Several years ago, I started reading daily comics online. I became frustrated with the services offered by comics.com and ucomics.com and others pretty quickly; I don't want to sort through emails to find my comics, and I don't want to be online flicking through page after page after page.
The first solution I built was an excel sheet that generated an HTML document - a web page generator. Each line on the spreadsheet created a link to a different comic. As long as I opened the page while online, I could read the comics at my leisure.
After a few months, I discovered that my desire for offline reading had grown, and that there were some comics I was saving frequently. As a result, the Excel sheet was not a satisfying solution.
The next version - which I still use - is an Access database. I could have written something from scratch using Visual Basic or .NET, but the database solution seemed simplest. Since February 24, 2005, I have used it to download around 150000 comics. I have a big stack of editorials (a great way to zero in on the important news without being overwhelmed with hopelessness and jaded by sensationalistic reporting), and a few that I save to read again (as the mood strikes me). The long and the short of it? I like comics, okay?
My list of favourites:
|Ballard Street||Strangeness. One of my all time favourites.|
|Big Top||A Boy, His Clown, and the Talking Animals Of The Circus. (rerun)|
|Calvin and Hobbes||Brilliant. They are running the series from start to finish, one a day. (rerun)|
|Doonsbury||Political satire, with a Liberal Democratic perspective.|
|For Better For Worse||On par with Peanuts in it's heyday.|
|Foxtrot||Now a Sunday strip only.|
|Natural Selection||Really Strangeness.|
|Non Sequitur||Quasi-political observational strangeness.|
|Red Meat||Awful strangeness. I mean it. Not for everyone. Sick. Really.|
|9 Chickweed Lane||Weird wordplay, romance, odd characters. Very imaginative.|
|Big Nate||The stories of a boy with many flaws.|
|Cow and Boy||Sort of Calvin and Hobbes-ish, but the Cow is real, and she talks.|
|Dilbert||Best. Workplace. Comic. Ever.|
|F Minus||Strange observational oddities.|
|Frazz||Brilliant story of a janitor at an elementary school. Sort of 'Calvin when he grows up'.|
|Get Fuzzy||Dogs, cats, weasels and humans can talk. But they're still dogs, cats, weasels and humans.|
|Pearls Before Swine||Animals that talk. Predators live beside Prey. Few humans. Horrible puns.|
|Tiny Sepuku||Weekly dose of twisted advice.|
|Sherman's Lagoon||Sherman is a shark - a big, dumb eating machine. Thankfully, he's allergic to crabs and turtles, so a few other characters survive.|