with one strip looking like Peanuts and the next looking like a 17th-century woodcut. In a different era, Gurewitch probably would have been painting grotesque scenes of the underworld and would have wound up in an asylum by age 30.

Bonus Fun Fact:
It's almost unfair to put Perry Bible Fellowhsip on a list of webcomics, considering it appears in a couple dozen newspapers and magazines. There's also a book of PBF comics out there, called The Perry Bible Fellowship: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories.

#1. Achewood, by Chris Onstad


www.achewood.com

The Gist:
A dysfunctional group of stuffed animals, robots and a cracked-out squirrel throw ragers, participate in the Great Outdoor Fight and open Subway franchises, all on the dime of feline zillionaire playboy Ray Smuckles.

Kinda Like:
Garfield, if Garfield had robot friends, drank Ketel One and existed on the exact opposite end of the Funny Spectrum.

Words and Pictures:
Onstad' all about the prose, and the majority of the off-kilter, character-based humor is dished out in the word balloons rather than the simple, clipart-esque style. Obscure references, writerly self-indulgences and some supremely bizarre plotlines make it an acquired taste, but one worth acquiring.

Onstad even keeps up semi-regular blogs for each of the large cast of characters, effortlessly switching from one starkly different voice and point of view to the next. The characters are given a level of depth that would be incredible in any medium.

Bonus Fun Fact: Onstad usually hides a second joke or a strip explanation in his image text. Hover your mouse over the strip for a second to see it.

Michael writes and performs for the sketch troupe Those Aren't Muskets!

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