I decided to review until I couldn't take it any more. From a list in the first post, I started with Other Webcomics, did 5 of them, then decided to do 2 from Harvey Nominees, and 2 from Eisner Nominees. Then I was done. I didn't do the Eisner Nominees. Too tired. Sorry, guys from the site, but I'm not going to review your work.
Year of the Rat -- I can't make heads nor tails of what is going on. Obviously, it's supposed to be some kind of dream thingy, so maybe it's supposed to be disjointed. The art is consistently bland and the writing needs help.
From episode 84 http://magicinkwell.com/?p=1668
"The only way for you to become the person you once were again,..."
would be so much better if written
"The only way for you to once again
become the person you were,..."
XKCD -- Oh, really? You wasted my time with this? Teenagers could do better than this. Also? Very poor use of size. Either the strip is about 30% of screen size, or too tiny to be read without blowing it up much larger, making it necessary to scroll around to read it.
Grade: Somebody should shoot your grandmother.
Wondermark -- At first look, I was intrigued by the art on the main page. After looking at several strips, not so much. As you all know, I am not a fan of repeated panels, and that is what this entire strip is. There were a couple amusing strips, but not enough to make me come back.
Sin Titulo -- Yawn...another dream sequence to start this strip. Are all writers (and I may be using that term loosely) horny for dream sequences? Use of one color only is boring after a while.
Grade: Less than neutral, meaning not for me; may be fine for others.
Shortpacked -- I actually liked this one, proving, I hope, that I am not too old to like new things. Special bonus points for the cute Christmas Day posting. http://www.shortpacked.com/d/20091225.html
The Night Owls -- Quite liked it. Flying Monkey. Aside from the comic, the viewer (it's a Zuda comic) restrains the viewing of the strip. You can make the strip as large as you need it, but the viewer limits how much can be viewed, making you have to scroll to see the whole thing. I only needed it to be about 10% bigger to make for easier reading, but even that small amount is problematic.
Grade: More than acceptable
Least I Could Do -- Funny at times, amusing at others, okay at others. With but a small change in a few words, this could be a daily and Sunday strip. The January 3 strip was funny. It's on the front page as I write this. http://leasticoulddo.com/
I'm sure there are several good online comics. I don't have the time nor inclination to find them. One, I already spend too much time looking at a computer screen. It's hard on the eyes. Two, as the comics are online, that means there is so much more chance of amateurish work being presented. If mainstream comics companies can't maintain any decent level of quality, there is just no way that most people posting their strips on the internet can come anywhere close to maintaining a professional level of work. Yes, there will be the occasional gem to be found, but I look at it this way: If it is good enough to be collected and published in paper form, I may eventually find it interesting enough to buy and read.
I was perfectly content before I was born.