Laugh a little! Webcomics for Librarians

by Yandee Vazquez, former Head Editor, INALJ Texas
previously published 6/21/13

Laugh a little! Webcomics for Librarians

yandeevI am a huge fan of webcomics. The medium is itself fascinating in terms of sustainable self-publishing, the development of the community’s writers/illustrators alongside and yet apart from the more established world of syndicated comic strips and graphic novels…I could go on and on, but won’t. In this post, I wanted to share some webcomics that have lightened my breaks in between job searches and resume edits, and which I hope do the same for you.

(ed note: be VERY sure to check out ALL the great ideas and comics in the comments below!)

Unshelved by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum (

This webcomic is actually set in a library and follows the problems, celebrations, and unique patrons the librarians and staff encounter in their day-to-day work. In addition to the story arcs, Unshelved also makes occasional illustrated books reviews which are a lot of fun to read.


The Joy of Tech

Joy of Tech doesn’t follow any particular storyline. Instead, it pokes fun at current events, the internet, social media and technology.

XKCD by Randall Munroe

Like Joy of Tech, XKCD looks at the humor in the technology environment. The reason I included it in this list, apart from it’s humor, are the amazing infographics that Munroe occasionally makes.


Help Desk

Those of you in more technical areas of information, might enjoy Help Desk. It has changing story arcs and some solo cartoons which follow the questions and problems encountered by those behind the help desk.

These are just a few of my favorites. Now that I’ve taken you to some interesting and unusual places, take me to some of yours!

What webcomics do you think fellow INALJ’ers might enjoy?


  8 comments for “Laugh a little! Webcomics for Librarians

  1. Jannette
    July 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Anybody read Shelfcheck? It’s blocked at MPOW but still library themed and funny. And the comics author created the Cards Against Librarianship game. Worth a look for that alone, I think. Also Hark A Vagrant which is not exactly library themed but, it is literature and history themed and also very funny. I knew nothing about Canadian history before reading that comic.
    And then there’s Dr. McNinja — he is a doctor AND a Ninja; his parents are so proud (sort of). I work in a medical library so I am convinced that that comic is work related. Or what about Wondermark which can be hilarious and does mention bibliophibians here Ok, I will stop now since I don’t want to give the impression that all I do at work is read webcomics. Sometimes I read them at home;)

  2. July 22, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I love reading unshelved as well as Shelf Check ( Both are fun reads

  3. July 13, 2013 at 8:23 am

    On a Claire Day / by Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett features a title character who is , or at least used to be, a library assistant — the strip includes more than just the library.

  4. July 13, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Although not exclusively online, On a Claire Day / by Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett features a title character who (at least once was) a library assistant.

  5. June 22, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Questionable Content definitely. Several of the main characters work in a Liberal Arts College library and a local coffees hop, and it’s just plain funny. Also PhD Comics The Researchers is a cooky introduction to the academic library

  6. Erin
    June 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    My friends all keep telling me that Questionable Content has library characters.

  7. June 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Someone also mentioned to me on FB one called Circulation Lackey

  8. June 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

    One of my favs is Rebecca Goldman’s Derangement and Description. for archivists, very funny! and

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