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Chop Wood, Carry Water

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August 5th, 2019, 1:00 pm

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Dogbert, August 5th, 2019, 1:00 pm

And No Fucks Were Given

My abject failure at getting enough people interested in the Q&A I wanted to do for #500 tells me I still got a long way to go.

Usually, the question would be whether I actually have the energy to walk it, but meh, I'm well aware my opinions are as popular and/or welcome as a fart in an astronaut suit. "Madman Screaming In The Desert" is basically my whole schtick.

Whatever, I'm still here. I may eventually call it quits, but today is not the day.


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1958Fury (Guest), August 9th, 2019, 8:47 pm

Don't Stop Believin'

Please keep going.

I’m going to be honest here, most of your comics don’t make me laugh. The majority of them just seem to be about insulting things you don’t like (which often turn out to be things I love). We already have the rest of the internet for random hatred. Heck, I do the same thing in my own blog. The difference is, I’m not really trying to make anyone laugh, I’m just letting off steam. I hold webcomics to higher standards than I do personal rants.

That said, you have improved over the years. Your art has improved, your writing has improved, and you have genuinely made me laugh out loud once or twice.

There’s another webcomic artist/writer that I love; let’s call him Bob. I love Bob’s current webcomics, but if you go back to his earliest efforts, he was just terrible. His writing was bad, his art was bad, and his stories felt pointless. He probably faced a lot of criticism at the time, but he kept going. He spent years making bad webcomics before he improved. If someone had actually talked him into quitting, I wouldn’t be able to read one of my favorite webcomics today.

If you’re enjoying what you’re doing, that’s all that matters. I am currently writing a really bad novel, that I plan to put in the Kindle store when it’s finished. I don’t expect it to sell more than a couple of copies, and those to friends, but that’s not the point. I have inner creative demons that I need to drive out, and writing is the outlet I’ve chosen to express them.

On the other hand, maybe you’ll eventually decide that humor isn’t the right path for you, and take the webcomic in a different direction. That’s okay too. Another one of my favorite comics started out as porn, until the artist realized his comics were funnier than they were erotic. You could write an action/adventure story about some gamers who stumble across a real life mystery, and have to use their gaming skills to solve it, and you’d still be able to incorporate the biting social commentary used in your current strip.

You might improve so much that you’re embarrassed by your earlier strips and purge them from the internet. Or you might keep them as a monument to your early years, just to show how hard you’ve come.

But whatever you decide to do, it’s the persistence that matters. Everyone faces criticism in their early years, and nobody starts out an expert. As much as I disagree with the opinions you express in your comics, I highly respect the fact that you actually have a webcomic and manage to update it on a regular basis. It’s more than I’ve ever done, and I hope you keep it up.

Aryxbez (Guest), August 10th, 2019, 6:16 am

I enjoy them

While they don't make me personally laugh either, I do enjoy the criticisms laid against the various RPG stuff you like. For me that is the appeal, it is openly criticizing works that deserve it, and is very refreshing as a result.

Dogbert, August 12th, 2019, 4:49 pm

Thank you kindly


Both of you, thank you.
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