Spotlight on Quality Blogs: XKCD Web Comic

Today’s spotlight is on the XKCD Web Comic.

The blogs I spotlight are selected because they deserve more exposure and have a common attribute of owners who “Tell it like it is”. Like me they have strong opinions and are not afraid to publicise them even if they’re challenging the status quo.

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XKCD’s creator Randall Munroe started the site in late 2005. According to his blog archives, a year later in October 2006 Randall’s contract with NASA wasn’t renewed at the same time that XKCD tshirt sales had grown to a level were they provided him with enough income to live, so he decided to become a full-time webcomic artist/t-shirt designer.

I like XKCD comics because they’re all about science, imagination, logic and emotion. It’s fair to say that the mixture of romance, sarcasm, math, and sometime strong language will not appeal to everyone which is why unusually for a comic there’s a disclaimer on each page:

“Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).”

As with previously spotlighted cartoon blog Gaping Void, understanding each and every XKCD comic is unlikely, however when you do get them they are brilliant.

The internet being what it is, this has given rise to a site dedicated to explaining every XKCD comic called www.explainxkcd.com.

Some of my favourites cartoons by XKCD are displayed below:

We live in a world where there are actual fleets of robot assassins patrolling the skies. At some point there, we left the present and entered the future

I ecourage you to subscribe to XKCD Cartoons.

The Internet is like panning for gold in a stream, you’ll find a lot more dross (worthless, commonplace, or trivial matter) than gold nuggets. That’s why I’m asking for your help – please suggest quality sites for me to spotlight in the future, in the comments area of this article

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