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A little Clump of Soul

Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy. Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations. It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time -- an eccentric, richly produced, and incredibly catchy blend of funk, salsa, bossa nova, experimental electronica, J-Pop, swing, lounge, bamboo flute, hair metal, buoyant parade music, soaring children's choirs, Macintalk fanfares, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros. Called a consumerist critique by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi (who after one sequel moved on to Glitch, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy, and playground design), the series has inspired much celebration and thought [2, 3] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 21, 2014 - 28 comments

We go forward

We go forward, a short and poignant comic about life challenges. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jul 7, 2014 - 22 comments

The Center for Otherworld Science

The Center for Otherworld Science, a comic about three women in hazmat suits, interpersonal workplace dynamics, and a cryptozoology institute with questionable ethics. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on May 23, 2014 - 8 comments

Jeff Smith's newest comic, Tuki Saves the Humans, is free to read online

Jeff Smith, author of the highly lauded and much-awarded Bone comic series, and the subsequent RASL comic series, has returned with a new comic: Tüki Saves the Humans, a web series based on "the most current speculations of scientific experts" about a major ice age somewhere between 2 million and 975,000 years ago ancient Africa drying up, driving or allowing hominids to move from Africa. The first "season" of Tüki is now complete, which makes the Bones happy. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 3, 2014 - 26 comments

Master of Philosophy, Lord of Debate, Sultan of Reason

The Adventures of Fallacy Man, from Existential Comics.
posted by Artw on Jan 4, 2014 - 55 comments

So Meta -- Fanfiction Really

Monster Of The Week (previously), the X-files recap comic by Narbonic creator Shaenon K. Garrity presents a guest-artist filled tribute to one of the strangest episodes of TV ever: Thirteen Ways Of Looking At Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 5, 2013 - 20 comments

I started competition at age 11, and left at 16

Framed as a letter in words and pictures to Magnus Carlsen, the new World Chess Champion, French comic artist Fanou recalls her experiences as a girl with an interest in chess and all the reasons why she still holds that world at a distance.
posted by Narrative Priorities on Nov 25, 2013 - 46 comments

Is it humerus?

If you enjoy skeletons and terrible puns, this comic will meet your needs for today. (SLTumblr, via Reddit)
posted by nicebookrack on Oct 12, 2013 - 24 comments

It's not weird for girls to play videogames!

Elizabeth Simins is an illustrator and a gamer. The latter wasn't always easy, though, which she illustrates in a four-part comic on growing up as a girl gamer.
posted by gilrain on Sep 16, 2013 - 77 comments

An answer's value can only go down...

"A Day at the Park", a long scrolling comic that features two interestingly designed characters having a discussion of their respective collections: one of questions, the other of answers. By illustrator Kostos Kiriakakis as the start of a series titled "Mused", along with "Lost and Found", about names and games and stuff...
(thanks to Fleen, which just yesterday scooped us on Boulet's Long Journey).
posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 5, 2013 - 6 comments

"We're the anal safety snails!""Reminding you to start slowly!"

Oh Joy, Sex Toy! (NSFW), is a comic concerned with "reviews of everything that relates to sex, sexuality and the sex industry. From toys to workshops to birth control and much more, no stone will be left unturned, no vibrator left unused, no nipple left unpinched," by Erika Moen (Tumblr) [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 28, 2013 - 20 comments

Lord Talky McBoring! Of the McBoring clan of East Wanker.

Unsounded is an ongoing fantasy webcomic by Ashley Cope. Updates are Monday-Wednesday-Friday, the scope of the story is apparently enormous, the writing is great, the world is complex, well-planned, and full of fistfights, magic-fights, political intrigue, zombies, giant dogs as beasts of burden, diverse characters, and smoke eels from the great beyond. Chapter 1 begins here.
posted by little cow make small moo on May 1, 2013 - 15 comments

The Greatest Web Comic Based On A Classic Namco Video Game

Galaga: Invasion is a webcomic from Ryan North, Christopher Hastings and Anthony Clark. Drop whatever it is you're doing and get reading!
posted by boo_radley on Apr 30, 2013 - 23 comments

Hawaii, 1997

Hawaii, 1997 A comic by Sam Alden. Previously.
posted by zabuni on Apr 16, 2013 - 5 comments

Paola-4

A brilliant comic about choices and regret. And time travel, and love, and sushi: Paola-4 (via) [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Feb 6, 2013 - 10 comments

When your house is burning down, you should brush your teeth

The surprisingly touching story of a fire and a broken cat named Domino.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jan 10, 2013 - 31 comments

I'm not a kid, I'M A SHARK

Nimona is the shape-shifting, hell-raising sidekick to Ballister Blackheart, the biggest name in supervilliany. [more inside]
posted by mokin on Dec 27, 2012 - 25 comments

The crew of the Enterprise take on their greatest challenge yet -- an out-of-service holodeck

LARP Trek - webcomic from MetaFilter's own cortex
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Nov 26, 2012 - 210 comments

Adventure Chef, c'mon tell your friends, we'll cook in very distant lands.

Rutabaga, a webcomic about an adventuring chef.
posted by curious nu on Nov 15, 2012 - 9 comments

He did not understand that if he waited and listened and observed, another idea of some kind would probably occur to him someday.

Being a content creator is a wonderful job: "It's 2pm. Don't you think it's time you put on some pants?" [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 15, 2012 - 88 comments

Alcohol yesterday, drugs today

"Based in Brisbane, Australia, Stuart uses the medium of comics to explore serious issues with a unique perspective and a sense of fun." - War on Drugs and more, and even more. [Previously]
posted by vidur on Oct 10, 2012 - 6 comments

Police Log Comics

Police Log Comics is a webcomic adapted from the police log of the Carmel Pine Cone.
posted by brundlefly on Sep 7, 2012 - 28 comments

You think you can keep up with me, world? Well you can't. Because I'm too damn FANTASTIC.

From Ryan Armand, author of the beautiful watercolor comic Minus, comes the story of a man who decides one day to be GREAT. Involves ramen, romance, gang warfare. Highly recommended.
posted by Rory Marinich on Aug 19, 2012 - 6 comments

This gun's bullets will only pierce the flesh of your TRUE LOVE!

The webcomic A Lesson is Learned but the Damage is Irreversible published a total of 41 strips over the course of two years – but each strip was a masterpiece, visually stunning and weirdly hilarious. It hasn't been updated since 2006 (author Dale Beran writes a new comic with similarly methodical updates), but recently its creators confirmed a new strip is on the way. Artist David Hellman (also known for his work on gorgeous video game Braid) has been sharing sketches of the new strip, and last week shared a video on Facebook showing the process of developing the new strip's layout. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Aug 18, 2012 - 14 comments

Looks like you could use a pick-me-up.

Strong Female Protagonist is a (currently 16-page, but ongoing) webcomic that "follows the adventures of a young middle-class American with super-strength, invincibility and a crippling sense of social injustice."
posted by davidjmcgee on May 22, 2012 - 30 comments

Eulogy for a pretty swell guy

Young Edd Gould always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld" series of online webtoons and comics. At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes" progressed from surreal shorts and one-shots into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters, full soundtracks, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers - Spares - WTFuture - Rock Bottom - Hammer & Fail (2). At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb and the UN Climate Change Conference, fielding offers from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube. Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia -- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away, prompting an outpouring of grief and gratitude from all the fans he'd entertained and inspired in his short 23 years.
posted by Rhaomi on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 comments

Job Dog may exist only in the dream of a small child living on the New England coast.

Bonne Fête Job Dog is a comic about a dog with a job.
posted by Memo on Mar 21, 2012 - 12 comments

Athena Wheatley, a webcomic

More diversity in sci-fi webcomix? Yes please: Athena Wheatley, or Warp & Weft features a black female scientist from the 19th century time-travelling to 9283. Fun, and looks good: Moebius meets Futurama meets Adventure Time (and sexy too! occasionaly cartoonishly NSFW)
posted by Tom-B on Mar 11, 2012 - 4 comments

Zahra's Paradise

So a Persian writer, an Arab artist and a Jewish editor walk into a room…
Zahra's Paradise is a webcomic inspired by the work of the late Zahra Kazemi (previously) and based on reports by Iranian bloggers. The author and publisher describe their experiences here.
posted by Joe in Australia on Feb 13, 2012 - 6 comments

Sick

Sick. Parts 11, 12, 13, and 14. [NSFW] An incredibly dark, raw, self-aware, and often insightful look into the depressed mind of a cartoonist evaluating his life.
posted by spiderskull on Oct 29, 2011 - 29 comments

Puppies with flaming machetes?

Battlepug is a webcomic about cute dogs and barbarian warriors. It's by Mike Norton, best known for his work on Runaways and Young Justice.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Aug 3, 2011 - 18 comments

There and back again, a PSA

Fed up with drugs, a comic about the dark side of chemical salvation. By Charles Saucisse.
posted by Taft on Jun 7, 2011 - 77 comments

The Cartoon Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Larry Gonick is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe (later The Cartoon History of the Modern World), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn-by-way-of-Pogo chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment, and (yes!) Sex. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention, assorted math comics (previously), the Muse magazine mainstay Kokopelli & Co. (featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"), and more. See also these lengthy interview snippets, linked previously. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 6, 2011 - 29 comments

Oregon Noir

She Died In Terrebonne is a hard-boiled noir webcomic by Kevin Church. The Rack, The Loneliest Astronauts and his other comics can be found at Agreeable Comics.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on May 26, 2011 - 10 comments

snow day

pictures for sad children captures the spirit of the season. that is all.
posted by silby on Feb 11, 2011 - 21 comments

...it's a thousand times larger than earth, yet its entrance is extremely tiny

Have you heard about the floating world of furlqump?
posted by namewithoutwords on Feb 4, 2011 - 23 comments

I've Seen the Lizard Man.

reMIND is a webcomic that updates on Mondays.
posted by cthuljew on Jan 19, 2011 - 9 comments

Pride and smokeless fire

The Word made another helper from fire to be its hands as it toiled on its creations. The Word gave them free will. Although they did not know their name, they were called the Jinn... Iblis, a webcomic take on the Islamic tempter figure by Kelli Nelson. [more inside]
posted by kid ichorous on Jan 14, 2011 - 15 comments

Nothing is Forgotten

Nothing is Forgotten, a lovely little wordless comic about loss, fear, kindness, and memory.
posted by Gator on Jan 4, 2011 - 39 comments

So, Mithras and Gaia had some children

Forming (NSFW - cartoon nudity) is a webcomic by Jesse Moynihan (NSFW) that tells the history of the evolution of man via the machinations of various alien entities whose familiar names (and unfamiliar stories) have been recorded in various religions throughout time. [more inside]
posted by lyam on Dec 16, 2010 - 24 comments

Cat Rackham, I choose you!

PORTRAIT-DEX! Cartoonists create Pokémon self-portraits, with all three evolved forms. Featuring, among other fine artists, Scott Kurtz (PVP), Box Brown (Everything Dies, Bellen!), Anthony Clark (Nedroid), Aaron Diaz (Dresden Codak), and Steve Wolfhard (Cat Rackham), who also runs the project.
posted by Gator on Oct 27, 2010 - 13 comments

Just because the comic hasn't been funny since 2007 doesn't mean this isn't at least kind of neat

Randall Munroe of xkcd has created a second, updated Map of Online Communities. (His first map.) You can find MeFi Island in the Troll Bay, just off the coast of Twitter. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Oct 5, 2010 - 132 comments

Gunshow

Gunshow
posted by MetaMonkey on Oct 2, 2010 - 28 comments

It's A Dog's Life

Caring about something is about taking the pain and the joy. The pain is hard. Taking the pain, facing it, dealing with it are the ways I think we can show we really care. That we know we care. --Bob, the story of a dog.
posted by Gator on Sep 18, 2010 - 16 comments

Monster Commute

Monster Commute: A webcomic about the hell that is driving to work in the cute Orwellian steampunk monster-infested mirror universe of Monstru. [more inside]
posted by Gator on Aug 14, 2010 - 2 comments

MF: Open browser and go to mspaintadventures.com

Andrew Hussie's latest comic enterprise at MSPaintAdventures.com (previously), Homestuck, has been hurtling along at a truly absurd pace. Designed as a pastiche and parody of videogames in general and text-based graphical adventures in particular, updates are structured as a hypothetical game's response to your typed commands, such as "Examine room." The art may not look like much up front, but it enables AH to maintain his multiple-updates-every-day pace for weeks at a time; it also lets him modulate the quality where appropriate for the storytelling. It's sort of a multimedia extravaganza: the story is told using static and animated gifs, narrative text, dialogue presented as instant messaging chat transcripts (click the Show Pesterlog button to see the text), flash-based static animations with music and/or sound effects, interactive vignettes reminiscent of console RPG-style combat, interactive sound mixers and animation compendia, GameFAQs walkthroughs, an enormous hyperlinked synopsis presented by the author himself during a highly indulgent self-insertion into the story, multiple webcomics within webcomics, and in at least two cases, an entire miniature action/adventure game. [more inside]
posted by jsnlxndrlv on Aug 10, 2010 - 22 comments

Darryl Cunningham Investigates

Darryl Cunningham, author of the graphic novel, Psychiatric Tales (previously), is at work on a new book about science. Topics covered so far include: The Moon Landing Hoax, Homeopathy, and the MMR vaccine scare.
posted by logicpunk on Jul 20, 2010 - 8 comments

It's a good way to kill twenty minutes or so.

From 1979 to the end of the '80s, Sam Hurt produced a strange and wonderful little comic called Eyebeam. I'm very happy that the entire archives are up, as well as later additions. About the drab but sometimes very weird life of the eponymous character, the comic addressed a wide range of topics, including the decor of Chinese restaurants, wearing the wrong clothes to work, beach gidgets, job security, male answer syndrome, not-quite-vegetarianism and time travel. It managed to be pretty wise while still being funny. Just don't take it too literally.
posted by jiawen on Jun 18, 2010 - 20 comments

The Best Webcomic No One Reads

After a long and terrifying absence, the webcomic NOBODY SCORES! Returns! Reacquaint yourself with BBolt's style with home decor, internets!, origin stories, police states, Kittn 2.0, SPACESHIPS, Scott McCloud, Art, Wishes, Alternate Universes, Government Slash Fic, Time Travel , Class Struggle, True Love, Cartoonists!, Social Media, MEN, cuddle-ness, Augmented Reality , snorgling, Rule 34 ,and more
posted by The Whelk on May 25, 2010 - 21 comments

Comical: A Webcomic Aggregator

Comical is a program that lets you know when a webcomic you read has been updated and allows you to download the newest strip. It's great for people who (like me) follow a ton of different webcomics. It currently supports Over five-hundred different web comics. It even supports Newspaper Comics, Alt-Text, and Hidden Panels. If Comical is missing a comic you like, the program comes with the ability to add new comics manually or feel free to post a request for someone else to do it for you on the forums! [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on May 22, 2010 - 14 comments

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