I find self-criticism and irony are strong means to communicate genuinely and involve people who are not necessarily expert in a field.

As cartoons offer a quick yet poignant way to describe how academia works, I am wondering which cartoons on academia are the most popular. I am interested in particular on cartoons which may highlight the true spirit of academic life and academic hierarchy.

A simple Google search for "cartoon academia" yields 580,000 hits, with the first image posted being a New Yorker cartoon by David Sipress. Is such ranking correct?

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    I'm not a regular in Academia, so take this with a grain of salt, but this kind of question is broadly considered off-topic on SE (a list question, aka "Primarily Opinion-Based"). – Dan Bron Jan 25 '17 at 12:42
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    Yes, you need to be more specific, because taste varies. That being said, xkcd and PhDComics are good starting points. – Captain Emacs Jan 25 '17 at 12:47
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    @DanBron I see your point. However, it could be an interesting set of Q/A. Indeed, I was inspired by this CV post: stats.stackexchange.com/questions/423/… – Joe_74 Jan 25 '17 at 12:55
  • @CaptainEmacs I have somewhat expanded the post. – Joe_74 Jan 25 '17 at 12:58
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    @DanBron I think that in this case the list is so limited that it could be considered on-topic. – Massimo Ortolano Jan 25 '17 at 13:28


Not to be confused with


Both very good. This is one of my favourites from xykademiqz:

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As a graduate student, I personally enjoy PHD Comics. They humorously (and often painfully) give a realistic picture of academic life from a grad student/postdoc's perspective.

Exhibit A:

example PHD comic
(source: phdcomics.com)

They're often used here in similar context to "obligatory xkcd" references. Relatedly, xkcd is another comic I enjoy, slightly less relevant to academia, but often containing references to academic situations.

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