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- Nuclear engineers, artificial life, and Guinness.
- The adventures of an evil genetics lab. Very
funny, and one of the best plotted comics on the net.
Completed, but currently re-running as a
- Hugo and Millie
- The adventures of two mice in Steampunk Edwardian England,
rendered in awesome Gibson-esque pencils. Currently on hiatus,
but rumored to be returning soon.
- Penny Dreadful
- Oliver Twist meets H.P. Lovecraft with hints of
the Young Sherlock Holmes.
- Beautiful exponent of the infinite
canvas. Also, role-playing philosophers.
- Okay, the mad science in this is a bit peripheral,
but still milk-out-the-nose funny. There's also demons,
journalists, and world domination. Completed, but check
out Stan's new comics
The Hazards of Love and
- An art school drop out takes a job as an exhibit in an
alien zoo. Awesomely written by
Derek Kirk Kim
and drawn by
- Not so Mad
- Piled Higher and Deeper
- Grad student life at Stanford.
- Wasted Talent
- Diary comic from a Canadian engineer.
- Love, Science, Math -- but you didn't need us to tell
you about this one.
- Not invented Here
- Spot-on corporate coding humor. Like Dilbert for computer
programmers with better art. (See also,
- Giant Robots
- Ataraxia Theatre
- A ligne claire mecha story by the author of the
games, interspersed with all
manner of autobio, vole, and one-off comics.
- Sarah Bryant goes from motorcycle racer to mecha pilot
when she finds out about her hidden past. Fun,
comic-book formatted adventure.
- Family Man
- Scholarly werewolves in 19th century Germany.
The painstakingly drawn and researched sequel to
Bite Me!, Dylan
Meconis's farce of vampires in the French Revolution.
- Paradigm Shift
- Cops and werewolves in Chicago -- Bebop-style banter and
mayhem set against beautiful renderings of the city by the lake.
- Skin Horse
- Where's the shadow government when you need it?
Drawn and co-written by Shaenon "Narbonic" Garrity.
- Monster Soup
- A werewolf, a vampire, a ghost, a zombie, and a fortune
teller walk into a castle...
- The Ghost of Benjamin Franklin
- A Girl and Her Fed
- A violent liberal, federal agents with disturbingly hacked
heads, and a foul-mouthed koala. Hilarious and original (and
currently being updated with snazzier art).
- Dr. McNinja
- He's a doctor. Who's also a ninja. Need we say more?
- Dead Winter
- A poet/waitress finds her spine as she wields her mop
against zombies post-apocalypse. Very subtle use of limited
- Corporate Skull
- A disaffected worker engages in corporate skulduggery
-- The Mask meets The Office.
- Angels and Demons
- Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell
- A very original mythos featuring unicorns, manticores,
and an unfortunate Dalai Lama, rendered in bright water-colory
- Master of iconography Tatsuya Ishida mixes equal
parts Swift and Waterson to make beautiful images telling
you terrible things.
- Pepper and Carrot
- Miyazakiesque adventures of a witch and her cat
- Find Chaos
- A grisly tale somewhere between Neverwhere and Oliver
- Mockman Press
- H.P. Lovecraft fantasies rendered in Jason Thompson's
wonderfully detailed line work. (See also
King of RPGs).
- Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
- Gorgeous full color two-page spreads from a veteran of the
- The cutest lil' swashbuckling chef!
- Templar, Arizona
- A sumptuously drawn Neverland, with factions packed so
close together that they can not help but tread on each other's
- We just started reading this from the beginning and it's
very much living up to its reputation. Any book that can
drop references to Night of the Hunter and
The Producers on the same page is definitely
our cup of tea.
- Slice of Life
- Four legs in the Morning
- A Moment of Clarity
- Sugar, caffeine, and video games from Inkscape developer Jim
Bintz. Currently off-line, but take a look at his
interim project: Dawn's
- The daily adventures of a ten-year-old software billionaire
and his duck -- more than just an endearing version of The
- Fox Trot
- A class act. Still going strong as a Sundays-only
strip, with the occasional cameo like
- Crowbar Benson
- A Canadian dad and his two boys. Hockey, beer, and
- Two legs in the Afternoon
- The Introvert Manifesto
- Neal Skorpen
starts from the premise that the norms of social interaction
are shaped by the extroverted majority and revisits his
introverted early years from this point of view. The comic
has an art spiegelman feel to it, with hints of Daniel Pinkwater
and William Sleator. Also, the cutest drawings of little
Alain Jourgensen. (Just finished, but check out Neal's latest
- Blue Monday
- Chynna Clugston's
series about punk/mod/ska outsiders growing up in a small town.
Hands down the best sound track in comics.
- Superheros, underground tunnels, secret cabals, and other
typical scenes from college life. Neat experiments with the
infinite canvas. Currently on hiatus.
- Dumbing of Age
- A more realistic reboot of
Roomies/It's Walky/Joyce and Walky/Shortpacked.
- Nothing Better
- Freshmen at a small liberal arts college come to grips with
art, love, and religion. And see also Tyler Page's new comic,
Raised on Ritalin
(but wait, there's more! Visit the
Stylish Vittles store
for massive pdfs of Page's comics with tons of process notes)
- Sordid City Blues
- "indie rock theological soap opera" -- the lives and
loves of rock band Owns Big Mecha. "Over, for now".
- The Chairs Hiatus
- Three part, infinite-canvas comic about a band after the
- Questionable Content
- Deathmole, indie coffee talk, off-color anthro PCs,
and superhero pizza delivery.
- Three legs at Night
- The K Chronicles
- Keith "Marginal Prophets" Knight's weekly strip.
- The Knight Life
- Keith "Marginal Prophets" Knight's daily strip.
- The Norm 4.0
- Poetic riffs on the X generation, now with family.
- Strangers in Paradise
- Second best sound track in comics (and the best long form
comic we've read to date).
- Yellow Peril
- The office humor strip by Jamie "Angry Zen Master" Noguchi. Designer angst, fusion cooking, and stealth cross dressing.
- Beautiful observational heir apparent to Bloom County.
- Girls with Slingshots
- "Two girls, a bar, and a a talking cactus"
- The Devil's Panties
- It's hard to say what a diary comic is about.
The Devil's Panties is mostly about joy. Also, kilts
and leaf blowers.
- Everything is Miscellaneous
- Zen Pencils
- "Cartoon quotes from inspirational folks"
- Lit Brick
- John Troutman draws his way through the Norton Anthology.
- Perry Bible Fellowship
- Wonderful one-offs with a dark sense of humor.
- Faraday the Blob
- Big, colorful, convoluted one-offs featuring an elf, a rabbit,
and a blob.
- Oblique takes and whimsical adventures.
- "Home of the webcomics action news team!" For all of
your keeping-up-with-webcomics needs.
- Folk and Revival
- Noe Venable
- Out past Tom Waits and Tori Amos, where the wild things are,
Noe Venable spins stories and soundscapes of tragic, gleeful
beauty. Start with the live album Down Easy or
the coldly beautiful Summer Storm Journals.
- Kris Delmhorst
- Smokey folk songs in the singer-songwriter vein.
Oddlot is a cheap and accessible place to start.
Shotgun Singer and Songs for a Hurricane
are the best in the way of lush and hypnotic sounds.
- Beth Orton
- Trance-like electronic folk with a captivating voice.
Check out Central Reservation for the best of the
electronic sound. If you like that, follow up with
Trailer Park and Daybreaker. If stripped
down folk is more your thing, try the wistful
Best Bit EP or the happier Comfort of Strangers.
(If the link to the official site doesn't work for you, try
- Susan's Harp Songs
- The YouTube channel for our friend Susan's celtic harp music.
Your one stop shop for pretty harp songs and lively reels!
- Lee Press-On and the Nails
- Goth Swing in the spirit of The Forbidden Zone.
- Sour Mash Hug Band
- Cab Calloway/Django Reinhardt revivalists, as frequently
seen at the Berkeley farmers' market.
- Rube Waddell
- Wailing, screaming, full-bodied hobo punk.
- Gogol Bordello
- Cross-culture immigrant punk. Full of energy.
- Overdriven heavy metal cellos with a wicked sense of humor.
We especially recommend the live album A Radical Recital featuring Zoe Keating
- Hip Hop
- The Marginal Prophets
- Keith "The K Chronicles" Knight's Hip-Hop band. Bohemian
Rap CD features a live backing band and is a good place
to start. Newer tracks like Six in the Morning see them
moving in a funkier, Digital Underground sort of direction.
- Live band and mad beat boxing. Master exponents of the
- Avante Garde
- The Residents
- Cryptic exponents of the theory of obscurity and the
phonetic theory of music. At once strange and achingly
familiar. Without the Residents, there would be
no Electric Puppet Theatre.
- The Fiery Furnaces
- Somewhere between the Residents and John Zorn, this
sibling duo flits between musical ideas faster than
you surf the net.
- Thrash Funk
- "Psychedelic Polka" -- the preeminent, genre-defining
thrash funk band. Once you've absorbed everything they
have to offer, you'll be wanting to check out bassist
Les Claypool's side projects.
Here's our review of their latest album,
Originally formed from the Limbomaniacs line-up by guitar virtuoso MIRV Haggard
to support the concept album Cosmodrome for Les Claypool's Prawn Song label,
the band soon morphed to bassist Craig MacFarland, Fungo Mungo drummer Jeff Gomes and opera-singing, and fire-belching
guitarist Brian "the Great" Kehoe
(as seen in
from their 6/31/2001 show at Slim's).
The MIRV rhythm section recently ganged up with
Adam "Bob Cock" Gates of the Spent Poets to form the
prog-pop band Madame Blavatsky Overdrive.
- DJ Disk
- "The Jimmy Hendrix of the Turntable". His Live at Slim's album, featuring Brain, Buckethead, and Les Claypool,
is one of the all-time great live thrashfunk albums.
- System of a Down
- Wow! We recently picked up Steal this Album after
meaning to listen to these guys for years. Hints of LARD,
Primus, and Suicidal Tendencies with a heavy dollop of Faith
No More. Definitely worth checking out.
- Mmmm, Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning...
- Our favorite head-banging music. We've enjoyed watching
Kittie's albums oscillate between the L7ish hooks of debut
Spit and the skull-crunching metal sludge of sophomore
album Oracle. In the Black,
comes close to striking a perfect balance, and has some of the
best lyrics since Spit.
- Definitive industrial metal. Worth tracking down are the
12-inch single for Jesus Built My Hot Rod and The
End of Days from swan song The Last Sucker, featuring
Eisenhauer's "Military Industrial Complex" speech. Also,
Pure Chewing Satisfaction from side-project LARD
with Jello Biafra -- the pinnacle of head-banging tongue-in-cheek
- Charming 8bit techno, like a pixelated version of
Squarepusher (and he makes comics!)
- The Gotan Project
- Techno-tango from Paris.
- Sara gets her laptops from Emperor Linux and digs the wicked fast
- Janice plays Buffet clarinets exclusively.