“You don’t become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process.” -Randall Munroe

Some cartoonistsare hailed as true artists, and even geniuses. The prime example, as always, is Bill Watterson:

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Hallowed be thy name

Watterson’s stories with Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes changed the approach to comics (though I’m not sure Family Circus got the memo), and if you want to read more about that you can check out this blog post my Dad wrote, because I’m not here to gush about Watterson (at least not this time.) But the important part is that Watterson had the dedication and imagination to make every Calvin & Hobbes comic great.

The webcomic I am highlighting today is a lot like Bill Watterson; full of good ideas and breaking the mold of comics. But, you know, with stick figures.

XKCD is a thrice-weekly, largely single-panel webcomic made by Randall Munroe. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, this guy cranks out some of the funniest and smartest jokes I have ever read. Some are more technical and pretty much all of them are nerdy, but that’s what you should expect from a freaking former NASA roboticist.

Here’s a few of my favorite examples:

Cat Proximity

Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

Hyphen

They’re all good, if the joke doesn’t go over most peoples’ heads, that is. However, some of his updates have to have been ridiculously time consuming.

Frequency

Movie Narrative Chart

So even though Munroe’s art isn’t amazing, XKCD serves as an excellent medium for expressing his ideas, which as you can see are impressively ambitious (which is one reason why I wanted to highlight his comic.) Hope you enjoy.

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