The Celebration Of Cartoons and Comic Strip Art


Comics aren’t just for children, as some people might think. There are many comics written with adults in mind, and this is reflected in the depth and scope of the artwork. Comic strips are widely read around the world in newspapers, magazines, books and the internet. Some are created simply to make people laugh, some are made to entertain (often with storylines worthy of a novel) and there are some that make political or social commentary.

Comic strips have a surprisingly long and interesting history. For instance, there’s evidence of comics in China from as long ago as the 11th century BC! Comics have evolved over the years with advances in technology and the changing styles of art and graphic design, and are often at the cutting edge of design.

The culture of an artist’s country is often a big influence on their work, and consequently comic styles are different around the world. We present you over 50 examples of beautiful comic strip artwork, from places as diverse as America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Some interesting articles and resources are listed at the bottom of the post.

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50 Beautiful Examples of Comic Strip Art

United States Comic Strip Art

Dilbert is known for its satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office featuring the engineer Dilbert as the title character. Written and drawn by Scott Adams.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art6

Calvin and Hobbes7
Calvin and Hobbes is a comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Watterson, following the humorous antics of Calvin, an imaginative six-year old boy, and Hobbes, his energetic tiger.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art8

A classic by Jim Davis. Published since June 19, 1978. As of 2007, it is syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals and currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art10

Imaginary Daughter11
Imaginary Daughter is the story of a guy who we’ll be calling Father, and the kid that suddenly appears one day in his life, and who is a figment of his imagination. Created by Karchesky.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art12

Yo & Dude13
A web comic strip about a cat, a dog and a bipolar conversation. What makes this comic strip really different is the way it is designed. Very unusual forms and colors for a traditional comic strip. Created by Eric Hews.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art14

Sourly Sweet15
A serie comics that captured our attention with the way it is presented. A photo comic strip, created by [sdfv].

Beautiful Comic Strip Art16

Emily the Strange17
Fictional alternative culture character created by Rob Reger.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art18

A team of superheroes from Marvel Comics.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art20

Created by Mike Mignola.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art22

The Order of the Stick23
Rich Burlew’s comic satirises role-playing games and the surrounding culture.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art24

Penny Arcade25
Written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik, Penny Arcade satirises video game playing culture.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art26

Dresden Codak27
In the words of the author Aaron Diaz – ‘An illustrated celebration of science, death and human folly’.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art28

Girl Genius29
Ongoing comic book series turned webcomic telling the story of Agatha Hetrodyne, a student at Transylvania Polygnostic University, in an alternate history Victorian setting., Written and drawn by Phil and Kaja Foglio.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art30

Family Man31
A graphic novel by Dylan Meconcis, about a confused young man in the middle of the Enlightenment.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art32

Clan of the Cats33
The story of Chelsea Chattan who turns out to be a witch and a werepanther. Created by Jamie Robertson.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art34

Rob and Elliot35
A webcomic drawn by Clay Yount and Hampton Yount. Rob and Elliot are roommates.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art36

European Comic Strip Art

European comic strip art is known for its stylistic richness and diversity.

Olle Berg37
Olle Berg is a Swedish cartoonist. There are lots of comics on his website.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art38

A Dutch comic.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art40

Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan41
A Dutch humorous fantasy comic.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art42

Adventures of Tintin43
This famous Belgian comic book, by Herge, has been around for nearly 80 years.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art44

Asterix the Gaul45
French comic books written by Rene Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo (Uderzo continued the series after Goscinny’s death in 1977).

Beautiful Comic Strip Art46

The famous Dutch comic book cat created by Rene Windig and Eddie de Jong.

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Serpieri Clone49
Created by Italian Comic Strip Artist Paolo Serpieri.

Beautiful Comic Book Art50

Milo Manara51
Italian Comic Strip Artist Maurilio Manara uses the psuedonym Milo Manara and is best known for the erotic nature of his work.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art52

The Metabarons53
French comic book illustrated by Argentinian artist Juan Gimenez.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art54

Andrea Bruno55
Italian Comic Strip Artist known for his dark, apocalyptic style.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art56

A French comic book written by Iranian Marjane Satrapi.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art58

Lapinot et Les Carottes de Patagonie59
Created by prolific French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art60

Les Innommables (The Unspeakables)61
Created by Didier Conrad, a young cartoonist who help revolutionise Belgian comic book Spirou in the eighties.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art62

Not Funny (Nichtlustig)63
Webcomic from Germany by Joscha Sauer.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art64

British Comic Strip Art

Strontium Dog65
Created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra and published in 2000AD, a famous weekly British science-fiction comic book.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art66

Sinister Dexter67
Created by Dan Abnett and Paul Johnson and also published in 2000AD.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art68

Monster Club69
Created by Richard Emms and Theo Bain.

Beautiful Comic Book Art70

Dennis the Menace71
Cult comic book character from British comic The Beano, drawn by various artists since 1951.

Beautiful Comic Book Art72

Scary Go Round73
The bizarre escapades of Shelley Winters, by John Allison.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art74

Gunnerkrigg Court75
Strange happenings at a school called Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art76

Russian Comic Strip Art

The Soviet comic from 1965.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art78

The legendary Russian comic, created by Oleg Kuvaev.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art80

How The Very First Medicines Were Invented81
From comic book magazine Arbuz.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art82

Where’s Daddy?83
Also from comic book magazine Arbuz.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art84

Neo Ark85
Created by a Russian Comic Strip Artist known as GrimJim.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art86

Pixon and Gigo87
Also created by the Russian Comic Strip Artist known as GrimJim.

Beautiful Comic Book Art88

Dark Warrior89
A Russian comic book for adults.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art90

Milky Girl91
The protagonists in Milky Girl are always women.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art92

Chinese Comic Strip Art

Chinese Hero93
Created by Hong Kong artist Ma Wing Shing, the artistic style of this comic book led to the modern day look of Manhua – the name for Comic Strip Art produced in China. The earliest known Manhua drawings date from the 11th century BC in the form of stone reliefs.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art94

Written by a Chinese artist known as Zen, DevaShard is inspired by an Indian mythological text called the Mahabharata.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art96

The Ravages of Time97
An on-going Chinese manhua series re-telling the events in the Three Kingdoms Period of Chinese history.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art98

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon99
Created by Andy Sett and based on the film of the same name.

Beautiful Comic Book Art100

Latin American Comic Strip Art

Argentine comic strip created by cartoonist Cristian Dzwonik.

Beautiful Comic Book Art102

Famous Argentina comic strip by Argentina Comic Strip Artist Joaquin Salvador Lavado. The first comic strips appeared in 1962 in Argentine newspaper Clarin.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art104

La Cucaracha105
Created by Mexican-American artist Lalo Alcaraz and focuses on Latino culture and politics.

Beautiful Comic Book Art106

Created by Carlos Loiseau and published in Argentine newspaper Clarin.

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Ariel Olivetti109
Argentina artist Ariel Olivetti created comic strips in Argentina such as El Cazador de Aventuras (The Adventure Hunter) and went on to become an illustrator for Marvel comics.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art110

Japanese Comic Strip Art

Japanese Comic Strip Art, also known as Manga (the Japenese work for comics and print cartoons), has a long and complex history. The modern version of the art form emerged after World War II.

Written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.

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A Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo.

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One Piece115
Written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D Luffy and his ragtag crew of heroic pirates.

Beautiful Comic Book Art116

Created by Yellow Tanabe, the story of teenagers Yoshimori Sumimura and Tokine Yukimura who defend their school from spirits drawn to the sacred land it’s built on.

Beautiful Comic Book Art118

Atashi no Sentaku119
A cheezy love story from Dream Manga Group.

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A more conventional comic strip, created by Tatsuya Ishida/Museworks.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art122

A popular online webcomic (manga), created by Fred Gallagher.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art124

Web Comics

The (Un)official comic of the blogosphere – colorful, satirical, and comical. Brad Fitzpatrick is bLaugh’s artist, and Chris Pirillo is its creative writer.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art126

PC Weenies127
A comic strip about computers, technology and design. Krishna M. Sadasivam (pronounced Sah-DAS-eh-VHAM) is the creator of The PC Weenies.

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The comic is updated three days a week and continues to this day. The comic itself sometimes features regular characters, but often is more about the subject matter and less about who is there to portray the subject. A comic strip created by Scott Johnson.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art130

SMBC Comics131
A comic about life and relationships, by Zach Weiner.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art132

OK/Cancel is a comic strip collaboration co-written and co-illustrated by Kevin Cheng and Tom Chi. The subject matter focuses on interfaces, good and bad and the people behind the industry of building interfaces – usability specialists, interaction designers, human-computer interaction (HCI) experts, industrial designers, etc.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art134

A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. Created by Randall Munroe.

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Gaping Void137
“Cartoons drawn on the back of business cards”. A very minimalistic, yet beautiful comic strip that always gives you something to think about. Created by Hugh MacLeod.

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The Joy Of Tech139
The Joy of Tech is a comic about technology and pop culture. The comic focuses on Apple-related news and recent developments in technology. Created by Nitrozac and Snaggy.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art140

Geek & Poke141
A comic about technology, created by Oliver Widder from Hamburg, Germany.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art142

The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats143
The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats comic, regularly created by Ape Lad.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art144

Gamebrit Comics145
A comic focused on the gaming culture.

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  1. 1

    i love emily the strange. creative yet strange in its way. lol


  2. 52

    Valdecir Carvalho

    December 29, 2008 3:51 am

    I also would like to suggest What the Duck comic and FrelanceSwitch comic in this collection

  3. 103

    very nice collection but what about the brasilian comics?

  4. 154

    I love those from Japan. MANGA!!!!!!

  5. 205

    Russian comics suck.

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  7. 307

    How could you forget the Cyanide and Happiness from

    must be one of the top internet comics around

  8. 358

    I think Dominic Deegan could be added to the Web Comics list easily. One of the best storys ever.

  9. 409

    I really think Explosm and Ctrl Alt Delete should’ve made it in the online comics list. They’re immensely popular.

    As for the European strips: you really should have a look at Blacksad. It’s a Spanish/French production (the writer and artist are Spanish, but it’s published by French Dargaud) of 3 albums. Blacksad is set in a late 50’s film noir America. All characters are antropomorphic animals. Blacksad himself is a big black cat who’s a detective. The first two albums have been published in the US too and they’re translated in a bunch of languages, so no doubt you’ll be able to find a copy.

  10. 460

    Under European comics you forgot a lot of good Italian comics which were very popular in Italy but in Austria and former Yugoslavian states too.
    Alan Ford is definitely one of the best comics ever and I’m very sorry it is not translated in to English language

    Alan Ford –
    Zagor –
    Dylan Dog –
    Tex Willer –
    Commandant Mark –
    Mister No –
    Martin Mystère –

  11. 511

    at least the posts on comic books are somewhat improved since the previous one, which doesn’t mean it doesn’t need more improvement.

  12. 562

    No ‘Tankgirl’ by Jamie Hewitt in the UK comics section? and no ‘Peanuts’ either? As nice as some of the comics listed are, they’re hardly as influential as many you missed.

  13. 613

    As much as I usually love these lists on your site, I really have to take exception with this one. It doesn’t seem like too much thought was put into compiling this list outside of geographical listings. Despite all being forms of sequential art, comic strips, graphic novels and web comics are all individual forms in their own right, and you do them a bit of an injustice by just lumping them all together. I can only imagine a lot of the people who frequent our website are nerdy aficionados of the sequential art form and might take exception to the half-hearted attempt at giving some sort of recognition to the art.

    And as much as I find XKCD to be hilarious, I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination you could call it “beautiful.”

  14. 664

    One of the best authors from the argentinian comic books, was Hector Oesterheld, and artist Solano Lopez, that created one of the greatest comics, El Eternauta

  15. 715

    What about Liberty Meadows?

  16. 766

    what about Alan Ford and Lucky Luke?

  17. 817

    Great collection, I love this cute gay couple orientated one Adam and Andy.

  18. 868

    I think you’re missing Don Rosa’s cartoon art on the list… His stuff is damn good!
    I even made a video of one of his stories:

  19. 919

    Emily the Strange made this list?

    And while Naruto and Bleach are good comics in their own right and very popular, there are others that are much more influential and groundbreaking. I’ll bite my tongue about the mention of Megatokyo as well…

    There needs to be more explanation as to *why* these comics have been chosen – what makes them so unique to be selected out of the masses?

  20. 970

    Jack Kirby?

  21. 1021

    If you’re talking art, you’ve gotta get more of the photocomics in there. Check out Night Zero – A Post-Apocalyptic Photo-Comic.

    If you haven’t yet seen it, there’s some pretty kick-ass art in there (be sure to start at the beginning!).

  22. 1072

    Sandman series by Neil Gaiman.

  23. 1123

    No Corto Maltese on the list? Russian comics? How the hell did they end up on the list?

  24. 1174

    whoa, nice list, i really love asterix, my fave book!

  25. 1225

    For Latin America, I think Trino and Rius are worth mentioning.

  26. 1276

    i like the old Superman cartoons. check out some of the best ones here for free. amazing artwork…. way before computers were around, those humans do rock.

  27. 1327

    Nice list. But really, Corto Maltese should be on the first place of european comic strip art…
    I know it is easy to whine… it is hard to do something… so thank you for your effort ;)
    BTW my favorite is Torpedo by Abuli and Toth

  28. 1378

    What, no RANXEROX!?! Only the best thing to come out of the european scene in the 80’s, period! Also, am I missing something or is there a distinct lack of Moebus on this supposed “list”?

    While expansive at first blush, anything with out these two just aint complete.

  29. 1429

    Pardon my feminism, but I’m irritated by the prevalence of cute/sexy/erotic/pornographic female characters in this collection and the complete absence of cute/sexy/erotic/pornographic MALE characters. Perhaps you are (naturally) writing to your fanbase, but please remember that GIRLS READ COMICS TOO!

    Frankly, I adore Milo Manara and I am a happy collector of Skydoll (featured on MilkyGirl’s cover), so the sexy girl-comics themselves don’t bother me. But where are the corresponding pretty boys? (I suppose you could argue that Ariel Olivetti counts, but I don’t think the mildly erotic overtones of the featured cover are on purpose.)

    Maybe it’s just that the comic industry’s fanbase is overwhelmingly male, but if we’re going to use pretty girls to sell comics, can we use pretty boys too, please? And if we’re going to have a collection of diverse and beautiful comic art, can we include some slightly more alternative themes? Diversity makes the world go ’round, after all.

    This is not to say that the comics chosen for this collection aren’t great, mind you! I’m glad to see you didn’t shy away from webcomics, like Girl Genius and Order of the Stick. But you might want to check the wiki on Emily the Strange – he didn’t create it, he hijacked the character design from the Nate the Great children’s book series.

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    Nice List… but since it is “limited”, I would like to add some of my personal favourites, which, unfortunately, do not appear in this list:

    … and of course, his inventor, Hugo Pratt:

    Belgian Comicartist FRANQUIN –

  31. 1531

    Nice showcase but just 2 little erros ;-)
    The illustrations of russia comics Dark Warrior and Milky Girl it’s not good.
    The ilustration of Dark Warrior it’s “Les Cercles d’Akamoth“, a french comics and Milky Girl, it’s in reality “Sky doll“, a amasing comics by 2 italians.

  32. 1582

    Oups, an error in my comment….
    Dark Warrior its Les Cercles d’Akamoth and Milky Girl it’s Sky Doll…
    Sorry, but i can’t edit my comment….

  33. 1633

    What! How can you not include the greatest strip of all time (next to Calvin and Hobbes) THE FAR SIDE !
    Gary Larsen Rules period.
    No way you can argue with that.

  34. 1684

    What about Condorito for Latin American Comic Strip Art? It’s the most popular comic strip in Chile, and well known across South America.
    Condorito [Wikipedia Entry]:
    Condorito [Offical Web Site – Spainish]:

  35. 1735

    Much better list than SM’s last twirl around the spinner rack. Might I recommend: Celebrity Skinned

  36. 1786

    Hmm, I don’t want to whine too much but ommiting Corto Maltese or anything from Frank Miller is quite “weird” :)

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  38. 1888

    Uh, Megatokyo really shouldn’t be on the Japanese list. Since, you know, the creators are Caucasian americans.

  39. 1939

    i did attempt on comic blog here

    Wish it was published here :)

  40. 1990

    Pity the British section doesn’t mention Striker, which is definitely the best serial newspaper strip in the UK today. It’s nominally a soccer story, but it contains enough drama and humour off the pitch to keep even a non-sports fan like me enthralled.

    And no mention of The Perishers either, which in its day was the quirkiest and best-drawn humour strip possibly in the world. How quickly they forget.

  41. 2041

    The japanese category leaves a lot to be desired, specially if you put naruto there in the top of the list, yuk. Also, you are missing Takehiko Inoue’s work (, and Hideki Mori, who illustrated “Bokko”, a manga in an unusual drawing style (for manga that is)

    All in all a good list, it was interesting to see Masjanja there, i’ve been curious about it since i saw the Discovery Channel’s short featuring it.

  42. 2092

    A few I expected to see on the list were MAD Magazine, The Maxx and my online favourite Little Gamers.

  43. 2143

    pon and zi?

    Atashi no Sentaku over — say, Hunter X Hunter or Rurouni Kenshin? Or Astro Boy?! Or any of the CLAMP titles? No freakin’ way!

  44. 2194

    Great list, thanks! :)

    Asterix & Obelix, Titin and Les Tuniques Bleues My Favourites!

  45. 2245

    Thanks for focusing on comics. Fun read. Here is another one:
    “The Office” meets Disney. The animals have taken
    over the IT Department due to budget cuts at the
    zoo. Well drawn and funny.

  46. 2296

    Rob and Elliot, Hell yeah!

  47. 2347

    You think ‘dilbert’ , ‘garfield’ etc. are beautiful?
    this site is so godawful

  48. 2398

    Cute + funny comic strips as well:

    Currently there are about 38 comic strips, please check it out under Comic Strips section

  49. 2449

    Great list, but you missed Enki Bilal, you know… the nikopol trilogy

  50. 2500

    Great list, though I really missed Corto Maltese ( Hugo Pratt’s work is absolutely stunningly beautiful.


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