Cartoons on-line

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.


7 Responses to “Cartoons on-line”

  1. H. S. Gudnason Says:

    I’ve been using, which allows you to select cartoons from a large variety of choices. The selection creates a cookie, so that updated versions of the selected cartoons are available whenever you access the URL. The cartoons with hovertext (like Dinosaur Comics or XKCD) don’t display the text in the aggregator, but you can click the aggregated strip to go to the cartoon’s website and view hovertext and other extras.

  2. Peter Wikström Says:

    Pictures for sad children may be of interest:

  3. Ellen Says:

    Are you looking for online versions of newspaper strips, or for Webcomics? Because there are huge lists of the latter:

  4. Lauren Says:

    I’ve recently added Dog House to my RRS list ( – I think of it as somewhere between XKCD and SMBC. Also, although I’ve never been a fan of Garfield I am strangely addicted to Garfield minus Garfield ( I really hope the students in the course are happy to share their work with us!

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