A lot of webcomic authors tend to embellish their own lives
or take inspiration from real people
or even insert themselves into their story
. However, there's another sort of comic that prefers to stay within the believable bounds of Real Life
: the Journal Comic
A Journal Comic
is different from a normal autobiography, as it's usually done day to day or week to week instead of being written in retrospect; really, it's more or less the comics equivalent of a blog. Each comic chronicles a day in the life of the creator, either reflecting on events or retelling them as a story. Unlike Life Embellished
comics, they usually stay fairly true to life — occasional exaggerations and simplifications are about as far from reality as they get.
The comics themselves tend to be drawn quickly, so that the artist can manage to crank them out something close to daily, but this isn't always the case. Some journal comics have a sort of indie vibe to them, due to being less story-focused and more focused on "being real" and being genuine... which may be a good or bad thing, depending on who you ask.
A possible occurrence is a Crossover
between Journal Comics if two writers meet each other, such as the one between The Devil's Panties
(in this strip
and this strip
) and Today Nothing Happened
(on this page
- Alex's Guide to a Life Well-Lived
- American Elf
- American Splendor, from the pre-internet days, may be the Trope Maker.
- As Seen In VT
- Bad Rabbit
- Bravemule A tale of dregs and clods, of elfs and other elfs, of squares and octogones, of murder and death. Bravemule.
- Conventional Wisdom is a webcomic about what goes on at anime conventions.
- DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic (Unfrequently SFW.)
- Destiny Fails Us Based on embellishments on the artist's life through her experience in highschool, friendship, and love.
- The Devil's Panties is probably one of the most famous journal comics on the internet.
- Dirty Laundry, a print comic made by Robert Crumb and his wife Aline Kominsky-Crumb.
- Doodle Diaries
- Fart Party, an "autobiographical comic (with frequent but obvious exaggerations)."
- Hyperbole and a Half
- I'm My Own Mascot
- Jim's Journal is another print example.
- Johnny Wander
- Junji Ito's Cat Diary Yon and Mu, a comedic slice-of-life manga by Junji Ito, who's more famous for his horror manga.
- The K Chronicles and its daily spin-off The Knight Life are also print examples.
- Kevin's Journal Comic is in a 2x2 format but it outlines the highlights of Kevin's day from his senior year all the way to the present... over a 4 year period.
- Let's Speak English: the artist of Kiwi Blitz and her adventures as an English teacher in Japan.
- Mostly True Comics, an interesting example in that it frequently departs real life, but always identifies this departure in the "truthometer" that accompanies every comic, rating it on a scale of "Pants on Fire" to "Stick a Needle in my Eye."
- Overcompensating is an undisguised subversion of the journal comic; it claims to be the "100% True Journal Comic about Real Things that happen everyday," despite featuring the webcomic artist's journey to Hell, encounters with Chupacabra, adventures with CERN's Large Hadron Collider and loads of other hilarious and unabashedly false "real-life" exploits. In fact, it's new tagline is "The journal comic with a seething disdain for reality."
- Permanently Seated
- Les Petits Riens/Little Nothers (originally written in French, but there's a translation of the first volume into English called Little Nothings: the Curse of the Umbrella.)
- Planet Karen
- Pretty Jeff Like Overcompensating, abnormal events happen to the author, like turning into a snail or sleeping for five years. But most of the characters are real people, and the events expose real-life dilemmas the author has.
- Sex, Drugs, and June Cleaver
- Sketch Comedy: the thrilling life of a cartoonist inside his own comic strip.
- Terrifying Monsters follows the author's daily life with the only difference being that he and his friends are represented as monsters.
- Theater Hopper
- Today Nothing Happened
- Wasted Talent: The everyday life of Angela Melick (aka Jam), first as an engineering student and now as a full-fledged engineer.