MTV Geek's Best Webcomics and Digital Comics of 2010

2010 has been a watershed year for comics delivered electronically -- including the birth of the iPad, which has the potential to be a game-changer in the comic book industry. But even with the attention this year paid to digital content for mobile and tablet devices, we shouldn't forget the wealth of entertaining new webcomics out there by independent creators. So without further ado, here is our picks for the best webcomics and digital comics for 2010.

#10: Weird Fishes

URL: http://www.jamaicad.com/comic/

Writer: Jamaica Dyer

Artist: Jamaica DyerJamaica Dyer uses watercolors to bring the surreal “Weird Fishes” -- also a collected edition from Slave Labor Graphics -- to life in a riot of hues and emotive illustrations.

#9: War of the Woods

URL: https://comics.comixology.com/#/view/4293/War-of-The-Woods-1-Season-1

Writer: Matthew Petz

Artist: Matthew Petz

This whimsical comic by newcomer Matthew Petz (and distributed by comiXology) is basically War of the Worlds from the perspective of  otters living in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. This could be the next break-out hit in 2011.

8. Let’s Be Friends Again

URL: http://www.letsbefriendsagain.com

Writer: Curt Franklin

Artist: Chris Haley

A hilarious webcomic about Comics, where anyone from Cable to Batman to comic creator Geoff Johns can make an appearance. A great comic to visit every day for a geek-related chuckle.

#7: Lily of the Valley

URL: Webcomic not currently available. You can visit its blog here: http://lilyofthevalleycomic.blogspot.com

Writer: Adam Atherton

Artist: Adam Atherton

Zuda.com winner Lily of the Valley is, in the words of writer/artist Adam Atherton, "a love story for the over and under medicated, the disenchanted, the excessively violent and the soft-spoken.” We hope it becomes available again online soon!

#6: Axe Cop

URL: http://axecop.com

Writer: Malachai Nicolle

Artist: Ethan Nicolle

One of the biggest hits of the year, this webcomic written by 5-year-old Malachai Nicolle and drawn by 29-year-old Ethan Nicolle features a comic book action narrative as devised from a child’s point of view. Cop + Axe = awesome!

#6: PVP

URL: http://www.pvponline.com

Writer: Scott Kurtz

Artist: Scott Kurtz

This year saw PVP creator Scott Kurtz win the Harvey Award for his hysterical long-running webcomic about a fictional game company and its employees. Running 12 years strong, PVP seems to have no intention of slowing down.

#4: Sin Titulo

URL: http://www.sintitulocomic.com/newest-page/

Writer: Cameron Stewart

Artist: Cameron Stewart

Cameron Stewart’s Eisner-award winning Sin Titulo -- which means untitled --  is as much David Lynch as it is Dashiell Hammett. Currently on hiatus, Sin Titulo is scheduled to return to Transmission X  in February of 2011.

#3: Scenes From The Multiverse

URL: http://amultiverse.com/

Writer: Jonathan Rosenburg

Artist: Jonathan Rosenburg

Jonathan Rosenberg's hysterical follow-up to GOATS gives readers a voyeuristic glimpse of what it’s like to live in a multiverse. Whether he's examining the the lifestyle of the extraterrestrial Murder Cops or exploring the Electric Donkeydrome, Rosenberg always manages toconvey a sense of wonder, imagination, and good humor. This is the strip you should be reading in 2011!

#2: Freakangels

URL: http://www.freakangels.com/

Writer: Warren Ellis

Artist: Paul Duffield

Warren Ellis' retro-punk, steam-punk webseries FREAKANGELS poses the question: "What if the Midwich Cuckoos grew up to become disaffected twenty-one-year-olds?" Paul Duffield's stunning art, combined with Ellis' crisp dialogue, makes the world of KK, Connor, Sirkka and the others really come alive. This year the series won The Eagle Award for "Favourite Web-Based Comic" -- and rightly so.

#1: I Rule The Night

URL: http://www.comixology.com/digital/3773/ (log in to read)

Writer: Kevin Colden

Artist: Kevin Colden

After a very lengthy hiatus, Kevin Colden's "I Rule the Night" returned to Zuda Comics with the very intense, very adult story of young Lainey Lord and her former life as the sidekick to Night Devil. If you like mesmerizing, dark, perverse, examinations there is no reason why you shouldn't be reading this. It's an epic narrative about the iconic relationship between a superhero and sidekick that absolutely needs to be read in its entirety by everyone (except, you know, the easily offended).

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