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?


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