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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. [Content Care Nov/02/2016]

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.

You may be interested in the following related showcases:

50 Beautiful Examples of Comic Strip Art Link

United States Comic Strip Art Link

Dilbert5
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

Garfield9
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 & Dude
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 Art

Sourly Sweet13
A serie comics that captured our attention with the way it is presented. A photo comic strip, created by [sdfv].

Beautiful Comic Strip Art14

Emily the Strange15
Fictional alternative culture character created by Rob Reger.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art16

X-Men17
A team of superheroes from Marvel Comics.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art18

Hellboy19
Created by Mike Mignola.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art20

The Order of the Stick21
Rich Burlew’s comic satirises role-playing games and the surrounding culture.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art22

Penny Arcade23
Written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik, Penny Arcade satirises video game playing culture.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art24

Dresden Codak25
In the words of the author Aaron Diaz – ‘An illustrated celebration of science, death and human folly’.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art26

Girl Genius27
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 Art28

Family Man29
A graphic novel by Dylan Meconcis, about a confused young man in the middle of the Enlightenment.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art30

Clan of the Cats31
The story of Chelsea Chattan who turns out to be a witch and a werepanther. Created by Jamie Robertson.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art32

Rob and Elliot33
A webcomic drawn by Clay Yount and Hampton Yount. Rob and Elliot are roommates.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art34

European Comic Strip Art Link

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

Olle Berg35
Olle Berg is a Swedish cartoonist. There are lots of comics on his website.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art36

Gummbah37
A Dutch comic.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art38

Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan39
A Dutch humorous fantasy comic.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art40

Adventures of Tintin41
This famous Belgian comic book, by Herge, has been around for nearly 80 years.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art42

Asterix the Gaul43
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 Art44

Heinz45
The famous Dutch comic book cat created by Rene Windig and Eddie de Jong.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art46

Serpieri Clone
Created by Italian Comic Strip Artist Paolo Serpieri.

Beautiful Comic Book Art

Milo Manara47
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 Art48

The Metabarons49
French comic book illustrated by Argentinian artist Juan Gimenez.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art50

Andrea Bruno51
Italian Comic Strip Artist known for his dark, apocalyptic style.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art52

Persepolis53
A French comic book written by Iranian Marjane Satrapi.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art54

Les Innommables (The Unspeakables)55
Created by Didier Conrad, a young cartoonist who help revolutionise Belgian comic book Spirou in the eighties.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art56

Not Funny (Nichtlustig)57
Webcomic from Germany by Joscha Sauer.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art58

British Comic Strip Art Link

Strontium Dog59
Created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra and published in 2000AD, a famous weekly British science-fiction comic book.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art60

Sinister Dexter61
Created by Dan Abnett and Paul Johnson and also published in 2000AD.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art62

Monster Club63
Created by Richard Emms and Theo Bain.

Beautiful Comic Book Art64

Dennis the Menace65
Cult comic book character from British comic The Beano, drawn by various artists since 1951.

Beautiful Comic Book Art66

Scary Go Round67
The bizarre escapades of Shelley Winters, by John Allison.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art68

Gunnerkrigg Court69
Strange happenings at a school called Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art70

Russian Comic Strip Art Link

Krokodil71
The Soviet comic from 1965.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art72

Masjanja73
The legendary Russian comic, created by Oleg Kuvaev.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art74

How The Very First Medicines Were Invented75
From comic book magazine Arbuz.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art76

Where’s Daddy?77
Also from comic book magazine Arbuz.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art78

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

Beautiful Comic Strip Art

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

Beautiful Comic Book Art

Dark Warrior
A Russian comic book for adults.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art

Milky Girl
The protagonists in Milky Girl are always women.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art

Chinese Comic Strip Art Link

Chinese Hero
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 Art

DevaShard79
Written by a Chinese artist known as Zen, DevaShard is inspired by an Indian mythological text called the Mahabharata.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art80

The Ravages of Time81
An on-going Chinese manhua series re-telling the events in the Three Kingdoms Period of Chinese history.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art82

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon83
Created by Andy Sett and based on the film of the same name.

Beautiful Comic Book Art84

Latin American Comic Strip Art Link

Gaturro85
Argentine comic strip created by cartoonist Cristian Dzwonik.

Beautiful Comic Book Art86

Mafalda87
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 Art88

La Cucaracha89
Created by Mexican-American artist Lalo Alcaraz and focuses on Latino culture and politics.

Beautiful Comic Book Art90

Clemente91
Created by Carlos Loiseau and published in Argentine newspaper Clarin.

Beautiful comic strip art92

Ariel Olivetti93
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 Art94

Japanese Comic Strip Art Link

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.

Naruto95
Written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.

Beautiful comic strip art96

Bleach97
A Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo.

Beautiful Comic Book Art98

One Piece99
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 Art100

Kekkaishi101
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 Art102

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

Beautiful comic strip art

Sinfest103
A more conventional comic strip, created by Tatsuya Ishida/Museworks.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art

Megatokyo104
A popular online webcomic (manga), created by Fred Gallagher.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art105

Web Comics Link

PC Weenies106
A comic strip about computers, technology and design. Krishna M. Sadasivam (pronounced Sah-DAS-eh-VHAM) is the creator of The PC Weenies.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art107

ExtraLife108
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 Art

SMBC Comics109
A comic about life and relationships, by Zach Weiner.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art110

OK/Cancel111
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 Art112

xkcd113
A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. Created by Randall Munroe.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art114

Gaping Void
“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.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art

The Joy Of Tech115
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 Art116

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

Beautiful Comic Strip Art

The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats117
The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats comic, regularly created by Ape Lad.

Beautiful Comic Strip Art118

Resources Link

Comics have been a large part of popular culture for generations. Growing over the ages through contributions to the genre from Christophe Chabouté, Angelo Agostini and, of course, Richard Outcault, this then-revolutionary new way for artists to create and deliver a narrative exploded throughout the art world, leaving a lasting mark that would mature over the years, morphing into a mainstream artistic medium. Today, with a more stylized focus on heroic tales and dark worlds beyond the imagination, this genre continuously churns out amazing artwork from some extremely talented artists.

Footnotes Link

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  53. 53 http://www.iranian.com/Books/2002/November/Satrapi/
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  55. 55 http://www.hollywoodcomics.com/didierconrad.html
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  57. 57 http://www.notfunnycartoons.com
  58. 58 http://www.notfunnycartoons.com
  59. 59 http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/comics/2000adstrips/strontiumdog/strontiumdog01.shtml
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  67. 67 http://scarygoround.com/index.php
  68. 68 http://scarygoround.com/index.php
  69. 69 http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/index2.php
  70. 70 http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/index2.php
  71. 71 http://www.laverock.ru/4mess/crocodile.html
  72. 72 http://germanych.livejournal.com/104160.html
  73. 73 http://www.mult.ru/
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  80. 80 http://www.devashard.com/
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  87. 87 http://www.mafalda.net/
  88. 88 http://www.mafalda.net/
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  100. 100 http://read.mangashare.com/One-Piece/chapter-507/page001.html
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  102. 102 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kekkaishi
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  104. 104 http://www.megatokyo.com/
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  1. 1

    max | agencyzebra

    December 28, 2008 4:19 pm

    I’d like to add NC Winters view one of his comics . I love his style !

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  2. 2

    Cool, really. But.. Naruto?!?!?!?!?

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  3. 3

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    December 28, 2008 3:27 pm

    @gamma-normids (#1): what is with Naruto? It is in the list.

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  4. 4

    Great list, but no Cyanide and Happiness? :(

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  5. 5

    This post is missing a bit of Berserk in the japanese section.

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  6. 6

    wow … what a showcase !

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  7. 7

    I think there’s a mistake on the link for the Dilbert website.
    Great showcase anyway :)

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  8. 8

    I missed “Turma da Mônica” a very popular comic book in Brazil and “Cyanide & Happiness”

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  9. 9

    I like this one too wulffmorgenthaler.com

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  10. 10

    You are missing the peanuts

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  11. 11

    I love many of them, but Mafalda is my favorite! :)

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  12. 12

    It’s easy to pick holes in any list like this, as there will always be some favourite missing, but really!! – no mention of Robert Crumb – almost certainly the greatest comic book artist of his generation.

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  13. 13

    amazing showcase :-)

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  14. 14

    Hey, what about Mortadelo and Filemon? The best special agents …

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  15. 15

    What about bilo y nano in webcomics in spanish?

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  16. 16

    Don’t forget about Vomit 76:

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  17. 17

    I wish the article went a little deeper to explain WHY these are great examples…it seems to only list a name and strip. Some of them did explain the basis of the strip, but even then it was only a sentence long or so.

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  18. 18

    baby blues? i like that! i think the emotions are captured nicely by the authors.

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  19. 19

    Why is Atashi no Sentaku on the list at all? It looks amateur at best, and there are many, many other amateur and professional attempts that trump it. Plus, the art style itself is almost a carbon copy of the mangaka, Arina Tanemura and definitely not original.

    Also: “the Japenese work for comics and print cartoons” & “cheezy“?

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  20. 20

    Thanks for including “Yo & Dude” in your retrospective. Nice to be amongst such terrific company.

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