Comic Artists and Authors that Hit the Big Time

by Kaley

​Finding zines and webcomics from little known makers is a past time of mine. It’s probably my favorite part of exploring Comic Cons. It’s inspiring to watch a creator start as an unknown artist posting their doodles on tumblr or Instagram rise to a published author. So here is a post celebrating those artists who stuck it out when it felt like nothing was working.


Panel from “How to Tell if Your Cat is Trying to Kill You” by The Oatmeal

It’s hard to start a post like this without mentioning local favorite, Matt Inman, creator of The Oatmeal. Inman started his website back in 2009 and researches topics he’s interested in. He has created comics ranging over a wide variety of topics from wondering if your cat trying to kill you to why he runs. His work is hilarious and relatable, securing him in a perennially popular spot within internet culture.

The JoChristine, then and now!y of Tech is a webcomic that started in 2000 and is still updated each Monday, Wedsnesday and Friday. It focuses on technology-oriented topics, particularly people’s obsession with Apple products. During their nearly 17 year tenure, they publish a best of compilation which you can request here.




Noelle Stevenson​ is one of my favorite author/artist combos out there right now. She’s known for her hipster Lord of the Rings comics, Broship of the Rings. In 2012 she started posting her webcomic, Nimona, and signed a book deal shortly after that. She’s since gone on to write and illustrate another series, Lumberjanes, and other works for Marvel and DC.



From “Broship of the Rings” by Noelle Stevenson.


If you are looking for some beautiful cerebral art and storytelling, look no further than Emma Ríos​. Hailing from Spain, she gained notoriety in the United States for Hexed. Before that, she mainly self-published her zines and books. Her art in the Pretty Deadly series is some of the most beautiful work I have ever seen. I’m currently working my way through I.D., a dystopic tale in which three people hope the answer to their problems is a body transplant.

Do you have favorite zines and webcomics you follow? Post ’em in the comments so I can add to my never-ending to-be-read list!



3 responses to “Comic Artists and Authors that Hit the Big Time”

  1. KP says:

    One can never go wrong with the Oatmeal! And now I’ve become obsessed with Broship of the Rings. I’ve yet to sleep. Why you do, Kaley? Why you do?

  2. Jenny says:

    One of my favorites is Clairikine – a transcultural comic written in French, English and German and all with a lot of heart. Try her “Master of Survival” autobio to start. Scroll to the bottom to start at the beginning… A really fun comic if you like anything to do with France or Germany or if you can relate to trying to make sense of things in a new place.

  3. Isaac H. says:

    I love The Oatmeal! In addition to his comic’s and books, he also has card games that are really fun. Exploding Kittens and Bears vs Babies are great for parties.

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