Turns out the name of the comic is very appropriate. Questionable Content (QC) is one of those rare webcomics I know I should probably stop reading, but I’ve read too many of them to just drop the story. The artist, Jeph Jacques, is near 1,600 total pages right now. He made it his full-time job a few years ago and since then has updated almost every weekday.
The story started off centering around Marten, a confused post-college kid who listens to all sorts of music but is closest to Indie Rock. I don’t listen to ANY of this genre, so most of the references to it are lost on me. Marten has a computer called Pintsize that walks and talks. In this comic, most technology is exactly as we have it today, except they have what are called AnthroPC’s. These are anthropomorphic computers with personalities and the ability to walk around and talk. He is the source of many tech-related punch lines, many of which I enjoy. The other characters are Faye, who early on becomes Marten’s roommate. She’s overly sassy, likes to punch people, and has a troubled past. There’s also Dora, Faye’s boss at the Coffee of Doom coffeehouse that Dora owns. Much of the comic is set at either this establishment or at someone’s apartment. There’s also Steve, Marten’s friend. We have no idea what Steve does for a living, but at one point he was abducted for a top-secret mission for the US government that involved some hot scarred Russian lady torturing him. Or something like that. The funniest addition to the cast in my opinion is Hannelore, who lives in the same apartment building as Marten and Faye. She has OCD, likes to count things, and hates most all forms of physical contact.
I’m not going to lie, QC has some rated R storylines on occasion. They deal with a number of adult topics, some of which even make me uncomfortable. So I’m not suggesting this to the young folk out there.
The main thing I’ve enjoyed about this webcomic is watching the artist mature over the years he’s been drawing it. It started out with very simple backgrounds of one solid color and he avoided drawing hands and legs. But he’s kept with it in a way that could only be done by someone who really loved it. Today he draws complicated environments and characters with greater detail than ever. It’s actually kind of cool when he works an art upgrade into the storyline. They once had an arc to repaint and redesign Coffee of Doom, which resulted in plain backgrounds to ones with multiple colors, shelving, plants, and posters of the artist’s own invention.
As my last word of warning, this strip has adult content in it. Not for the faint of heart, especially when it comes to the filler comics, which usually just contain a foul-mouthed bird yelling about violating orifices with objects that don’t fit. Like I said, read with caution to your own sensibilities.