15 Short Instagram Webcomics To Make You Smile Right Now
Reading is weird right now. The world is weird right now. Fortunately, Instagram webcomics are there to help! Well, okay, all they’re really there to do is make us smile, but right now that’s a feat in its own right. For book snobs out there, it may seem like these—much like audiobooks *eye roll*—don’t “count” as reading. But sequential art is sequential art, storytelling is storytelling, and reading webcomics is reading. End of story.
In times of extreme stress, it can be hard to find enough focus to devote to something that requires as much singular attention as reading. It’s definitely true for me, at least. One thing that really helps me during reading funks, though, is picking up a comic. Something short and sweet that I can get through in one sitting often helps kick start my brain back into reading mode. But even if it doesn’t, I’m still left with the satisfaction of having read something again. Maybe these Instagram comics will lead you to comic collections or other works by the artists. Maybe they’ll just make you smile. Either way, they’re well worth your time. So if your usual bookish habits have taken a hit lately, follow these Instagram webcomics to bring a little dash of reading back into your daily routine.
Great Instagram Webcomics
Grickenfish by Jess
Jess coming in strong with some truly relatable humor and great punchlines.
Hunghang Flashbacks by Drew Borja
Many of the comics are in Tagalog, but some are in English and they’re all absolutely adorable.
Yeah It’s Chill by Christine Rai
Highly relatable, highly funny. You can also get the super cool coloring book she made full of bad words: Bad Words From Around the World.
Adorable comics—what more can I say?
I love Cassandra Calin’s art style, and her sometimes-joking, sometimes-just-real-life panels are right up my alley. And she drawn a lot of highly relatable quarantine comics recently.
Her next collection is coming out later this year: I Left the House Today!
Poorly Drawn Lines by Reza
Always here for woodland animals humor, and Reza does it so well. You can get a book version, too, if you like: Poorly Drawn Lines: Good Ideas and Amazing Stories
Valley Ghouls by Kate Leth
Who doesn’t want to read about the fantabulous adventures of Kate Leth and partner as ghoulish iterations of themselves? It’s adorable and relatable with just a hint of spooky—my favorite.
If her artwork looks familiar, it might be because she’s worked on a number of comics as a writer and/or artist, including Fresh Romance, Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat!, and Spells on Wheels.
Sarah Anderson’s comics are always so spot on. They make me laugh every time. I mean, come on—the punch line here is a TikTok dance! You can also read her new comic FANGS online, or peruse her hilarious collections like Herding Cats and Adulthood is a Myth.
Strange Planet by Nathan Pyle
Just some aliens aliening. But seriously I love the word play in this clever comic, and I think you will too. Strange Planet is also collected in book form where you can read about those little aliens being “unprepared for the day” all day long!
If you’re remotely into Instagram comics, this name is probably familiar. And the comics themselves—so pure and adorable! The good news is when you inevitable fall head over heels with her style and humor, you can get even more of her work in book form, like You’re Mom, Please Don’t Eat Me, Lobster is the Best Medicine, and The Little World of Liz Climo.
My Life As A Background Slytherin by Emily McGovern
My Life as a Background Slytherin is one of the first webcomics I found and continues to be one of my favorites. I mean, I could watch Snape *jazz-handsing* his way around Hogwarts all day long.
But if brooding over vampires in the highlands if more your thing, McGovern has you covered there, too, with her recent graphic novel, Bloodlust and Bonnets.
Jake Likes Onions by Jake Thompson
These comics lean into that Millennial gallows humor we all know and love. Lots of dark, witty humor, which, frankly, feels appropriate right about now. The tagline to his collection seems to sum it up pretty nicely: The Book of Onions: Comics to Make You Cry Laughing and Cry Crying
Webcomic Name by Alex Norris
Oh no? Oh No.
Squires by James Squires
Hilariously dark and ironic comics.
Look, I’m just a sucker for good cat humor, y’all, and Lucy Knisley has peak cat humor. Peak, I tell you! She’s also written a number of graphic novels, including French Milk, Relish, and Kid Gloves.
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