Thanks to one of the members of this forum (valente.mac, I think), these days I have the habit of going to xkcd.org first thing every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for what is usually a very funny few panels of stick men making references to obscure physics (which I sometimes don’t even understand - the guy worked for NASA after all), maths and - frequently - Firefly. There’s one every day at the moment (“The Race”, starting with xkcd.org/577/) which is all about Firefly. And it’s very funny (if you’ve watched Firefly).
Anyway, I just came across this rather alarming site:
Yes, it’s a blog in which someone regularly writes hundreds of words explaining why he thinks particular panels of this webcomic, er, suck. Is this meta-irony or something? Does not compute! How is it possible for someone to dedicate time every couple of days to pick apart a harmless, good-spirited web-comic involving stick men and the occasional hat? I feel as though this is the point where I must become Wonko the Sane and built and inverted assylum…
I’ve been reading xkcd for a few years now and, although I don’t always find them funny or even interesting, I can objectively say that it is nowhere near even the middle of a webcomic hierarchy list in terms of quality.
Seems like Carl at xkcd doesn’t have much of a life to write a blog about how much he dislikes a free webcomic. As a writer, I love getting a reaction from readers. I hope the reaction is positive, but strong negative reactions are sometimes far more satisfying.
Hi Kirkesque, I’m not sure whether I misunderstood your above comment or if you misunderstood my reply. By your above comment I thought you meant that you didn’t place the xkcd webcomic (as a whole) anywhere near the middle of your favourite webcomics; that is, I thought you were saying that you found a lot of other webcomics much better, so I was asking for links to some other great webcomics (not xkcd) to check out. (I am such a sad geek that I went through every one of the xkcd back catalogue over the span of a week or so when I discovered it last year.)
Matt - Yes, Serenity. Of course, it all turns out to be angels at the end. Oh no, wait, that was another show. Firefly and Serenity are superb…
Sorry for the misunderstanding. I’ve tried following a number of webcomics, but most don’t grab me (I think having Calvin & Hobbes when I was a teenager spoiled me for comic strips). The only webcomic I read regularly is Sinfest. http://www.sinfest.net/
Although strips with God, the Devil, and the Buddha are almost always excellent, my favorites feature Percy and Poochy, the cat and dog.