Webcomics can be compared to self-published print comics in that almost anyone can create their own and publish it. Thanks to the internet, we can access people’s work in an easy, straightforward way. And while some artists prefer to publish only online, others have chosen to also step into print.
Because webcomics provides much more creative freedom, artists can experiment with nontraditional styles. There are comics that look simply drawn, but where ideas are the true protagonist (Dinosaur Comics, for example, always uses the same graphics, and they are still one of the awesomest comics out there). There are also webcomics that look like collages, that use photographs, typewriting strips and such to create original styles.
Some of these webcomics would be quite difficult to reproduce in paper, but that’s also part of the charm. A webcomic artist has an infinite canvas to work with, where dimensions don’t matter and animations or interactive elements can be used freely.
Fortunately for those who still enjoy holding real paper in their hands, though, lots of webcomics follow a more traditional or newspaper-y layout. We have made a selection of the best web comics that got turned into books and that you can buy straight from Amazon. You can also find links to the author’s website and their online comics :)
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Comic xkcd: volume 0
Randall Munroe describes xkcd as a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. While it’s practically required reading in the geek community, xkcd fans are as varied as the comic’s subject matter. This book creates laughs from science jokes on one page to relationship humor on another.
xkcd: volume 0 is the first book from the immensely popular webcomic with a passionate readership (just Google “xkcd meetup”). The artist selected personal and fan favorites from his first 600 comics. It was lovingly assembled from high-resolution original scans of the comics (the mouseover text is discreetly included), and features a lot of doodles, notes, and puzzles in the margins. The book is published by Breadpig, which donates all of the publisher profits from this book to Room to Read for promoting literacy in the developing world.
- A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.
- Author: Randall Munroe
- The first book from the popular webcomic
Busty Girl Comics is a safe-for-work comic all about the perks and problems of being well-endowed. The first 100 comics from the successful webcomic, BustyGirlComics.com, are collected in this volume. The art is neither suggestive nor grotesque, but of a fun and recognizable “real people” variety that gives the insights of the cartoonist a great landing pad for the foibles lots of busty girls experience.
Rampaige is actually Paige Halsey Warren. She’s a freelance artist specializing in character design and animation but after a frustrating night of t-shirt shopping online, Busty Girl Comics were born.
- The first 100 comics from Busty Girl Comics
- Author: Paige Halsey Warren
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is at heart a geek comic, but it nevertheless addresses a broad range of topics, such as love, relationships, economics, politics, religion, science, and philosophy. It is one of the fastest growing comics online, having sextupled in readership since 2008. This is a compendium of the finest science-related strips from SMBC, featuring science stories from Phil Plait, Elizabeth Iorns Henry Reich, Ed Yong, Emily Lakdawalla, Sean Carroll, Christina Agapakis, and Adam Savage.
Zach Weinersmith has a degree in literature and three-eighths of a degree in physics. He enjoys reading about math, logic, science, history, fiction, and philosophy.
- A Collection of Science-Themed Comics
- Author: Zach Weinersmith
- A compendium of the finest science-related strips from SMBC
In Matthew Inman’s 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides), samurai sword-wielding kittens and hamsters that love .50-caliber machine guns commingle with a cracked out Tyrannosaur that is extremely hard to potty train. Bacon is better than true love and you may awake in the middle of the night to find your nephew nibbling on your toes.
Inman creates these quirky scenes for theoatmeal.com, which launched in July 2009 and already has more than 82 million page views. In fact, every 15 to 30 seconds, someone Googles one of theoatmeal.com’s creations. Now, 60 of Inman’s comic illustrations and life-bending guides are presented in full-color inside 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides).
“If Inman isn’t a king of the Internet, he’s certainly among its royalty. The Oatmeal is one of the most popular humor sites on the web.” (Todd Leopold, CNN)
- 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth
- Nuff said!
Simon’s Cat vs. the World
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Tofield’s cartoons stand tall–hilarious, loving observations of a privileged and bossy housecat. With a pitch-perfect pen, he captures the simple, realistic acrobatics of cats tumbling with toys or gracefully stretching out in the sun, and chronicles their adventures in pantomime stripes that pit them against household objects, their owner, and each other. Cat owners and aficionados will have several delighted ‘Yes, cats really do that!’ reactions reading this.
Simon’s Cat proved his authority in the house. He returned victorious from his adventures beyond the garden fence. He prevailed after the chaotic arrival of a new kitten. Now he takes on the world! Illustrated in glorious full color, this volume explodes from the page with mesmerizing levels of detail. Simon’s Cat films have over 360 million YouTube views!
- Simon’s cat first book
- Hilarious, loving observations of a privileged and bossy housecat
- From the same Youtube star
Finally, a Dinosaur Comics book, unabridged and in full color, AND with all three secret texts for each comic included! And it’s so pretty, you guys. So pretty.
Featuring an introduction by Randall Munroe of XKCD and an all-new index written by Ryan that includes, among other things, the 11 different types of makeouts referenced by T-Rex, this book is great. It gets greater: there’s also an interview with the author AND a photo of Michael “Worf” Dorn. You know that you’ve always wanted these extras collected in one book, maybe with hundreds of Dinosaur Comics in the book too. THAT DREAM HAS NOW COME TRUE, and it’s called “Dinosaur Comics: Dudes Already Know About Chickens”.
- First ever Dinosaur Comics
- Full color and very pretty!
- Introduction by Randall Munroe of XKCD
Hyperbole and a Half
Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.
This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, “The God of Cake,” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,” and her astonishing, “Adventures in Depression,” and “Depression Part Two,” which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written.
- Based on the insanely great web comic
- Author: Allie Brosh
Nimona Web Comic
The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.
- Based on the web comic
- Sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson
- Includes bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages
Cyanide and Happiness
Cyanide and Happiness is the first-ever collection of the #1 comic on the Web. With 30 never-before-seen comics and appearances from fan-favorite characters like Seizure Man, SuperJerk, Captain Obvious, Prostate Man, and Obese Maurice, Cyanide and Happiness is a must-own for fans of the irreverent, hilarious cult comic from Explosm.net.
In the best, sickest tradition of such cult favorites as The Book of Bunny Suicides and Should You Be Laughing at This?, the comic’s crudely drawn figures and the wildly inappropriate topics they cover—including cannibalism, murder, and incest—is most reminiscent of South Park, but offers a profane sensibility all its own.
- First-ever collection of the #1 comic on the Web
- Includes 30 new comics
- Fan-favorite characters
The Little World of Liz Climo
Artist Liz Climo has charmed her fans with her comic world of whimsical animal characters, where everyone from grizzly bears, dinosaurs, rabbits, and anteaters grapple with everyday life with wit and humor.
Through her comics, we discover that an armadillo can dress for Halloween, a dinosaur can be a loving parent … and a rhino can squeeze orange juice! This new collection features more than 100 of her comics, starring her beloved characters in all kinds of funny situations, from celebrating holidays to helping friends. Liz Climo’s world is heartwarming and funny, and definitely a place where we want to live.
- Peek into Liz Climo’s world
- Funny and heartwarming comics
- Inspect everyday life with wit and humor