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Trix2000
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Trix2000 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:28 pm

4th Dimension wrote:As we have covered before it's a MAJOR problem with the webcomic format and the way they are done. Simply put plot arcs should not last longer than a year TOP. Schlock mercenary does try to stick to that and still by the end of a story I often forget the details of the initial entanglement so I often have to reread it once it's over.

Can't disagree, but I do actually enjoy going back for a full reread for webcomics I'm really into. I definitely notice how much better things go together when I do so, as opposed to getting things page-by-page.

Some webcomics handle this better than others. At least in Schlock's case most pages work fairly well standalone with the humor.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby 4th Dimension » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:23 pm

Oh I would agree that most of them are fun if you can binge a bunch of pages at once, but that is not how they are published. They are published in pages, probably with clear expectation that you will "tune in" each time a page gets posted.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Retsam » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:01 am

The tricky bit of story-based webcomics is that they really need to do both: they need to work well when binged and when read a comic at a time. If anything, I might argue that the "binge reading" version actually is more important: both because that is the "long-term" format of the comic, it's the version that new readers experience and it's the version that will last beyond its run.

And, if it's sort of slow reading day-by-day, you can always wait and let it build up.

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Personally, I'm doing well, that the couple comics I follow are still going. Schlock and Gunnerkrigg Court are both in their third acts, though. (Schlock's author has specifically stated that it's in the third act, and Gunnerkrigg is in the midst of tieing off one of its biggest plot threads) Paranatural still seems like it's got a good run ahead of it, and I'm trying to get into Unsounded.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Ninety-Three » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:40 am

On a related note, how's Girl Genius these days? I quit over a year ago, and without checking I'd bet money they're still stuck in that stupid diversion-filled castle.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby The Rocketeer » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:56 am

Ninety-Three wrote:...[H]ow's Girl Genius these days?
I checked the page just now, and it seems to be on a hiatus due to illness and personal crisis. In other words, the Default State of Every Webcomic, Ever.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Trix2000 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:35 am

A short one, I believe. That comic's still going strong. They're actually not in Mechanicsburg!

Hard to say how much is left of it still, but must be less than half.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby The Rocketeer » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:10 am

"Less than half?" Hasn't it been running since the '80's? Oh, no, it just looks that way, since it's drawn by Phil Foglio. It'll never not look like a back issue of Dragon.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby 4th Dimension » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:00 am

Girl genius never really stopped with pretty regular updates. As for personal disaster, it hasn't affected it much except for missing like one or two updates since today we got a new page.

As for the plot, while they haven't been in Mechanisburg in a long while it certainly isn't moving along at lighting pace but it's moving. As to how close it is to the end I have no idea.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Lachlan the Mad » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:17 am

4th Dimension wrote:Girl genius never really stopped with pretty regular updates. As for personal disaster, it hasn't affected it much except for missing like one or two updates since today we got a new page.

As for the plot, while they haven't been in Mechanisburg in a long while it certainly isn't moving along at lighting pace but it's moving. As to how close it is to the end I have no idea.

They wrapped up "Act 1" after Book 13 of the comic, and have started numbering new issues as "Act 2 Book 1/2/3" etc. -- they've just started Act 2 Book 4. I believe the intention is to create either two or three acts of 13 volumes each, meaning that we're either about 2/3 of the way through or not even halfway yet.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Thomas » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:37 am

It certainly doesnt feel close to ending. But as Girl Genius is a neverending stack of hijinks ensue, it can really last as long as they want.

Widdershins looks like it's about to end.

EDIT: Also the Queen of Cresce is a normal, fairly honourable person? WTF?
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Daemian Lucifer » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:33 pm

4th Dimension wrote:As we have covered before it's a MAJOR problem with the webcomic format and the way they are done. Simply put plot arcs should not last longer than a year TOP. Schlock mercenary does try to stick to that and still by the end of a story I often forget the details of the initial entanglement so I often have to reread it once it's over.


Thats because you dont read them as they come out,unless its a gag/page comic.You read them once a whole chapter is out.

Incidentally,erfworld has a bunch of pages for book 3.Time to dig back into it.
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Lachlan the Mad
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Lachlan the Mad » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:42 pm

Daemian Lucifer wrote:...you dont read them as they come out,unless its a gag/page comic.You read them once a whole chapter is out.

You have this power?

I... I desire this power.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Daemian Lucifer » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:56 pm

Lachlan the Mad wrote:
Daemian Lucifer wrote:...you dont read them as they come out,unless its a gag/page comic.You read them once a whole chapter is out.

You have this power?

I... I desire this power.


Funny thing is,I managed to purge some comics due to my ocd.I filled the bookmarks bar,and adding new stuff wouldve snipped the last entry and added the left right arrows,which looked asymmetrical and weird.So in order to add something,I had to remove something.Erfworld was on hiatus,so it got removed.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby 4th Dimension » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:59 pm

Not the way I do my comic perusal. Reading webcomics is part of my morning ritual while eating breakfast. I have a group in my bookmarks dedicated to the ones I follow, and there are so many that I don't open all of them at once but in three batches. So basically each morning I check up on all of them.
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Lachlan the Mad
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Lachlan the Mad » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:39 am

4th Dimension wrote:Not the way I do my comic perusal. Reading webcomics is part of my morning ritual while eating breakfast. I have a group in my bookmarks dedicated to the ones I follow, and there are so many that I don't open all of them at once but in three batches. So basically each morning I check up on all of them.

I'm like this except that my Bookmarks bar has 6 batches. The first 4 divide the alphabet, #5 is for NSFW comics, and #6 is for comics that are finished or on hiatus (so I don't actually check that one up regularly).
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Supahewok » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:53 am

Lachlan the Mad wrote:
4th Dimension wrote:Not the way I do my comic perusal. Reading webcomics is part of my morning ritual while eating breakfast. I have a group in my bookmarks dedicated to the ones I follow, and there are so many that I don't open all of them at once but in three batches. So basically each morning I check up on all of them.

I'm like this except that my Bookmarks bar has 6 batches. The first 4 divide the alphabet, #5 is for NSFW comics, and #6 is for comics that are finished or on hiatus (so I don't actually check that one up regularly).

Really? I divide my webcomics bookmarks by day they update. That seems most pertinent when I check on them in the morning.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby SpammyV » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:56 am

Thomas wrote:EDIT: Also the Queen of Cresce is a normal, fairly honourable person? WTF?


Wow it's rare that I get to go "I get that reference" in this thread.

So if the backstabbing and the decadence and the hedonism aren't coming from the Queen on down then where is it coming from?

Or is this a authorial feint attempting to delay the Queen's craziness by making her look reasonable and friendly to animals when she's supposedly head of state?

Also, damn I'm glad Unsounded is back. Love this stuff.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Trix2000 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:53 am

I do daily reading, but I have so many feeds that I often leave some by the wayside and end up coming back to them in small bursts, which helps a bit. And again, rereading is a great way to re-contextualize the whole thing, though obviously time-consuming and not really new.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Retsam » Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:38 pm

I've been having a lot of fun with Existential Comics, which is basically just putting philosophers in humorous situations. I've been enjoying it despite not actually knowing that much about philosophy; they do fairly well at both making the joke funny even if you don't entirely get the philosophical underpinnings of it, and they've also got a helpful "Didn't get the joke?" box that generally explains the philosophy behind the joke, making it pretty educational, too.

So far I've learned that Socrates was possibly the most annoying person ever, Sartre mostly ran around yelling "Radical Freedom!", and Karl Marx regularly sold his pants to buy alcohol (actually true). And of course most of the Freud jokes are about penises.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Thomas » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:18 pm

I'm particularly enjoying this little segment of Unsounded at the moment, from Quigley's expression when Matty 'killed him', to everyone hanging round each other, all so certain of their world views
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby SpammyV » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:51 pm

Verbose Duane is the best Duane.
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Daemian Lucifer

Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Daemian Lucifer » Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:40 pm

Puppet vore porn.Thats an image that will haunt me in my dreams.Poor peejee.
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Wide And Nerdy » Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:09 pm

Do any of y'all have any recommendations for how to track your progress through webcomics? I start in on one and lose my place or just forget I'm reading it.
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Daemian Lucifer

Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Daemian Lucifer » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:05 pm

Heres a list of helpful tools for binging.
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Trix2000
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Re: Favourite webcomics

Postby Trix2000 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:51 pm

Daemian Lucifer wrote:Puppet vore porn.Thats an image that will haunt me in my dreams.Poor peejee.
I WISH I could say that was the worst thing I've heard of, but honestly it doesn't even faze me.

...I have been to some dark and horrible depths of the net. Excessive curiosity is a terrible thing to have online. THERE IS NO BOTTOM.

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