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Questionable Content, Vol. 1 (Questionable Content #1)

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The first published volume of the webcomic Questionable Content. Contains the first 300 strips.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by TopatoCo
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This and volume two are going in my (very select) permanent collection. I discovered the series online and tried to read them there years ago but failed. Now I've re-read the first 599 strips (in this and the second volume) and now I'm part owner of an iPod Touch, so we'll see if I can stick with them this time around. I surely do want to!

What's interesting is that I shouldn't like this. I have to like the characters in any story I read, and these kids spend way too much time drinking and talkin
Jenny Ng
Currently, I'm one of six people who gave this series a 1-star rating (though they're sans review) and I did it for the same reasons this other person gave this a 4-star review:
Can't remember how I ever discovered this webcomic (several years ago), but now it is part of my daily ritual in the morning.

These are the earliest comics, and those feature quite rudimentary drawings at times, though some have now been redrawn for print because the originals were lost. Jeph Jacques's technique has vastly improved over the years, so if you're like me and first encountered his webcomic around #2000, these early ones are somewhat hard to get through. But they're worth it, because
Stewart Tame
After Goodreads popped this up in my recommendations so many times I decided to track down a copy. Fun book! At first I wasn't sure but the storytelling and art quickly grow in confidence as the book progresses. Love the characters! The humor is rather sex-obsessed but then what do you expect with a title like Questionable Content? It's all handled fairly tastefully actually, nothing depicted that would raise eyebrows in a PG-13 movie. I'm liking this comic a lot. Looking forward to the next vol ...more
Josh Campbell
This is the first of Jacques's collections for what I consider one of the best webcomics on the net. Questionable Content follows Martin and Faye, two people who meet by chance and become friends. After an accident, Faye ends up needing a place to stay, at which point she becomes Martin's constant roommate. There's a bit about the attractiveness of the characters to each other, but it's not a romantic relationship between the two. If it was just the pair, along with the AnthroPC Pintsize, it wou ...more
John Kirk
I enjoyed this - like most webcomic collections, it's quicker to re-read the archives on paper than it is to click through the archives. (The cumulative delay from each strip loading is much more than you'd expect.) This book also includes a bonus story that's not on the website.

My first impression was that this book was a lot bigger than I'd expected. The Shortpacked collections are about the same size as a standard American comic TPB, but this book is about 50% bigger. It needs to be, though,
The obvious question: why buy something I can read for free on the web? The short answer: I don't wear t-shirts much, and I felt I ought to give something back to an artist who's given me years of enjoyment. Besides, I keep going back and re-reading the darned thing anyway—might as well save a little on bandwith charges now that my ISP has a data cap.

The long answer is actually shorter—I haven't had a comic give me as much pleasure since Burke Breathed stopped drawing Bloom County.

Not that QC i
Shana Dennis
Webcomics are a favorite medium of mine, and one of the better examples of one collected into book form is Questionable Content. This one follows the life of Marten, his friends, a coffee shop, and one twisted little Anthro-PC. It's humor is varied without being too heavy-handed in one direction or another, though there are many butts(lol). The art in this comic started of shaky, but that's an advantage here because you can see how the creator progresses as time goes on and his skill increases. ...more
Sentimental Surrealist
Just to save myself the effort of tracking down and rating every single collection of QC strips, I'm letting this rating stand in for the comic as a whole.

And am I crazy for rating a webcomic about a bunch of twenty-something indie rock fans who drink a bunch of beer, have a bunch of sex, and say a lot of sarcastic things five stars, thus rating it alongside classics by Vonnegut, Hemingway, and Shakespeare? Probably. But hey, it's a shining example of its medium, arguably the greatest webcomic t
Apr 14, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mike by: Webcomic Wonderland Group
This book collects the first 299 strips of the webcomic Questionable Content.

Questionable Content is the story of a twenty-something indie music fan, the quirky friends that surround him, and his pet psychotic robot. The plot varies from slice of life comedy to more serious drama (usually still with comedy). Far more entertaining than I'm making it sound, QC is one of the best webcomics I've read, and the comics themselves are easy 5-star material. Head over to the website and read them now.

Volume 1 of Jeph Jacques's QC in book form. I felt a little silly wanting this book since it's all online, but I have really grown to like QC in the last few months since I found it. It's like the slowest ensemble sitcom in the whole world. That said, a lot has changed in this universe since the beginning and reading it all in one go (whereas I usually read one every day) was pretty different. I found Faye incredibly and out of control annoying in a way that 1. I probably wouldn't have over a lo ...more
in the summer of 2007, i was at the magic stick in detroit to hear the national, and i saw this guy wearing a t-shirt that said "she blinded me with library science." being a student of library science at the time, and feeling unusually outgoing, i walked up to the guy and bellowed "WHERE DID YOU GET THAT AMAZING SHIRT!?" he told me, and an obsession was born. (i also bought the shirt for my beloved.) i went through the archives and read all the strips, and have been reading it five days a week ...more
Dec 17, 2012 Jason added it
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The first book collecting the online strip (, it feels as fresh and interesting as it did so many years ago when I started following it.

For the uninitiated, Questionable Content is essentially the TV show friends, only instead of being about yuppies in Manhattan, it is about indy-rock fans (but not the annoying kind, who must be spoken of in the pejorative sense) in Connecticut. Instead of being inexplicably wealthy, hanging out in coffee shops, they work in coffeshop
Jesse Lehrer
Meh? It was enjoyable and entertaining but the humor and characters are still very childish and full of immature/sexist/bad humor. I can see it growing into something better though, the art is progressively better, and the characters are endearing. Its most mature moments are its best.
I am a big fan of the web comic, Questionable Content. So, when I heard Jeph was finally releasing the first volume, I had to buy it. Overall, it's the same QC that I enjoy and read five times a week. He did go back and redraw a few of the older strips, so if you are looking for an archive of the history of his development as an artist, you might be disappointed by that development. I did enjoy seeing some of the older strips in his current hand. It is an amazing display of how far he has come s ...more
So let me just say that I 'effing love Questionable Content. Easily my favourite webcomic of all time. I would recommend the book to people who have already read through the archives, or to people just starting - it's quicker, and you can have some "away from the computer reading" time, which is nice. It's really interesting to see Jeph's artwork progress, and the fact that the first three strips have been re-drawn show just how far he's come with his artwork. The story is entertaining, witty, d ...more
Jaan Eerik Sõmermaa
Read it all just recently very good web comic that is still going. If you indie music, weird 20 somethings not knowing what to do with their lives and great well thought out inter-character relationships. Also QC has Hanners who is just the best.
Jamie Lit
I like the comic as a whole quite a bit. This book collects some of the earliest strips, though - not my favorite sampling. I read the comic for the relationships and the female and queer representation and though there's a lot of relationship stuff, these comics are from an era before Jeph really knew how to do representation all that well. There's also a greater emphasis on indie music than is all that interesting to me. Art improves a lot later on, and this book is good to have if only as an ...more
Read these online and love them. There are some times it gets a little heavy-handed with the "real" subjects and how it deals with them, but on the whole it's a good web comic.
How to describe QC? Well for starters, it's the reason I now read so many webcomics. It's filled with lovable characters engaged in various stages of trying to figure out what life's all about--and mostly coming to the conclusion that they'll never have it all figured out.
It's by turns quirky, irreverent, sad, romantic, silly, introspective, snarky, sweet and downright bizarre. My hat is off to Jeph Jacques for creating--and continuing to find material for--this complex, engaging story of life,
Meh, this webcomic series is just okay. It felt like certain points, themes and jokes just kept repeating themselves. I doubt I'll continue reading this series. While there are some fun dorky moments, I didn't really identify with the characters much. That being said I'm not a hipster, it struck me as something my sister would enjoy more than myself.

For those of you out there that liked the quirkyness, but who aren't hipsters and didn't care the jokes, try Dork Tower. It's a great geek comic th
Jan 09, 2011 Alice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: webcomic slice-of-life fans
This is another collection I got for Christmas, of a webcomic I'd already read online. It was nice to go back and see the early days, and to see where the current storylines came from. Also, it was interesting, seeing the art slowly starting to evolve. And the commentary was frequently funny.

So it's certainly not a waste of money if you read QC. I'd recommend it. Or, if you like other webcomics, but you can't make yourself spend another couple of days clicking "next" to read the whole thing yet
It was nice to see how it all began.
This series is great.
I discovered Jeph Jacques webcomic a few years ago and instantly became addicted. I read it religiously and own all three volumes of the comic. I turn to them often when I need a laugh. I love his twisted humor and his charming, flawed characters. I feel like they are part of my circle of friends. I highly recommend his comic, and if you love it, it is worth owning the books, as it is an even more pleasurable experience than simply reading the comic on the web.
It was really fun re-reading the origins of the webcomic Questionable Content. It's amazing how different the art looks.

If you're new to the series I'd actually recommend reading the strip online though. It felt a little squished in the book.

There's very little commentary, which was fine with me but something to be aware of if that's one of the reasons you pick up a book instead of reading online.
I used to follow QC online and somehow got out of the habit. Reading this makes me wonder why I stopped. All the strips were ones I'd read before and, while the author makes some disparaging comments about the development of his style, I really love the entire story. I'm not an indie music buff so some of the jokes make little sense to me but overall I find that to be a fault in myself not the comic.
I got this as a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas! :D I'm an avid fan of Questionable Content and I realize it may seem weird to have a printed volume of a webcomic, but I really enjoyed the comments and the personalization Matt got! :D

A few typos sprinkled around, but it was brilliant to see Jeph's art evolve and see proto-types for his current art style.
Jan 19, 2011 Nate added it
I've read the comics since the beginning - it was a nice re-introduction to the story, reminding me of the elements that first entangled me: the awkward post-teenage relationships, the witty dialog, and the odd diversions that Pintsize could introduce.

For fans and new readers - get this book.
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