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Genres and styles
- Entire genres of webcomics have been discredited since the rise of the medium: Two Gamers on a Couch, Sprite Comics, and anything Animesque, at least in the opinions of some. Anything started before 2000 usually gets a pass, but it's very hard for most things in those genres to attract a non-niche audience, especially since many are perceived as imitations of the popular ones, and not without good reason.
- Chugworth Academy was huge for a time, with its Animesque art pleasing to the eye and the great deal of fanservice and quick gags making it pretty popular. However, a combination of Schedule Slip and the creator Dave Cheung's seedy reputation led to it being not even a footnote in history. Nowadays, for many people, the fact that he drew pornographic and guro comics (with one of the latter, US Angel Corps, considered by many to be completely divorced from moral consciousness to boot) overshadows everything else he has done, to the point that most parental advisory sites say that everything he has ever done is not safe for work.
- Though Ctrl+Alt+Del was never lacking in detractors, it was probably the second biggest gaming webcomic of its heyday (next to, of course, Penny Arcade). Sometime around 2008, though, the infamous miscarriage arc, the utter failure of the Animated Adaptation, and the antics of writer Tim Buckley caused the comic's fanbase to collapse. The comic still survives in a heavily-rebooted form, but it now struggles to maintain readers, and the only time it comes up in most discussion is when taking the piss out of it. Plenty of people aren't even aware it still exists.
- Megatokyo may be the webcomic world's counterpart to InuYasha (mentioned on the anime and manga page). It was the premier webcomic in its golden age. It was one of the first webcomics to be adapted into a graphic novel format, and said graphic novels were bestsellers. It used to draw bigger crowds than Penny Arcade at cons. The forums were one of the largest English-language internet hangouts outside of Usenet in the pre-social media era. If you read webcomics in the early 2000s, chances are you either read it, knew about it, or read a webcomic whose author was inspired by it — that's how big it was.
Then it all collapsed. Readers started to realize that the overly complex plot was going nowhere, not helped by its Schedule Slip going into overdrive thanks to growing problems in writer Fred Gallagher's personal life (particularly his wife's health issues) — a pretty impressive feat considering that, even at its height of popularity, the comic was infamous for this. The medium expanded, which led to more webcomics with much more polished art, causing the distinctly rough Animesque artstyle to look like high school doodles in comparison. The frequent use of leetspeak (which almost nobody seriously uses nowadays) transformed it from a contemporary comic into an Unintentional Period Piece. Much like Ctrl+Alt+Del above, many people nowadays are surprised that Megatokyo hasn't completed its story.
- That's My Sonic, from Fireball 20XL, was pretty popular back in the early 2000's. It was a wacky, random Sonic the Hedgehog Sprite Comic. However, as its fanbase grew up, the randomness, repetitive jokes, and the fact that it's fueled by a kid's idea of Rule of Cool (featuring appearances of Goku and Sephiroth) left it completely abandoned by its former fanbase. To say nothing about the drama surrounding the work's author. No, seriously. Say nothing about the author.
- A while ago Ian "Potto" Flynn was writing his first Sonic comic Other M, involving Sonic being sent to an alternate universe. When it was still running, it was very popular amongst the fanbase, and it's not unreasonable to assume that it played a part in getting Flynn a job in the real comic book. As time went on and he wrote for the comic, many found several complaints. Namely that an incredibly bleak tone was inappropriate for something like Sonic, that the characters barely resembled themselves, even if the were from a different universe, and that the Twist Ending made little sense what so ever. Whenever it's remembered, if at all, it usually for laying the ground work of the Dark Mobius Story Arc from Sonic Uninverse, and for having one of the villains be a racist Knuckles.
- The expression is literally used on Schlock Mercenary to refer to a villain, and promptly subverted as disco has gone in and out of fashion countless times by the 31st century. Naturally, the villain is shown to be alive in the very next strip.