Web comics worth your lunchtime
They’re free, absorbing and available just by shifting your mouse around. We select some of the best comic strips on the internet.
When Alison Green retires from her superhero career at only 19 to focus on her studies, her crippling sense of social injustice makes it harder than she thinks. Drawn by Molly Ostertag, Strong Female Protagonist has been published online since 2012 and new strips of the story are added every Tuesday and Friday.
From Kate Beaton, the writer of acclaimed historical web comic Hark! A Vagrant, is the lesser-known Ducks. A self-contained five-part story published last year, it draws on Beaton’s experience working at a mining site in Canada’s Fort McMurray and is largely about environmental destruction, but hints at a lot more besides.
The Eisner Award-nominated (read: Oscars of the comic world) As The Crow Flies centres on Charlie, a queer 13-year-old girl on a Christian camp trip in the Rockies, and the people and issues she encounters. Running since 2012 and typically updating on Mondays and Fridays, there’s already over 200 pages to get your teeth into.
In her self-titled comic, feminist superhero Gyno-Star fights contemporary issues like body image, sexual assault and discrimination in the workplace. Each strip has its own story arc – featuring Gyno-Star and her sidekick Little Sappho, a Marxist lesbian teenager with anger issues – but it’s best read from the very beginning.
Delivering bitesize humour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Dinosaur Comics imagines the conversations a T-Rex might have with his Utahraptor and Dromiceiomimus friends. Using the same static image (creator Ryan North doesn’t draw), only the dialogue is updated. It’s like reading episodes of a very short, witty and slightly weird sitcom.