Need a quick comics fix? Sometimes a long-running saga just doesn’t fit into the 10 minutes you can wrangle free from work, caregiving, school, etc. Short stories in comic form to the rescue! Here are some of my absolute favorite online short comics, with a variety of topics, styles, and genres. Let me know in the comments if you find a favorite, or if you have a recommendation for me.
Princess Princess by StrangelyKatie (Katie O’Neill)
Why I love it: Cuteness! Dragons and unicorns! Heroes with great hair! Girls falling in love! A fantasy story with diverse characters! Just go read it, will ya? Also see Below the Waves by the same creator, for something more somber, and quite lovely.
Haircut by Sara Goetter
Why I love it: More cuteness and girls falling in love! Another fantasy story with diverse characters! It’s like there’s a genre now. (Not a bad thing IMHO.) And this one has an undead army, so everyone wins.
The Short Con by by Aleks Sennwald and Pete Toms
Why I love it: The setup of “kid detectives living in an orphanage” cannot begin to explain how fun this (diverse!) comic is. Mary Branwell, recently orphaned, is teamed up with Popowski, a hard-boiled homicide cop, to investigate the fire which killed Mary’s parents. Popowski’s dialogue is stellar. There are robot dogs. I wish, oh how I wish this was an ongoing series.
A short comic about witches and wishes and wanting things by sam (Charmingly Antiquated)
Why I love it: A sweet, soft tale about falling in love, in a gorgeous combination of reds and turquoises. Also see silly silly little comic for something a little lighter that’s just as satisfying. Yay for gal romance!
Carrots by Mari Costa
Why I love it: A single dad puts up a traveling adventurer on his couch. Often. So often, one might suspect there are some feelings. And not about carrots. Simple and sweet.
Wolverine Goes Grocery Shopping by Faith Erin Hicks
Why I love it: This poor man can’t even go to the grocery store without something happening! Life in the X-Men mansion is just so complicated. A short, funny treat for any X-fans out there.
Spark, a short comic by Alex Law and Ted Anderson
Why we like it: Lucia Marquez-Miller is only nine, but she’s a superhero! Technically this is a short pitch for a full-length book, and I hope that happens, because this is a fun little all-ages superhero tale that I’d buy in a heartbeat to read with my eight year old. Read it if you need some “awwwwww cute!” in your life.
Josh & Imp, by Jon Bernhart and Diana Nock
Why I love it: Dating while being a superhero’s sidekick is HARD. This is a very sweet, albeit also disturbing, snapshot of one date night between a sidekick girl and her non-superhero boyfriend. Followed by an event which makes me love the boyfriend because damn! It’s a bit too wordy in parts, but I can forgive it, because of the cuteness.
Sitter by Gale Galligan
Why I love it: “A magician knitter is asked to petsit her friend’s fire familiar.” Which initially goes about as well as you’d expect, but things work out so nicely! Especially if you’re a pet person, read this.
And that’s the list of my favorite short webcomics! Thanks for sharing this post on social media or with friends, so more people can find and enjoy these great comics!