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I'm not including recs for or links to things like Dilbert  or Foxtrot that I first encountered in other media (newspapers). This is partly because I don't think of them as webcomics and partly because I expect that most people know about them already. (Yeah, some of these webcomics are titles everybody knows, too. That's different.)

Accidental Centaurs by John Lotshaw
This one needs to be read from the beginning onward or it will make no sense. Also, the story starts in the middle and doesn't give the backstory for quite a while (though a lot of it is implied). When I read it, I checked several times to be sure I was really at the beginning. The main characters are humans who've crossed over into another dimension where they're centaurs (or, rather, that's how their minds interpret the shape their bodies now take). So, there's humor and adventure and hints of big, universe changing stuff. (Added 4 Oct. 2006)

Catspaw. I'm of two minds about rec'ing this. I really like the art, and the story (what little there is so far) looks likely to go interesting places at high speed. This is not a humorous comic but rather a fantasy serial. My main reservation about the comic right now is that I can't find any way to reach the most recently posted page without starting at the index and going forward through everything posted so far, one post at a time. I hope that this is only a temporary problem-- The comic is still young, only about half a dozen pages so far. If you're going to read this, start at the beginning. (Added 11 July 2006)

DM of the Rings by Shamus Young
This webcomic uses images from the LotR movies. The captions are the comments from a gamemaster and players as the gamemaster tries to run the player characters through the story of the LotR (which in their world was never written but rather exists only as a D&D campaign). Very funny, especially if one knows much about D&D type games. (Added 20 January 2007)

El Goonish Shive. When I started reading this comic from the beginning, I didn't expect much from it. It looked like a couple of goofy guys being guys. But it got more complicated and sprouted lots of plot while still remaining funny. There's shape changing and gender bending and a great deal of oddness. It reminds me of some of the better features of anime/manga, but though it's clearly influenced by anime/manga, it's also clearly not imitating Japanese culture. This one will make a lot more sense if you read it from the beginning, but I think it's not absolutely necessary, at least not if you don't mind being a bit confused for a while. Also check out El Goonish Shive: Newspaper for stories outside the main continuity. (Added 11 July 2006)

Freefall. The archive for this strip reads very, very quickly. I was surprised by how rapidly I finished the backstory. The story's set on another planet, one that's in the process of being terraformed. An alien and his robot 'borrow' an engineer in hopes of getting their spaceship to fly again. The engineer's ethics (and common sense) clash with the alien's views of how the world ought to work. I find the whole thing very funny. Reading the backstory will add quite a bit to your experience with this comic, but I don't think it's necessary. Readers can pick up most of what they need as they go along. (Added 11 July 2006)

Full Frontal Nerdity by Aaron Williams
This is a gag strip about gamer geeks. The index page doesn't display correctly in Safari-- The links are there, but the blog entries are hidden. It updates (as far as I can tell) every Thursday. (Added 20 January 2007)

Get Medieval. During the thirteenth century, group of quite human looking aliens lands just off the coast of France to refuel. They get separated from each other and stuck on Earth. The comic manages a good level of humor and a moderate level of historical accuracy (I don't believe that the creator is aiming for more than that). I find the characters likable. Reading the backstory will make this comic make more sense, but readers can probably start anywhere. (Added 11 July 2006)

Girl Genius. Okay, so I lied about not rec'ing comics I'd first encountered offline. Girl Genius is grand fun. I love Agatha, the heroine, and it's fun seeing all of the weird machines and pulp science fiction-ish stuff. And there's humor, too, mixed in with lots of adventure. It does read better in larger pieces because the artists aren't trying to make each installment stand on its own or have a punchline of any sort. You definitely want to read the backstory on this one. It's complicated, and there are clues that will mean more later. (Added 11 July 2006)

Home on the Strange. This is a comic about geeky adults who role play, watch genre TV series, read fantasy and SF *and* who have real lives. It's relatively new (only a few months) and is still hitting its stride. I like the characters. Most of them could be people I know except funnier. I don't think that reading the earlier comics is absolutely essential as long as you don't start in the middle of a story arc (though reading the earlier stuff is fun if you have time). The arcs tend to be relatively short (so far), so if you find yourself lost, go back a week or two, and you'll likely find a starting place that makes sense. (Added 11 July 2006)

Kevin and Kell. Anthropomorphic animals live in a world that's a lot like ours but also very much not. This is all played for humor, but once in a while, I think about how the predator/prey interactions could also be very grim. The title characters are a rabbit and a wolf who have married. Their blended family includes Kevin's adopted daughter, Kell's son from a previous marriage, and an extremely cute rabbit/wolf hybrid. There's a lot of humorous exploration of what mixing cultures means. I think this is one that readers can start at any point. I like the backstory, but I don't think anyone will feel dreadfully lost if they don't read it. (Added 11 July 2006)

Little Dee by Chris Baldwin
This webcomic is sweet and consistently funny. It's about a little girl who's gotten lost and who's been taken in by a bear, a dog and a vulture. (Added 3 Oct. 2007)

Minus by Ryan Armand
Very small children with phenomenal cosmic power are inherently scary for adults who think much (or at all), but they can also be sweet and funny. Minus takes the premise to interesting places. I occasionally have trouble following what's going on, but I mostly have fun. (Added 3 Oct. 2007)

Nodwick by Aaron Williams
I have a weakness for comics involving role playing games or settings from role playing games (just in case you haven't figure that out yet). This is yet another of the latter type. The index page doesn't display correctly in Safari-- The links are there, but the blog entries are hidden. It updates (as far as I can tell) every Thursday. (Added 20 January 2007)

Order of the Stick. Anyone who's ever played AD&D (or other fantasy role playing games, for that matter) or spent time with people who do will recognize the characters in this comic. It follows a fairly typical party of adventurers on their quests. It's possible to start this one in the middle and still laugh, but the earlier comics are still worth checking out. (Added 11 July 2006)

Schlock Mercenary. This comic has a nice blend of science fiction plot and humor. It follows a group of mercenaries as they try to make a profit without dying. As I read through the archive, I kept expecting the writer to drop plot threads, but he hasn't yet (or not that I noticed). The story can be a little difficult to penetrate if you drop in at the wrong point, but if you head for the start of one of the books, you should be fine. (Added 11 July 2006)

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