This is absolutely the wrong time to start a meme, particularly if it has nothing to do with the Current Holiday Season (aka War on Christmas, Day 21). And a “Love” meme? You gotta be kidding. Still Meredith Gran didn’t come up with the (Most Likely) Top New Wecomic of 2007 Octopus Pie by thinking anywhere near “the box”. So, two days after using her already unconventional character Everest “Eve” Ning to pay homage to the archaic and mostly-forgotten comics character Everett True (not to be confused with the the British rock critic who uses the same name specifically to confuse), she engages in an exploration of what “Love Is”* to each of the strips major (and some minor) characters.

But it was such a fertile concept, it was inevitable that the nutty and seedy minds of other webcomickers would allow the meme to grow. First, Diesel Sweeties gave us all kinds of indie/fetish/cosplay/modern love (conspicuously missing Clango-riffic Robot Love). Then the Questionable Content chimed in, essentially filling in a trilogy/trinity/triumvirate/three-legged-stool of Young Urban Love Archetypes. If only to prove that Love is NOT the exclusive property of Young Urban Archetypes, the pastel-shaded provocateurs of Bunny (The Book of Random) gave their own definitions.

Still, four webcomics are not enough to make a meme… and the timing, as I previously noted, was awful, with some webartistes taking a vacation, others working weeks ahead to get some vacation in the immediate future. So who will fill in the gapingly large missing pieces of the Love Puzzle?

Well, in spite of my even-less-than-stick-figure artistic ability that forces me into the “those that can’t do, blog” category, I volunteer, and with some limited PhotoShop/Gimp/MSPaint skills, I have filled my own chosen verbage into the word balloons of familiar characters and put myself at risk of a leaky-oil-tanker-load of DMCA takedown notices (but wisely, keeping each one in a separate image file so that my meager audience can still enjoy the inevitably shrinking gallery).

I now proudly present… WEBCOMIC LOVE IS…

From the ongoingly apocalyptic view of Goats, Love Is…
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In the Expert Opinion of Dr. McNinja, Love Is…
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In the Don’t-Call-It-Steampunk World of Girl Genius, Love Is…
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Referring to a specific Dinosaur Comic, to T-Rex, Love Is…
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In a slightly-bowdlerized version of Penny Arcade, Love Is…
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In the language of one of Sheldon‘s most beloved characters (and cover-lizard of the latest book), Love Is…
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In a context not covered by the Diesel Sweeties contribution, Love Is…
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In the ingenious universe of XKCD, Love Is…
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I know that there are many more of YOUR favorite webcomics that I have not covered … yet. I am working on “Webcomics Love Is 2.0” even as you read this, with as many more of the Usual Suspects as I can think of. If you wish to avoid accidental exclusion of whatever The Greatest Comic of All Time is, then I suggest using the comments form attached to this post, somewhere. Please be aware that if this is the first time you or your computer has contributed, your comment/suggestion will be held in “Moderation Limbo”. But I will be close to the blog for most of the weekend, so it will be addressed As Soon As Wendelly Possible.

* NOT wishing to associate myself with the closest thing to blatant child pr0n in the mainstream newspapers of the last four decades (OMG, you can see her nipples!!!), I choose not to link to the original inspiration.

ADDENDUM: Before everybody points out that I failed to use the “official” dialogue fonts of any of the comics included, that was intentional, as a way to subtly demonstrate that these are NOT NECESSARILY the views of the original creators.

ADDITIONAL ADDENDUM: Continuing my strip-mining the “Love Is…” meme through the Mountain of Webcomics…

If you’re following Basic Instructions, Love Is…
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For the Antarctic antics of Wally and Osborne, Love Is…
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In the un-cute world of Ugly Hill, Love Is…
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For the characters of Sinfest, it’s obvious that Love Is…
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Achewood already had something (NSFWendell) that fit the theme so well, that I had to agree… Love Is…
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Sometimes it’s way too obvious, but for Savage Chickens, Love Is…
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And speaking of obvious, for PvP’s Skull the Troll, Love Is…
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