Quick Recommendations II

Three web comics today.

Lovelace and Babbage

Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage were basically two purely fictional characters who have somehow managed to escape into the real life. Lovelace was a daughter of Lord Byron and the first ever programmer. In fact, she was into programming before there actually were computers to program on, making her the first hipster as well. Babbage was a genius inventor never finishing his works because he would come up with something better to invent halfway through. He also wedged war on street music.
So naturally there is a comic about the two of them fighting crime together.
The comic is good and funny by itself, but of special interest are author’s notes for each installment talking about various curious historical facts that inspired the comic as well as providing links to interesting documents, including some texts written by Babbage himself. They are definitely worth a read. One of them includes a graph illustrating a punchline of a joke.

A Softer World

Three-panel (well, usually) comic consisting of various photographic backgrounds and a sentence running through them. The humor comes from the sentence starting with some established turn of phrase, like “you were my everything,” and then taking it into an unexpected direction, like, “in retrospect, that was probably the problem.”
Here is my favorite strip:

The comic is a bit of hit-or-miss, as some of the sentences are rather pretentious or not particularly amusing, but it’s still worth a look.

The Secret Knots

A collection of oneshot comics about weird supernatural stuff, life and everything else. Also a bit of hit-or-miss, but some stories are really good. Check Milagros strip to see if it’s your cup of tea.


  1. sliz225 says:
    Ooh, I love A Softer World. I was so sad when it ended. Personal favs:
    “We will die the way we lived: telling ourselves stories to make it mean something.”
    “We broke all the mirrors trying to climb into a world where the car got hit by her.”
    And many more.
    1. illhousen says:
      Yeah, it’s a nice minimalist comic. I do find some of the strips rather melodramatic and think the comic is at its best when it goes for humor, but overall there is much more amusing material than not.
  2. Socordya says:
    L&B is nice. I wish the world had profited from Wellington’s leadership during the last financial crisis.
    1. illhousen says:
      Well, he was helpless before the organ mafia, so overall the trade-off is fair.
    1. illhousen says:
      It’s been so long, I have forgotten.

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