Gaming webcomics have been around for years on the Internet and have long been popular. Something about these humorous shorts on all things gaming related has kept hardcore gamers and newbs alike returning to their favorite artists websites. These days there are hundreds, if not more, webcomics focused on gaming, designed by artists worldwide. Online communities spring up around the more popular ones, with lively discussion boards covering everything from paintball to photography. I really enjoy gaming webcomics, even running a webcomic of my own for a while, before life’s demands forced me to suspend it. Here are what I consider the top three gaming webcomics online today.
As the legions of Penny-Arcade (PA) fans will tell you, PA is THE gaming webcomic. Started in 1998 by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, PA is a massive success. They’ve released several books of their comics, often with humorous titles such as “Attack of the Bacon Robots,” helped produce two video games, and even have been honored by the Washington State government (the two are from Seattle). Finally, they run one of the largest gaming expos in the United States, the Penny-Arcade Expo. Most of their webcomics are from a fairly satirical point of view, usually (but not always) about the going-ons in the gaming world (PC and console games). They have an excellent forum, with a large number of members and tons of information (not just on gaming).
Produced by Tim Buckley, Ctr-Alt-Del follows Ethan, a bumbling, idiotic gamer as he tries to run a gaming store, maintain his marriage to a professional FPS gamer girl, keep at peace with his eccentric roommates, and stay alive. It’s a little over the top at times, and has recently landed in some hot water over an incredibly controversial mini-series, but its still a popular webcomic. The art style is a far cry from PA’s artwork, for better or for worse. Buckley also does an animated version of Ctrl-Alt-Del and hosts some sort of gaming convention. He’s definitely a busy man with a popular gaming webcomic.
PvP has been around since the beginning of the Internet (basically when time began). That may not be entirely true, but this webcomic is old, and still kicking. It’s hilarious, with swell art and interesting characters. I do not read it very regularily, but I do appreciate it. It’s certainly a must-include for any list of the top gaming webcomics.