Think We Need New Comics? We Agree. Tell Us Your Favorites.

The tree of video game webcomics must be refreshed from time to time with new blood.

Sunday Comics, begun more than a year ago, has held the same crop of features for about that long, dropping out some strips that either closed, went entirely off message, or didn't update reliably enough. What you've seen today has been with us at least a year if not the whole way. And it's no secret things are getting somewhat stale.

That's sent the unintended message that a) we won't listen to suggestions and b) this feature isn't worth reading. That's on me. So beginning today, we're going to fix that.

First we're going to take your suggestions (within some parameters, spelled out below).

Think We Need New Comics? We Agree. Tell Us Your Favorites.

Then, next week, we're going to vote on them - and on the existing strips. Yes, that means incumbents like Penny Arcade, Ctrl-Alt-Del, and all the rest. They're all up for a vote. We'll have to see how many new viable strips are out there before we can set a cutoff line. But rest assured, you will get a chance to vote on every strip currently on the page.

First, we need some good candidates to join Sunday Comics. If you read one elsewhere that you think should go here, now is your chance. We'd like to hear it in the comments below. Here are some qualities, in order of importance, that we're looking for in good comic strips.

Think We Need New Comics? We Agree. Tell Us Your Favorites.

1) The strip must be gaming-focused even if every single strip is not about a gaming subject. Everyone is permitted to go off-topic once in a while. We need something that, again, is generally about video gaming and gamer culture. But a comic strip that mentions video games, even frequently, when its subject is something else or more broad (for example, if Foxtrot was a web comic) is not viable.

2) The strip is currently publishing and regularly updated. Regularly means at least one strip a week. This can't be stressed enough. Some artists may skip weeks here or there, and that's fine. But we need to see one with a demonstrably consistent publishing history. One published every other whenever-I-feel-like-it is not going to work.

3) It's gotta be drawn well. We can't have MS Paint-looking web comics. If it's done in a deliberately minimalist visual style (for example, the excellent XKCD) then it must be an exceptionally well written comic (for example, the excellent XKCD. Which is a comic about a thousand things, one of them occasionally games.)

Think We Need New Comics? We Agree. Tell Us Your Favorites.

With these in mind, when you post a suggestion, please post the URL where the web comic lives. Suggestions with links are going to get looked at first. Suggestions that need a Google search stand less of a chance of success. Suggestions that are "Oh man, you should totally get that strip that had the joke about the game and the guy in it," are kinda worthless.

Of course, publication in Sunday Comics depends upon the permission of the artist, which we'll be working to get. We're also going to evaluate things editorially before putting up the final candidate pool next week. But I'm certain we'll get more than enough worthwhile nominations here, enough that we can have a robust comic strip deathmatch voteoff and give you the Sunday Comics you want.

With that in mind, let's hear what you've got in mind, in the comments below.