The Webcomic Watchman

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Webcomic Drama: Don't Feed the Beast

Finally, my winter break is over, and I'm considering getting back into the groove again, when a certain abomination catches my eye. I'm not going to link to it, because I know curiosity will get the better of you and I'll just be sending him more hits. So here, go to this forum thread to get the gist of it.

Currently, this comic is #2 most-read on DrunkDuck, despite all the wailing and the butthurt and even possible sockpuppetry found in the comments below each of its strips.

In a nutshell, this Comic-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named is taking the cliches of gamer comics (and even directly rips off Penny Arcade in one strip), and features crappily drawn characters with only one pose, sprinkled with bits of teenage homophobia. So for the both of you that read this, here's the scoop: The comic is a joke, a scam, designed to make you pissed off enough that you have to come back and watch. The creator of this comic has even set up a Cafepress shop with the characters from the strip in the hopes that some 13-year-old will be sympathetic enough to buy one of them.

Perhaps the creator is the ghost of John Solomon (dun-dun-DUNNNNN!) taking his revenge on those of you who wouldn't listen. Perhaps it's an SA goon engaging in a grand experiment of punk-ery. Perhaps it's the work of Anonymous. Perhaps it's someone who actually thinks that the number of hits they're getting directly corresponds to how funny they are (the least likely, yet worst-case scenario). I don't know, and I don't care.

You want it to stop getting attention, then stop feeding the goddamn beast. Let it sink to the depths of obscurity like most of the crap that passes through DrunkDunk and ComicGenesis. Let its only mark on history be an article on Encyclopedia Dramatica. Whatever created this comic will not easily be cowered by simple flames in its inbox, but if you take stop paying attention to it, then maybe it will choke to death on its own suck.

2 Comments:

  • This comic can't be that big...I've never even heard of it until now. I suppose drunkdunk comics only reach to drunkdunk members...

    By Anonymous Jason, at 5:07 PM  

  • Well, since I've already ruined the joke on YWiBaYSFB, I might as well give this link again here, for anyone who bothers to dig through the archives of this blog and find this post.

    As the link indicates, the comic in question is the spontaneous brainchild of several people on the lovely Truth and Beauty Bombs forum who basically said "hey, let's make a terrible webcomic to piss people off." And piss people off it did.

    Of course, that information should not be given to the general DrunkDuck public, because that would risk ruining all the fun of seeing people get genuinely upset over an obvious joke of a comic.

    By Blogger Franz Schubert, at 11:00 PM  

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