To date this strip has 695 pages out already (as of December 17). Yes, instead of a single line of 3 to 4 blocks like XKCD, you get a whole page every update. Unfortunately this translates to less regular updates. The artist, Rich Burlew, was pretty good about updating multiple times a week for awhile there. Then some books of previous strips started getting published, he started a second strip that I'll highlight later, and he does go to conventions on occasion. This all leads to little hiccups in the regular updating schedule now and again.
Recently he's been back to normal, but he makes no promises about when he'll update again.
Since my last update the characters have changed quite a bit. They've all gotten new skills, new outfits, the art's improved a little more, and they're in a whole new environment. This is one of the comics that, when I read the most recent one, makes me want to go back and re-read
the previous 694 of them. They're very interesting, and follow the story of a band of 6 adventurers (and a raven) as they try to thwart the evil plans of an undead mage named Xykon who seems to be out to conquer the world or destroy it if he can't conquer.
And my favorite character in the whole lot is Belkar. He's a halfling ranger with a few points in Barbarian and a couple other points in the Chef (Gourmet) skill. It doesn't get into the story too often, but it's the little things that I find interesting. According to some folks I've talked to, it can be enlightening or disturbing to find out who someone's favorite character is. Belkar's one of the disturbing choices. Even though he's currently partied with the good guys, you get the feeling he could swing the other way if a deal he thought was personally awesome came around. Let me know who your favorite character is, if you actually take my recommendation and start reading this gem of the web.
That's a lot of comic distraction provided for free on the web.
So let's start with one I've covered before, XKCD.
One of my previous mentionings was here, http://dumbtechgeek.blogspot.com/2009/05/xkcd-on-serentiy.html , when the artist included Serenity characters in a series. And yes, I just noticed in the link that I initially had a typo in the title. No clue if it's still there.
This one's still a fun one after years of reading. It releases new one every Monday/Wednesday/Friday. It's currently on its 676th comic (that's as of December 17). The one downer about this series is I don't want to include a lot of pictures. Not just because it means more work for me going and finding good ones to copy, but also because some of these artists get sensitive when their stuff is copied without permission, even if it was someone hyping what they're doing and gets them a couple
Anyway, XKCD is almost cooler because its LACK of effort. It deals strictly in stick figure comics, and usually has computer science topics. Sometimes there's romance jokes or science terms, but even if you don't get the jokes (which I don't on occasion) they're still humorous.
And you can never forget the mouseOver text on these things. You'll have to read fast on some of them, but the artist always includes an extra little punch-line in the text that appears when you hover your mouse over the comic strip.
courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who
should have custody of him.
The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge
initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with California child
custody laws and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained
to the highest degree possible.
The boy surprised the court when he revealed that his aunt beat him more
than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the
judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried
and said that they also beat him.
After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning
that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the
judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who
should have custody of him.
After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child
welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Oakland
Raiders, whom the boy firmly believes are incapable of beating anyone.
sure it'll cause some stir, but I think each point needed to be said.
Feel free to read the article here before addressing my comment: