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Reply #70 on: June 26, 2013, 05:31:24 PM

Not that I've seen.  I have been following it for the past month or so and it's just bad.  The drawing is bad, the jokes are bad.  It's like a bad newspaper comic. 
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Reply #71 on: June 26, 2013, 05:40:55 PM

Well, that's what he's always aspired to.

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Reply #72 on: June 26, 2013, 09:53:24 PM

If I remember right, he tried to 'revolutionize' newspaper comics syndication by letting papers print the comic free of charge.  I think no one took him up on it.
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Reply #73 on: June 27, 2013, 10:26:13 AM

My favorite thing about Kurtz was the absolute jealousy he oozed over PA; he does a lot of collaboration stuff with them now but I still imagine it burns his ass that they got the success he probably thought he deserved.

Also him lecturing more successful print and web comic authors on how to do business. Yeah thanks guy.

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Reply #74 on: June 27, 2013, 11:49:59 AM

It was a decent read in the beginning, and he was good at doing the long term story like you see with Questionable Content.  I like that in my comics. 

I just think he's run out of story.  What else is there to talk about?  He also looks about one frito away from a heart attack.
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Reply #75 on: June 27, 2013, 12:23:07 PM

He's always looked like that, though.

I haven't read the comic in years but took a look again since ghost asked the question.  His move-in and collaboration with the PA guys has driven things in a 'new' and much worse direction art wise. He was a better artist when using his own style instead of ripping-off bits of theirs.

The stories are as terrible as they ever were. He's not a gamer anymore (self-admitted years ago) and only has a tangential relationship to any reality outside of that, so they're not going to resonate with anyone but whomever still enjoys the characters.

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Reply #76 on: June 27, 2013, 03:40:40 PM

Well, I would ask how many of us here are really "gamers" in the same sense that we were 15 or 20 years ago.  That doesn't really bother me, as long as he could put out a decent story line and keep it funny.  It's not any more.  I actually kind of feel sorry for the guy.  Penny Arcade can still make me guffaw.  Questionable Content isn't nearly as funny as it used to be, but I actually go back and read it just to see what is going to happen to all the characters. 
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Reply #77 on: June 27, 2013, 03:45:29 PM

Some people were never funny, but they can hide it well for a while with popular references or recycled jokes.

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Reply #78 on: June 27, 2013, 04:20:12 PM

Well, I would ask how many of us here are really "gamers" in the same sense that we were 15 or 20 years ago. 

Yeah but many of us here still play even if we're not caffeine-fueled 20-somethings beating the latest releases in a day or two.  IIRC he indicated he simply doesn't play games at all anymore, which is why the references went away.

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Reply #79 on: June 27, 2013, 04:39:15 PM

Well, I would ask how many of us here are really "gamers" in the same sense that we were 15 or 20 years ago. 

/raises hand

Less time on MMOs, more time on not-MMOs, but otherwise about the same minus the time I now spend trying to not be completely sedentary.

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Reply #80 on: June 27, 2013, 04:54:10 PM

Me too. Doubt ill ever voluntarily stop playing games.

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Reply #81 on: June 28, 2013, 01:55:26 AM

Oh, I was commenting on the grammar bullshit. 

PVP has been awful since.. I can't remember the last time it was good.  Does he even write gaming strips anymore?
There was something wrong with the grammer?  I was highlighting the fact that somebody actually implied PvP has gotten bad, instead of being in that state since the universe was created.   awesome, for real

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Reply #82 on: June 28, 2013, 12:27:58 PM

I suppose this is the right thread for this...can anyone recommend a good webcomic?

I like http://www.nichtlustig.de/ and http://oglaf.com/

xkcd is ok, but a bit too cynic for my taste.

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Reply #83 on: June 28, 2013, 06:34:00 PM


Some things I follow these days that I think are worth a look:

Nimona
http://gingerhaze.com/nimona/comic/page-1
Updates Tue/Thu, Humorous Fantasy/Sci-Fi setting, strange shapechanging girl self-appoints herself as sidekick to an evil overlord type, hijinks ensue.
Two standalone non-spoilery pages:
http://gingerhaze.com/nimona/comic/nimona-chapter-5-page-17
http://gingerhaze.com/nimona/comic/nimona-chapter-6-page-31

Derelict
http://derelictcomic.com/?strip_id=0
Updates ~Weekly, neat post-apocalyptic story, very little dialogue.  Love the setting, story and backgrounds, wonder if the artist hasn't quite figured out how to draw the protagonist (she just seems off-model a lot).  Bit of survival horror flavor.

Vattu
http://www.rice-boy.com/vattu/index.php?c=001
Updates 2-3 times a week, vast story, non-human civilizations, member of a nomadic tribe swept into a vast empire.
Representative early page: http://www.rice-boy.com/vattu/index.php?c=075

Cucumber Quest!
http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-1/
Updates 2+ times a week, adorable art, silly adventure story.
Character Page provides some flavor: http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/characters/

Bad Machinery
http://scarygoround.com/index.php?date=20090921
Updates 4 times a week, (British) Mystery Solving Teens.  Sometimes supernatural in nature.  Snappy dialogue. 
New Readers Intro: http://scarygoround.com/cast.php

Gunnerkrigg Court
http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1
Updates M/W/F.  Strange girls.  Stranger boarding school.  Both story and artwork evolve from really rough beginnings to something pretty impressive over the first few chapters and then just keep getting better.
Not spoiler free, but this later chapter is a relatively self-contained and gives an idea where the art's going: http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=632
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Reply #84 on: June 29, 2013, 12:28:41 AM

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Reply #85 on: July 01, 2013, 11:10:54 AM

While I'm only actively reading the top 6 on this list, the ones I have on my work PC would be:

Questionable Content
Least I Could Do (borderline NSFW)

[url=http://www.lfgcomic.com/]Looking For Group

Dominic Deegan (which recently finished)
Cyanide and Happiness
Something Positive 
Crimson Dark
Flipside (borderline NSFW)
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Reply #86 on: July 03, 2013, 08:52:41 PM

Crossed: wish you were here.  Extremely disturbing and most definitely not safe for work horror comic about torture rape cannibal zombies.  Not exactly zombies but the story is the standard zombie apocalypse scenario.

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Reply #87 on: July 05, 2013, 02:42:19 PM

Broodhollow

Basically a Depression-era psychological horror/comedy strip done in a kinda interesting visual style.

An encyclopedia salesman who suffers from serious OCD receives a notice he has inherited a store from his grandfather he has never met; he reluctantly goes to claim the estate and finds that the town is a bit off. Weird stuff happens, people act like they don't see it, and he has to figure out if something really IS up or if his neurosis is the problem.

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Reply #88 on: July 05, 2013, 03:44:48 PM

Crossed: wish you were here.  Extremely disturbing and most definitely not safe for work horror comic about torture rape cannibal zombies.  Not exactly zombies but the story is the standard zombie apocalypse scenario.
So I spent a good chunk of my 4th reading all the available chapters.  Partly I was admiring the linework of the art, and partly because I found it fascinating.  The storytelling is good and while the art/storyline can be damn gruesome, it didn't turn me off.  Thanks for the link!

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Reply #89 on: July 05, 2013, 07:27:24 PM

Crossed: wish you were here.  Extremely disturbing and most definitely not safe for work horror comic about torture rape cannibal zombies.  Not exactly zombies but the story is the standard zombie apocalypse scenario.
So I spent a good chunk of my 4th reading all the available chapters.  Partly I was admiring the linework of the art, and partly because I found it fascinating.  The storytelling is good and while the art/storyline can be damn gruesome, it didn't turn me off.  Thanks for the link!

There are also several dead-tree completed stories you can get your hands on.

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Reply #90 on: July 06, 2013, 07:59:03 AM

I don't typically get too into horror stuff but Broodhollow is fantastic. Same dude draws Chainsawsuit, which is hit-or-miss but requires the least investment of any webcomic ever (he also wrote Starslip Crisis but that one always left me cold).

I've found myself enjoying Leftover Soup although I'm not sure I'd really recommend it to anybody. The author strikes me as a bit of an odd duck but it has more personality than the similarly-premised Questionable Content.

Diesel Sweeties is the Platonic ideal of snappy dialogue, often at the expense of actual humor. But I like it.

Red Meat is... well, you should just read it.

I'm also a fan of Zach Wiener, Randall Munroe, John Campbell, and especially Ryan North and John Allison, but they've all received mentions already.
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Reply #91 on: July 26, 2013, 04:19:31 PM

So Penny Arcade finally did their comic thing people voted on over 2 years ago. It's basically Trigun without the anime looks like.

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Reply #92 on: July 26, 2013, 05:59:12 PM

Nah, right now I'm thinking this is all just a big VR dream the VI has everybody sharing while they travel.  May have gone wrong or something.  So basically a cross between the matrix and the American version of Life on Mars.   awesome, for real

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Reply #93 on: August 02, 2013, 06:58:40 AM

Nevermind, your right, its Tri-gun, heh.

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Reply #94 on: August 05, 2013, 11:42:02 PM

Anyone mentioned Order of the Stick yet?  Little bit of archive shock if you're starting from scratch (908 strips to date), but if you dropped it when it went quiet last year, it started back up again a few months ago.  Lots of D&D geek in-jokes, but an interesting enough story to go with it.

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Reply #95 on: August 06, 2013, 05:45:45 AM

That Penny-Arcade Sand thing was shite.

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Reply #96 on: August 06, 2013, 08:38:15 AM

That Penny-Arcade Sand thing was shite.



I couldn't even understand what the fuck they were talking about.  Not that I paid a lot of attention to it. 
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Reply #97 on: August 06, 2013, 09:10:07 AM

That's pretty much Tycho's too-cool-for-the-room writing style where you don't really explain anything and beat around the bush for-fucking-ever on parts of the story that should be transitions that last a single page.

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Reply #98 on: August 06, 2013, 09:41:22 AM

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What the fuck was that, wrote The Guardian

Never mind that shit, here's Mongo, wrote Mr Johnston.

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Reply #99 on: August 06, 2013, 12:32:12 PM

That's pretty much Tycho's too-cool-for-the-room writing style where you don't really explain anything and beat around the bush for-fucking-ever on parts of the story that should be transitions that last a single page.

So that was the last part? I'm with Ghost on this... no clue wtf was going on, first I am in the Wild West, then space? I went along with it and read them all, but the only reason was to see if it was over.

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Reply #100 on: August 06, 2013, 12:54:38 PM

Made sense to me.  Ship crashes, people rebuild to the state of the old West and disperse, immortal superhumans modified by Ship AI sent out to retrieve populace and carry on journey.

Been done before, quite a few times, and better and not so confusing and wank due to the medium and the fact that it's wank.

Did I mention it's wank ?

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Reply #101 on: August 07, 2013, 07:08:34 AM

It is literally Trigun without the anime.

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Reply #102 on: August 07, 2013, 08:03:45 AM

So since you all were babbling about it I checked it out, despite not having read PA in about 3 years.  

Saying it's Trigun is like saying that Firefly is Trigun and LOTR is a pulp D&D novel.  Same big ideas and similar setting but in PA's instance the "story" is terrible.

Ironwood is right, it's wank.

Worse, it's not even marginally interesting wank. It's the 30-second pitch you give to someone so you can fund your wank graphic novel.  There will be a kickstarter for this.

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Reply #103 on: August 07, 2013, 08:40:24 AM

I'm glad I'm not the only one who couldn't make head nor tail of that comic series. At least regular service has now resumed.

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Reply #104 on: August 07, 2013, 08:46:11 AM

I dunno why they jerked off the basic concept for 10 full pages. You figure out the twist the instant they get around to showing the spaceship.

I still like it better than Lookouts, which was utter wank and like "The New Kid" reeked of "Oh god someone big please notice this kid-friendly IP we kinda came up with and rescue us from doing gamer comics forever!". Also how annoyed they obviously were when it didn't win any of the votes they held so they just did a bunch of Lookouts shit anyway.

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