Sluggy Freelance New Viewer's Guide
you read the comic on the main page, "What the heck is going on here" is
most likely what you're thinking. Very few Sluggy Freelance comics
work as stand-alones, but part of the charm of Sluggy Freelance is it's
serial nature. As a new viewer, we've set up this page just for you, to
get you acclimated, and hopefully charmed.
"Ten years of comics" may sound like a lot to read but Sluggy Freelance is
better thought of as a series of novels, a series that keeps
magically gaining a new "last page" every day. Read it at any pace you
want, the entire archives are freely waiting for you. Plus keeping the
comic successful for a decade means Pete must be doing something right. ;)
The BEGINNING is a good place to start as later stories build on
earlier ones. As the beginning of the strip is a little rough (artwork
included), be sure to read through the first few weeks to get a real feel
for the characters and the stories.
A second good jumping-in point is
SCI-FI ADVENTURE, in which all you need to know at first is that
the character Riff has invented a device to blast Torg's mean pet bunny
into a random dimension, and that the character Torg has a mean pet
bunny. Then it's Star-trek vs. Aliens with a smidge of Star Wars. An
excellent parody and the first Sluggy Classic!
A third good jumping-in point is
DIMENSION OF PAIN, in which all you need to know at first is
that the character Riff has invented a device to blast Torg's mean pet
bunny into a random dimension, and that the character Torg has a mean
pet bunny. And then the demons enter the picture. It's an infernal
frolic of fun!
Both of these stories take place in the first year, so to answer FAQ,
yes, Pete's artwork does get marginally better.
Lastly, the Torg Potter series of parodies tend to work independently
of the other Sluggy Freelance stories, so if you're a Harry Potter fan
be sure to check out the Sorcerer's Nuts! um... that sounded bad.
Potter and the Sorcerer's Nuts
Torg Potter and
the Chamberpot of Secretions
Torg Potter and
the President of Arkansas
Potter and the Giblets with Fiber
"Sluggy Freelance is way too much fun for the
increasingly stodgy mainstream newspaper comics pages."
- SCI-FI CHANNEL
|"One of the oldest and best
of the ongoing Internet comic strips, Pete Abrams' Sluggy Freelance,
started up in 1997; [Sluggy Freelance] also has a serious side, as
Abrams builds on a history of intricate plot threads and story
developments --anathema to newspaper comics as surely as Abrams'
twisted version of wit, which ranges from bad puns to Breathed-esque
|"Take a day off from work
and browse the entire archive."