D&D Comic Strips

RPG Blog Carnival
RPG Blog Carnival

This is my contribution to the April 2009 RPG Blog Carnival: Humor & Gaming hosted by A Butterfly Dreaming.  Roleplaying game humor has been around almost as long as roleplaying games have.  I think it is inevitable for themed humor to appear shortly (or immediately) after a popular activity is established or a public event happens.

Much of the early humor that I am aware of was published in the back of Dragon magazine with classic comic strips like Wormy, Phil Folgio’s What’s  New with Phil & Dixie, Fineous Fingers, Larry Elmore’s SnarfQuest, and YamaraJolly R. Blackburn’s Knight’s of the Dinner Table was always a favorite of mine, and is still going strong.

Shortly before the demise of Dragon, there were four strips that carried on the Dungeons & Dragons humor torch: Nodwick, Order of the Stick, Dork Tower, and The Zogonia and Mt. Zogonia (whose website is unfortunately dead).

Since the demise of Dragon (in print) I have obtained a subscription to its spiritual successor, Kobold Quarterly.  The tradition of four color humor continues with KQ’s inclusion of Stan!’s Bolt & Quiver (which used to be published in Dungeon magazine along with Downer the Dark Elf).

Of course with the advent of the web, many artists bypassed the traditional print medium and began releasing their work to the masses on their own, thus the comic strip found new life as the webcomic.  I’ve been digging through the internet to find some of the better four color (or b&w) roleplaying game humor and present it as a list (in alphabetical order):

I have really only explored webcomics that were inspired by Dungeons & Dragons or had a general fantasy bent.  I tend to stay away from comics derived directly from MMOs since I refuse to pay a subscription, and therefore miss the much of the humor.  If you know of any other good table top RPG inspired webcomics, sound off in the comments!

Listening to: Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine – Kinda I Want To

9 thoughts on “D&D Comic Strips

  1. @Kingworks: The henchman is in there, 3rd parahraph, where I talk about the strips running in Dragon before it left print.

    @Mark: You’re welcome!

  2. @Questing GM: Thanks! I just took a look at it myself and it is definitely worth checking out, the art is pretty polished! Added it to the list.

  3. D’oh! Apologies for my poor reading comprehension ‘skillz’ – it would seem that I focused on the list to the exclusion of everything else.

  4. @Kingworks: No worries, I left all the major formerly imprint stuff off the list cause I figured most of my readers would be aware of them.

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