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Reply #210 on: August 27, 2015, 04:06:04 PM

I really don't mind Sette being an incorrigible little shit at the beginning... and we do see that there's more to her than just that and a lot of it is a sort of defense-mechanism / self-confidence booster sorta thing... and her relationship with Duane evolves as she (and the audience) learn more about what makes him tick.

I'm caught up now and will definitely be following this one.  I do hope we get a breather and some more light-hearted bits after the current action underway resolves.

Interesting world, interesting characters, interesting magic system.  Wheels within wheels.  I'm looking forward to Sette finding someone to
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Reply #211 on: September 19, 2015, 11:50:35 AM



 Oh ho ho ho. Reallllly?

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Reply #212 on: October 26, 2015, 02:34:43 PM

Trigger Warning: Polandball


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Reply #213 on: March 03, 2016, 03:50:56 AM


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Reply #214 on: March 08, 2016, 02:42:18 PM

PA's regular stuff is now 100% unfunny after occasional signs of funny were thoroughly exterminated. I think a few of the occasional 'make no sense' interludes actually show some narrative and artistic promise but I think it's pretty characteristic that neither of them seem able to carry through on the ideas in those one-off things and sustain the effort. It's more like a sketchbook of half-baked ideas and premises and then it's back to the same jokes about video games and penises, recycling shit just like the real comics pages in the newspapers do.


why is this and why did it happen so severely

even the art appears to just be disintegrating into wank in a way which sort of degrades itself to tycho's failure to evolve beyond his own wank
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Reply #215 on: March 08, 2016, 05:10:12 PM

What the fuck is this bullshit, as an example.

It's horrible.


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Reply #216 on: March 08, 2016, 07:37:10 PM

I'm guessing because they now have hats of money, they believe everything they touches turns to gold.  And they have enough fanbois telling them that, so they've disappeared so far up their own arses that they have lost a sense of what is good and what is crap.
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Reply #217 on: March 08, 2016, 09:10:11 PM

What the fuck is this bullshit, as an example.

It's horrible.

What the fuck happened to dude's hair?  ACK!

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Reply #218 on: March 08, 2016, 09:18:12 PM

The art seems worse than I remember it being; wonder if that's rose colored glasses or they actually got worse.

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Reply #219 on: March 08, 2016, 09:33:15 PM

Pretty sure it's drawn/inked/rendered by multiple artists they have in house.
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Reply #220 on: March 08, 2016, 10:12:43 PM

It's definitely worse. Mike has been veering into the experimental with his art for a while but Tycho's head has never been quite so grippingly, objectively ugly before.

And I'm usually not even a hater - I still generally enjoy Jerry's gratuitous, verbiage-wank writing style, though I stopped keeping up with the comic once the newspost became required reading to make any sense of it.
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Reply #221 on: March 09, 2016, 06:25:29 AM

The art seems worse than I remember it being; wonder if that's rose colored glasses or they actually got worse.

No, it's got worse.  And it's been a straight line down.

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Reply #222 on: March 09, 2016, 09:51:21 AM

Does that remind anyone else of a certain forum?  why so serious?




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Reply #223 on: March 09, 2016, 09:56:05 AM

Yeah like legitimately the art is getting worse. It's like the opposite of watching other webcomics, where if even just through the sheer tenacity of how much they practice, you notice them evolving into a coherent style that becomes more clarified, consistent, good, and expressive as time goes on.

Whereas PA is just ... dissolving into a weird fucking sausage-nose mess of soppy, weird "facial" "expressions"

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Reply #224 on: March 09, 2016, 10:23:21 AM

He's a Fine Artieest. You just don't GET him. It's not for you.

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Reply #225 on: March 09, 2016, 10:32:57 AM

It's fascinating because it breaks the two most common webcomic art patterns (a. art remains the exact same level of mediocre-to-bad that it was from day one or (more commonly) b. art steadily improves over time (apparently most people who draw hundreds of pages of comics start getting better at art, shocking))... PA started pretty rough art-wise, improved steadily over a few years, then at some point just sorta imploded into something incomprehensible.
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Reply #226 on: March 09, 2016, 11:13:06 AM

He's a Fine Artieest. You just don't GET him. It's not for you.



like i don't know who this is supposed to be for but it really concerns me that they managed to carve out a stylistic niche where

uh,

okay, okay, the best way i can describe it is this: they perplexingly went from drawing mouths like "people who can draw mouths ok" to drawing mouths like Liefeld draws feet, like that there is a fundamental lack of ability to draw that thing that cannot entirely be mended, and that they sort of gloss over with some crude, weird workarounds.

it is like that much with the 'humor' and writing having seemingly decayed into terminally unfunny, the visuals of the strip broke straight through into depressingly overwrought badness. I see the amount of practice and time that goes into it. So I do not understand how it ends up so bad where before it was arguably better by being simpler and more straightforward.

Is tycho's absurd glossolalia sort of wanking itself off into how gabe does art?
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Reply #227 on: March 09, 2016, 11:45:14 AM

It cannot be overstated just how far Tycho has crawled up his own ass.  I used to enjoy the fact that reading the post helped me understand the context of the comic, but he doesn't say anything coherent anymore.  In fact, he just flat out doesn't say ANY THING, anymore.  He just whargarbls for a few "paragraphs," and then makes a little blurb at the end to the effect of, "I know I'm way up my own ass, spewing nonsense, but it also has meaning, ya know?"

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Reply #228 on: March 09, 2016, 02:26:52 PM

I wasn't sarcasiming hard enough I guess. Thus my "irony" statement because they're officially Kevin Smith now:
https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/24/the-adventures-of-twisp-and-catsby


Is tycho's absurd glossolalia sort of wanking itself off into how gabe does art?


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Reply #229 on: March 09, 2016, 11:46:23 PM

It cannot be overstated just how far Tycho has crawled up his own ass.  I used to enjoy the fact that reading the post helped me understand the context of the comic, but he doesn't say anything coherent anymore.  In fact, he just flat out doesn't say ANY THING, anymore.  He just whargarbls for a few "paragraphs," and then makes a little blurb at the end to the effect of, "I know I'm way up my own ass, spewing nonsense, but it also has meaning, ya know?"

His response to Undertale was breathtaking in that it so perfectly and completely summarized that he had become the very sort of thing he had pilloried earlier back when I guess he wasn't ossified underneath all his wank. I had been prone to be apologist for them before. That ended that.
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Reply #230 on: March 10, 2016, 02:42:31 AM

What you did there. I see it.

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Reply #231 on: March 10, 2016, 09:27:12 AM

Geezus - comparing the art in those two PA strips linked.. the current stuff looks like absolute shit.  Someone needs to have his gradient tool taken away at the bare minimum.


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Reply #232 on: March 10, 2016, 10:29:58 AM

I've been somewhat active on the PA forums for many years, but I can't recall the last time I ever set eyes on the frontpage or actively followed the comic. It's got to have been six, seven years now? Much like Something Awful, the front page stopped being the interesting part many years ago.

It's kind of interesting, though, since you can flip backwards through the recent archives and find the single exact strip where Mike's art style suddenly shifts to what we have now. It's very jarring.
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Reply #233 on: March 10, 2016, 06:52:24 PM

I think his excuse was, "I was tired of the old way so I'm doing it this way now."

It looks really bad but whatever they've been at it for like a decade and a half now. I don't really read them anymore.

Like, Tim Fucking Buckley does more poorly written but somehow more interesting shit now since he dumped the PA-ripoff premise. He does a really bad videogame comic, a bad sci-fi story, a bad dnd-campaign, and a bad superhero story. Somehow it's more interesting than anything PA has going on somehow which boggles the mind.

But we also live in a world where the guy that does Dresden Codak still gets thousands of dollars a month on Patreon to NOT deliver any of the actual promised goods, month after month after month.

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Reply #234 on: March 13, 2016, 10:08:35 PM

But we also live in a world where the guy that does Dresden Codak still gets thousands of dollars a month on Patreon to NOT deliver any of the actual promised goods, month after month after month.

I thought he was updating at the rate of one, sometimes two pages a month post-patreon-windfall, which is blisteringly fast for him.  (Yeah, I'm a bit baffled at why folks throw that much money at him too).
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Reply #235 on: March 14, 2016, 09:22:23 AM

Philosophy wonks have little else to spend money on, I suppose. Especially nihilists since nothing matters.  awesome, for real

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Reply #236 on: March 16, 2016, 02:55:15 PM

Polandballs playing D&D! Spoilered for size:


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Reply #237 on: May 16, 2016, 02:16:48 PM


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Reply #238 on: May 16, 2016, 03:07:35 PM

LOL!  Okay, that one took a bit to get, but not bad.

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Reply #239 on: May 16, 2016, 03:09:03 PM

It's brilliant on almost every level.

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Reply #240 on: May 16, 2016, 04:24:07 PM

Haha yeah that took me a minute  awesome, for real

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Reply #241 on: May 16, 2016, 06:46:11 PM

That took me too longer to get  Ohhhhh, I see.
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Reply #242 on: May 17, 2016, 02:08:25 PM

explain plz (Bane/Batman? something SJW?)
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Reply #243 on: May 17, 2016, 02:22:37 PM

explain plz (Bane/Batman? something SJW?)

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Reply #244 on: May 17, 2016, 03:34:56 PM

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