I’ve been seeking and reading more short webcomics for a while now and have compiled enough to share with you. From thought-provoking narratives to Queer experiences, these 18 short comics are my most recommended reads.
In between reading webcomics with complex storylines that make me eager to read the next episode, I browse through visual short stories that tell compelling narratives in a limited space. The list below is a mix of realism, fantasy, and nonfiction/memoir. Enjoy!
A short webcomic about a woman’s strained relationship with her mother. There’s no dialogue, but the body language and level of detail say all that there needs to be said. Effective.
A Sign by Amyra Mahat (Creator’s site is unavailable)
After an accident that had caused her hearing loss, Maya adjusts to sign language and writing to communicate at her job and with friends. She keeps note of things she shouldn’t do in a ‘No’ list. A story about taking risks and stepping outside of your comfort zone when confronting changes.
A witch named Kotoura rescues princess Yvette from a tower. A cute and lovely lesbian fairy tale.
A short webcomic about five characters making their way through the journey called life. Ohtli means road in Nahuatl (the Aztec language). These poignant and compelling narratives have gotten me eager to read the next episode.
A spin-off fictional short webcomic from the slice of life series, Sesame But Different. Every time Poppy professes her love to Chia, she disappears. Chia gets sent to an alternative universe each time. Each time, she has to meet Poppy all over again. A well-told story about the different ways and situations where you find your soulmate.
Heirloom by ihsus (Creator’s site is unavailable)
John wants to make Tomato soup for his sick grandfather, so he buys the seeds from the store and plants them at home. A simple yet endearing story.
A Fishy Dream by HusenWaheed (Creator’s site is unavailable)
A fisherman’s daughter drifts off to sleep and dreams about fishing. This short webcomic contains no dialogue, and yet it conveys the message through images so well.
This short story has exceeded my expectations. It’s a historical mystery, but it’s so much more than that. Amelia Harris is a complicated character, and I found myself invested in her story right through the very end. The locked doors serve as a great metaphor for trauma and repressed memories.
At the start of her senior year, Amaris finds that Kira, her former best friend, is in the same homeroom. Kira doesn’t talk to her, but Amaris is hoping for the opposite one day. A truly hopeful narrative about reconciliation.
A boy in Kansas runs away from home but finds a reason to come back. This short webcomic is a great example of how to subtly tell a character’s backstory and or motivation within a limited space/time frame.
A story about a Ninja finding redemption and trust. An emotional story with great character dynamics.
This is Little Red Riding Hood but with an unexpected twist. The creator says that it might be expanded, but I personally think the story stands on its own.
Check out Sfera’s other webcomic, Wind Rose.
A runner-up for WebToon’s 2020 short story contest. A gorgeous (true) story about the creator’s grandmother, taking place in China during the Cultural Revolution.
Gwyn runs away from his problems and would rather not let anyone else know what’s been going on. However, wounds can’t stay invisible forever, and he realizes that he deserves love and support. An unexpected gem of a story.
A mage student tries to study at home, but her younger sister keeps interrupting her. When their argument escalates, the younger sister runs away. A sweet story.
When two girls meet for the first time, they grow horns. If they stay together, their horns would entangle and kill them. But they find a way through it. An evocative story about love’s persistence and how social restraints can damage relationships.
Probably one of the most astounding comics about gender I’ve read. I love and appreciate the message it wonderfully conveys. Gender diverse (nonbinary, trans, intersex, agender) people have always existed. Being outside the gender binary means more than just an identity.
Do you know of a good short webcomic? Feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
For more great webcomic recommendations, check out our Wednesday Webcomics archives!
Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in creative writing program. Their cross-genre chapbook, Coquí’s Song, is forthcoming (2023) from Mason Jar Press.
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