Remember when you were in school and no one got the same jokes you did? They’d stare blankly when hearing the punchline and the only way to explain it to them would be to go over the last physics or math class, try to explain who Cthulhu is, or try to explain relativity or how computers work, which of course totally ruins it.
Well, okay, some of those jokes were pretty bad and not everyone can tell them well. But some people can and Jonathan Rosenberg is one of them. He knows science, knows genre fiction and above all, knows how to be funny, and, as if that wasn’t enough, he’s a talented artist.
So when he decided to start a new webcomic called Scenes From a Multiverse, people already familiar with his work on the long running Goats (one of the oldest webcomics around) and megaGAMERZ 3l33t knew it would be good.
With a few simple panels (plus a title bar indicating an always interesting and appropriate location) we get some of the best humour online 5 days a week. Using SF&F tropes, Rosenberg briefly outlines an entire setup in one illustration and a few words and then proceeds to derail the entire thing in an unexpected direction right afterwards. Its always unexpected and fun.
Unlike many other webcomics, there is no long story arc (though we sometimes visit the same regions of the multiverse) so you don’t need to read all of them in order to appreciate the humour, you can dive right in at any point, but it’s worth going through the archives and seeing what you’ve missed.
If you appreciate jokes involving one night stands and the Lorentz-Fitzgerald Contraction, then this comic is for you.
René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.