A Guest Strip is a episode of a webcomic that was not drawn or written by the current authors of said webcomic. Due to the communal nature of the Web and webcomics culture, this is much easier to organise than in other media. It is, perhaps, ascended Fan-Art
Usually, guest strips are Non-Canon
and posted as Filler Strips
. Entire "Guest Strip Weeks" are often invoked by webcomic authors when they need back surgery, a week in Tahiti, an opportunity to deal with familial issues, or a chance to attend a Con
. Other comics, usually dailies, post a guest strip on Sundays in lieu of an elaborate Sunday Strip
webcomics have done this at some point; it's something of a Necessary Weasel
- The Comic Strip Switcheroo of April 1, 1997, where 18 pairs of cartoonists drew comics for each others' strips as an April Fools' joke.
- Dilbert had a week of guest strips in 2003.
- Fish Police, while under the publication of Comico, had guest strips in the back called "Fish Shticks". These were still written by Steve Moncuse, but drawn by guest artists.
- Cul De Sac had several weeks of guest strips in 2012, as Richard Thompson was getting treatment for Parkinson's Disease. (Thompson would end the strip later that year.)
- For a week in June 2014, Bill Watterson returned to newspaper cartooning by guesting on Pearls Before Swine
- Fanfic example: The Official List Of Unofficial Rules has rules written by guest authors mixed in.