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Author(s)Rob Balder
Tim Crist
Current status/scheduledefunct
Launch date2002
End date17 June 2015 (see External links)
Genre(s)Dark humor

PartiallyClips is a webcomic, created by Rob Balder, which ran from 2002 to 2015. At the start of 2010, Balder handed authorship of the comic to Tim Crist, the comedy musician behind Worm Quartet.


PartiallyClips is a constrained comic. Each three-panel strip consists of a single clip art image – the comic has no original art – repeated and unchanged in each panel, with added speech balloons and/or captions to create the joke.

PartiallyClips tends to use dark humor; frequently, the picture used is rather idyllic, which is common in public-domain clip art, but the added dialogue or captions twist the scene. PartiallyClips also frequently comments on modern life and culture, especially aspects of Internet culture. There are no recurring characters or plots.

Its name is a mondegreen: "Partially Clips" sounds similar to "Partial eclipse".

Distribution and reception[edit]

PartiallyClips was updated twice weekly, on Sundays and Thursdays. The partiallyclips.com website stopped updating on 17 June 2015. During 2018, the PartiallyClips website went down[1][2] and as of July 2023 remains unavailable. The archives were available on the Erfworld domain, but are no longer available after that domain has largely been taken down due to personal tragedy..[3]

In addition to its online audience, the strip was also self-syndicated to print, targeted at alternative weekly newspapers.[citation needed] It appeared in roughly 25 newspapers and magazines,[citation needed] and was published in a book, Suffering For My Clip Art: The Best Of Partially Clips Volume 1.[4] Material from PartiallyClips was included in Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists.[5]

PartiallyClips was included in a 2009 short list of webcomics included in an NPR article. The article's author, Glen Weldon, described it as "a combination of found art, a finely honed comic sensibility, and awesomeness run rampant."[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PartiallyClips - Archive.org". 2018-03-29. Archived from the original on 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  2. ^ "partiallyclips.com is almost here! - Archive.org". 2018-07-12. Archived from the original on 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  3. ^ "Erfworld". erfworld.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  4. ^ Balder, Rob (2005). Suffering for My Clip Art: The Best of Partially Clips. Unseen Productions. ISBN 0976182327.
  5. ^ Attitude 3 : the new subversive online cartoonists. Rall, Ted. New York: Nantier, Beall, Minoustchine. 2006. ISBN 1561634654. OCLC 64596017.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "Webcomics: An Annotated Guide for the Understandably Perplexed - Monkey See Blog : NPR". NPR. Archived from the original on 7 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-09.

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