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Best Webcomics Ever (This Week) 2.26.12

Another week has gone by, which means it’s time for another Best Webcomics Ever (This Week) column. If you haven’t read one of these round-ups before, then fear not, as the format is pretty simple. Usually I’ll blather on about this or that before getting to some minor points some would consider news, and others probably find to be useless filler.

In any case, these first two paragraphs are most certainly useless filler, so instead of continuing with this nonsense, let’s get started!As promised, here are some random opinions before kicking out the recommendations:

I thought the guest strip by Rafer Roberts on All New Issues from last week was pretty funny and very well-drawn, even though it does seems like the creator is being a little weepy over not being able to make money from cultural references. The cast of Community drawn as the characters from Firefly in the style of Bill Watterson would be really cool, so maybe Roberts should just do that to make some easy cash. Or sell drugs. I hear that works too.

(Just kidding. Don’t sell drugs. They should be free.)

If you didn’t know, ComicsAlliance’s own Chris Sims has a webcomic called Awesome Hospital, so you should check-it-the-hell-out. It’s about a hospital that’s awesome, and some other stuff. Also, I know I’ve highlighted Romantically Apocalyptic before, but it’s just so well done I feel like you’re probably missing out on a lot in life if you don’t read the wonderful series. Already maybe not “a lot,” but you’re definitely missing something.

Finally, Achewood had a pretty great strip recently about feeling guilty for not buying a local newspaper from a man who struggles with those things we often take for granted: jobs, homes, food, etc. Maybe it’s not as hilarious to those who live outside Portland, but the joke is based on a newspaper called Street Roots. The paper is sold for $1, but only costs $0.25 to purchase in bulk, giving those less fortunate a way to make some money by standing outside fancy grocery stores and getting other folks to buy them.

Maybe there are publications like this in other cities. I really don’t know. I’m not in the traveling tax-bracket. I feel like I should explain the situation a bit more, but that would probably ruin the joke. Maybe it already has. I’m sorry. We’re done now. It’s over.

Hilarious in the self-deprecating sense, Whomp! is mostly about the overweight author and his inability to do much of anything right in his life. But, instead of diving into the murky waters of dark comedy, the strip manages to be very charming and features some very unique, expressive art. (No one make a Kevin Smith joke, I swear…)

I didn’t know what to expect when this series started at the beginning of the year, but with each update, Lilith Dark has proven to be a cute comic for anyone who remembers the joy of a vivid childhood imagination. The series is no where near the level of Calvin and Hobbes, but it’s a perfectly good substitute if you’re looking for a good read online.

Okay, so the idea behind The SuperFogeys isn’t all that original: former superheros who are now old and trying to figured out where the fit in a world now that they’re all washed-up. No, it’s not like The Watchmen, but it is funny, drawn incredibly well, and full of wit. Honestly, I’m not sure why a publisher hasn’t picked up the series and turned it into an ongoing title. Maybe there wouldn’t be a market for it in the direct retail stores. Thankfully, we have the Internet.

Like Questionable Content in the way that the cast of characters often talk about their relationships more than anything else, Multiplex is more grounded in real world dialogue and situations than the former series. If you’ve ever worked in a movie theater, you’ll dig this series. And if you’re thinking of working in a movie theater, then stop. It sucks. Trust me.

If Malcolm in the Middle were a webcomic, it would be Max Overacts. I feel like I make a lot of references to television shows when describing webcomics in this column. Hopefully that’s not a bad thing. Malcolm in the Middle is one of the most underrated family comedies ever broadcast in my opinion. Bryan #*&%^@! Cranston. For real.

Thanks for reading this week, and be sure to check out my previous recommendations. I’d love to hear your suggestions, so leave a comment below if you’ve got the time.

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