Douglas Adams is credited with having said that science fiction and comedy go together like chocolate and peanut butter, or something to that effect. It’s late, I’m sleepy, and I can’t be bothered to look it up. The point remains, however, that comedy pretty much goes with any genre, no matter what.
Personally, I’m a big believer that fantasy and comedy are even better best friends than sci fi and the funny. This is, in no small part, because of my over thirty years spent playing Dungeons & Dragons, during which I’ve seen some pretty funny stuff happen. Including the time my Tiefling Paladin, Lord Rift, rolled a natural 20 on animal handling and tamed a Hell Hound. That was one loyal dog, lemme tell ya. Named him Sparky. My girlfriend, who was the DM on that campaign, truly hated Lord Rift by the time we finished it, because he rolled 20’s like they were nothing.
My next character rolled 1’s just as easy, so it all balances out.
I could give a ton of examples, and it isn’t just me. Below are some of the funniest D&D related comics I’ve seen on the web. A few are from actual games, while others are just really funny stuff related to D&D.
Starting things off, here’s a great one from the Tumblr page, Your D&D Stories, where A.C. Stuart turns submitted stories into art.
Then there’s the work of Fredrik Andersson, found at the Elfwood page. This guy, he knows what a Bard is all about.
Of course, we all know how frustrating it is to roll a 1 on initiative, and how sometimes, you just want to say to hell with it. Pain Train Comics captured it well.
Let’s not forget that many D&D games are filled with shady merchants offering questionable wares, either. In the world of D&D, buyer beware is not so much a phrase, as it is a way of life, which Hazel Chua shows over on Nerd Approved.
A personal favorite of mine, this comic gives us a glimpse of why stand up comics in D&D would make a killing. Appearing at The Red Dragon Inn, and credited to Rich, these are some hilariously bad puns.
Sometimes, being an adventurer just doesn’t work out for people. It isn’t their fault, really. They chased their dreams, but couldn’t catch them, and had to find other work. Over at Funny Junk, artist Domrar takes that to a giggle inducing conclusion.
Then there’s this one. It’s credited to Raze over at Memecenter, but beyond that, I couldn’t really find any info on it. Of course, it kind of stands on it’s own, when you think about it.
Finally, there’s this little gem, which sums up the relationship between players, and with the DM, a little too well. Unfortunately, I’ve no idea who created it. I found it at Imgur, via a Reddit post, but the original poster appears to have deleted their account, of had it deleted, leaving me with no name. Imger is less than helpful in identifying the original poster, as well. If anyone knows who created it, please let me know in the comments so I can properly credit and link to them.