I’m not writing as much as I used to… I’m rehashing old stuff. I know, sad.
Originally did this for @bazanye‘s blog. And being as I am going through the worst writer’s block ever, I shall post it again…

Somewhere along the general evolution of mankind (or briefly after the creation of man, if you recently burned your copy of ‘A Brief History of Time’), someone in some art department decided that geek stuff is cool. The said art department person(s) went so far as calling the whole movement ‘geek chic’, which is not the girl at the office with the glasses and the Ugly Betty Season 2 clothes, because this chic is said with a sh.
Like ‘shut your mouth, I knew that’.
Try not to stare...
This destroyed the true nature of the geek, who could no longer hide behind the massive glasses and the social maladjustment and the ‘I ❤ Star Wars Trek’ t shirt.
But the geek had one hidden weapon, secret code. Smartness in the guise of simple pictures of people, or people-ish objects talking in l33tspe4k, because there’s no fun in using regular vowels…
The really cool thing about webcomics is they have win. Yes, win is a noun, often paired with ‘epic’. Work with me here. And the opposite of win is fail. Logical.
So here’s a brief cut-and-run analysis of some random webcomics in no particular order…

a softer world

Photographs with typewriter text… Doesn’t get more emo than that. And it’s Canadian. Mainly consists of pictures of people and the equivalent of thought bubbles on an acid trip, devoid of inhibition. It has loads of dark humor. That aside, it has a way of making really weird puns that you laugh at for a while before you realize how creepy it actually is…

Dinosaur Comics

A hilarious comic, based on the conversations between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and assorted dinosaurs. All the panels are pretty much the same, but the killer is the nature of the stuff they talk about. The T Rex is generally smart, but in the “there’s a screw loose” way, so in the end his ideas just collapse under their own weight… That said, he does have some pretty interesting plans, friends and means of execution… And now we know what dinosaur small talk must have looked like…

Last Place Comics

A relatively recent discovery, this comic is disturbingly funny. It follows the writer (artist) Zach Cranor, as he does all sorts of things, like run for president, diss Mountain Dew, get hired as a director for ‘Oh Fuck: The Movie‘ and other random things… Guaranteed laughs, this one. And he throws in random characters as well, like Bitch Man and Burn Man and such…

xkcd

A hilarious combination of geek-centric stuff, like obscure math references, space references, obscure pop culture references and such. The people don’t have faces or names, but they are still epic funny.
One random thing that xkcd does is it takes things that geeks may go through (like awkward sexual tension and struggling to explain tech to non-tech people) and assorted situations of failure that are generally unfunny to the non-tech section of the population, like the shutting down of GeoCities…

Penny Arcade

Featuring Tycho (homage to Tycho Brahe) and Gabe (homage to someone… Didn’t want this to just sit there), Penny Arcade is a rather interesting webcomic.
It’s pretty silly, but it’s an interesting exploration of life from these two’s point of view. They’re essentially children in grown ups’ bodies, and they go through random things, like paying for virtual content and playing Dungeons and Dragons… You know, everyday problems…

–To be continued–

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