Favorite Comics

My favorite comics, many of which have served as inspiration for Cube Root Garden and my other projects. This list includes a mix of syndicated newspaper strips and hidden gems on the web. In alphabetical order:

“Breaking Cat News” by Georgia Dunn (Syndicated, daily). Cats reporting on news that matters to cats, with humorous misinterpretations of the human world.

“Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson. The timeless comic of musings on childhood, wild imagination, (avoiding) school, and the meaning of life.

“Curtailed” by Mandy Seley & Fox Keegan (Webcomic, occasional). A semi-autobiographical comic by a husband-wife duo who enjoy DIY projects, games, cartoons, puns, and disaster prep. Note: PG-13 rated for occasional profanity and alcohol references.

“Doc Rat” by Jenner (Webcomic, daily). Drawn by an Australian doctor, about the struggles of an independent physician, animal puns, and building a more peaceful, egalitarian society.

“Freefall” by Mark Stanley (Webcomic, 3x week). A (nearly) scientifically accurate sci-fi comic in which one competent engineer attempts to salvage a wrecked spaceship alongside robots with questionable safeguards while working under an inept and unethical captain.

“Kevin & Kell” by Bill Holbrook (Webcomic, daily). A long-running webcomic by the cartoonist behind “Fastrack” and “Safe Havens,” about breaking barriers and fighting for equality in a world populated by intelligent animals.

Mutts” by Patrick McDonnell (Syndicated, daily). A sweet comic about a gentle cat and dog, promoting care for shelter animals and animal welfare.

“Ozy and Millie” by D.C. Simpson (Webcomic, ended). A webcomic about a patient, mild-mannered zen fox and a rebellious, chaotic red fox.

“Peanuts” by Charles Schulz (Syndicated, ended). A legend. No description needed.

“Pearls Before Swine” by Stephan Pastis (Syndicated, daily). An angry, selfish rat, an oblivious, ignorant pig, and a quiet, studious goat in a comic of puns, the struggles of modern life, and obscure pop culture references.

“Pepper and Carrot” by David Revoy (Webcomic, occasional). A long-form adventure about a young witch where magic has humorous results and life lessons. The art is extremely detailed and each episode reads like a graphic-novel chapter. Comics are open-source and CC-By licensed.

“Phoebe and her Unicorn” by Dana Simpson (Syndicated, daily). The female “Calvin and Hobbes,” with unicorns, dragons, goblins, magic, and modern tech.

“Precocious” by Christopher J. Paulsen (Webcomic, daily/hiatus). About a school of children with genius intelligence but lacking wisdom and morals.

“Red and Rover” by Brian Basset (Syndicated, daily). A boy and his dog, enjoying childhood and surviving elementary school.

“Wallace the Brave” by Will Henry (Syndicated, daily). A fearless kid and his extremely cautious friend in a weird and whimsical world.

“xkcd” by Randall Munroe (Webcomic, 3x week). Stick figures explain science and engineering, by a former NASA physicist. Note: PG-13 rated for occasional profanity.