iApprove: xkcd.

March 31, 2009

It isn’t often that you find a truly nerdy webcomic.  Sure, plenty of webcomics are slightly nerdy (Weregeek, College Roomies from Hell), but very few of them dig deep into the nitty-gritty of nerddom.

xkcd has it nailed.

It’s a funny thing about this comic.  I have no idea whether the title is insanely obscurely nerdy or just a random string of consonants.  The art style is practically nonexistant (all of the characters are stick figures).  But the humor… the humor is witty with a level of elegance that one doesn’t typically find outside Mensa clubs.  (Speculation, unfortunately.  I am unsure that Mensans really have a sense of humor.)  One strip, for example, is dedicated to that crazy dream everyone has where they’re back in highschool and have managed to miss all their classes for the semester.  Other strips cover strange habits that the author has developed just to mess with people’s heads (such as adding “no pun intended” to the end of sentences that contain no puns.)  The tagline is “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language,” and the comic manages to touch on each of these subjects with solid intellectual wit.

Quick warning, though: some of the humor may not be appropriate for children.  Sex, though non-explicit, is an occasional topic.

Read it at http://www.xkcd.com/


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