Wikipedia:Wikipedia in webcomics

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This is a page listing webcomics which feature Wikipedia. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all the ones that merely use the word "Wikipedia". Instead, these are a compilation of those strips whose topic centrally relates to the encyclopedia and its perception in popular culture.

Common themes in the comics reflect Criticism of Wikipedia—especially jabs at its vulnerability to vandalism and accuracy as a source. Frequently people who edit or read Wikipedia are mocked as the butt of the joke, with the insinuation that Wikipedia enthusiasts lack social skills and are "nerds", thus using the site is something one should be embarrassed about. The existence of this list creates an additional recursive topic for those authors that discuss Wikipedia for the mere purpose of seeing if their comic can be mentioned here.

A topic which has particularly heated coverage from webcomic authors is that Wikipedia will not allow entries describing many webcomics in the encyclopedia. This determination is made using guidelines for notability, which is a subjective process that—although democratic at some level—is ultimately in the hands of Wikipedia administrators. Another wiki has been established which welcomes coverage of all webcomics regardless of fame (see Comixpedia).

Series that always involve Wikipedia[edit]

  • Each instance of WikiWorld webcomic gives an illustrated summary of little-known articles in Wikipedia.

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

  • 2006-01-30 : Jerkcity"It Must Be True I Read It On Wikipedia" A character asserts that users of Wikipedia are pedophiles because that's what he read on Wikipedia.
  • 2006-02-23 : Kernel Panic — "The Senator Wore Teal" — Character is accused of impersonating a U.S. Senator to post inappropriate material to Wikipedia.
  • 2006-03-02 through -04 : General Spite"2006-03-02", "2006-03-03", "2006-03-04" — A character expects a huge prize for writing the Millionth Wikipedia Article, but an e-mail (signed "love, Wiki") informs him that the only reward is an article written in honor of the event.
  • 2006-04-06 : User Friendly"for April 6th, 2006" — Though dissatisfied with results comparing Wikipedia favorably to the Encyclopædia Britannica as covered by Nature magazine, Brittanica admits Wikipedia is good for something when Nature magazine's entry is vandalized to say "Stuck up nasty little cuss".
  • 2006-04-20 : Roadkill BillRoadkill Bill in Wikipedia — Six-panel parody about the Seigenthaler controversy and the Reliability of Wikipedia, and the large amount of human effort/time spent on the web site, often in conflicts, as compared to the medium-quality results.
  • 2006-05-19 : Applegeeks Lite : "Applegeeks Lite 010" — An anthropomorphic final-exam chides a student to drop out of school and instead study "Wiki Pedia" (the test-taker points out that the exam might not know what it's talking about, as Wikipedia is one word and not two).
  • 2006-05-19 : Cat and Girl"Cat and Girl versus Legitimacy" — Contrasted with a physical encyclopedia, characters note that in Wikipedia "the more voices that shout, the less legitimacy each voice has"—and the Catch-22 is that they cannot speak out against this trend to fight it.
  • 2006-06-17 : Funny Farm"2006-06-17" — A character memorizes the Wikipedia entries on Transformers to try and qualify him to act in the movie, and argues that although the authors of the article would be more qualified they're not desirable as actors because people who actually edit the articles are "nerds".
  • 2006-06-23 : Natalie Dee"wait i have a wikipedia entry maybe thats my poop" — A dog's owner establishes a house rule that only those with Wikipedia entries are notable enough to poop on the floor.
  • 2006-06-23 : Flintlocke's Guide to Azeroth"Episode 17: If a Tree Falls..." — A character's insistence that she is not pregnant with a tree is countered with a statement that Wikipedia says she is.
  • 2006-07-18 : Jerkcity"With Your Mom Dot Com" — Criticism of the capitalization of one of the character's names in the comic's Wikipedia entry.
  • 2006-07-21 : Punks and Nerds"strip 07212006" — Suggests that Wikipedia vandalism is rampant when one character urges another to vandalize the Pringles article by adding "buttsex" to it, but she reports that it was already there.
  • 2006-07-25 : Dinosaur Comics"#816" — Character decides to play a prank and substitute the word evil on Wikipedia to Irish evil, and instead of being chastised is praised by Jimbo Wales for his contributions to the Irish Evil article.
  • 2006-09-09 : Irregular Webcomic!"No. 1322" — Given the existence of Wikipedia's list of webcomics that reference Wikipedia, author ponders whether there should be a "page about comics that mention the page on Wikipedia about comics that mention Wikipedia."
  • 2006-09-28 : Yourmometer 'Wikipedia' — Hobbes is shocked to find Keaton hunched over a computer on a Friday night, editing Wikipedia.
  • 2006-10-01 : Carbon Alley No. 1 — "I confess! I saw it on Wikipedia and I guess the general consensus is that it might not be totally true!"
  • 2006-10-26 : Ninja Verses"Regular Ninja vs. Irregular Webcomic" — Character is overwhelmed by recursion while reading the 9/09 Irregular Webcomic! mentioning Wikipedia.
  • 2006-11-06 : Shortpacked!November 6th, 2006: Character at first vehemently denies to have been getting information about Power Rangers movie from Wikipedia, and then sheepishly confesses that he actually was reading Wikipedia.
  • 2006-11-08 : Dinosaur Comics"#879" — Suggests that Wikipedia vandalism can be eliminated if there is agreement to vandalise only the chicken article, and that this will have little consequence because chickens are well-understood (and thus no one should be looking them up anyway).
  • 2006-12-15 : Questionable Content"Also Certain Webcomics" — Character attempts to argue that her life as a single person has meaning, but this is undermined when she reveals that she spends her free time arguing this viewpoint on the DeBeers Wikipedia entry.
  • 2006-12-21 : Applegeeks"Noodliness" — Insinuation that Wikipedia presents the Flying Spaghetti Monster as factual serves to suggest that reading Wikipedia shouldn't be used as a substitute for traditional schooling.

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

  • 2009-01-13 : Charliehorse: Reaganomics[4] – "Are you going to spend every computer lab vandalizing Wikipedia?" "Wikipedia is a scourge that needs to die!"
  • 2009-01-16 : Two Lumps[5] – Snooch justifies a logically unsound statement with "You have no cited source for proof! So I'm right!" Eben notes: "...I should never have shown you Wikipedia."
  • 2009-02-18 : xkcdNeutrality Schmeutrality – "Trivia: It's possible to create events which Wikipedia cannot cover neutrally."
  • 2009-02-19 : Sandra and WooReliable Sources – Woo hates it when his opponent cites noted experts to back up his claims. (including a References section beneath the comic)
  • 2009-03-24 : Laugh-Out-Loud Cats# 1090 – "ur not supposd to add originl resrch"
  • 2009-04-21 : Charliehorse: Reaganomics [6]American Civil War is vandalized to include steam-powered walking armor.
  • 2009-06-20 : Unshelved[7] – Colleen objects to using Wikipedia to answer a patron's question.
  • 2009-06-22 : Stripy Sixcomic #61 – Fuzzball (one of the main characters) discovers the recent changes button on the sidebar.
  • 2009-08-16 : Plan Bfly1_01 – Wikipedia is listed almost next to last of the wonderful things on the Internet.
  • 2009-09-25 : Piled Higher and Deeper [8]- an argument of the rules of softball in a professors vs graduates game results in an attempt to consult Wikipedia to settle the matter although this attempt is at least temporary thwarted by difficultly in finding a signal to allow wireless web access.

2010[edit]

2011[edit]

  • 2011-01-04 : xkcd – "Misconceptions" – The author wishes he lived in a universe that requires by law students to study the Wikipedia list of common misconceptions the first Tuesday of February.
  • 2011-04-01 : Doghouse Diaries – "Who is, smartest?" – A comparison of the smartness of Ken Jennings, Watson and "any fool with a smartphone and Wikipedia".
  • 2011-05-24 : xkcdExtended Mind The author's apparent IQ drops 30 points every time there is a Wikipedia server outage. Also, how to follow links in articles that will eventually end up at Philosophy.
  • 2011-05-31 : xkcdAdvertising Discovery Wikipedia has trained us to believe anything with a little blue number after it, and advertisers will use it against us.[1]
  • 2011-06-12 : xkcdMagic School Bus Mrs. Frizzle takes the class onto The Magic School Bus to get to a computer to look up batteries on Wikipedia.
  • 2011-11-29 : The Magnificent Whatever - What is this Wikipedia Nonsense Anyway? Some dim fellows find out that porn boxes also contain all of the information in the world.
  • 2011-11-16 : xkcd - Citogenesis Careless writers end up creating citations for dubious facts on Wikipedia.
  • 2011-11-21 : xkcd - Money Chart In a couple of areas it discusses different ways to look at the costs to run Wikipedia.
  • 2011-12-19 : xkcd - Mnemonics Wikipedia is referenced as part of a mnemonic to remember color resistor codes.

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

  • 2014-02-17: xkcd - Frequency Mentions the rate at which people edit Wikipedia. A period of 0.67 according to explainxkcd

Undated[edit]

Comics that mention the page on Wikipedia about comics that mention Wikipedia[edit]

  • 2006-09-09 : Irregular Webcomic![10] – The Author, in a "Real Life" comic, mentions this exact page, and suggests adding a page about "Comics that mention the page on Wikipedia about comics that mention Wikipedia..." Note that his suggestion was a complete joke, and he actually asks you not to make that specific page, because meta-jokes are not welcome in Wikipedia.

Comics that merely use Wiki terminology or cite Wikipedia[edit]

Resources[edit]

References & footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Randal Munroe (2011-05-31). "Advertising Discovery". xkcd. xkcd. Retrieved June 2, 2011.