In preparing material for the summer intern on Linguistics in the Comics, I’ve been assembling a file of relevant cartoons/comics available on-line: webcomics and print cartoons with websites.
Some of these you can register for for free, some require a subscription (usually at a low cost), all (I believe) allow viewing of the current strip, and most have archives. In the list below, the strips Language Log and this blog have posted on most often are asterisked.
A Softer World (Emily Horne & Joey Comeau): link
Achewood (Chris Onstad): link
Arlo & Janis (JimmyJohnson): link
*Bizarro (Don Piraro): link
Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson): link
Candorville (Darrin Bell): link
Dilbert (Scott Adams): link
*Dinosaur Comics (Ryan North): link
Doonesbury (Garry Trudeau): link
Frazz (Jef Mallett): link
Get Fuzzy (Darby Conley): link
Irregular Webcomic! (David Morgan-Mar): link
Nemi (Lise Myrhe): link
PartiallyClips (Rob Balder): link
Peanuts (Charles Schulz): link
Pearls Before Swine (Stephan Pastis): link
PHD Comics (George Chan): link
*Rhymes with Orange (Hilary B. Price): link
Rock Paper Cynic (Peter Chiykowski): link
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (Zach Weiner): link
*Scenes from a Multiverse (Jonathan Rosenberg): link
This Modern World (Tom Tomorrow): link
Tom the Dancing Bug (Ruben Bolling): link
Wondermark (David Malki): link
*xkcd (Randall Munroe): link
*Zippy the Pinhead (Bill Griffith): link
*Zits (Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman): link
There are many wonderful cartoons, with frequent linguistic relevance, that aren’t on this list: Gary Larson’s Far Side, Walt Kelly’s Pogo, and a collection of artists who’ve provided cartoons or covers for the New Yorker (notably, Saul Steinberg and William Haefeli, both of whom I’ve posted about). With some industry, you can find some individual strips on the web, but access isn’t easy.
Elizabeth Traugott and I welcome suggestions about other strips available on-line, and of course offerings of particular cartoons of linguistic relevance that haven’t already appeared on Language Log or this blog. Just add a comment to this posting.