Brian Woo-Shem

Mechanical engineer, tech wizard, cartoonist, writer, creator of things.

Favorite Comics

My personal favorite comics, many of which helped inspire my own comics. A mix of regular newspaper strips and hidden gems on the web. In alphabetical order:

“Breaking Cat News” by Georgia Dunn (Syndicated, daily). Cats reporting on news that matters to cats, with humorous misinterpretations of the human world.

“Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson (Syndicated, ended). The timeless comic of musings on childhood, wild imagination, (avoiding) school, and the meaning of life.

“Freefall” by Mark Stanley (Webcomic, 3x week). A (nearly) scientifically accurate sci-fi comic in which one competent engineer attempts to salvage a wrecked spaceship alongside robots with questionable safeguards while working under an inept and unethical captain.

Mutts” by Patrick McDonnell (Syndicated, daily). A sweet comic about a gentle cat and dog, promoting care for shelter animals and animal welfare.

“Ozy and Millie” by D.C. Simpson (Webcomic, ended). A webcomic about a patient, mild-mannered zen fox and a rebellious, chaotic red fox.

“Peanuts” by Charles Schulz (Syndicated, ended). A legend. No description needed.

“Pearls Before Swine” by Stephan Pastis (Syndicated, daily). An angry, selfish rat, an oblivious, ignorant pig, and a quiet, studious goat in a comic of puns, the struggles of modern life, and obscure pop culture references.

“Pepper and Carrot” by David Revoy (Webcomic, occasional). A long-form adventure about a young witch where magic has humorous results and life lessons. The art is extremely detailed and each episode reads like a graphic-novel chapter. Comics are open-source and CC-By licensed.

“Phoebe and her Unicorn” by Dana Simpson (Syndicated, daily). The female “Calvin and Hobbes,” with unicorns, dragons, goblins, magic, and modern tech.

“Precocious” by Christopher J. Paulsen (Webcomic, daily/hiatus). About a school of children with genius intelligence but lacking wisdom and morals.

“Red and Rover” by Brian Basset (Syndicated, daily). A boy and his dog, enjoying childhood and surviving elementary school.

“Wallace the Brave” by Will Henry (Syndicated, daily). A fearless kid and his extremely cautious friend in a weird and whimsical world.

“xkcd” by Randall Munroe (Webcomic, 3x week). Stick figures explain science and engineering, by a former NASA physicist. Note: PG-13 rated for occasional profanity.

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