The Internet has always been a prime focus for self-publishing, but that doesn't stop with blogging and eBook publishing. Web comics, or online comics, opened the door for comic book creators of all backgrounds and talents. They take on various formats, styles and genres, and some have reached incredible popularity including many of the following titles.
Kate Beaton, a Canadian comics artist, made a splash in web comics with her hilarious historical comics on her site Hark! A Vagrant. She's won multiple Harvey Awards for Online Comics and her work was published in The New Yorker and Wired! Check out Hark! as well as her follow-up collection, Step Aside, Pops.
Christopher Hastings, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, created the comic mock-superhero web comic series The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. Having studied medicine under the clone of Benjamin Franklin, Dr. McNinja is both an experienced, stealthy and powerful ninja as well as a practicing doctor. Follow his zany, wild adventures in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja.
Rising in popularity through her short, funny comics posted on her Tumblr, Noelle Stevenson became an emerging hit comic artist with her webcomic, Nimona. Nimona tells a story of a shape-shifting girl who helps a self-proclaimed supervillain take down the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.
Lastly, well-known for his funny webcomics, quizzes and articles on his site The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman is a cartoonist who has many comics published in traditional formats, such as How to Tell If your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You and Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants.