Webcomics You Should Be Reading: ‘xkcd’

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he's not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears... he's a dedicated husband and father. When you're not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

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15 Responses

  1. ozacrot says:

    I've tried reading this strip, and every once in a while I can get into it for, say, 30 minutes, but then I get a hell of a Smugness Hangover.

  2. Brian Sokol says:

    I already read this regularly. It has my endorsement. Marc sums it up well. This one was always my favorite: http://xkcd.com/482/

  3. Josh Wellington says:

    i've been reading xkcd since the beginning, and 568 comics in, it has yet to disappoint… i'm pretty sure this is the only web comic that i can say that about… i think http://xkcd.com/455/ is still my favorite…

  4. Patrick Hughes says:

    OK, I am 200 comics in and so far I am loving it. :) But would you call it art? (Just trying to cause trouble)

    • Marc Alan Fishman says:

      Me personally? I'd call 'xkcd' witty… but no, not "Art" persay. The visuals aren't nearly strong enough, and it's meant to just make us giggle. Not to say there isn't "art" out there that doesn't do the same, but I'm fairly certain the point of this webcomic is purely for entertainment.

  5. Russ Rogers says:

    I hate to ask the obvious, but what does "XKCD" mean? No, not the strip, the title!

    • Brian Sokol says:

      The author stated that he just wanted a 4 letter title with no good pronunciation. On the About Page it says "It's not actually an acronym. It's just a word with no phonetic pronunciation — a treasured and carefully-guarded point in the space of four-character strings."However, I prefer the meaning that can be found here: http://xkcd.com/207/

  6. Mark Kawakami says:

    My favorite thing about XKCD is that there's usually a second joke: Mouse over the comic and leave your cursor there for a moment and you'll be treated to a little tooltip that has sort of a second, parenthetical punchline (courtesy of the "title" attribute). If you're on Firefox, it will sometimes cut the title off, but if you're on Safari, you'll get to read the whole thing.

  7. angillusion says:

    I love the strip, although I'll be honest, I only get the joke 40-70% of the time. But I think it speaks well of the wit of the comic that that's enough to make me want to read it!

  8. mike weber says:

    This one is one of the first i saw, and it's still my favourite, though this more recent one is great – and be sure to mouse over that one and read the secondary punchline. (As an art major, though, i'm sure you'll enjoy the primary punchline…)

  9. Kyle Gnepper says:

    I like reading this because it feels like an comic I could draw, only much nicer. It's funny Marc, keep em coming. And I'm absolutely holding you to the beer and pizza promise this weekend.

  10. Sean D. Martin says:

    And don't forget to read the flyover comments. Sometimes the most fun is seeing what comes up when you pause your mouse over teh panels.

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is an awesome strip. I've enjoyed reading all the Webcomics You Should Be Reading articles so far. Thanks, and keep up the good work!

  12. Polk-fan says:

    I thought this was okay… until around 400 strips in. Now it has become a webcomic of memes, charts, shitty breakups, and pseudo-science. It's a shame, too.