Doing a short-and-sweet post this month!
No long-running plots to keep track of. No deep character struggles to worry about. Just some fun comics where you can order them on Bookshop, pick them up, read a few strips at a time, then put them down and go to the beach.
A Man And His Cat: Sweet old widower is the only person who wants to adopt the ugliest kitten at the pet shop.
Originally published as a webcomic, before getting so wildly popular that it got licensed by a manga publisher. And it was a good deal.
Hark! A Vagrant: Snappy jokes on whatever topics the artist is into this week, from historical weirdos to Victorian literature.
Even if you’ve never read the comic iself, you’ve almost definitely seen it memed somewhere. Do the phrases “I had fun once. It was awful” or “Ooh, Mr. Darcy” ring a bell? Yeah, that’s this.
Sarah’s Scribbles: Pure unfiltered essence of #relatable.
Cute one-off gags about little everyday moments, like playing with your pets, being on the internet too much, and lying awake thinking about a dumb thing you said in middle school.
Hyperbole and a Half: Another book about relatable slice-of-life millennial struggles. Part of this is personal essays (the funny kind), but it has enough comics that I’m including it anyway.
It’s also another series that you’ve probably seen in memes, even if you’ve never read the original. “Clean ALL THE THINGS” is from this one.
Oglaf: A sequence of mostly-unrelated absurdist gags in an over-the-top fantasy world.
…they are mostly sex gags. Don’t buy this as a gift for a small child. But as long as “a lot of cartoon nudity” doesn’t put you off, you’ll have fun with it.
(And I’ll do “appropriate comics to buy as gifts for a small child” next month.)
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Have a favorite gag-a-day webcomic that isn’t on this list? Drop a comment and share!