Here at Maximum PC, we get accused of being geeks pretty frequently and it's a badge we wear with pride. Different than your garden variety nerds or dorks, geeks enjoy things like computers, and math, and comic books. We're guilty of all of those things, especially the last part. Of all of the things the internet has done for us, perhaps one of it's most beneficial gifts to the geeks was the web comic.
Much like the shift from print to digital in the traditional publishing world, the comic world has also undergone its own digital revolution - or should we say digital explosion? With the advances of software and the benefit of a cheaper publishing platform came a slew of online comics which ran the gamut from hilarious to hideous. We collected a list of the best geeky offerings from staff favorites to Facebook suggestions in order to provide you with over thirty hilarious, entertaining and incredibly drawn web comics to secretly read throughout your work day. Geek or no, there's a comic here that you'll be able to enjoy. Dive in, and feel free to share your favorites in the comments!
User Friendly (opens in new tab) Classic IT-guy humor, UF focuses on the staff of fictional internet provider Columbia Internet.
Awkward Zombie (opens in new tab) Aside from having an awesome name, this comic also features Link, Mario and Luigi among its cast of characters.
Brawl in the Family (opens in new tab) Also the name of a Simpsons episode, this Nintendo-based comic is pretty funny.
Dueling Analogs (opens in new tab) Pretty consistently hilarious, DA pokes fun at games and gamers.
Nerf NOW! (opens in new tab) According to the "About" section this comic was "created, to sow the seeds of a greater future of peerless glory, uniting people under a common banner and a common goal" and you know, comics and junk.
Penny Arcade (opens in new tab) A favorite amongst many, and for good reason, PA is so awesome that even its archive search is entertaining. It started as a video game comic but now it's much, much more.
Virtual Shackles (opens in new tab) Born from the "pain and frustration" of the gaming industry, VS follows two unappreciated game developers.
Diesel Sweeties (opens in new tab) Love, music, robots, and Star Trek jokes. This long-running pixel comic is hand-drawn using very. small. brushes.
Player vs Player (opens in new tab) One of the first webcomics, this long-running strip follows the office antics of a group of game magazine employees (and a genius cat and fictional troll), with plenty of fantasy, gaming jokes, and actual emotion thrown in.
Dresden Codak (opens in new tab) Amazing artwork and high-minded philosophical and tech content make this comic a double yes.
Order of the Stick (opens in new tab) D&D fans will especially appreciate the humor in this one.
Girl Genius (opens in new tab) Adventure! Romance! Mad Science! And you know, some steampunk stuff thrown in there.
GU Comics (opens in new tab) A web comic about video games, GU has been going strong for over ten years and began inside the world of Everquest, which is pretty geeky.
Hijinks Ensue (opens in new tab) Hilarious and heavy on the geekery, Hijinks Ensue is officially about nothing but does touch on sci fi, tech, cartoons and 80's TV.
Joe Loves Crappy Movies (opens in new tab) Boy, does he ever. Fortunately Joe likes sharing his elitist, and often witty, takes on popular movies with us in this cleanly drawn comic.
MS Paint Adventures (opens in new tab) This user-driven, text-based adventure comic is awesome, according to Nathan.
Nothing Nice to Say (opens in new tab) Is this, technically, geeky? Well...maybe not so much, but it is a classic misanthropes comic and entirely enjoyable so we'll consider that close enough for now.
Nuklear Power (opens in new tab) Nuklear Power actually houses several web comics, but we spend most of our time reading the 8-bit Theater.
Questionable Content (opens in new tab) Think indie romantic comedy with robots, music, and coffee. Except, you know, as a comic.
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (opens in new tab) Science! Math! Computers! Nerds and geeks agree, SMBC is the best part of a balanced breakfast.
Sequential Art (opens in new tab) Both human and anthropomorphic characters talk video and computer games and fanboyism in this black and white comic.
Something Positive (opens in new tab) Classic cranky webcomic features a cynical tone and a humorous portrayal of geeks, gamers and goths.
The Trenches (opens in new tab) From the makers of Penny Arcade and PVP comes the Trenches, which focuses on the trials and tribulations of video game testers.
VG Cats (opens in new tab) If the internet is ruled by cats, then why wouldn't we read a comic about cats talking about video games?
xkcd (opens in new tab) Love it or hate it, you know you still read it and upvote it on Reddit.
The Oatmeal (opens in new tab) See previous caption, multiply by 1000.
Complex Actions (opens in new tab)Satire on MMORPGs, console gamers, strategy games, board/card games and table-top role playing.
Cyanide and Happiness (opens in new tab) Not always SFW. Not always geeky. Still, those are some pretty entertaining stick figures...
Dark Legacy Comics (opens in new tab) A WoW-centric comic that follows the adventures of the Dark Legacy guild.
Toothpaste for Dinner (opens in new tab) Simply drawn, single-panel comics are more gut-busting funny than geeky but we want all their tshirts.
The Adventures of Dr. McNinja (opens in new tab) Because what's better than a ninja? A Doctor who is also a ninja who is also an awesome story-driven web comic, of course. The current storyline features dinosaurs, lumberjacks, a moon Dracula, and the Ultimate Diplomat.
Hyperbole and a Half (opens in new tab) Alright, we admit - Hyperbole isn't exactly geeky but it IS exactly hilarious. We like it. Alot.
Dinosaur Comics (opens in new tab)Dinos of various shapes and sizes discuss philosphy, the secret to happiness, ethics and sometimes sport goatees. FOR REAL YOU GUYS.
Hark, a Vagrant (opens in new tab)Another one that we just couldn't leave off the list, Hark features historical and literary figures navigating modern times. Laugh and learn.