About xkcd

xkcd is a webcomic created by Randall Munroe. The comic's tagline describes it as "a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." It has been recognised in such mainstream media as The Guardian and The New York Times.

The subject matter of the comic varies, including statements on life and love (some love strips are simply art with poetry), and mathematical or scientific in-jokes. Some strips feature simple humour or pop-culture references. Although it has a cast of stick figures, the comic occasionally features landscapes, intricate mathematical patterns such as fractals, or imitations of the style of other cartoonists.

Munroe began the comic in 2005 when he decided to scan doodles from his school notebooks and put them on his webpage. The comic became so popular that he began selling shirts. He currently works on the comic full-time, and has become one of the few professional webcomic artists. The word 'xkcd' does not stand for an acronym, as people might assume. Monroe stated on his website that it was "just a word with no phonetic pronunciation -- a treasured and carefully-guarded point in the space of four-character strings".

xkcd comics have been translated into a number of languages. A community of readers have translated every comic into French and nearly half of the comics have been translated into Russian. One reader has translated many of the comics into Spanish; translations exist for comics that, according to the translator, can be translated without losing their humour. Various xkcd comics have also been translated into German, Finnish, Czech, and Portuguese.

I've loved xkcd for quite a few years now. As a self-professed nerd and a lover of science, the internet, love and witty humour, it was only a matter of time before I discovered and became addicted to xkcd. My boyfriend follows it as religiously as I do, so we often read it together. Occasionally, they will relate to us so that's something extra special. I named the fanlisting 'Malamanteau' because it was a 'stunt word' that Monroe himself made up to poke fun at Wikipedia's writing style. The particular comic provoked a controversy within Wikipedia that was picked up by various media. I thought that since it was a word exclusive to the comic itself, it was fitting to be the name of the fanlisting.

The comic in the header image comes from Comic #162, "Angular Momentum".

Links:
+ Wikipedia
+ Official site