List of professional webcomic artists

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4chan founder moot (left) with professional webcomic creators Randall Munroe (xkcd) and Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) at ROFLCon, April 28, 2008

The following is a list of notable professional webcomic artists that are known to produce their primary income through their art and/or writing. This income typically is derived from on-site advertising, web comic merchandising, collections of strips in book form, art commissions, original art sales, subscription fees, reader donations or a combination of these means.

Of the thousands of webcomics, very few produce significant income; in general the creator of a website is lucky if their webcomic can support even its own hosting bills.[1]

Reported by third party sources[edit]

Artist/Writer Webcomic(s)
onstad !Chris Onstad Achewood[2][3]
kochalka !James Kochalka American Elf[4]
gambrell !Dorothy Gambrell Cat and Girl[5]
stevens !Richard Stevens Diesel Sweeties[6]
north !Ryan North Dinosaur Comics[7]
robbalder !Rob Balder Erfworld[8]
millikin !Eric Millikin Eric Monster Millikin[9]
foglio !Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio Girl Genius[10]
katebeaton !Kate Beaton Hark! A Vagrant[11]
sohmer !Ryan Sohmer and Lar Desouza Least I Could Do and Looking For Group[12]
gallagher !Fred Gallagher Megatokyo[13]
burlew !Rich Burlew The Order of the Stick[14]
krahulik !Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins Penny Arcade[15]
hussie !Andrew Hussie MS Paint Adventures[16][17]
cham !Jorge Cham Piled Higher and Deeper[18]
jacques!Jeph Jacques Questionable Content[19]
tayler !Howard Tayler Schlock Mercenary[20]
abrams !Pete Abrams Sluggy Freelance[21]
milholland!R. K. Milholland Something Positive[19][22]
stanworth !Dave Stanworth Snafu Comics[23]
frazer !J.D. Frazer, a.k.a. "Illiad" User Friendly[24][25]
munroe !Randall Munroe xkcd[26]

Self-reported[edit]

References[edit]

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