Here's a populist axiom for you: Genre readers have more fun. The literati may garner awards and critical praise, but they rarely make one smile. Popular authors, though, have license to be playful. Consider the beautifully illustrated Web comic Tuna Carpaccio P.I., a send-up of hardboiled that's alternately corny, sardonic and surreal. Start at the beginning of the fisticuff-loving, chronically incompetent investigator's adventures by clicking here. A new strip is added every Monday.
(Picture: CC 2007 by wili_hybrid; Hat Tip: Detectives Beyond Borders)