Thursday, April 2, 2015

Webcomics: From the Interwebz to Ink

Please welcome two of our favorite bloggers, Heather from Capricious Reader and Andi from Estella's Revenge, talking about their favorite webcomics that have made it into print!

Webcomics are plentiful and seem to be on the upswing in popularity among general comics readers, so when Heather and I (Andi here!) heard that Book Bloggers International would be devoting a month to comics, we wanted to share this specific jam! 

If you're newer to comics or just don't like adding one more website to your feed reader, you may have missed webcomics completely! If you're a little more comfortable with comics collected into book format and you have an open mind about exploring comics you're unfamiliar with, check out these webcomics that have been collected into print volumes! I've linked the actual websites below because you can sample some of the work, and if you get hooked you can purchase a collected volume or keep reading online!


Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton is possibly the best known collection from this list as I see it popping up on blogs more and more. Beaton's comics are literary, historical, and hilarious! 

Strong Female Protagonist written by Brennan Lee Mulligan and drawn by Molly Ostertag - Alison Green, THE strong female protagonist, is one of those main characters you can’t help but identify with. Sure, she has superhuman abilities, but underneath all that strength and super-ness, lies a very uncertain girl with real world problems like money, family, friendship, lack of confidence, and a past she just can’t escape.  

Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal - Rutabaga is sick of cooking with the same old ingredients. The series begins with him finding an ancient magical sword (think Sword in the Stone), but he’s really only interested in the rare mushrooms that grow on top of it. Throw in one sidekick named Pot (he’s a pot), some magical creatures, and a lot of adventure, and you'll be enchanted.

Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran - Octopus Pie follows two girls living in Brooklyn, NY. Eve Ning is quite the grumpy cuss who finds everyone and everything pretty much annoying. And she will grumble all about it. Her roommate, Hanna Thompson, is a complete pothead who runs a successful business, much to Eve's chagrin, baking amazing baked goods. Ha! Hanna bakes while baked. I just got it. 

Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD): A Graduate Student Comic Strip Collection by Jorge Cham -  A newspaper and web comic strip that follows the lives of several grad students, it deals with issues of life in graduate school, including the difficulties of scientific research, the perils of procrastination, the complex student–supervisor relationship and the perpetual search for free food.

With this little guide, we hope you'll be able to find some new-to-you webcomics in easy-to-read (and collect) volumes. These little gems deserve a home on your shelves. 


  1. I can already see that this feature is going to make my comic list explode.

  2. Thanks for the recommendations!! I don't tend to read webcomics, but I'm' still one of those without an e-reader too. Thanks for bringing these one to my attention.


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