Oct 24, 2009

Time for Comics - a Read-a-thon Mini-Challenge

Dewey's Read-a-thon

ETA: The mini-challenge is now closed, and the winner has been announced at the read-a-thon site. You'll all welcome to still do it just for fun, though!

Welcome, Read-a-thon participants! My mini-challenge is simple: what I suggest is that you take a break from your book and spend at least 10 minutes reading a webcomic. You can catch up with an old favourite, discover new webcomics, or explore this storytelling medium for the very first time. Warning: some webcomics are so good that you just might get sucked in and suddenly realize that a whole hour has passed. But that's okay, and I think that each page should definitely count for your read-a-thon totals!

When you're done, write a short post about the webcomic you read and what you thought of it, and come back here and leave me a link to your post. I'll randomly draw a name from the comments and the winner will get a comic or graphic novel of their choice up to $15.

This mini-challenge will be open for the next 3 hours, and both readers and cheerleaders are welcome to participate.

If you're new to webcomics, here are a few suggestions of what you could read:

  • No Rest for the Wicked: One of my favourite webcomic. Fairy tales!

  • Bayou: Another one of my favourites. A dark story of a little girl trying to rescue her father, set in the Deep South in the 1930's.

  • Gunnerkrigg Court: An awesome-sounding mystery/adventure story, recommended by Darla D!

  • High Moon: Another one I haven't yet read myself, but it's a fantastic sounding historical western-ish horror-ish story.

  • Questionable Content: Set in a world similar to ours, except that it has cute walking talking and thinking computers. Lots of references to music, humour and very likeable and unique characters.

  • Penny Arcade: Geeky humour to the max, especially, but not only, videogame related.

  • xkcd: More geeky humour! Don't miss the alt text!

  • Dork Tower: You guessed it - more geekiness!

  • Unshelved: Dewey recommended this one to me when I first hosted this mini-challenge in June 2008. It's set in a library, and the protagonist is a deliciously sarcastic comic book and fantasy loving YA librarian. What's not to love?

  • Unshelved Bookclub: Basically mini book reviews in webcomic format. Here are a few: Coraline, The Colour of Magic, Ender's Game, Little Brother, Jpod, Mouse Guard, A Wizard of Earthsea.

  • Goblins: A humorous fantasy setting, a good story, and interesting characters.

  • Nice Hair: Ever wondered what would happen if Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton and Robert Smith were to share a house? Now you can find out!
And you can find many, many more webcomic suggestions at this Wikipedia list.

(The art in the banner, in case anyone's wondering, is from No Rest of the Wicked, Questionable Content, Goblins and Penny Arcade. And yes, I used it back in 2008 and am totally plagiarizing myself.)


  1. Does danielsdailydrawings.blogspot.com count as a web comic? ;)

  2. I spent some time reading PhD comics or Piled Higher and Deeper. Here are my thoughts!


  3. http://resurfacer.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/mini-challenge-again/

    I have been fond of 'xkcd' and 'abstrusegoose'. QC reminded me of some nostalgic times .. I just love the artwork in QC

  4. http://www.blogster.com/zairaduvessa/webcomics-read-a-thon

    I absolutely love Chicken Wings, its so funny

  5. Of course I "read" it everyday...so I should probably pick something else. ;)

  6. How fun! I read Unshelved and posted (rambling) thoughts on it here:

  7. I love this mini-challenge :D Leave it to you to come up with something this cool!! I went to the Goodbye, Foom blog...it's my favorite :p


  8. Here's my pick:


  9. http://misskindle.blogspot.com/2009/10/hours-8-and-9.html
    Related content is near the bottom of the page.

    I've spent half an hour catching up with The Dreamer, which is a historic romance, or something like that. I'm awfully fond of it.

  10. Really cool challenge!

    I love a few webcomics and I'm always looking for more.


  11. Here's my write-up! :)


  12. Whoo!

    I needed an excuse to do some webcomic reading. ;)


  13. I love Unshelved! I get it to my inbox every morning :)

    Happy Reading cheers to all the readathon readers too :) I didn't sign up to be a official cheerleader, but I'm trying to spread a little love around before heading out soon :)

  14. I can't stop reading Bayou thanks to you :P


  15. I don't think I'd seen the Unshelved Book Club before (I'd seen the regular comic, although I'm not in the habit of reading it.)That's what I spent my time perusing: http://shelflove.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/read-a-thon-updates/#comic

    My favorite webcomic is The New Adventures of Queen Victoria.

  16. this webcomic is well worth a read: http://www.sintitulocomic.com/2007/06/17/page-01/

  17. Haven't done any webcomic reading for the past two days. Perfect excuse. :D


  18. Loved No Rest for the Wicked, you definitely need to read Bizenghast manga series as it is so similar art wise.


  19. Nymeth, I finally have my blog post up :-) Thanks for this opportunity to read a bit more in Girl Genius.

  20. I love XKCD amd Unshelved but had never seen No Rest for the Wicked or Goblins before. Thank Nymeth!

  21. I did!


  22. Great challenge! Here's my post: http://xicanti.livejournal.com/155842.html

  23. I LOVE No Rest for the Wicked. I'm going to have to check out the rest when I have time.

    My post:


  24. http://scoffeepie.livejournal.com/467209.html

    I also really dig PhD comics...Thank God I'm out of academia...

  25. Hi Ana!!!! I've been missing you sooooooo much today! So glad your internet's back...I'm guessing you were sweating bullets, huh?

    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I've just been so busy reading that I totally missed your mini-challenge. But because it was such an awesome challenge, I went and did it even though it was over. :D I went and read the first chapter of Bayou. You know I know want to just sit and read the whole thing, don't you? Of course, you do.

    LOVE YOU!!!!!

  26. Thank you all for participating! And Bella, it was very sweet of you to spread some love!!

  27. The comment link is under titles, then Dewey's read a thon.

  28. This is a great challenge! I hope I'm not too late!

    Here's my link:

    Get Fuzzy

    Thank you!

  29. Oh, I love xkcd! I really need to check out some of the other comics you have mentioned.

  30. I'm having trouble figuring out when things start and begin. I'm thinking this is over, but here is an entry, just because I had fun doing it.


  31. I'm sad I missed this mini-challenge while I was in the land of zzzz...
    I did read a graphic novel though this morning and I'll check out some of these once the read-a-thon is over.

  32. That's such a great list, I discovered some new daily comics! Thanks for sharing! :D

  33. woo hoo!! HOw ya doin'? I'm off to take a walk and enjoy my first nap of the day. YOU DID GOOD. Thanks so much for being such an awesome YOU. I don't think anyone could do it better. (hee hee #luvana)

  34. Debi, I can reply properly now that I'm awake(ish): yay for Bayou :D You're going to LOVE the whole thing! Except it's not quite the whole thing yet because it still hasn't been completed :P Love you too, m'dear!

    Thank you again to those of you who participated - and also those who didn't but said such nice things about the MC :D

    Care, awwww! I slept for about 5 hours and am about to go to bed FOR REALZ. #luvcare


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