History GrowingTheBeard / WebComics

25th Apr '16 3:09:57 PM Berrenta
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* This happens in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. The start of the story deliberately had a slow pace, involving a boy trying to handle his InventoryManagementPuzzle. And then suddenly there's reality-altering video games. And then there's meteors. [[MindScrew And then things get weird]]. The definite beginning of the comic's "beard" is the end of Act 3, when "[S]: Enter" displays just how incredible the flash format could be.



** Something similar happens in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' (see its entry in ItGetsBetter). The start of the story deliberately had a slow pace, involving a boy trying to handle his InventoryManagementPuzzle. And then suddenly there's reality-altering video games. And then there's meteors. [[MindScrew And then things get weird]].
*** The definite beginning of the comic's "beard" is the end of Act 3, when "[S]: Enter" displays just how incredible the flash format could be.
5th Jan '16 6:06:39 PM Rbade
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* ''Webcomic/MSPaintMasterPieces'' began pretty much as a standard Mega Man sprite comic. Around the attack of Wily, it began to take itself seriously, and became a full blown story.
28th Nov '15 8:07:33 PM Mr.Movie
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' started to grow the beard with the ''Sister'' arc and finished at the end of ''Grace's Birthday Party''.

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' started to grow the beard with the ''Sister'' arc and finished at the end of ''Grace's Birthday Party''. During this time, ''El Goonish Shive'' found the mix of character drama, sci-fi/fantasy, and humor that would define later arcs. By the end of ''Grace's Birthday Party'', the artwork had been tremendously improved as well.
27th May '15 12:54:38 AM TheGunheart
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* ''Webcomic/TheStoryOfAnima'' starts with a nifty ActionPrologue with lots of dynamic fight scenes, [[http://tapastic.com/episode/55425 "The Executioner" arc]] marks a major improvement in art quality, more focused storytelling and an action sequence that tops anything that came before it.
8th Mar '15 11:07:26 AM Jacob175
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* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' had this twice over.
** The first time was when the characters sat down and discussed their relationship, as well as the later half of the spank-off, setting them on the path to developing into fuller characters.
** The second time was the events on the pony ranch, finally finding a balance of character interaction, bondage play and exposition that the previous arc was criticized for lacking.



* Although ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' was pretty funny when it started out, the gradual ArtShift, combined with the accumulation of parody SolveTheSoupCans puzzles (each [[SerialEscalation more impenetrably complex than the last]]), strange characters, downright [[GuideDangIt bizzare game mechanics]], [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]], {{Chekhovs Gun}}s and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments]] eventually elevated the series to [[{{Troperiffic}} absurd levels of]] ''[[{{Troperiffic}} awesomeness]]'' by the time the [[FinalBoss Final Boss Battle]] rolled around.

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* Although ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' was pretty funny when it started out, the gradual ArtShift, combined with the accumulation of parody SolveTheSoupCans puzzles (each [[SerialEscalation more impenetrably complex than the last]]), strange characters, downright [[GuideDangIt bizzare game mechanics]], [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]], {{Chekhovs Gun}}s and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments]] eventually elevated the series to [[{{Troperiffic}} absurd levels of]] ''[[{{Troperiffic}} awesomeness]]'' by the time the [[FinalBoss Final Boss Battle]] rolled around.



* Some fans would state that ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' grew the beard when [[spoiler: Rhea and Buwaro escape from the Ring of the Slightly Damned and meet Kieri]]. This is not only when the storyline really picks up, but when [[ArtEvolution the improvement of the artwork]] starts becoming more noticable.

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* Some fans would state that ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' grew the beard when [[spoiler: Rhea and Buwaro escape from the Ring of the Slightly Damned and meet Kieri]]. This is not only when the storyline really picks up, but when [[ArtEvolution the improvement of the artwork]] starts becoming more noticable.noticeable.



* ''Twisted Kaiju Theater'' started as a small time comic strip with endless toliet humor. It ended up becoming one of the longest running web comics ever and dealing with many dark, mature themes while never losing it's comedic value.

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* ''Twisted Kaiju Theater'' ''Webcomic/TwistedKaijuTheater'' started as a small time comic strip with endless toliet humor. It ended up becoming one of the longest running web comics ever and dealing with many dark, mature themes while never losing it's comedic value.



* Zap! Starts out as a classic Space Opera Amnesic protagonist origin story and slowly becomes an epic tale of mind-control backstabbing and various alien factions.

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* Zap! Starts Webcomic/{{Zap}} starts out as a classic Space Opera Amnesic protagonist origin story and slowly becomes an epic tale of mind-control backstabbing and various alien factions.
8th Mar '15 9:23:43 AM TheUnsquished
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* ALoonaticsTale began in 2007 as a comic the artist/co-writer drew in her spare time at school, with poor art and writing and awkward layouts that culminated in a style switch (including dropping colour from the pages) halfway through the third storyline. Then the comic went on a several-month hiatus during which the artist entered a few Original Character Tournaments, started attending art college and generally worked on improving her craft. Now the comic is back in full colour, and both writing and art have greatly improved in quality.

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* ALoonaticsTale ''Webcomic/ALoonaticsTale'' began in 2007 as a comic the artist/co-writer drew in her spare time at school, with poor art and writing and awkward layouts that culminated in a style switch (including dropping colour from the pages) halfway through the third storyline. Then the comic went on a several-month hiatus during which the artist entered a few Original Character Tournaments, started attending art college and generally worked on improving her craft. Now the comic is back in full colour, and both writing and art have greatly improved in quality.



* ''[[Webcomic/OneOverZero 1/0]]'' had no point save getting a girlfriend when it started, nor did Tailsteak have any art experience, and it shows. The reason there was NoFourthWall was that Tailsteak never bothered to put one in, and found he couldn't do much in the way of jokes with one. Then he started taking ''real'' advantage of its absence, using it for creative character interactions. Then said characters started spiraling out of control in ''just'' the right ways.

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* ''[[Webcomic/OneOverZero 1/0]]'' ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' had no point save getting a girlfriend when it started, nor did Tailsteak have any art experience, and it shows. The reason there was NoFourthWall was that Tailsteak never bothered to put one in, and found he couldn't do much in the way of jokes with one. Then he started taking ''real'' advantage of its absence, using it for creative character interactions. Then said characters started spiraling out of control in ''just'' the right ways.
1st Mar '15 6:44:38 AM TheUnsquished
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* BlackAdventures really got its act together in the third chapter when the story became more tied in with the games and the writing got more consistent.
* The beginning of ''BobAndGeorge'' is all but a mess. Random filler strips, jokes that don't quite take off, and the occasional hint that, at some point, there would be a drawn webcomic with Bob and George. Once the last part was completely eliminated and the "Just Another Day" arc started, it finally got into its true plot and humor.
* BoxerHockey started off with sub-par to decent art, had a cast of generally cliche characters[[note]]A dumb character, who shared a nickname with the author, the jerk, TheBigGuy, the OnlySaneMan, and their coach.[[/note]], and sometimes relied on BlackComedy and gay jokes. During the strip's four-year life, Tyson Hesse, the author, attended college. Over the years, it resulted in the cast having heavy [[CharacterDevelopment development]], well thought-out jokes, and absolutely '''beautiful''' art. Tyson Hesse is now considered a professional artist, and is doing freelance jobs for [[VideoGame/SkullGirls Reverge Labs]] and Creator/DarkHorseComics. In short, it went from [[http://boxerhockey.fireball20xl.com/?id=2 this]], to [[http://boxerhockey.fireball20xl.com/?id=60 this]], then finally to [[http://boxerhockey.fireball20xl.com/?id=156 this,]] and improves every day.

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* BlackAdventures ''Webcomic/BlackAdventures'' really got its act together in the third chapter when the story became more tied in with the games and the writing got more consistent.
* The beginning of ''BobAndGeorge'' ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' is all but a mess. Random filler strips, jokes that don't quite take off, and the occasional hint that, at some point, there would be a drawn webcomic with Bob and George. Once the last part was completely eliminated and the "Just Another Day" arc started, it finally got into its true plot and humor.
* BoxerHockey ''Webcomic/BoxerHockey'' started off with sub-par to decent art, had a cast of generally cliche characters[[note]]A dumb character, who shared a nickname with the author, the jerk, TheBigGuy, the OnlySaneMan, and their coach.[[/note]], and sometimes relied on BlackComedy and gay jokes. During the strip's four-year life, Tyson Hesse, the author, attended college. Over the years, it resulted in the cast having heavy [[CharacterDevelopment development]], well thought-out jokes, and absolutely '''beautiful''' art. Tyson Hesse is now considered a professional artist, and is doing freelance jobs for [[VideoGame/SkullGirls Reverge Labs]] and Creator/DarkHorseComics. In short, it went from [[http://boxerhockey.fireball20xl.com/?id=2 this]], to [[http://boxerhockey.fireball20xl.com/?id=60 this]], then finally to [[http://boxerhockey.fireball20xl.com/?id=156 this,]] and improves every day.



* The beginning of ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', to be frank, absolutely sucked. Then the author resumed updating after a year's absence, at which point [[ArtEvolution the art quality massively improved]], the characters' personalities became more distinct, the plot picked up, the worldbuilding started to improve, the separate species were introduced... In general, it just, very abruptly, became worth reading.

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* The beginning of ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', to be frank, absolutely sucked. Then the author resumed updating after a year's absence, at which point [[ArtEvolution the art quality massively improved]], the characters' personalities became more distinct, the plot picked up, the worldbuilding started to improve, the separate species were introduced... In general, it just, very abruptly, became worth reading.



* ''TheDragonDoctors'': The strip began as a one-shot for a group of TF [[strike:fetishists]] [[IReadItForTheArticles fans]], and the apparent hasty writing of the first half of the first chapter reflects this. As the author begins fleshing out the world, the comic gets much more interesting.

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* ''TheDragonDoctors'': ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'': The strip began as a one-shot for a group of TF [[strike:fetishists]] [[IReadItForTheArticles fans]], and the apparent hasty writing of the first half of the first chapter reflects this. As the author begins fleshing out the world, the comic gets much more interesting.



* ''{{Megatokyo}}'' starts off as a fairly standard 4-panel comic with two video game guys getting into hijinks. It takes about fifty strips before it gets into the ridiculous multi-person romance and off-the-wall zombie-robot-Godzilla adventures at the same time.
* ''[[OneOverZero 1/0]]'' had no point save getting a girlfriend when it started, nor did Tailsteak have any art experience, and it shows. The reason there was NoFourthWall was that Tailsteak never bothered to put one in, and found he couldn't do much in the way of jokes with one. Then he started taking ''real'' advantage of its absence, using it for creative character interactions. Then said characters started spiraling out of control in ''just'' the right ways.

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* ''{{Megatokyo}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' starts off as a fairly standard 4-panel comic with two video game guys getting into hijinks. It takes about fifty strips before it gets into the ridiculous multi-person romance and off-the-wall zombie-robot-Godzilla adventures at the same time.
* ''[[OneOverZero ''[[Webcomic/OneOverZero 1/0]]'' had no point save getting a girlfriend when it started, nor did Tailsteak have any art experience, and it shows. The reason there was NoFourthWall was that Tailsteak never bothered to put one in, and found he couldn't do much in the way of jokes with one. Then he started taking ''real'' advantage of its absence, using it for creative character interactions. Then said characters started spiraling out of control in ''just'' the right ways.



* ''OurLittleAdventure'', about 80 or so pages in. The characters look less wonky and the story starts to seriously move.
* The exact moment ''PennyArcade'' started being funny can be narrowed down somewhat definitively to [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/06/19/ "Claw Shrimp."]] It's definitely the oldest strip you'll hear ''referenced.''

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* ''OurLittleAdventure'', ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', about 80 or so pages in. The characters look less wonky and the story starts to seriously move.
* The exact moment ''PennyArcade'' ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' started being funny can be narrowed down somewhat definitively to [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/06/19/ "Claw Shrimp."]] It's definitely the oldest strip you'll hear ''referenced.''



* Although ''ProblemSleuth'' was pretty funny when it started out, the gradual ArtShift, combined with the accumulation of parody SolveTheSoupCans puzzles (each [[SerialEscalation more impenetrably complex than the last]]), strange characters, downright [[GuideDangIt bizzare game mechanics]], [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]], {{Chekhovs Gun}}s and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments]] eventually elevated the series to [[{{Troperiffic}} absurd levels of]] ''[[{{Troperiffic}} awesomeness]]'' by the time the [[FinalBoss Final Boss Battle]] rolled around.

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* Although ''ProblemSleuth'' ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' was pretty funny when it started out, the gradual ArtShift, combined with the accumulation of parody SolveTheSoupCans puzzles (each [[SerialEscalation more impenetrably complex than the last]]), strange characters, downright [[GuideDangIt bizzare game mechanics]], [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]], {{Chekhovs Gun}}s and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments]] eventually elevated the series to [[{{Troperiffic}} absurd levels of]] ''[[{{Troperiffic}} awesomeness]]'' by the time the [[FinalBoss Final Boss Battle]] rolled around.



* The [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=500 500th strip]] of ''QuestionableContent'' is universally recognized as a turning point, when the strip began focusing less on one-off gags and introduced some real character development and plot arcs. The art was also steadily improving throughout the series.
* Some fans would state that SlightlyDamned grew the beard when [[spoiler: Rhea and Buwaro escape from the Ring of the Slightly Damned and meet Kieri]]. This is not only when the storyline really picks up, but when [[ArtEvolution the improvement of the artwork]] starts becoming more noticable.
* ''{{Schlock Mercenary}}'', While funny from the get-go, was plagued by it's mediocre artwork and short story arcs which did little to advance the overall plot. Then came book three, which introduced Ceeta, established General Xinchub as a popular recurring villain, saw a significant improvement in the artwork and character depth, and far longer and more developed story arcs.

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* The [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=500 500th strip]] of ''QuestionableContent'' ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' is universally recognized as a turning point, when the strip began focusing less on one-off gags and introduced some real character development and plot arcs. The art was also steadily improving throughout the series.
* Some fans would state that SlightlyDamned ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' grew the beard when [[spoiler: Rhea and Buwaro escape from the Ring of the Slightly Damned and meet Kieri]]. This is not only when the storyline really picks up, but when [[ArtEvolution the improvement of the artwork]] starts becoming more noticable.
* ''{{Schlock Mercenary}}'', ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', While funny from the get-go, was plagued by it's mediocre artwork and short story arcs which did little to advance the overall plot. Then came book three, which introduced Ceeta, established General Xinchub as a popular recurring villain, saw a significant improvement in the artwork and character depth, and far longer and more developed story arcs.
11th Feb '15 11:27:59 AM TheUnsquished
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* {{Achewood}} began life as a hit-and-miss gag strip about a house full of "alive stuffed animals," but with [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=03122002 The Party arc]] it began to develop into a complex, layered, plot-and-character-driven slacker epic.

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* {{Achewood}} ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' began life as a hit-and-miss gag strip about a house full of "alive stuffed animals," but with [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=03122002 The Party arc]] it began to develop into a complex, layered, plot-and-character-driven slacker epic.
10th Dec '14 10:52:43 AM armogohma
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* When ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' started, it was a shameless ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' ripoff, with one-dimensional characters and lacking originality or humor. The creator realized this, and put in a scheduled SeriesHiatus while he improved his skills. After the hiatus, the plot (yes, there was one in the beginning) picked up, the readers get some idea of what is going on, there is an [[MundaneMadeAwesome epic]] showdown between [[HeroicComedicSociopath Jane]] and CaptainObvious, and the series steadily became more Troperiffic, to the point where JustForFun/{{Tropetan}} herself appears and then the story goes OffTheRails. However, after the time-travel arc, one can argue that the series has [[InvertedTrope shaved its beard off]], as the story came to a screeching halt while the author showed just how much of a weeaboo he is.

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* When ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' started, it was a shameless ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' ripoff, with one-dimensional characters and lacking originality or humor. The creator realized this, and put in a scheduled SeriesHiatus while he improved his skills. After the hiatus, the plot (yes, there was one in the beginning) picked up, the readers get some idea of what is going on, there is an [[MundaneMadeAwesome epic]] showdown between [[HeroicComedicSociopath Jane]] and CaptainObvious, and the series steadily became more Troperiffic, to the point where JustForFun/{{Tropetan}} herself appears and then the story goes OffTheRails. However, after the time-travel arc, one can argue that the series has [[InvertedTrope shaved its beard off]], as the story came to a screeching halt while the author showed just how much of a weeaboo he is.halt.
24th Sep '14 10:24:17 PM theballiner
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* ''Webcomic/Schlock Mercenary'', While funny from the get-go, was plagued by it's mediocre artwork and short story arcs which did little to advance the overall plot. Then came book three, which introduced Ceeta, established General Xinchub as a popular recurring villain, saw a significant improvement in the artwork and character depth, and far longer and more developed story arcs.

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* ''Webcomic/Schlock Mercenary'', ''{{Schlock Mercenary}}'', While funny from the get-go, was plagued by it's mediocre artwork and short story arcs which did little to advance the overall plot. Then came book three, which introduced Ceeta, established General Xinchub as a popular recurring villain, saw a significant improvement in the artwork and character depth, and far longer and more developed story arcs.
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