13 Webcomics That Will Make You Smarter

While some webcomics deliver a quick joke or the latest installment in a long-form story, many comics floating around the Internet have something to teach us about the world. Here are some of our favorite comics that delve into science, history, philosophy, and more. » 4/09/14 10:30am 4/09/14 10:30am

SMBC reveals the Large Hadron Collider's true purpose

What – you didn't really think the LHC was designed to seek out answers to the most confounding questions in all of physics, did you? » 10/25/13 2:20pm 10/25/13 2:20pm

This is the nerdiest collection of insults ever and it is the best

The labcoat-wearing brain child of SMBC's Zach Weiner, Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait and illustrator Jess Fink, 27 Nerd Disses is easily the geekiest compendium of haughty one-liners ever assembled. Respect – you unlettered, historically oblivious, woefully innumerate brute. » 7/27/13 9:30am 7/27/13 9:30am

Hilarious webcomic story imagines the lunar colonies turned into the…

Zach Weinersmith's Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is always funny and thoughtful, but he's at his sharpest when he's spinning quick comic science fiction stories. This week, Weinersmith takes us to a moon populated entirely by winners of silly contests, and what happens when the lunar colonies are turned into a… » 3/02/13 12:30pm 3/02/13 12:30pm

Crowdfund comics about science and scientists, Ralph Bakshi shorts, and…

If you love science—and laughing both at scientists and with them—there's a great new Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal looking for crowdfunding. Plus, animator Ralph Bakshi has a new independent animated project, a crew of laser cutters is building Space Invaders chess sets, and a puppeteer is working on an… » 2/03/13 12:00pm 2/03/13 12:00pm

Who defaced the moon best?

Last week, we asked you about the greatest lunar destructions, scenes in which the moon is punched, cracked, blown up, and otherwise harmed. This week, we turn out attention to scenes in which the moon is defaced—used as advertising, engraved with signatures, and in one case, splattered with blood. » 9/30/12 7:00am 9/30/12 7:00am

Pac-Man is a Lovecraft story as written by Franz Kafka

Zach Weiner of the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has stared into the heart of Pac-Man and discovered the horror at its core. In his latest comic, he proposes a chilling backstory for the hungry video game hero, one that's a far cry from the smiling yellow creature you see on the arcade cabinet. » 9/16/12 4:00pm 9/16/12 4:00pm

Before the aliens arrive, we'll have to clean up the bachelor pad Earth

It would be kind of embarrassing if aliens from a more advanced civilization showed up tomorrow and found the mess of disease, war, and poverty we still haven't gotten around to cleaning up. Zach Weiner's illustrated short story "The Bachelor" describes humanity's frantic effort to make the planet presentable before… » 5/19/12 2:30pm 5/19/12 2:30pm

Roleplay a depressed cubicle drone in Existential Crisis and Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons has pit generations of roleplayers against powerful liches, acid-spewing dragons, and those gelatinous cubes. But no quest is more soul-crushing than the day-to-day horrors of office work. Roll to save against crippling depression. » 4/01/12 12:00pm 4/01/12 12:00pm

Five webcomics to read while xkcd is on hiatus

Due to a family illness, Randall Munroe announced that we won't be seeing regular installments of his popular webcomic xkcd. We wish Munroe and his family the best, but in the meantime, what's a math-loving webcomic reader to do? » 11/20/10 9:00am 11/20/10 9:00am

The Real, Shameful Reason We'll Explore Saturn's Moons

Exploring the moons of Saturn and Jupiter could show us habitable worlds, liquid water, and perhaps even alien life. But webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal suggests that the real reason we'll visit Enceladus won't be for scientific exploration. » 12/30/09 9:30am 12/30/09 9:30am

Glowing Jetpack Kitty Commands You to Love Science

The webcomics world has gifted us with a bevy of science-themed t-shirts, including this glow-in-the-dark proof that science is awesome. Also, the world's most romantic shirt about radiation poisoning, and the real reasons mammals survived when the dinosaurs went extinct. » 10/15/09 7:30am 10/15/09 7:30am