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. [Links checked 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.
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- Drawing A Cartoon In Illustrator1
- Beautiful Handwriting, Lettering and Calligraphy2
- Tribute To Graffiti: 50 Beautiful Graffiti Artworks3
- Beautiful Examples Of Moleskine Art4
50 Beautiful Examples of Comic Strip Art Link
United States Comic Strip Art Link
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
European Comic Strip Art Link
European comic strip art is known for its stylistic richness and diversity.
Created by Italian Comic Strip Artist Paolo Serpieri.
British Comic Strip Art Link
Russian Comic Strip Art Link
Created by a Russian Comic Strip Artist known as GrimJim.
Pixon and Gigo
Also created by the Russian Comic Strip Artist known as GrimJim.
A Russian comic book for adults.
The protagonists in Milky Girl are always women.
Chinese Comic Strip Art Link
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.
Latin American Comic Strip Art Link
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.
Written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D Luffy and his ragtag crew of heroic pirates.
Atashi no Sentaku
A cheezy love story from Dream Manga Group.
Web Comics Link
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.
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.
“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.
Geek & Poke
A comic about technology, created by Oliver Widder from Hamburg, Germany.
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.
- The 5 Most Unintentionally Hilarious Comic Strips117
- Wikipedia – Comic Books118
- Wikipedia – Manga119
- The Comics Flickr Group120
- Comic Art Flickr Group121
- Wikipedia – Manhua122
- Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards123
- Web Japan – Japanese Comic Strips and Cartoons124
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