I teach English to students in Vietnam. I want my students to read for enjoyment at home. There are many benefits to reading. It can reduce stress, increase vocabulary and give you a better memory. Students have problems reading in English. First, reading a book in a language you’re learning can be tedious and frustrating. You might have to stop often to translate new words. Second, the book could be boring or you’re not interested in it. Lastly, books in English are hard to find and can be expensive.
I have a solution to these problems. Webcomics! A webcomic is a comic book you can read online. They’re fun to read and free. With the pictures in the webcomic, it’s easy for students to follow the story and understand what’s happening. There are countless webcomics online that students who are learning English can have fun reading.
I have put together a list of webcomics. In this list, you’ll find stories about…
- A 10 year old billionaire
- A girl who has a unicorn for a best friend
- A cat who is also a doctor
- A monster who doesn’t want to be a scary monster
- A kid detective (not Conan)
- A teenage genius
Try reading a webcomic in English today. You will find them enjoyable, fun to read and intriguing.
Pepper and Carrot – Pepper & Carrot is a comedy/humor webcomic suited for everyone, every age. No mature content, no violence.
Oddity Woods – Oddity Woods is a supernatural murder mystery comic for all ages. It follows kid detective Marietta and her quest to escape a dark woodland realm inhabited by the dead, while avoiding a soul-stealing beast known as the Conductor. There she teams up with a paranormal investigator named Wyatt, and the two stumble upon a series of strange murders, fierce monsters, and the truth behind her father’s sudden disappearance.
Bird Boy – Bird Boy follows the story of Bali, a 10 year old Nuru boy, who is desperate to prove his worth to his tribe, despite his small stature. Banned from the ceremony that would make him an adult in the eyes of his people, he takes matters into his own hands. In an attempt to bring proof to his tribe that he is capable of taking care of himself, he stumbles upon a legendary weapon, and must end up fleeing across a dangerous land of gods, men and beasts to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
Tove – Tove is a big sister who must look after her younger brother, Dag. She probably has superpowers? The world may also be ending.
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo – It’s about kids exploring the big city and the scary things they find.
Gronk (A Monster’s Story) – Gronk is a monster… and not a very good one. Gronk tells the tale of a young monster who has turned her back on monsterdom (mostly because no one found her scary) and has become fascinated with humans. She moves in with her human friend Dale and her pets Kitty and Harli, a 160 lb. Newfoundland Dale wants to declare as a dependent to the IRS.
Dice – What if you can restart your life with a different setting just like a game? DONG TAE always get bullied by his classmates, but TAE BIN, sits right next to him, is handsome and popular at school; and now, TAE BIN suggests DONG TAE to play a little game.
Ellie Connelly and the Eye of the Vortex – Ellie Connelly, her friend Henry Button, and her Uncle Everett must race to discover the location of a legendary vortex of mystical energy, before the dark and mysterious Mystic Legion can take control of it for their own malevolent purposes!
Sheldon the 10 year old billionaire – Welcome! Pull up a chair. Let us tell you about it. See, Sheldon is this weird, wonderful little strip…with geeky characters, all-ages storylines, and lots of pop-culture nerdiness. At its center is this odd little family: A boy, his duck, and the grandfather that raises them both. Take a second to meet the characters, below, then dive into the strip!
Cat’s Cafe – Cat’s Cafe is a heartwarming comic about a tiny cafe where all the local animals come to unwind. It’s a place of understanding and acceptance where you can feel safe to be yourself. When you visit, you’ll meet characters like Rabbit, an anxious bunny who is doing their best to overcome their fears. Penguin, the coffee addicted flightless bird, and of course, Cat, the owner of the cafe who helps others with their day-to-day troubles. When it’s time to head home you’ll be sure to leave feeling warm and floofy!
Homestuck – It’s a tale about a boy and his friends and a game they play together. On his 13th birthday, John Egbert starts playing a mysterious videogame called Sburb. Unfortunately, this triggers the apocalypse. Fortunately, he and his friends can make things right—if they can beat the game. They’ll need a lot of teamwork, a little luck, and some inspired shenanigans along the way to make it through this mind-bending, genre-defying adventure.
Kiwi Blitz – Kiwi Blitz is longform webcomic that chronicles the adventures of a couple teenagers’ attempts to fight crime in the not-too-distant future. Imagine an American superhero cartoon mixed with a Japanese mecha anime, and you’ve got the basic husk of the comic’s existence!
Boxer Hockey – It’s a funny story about a sports team in the future.
Power Nap – In a world where nobody sleeps, Drew Spencer tries to hold on to a job and his sanity. Drew is unable to use the pills known as “Z-Sup” which let everyone else stay awake 24 hours a day, due to an allergy. Being run ragged by a world without sleep and a society that seems to accept the weirdest of events without question, Drew is also being roped into something sinister going on behind the scenes of this bizarre world.
Rice Boy / Order of Tales / Vattu – Three different webcomics written and illustrated by Evan Dahm.
Five Centimeters Per Second – Remember a time before cell phones could be found in every pocket? Or when even accessing the world wide web was something only readily available in a library? Back then letters still filled up postboxes and moments just felt so much more precious when captured on Polaroid film. Now life seems to move at the speed of light. Our memories are captured and shared with the world on social media platforms. And love, which is already capricious, can feel like it is moving at terminal velocity. In Makoto Shinkai’s defining work, the internationally renowned director and animator unfolds a love story that is as timeless as it is fleeting. Yukiko Seike’s rendition of this modern classic adds a new level of emotion and intimacy that is unique to its source material.
Phoebe And Her Unicorn – It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and using it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection?
Saffron and Sage – Saffron Saldarriaga’s crush has been kidnapped! Together with her trusty pet-slash-mentor Sage, a large axe, and an inept guide, she sets out to rescue him from the evil nymph Milk. But with no idea where Milk is, and a recurring assassin problem, she’s got her work cut out for her.
Geek Hero – Geek Hero is a comic about Randall (friends call him Randie), a hardcore geek with the sweetest heart. Randall is an Open Source developer for a large company, a Debian user and sometimes doesn’t relate well with his peers!
Girl Power – A comic about super heroines. Well there are guys too but mostly it’s about the girls. Doing the things that super powered girls do. Fighting crime, saving the world, dating, shopping, etc. There’ll be explosions, cheesecake, beefcake, heroes and villains, angels and demons, cyborgs, probably ninjas.
Narbonic – Narbonic is a webcomic written and drawn by Shaenon K. Garrity. The storylines center on the misadventures of the staff of the fictional Narbonic Labs, which is the domain of mad scientist Helen Narbon.
Solstoria – Samantha is an ordinary girl living in the countryside with her family. One day her brother, Lawrence, mysteriously disappears. At her brother’s suggestion Samantha dreams to leave home to go to the Royal Academy where she’ll try to become a Knight and save princesses and slay dragons. The comic follows Samantha as she tries to live her dream to become a Knight, and find out about her brother’s disappearance, and the mysteries of their world on the way. It’s a light hearted fantasy adventure series full of beautiful sceneries, quirky characters, and magical creatures.
Automata – Automata is a classic story of two hardened detectives solving crimes and scoring ladies in Prohibition-era New York City. Except this time, one of them’s a robot, played by Doug Jones.
Save Me – Seven boys. Best friends. Their fates intertwined through the good times together, but also the tough times, as they have gone their separate ways and suffered greatly as a result. When all is almost lost for these boys, one is given a special chance to go back in time and help his friends fix the mistakes that led them down this path. He’ll do anything to save them, but can he? Or is he too late?
Poorly Drawn Lines – Poorly Drawn Lines is a webcomic created by cartoonist Reza Farazmand. It features mostly standalone comic strips that range from just one frame to many, most of which are satirical or absurdist in tone.
Nedroid Fun Times – Nedroid is the pen name of online artist Anthony Clark who draws silly pictures and comics “when there’s nothing good on TV.” You may recognize his work doing the colors for an—ahem—little-known comic called The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. On his own site, Nedroid draws all kinds of interesting stuff—he has a special fondness for dinosaurs, ladies, and lovingly rendered landscapes following his self-image character, the Eternal Homeless Robot.
Tyrant – Suddenly, there is a space crack in the air above the town and a lot of demons come out of the cracks. Afila wants to be a brave like Grandpa and decides to go to the town of Orlando, gathering with other braves to attack demons…
Smile More… – Far, far away, in a land where the sun is bright and life is never dull, lives Smiling Bear and his buddies. Smiling Bear is not actually a bear at all. He’s a koala. As bears are so cute and cuddly he likes to pretend. He’s a laid back, cheerful creature who enjoys life to the ‘relaximum’. All he wants is to be happy, and to smile more. Smile More… is a kid friendly, all ages webcomic. It’s a humorous look at koala, Smiling Bear’s happy-headed life. Everything from small everyday observations, through to exciting adventure and avoidance of the dreaded Smile Stoppers. Always positive, funny with a touch of cheek!
Ozy and Millie – From Dana Simpson, creator of the uber-popular “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” comic strip, is “Ozy and Millie”! Two foxes. A dragon stepfather. A raccoon best friend. Mischief obviously ensues.
Sam & Fuzzy – The comic is about the unusual friendship between its title characters, a young adult named Sam and a mischievous, unruly teddy bear-like creature called Fuzzy. Sam struggles with his insecurities and his need for direction, while Fuzzy generally creates mayhem, disrupting Sam’s life. Despite the comic’s shift from a slice-of-life format to an action-adventure story, this character dynamic has continued to drive much of the comic’s humor and drama.
Angry Little Girls – Angry Little Girls is a cute but snarky weekly comic strip about life as a girl. One girl is really angry, and the others are disenchanted, crazy, fresh and gloomy. It’s not easy being a girl with mean parents, a dumb boyfriend and annoying friends.
Big Nate – Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate, the daily and Sunday comic strip distributed by NEA since 1991. Nate is 11 years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He’s a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Nate, who lives with his dad and older sister, enjoys pestering his family and teachers with his sarcasm.
In My Heart – Sasaki Mari is a typical delinquent troublemaker whose only goal is to get a boyfriend, but due to her reputation as a bully and low grades, all the boys reject her. Then she decides to change her style, and asks for help from the student with the best grades in the class.
Gunnerkrigg Court – The comic tells the story of Antimony Carver, a young girl who has just started attending a school at a strange and mysterious place called Gunnerkrigg Court, and the events that unfold around her as she becomes embroiled in political intrigues between Gunnerkrigg Court and the inhabitants of the Gillitie Wood, a forest outside the school. The comic’s style and themes include elements from science, fantasy creatures, mythology from a variety of traditions, and alchemical symbols and theories; the literary style is heavily influenced by mystery fiction and manga.
Dr. Stone – 3,700 years after a mysterious flash of light petrified the human population, a teenage genius named Senku Ishigami revives to find himself in a world where all traces of human civilization have been eroded by time. Senku learns his revival was possible with nital, reviving his friend Taiju Oki and their classmate Yuzuriha Ogawa to rebuild their civilization. But Senku also revived martial artist Tsukasa Shishio, who opposes Senku’s intent and resolves to create a new world free from the old generation’s corruption. This escalated into a Stone War between Senku’s Kingdom of Science, gaining allies in a tribe of humans he learned are descendants of his father and five astronauts who returned to Earth following its petrification, and the Empire of Might Tsukasa established with those he revived. After Senku’s group wins, the group end up facing a new enemy in a tribe known as the Petrification Kingdom.
Who Made Me a Princess – Until one woman wakes up to suddenly find she’s become that unfortunate princess! She needs a plan to survive her doomed fate, and time is running out. Will she go with Plan A, live as quietly as possible without being noticed by the infamous emperor? Plan B, collect enough money to escape the palace? Or will she be stuck with plan C, sweet-talking her way into her father’s good graces?!
Doctor Cat MD – A comic about a cat who is also a doctor.
Princess Princess – Who says you need a prince to have a happily ever after? Amira and Sadie are two very different princesses who plan to take things into their own hands.
The Abominable Charles Christopher – Launched in 2007, The Abominable Charles Christopher follows the adventures of a childlike sasquatch through a forest full of colourful animal characters. It has been nominated for several awards and won the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic in 2011.
Problem Child – Their worlds were lit on fire, and now the children remaining must learn to live in the ash. Problem Child follows a family coping with trauma inherited from past generations. Stuck dealing with issues like self-worth, anxiety, depression, and mental illness, the Bailey family reaches for a brighter future, despite having nothing but darkness at their backs.
Lost Nightmare – Lost Nightmare is a comic about the young nightmare Ink who is supposed to be the next Bogeyman. However, Ink does not want to be scary so he seeks the Sandman’s help.
Black Grass – This is a story about a clairvoyant/spiritual medium named Rev. Abel Ruby, a sweet, well-meaning preacher who is slowly losing his faith and gets contracted into working for a lost soul that needs his help to find redemption.
This One Summer – Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. Its their getaway, their refuge. Roses friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Roses mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens, just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy, is caught up in something bad. It’s a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and its a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.
Crabgrass – Crabgrass is a comic strip set in the early 80’s about what it means to be best friends during a time before cellphones, the internet and so-called “helicopter parenting”. If you ever wonder how you managed to survive your own childhood: Crabgrass remembers.
Tenko King – From the high seas to the deepest dungeons, Flip and Kuma are on their way to wherever the winds of adventures may take them. When Flip is struck by a magical curse he and Kuma must hunt down the cure before it’s too late.
Old City Blues – A really cool cyberpunk story that is heavily inspired by 80s manga, particularly Akira and Ghost in the Shell.
Back – A western/fantasy about the end of the world. Not post apocalyptic just the end of it all.
Player Vs. Player – PvP, also known as Player vs Player, is a longrunning video game webcomic, written and drawn by Scott Kurtz. The webcomic follows the events at a fictional video game magazine company. Featuring many running gags and references, with a focus on nerd culture.
Whomp! – Whomp! is a webcomic authored and drawn by Ronnie Filyaw. The comic centers around the life and antics of the overweight, junk-food-obsessed and socially inept nerd Ronnie, who is a fictionalized version of the author, and his female Asian roommate, Agrias (Li Ming Chui).
Let’s Speak English – Let’s Speak English is an autobiographical comic about my time as an English Teacher in Japan!
Hiveworks has many cool comics too.