I've decided to kick off Sunday Comics with one of the most popular webcomics out there today in the hopes that it's familiarity will make us all feel at ease with the webcomic genre. Most everyone, I'd venture to say, has seen The Oatmeal, even if it's just shown up on your Facebook feed.
This stand-alone comic, often referred to as a gag-a-day type of comic, is the brain child of Matthew Inman and debuted in 2009. By 2012, Inman was making over a half a million dollars a year from merchandising and advertising on his website -- yes, The Oatmeal had grown that popular. While The Oatmeal has several different obsessive tracks, grammar fanatics quickly develop a quick love for the rants and rages featured in this brilliant webcomic that is also known for hysterically funny infographics and interwebz bitching.
It's nigh impossible to pick The Oatmeal's best work. You could begin with "My Dog: The Paradox." Or really, you could just sit and laugh until you pee over "Why I Believe Printers Were Sent from Hell to Make Us Miserable".....or the cat series of comics or....or....or....well, just read them.
With such popularity of his comics, it made sense to publish a collection of them as a book. 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) was the first book from The Oatmeal, published in 2011. It was followed by How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You (2012) and Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants (2013).
Given that The Oatmeal recently won the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic, it's a good bet Inman will be around for a long time to come. So it's probably worth your time to head on over and check out The Oatmeal website. Poke around. Have a good laugh. Take a quiz (please...don't forget the quizzes).Yes, you can subscribe to the RSS feed if you want to have the daily comic delivered right to you. Or even better: The Oatmeal has their own app. For reals.