PartiallyClips is a comic published on the internet that was created by Rob Balder and ran from 2002 to 2015. At the start of 2010, Balder gave authorship of the comic to Tim Crist, the comedy musician behind Worm Quartet.


PartiallyClips is a constrained comic. Each three-panel strip consists of the same clip art image (the comic has no original art) in each panel for the whole strip, with added speech balloons and/or captions to create the joke.

PartiallyClips frequently tends to use dark humor because the picture used shows peace, which is common in public-domain clip art, but the added dialogue or captions make it instead not show peace. PartiallyClips also frequently comments on modern life and culture, especially aspects of Internet culture. No characters or plots often repeat.

Its name is a derivation from a misinterpreted phrase that results from a mishearing of the name because "Partially Clips" sounds similar to "Partial eclipse".

Distribution and receptionEdit

PartiallyClips was updated twice every week, on Sundays and Thursdays. The website stopped updating on 17 June 2015. During 2018, the PartiallyClips website went down,[1][2] and remains unavailable as of August 2019. The archives were available on the Erfworld domain, but are not available there anymore because that domain has largely been taken down due to personal tragedy.[3]

In addition to being published online, the strip was also self-licensed to print media, being targeted at alternative weekly newspapers.[source?] It appeared in about 25 newspapers and magazines,[source?] and was published in a book called 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 short list of comics published on the internet that was included in an NPR article released in 2009. The article's author, Glen Weldon, called it "a combination of found art, a finely honed comic sensibility, and awesomeness run rampant."[6]

Related pagesEdit


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

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