15 Short Instagram Webcomics to Make You Smile Right Now

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Reading is weird right now. The world is weird right now. Luckily, Instagram webcomics are here to help! Well, okay, all they’re really here to do is make us smile, but right now that’s a feat in and of itself. For book snobs, it might seem like these – kind of like audiobooks *eye roll* – don’t “count” as reading. But sequence art is sequence art, storytelling is storytelling, and reading webcomics is reading. End of the story.

In times of extreme stress, it can be difficult to find enough focus to focus on something that requires as much attention as reading. That’s definitely true for me, at least. One thing that really helps me when reading funks, though, is choosing a comic. Something short and sweet that I can do in one sitting often helps kick my brain into reading mode. But even if that’s not the case, I still have the satisfaction of having read something again. Maybe these Instagram comics will lead you to comic collections or other works by the artists. Maybe they will just make you smile. Either way, they are well worth your time. So if your usual book habits have taken a hit lately, follow these Instagram webcomics to bring some reading back into your daily routine.

awesome instagram webcomics

Grickenfish by Jess

Jess comes in strong with some really relatable humor and some great punchlines.

Hunghang Flashbacks by Drew Borja

Lots of comics are in Tagalog, but some are in English and they are all absolutely adorable.

Yeah it’s cold by Christine Rai

Very relatable, very funny. You can also get the super cool coloring book she made full of swear words: Bad words from around the world.


Adorable comics, what more can I say?

Cassandra Calin

I love Cassandra Calin’s art style, and her sometimes pleasant, sometimes just real panels suit me perfectly. And she’s drawn a lot of very relevant quarantine comics recently.

Her next collection will be released later this year: I Left the House Today!

Poorly drawn lines by Reza

Always there for woodland animal humor, and Reza does it so well. You can also get a book version if you want: Badly Drawn Lines: Good Ideas and Amazing Stories

Valley Ghouls by Kate Leth

Who doesn’t want to read the fantasy adventures of Kate Leth and her partner as gruesome iterations of themselves? It’s adorable and relatable with just a hint of creepy – my favorite.

If her artwork sounds familiar to you, it might be because she’s worked on a number of comics as a writer and/or artist, including Fresh Romance, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! and Spells on Wheels.

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson’s comics are as relevant as ever. They make me laugh every time. I mean, come on, the punch line here is a TikTok dance! You can also read his new FANGS comic online or browse his hilarious collections like Herding Cats and Adulthood is a Myth.

Strange Planet by Nathan Pyle

Just a few alienating aliens. But seriously, I love the pun in this smart comic, and I think you do too. Strange Planet is also collected in book form where you can read about those “unprepared for the day” little aliens all day long!

Liz Climo

If you’re remotely into Instagram comics, this name is probably familiar to you. And the comics themselves, so pure and adorable! The good news is that when you inevitably fall head over heels for his style and humor, you can get even more of his work in book form, like You’re Mom, Please Don’t Eat Me, Lobster is the Best Medicine and The Little World by Liz Climo.

My Life as Slytherin Background by Emily McGovern

My Life in Slytherin Background is one of the first webcomics I found and continues to be one of my favorites. I mean, I could watch Snape *play jazz* walking around Hogwarts all day.

But if brooding vampires in the highlands is more your thing, McGovern has you covered too with his recent graphic novel, Bloodlust and Bonnets.

Jake loves onions by Jake Thompson

These comics lean into that millennial gallows humor we all know and love. Lots of dark, witty humor, which frankly feels appropriate at the moment. The slogan of his collection seems to sum it up quite well: The Book of Onions: Comics to Make You Cry Laughing and Cry Crying

Webcomic name by Alex Norris

Oh no? Oh no.

Squires by James Squires

Hilarious, dark and ironic comics.

Lucy Knisley

Look, I’m just a sucker for good cat humor, y’all, and Lucy Knisley has cutting edge cat humor. Peak, I tell you! She has also written a number of graphic novels, including French Milk, Relish, and Kid Gloves.

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