By Randall Munroe
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When I Google the word “webcomics”, the third result is the relevant Wikipedia article. The second result is xkcd. Its creator, Randall Munroe, was recently on the Colbert Report. Most of you have probably already read it, or at least heard of it. This is one of the biggest and most successful webcomics in existence – and for good reason.
xkcd, according to its tagline, is “a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language“. But the truth of the matter is, there are very few things xkcd isn’t about – as evidenced by the numerous links throughout this post. Seriously, I reference to it about once a day.
Apart from several mini-arcs and connected stories, xkcd strips are stand-alone and short. Almost all of them are geeky, smart and humorous, but some are also thought-provoking, some are sad, and some aren’t even comics but interesting visual representations of data. And few are crazy, convention-defying experiments, like this one – a 3100-panel Hugo Award-winning epic.
But start small. Go, click random a few times, and I can almost guarantee you’ll keep clicking a few more dozen times – and by that point you can just go ahead and read them in order from the top. And you should. Several times, possibly.
Oh, and don’t forget to read the alt-texts.
I also have to mention Randall’s blog – What If? – in which he answers reader’s hypothetical questions with Science. It’s hilarious and educational! Much longer read than most xkcd strips, but updates only on Tuesdays, and it’s worth your time.