xkcd (sometimes XKCD) is a comedy online comic strip by Randall Munroe.
The comic uses stick figures to illustrate jokes about a variety of topics, such as "romance, sarcasm, math, and language." There is no main storyline, and most comics are one time gags. However, a few characters, notably "Hat Guy," make multiple appearances. xkcd is unusual in that many of the strips require a great deal of prior knowledge about advanced math or computers to fully appreciate the humor. A number of repeating gags, such as raptors, Wikipedia, and Guitar Hero are also used.
xkcd contains profanity, mature themes (such as politics, science, and existentialism), implied violence, and implied sexual activity.Top Webcomics gives it a PG rating.
About the Creator
Randall Munroe is a CNU graduate with a degree in physics. Before starting xkcd, he worked on robots at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.
- XKCD: Volume 0 ISBN 0615314465
xkcd has received numerous awards, including the Best Online Comic award in the 2007 Weblog Awards.