Comics Relief

By Glenn Gaslin
Updated January 26, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

While we’ve all been distracted by the promise of flashy, raunchy Web animations, a classic art form — the comic strip — has quietly hit the Web. Reading the funny pages online isn’t the smeared-ink ritual you remember: It’s better. Name a strip — the venerable Hagar the Horrible (kingfeatures. com/features/comics/hagar/about.htm) or indie favorite Red Meat (, or even Calvin & Hobbes ( vinandhobbes) — and it’s probably online. Some are posted in color every day, some dig back as far as 30 years (doonesbury. com), some arrive via e-mail. Others are housed within full-scale entertainment complexes ( A few, like This Modern World (, have their own flashy Web animations. But that’s not what it’s all about, says Hilary B. Price, creator of Rhymes With Orange ( ”People just want comics. That’s why they’re there. I want to put more comics up there. Lots more.”