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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 9

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Chris Onstad’s Achewood


Achewood is a web comic by writer/artist Chris Onstad following the comic misadventures of a group of anthropomorphic animals and stuffed animals (but, for the purpose of this piece, let’s just pretend that they’re all human, okay?).

The “main character” (as much as anyone is the main character) is Ray – he is crass, but generous with his money and friendship. He is “worldly,” which usually just means that he knows lots of stuff that you would never ever think you would want to know, but occasionally actually does come in handy.

Roast Beef is Ray’s best friend, and the pair are basically the “co-leads” of the strip. Roast Beef is married to a “woman” named Molly.

Other characters in the strip are perpetual five year old Philippe, Cornelius Bear (the oldest and most erudite of the group, a writer who finds himself working some extremely sketchy jobs for a writer as talented as he), the sensitive Téodor and the often belligerent (but always interesting) Lyle.

The comic is typically absurdist humor and often just has one-off strips.

Occasionally, though, Onstad will break from both of these – both by having longer story arcs and also by having serious strips (to wit, Onstad’s take on Roast Beef’s often crippling depression are brutal).

Okay, let’s take a look at some strips to give you an idea of how cool Achewood is.

I mentioned Cornelius’ odd jobs? Well, check out the time he became the Closed Caption Writer for the Spice Channel…

Here’s a bit from early last year (which was a particularly good year for the strip) where Road Beef helps Téodor pay the rent…

Here’s young, naive Phillipe’s take on 2009…

Here’s a taste of a longer story arc (it begins with Ray talking to Cornelius about something Ray is quite good at – coming up with ways to make some money)…

Finally, we end with one of the most notable Achewood comics I can recall. Over the years, we’ve gotten glimpses of Roast Beef’s horrible childhood. On the following strip, Onstad does a great job of showing just how awful the guy’s life as a kid was, while also showing how bad his depression is nowadays…

Be forewarned: this strip is BRUTAL!

Hmmm…you know what, that was TOO brutal! Let’s end on a happier note, with one of the most popular Achewood strips of all-time!

Achewood.com, people!!!


What a glorious first post to see when I return from my sojourn!

Think about it as an early birthday present!

Achewood is just amazing. I’m surprised you made no mention of the Great Outdoor Fight though, as it’s probably one of Onstad’s most ambitious and best-realized stories. (Admittedly, this is highly subjective).

Mountain and the Motorcycle is so ridiculously classic.

Achewood is essentially the Best Thing Ever.

My favourite Achewood is the Chris Ware parody, which is just a hilarious send-up of Ware’s works and subject matter.

that strip is amazing work. espically the one where they try using some erotica to sell stuff. not to mention naming a character roast beef.

Achewood is awesome. Incidentally, in the garage sale strip, it’s Roast Beef who is helping Teodor to pay the rent, not Ray helping Roast Beef.

Phillipe is one of my favorite characters ever.

In all seriousness, the Roast Beef stuff is just so amazingly brutal and effective but hilarious as well. Achewood is a really brilliant work . . .maybe my favorite comic overall these days, no matter the format.

Achewood yeeeeeeeeah!

My favourite is the Comic Sans strip. Regular readers will know which one I mean.

The woman I am in love with introduced me to this strip a few months ago.
Because of this, I am doubly the happiest man alive.
Thanking for helping spread the joy of Achewood to further corners of the world.

The Comic Sans strip is my favorite too. “HE WANTS TO TASTE THE CURB! HE WANTS TO TASTE THE F&#$%@ CURB!”

Hi Dude

in the garage sale strip, it’s Roast Beef who is helping Teodor to pay the rent, not Ray helping Roast Beef.


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