I was introduced to the syndicated comic strip Heavenly Nostrils, produced by Dana Simpson, over the weekend, and promptly blew over an hour archive-binging (is it binging or bingeing? I can't think of any words where you keep the silent e when adding an -ing, but it seems to me that "binging" is the Microsoft-sanctioned equivalent of Googling, not an -ing-ified version of binge. Anyway) before I pulled myself away and got back to doing something vaguely productive. If you've never heard of the strip, it's a modern-set comic about a young girl who befriends a unicorn.
I figured I'd better drop an example or two, so... here
Although I don't claim to know much about art, the simple yet expressive character designs really appeal to me here (seriously, look at that third panel! I love the faces), and at its best the humor captures the same mix of childlike wonder and adult awareness that typified Calvin and Hobbes. Phoebe (the girl) is a classic mix of youthful exuberance and general dissatisfaction with the "real" world, while Marigold (the unicorn) is both a voice of reason and a constant source of sarcasm and self-importance. The highlights of the comic are almost all strips which show these two playing off one another, in a (to me) delightful mix of whimsy and slice-of-life.
Here's one more
The whole strip is full of great humor, appealing art, and all-around goodness. Go check it out on GoComics, if it sounds like your sort of thing. And if not... I'll have some ponies or pony-derivatives of the Hasbro variety to comment on on Wednesday. Until then!
...Okay, it's a little MLP-related