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Perhaps the defining Mad Science comic on the internet. Completed in 2007, Narbonic is presently in reruns with commentary. Helen Narbon, the beautiful, occasionally flirty, but deeply evil protagonist creates a whirlwind of mayhem nobody, especially the reader, can escape.
Shaenon Garrity, author of Narbonic, teams up with Jeffrey Wells to bring us this gem of mad science, spy drama, and subtle Wizard of Oz references. As of this writing, this is a bit new, but already it shows a lot of the heart, intellect, and pinache that made Narbonic great.
Ozy and Millie
David Simpson delivers a comic that is very pro looking and takes pages from both Calvin and Hobbes and Bloom County. If you're missing either one, this comic may not replace them, but it certainly helps.
Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures
Amber Williams has been doing this comic for a long time, and her color sense, linework, and character development are top-drawer to be sure. What started as a lark based on characters borrowed and original has grown into a pretty mature story over time. Like Umlaut House the artowrk starts out really rough, though.
Girls with Singshots
One of the many Slice of Life comics that pepper the net, Girls with Slingshots delivers a punchy mix of third-wave feminist sexual frankness, cutting and often self-effacing wit, and the obligatory inexplicably scottish cactus who only talks when the protagonist is drunk out of her mind.
No list of comics by a nerd of any standing would be complete without XKCD. Done completely in stick figures, XKCD nontheless brings to the table a fair level of artistic sophistication as well as geek humor extending from basic cutting observation out to technology and science references only a post-doctorate could trace.
Mark Stanley's gift lies in somehow achieving a cool clarity of vision remeniscent of Asimov without discarding the many philosophical trappings of post-modernism. The story of Freefall spans less than a week so far because Mark Stanley has steadfastly told the story in REAL TIME since the beginning.
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