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Dethroning Moment: Web Comics
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As there's more freedom with Webcomics than some other mediums, it was only a matter of time before a slip-up happened.
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Fairfield: I have long found the work of web artist Bleedman horrifically overrated; a collection of well-illustrated but grotesquely-written fanfiction with little to no regard to the actual nature of its subject. By far the most painful moment was in his malignable opus, Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, in which Dexter and Mandark's feuding leads to Deedee being killed.
Fuerzabo: MegaTokyo. The moment Seraphim, Piro's conscience, appeared. Many former fans of the comic feel that, from that moment on, all the fun in the comic disappeared — as the previous free, uninhibited ambiance was replaced by a moralistic, oppressive mood of constant preachiness and stale political correction. Seraphim basically destroyed Piro's credibility as a character, turning him into a mere vessel for author's (very conservative) messages, and in doing so completely ruined the comic.
fluffything: While I originally found GTFDB to be little more than Guilty Pleasure, albeit one with poor writing and artwork that would make even 90's Kid cringe at how Liefeldian it is, there is one aspect of the more recent comics that just made me go "screw this" and stop reading the comic once and for all. That of course, is the utter and blatant character rape of Danny PhantomEnsemble Dark Horse villain Dark Danny. In DP? Dan is a Magnificent Bastard villain who is hell-bent on causing as much mayhem and destruction as possible and loves nothing more than to both physically and emotionally destroy others for his own amusement. The Dan featured in this webcomic? A sleazy, perverted Jerk Ass. I'm sorry...what? That's not Dan. That's not even close to the sociopathic DP villain fans of the cartoon love (or love to hate). Please, Bleedman, give us the real Dan. A sociopathic lunatic who loves death and destruction. Not this pseudo-Betelgeuse you've unleashed unto your lil' story.
Fersh Ferd: The chapters "New Look"/"Billy"; Mandy letting Grim go? It's possible. Billy not noticing Grim is gone? Yes, Billy is practically retarded, but it has been stated several times in the show how he sees Grim as his best friend, and while it plausible he may not notice Grim missing, the very idea basically defies Billy's character.
Jonn: PvP's Scott Kurtz is known for sticking his oar in. He wades into any wank even tangentally related to comics or webcomics, expressing his opinions in about the most dickish manner possible. He then has a newspost that's a touching story about being reunited with his wife after six months apart, and how the things he missed about their marriage are things like failing to move a bed together and laughing about it. He ends with a somewhat cloying "God bless [x]" list, which is odd, because I didn't know he was a Christian. It's a little saccharine, but I can live with that. The last line of the paragraph is "And more than anything else, God bless those couples who must justify their companionship to a society that isn’t prepared to realize that a person doesn’t get choose their gender any more than they get to choose who they fall in love with." I can understand that he has strong feelings about LGBT rights, but this completely derails the tone of the post by making it suddenly about a controversial issue. All he had to say was "And God bless love, in all its forms", and let readers get the hintnote Also, the way the post is phrased could be supporting any sort of alternative sexuality. Including bestiality and pedophilia. My version isn't much better in that regard, admittedly.. He seems to have specifically phrased it in, yes, just about the most dickish manner possible. The most galling part is that the guy can't even talk about himself without being wanky.
Rothul: As for in-comic moments, the teasing of of Max Powers sexuality. Not the fact that Max came out of the closet. That's fine, and showing him in a relationship contributed into the deepening of the character. It's the fact that Kurtz tried to make it into such a friggin' cliff-hanger, when it was obvious what was going to happen: after all, he had everything to gain by diversifying the cast, and everything to lose by chickening out. When it got to the point when Max was having vague conversation with his sister Sophie about "Chris" in comics that had no real humor, I started to realize that maybe Brent and Jade's wedding was the natural ending point for the strip.
Gahars: I've always been a fan of Penny Arcade. However, the lowest point, I think, was Lookouts. Pretty much, if you aren't a parent, you aren't going to like it, but you have to wait for almost 2 weeks worth of strips for it to be over with. I've always loved Gabe and Tycho's habit of experimenting artistically, but now, it feels like its alienating a lot of old fans more than anything else.
Kellor: Speaking of experimenting: "Paint the Line". It was this weeks-long series of comics that were supposed to be in the style of an 80s movie, depicting a ping-pong tournament that would decide the fate of the world (or something). It was an unfunny, tedious mess.
Stevie Will Show You: Jay Naylor's old comic, Better Days. Now, you might think the chapter where Fisk joins a group of American terrorists without any hesitation or resistance would be the comic's dethroning moment, but no, that honor is saved for a far worse chapter - "Persia". Fisk discovers that his cousin Persia is out in California and, having gotten strung out on drugs, now works as a hooker/porn star for a bunch of mobsters (she had gone out to Cali to be a model/actress). When Fisk finds out where they're holding Persia from one of the mobster's paid-off lackeys, he sets out to save her single-handedly. How does he do this? Fisk first kills two "mobsters" by shooting them - while using a third one as a body shield. After he gets upstairs, he tosses a guy who'd just been with Persia out the window - although he could have been just paying to have sex with Persia, being completely unconnected to the mobsters. But it doesn't matter to Fisk, apparently. When he gets back downstairs with Persia, he damn-near-literally AssPulls a grenade, then uses it to blow up part of the house, killing (at least) two other "mobsters" in the process. The very next strip after this? Fisk is then shown calling a hospital while he watches Persia eat, then he's shown driving her back to Virginia from California. Fisk suffers no consequences for his actions - no mention is ever made of law enforcement investigating the scene, no other members of the "mob" try to retaliate, and even his own employers (the American terrorists, remember?) seem to just look the other way. Other chapters could be forgiven for being bad since Naylor has never really been a great writer, but this one just went way too far - and it, combined with the American terrorists chapters, really did a lot to create the Hatedom that's been building up since then.
Belfagor: I really don't like Jay Naylor to start with, yet I think the biggest Dethroning Moment Of Suck ever found in his production is (NSFW and Nightmare Fuel for some) this◊. All right, Naylor, you wanted it. I understand you don't like Communists, bisexuals or democrats, I've got it and I'm not starting to whine because of this. But calling someone who simply doesn't share your ideas "bed-wetting" and "deer-f***ing" instead of trying to give your ideas any trace of validity is never, I repeat, never the way to get your point across. And to top it all off, you did this while making your pompous, ludicruously arrogant God-Mode SueJerk Ass soapbox protagonist act in full-mode sociopathic behavior. You say you don't mind being called an extremist. Good. It means I have no remorse in acting in Knight Templar mode towards you, then. Your webcomics are the scum of the net. They make me want to put Fisk Black to sleep by repeatedly hitting his brains out with a baseball bat. You're right, you have nothing in common with the biggest part of the world. Just remember that the biggest part of the world already knows this and is probably relieved, if not proud, of it.
Stevie Will Show You: Jay Naylor's current comic, Original Life. Naylor had promised before it began that it would be his attempt to "just keep it fun" and do a Lighter and Softer strip. All that pretty much went out the window in Strip #20. Elizabeth (sporting one of the single creepiest facial expressions ever in any Naylor comic) is pleading with Fisk to let her kids visit her parents in Florida, despite his objecting to it. Why does he object? Because her mother might take the kids to Temple. See, before Elizabeth married Fisk, she was Jewish - but when she married Fisk, she "converted" to being an atheist and failed to tell her parents about it. That "keeping it fun" promise? It got tossed out the same window from "Persia". Since then, the strip has veered back and forth between ripping off sitcoms and soapboxing Naylor's Objectivist beliefs and ideas, with a pop culture reference or two tossed in for good measure.
SG_Man_Forever: The chapter where Fisk asks if The Vietnam War was "worth it." After a wall ofblithering logical fallacies, the person Fisk is talking to concludes three things: (1) A country having a system of government another country doesn't like (Communism) is a legitimate reason to attempt to destroy that country. (2) The war was a moral victory for America, and (3) that yes, the war was "worth it." Reality check. Vietnam was probably the single most horrifically pointless war in American history, thousands of Americans lost their lives in the name of a fight that had nothing to do with them, and it was one of the single most brutally fought wars in American history. There's a reason so many men came back with PTSD. They were being put into (in many cases, drafted into) a position where they were forced to fight child soldiers, lived constant fear of ambushes or booby traps, and constant fear that someone in the platoon would lose their mind and murder someone else in it. As you can tell, people being ignorant about Vietnam is something of a Berserk Button with this troper, as his uncle served in it, and he has seen the effects of PTSD firsthand, and it is heartbreaking. Nevermind that the war was started on extremely shaky evidence. As a result of this evidence, almost sixty thousand men lost their lives, and hundreds of thousands were injured. Mr. Naylor, I want you to tell the families of those sixty thousand men that the deaths of their brothers, uncles, fathers, and sons was worth fighting against the "scourge" of communism. Tell me that my uncle's sanity was "worth it." Tell me that him living in madness for 37 years was "worth it." Tell me the thousands of shattered families that it was "worth it."
Dont Kill Bugs: I have been known for being an extraordinarily patient man. I read all of Better Days and a good chunk of Original Life before I even knew a Naylor-hatedom existed. I still hold the theory that Fisk joined a completely legal black-ops group, and every single person on earth misinterpreted it. I still do not believe that Naylor and his webcomics are nearly as bad as the people on Godammit Freehaven insist, and continue to state that said people are the worst trolls I have ever had the misfortune to meet. But when Naylor started a story arc about the sexual awakening of Tommy and Lucy's son Leo at the ripe old age of twelve, I threw up my hands and jumped ship. My respect for Naylor, which had been whithering slowly over the duration of the uber-strawman Justice Defender arc, including its utter lack of an ending, finally croaked it and died. Congrats, Freehaven trolls, you finally won.
Ndro: Tommy's little tirade about "ass-men," including a depiction of what appears to be anal rape (seriously), while he's attributing every advancement in society to ass-men, all while saying Ass a lot, is meant to be comedic. If anything it was more cringe worthy. Lighter and Softer indeed.
Steinman77: It's been months now since Penny stood up to a modern-day moneychanger in the temple in Goblin Hollow, and months since Lily slapped her down for it. I've tried to get past it, chalk it up to Values Dissonance, but I just can't. Lily took the side of a bully and con-man against her own sister just because that bullying con-man was a preacher. That's unspeakable. The forum at RH Junior's that day turned it into a discussion about parenting and discipline, but in my mind, the entire conversation missed the point. It's not about discipline, it's about betrayal. Lily betrayed her own flesh and blood because her community approved the bully. That's vile. It's also, I should note, siding with the proud and the powerful against the weak, which is pretty much the polar opposite of what Jesus preached, which makes Lily a hypocrite as well as a traitor. As far as I'm concerned, Lily is the villain of the strip now, and every positive thing that happens to her is an injustice. I also need to talk about the strips that showed up later the same day, seemingly in response to the firestorm. Many have identified these strips as an Author's Saving Throw. I'd argue that they're nothing of the sort. An Author's Saving Throw would have involved a groveling apology from Lily, possibly in public, a rescinded grounding, and a proper comeuppance for H. Lee Roller. Instead, we get Penny's Freudian Excuse. Those strips were supposed to regain sympathy for Penny after she crossed the Moral Event Horizon by making a scene in Church!
Synjo Deonecros: Anyone who tries to defend Ian Flynn's work on the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comics obviously doesn't know about his webcomic, Other M (not to be confused with the Metroid game of the same name). The entire thing is retched from start to finish, but if you really want to pinpoint the nadir of all things wrong with his writing, "Knuckles as Hitler" must be it. No, I'm not joking; the moment we are introduced to his Canon Defilement of Knuckles, we see him 1. Express the purity and superiority of the echidna race with as much vehemence as the Nazis and Hudlin combined; 2. voice his desire to bring Holocaust-esque genocide to anyone not Echidnan; and 3. abuse his version of the Chaotix (which includes Tails) before mentioning he doesn't care one bit about their safety and will likely kill them after they've outlived their usefulness. What's worse, is that he's the source of all of the problems in the series and his hatred infects virtually everyone it touches, turning his Mobius into a Crapsack World. One has to wonder whether or not Archie even read this series and noticed the sheer level of bigotry and hate Ian put into this comic - and especially into this character - before they hired him as Sonic's head writer.
Lizuka: While the Sheldon - which as the name for a major villain is a Fail O'Suckyname all its own - arc of Misfile was rather weak in general, it came to a head when Ash did a complete 180 during the climax in terms of character. Throughout the entire storyline, Ash had (quite rightfully) complained that solely due to being the best others were forcing him to fight their battles, until during the climactic race itself - which was a Curb-Stomp Battle painted with a gloss of Deus Angst Machina - he suddenly mid-page decided that he loved helping people and Sheldon needed to lose with absolutely no foreshadowing. That butchered Ash's characterization in the face of two books worth of building to that race; a short storyline in the next book kept with it for awhile, but it was at least thankfully dropped afterward.
That Flying Rodent: And now, we have James trying to get Ash's attention after a lengthy disappearance. Faking a relationship with Cassiel is fine, if a bit juvenile, and he was always a bit self-absorbed, but we had no reason to truly dislike him... until he started making the rudest, most vulgar statements as if that was supposed to get Ash interested. He borders on sexual harassment to top off making one chance encounter all about him. I got the idea we were supposed to sympathize with this character before, that he was a genuinely good friend who just happened to have other ideas... but now, he just comes across as any other Jerkass only pursuing Ash for his own pleasure.
Progeny Ex Machina: The minor arc that involved Emily forcibly kissing the Alpha Bitch (as well as some ass-groping) in an attempt to humiliate her. What she did wasn't the problem for me; it was how it was treated. Ash's reaction was fine, since he's a teenager and doesn't tend to think too hard about consequences. But Emily's mother brought up the point I'd been waiting for: what she did was sexual harassment. This humbles Emily for a brief moment...until she lashes back with this (paraphrased) outburst: "But she was being a bitch! Haven't you ever wanted to do something like that?" Does she get a sterner lecture? Nope. Her mom immediately calms down, admitting that she would have liked to do the same to the girls who bullied her when she was younger. Then they bond or whatever. Even worse, nothing else ever comes of it except for one panel of overheard gossip in the halls. The comic is generally not this terrible about serious issues. It's like the creator just completely dropped the ball on that one. (And it's an issue I personally care a lot about, due to my significant agraphobia, so I was more offended than I might have been if it were something else.)
Adam C: From Ménage à 3, the dethroning moment for me is certainly the baffling decision to have Zii get revenge on an internet troll by having sex with his mom. To elaborate: Zii is being teased online by an internet troll and decides to get revenge. She gets his address from Gary and, in spite of Gary's attempt's to stop her, bonks the kid's Mom all night long. The next morning when he gets up, Zii gleefully teases him about it and rubs it in his face while his mother cheerfully informs him that due to Zii's super-magic-love-making, she and his father are getting a divorce. The comic tries to save this from making Zii look like a total sociopath by having it awkwardly shoved in that his father was apparently sleeping with his secretary, claiming that Zii was ultimately doing the woman a favor by nailing her for extremely petty and selfish reasons and made her life better, but this almost makes it even worse. Zii had long since been getting complaints from the fandom about being a Karma Houdini and not receiving any punishment for her "antics" but breaking up a kid's family for being mean to her on the internet and trying to make it seem like it was a good thing just took it too far. The entire thing left a bad taste in people's mouths and Zii has yet to be punished for it. It totally ruined her character for me, and while others claim she's just a Loveable Sex Maniac, I can't get past this.
bobdrantz: For me, it's this strip, from Super Effective. Oh, dear Arceus, where do I start? First of all, the whole "Pokemon VS Digimon" war is old. Very old. Nobody really cares anymore compared to way back when the two shows were first duking it out for viewer attention. Second, Pokemon and Digimon only have a handful of similarities to one another (IE: Both are about monsters who befriend humans and fight one another). Apart from those similarities, they're nothing alike.
Spring Rights: Episode 21 of Marauder Shields really makes it obvious that Koobismo really doesn't give a shit about lore accuracy. It attempts to justify the titular character's existence by saying that the geth converted Nihlus into a Marauder, but the space magic of an exploding Prothean beacon freed him from Reaper control. Not only is the handwave completely stupid and nothing in the games even comes close to hinting at this, but it also ignores that Marauders were created at the beginning of the Reaper invasion through the Reapers' experimentations—so the geth created a type of husk that hadn't been created yet. The same episode bastardizes a sidequest from the first game where you have Nirali Bhatia's body returned to her husband, claiming that the body returned is a fake—despite Mass Effect 2 mentioning that Alliance's recruiting quotas suffer due to being unable to find a way to counter geth technology should you not let them keep Bhatia's body. If there's any doubts that "lore accuracy" really means Retconing canon without any consideration as to how the retcons would logically have an impact in the later games, episode 21 easily dismisses them.
Albertosaurus: Sure, Better Days had its iffy moments. Strawman characters. Unsubtly shoved in political viewpoints. Wallbangers like "Father's Footsteps" and "Persia". Puppy Love. And yet, I kept reading. I liked the characters and Jay Naylor's willingness to tackle themes like incest and child abuse. So when the sequel Original Life came around, I hopped on board. And it was okay. But then the muffin storyline (link NSFW) started, concerning kids dressing up as superheroes and fighting over whether some kid has the right to not share his muffins for free or not. How are we to interpret this storyline? The inherent ridiculousness of the concept would suggest that it is supposed to be comedic, but the many earnest conversations bordering on Author Filibusters about economy and justice suggest that is to be taken seriously. I am well aware that comedic stories can have a serious message and that serious stories can have comedic moments, but this is a bizarre mishmash of the two that does not work at all. Worst of all, the Black siblings, who the comic is supposed to be all about, almost completely disappear from sight. This comic proves that Naylor has finally gone off the deep end.
TooMuchCowbell: Therkla from The Order of the Stick had her dethroning moment shortly before her death in strip #593. She came across as a Satellite Love Interest when she was introduced, fawning over Elan for apparently no reason other than finding him handsome. For most of her stint in the comic, her characterization consisted solely of being in love with Elan, and whenever he wasn't onscreen she would spend her time thinking about him or convincing someone else not to kill him. Despite this, she had begun showing some Hidden Depths: wanting to protect all those she cared about regardless of Character Alignment (most notably Elan and Kubota). This went along with her being half-human/half-orc, and the deconstruction of the concepts of "good" and "evil" as presented by tabletop roleplaying games had been a major theme of the comic. So here was a perfect chance for her to rise above her perceived status as a Satellite Love Interest, and she immediately threw it all away when she decided she would rather die (and stay dead in a world where Death Is Cheap) than live in a world where Elan was in love with someone else. A Satellite Love Interest to the end. (Note that this is a dethroning moment for this character, not the comic.)
Geoduck: Another character moment from Order: Durkon gets turned into a vampire. OK, this should be interesting, seeing how the ultra-upright Lawful Good cleric deals with being turned into an unfettered bloodsucking fiend, what happens when he returns home from his exile and.. what? He's actually an Evil Imposter doing Evil things because Evil(tm)? Phooey.
So We Ate Them: Same troper, different webcomic; VG Cats. This strip. Misogyny for shock value? That can be let fly. Misogyny, realistically portrayed misogyny, as the punchline of a joke! You don't do that. You just don't.
Scarlet Wave: What really solidifies this as VG Cats's nadir is that the second-to-last panel tied up the joke (commentary about sexism in games) perfectly well, yet the author believed that adding the last panel would make the comic funnier.
TheSupineLupine: Brinkerhoff originally began as a catharsis for the author after a nasty break-up, and I can appreciate that there's black humour to be mined regarding unsuccessful relationships, but one storyline goes too far with it. The eponymous protagonist (and apparent Author Avatar) fulfills a fantasy of having sex with a stripper, but the sex is unsatisfying, and he ends up berating her for being a bad lay and "ruining [his] fantasy". This is apparently played straight; she doesn't call him out for using her like that, and he doesn't appear to suffer any negative consequence for it, however tangential; presuambly, we're supposed to side with him and hate her for wasting his time and ruining his poor little fantasy. I'm not sure what's worse: the implication that someone who patronizes strippers is somehow morally superior to them and has a right to demand anything besides services rendered for payment received, or that if you have a sexual fantasy that doesn't live up to reality, it's the other person's fault and you're right to berate your partner for it, even if they didn't know they were being used like that.
Blunderbuss: Penny and Aggie's new sudden lesbian relationship in Penny and Aggie. For a good chunk of the series these two girls hated each other with a burning passion because they both believed the other was a huge bitch and they were two totally different people. They managed to come to enough of an understanding to become friends, but out of goddamn nowhere they suddenly find a sexual/romantic attraction between them and now they're Lesbian Lovers Forever. Sure, there had been tiny teases of sexual attraction, but only through moments of Foe Yay that horrified them; otherwise Penny seemed entirely attracted to boys (her biggest fling being with a macho Bad Boy) and Aggie somewhat questioning but also spent a whole arc practically worshipping a hot guy. But after their own arcs struggling with sexual attraction and who they like, they both suddenly decide they're hot for one another and go straight to heavy making out in a closet. Not only is it really boring, lacking the drama and teenage confusion of their earlier flings, but the comic still shows they're very much opposite people with almost no middle ground, with Aggie confusing Penny with her interests and Penny being insensitive to Aggie's feelings. And yet the comic and most of the cast act like this is the best and most natural thing ever. Christ, Aggie's shallow crush on Marshall had more depth and realism than the so-called 'OTP' of the series.
Fighter: Everything else seems like a big waste of time.
Black Mage:I could have told you that.
Dominus Temporis: This Super Effective comic. It's bad enough that it's making a joke about Steve Jobs' death less than a week after the fact. It's worse that it's just a poor rehash of this comic. The real clincher is the blog post where Scott mentions he scrapped a Spiral Knights comic that took actual work and researching, and just put this out instead. Offensive and doubly lazy! You can't even try to be this bad.
Fofa: I normally love Awkward Zombie, but this is one strip I just can't defend. I never played any of the Professor Layton games and even I know that Layton would never slap Luke in a million years, but besides this, it plays child abuse for laughs. It hasn't stopped me from reading the strip altogether, but it almost did.
Lhipenwhe: The 'orc-rape' storyline in Dominic Deegan. One of Dominic's friends rapes a girl who'd just been traumatized by seeing her parents killed in front of her. The 'reason' he needs to do it (orphans are put to death, he marries the girl, the orc tribes check for 'proof' that marriage is consummated) struck many as both inane, forced, and convoluted from a writing standpoint. The fact that Dominic's friend is treated as doing the right thing for raping her, and having the orc girl call him his husband, disgusted many others. And this during a arc where there was magical rock concert to save a town.
Cthulette: The ending of the Snowsong arc. The first 99% of the story has nothing to do with Dominic whatsoever, instead focusing on his brother Gregory trying to save the hometown from a girl with powerful magic, and nearly sacrifices himself to do so. But at the very end of the story, Dominic pops up just to explain that everything that had happened up until then was all his doing, and that he was manipulating his brother from the start. Why was this necessary? Why couldn't Gregory just have his own day in the spotlight, why does it always have to be about Dom and Dom alone?
dargor17 Speaking of David Willis, I dropped Roomies around Joyce's reaction to seeing porn. Ok, the gag (exploited earlier in the strip) is that she's so innocent she's disgusted by porn, but here Willis took the gag way too seriously, and had her go in a coma and then decide to mindwipe herself rather than living with the memory... of seeing consensual sex performed by adults who are not married, and the problem is that they aren't married. It's just too stupid. It would have made sense if she had been raped for real, which would have been possible considering the huge Cerebus Syndrome the strip was developing, but this is just too exaggerated.
EarthClown: Critical Miss hit an all time low by making this story arc called Chapter 2. Basically it starts off promising, where Erin gets into a fight with Molly and after almost hurting her seriously, she runs off to a bar, and is harrassed by videogame character hallucinations and meets a guy she starts to like. After that, the story dies, the jokes are lame, the entire plot progresses so slow to the point of massive Arc Fatique. And after SIX months of writing that goes absolutly nowhere, a fight that is never shown, and stupid jump cuts to incoherent places, the ending is revealed to make absolutly no sense and has such a stupid shocking swerve it seems that Grey Carter was inspired by M. Night Shyamalan. Then again, what do I expect from a webcomic about videogames?
Kellor: Instant Classic had a lot of problems, but if I had to pick one moment, it was a particular strip which was nothing but a Wall of Text written in a blurry, scrunched-up font. A ton of readers complained in the forums about not being able to read it, so one person said he'd write a transcript. Not a big deal, right? Suddenly, the comic's creator, Brian Carroll, stepped in and demanded that no one transcribe the comic, saying that reading the words outside their context would "ruin the experience" of the comic. What the hell? People who don't have Superman's vision don't deserve to know what's going on in the comic? Are we supposed to believe that reading a block of text inside a comic panel is some transcendent experience, while reading the same text in a forum is a crime against art? There were plenty of indications among his comics and news posts that Brian was a pretentious twat, but this was the first time he crossed the line into being a full-blown, head-up-his-ass, self-important nutjob.
InTheGallbladder: I was, for a brief stretch of time, a fan of The Oatmeal. I was there during the campaign to shame Charles Carreon and the "Let's Build A Goddamn Tesla Museum" drive. But I gave up after reading "Some Thoughts And Musings About Making Things For The Web." The insightful, moving, discussion Mat Inman gives about the pros and cons of his job, as well as what it means to him, devolves all of a sudden into an Author Tract aimed at people who post negative comments regarding any aspect of the comic.
Super Saiya Man: Goblins is one of my favorite webcomics, but the recent arc has really fucking rubbed me the wrong way. After all the shit and development from Kin and Minmax, the author Thunt not only goes to break them up but have Minmax, in a desperate attempt to have Kin listen to him grabs her collar to shatter everything. Its now just being dark and dumb for the sake of being dark and dumb!
Sorantheman: Andrew Dobson, also known as Tom Preston or CattyN, the creator of So...You're a Cartoonist?, has recived a massive ammount of hatred throughout the internet for many reasons, ranging from his mediocre art, his poor attitude towards critisism, his lack of comedy or his lack of research. And since the comic is all about him, it reflects many of the problems that people have against him. It was hard for me to pick what I considered to be the absolute worst moment in the comic, but I eventually settled with this strip◊ (sorry for the small size), because it sums up so much of the comic and Andrew himself. Representing anyone Andrew dislikes or dissagrees with as unattractive jerks, refusing to listen to any form of critique, unfunny jokes and lazy art considering his artistic capabilities and background in art school.
Some New Guy: Kimi's pointless death in Caribbean Blue. No foreshadowing, no buildup, no sense, she literally just drops dead for no goddamn reason right as the final battle ends. A pointless, needlessy dark and tragic climax for a lighthearted fantasy adventure comic. Even worse, she dies thinking her lover is dead and that she failed to protect him, which only twists the knife further. And that's not even going into the not so subtle implication that Kimi intentionally used a Heroic RROD in an attempt to be Together in Death, but since Nekonny ends up surviving his wounds, her sacrifice was essentially pointless.
InTheGallbladder: The thing that ultimately cost me my interest in Sandra and Woo would have to be the way they handled Cloud hitting puberty during the 2012 beach arc. It starts with him thinking of Sandra and visibly popping a boner (worksafe, thank god, but still tacky as hell), much to his own embarrassment. Sandra, Larisa, and even Ye Thuza spend the next three strips making him as miserable as humanly possible, culminating in a ham-handed punchline in which Cloud contemplates seppuku. The misery only ends when Larisa turns on Sandra. This demonstrated two things, none of which were good—one, that they were willing to completely sacrifice the characters' likeabilities to invoke Rule of Funny, and two, that they'd managed to take the comic's biggest draw (to me, at least) — that is, the characters aging in ostensible real-time — and suck all the joy out of it. After a while, I just didn't feel compelled to check the webcomic out anymore, and this is what I'd say is to blame.