Sluggy Freelance New Viewer's Guide


If you read the comic on the main page, "What the heck is going on here" is most likely what you're thinking. Very few Sluggy Freelance comics work as  stand-alones, but part of the charm of Sluggy Freelance is it's serial nature. As a new viewer, we've set up this page just for you, to get you acclimated, and hopefully charmed.

"Ten years of comics" may sound like a lot to read but Sluggy Freelance is better thought of as a series of  novels, a series that keeps magically gaining a new "last page" every day. Read it at any pace you want, the entire archives are freely waiting for you. Plus keeping the comic successful for a decade means Pete must be doing something right. ;)

The BEGINNING is a good place to start as later stories build on earlier ones. As the beginning of the strip is a little rough (artwork included), be sure to read through the first few weeks to get a real feel for the characters and the stories.
 

A second good jumping-in point is THE SCI-FI ADVENTURE, in which all you need to know at first is that the character Riff has invented a device to blast Torg's mean pet bunny into a random dimension, and that the character Torg has a mean pet bunny. Then it's Star-trek vs. Aliens with a smidge of Star Wars. An excellent parody and the first Sluggy Classic!


 

A third good jumping-in point is THE DIMENSION OF PAIN, in which all you need to know at first is that the character Riff has invented a device to blast Torg's mean pet bunny into a random dimension, and that the character Torg has a mean pet bunny. And then the demons enter the picture. It's an infernal frolic of fun!

Both of these stories take place in the first year, so to answer FAQ, yes, Pete's artwork does get marginally better.

Lastly, the Torg Potter series of parodies tend to work independently of the other Sluggy Freelance stories, so if you're a Harry Potter fan be sure to check out the Sorcerer's Nuts! um... that sounded bad.

Torg Potter and the Sorcerer's Nuts
Torg Potter and the Chamberpot of Secretions
Torg Potter and the President of Arkansas

Torg Potter and the Giblets with Fiber

"Sluggy Freelance is way too much fun for the increasingly stodgy mainstream newspaper comics pages."

- SCI-FI CHANNEL
Sci-Fi.com

"One of the oldest and best of the ongoing Internet comic strips, Pete Abrams' Sluggy Freelance, started up in 1997; [Sluggy Freelance] also has a serious side, as Abrams builds on a history of intricate plot threads and story developments --anathema to newspaper comics as surely as Abrams' twisted version of wit, which ranges from bad puns to Breathed-esque social commentary."

-The Onion
TheOnion.Com
"Take a day off from work and browse the entire archive."

-Linux Magazine
Linux.com