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Long Runners applied to webcomics. Since only a few webcomics qualify as conventional Long Runners, this category will cover any webcomic that has exceeded 1,000 strips.

Can lead to an Archive Panic.

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It's over 6,000:

  • MS Paint Adventures had its first update on June 3, 2007[1], and its 6000th page was posted November 13th, 2011. There are 6831 comic pages on the site as of May 20th, 2012, not including the 40 fan-requested comics, the 42 Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff comics, Ryan Quest, The Vigil Prince, or Dave and Terezi's comic/picture exchanges.[2] The comic is much, much, much younger than the other comics listed in this section (the site started in 2007, and didn't become regular until March 2008), due to how insanely prolific Andrew Hussie is; since the beginning of Problem Sleuth, the comic has averaged nearly 5 pages per day.
    • Problem Sleuth itself has about 1621 pages (started March 10, 2008, 1000th page on October 22, 2008, finished March 10, 2009.)
    • Homestuck reached 5000 pages on the 1st of June, 2012 (started April 13, 2009; April 13, 2016). Word of Hussie has stated that it will have seven acts and Act 5 alone was over 2000 pages, which means that it may well have enough pages to be over 6000 alone by its completion.
    • It should be noted, however, that a page of MSPA may not be comparable to a four-panel comic strip, or for that matter to another page of MSPA. Most are single panels with a short looping GIF animation (often only a second or two long), but some have somewhat longer animations or multiple panels, and Homestuck includes many interactive Flash games or pseudo-games and several-minute-long cinematic animations set to original music -- which also count as one page. Some of the games can even entertain readers for several hours. And when there's dialogue in Homestuck rather than just narration, the dialogue (in the form of a chat log) is almost always longer than text in a traditional panel comic, and is regularly several pages in length; as of the second-year anniversary, it weighed in at around 300,000 words long[3].
    • On February 11, 2011, the site as a whole passed Kevin and Kell to become the largest webcomic on record, and it shows no signs of stopping. As mentioned above, on November 13th, 2011, it surpassed 6000 strips.

It's over 5,000:

  • Kevin and Kell Started in 1995, making it one of the oldest webcomics in existence. It passed 5000 on September 27, 2010.
    • It also isn't entirely a webcomic anymore, and runs in several newspapers, including the author's local one.
  • Sluggy Freelance - daily since August 25, 1997; reached 5000 on May 3, 2011.

It's over 4,000:

  • User Friendly - daily since November 17, 1997, and has never missed a day; reached 4000 on 2008 Oct 29. (A few times in 2009, there have been sets of rerun strips for a few months at a time.)
  • Jerkcity began Aug 17, 1998; reached 4000 on October 19, 2009.
  • Factoring in Genoworks Saga, No Angel, Campus Safari, Sink or Swim, Gralen Cragg Hall, Puppet Strings as part of The Cyantian Chronicles, and including Alien Dice, Pure, Abby's Agency, Shivae! (Kaiden & Coel, Vas and Cler storylines), Sivine Blades, Black Rose and more, Tiffany Ross deserves credit for creating MULTIPLE universes and creating several long runners.
  • Superosity began 1999 Mar 1; reached 4,000 in March 2010.
  • The four comics that make up the Walkyverse may or may not count, depending on whether you count them all as one work. They all occur in the same universe, have connected storylines, and have been written and drawn by the same author since September 1997.
  • Schlock Mercenary began Jun 12, 2000 and has never missed a day. Reached 4000 strips on May 25, 2011.
    • To put this into perspective, here's the creator's message when it hit the ten year mark (June 12, 2010).

  "As of today, June 12th, 2010, Schlock Mercenary has been on the web at some location or another for ten years. Every day, even. It is older than half of my children. It is older than my car. Depending on how you count, it’s the longest I’ve ever held the same job. I’ve spent almost a quarter of my life on this. I’ve spent more than half my married life on this. I’ve drawn 3653 strips, for a total of around 15,000 panels. There are another 20 strips you still haven’t seen (plus a kajillion or so I still haven’t drawn.) I’ve used enough kneaded eraser that the “waste lump” of stuff that is too dirty to erase with is twice the size of my fist, and I’ve thrown away at least twice that much. I’ve gone through about 10,000 sheets of legal sized paper. I’ve gone through about 500 pens. Each of those set me back around $2.50. In all that time I’ve only used five different mechanical pencils. I still have the first one, the second one, and the fifth one."

      • The only time an update was even late was one time when the comic's webhost's server exploded. Literally.
  • Sinfest began Jan 17, 2000; reached 4000 on Aug 19, 2011.
    • Not quite as good as Schlock Mercenary at frequency of updates, but with an average of something like 350 strips a year, it's got to be in second place.

It's over 3,000:

It's over 2,000:

It's over 1,000:

  • Eight Bit Theater began March 02, 2001; reached 1000 strips on June 03, 2008; ended (with 1224 strips) on March 20, 2010; a fully illustrated epilogue was posted on June 1, 2010.
  • Adventurers! has somewhere around this; it reached #999 and then stopped counting; it went on for another two years after that.
  • Akaelae, part of the The Cyantian Chronicles has over 1100 as of May 2009.
  • Apple Geeks started in 2003 and added a B Side Comic called Applegeeks Lite, updating faithfully three times a week, in April of 2006. Due to the main comic's Schedule Slip, the 1000th comic between the two was AG Lite 476, on 24 Jun 2009.
  • Avatar Battle Royale has over 1700 comics in the archives (which are over 6 months out of date), and uncounted filler comics.
  • Blip
  • The Book of Biff began 2 Jan 2006 as a three times a week comic, and went to a Monday-Friday schedule beginning on the first of 2007. It reached its 1000th comic on 12 Apr 2010.
  • Bunny [5] began Aug 22, 2004; reached 1000 on Sep 20, 2007.
  • Cat and Girl began June 14, 1999, reached 1,000 on January 31, 2011.
  • Chopping Block began April 25, 2000, and has updated on every schedule from "five times a week" to "once a month" over the years. It finally reached 1,000 strips on March 4, 2009.
  • Comments on a Postcard, started December 8, 2008 and has never missed a day. Reached 1000 on October 2, 2010.
  • Ctrl Alt Del began Oct 23, 2002; reached 1000 on Jul 16, 2007.
  • Count Your Sheep [6]
  • CVRPG: As of Feb, 2011, sits at over 1400. The 1000th strip party took up 16 updates.
  • Dan and Mabs Furry Adventures (1,100+ comics including a simultaneous prequel arc)
  • Doc Rat: Created in the 1990s, organized as a webcomic June 26, 2006. As of March 30th, 2012 has 1505 strips.
  • The Dreamland Chronicles began January 5, 2006 and reached 1000 pages on November 17, 2009.
  • Drowtales
  • Emergency Exit - 1002 comics as of 13 October 2008 (although a couple were guest comics).
  • Errant Story started on 4 November 2002, and a quick tally puts it at around 1150 pages as of 11 February 2011, including some fillers and chapter pages (48 archive pages at 24 pages each).
  • Evil Inc. began in 2005 and is about to hit 1600.
  • Faux Pas began its online presence on January 2, 2001, reached comic #1000 on October 20, 2008, and is still in production.
  • Get Medieval (finished)
  • Girl Genius has around 1214 pages as of October 22, 2010 (around, because volumes are catagorized independently from one another, with many side stories and fillers in between, making it difficult to get an accurate count.).
  • Girls with Slingshots is 1215 strips long as of August 12th 2011, not including guest strips.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court just hit its 1000th comic on February 15th, 2012.
  • Jack is over 1650 strips long as of January, 2012.
  • Juathuur is over 1100, if you count both the original and the sequel.
  • The KA Mics reached 1000 July 17, 2009.
  • Lakewood reached 1000 with this strip: [7].
  • Megatokyo began Aug 14, 2000; reached 1000 (including filler) on May 17, 2008.
  • The Middle Ground [8] has three. AkumaTh's Comics, Double-U Tea F and Mixed Bag Comics all have at least 1000 strips.
  • Misfile began Mar 21, 2004; celebrated 1000 strips (not including filler and chapter title pages) on the 18th of July 2008. If Chris continues on schedule, the 2000th strip should be reached in mid-June of 2012.
  • Nukees - Although it updates sporadically enough that it's unlikely to have reached 2000, it's one of the few webcomics actually to qualify as a traditional Long Runner, having been updating 1-3 times a week since 1997.
  • One Over Zero began Aug 27, 2000; ended May 26, 2003 with exactly 1000 strips, if the three April Fools strips are excluded from the total.
  • Out There has updated six days a week without fail since it started on June 12, 2006, and reached 1000 on August 20, 2009.
  • Paonia Pawns began on January 29, 2005 and reach the 1000 mark on October 7, 2009.
  • Penny and Aggie has been updating three times a week since 2004 and has approximately 1125 pages as of December 31, 2010 (allowing for the occasional numbering skip in the PHP database).
  • Penny Arcade began Nov 18, 1998; reached 1000 on Aug 17, 2005.
  • Ph D Started November of 1997, hit 1,000 on April 7, 2008. Most comics started in the 90's are higher on this list, but one suspects that the writer procrastinates once in a while. Also started as a print comic in a school newspaper and only became a webcomic after some time had passed.
  • Planet Zebeth, a Metroid based Sprite Comic, started on March 16, 2002 and had its 1000th strip on May 30, 2008.
  • Pokémon-X, on January 12, 2011 (although it's listed as December 30, 2009 due to Schedule Slip)
  • Precocious hit a thousand on December 12, 2011.
  • Public Humiliation [9] reached it November 9, 2009.
  • Red String began May 1, 2003 and has 1,353 pages as of December 7, 2011. This count does not include the sketch/filler art.
  • Rhapsodies passed 1500 on June 16, 2011.
  • Sacred Pie has 1180 pages as of August 10, 2008.
  • Sam and Fuzzy began May 27, 2002; reached 1000 on October 10, 2008.
  • Scary Go Round began Jul 4, 2002; reached 1000 on August 10, 2006; ended with 1785 on September 11, 2009.
  • The webcomic hosting site Smack Jeeves currently has 1 comic that has broken the 7000 page mark, 1 that has broken the 3000 page mark, 4 with over 2000, and 24 more that have broken the 1000 page mark. Some of them are already on this list.
  • Square Root of Minus Garfield on 13 February, 2012.
  • Stick Man Stick Man [10] took a que from 1/0 and ended with exactly 1000 comics.
  • Just passed 1700, Ubersoft [11] has been around since 1996! And the art is still basically the same...
  • Vexxarr hit 1000 on Monday, June 6th 2011.
  • The Whiteboard passed 1,000 strips on the October 31, 2008, not including guests or filler.
  • Wigu Adventures has well over 1,000 strips so far.
  • Xkcd "officially" hit 1000 on January 6, 2012, but since there's no comic #404 due to an in-joke, the January 9, 2012 comic was its 1000th strip.

And finally...

It's over 3,652,000,000,000,000:

  • Mezzacotta - A daily comic that's approximately 730 times older than the Universe; as of October 11th 2008 there are a total of 3,652,425,000,732,961 strips. Good luck on that Archive Binge. [4]
    • That Archive Binge isn't bad at all! Assuming the relatively slow speed of one second to load a page and read it, it would take you less than 116 million years to read every comic! If you could load a page and read it within one Planck time, you could do it in less than a second!

Notes

  1. though technically Jail Break is a little less than a year older, having started in September 2006; this was when it was still just a forum game and MSPA wasn't a thing though
  2. For those who wish to keep the tally up-to-date, from the numbering scheme in MSPA urls, numbers 7, 137-170, 217, 218, 992, 4299, 4938, and 4988 do not have comics. On the other hand, 11 pages (the two pony chorales, a joke panel for an MC adventure, and the eight linked comics on pages like #2418) are not associated with numbers. This means that, currently, url numbers overshoot comic numbers by 30.
  3. As a point of comparison, War and Peace is between 460,000 to 590,000 words, depending on the translation
  4. Given that the content is actually generated by a special random number generator, this is actually a doubly special case.
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