minus by Ryan Armand

“[m]inus is about a little girl named minus (never capitalized!), who, for all intents and purposes, is a god. She’s just not really aware of it. Sort of. It’s a little hard to put into words but it makes sense when you read it.

What’s awesome about [m]inus is how charming it is. It’s very funny occasionally, but the ridiculous adventures that minus gets herself into are just a lot of fun to read. The art is also beautiful. Unlike probably 90% of all webcomics, [m]inus isn’t about pop culture spoofs or videogames (although there are comics dealing with those type of subjects). It’s very original.”

-Sparda, “minus (AKA: “The greatest webcomic ever”).” comicvine. 2010.

Minus is archived online. Highly recommended. One could reasonably argue that this is the greatest webcomic ever. This one may be my favorite.

The Pyramid of Humanity

Pearls Before Swine is a syndicated comic strip [by Stephan Pastis] that runs in over 800 newspapers around the world.  The strip pairs an angry, arrogant Rat with a sweet but dumb Pig, the latter of whom is protected by a violent, albeit delusional Guard Duck.  Pig and Rat’s friends also include a bookish, intelligent Goat, and a poor, besieged Zebra whose only goal is to keep from being eaten by his inept and inarticulate next-door neighbors, the Fraternity of Zeeba Zeeba Eata crocodiles.”

https://stephanpastis.wordpress.com/about/

I particularly liked how this comic captures in-group / out-group dynamics. You’re either cop, cyclist, vegan, Republican, pick your in-group of choice, or you are “little people”, scum, exotic, and so forth and so on.

Mineshaft Magazine

“March 20, 2021 UPDATE:   Mineshaft #40, with beautiful Front & Back Cover art & design by R. Crumb, is at the printer & coming this Spring, 2021!!! PLUS new work by Robert Crumb, Sophie Crumb, Drew Friedman, Laure Boin, Bill Griffith, Christoph Mueller, Mary Fleener, Max Clotfelter, Robert Armstrong, Denis Kitchen, Rika Deryckere, Aleksandar Zograf, John Porcellino, a GIANT Letters section, Mineshaft Index (#31-40) & More!   Mineshaft #39 is HERE! Featuring out-of-this-world front cover art by Christoph Mueller & back cover art by Robert Crumb!   Many MINESHAFT back issues will be sold out soon…

Mineshaft Magazine is the closest thing I’ve seen to a 1960s style underground comics magazine that is still being published.

Glenn Danzig & Henry Rollins Forever

Somehow, the idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger & Danny DeVito as an old married couple that dresses alike came into my mind today, and it, in turn, reminded me of Henry & Glenn Forever, the publisher described it in this way:

Starring super-notorious musclebound punk/metaldudes Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins (with a little help from super-notorious soft-rock dudes Hall and Oates) Henry & Glenn Forever is a love story to end all love stories! The premise of this comic is explained in the beginning, “Henry and Glenn are very good ‘friends.’ They are also ‘room mates.’ Daryl and John live next door. They are satanists.” What follows is ultra-metal violence and cryfest diary entries, cringing self-doubt and mega-hilarious emo-meltdowns. Who knew Danzig was such a vulnerable, self-conscious sweety-pie? Who knew Rollins was such a caring spouse? Who knew Hall and Oates were so infernally evil—yet so considerate? Well, illustrating/writing team Igloo Tornado (featuring super-awesome comixdude Tom Neely) did and they kicked down 66 fully-illustrated pages with it. Genius on all fronts. Terrifyingly cute. Cutely terrifying. As the real-life Rollins says, quoted on the back cover, “Has Glenn seen this? Trust me, he would not be impressed.”

-Tom Neely, “Henry & Glenn Forever.” Portland, Oregon: Microcosm Publishing, 2010

Mr. Boop

“A Life Embellished webcomic about the titular Alec Boop (nee Robbins) and his life being married to Betty Boop. Claimed to be based on Alec Robbins real life, and posted on his twitter account, the webcomic features Alec meeting (and usually having sex with) characters from various media, including Family Guy, The Sopranos and even Homestuck.

Extremely NSFW.

Has a spin-off flash game, Mr. Boop and the Curse of the Dinner Party/

TV Tropes, s.v. “Mr. Boop,” (accessed January 6, 2021), https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Webcomic/MrBoop

Sounds weird. Then, you go to the Mr. Boop website and see that Geocities aesthetic, and you wonder: Am I going to go deeper into this? Not today. Bookmarking for later (maybe).