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comics

My Favorite Online Comics.

XKCD

  • Been around since: 1545 comics ago
  • I love it because: Aside from being an incredibly smart comic known for uber-geeky references that sometimes go over my head (luckily my Engineer husband can usually explain those to me), this comic is filled with tiny pockets of all the feels – and reading it feels like you’ve been let in on all the best inside jokes.
  • Pro tip: Don’t forget to read the hover text.

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  • Been around since: 1997 – and yes, you should probably go back to the beginning and start there.
  • I love it because: Pete Abrams is a master story teller. Aside from just having a handful of characters that you will fall in love with (trust), Sluggy is filled to the brim with adventure and intrigue. Fans of science fiction, fantasy, love stories, talking animals, Evil Santa Claus, books of magic and more will want to be in on this one.
  • Pro tip: I realize that 17 years of comics is a lot to take on. Check out the new viewers guide before really diving in.

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Unshelved

  • Been around since: 2002 – this is one you can jump into from current date or go through the archives and gorge yourself on all the comic goodness.
  • I love it because: I’m kinnnnd of a book nerd and that makes this comic everything in my opinion, but even if you don’t harbor secret fantasies about working in a library (or actually do work in a library- lucky) this comic is just plain old funny.
  • Pro tip: Check out their book reviews!

Not Invented Here

  • Been around since: 2009 so it’s basically a baby. You’re welcome.
  • I love it because: It’s kind of like hanging out at my husband’s work without actually having to do that. I was basically born and bred in this lifestyle of computer geek culture – my dad and my husband might as well be main characters in this comic strip, so it’s basically home.
  • Pro tip: Savvy readers will note that Bill Barnes is the illustrator for both Unshelved and NIH.

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Buttersafe

  • Been around since: 2007 but I’ll confess, I’ve never gone back through the archives. I’ve been reading Buttersafe for about a year now.
  • I love it because: Buttersafe has the ability to be quietly brilliant. Sometimes you almost don’t notice the joke until the very last second and then it blows your mind. Quietly.
  • Pro tip: No tip for this one, just enjoy.

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Seasonal Depression

  • Been around since: late 2009
  • I love it because: Maritsa Patrinos, the creater of this comic is kind of brilliant. I love the frenetic feel of this comic and also just the truth. This is a comic I think a lot of us can relate to.
  • Pro tip: Her comics are rarely a “quick read” – wait until you have time to legitimately read and enjoy them or it won’t be nearly as fun.

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2 Kinds of People

  • Been around since: March 2015
  • I love it because: A newcomer to the block, this comic is kind of the polar opposite of Seasonal Depression. These comics are usually short and to the point and the illustrations are sleek and gorgeously simplistic.
  • Pro tip: The author of this comic has a pretty strong Twitter presence.

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So what comic is your favorite?

Share your suggestions in the comments section!

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things I learned this month

7 Things I Learned in June.

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I’m linking up with the lovely Emily @ Chatting at the Sky to share some things I learned last month – it can be something silly or serious, profound or plebian. Here’s what I learned.

starfruit1. I learned how to prepare starfruit and what they actually taste like after playing a game of produce section roulette with the kids (i.e. letting them pick a random fruit we’ve never tried before just to see what it tastes like). Bottom line: It has a pretty mild taste. My husband compared it to an apple / melon hybrid. I felt the faintest hint of pineapple like flavor.

2. I learned that my kids have no idea how Truth or Dare works. This is probably a good thing.

3. I learned a LOT of good lessons while camping Father’s Day weekend. Especially: a) I actually know how to set up a tent. b) You can’t control the weather but you can make the most of it. c) When your husband doesn’t catch any fish, you get to go out for dinner.

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4. I learned that Clarkson, Hammond and May plan to do a new show together. Top Gear fans rejoice!

Paper Towns by John Green
Paper Towns by John Green

5. I learned that there really are “paper towns” like Agloe, New York which is a fictional place in Delaware County, New York, that became an actual landmark. In the 1930s, General Drafting Company founder Otto G. Lindberg and an assistant, Ernest Alpers, assigned an anagram of their initials to a dirt-road intersection in the Catskill Mountains: NY 206 and Morton Hill Road, north of Roscoe, New York.[1] The town was designed as a copyright trap.

6. There are a ton of old MS DOS games that you can still play in your web browser. I continue to be terrible at Oregon Trail but love it all the same.

7. I learned how to crochet. Or at least, I started to learn after finding this fantastic tutorial:

What did you learn last month?