I discovered a really fantastic webcomic the other day - I'm not sure how I've missed this one in the past. It's called Questionable Content, drawn by a fellow named Jeph Jacques. It's about a group of twenty-something slacker-hipster friends who mostly hang out together in the coffee shop where two of them work. (Click on the image to see the panel in full. The panel is swiped from a comic that ran last week.)
I'm not hip enough to get all the music references, but it's still a great comic. The characters are snarky but sweet, and have consistent and distinguishable personalities. It's similar in theme to Something Positive, though it replaces the nastier edge of that comic with a more innocent sweetness, a generally less pessimistic outlook. (It even seems that Questionable Content takes place in Boston, just like S*P.) And, quite honestly, it's much better drawn and paced. I read S*P in spite of the art, which isn't really to my taste, and I often find the characters talk too much. S*P occasionally takes on more serious stories, and handles them well - the recent McIntyre storyline has been heartbreaking and excellent - but I wonder whether I'd be a S*P reader at all had I discovered Questionable Content first. Great comic!
In other news, J. called me this morning and let me know that she accepted my apology for treating her like ass. I'm grateful for that and will be off ruminating about how to be a better friend.