* [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=980203 This]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip joked that a (fictional) wrongful hiring scandal had drastically hurt the strip's viewership. "Two people used to read ''Sluggy Freelance''. Now only one does. In percentage terms, this is devastating for the comic."
* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0541.html this strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', one of the demon roaches says, "They'll let any old hack write a sourcebook these days" in reference to the strip's acid-breathing shark. The acidborn template, with the specific example of the acidborn shark, appears in the ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' sourcebook ''Dungeonscape'', co-written by [=OotS=] author Rich Burlew.
** Which begs the question of whether Rich first dreamed up the acid-breathing shark ''for his webcomic'', and included it in the sourcebook merely to lay the groundwork for his TakeThatMe...
** Each print compilation of ''The Order of the Stick'' comics opens with a Foreword by one of the characters. Typically they spend the Foreword mocking the concept of the strip, the writing of the strip, the art style, and [[TakeThatAudience the reader's intellect]] for having wasted their money on an amateurish comic they could have read for free.
** In ''Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales'', the Order is telling stories to one another. In Belkar's, the heroes die, which doesn't amuse the rest of the group:
--->'''Elan:''' Belkar, I can't think of a single story where the protagonist dies.\\
'''Roy:''' [[BackFromTheDead Ahem]].\\
'''Elan:''' Well, at least, not any that are worth the paper they are printed on.
* ''{{Webcomic/Comc}}'' has [[FourthWallObserver Block]] in regular conversation and [[RageAgainstTheAuthor conflict]] with [[AuthorAvatar the author, Krixwell]], sometimes delivering jabs at the writing of the comics.
** In the str'p where Krixwell is introduced, Block complains that Krixwell's simple answer left the str'p without a punchline, [[http://sites.google.com/site/comccomic/archive/comc11 which ends up as the punchline]]:
--->'''Block:''' And with that, this str'p is left without a punchline.
--->'''Block:''' You're a terrible author, Krixwell.
* [[AwkwardZombie Katie Teidrich]] notes that SelfDeprecation is [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/comic1-090108.php the best way to get undying praise,]] any ''real'' artist's bane.
** Josh Lesnick, in response, obliged by offering advice on how to improve her puppy-kicking technique.
* ''[[http://www.eskimobob.com/ Eskimo Bob]]'' did this with "[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/26756 Eskimo Sucks]]".
* ''SomethingPositive'' occasionally features Choo-Choo Bear "off-stage" to address the reader directly, declaring that his author is a lazy, talentless hack who can't get his act together.
-->'''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03012009.shtml Choo-Choo Bear]]:''' Alas, dear readers, you know when you see me Randy is planning something "special." It'll be over quickly, I promise ... And if you hate it, don't worry. It's not like this will be the project Mr. "I swear I'll update ''Midnight Macabre''" [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder will actually finish]]."
** In another strip, Milholland gives a nod to the FourthWall when [=PeeJee=] asks, "Why does everything around here revolve around sex?" and Davan, who's reading a book, mutters, "Bad writing." When glanced at in curiosity, he says, "I'm reading a JohnGrisham book, worst writing I've ever seen." Milholland also draws filler strips with himself in them, usually self-deprecating in some way. This version of his AuthorAvatar even has a razor blade with hands and feet as his muse, who constantly says/does whatever he can think of to make Milholland miserable or want to kill himself.
** And then there's [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02112004.shtml this]] strip. Technically, Milholland did subvert a little of what the character predicted. A little.
* ''[[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com Jayden and Crusader]]'' ''embodied'' this trope for much of its early stages. Later the self-deprecation slackened a little, but it's still there.
* [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-05-01 This]] ''DominicDeegan'' strip has Mookie poking fun at his own inability to draw noticeably different faces.
* ''PolkOut'' tends to rely on self-deprecating humor.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': [[PhilFoglio Phil and Kaja Foglio's]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090817 Hugo Award acceptance speech.]]
* Al Schroeder did it twice in ''{{Mindmistress}}'', making fun from his artwork.
* See [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-11-09 the title of this]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' comic.
** And [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-26 this one]], which is mostly LeaningOnTheFourthWall about why the current storyline is a bad idea, because "any writer who takes something ''[[SuspensionOfDisbelief no-one was questioning]]'' and tries to ''[[DoingInTheWizard explain it]]'' is a ''hack''."
** On the subject of ADogNamedDog -- "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-12-11 We were named by scientists, not writers or cartoonists.]]" Also see the title.
** The comentary to [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1289 this strip]] calls EGS "a ridiculously convoluted comic written by a madman".
* When [[http://www.tangcomic.com/ Tang Ho]] needs someone to function as a ButtMonkey, his first choice is generally his own AuthorAvatar.
* Tom Siddell, the author of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Not so much in the comic itself (Tom doesn't write himself into the comic and promises that he never will) but in talking with his fans: If you ask him about the art, he'll probably tell you that he thinks it's bad [[ArtEvolution and that it used to be worse]]. If you ask him about the hollow-eyed cartoon self-portraits resembling male variant of [[CreepyChild Zimmy]] he uses as avatars, he'll tell you that they're more handsome than he is.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': there's [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the metric buttloads of {{Filler}}, and then there's his footnoted clarification of a point about "most consistent work you've ever seen online."
-->''Terrible work is still consistent work.''
** Strip 1,000 was called "I canít believe someone was asshole enough to make 1,000 sprite comics." Strip 1,001 was called "I canít believe someone was asshole enough to make more than 1,000 sprite comics."
** In another comic, Black Mage gives a [[RantInducingSlight Slight-Induced Rant]] about all the {{Anti Climax}}es they've been through and finally says ScrewThisImOuttaHere.
* The author of TragicDeaths is also the main character, and he dies almost OnceAnEpisode
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' pokes fun at its own KudzuPlot [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002731 here.]]
--> ''GT: Boggle vacantly at these shenanigans.''
---> ''It begins to dawn on you that everything you just did may have been a colossal waste of time.''
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003256 And then later...]]
---> ''CG: Boggle vacantly at these shenanigans.''
----> ''It begins to dawn on you that [[TimeyWimeyBall everything you are]] ''[[TimeyWimeyBall about to do]]'' may prove to have been a colossal waste of time.''
** And later, [[color:#2ED73A:D]][[color:white:o]][[color:#2ED73A:c Scratch]] calls the {{Author Guest Spot}}s "self-indulgent rubbish."
-->'''Hussie:''' [[AltText "Everyone is fed up with your condescending, self-indulgent narrative style. They all want to go back to my slightly less condescending, slightly more self-indulgent style."]]
** And then there's Hussie making fun of Vriska's CreatorsPet status by having his AuthorAvatar propose to her...only to get clocked in the face and turn up sobbing pathetically later on.
** From the newsposts:
-->I will be attending ECCC in Seattle this weekend. If you would like to come see your favorite cartoonist ever, this could be your chance. And if you go there and find your favorite cartoonist is unavailable, you can always come see me instead. I will console you. This kind of humor is known by professionals as "self deprecation" and as you can see I'm quite good at it.
** Trolls have [[BizarreAlienReproduction four different kinds of romantic relationship, mapped onto the suits in a deck of cards]]. So, of course, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007907 leprechauns have NINE, mapped onto the types of marshmallow in Lucky Charms cereal]].
* [[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/index/ Living With Insanity]] has a few of these. One has to wonder if David Herbert really does think he's a talentless hack who lucked out with a great artist.
** After reading his blog posts, it seems he really does. He praises his collaborators and insults himself often.
* Much of ''TheWayOfTheMetagamer'', particularly during its self-[[{{MST}} MSTing]].
* The SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal voteys often engage in this; a common theme is to depict a naked Zach ironically praising the joke or subject matter of the main comic.
--> "Ha! Any use of "decontextualised" is funny!"
* When PvP wins an Eisner award, PennyArcade takes some time off from making fun of Scott Kurtz to [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/04/15/ make fun of themselves.]]
* ''DorkTower'' creator John Kovalic sometimes couples this with BreakingTheFourthWall to poke fun at himself.
-->'''Ken:''' "Let's admit it, Kovalic's about as organized as a wet mound of marmots."
* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', Artie Sullivan dislikes an author for being too gory when he's not being too preachy. The author is (who else?) David Hopkins.
* LDS cartoonist Howard Tayler pokes fun of his own religion, with a joke about Mormons being teetotal in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-11-10 this]] strip from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. Early strips also contain jabs at the initial poor quality of the artwork.
* Doc Nickel, of ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' fame, takes a swing at himself in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwbaf10.html this]] AprilFoolsDay strip, on the subject of OnlySixFaces[[note]]see the top and bottom right corners[[/note]].
* ''QuestionableContent'' creator Jeph Jacques introduced the character of Yelling Bird into the comic, whose sole purpose is to [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1140 berate him]] when he is unable to get the comic up on time for various reasons. Yelling Bird doesn't [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1456 stop there]], though.
** In [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2175 this]] regular comic, Angus is reading ''Butts LOL: The Jeph Jacques Story''.
* A slightly more subtle version in Spinnerette. Protagonist Super Heroine Heather admits to hating manga style comics. Odd considering the general art style of the comic.
* During chapter 58 of ''Webcomic/WelcomeToTheConvenienceStore'' one character is showing off short (yet true) stories that have happened. At the end the manager says that the artist/writer was just being incredibly lazy.
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', one character reads ''Sinfest''. Criminy's anthropomorphic feminism book [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4143 reacts badly.]] Also a regular staple for whenever the AuthorAvatar character shows up.
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4427 Also:]]
--> '''Drone''': Sinfest: Juvenile Humor. Lowbrow. Trashy. Cultural relevance: Low.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade:'' "Cartoonists are [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/06/17 society's waste products]]."
* ''Webcomic/VGCats'' has at times mocked the creator's habit of ScheduleSlip. Even his AuthorAvatar, Pantsman, turns out to be a lazy freeloader with a weakness for vodka.
* David Morgan-Mar, author of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', periodically mocks his own drawing skills and penchant for awful, awful puns. He even once convinced Jane Goodall to pretend to slap him for how he portrayed her LEGO alter-ego. (Well, actually, he asked her to pretend to punch him - she convinced him a monkey-slap would be more in-character for her!)
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Raditz makes a comment about Dabura "being affected by such a simple technique." The technique in question: the Makankousappo.
* ''WebComic/BasicInstructions'': [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/12/7/how-to-utilize-research-to-maximize-chances-for-success.html How to Utilize Research to Maximize Chances for Success]]
--> '''Ric:''' ''I searched for a field of endeavor that anyone, regardless of their lack of skill, talent or taste has a chance of success. I chose webcomics.''
--> '''[[AuthorAvatar Scott]]:''' ''Of course.''
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