This week's pick comes from our Editor, Reed: I like to think I was a pretty "with-it" teenager back in the early '90s. I saw "Reality Bites" in the theater, subscribed to Spin Magazine and was mildly mocked the first time I wore one of my dad's flannel shirts to school in 8th grade. So how I missed Jim's Journal, I don't know -- I must have been too busy trying to get … AOL to boot up … or something.
Created by Scott Dikkers, the co-founder of an obscure intellectual journal called The Onion, "Journal" has that affectless '90s kool thing down pat -- Jim and his compatriots are so blase they don't even have mouths. But beneath the surface irony of a comic strip purposely lacking in punch lines lies a precisely observed, gently wistful appreciation of the humdrum minutiae of daily life and the small miracles of tedium. Ultimately, it's even more relatable than Garfield hating Mondays. You know, whatever.
More about Jim's Journal
Since 1987, readers have adored the remarkably quiet adventures of Jim as recorded in his daily journal. His work has been collected in several books, including the bestselling "I Went To College and it was okay." Jim's day-to-day meta-observations are penned with little more than stick figures, scribbles, and a few words, but his minimalism speaks volumes.