I keep forgetting about Cucumber Quest, /co/ has become every mean-spirited as of late so most comics have become hard to follow if posted there , not a good trend. Too many trolls. Anyway I'm working on a bit of something based off an idea that came to me while talking with a friend. A Mix of elements of Mystery and tale of Redemption. I think I've got decently unique hook for it to work out well.
Mary Cagle makes a harmless comic poking fun of artists sexualizing their "strong feminist girl" characters and Aaron Diaz throws a hissy fit, which now identifies him as the main target of the parody.
Cagle takes the high road, while Diaz deletes his tweets about kindness and professionalism and tries to pretend all of this never happened. Hypocritical baby.
>>229633 I would have said Virus but these freaks want to be human or something. I do fear the kids being "worth it" as raw material to Elevate themselves to the next level of their evolution. Hope their Dorm Watcher are paying attention because shit is going down. Chance of Kidnapped Paz is on an increase.
"We shall take the one that means the most to you."
>>>>229704 That is where this started, but now we're going into a Dimension of Flesh, fuck I hope the court does a headcount when the boat gets back. Make sure everyone returning is who they are supposed to be. Oh this seems like the situation where someone goes mad as shit goes off the rails. Keep it together Paz, DON'T TOUCH THE ANIMALS!!
>>229768 though it's a concern of how they've processed "it was worth it" in part because this whole thing seems like a trap they put a lot of planning into. I'm kinda hoping the Court leadership is still alive and the robots didn't off them as part of this plan.
>>229779 Well the robots are using that to rationalize this mass kidnapping and forcing a girl to cause a dimensional shift. I've a feeling that some robot will either broadcast that message that back to Kat at some point or they'll just state that what they are doing is "worth it" for the chance of becoming flesh. This whole goal has gone off the rails. Kat needs to stay away from the Biobot ideas.
>>229790 Only time someone showing interest in me in school was when this really small girl kept running into me in high school and then insisting on picking up my books for me, but if she was I stand by my decision of expecting her to ask if she's so eager to hang out with me. Tended to keep my head down and/or in books, though.
>>229998 I'm pleasantly surprised. I had expected her to be some gothy Zimmy-look-alike, but she actually has a personality and useful skills and her relationship with Jack seems to be more than acting as a substitute.
What do you guys think of Katie Rice? I never see you talk about Skadi or Camp Weedonwantcha. Anyway, I compiled some hard to get drawings that are either fanart, or sketches and storyboards she posted a while ago and arent around anymore. And two neat fan animations. In response to a /co/ anon I made a folder just for her self caricatures and updated the whole thing. I personally think she's quite an amazing artist,
I've only read Camp Weedonwantcha but I'm not terribly impressed by it. The art is nice but other than that it's just kind of 'eh'. I thought what I wanted from it was more of a coherent story but then the Seventeen backstory happened and wow no apparently that is not what I want at all.
>>230234 >Hasn't actually seen a ten year old draw
Don't get me wrong, Questionable Content is never going to win awards for its art. But it's just mediocre art. Not some sort of assault against the eyeballs. And it is functional for the stories they want to tell.
>>230407 Its a joke/meme thats crept up from their drawn out interactions up till this point, random people coming into threads and asking "Has Martin fucked the tranny yet?", its sort of like "Are they still on Namek?" or "Have they gotten off the boat yet?"
This sequence of events is really making Knott's vigilance with regard to after hours tomfoolery seem pretty reasonable.
Also- Ryan, before being driven to a life of record shopery, was destined to invent new, better chords for the British Ministry of Lutery. Thanks a lot, Tim Jones. Is there nothing you will not subject the Beckwith family too?
Personally? I think that Knott knows that Ryan wasn't really responsible. After all, Jonesy was the one who booked the classroom, right? And there was a protective thing over the window, if it was a spontaneous thing like Ryan claimed, do they really think he'd take safety procedures like that (admittedly they should have been wearing goggles, or at least safety glasses though).
If he were, you'd think that he'd have more of a grudge, what with them working together in the present day and all.
OH shizz, I wasn't reading the blogposts! The Mystery Shed truly is right dead!
>Goodbye, Bad Machinery
>After a couple of months of thinking about it, I’ve decided to conclude Bad Machinery with the Case Of The Modern Men. It feels like the right time to do it. The characters have outgrown the setting, the premise and the format. I’ve tinkered with the comic for three cases, with mixed results - a whole story of giant pages, then lots of little strips, but I’ve felt like I was in a holding pattern for the last couple of years. I don’t want to stop telling stories with these characters, but I’m not sure I can do much more with them without returning to the drawing board. There’s definitely more to come from Charlotte, Shauna and the rest of them, but you might not see much of them for a little while. With the third book released in December and five more stories to go, Oni’s beautiful print editions of Bad Machinery should continue unabated. I’m really proud of what they’ve done with my work.
>Needless to say, comics won’t stop in the meantime. When Expecting To Fly ends this Friday, Bobbins will return for a run of a few months (6 or 7 days a week) while I work on the 4th Bad Machinery book and a (currently secret) print project. I came up with so many ideas creating the idiotic, fictitious “Scary Go Round universe” over the last couple of months, that I see no reason for anyone to panic any time soon. The website will probably revert back to being called “Scary Go Round” as an umbrella for all the different things I’ve been doing over the last five years.
>Thanks to everyone who has supported Bad Machinery. Think of this as a Doctor Who-style regeneration in progress. Your friends will be back.
Read the entirety of Commander Kitty during the course of a few days. What a perfect mix of zany comic antics, competent science fiction, and genuine feels! I haven't felt so good reading a comic for a long time.
>>231337 Well it sounds like they are just too big for this current setting he's put them in so he's going back to seeing what can be expanded to fit what he wants to do with them. Its an interesting idea one doesn't see too often. I'm eager to see what this rebuild machine looks like.
While I didn't see the end of Bad Machinery coming either, in retrospect it makes a lot of sense. It had obviously become harder and harder to motivate the kids to pursue mysteries - especially the boys.
Whatever form the new comic takes, I hope it involves a lot of Charlotte and Shauna. As much as the rest of the Tackleford gang are great, those two are the best.
>>231370 Incidentally, the first batch of entries for the Unsounded Fanworks Contest is up for people to vote on: http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/fanfiction2014/
CONFLICT OF INTEREST ALART: My story's the one at the bottom - "A Lonely Rock Full of Eyes". Please do vote for one of the other entries out of disgusted spite at my shameless electioneering for my feeble attempt at fiction.
I didn't vote for your story, but it was on my shortlist.
I entered my own self, but I submitted it about ten minutes before midnight the day before the deadline, so it won't be appearing until the next batch. I'm definitely a little amused that someone else decided to do an Ephsephin piece.
Spinnerette is currently undergoing some filler arc that's nothing but anime cliches and nonsense and it's pretty unfulfilling, but all I can think of is "why is Mecha Maid your Senpai if you're in the same fucking class? That's not what the word means."
>>231649 I don't read the comic so I'm not sure of the situation, but a senpai doesn't necessarily have to be in a higher grade than you, they're just in a position of higher social status generally derived from having been in a company/school/group longer than you or having more experience than you but not SO much more status/experience than you that you would view them as either a leader or a teacher.
>>231656 No, it doesn't. That's just the thing translators translate it as when it's being used in a school setting because in that context, that's usually what it means. It's usually a fair translation in those situations, but it is not the only thing it can mean, and far from the only way it's used. It's just that most people get exposed to the word in anime set in high school when you're more likely to see it used that way than you are in the other ways.
I'm aware of the context the word has in a workplace environment, but in this case, the characters are both presented as high school students in the same grade and same class. They aren't in any club where one has been in it longer than the other (unless they end up saying that later,) they're just classmates. I get what they're going for, they're going after the "please notice me, Senpai" meme to kinda poke fun at romance anime but it's just really annoying.
Memes are the most transient of pop culture, their lifespan can be measured in days, and nothing saps the relevance/timlessness a work harder than a pointless reference.
It's like when Magick Chicks (one of the side projects started by the people behind Menage a 3) introduced characters that were based off the 6 main characters of My Little Pony. They eventually got retooled by the second writer to actually have more personality, backstory, and even a little importance, but they weren't introduced for the sake of the story, they were introduced for the sake of the reference and that's a mega pet-peeve of mine.
Off the top of my head, the only other webcomic that regularly had cameo characters from other series was Sister Claire, but that one did us the favor of just making them background gags that didn't have any bearing on the story or the characters that matter.
Magick Chicks? Doesn't matter if she became a potentially interesting character/antagonist, the character was still born as totally-not-human-Fluttershy-wink-wink, it fools no one.
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>>231689 Have to agree on this. Still, one of my favorite comics is slowly starting to become "less favorite", since now I know many others that look almost as good, and update 10 times faster. With updates this slow, the story I was previously involved with is slowly getting replaced by an art gallery. A beautiful art gallery, but I sometimes forgot what the art is about.
>>231769 4chan loved Paranatural. Then they found out Zack Morrison is friends with Gigidigi, and they hate the shit out of her, so they threw a temper tantrum. Zack Morrison found out about it, made those posts, and 4chan was shocked and dismayed by the reputation they spend all their time building being the reputation they have.
>>231792 Guh. I do remember /co/ having generally positive Cucumber Quest threads... Guess that's over. Well screw them. Of course anyone's free to Not Like something, but I can imagine several iritably childish and downright backwards and bigoted reasons they'd go back on any support and start working on their hate boner.
>>231782 While its true she's not the genki, manic pixie dream girl SO many people had pegged her as, she does have a somewhat dry, cynical sense of humour. And she's absolutely aware of it. But I wouldn't say its a rotten personality. She uses twitter to Come Out(tm) as adamantly anti-GG, feminist, and *gasp* black. And boy does she get shit over all of that.
As for webcomics circlejerk? God, its twitter. She's friends with other webcomic authors. Fuck.
>>231817 Okay, am I the only one who's getting sick of this "if I acknowledge that a trope/cliche is happening than it's not so bad" thing that I've been seeing more and more lately? I appreciate a character being genre savvy and all, but most of the time it's just a character acknowledging that something obvious and/or repetitious is happening, and it ends there without any clever twist to make the joke unique in any way.
I read the page before this one and fucking knew that someone was going to remark how Peridot's appearance was either predictable or just plain old, and would then segue back into the plot after a reaction of some sort.
>>231818 If it's done just for the reasons you said, sure. But in this case, that's not what it is.
This is about characterization. Peridot and Almond's relationship is based around mutual semi-affectionate antagonism. Almond is criticizing Peridot and Peridot is reacting in her classic tsundere manner to Almond's teasing. Moments like these are important for the characters to continue to read as the characters we know--they wouldn't be Almond and Peridot if Almond weren't teasing Peridot about shit like this and Peridot weren't comically overreacting to being teased.
Does anyone else read "The Specialists"? Been following it for awhile, wondering if anyone else reads it.
General premise involves small teams of WW2 supers on both the allied and axis sides (Allied metas are mostly borne from science while the nazis are mostly created via magic), it involves alot of the value of superhumans to their nation for use in propaganda and also a fair bit of the normal attitudes of people from those days which might catch out the reader with our modern perspective particularly from it taking place in a "cape" story. New page every monday so its slow but steady.
In latest news: Ava's Demon has been hacked by special snowflakes (let's call 'em that). And all because a character in the comic, who haven't fucked yet, gets teased about it by a villain. http://uh-what-the-fuck.tumblr.com/
>>231910 I don't understand this world. This strange sense of entitlement and misplaced justice. This demand to control the creations of others for the sake of your personal social utopia. And then the absolute gaul to refuse to discuss it further when you're "tired of talking about it". Just who the fuck do you think you are to do shit like that? How the hell would you have to be raised to think you are allowed this kind of authority?
>>231914 >This demand to control the creations of others for the sake of your personal social utopia. It's the same thinking that leads to, for example, fans forcing Bioware to change the Mass Effect 3 ending. People get invested in a fictional property and start thinking they deserve to have it go the way they want it to, and work to bully the creators into doing it the way they want--or else make it so no one else can enjoy the thing that the creators actually made since it doesn't match up with the fanfiction they had written in their heads about how it should go.
Basically, emotionally stunted nerds lashing out in ugly, juvenile ways because they don't know how to handle their problems like adults. And because the communities they run in reward ugly, juvenile behavior like theirs by treating them as heroes.
>>231794 Speaking of Gigi, apparently she's leaving Tumblr because said special snowflake community has been giving her some truly awful shit for daring to suggest that white allies aren't always evil and that it's a bad idea to bully minorities for not being mean enough to white people. Wow, fuck you guys and fuck your brand of "social justice".
>>231910 If that's the case, I take back what I said about uh-what-the-fuck and the assumed tumblrites. Annoying as they may be, they are entitled to have a nonsense opinion on her work, so long as they don't pull harassing shit. The issue applies to whoever actually did it though.
>>231923 To put it more exactly, after the Ferguson ruling, she went on about it on twitter and then posted up a drawing to try cheer herself up. Then came a whole cavalcade of little special snowflakes calling her all sorts of rubbish about how "it sure must be easy to forget racism with your little doodles" and overall assuming she's this dumb straight white girl with opinions about 'them blacks'. She posted some of the messages she got and they were overall very much... well horridly judgmental. That stung, to say the least.
Not two days ago another friend got harassed by just about the same sort of crowd for not fitting into their personal mould. Over minor disagreements, some political positioning, using gay slurs, nevermind she's gay herself...
The recurring theme with all these seems to be "you're The Man unless proven otherwise."
>The recurring theme with all these seems to be "you're The Man unless proven otherwise." Not just that but "you're The Man if I say so even when you aren't". God forbid someone have an opinion short of the leftist tip of the Great Horseshoe.
>>231926 Pretty sure Crazy Ace has nothing to do with the coincidental server crappage (the Ava's Demon server has been an infamous horror story ever since the comic started), considering he/she/it/they/marklar has just said that they're personally invested in the story and want to see what happens next, despite detesting absolutely everybody surrounding it to the core of their very being. Cheerful person.
I know opinion of "SJWs" among some posters here is abysmally low, but hacking their favourite webcomic because of a perceived slight just ain't their style. Besides, this isn't "SJWs" talking here, it's one isolated loon with an obsessive axe to grind.
And yes, before you ask, tumblr HAS got to me. Fear me.
>>231942 A very good point to make. Just slapping easy to hate labels on a whole group in spite of the internal variety and individuality won't really do much other than personally justify your own perception and anger those you've mislabeled.
>>231938 >what do you mean with this? As the quotation marks implied, I was using it in the way it tends to be used, as an amorphous othering "them", a perjorative synonym for "Internet users who want to make the world a better place and aren't shy about saying so". I try not to use it except ironically, but I noticed other posters implying Acey here was part of some wider mob when it seems to be just one lonesome asshole.
>>231953 >"Internet users who want to make the world a better place and aren't shy about saying so" I don't see how what people did to Gigidigi because she wasn't bigoted enough for their tastes makes the world a better place in any way.
>>231957 Just call them social revenge warriors. Because that's all they really are. SJW is a dead term, like hipster, and if you're calling them out on their revenge bullshit they can't just whip out their usual "you just hate me because you hate social justice" chestnut. Plus it separates them from regular people who just want to point out issues without resorting to slurs.
>>231956 Actually I think it would be nicer if Paz just sees Kat doing something goofy yet menacing with the lamp. Give her the same ability as Kat at seeing through this stuff. Since I'd hate for something to drive them apart because Paz would always fear her on some level.
>>232038 Okay she cooked the bugger and that set off showing Kats Etheral Self. Jack has an understanding of what Zimmy is, maybe his current GF is another part of Zimmy or he has just moved beyond the idea of romantic love with her.
After following this sporadically updating comic for some time, including a previous incarnation of it, figured I ought to mention it here already. After having drastically over the iterations from an initial form I wasn't really around to see, but know was some dumb sprite comic on the forums of another, I'm thinking this version is worth sticking with and hope the author does so.
So far it's four or so chapters in and looks to have about as many plot lines. All of them just starting out, though looks like things could start moving along fairly soon, relatively speaking. Main story is expected to involve a researcher a modern but somehow different world getting into trouble as he travels the world looking for crtyptids, if the comic's name and past iterations are indicative. Some interesting twists, nice banter, and a solid sense of the world despite all the mystery.
>>232082 They're supposed to be around 10, and I don't think they'll be actively cunt-teasing eachother on-page. Pretty sure this is the full extent of it.
And even if it went further, I wouldn't personally object. Kids in tv, comics, movies and real life have done some pretty silly precocious stuff. I can imagine any backlash to be due to them both being girls.
>>232296 He is, apparently, a main character from the earliest days of Bobbins, who has not shown up since at least the start of Scary Go Round, 12 years ago.
No idea who he is though, because I basically got started on with Bad Machinery, and only read the SGR archives because they were readily available/explained certain characters/had less shit art than Bobbins.
>>232298 Least shocking development so far since he was in the role of Preacher Man right after The Happening. Hope Kat realizes that was a sanctioned action. Hope Paz makes it back from Spain in one piece.
Will he Depose the King in the name of this cult or is the King part of it as well?
I always forget just how much Girl Genius info comes out of places besides the comic. Like, apparently the Professors have already confirmed that Klaus=Chump and therefore yes, Zeetha and Gil are siblings.
>>232569 People figured it out ages ago, it was super widespread. So that's why they came out on it, mentioning that Klaus went by Chump as a sketch note in the print volumes or something. There's other stuff about Skiffander in interviews and shit that details the reason Klaus beat feet but it's pretty much settled.
Man I just want a special comic about Klaus coming back and stomping Europa, because Klaus is the best character in a comic of best characters.
>>232891 Crim and Fyoosh are still together, this is the most recent comic with them.
About a week ago I actually decided to binge read the sinfest archives starting from 2010, since that was about when I left off. I wanted to see if the FEMINIST WARRIOR reputation it got was true or if it was just /co/ being /co/.
The feminist stuff was at its worst in 2012 which is when it kind of took over the comic. It stayed that way into 2013, but at least had more character and religion jokes in between the feminist stuff, and even the feminist stuff made a decent point on occasion.
Strangely enough in 2014 it became really plot focused and I'm actually enjoying it because it's mostly about the characters now. There are definitely very strong political undertones but it's usually not the focus, this strip >>232888 is BY FAR the worst and most blatant in quite a while.
Sometimes it's as bad as people say it is (like in >>232888, I'm not gonna defend that fucking garbage), but most of the time these days it's just about cute characters having weird adventures in a weird world that's a parody of our own. I'm fine with that.
>>232934 You probably shouldn't storytime just after having launched anyway, unless you are INCREDIBLY solid. Definitely not if it's your first webcomic.
I'd suggest getting some story arcs under your belt and wait till you get one you're especially proud of, then storytime that. Marketing should probably not be a priority in your first year unless you're already an established creator with a brand.
>>232949 I'm sorry Tiki, but manga should go over to >>>/jam/
>>232952 That's probably a hueg generalization. And if that was true how the fuck is Homestuck so popular? Or Penny Arcade? The indie webcomic [i.e. non-popular or hipster/underground] scene might be for all I know, but "authors supporting other authors" doesn't quite explain away the popular webcomics.
>>232976 My bad. I didn't read anything in your post >>232948 in my attempt to avoid Poopy O' Possum spoilers 'cause I'm planning on reading it one day. It's funny, because I do not care about being spoiled about any other media.