Monday, March 24, 2008

Make it quick please.

One-panel strips (close enough -- Nature Waits for No Game)? I'm a fan. Quick, to the point, little room for error, lots of room for focusing on the joke.

13 comments:

Sage said...

Im liking the behind the head look a lot more and think the joke was funny and a good video game-esq reference. Also, doesn't that show true love when you can say "I have to poop" and neither of the parties are grossed out?

A positive nit-pick. did you notice on the computer screens were the basic sketch shapes of the blood elves from the Ding! comic strip. I still think that Ding! is the in game evens of the PVP crew and both of them having characters shaped like both blood elves in the game lends credence to that. (also the ad saying "the adventures of the PVP crew in Wow" does as well)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad Scott finally decided to get rid of all the ads. No one else really mentioned it here, so I don't know if it was just me that didn't like them.

6 ads on one page was just too many. Then to add 3 more (for t-shirts, PVP Series and Ding!) was over kill.

Oh and I prefer the comic buttons this way too. Two tiny squares on the left side was just so annoying when using the archive.

Anonymous said...

My only issue with this comic is the tagline: "Things that have never been said, in the entire universe until just... right... NOW."

I know it's for the purpose of a joke, but anyone who has lived with another MMORPG player for any amount of time has probably heard a line like that one.

Sage said...

Well i think you can infer that it wasnt said until the invention of the mmorpg. (he could have said it explicitly like that but went another way with it)

evan said...

Yeah... I think the "just... right... now..." thing didn't mean the specific instance outlined in the comic, but rather the era that we find ourselves in. A this moment in time sort of thing. Your parents, or grandparents, never would have said that line... and I don't think there's really another pastime, either presently or historically, where a person would say that.

evan said...

@ Sage

You make good points about the reasons why Ding! can be viewed as the in game exploits of the PVP gang in WOW, especially the ad saying literally that, so I went back and listened to the podcast where he discusses his creation process of the strip (http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-49535/TS-84017.mp3) to see if maybe I was remembering incorrectly.

If you want to listen to that podcast from around 17:00 to 19:00, that's where he says that these are new characters in a generic MMORPG.

If you want to read the strip as the PVP gang, then there's nothing stopping you, I suppose. But that doesn't seem to be the intent of the author. There have also been some things (the types of elves, I believe.... I've never played WOW...) that are inconsistent with the WOW universe, and this is why.

I'm pretty sure he talks a bit more about borrowing the avatars that he used in PVP, and even some of the names (Kissybear) and I'll post timestamps for those later when I finish relistening to the podcast.

Then again, maybe he changed his mind somewhere along the line and this is now the PVP gang in WOW, but I think the non-WOW references are proof that isn't the case.

Anonymous said...

You're really expecting consistency?

Steven said...

Um... yes?

Anonymous said...

TFSM, where oh where have your balls gone?

The Founder said...

Why has everyone started abbreviating Fake Scott Mcloud's name to TFSM?

There is no "The" in his name.

theoriginaljes said...

I don't know...

I can totally see Hannibal as second in command, bringing the elephants over the Alps. And his commander turns to him and says almost the exact same line.

algeya said...

southpark did it first
remember Make love not warcraft

and why Jade didnt say the little girl room or the place where you go alone or something like that

why change a character for the sake of the joke instead of working around it?

Jai said...

I don't find it unbelievable that Jade would tell Brent she has to poop, when she's in a hurry. She isn't saying she has explosive diahrrea.

I use "TFSM" because it's more natural for me to say he is "the fake Scott McCloud", as opposed to saying he is "fake Scott McCloud". The latter just makes me feel like I've left a word out.

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