Nukees Linkees to other comics
I finally broke down and made an "external links" page. Aren't you all so
very proud of me? Let me explain why it took me so long. Quite frankly,
I tend to see the web as consisting of two different kinds of pages, those
with content and those that are link lists of pages with related
content. I am not interested in the time it would take to maintain a page
of the latter, and I feel that if you have such a page, it is your
duty to make sure that page is more complete than is humanly possible.
So I would never attempt to make a comprehesive "all comics on the web"
list. There are many other places that do a better job of that.
The other reason I never made a page like this before is because I am
extremely, violently, against link exchanges. Blind link exchanges
just clutter up the web. Whenever anyone emailed me before (and often it
was automatically-generated spam) asking to exchange links, I could just
say, "I don't have a links page." I also find it rude when people maintain
link list pages, but insist on you linking back to them in order to
be listed on their page. Anyway, it was easier to not have an external
links page than to have to say, "I don't like
your comic, so I don't want to link to it, but feel free to link to me."
But in the end, I felt that I should share with my audience the webcomics that
I like to read and that I think you would like, especially if you are
fond of Nukees-like humor. So here it is.
And here are some notes about this page, then:
- DO NOT ask to be put on this page. I won't.
- You may ask me to take a look at your comic. I will. I may add
you to this page if I like your comic and I think Nukees readers will
like your comic. Do not be insulted if I don't add you.
This list is not that important.
- I consider this list to be a content site, not a link list
site, and therefore it is not all-encompassing, but I think offers some
information on my opinion of quality. As such, if you trust me,
then you can be assured that these are good comics and the list has
not been tainted with random entries from blind link exchanges, or an attempt
to list everything on the web.
- DO NOT ask to "exchange" links with me. You should've figured
that out from the first note.
- This is a list of comics I like, and I make an effort to add a short
review for each one. I don't frankly see the point in a huge list of random
comics with no review or description. How would you know which ones sound
interesting to you?
- I add new comics to this list very slowly. This list will start
off short and probably stay short. Believe it or not, that's good for you.
- The order of this list is essentially random. Do not try to make any
sense of it, or we will have to send out hired goons to silence your efforts.
If you continue, I will probably mix up the order on random occasions.
- I'm really not this anal in real life. Really.
Oh, and if you were looking for buttons/images to link to Nukees,
they can be found on the Nukee Linky Buttons page.
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The Class Menagerie
The Class Menagerie is a fun, engaging strip by Vince Suzukawa, about a
bunch of funny anthropomorphized animals in a college dorm setting. The
college setting is oddly familiar to me, probably because Vince went to
the same college I go to now. (I was here before him and am still here
years after he graduated... Sheesh!) I think the strength of The Class
Menagerie lies in his well-presented characters and interactions. This is
a strip that you will get into and begin to feel like the characters are
Weekly updates on Sundays, about four strips per update
Why: Girls need to pounce more.
"Situational Comedy" doesn't even come close to describing CRFH!!! by
Maritza Campos. This strip is absofreakinlarious, with way-out-there
plotlines, deviant personalities, and general oddity.
In her own words: "Sunshine! Lollipops! Rainbows!"
It's wholesome and kinda nutty and a delicious breakfast treat.
The drawing style is cartoony and has great expression, not "crude and
squiggly," like you may mistakenly first believe. ;-) Read as much of it as
you can. Forgo sleep and food. CRFH!!! just makes me happy to be alive.
Maritza hails from mid Burkina Faso, somewhere on the high plains.
Daily, color EVERY DAY!
Why:I have a thing for blondes. And then there's
Bob the Angry Flower is my absolute favorite comic strip in existence,
and that makes me angry, because it means Nukees has to be only my
second favorite. Stephan Notley is a genius and he knows terms like
in media res. His style of starting stories in the middle, of
absurdist humor, and of making fun of human traits through exaggeration are
unsurpassed. A perfect example is the strip,
Laz. Instead of making
fun of someone who, say, is too lazy to change the TV station when the remote
is broken, he gives us this ultimate scenario, 50 times funnier than any other
joke on the same subject. The three empty word balloons are the perfect
expression of a reaction that is incredibly difficult to portray in a cartoon.
Stephan is a guy who has studied humor without killing it.
Oh, and he's also a great artist. I only wish the scans weren't all done in
bitmapped black and white.
I highly suggest reading the annotations, as well. All Hail Bob!
Infrequent updates, every few weeks or so
Unhealthy infatuation: Robots.
Why: If you have to ask, you don't understand.
Mark Stanley, who draws "Freefall," is actually a Nukee (Nuclear Engineer,
if you haven't figured that out by now) like myself, so it's no wonder I
am a big fan of his highly accurate science fiction humor. Mark has the
proud distinction of drawing the only cartoon that has actually taught
me something I didn't know about my own field of study! (How superconductors
But this is not a tech-heavy science fiction story. Freefall is funny,
plus there's even a little bit of taoist teachings in there as well. The
characters, Sam, Florence, and Helix are what make this a great strip. They
are perfectly balanced personalities to create endless humorous situations
in a sci fi strip the setting of which is a spaceship that so far has not
even gotten off the planet. The artwork, I believe, is 100% computer drawn,
but does not look like a bunch of ugly pixelated lines. The result is a
very cleanly "drawn" strip that adapts very well to colorization, which is
being done quite well by
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Unhealthy infatuation: Nuclear Fusion
Why: Who'da thunk there were so many Nukee
cartoonists out there?
Someone once described "Absurd Notions" as the "Fraiser of comic strips." I
disagree. Quite frankly, I think Frasier makes a desperate effort to look
like intelligent humor by having intelligent characters, but falls short by
relying on old, predictable, stupid jokes. Fraiser is popular, which
means everyone understands it, which means it must be pretty stupid humor.
Think about it. The average IQ is 100. Think about it.
My supervisor once said, "I think racoons also have an average IQ of 100.
The only reason humans have gotten so far is that they have a larger standard
deviation." If you didn't understand that, don't bother with this comic
strip. You won't get it. Even if you did understand, you still may not get
Kevin Pease makes brilliant jokes. You have to think to get
some of his jokes, and they are the funniest I've seen. Thousands of humorists
in one form or another make millions of jokes a year, and we're all really
sharing a few dozen jokes between us. Someone's got to do them the best.
Kevin has the unique talent of taking average jokes (sometimes
totally predictable even), but presenting them in the funniest way possible,
which to me means that the joke should never be made again. That means he's
using up jokes, which means he must be stopped!
To be fair, not all of his jokes hit the clown on the nose. Some have been
known to fall flat. But when he's on, you will embarrass yourself
by laughing out loud in your workplace, where you were reading comics when
everyone thought you were playing minesweeper.
Succintly put, if you've ever yelled at your television during prime time,
"You IDIOTS! Don't EXPLAIN THE JOKE! YOU'RE RUINING IT!" then you
will love Absurd Notions. I yell that at least once a night. I have never
thought, "You know, Kevin, that would've been funnier if you'd have done it
Update: I just noticed that Kevin used my quote above in a link
graphic, which I think is really awesome:
Every other day (with large color Sundays)
Unhealthy infatuation: That freaky-ass Santa!
Why: Just LOOK!