Online comics: entertainment of a Different Kind
Times have really changed. Comics gained massive popularity back in the day. The first printed comic book was released in 1933 and was known as the Famous Funnies, but technology has brought this bit of humor to the whole world – and you’re really just a click away. Printed comics are getting pricier by the day as it becomes a more niche thing.
Online comics or web comics as they also known as, can be accessed by anyone from all over the globe and this means a wider reach and more popularity. If you wait for the next day’s papers to come so you can catch the next episode of Calvin & Hobbes adventures, or you like Garfield’s antics or you just love catching the adventures of Superman – you don’t have to be patient. You can in fact read all the exploits of that naughty Calvin and his imaginary tiger in one shot online!
There are many websites that you can visit to check out different genres. If you love humor, action or pure sci-fi, here are some of the sites you could visit:
- ComicsKingdom.com: Remember the classic comic strips that used to be featured on the paper? Beetle bailey and his military antics, Hagar the Horrible and his not so fearsome army? Even if you’re into the new stuff like Bizarro or Edge City, this website brings to you not only those, but also vintage comics as well as puzzles to keep the brain active!
- GoComics.com: This has all the strips owned by Andrew McMeel Universal/ Uclick like Pearls Before Swine (remember that?), Peanuts (The Classic), Bloom County, Get Fuzzy and more. For people who want a break from comics, there are also editorial cartoons, alt-cartoons and even a Dear Abby advice column!
- Readcomics.net and comics.azcentral.com are a few more sites you can visit to keep your reading juices flowing. From Animal Crackers to Blondie, from Dennis the Menace to Popeye – there’s something for everyone!
While many of these sites carry the syndicated classics, there are still many more new comics that explore the unexplored. Innovation has hit the comic strip and has hit hard. Many of these strips will not be produced in print, perhaps for the large costs that accompany it or the marketing costs – either way; this is the golden era for webcomics. This because both the writers and artists can take advantage of the internet as an outlet for their creativeness and get a direct connection with their audience.
There are different art styles that you can get exposed to if you go online. As there are sooooo many more options of genres available online, you can really have your pick. But webcomics also explores dark sides. Comics on print are usually safer with very few going the risqué way. This is because of censorship and also of the viewership base. Due to various factors like reputations and company policies, printed comics have more restrictions. Those restrictions are removed when it comes to the internet – there are no censorship boards to stop you from unleashing your creative juices.
You can even see/ read comics that have amazing art and witty comments that can rival the creations of the greats like Bill Watterson, Charles Schulz and more. Of course, being the internet, comics that are published online are more open and at the same time dark than what you’d see on print. But that’s the whole point of webcomics. It’s a break from the watered down – censored full content that beeps out all the humor and leaves the tamed bits behind. So if you’re going to be on a wave of reading webcomics, be prepared to be thoroughly entertained at your leisure.