A little late, but particularly funny comics I'd recommend would be Reid Fleming: World's Toughest Milkman, stuff by Nicholas Gurewitch (Perry Bible Fellowship), Gary Larson (The Far Side), Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead), and on the slightly darker or more offensive side Johnny Ryan (Angry Youth Comix), Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese), Doug Allen & Gary Lieb (Idiotland), Peter Bagge (anything), Ivan Brunetti (Schizo) and an old series called Young Lust (by various)!
Never too late, and I’ll second that Reid Fleming recommendation.
If were including manga, I'd suggest Beelzebub. It's battler/joke manga currently publishing weekly in Shonen Jump and it can throw in some really clever references. They put in a hilarious MvC reference recent about Wolverine. I was in stitches!
i think a lot of people are shying away from superhero stuff simply because it tends to be limited in the kind of story it can tell. either the superhero is good and always wins, or they abuse that "dark and gritty" mantra and it basically becomes an imitation noir book with people iin costumes. people will always have a soft spot for superheros but i think given that comics has shown itself to be such a versatile medium, people are going towards things with a wider range of subject matter.
I **loves** me some superhero comics, and this tumbl-blog shows it, but I’d be the last to say that that’s as far as comics can go, and diversity is *always* a good thing.
I’ll also add that if the comics you read are stuck in cliche, boring and repetitive, whatever the genre, then you need to find better comics.
One more question do you think that the film industry is helping or hurting the comic book industry?
I think that anything that brings comic book properties to a wider audience is a good thing. If the big media companies want to use comic book publishers as IP farms, I say go for it, as long as it keeps the comic book industry profitable and healthy.