Quotes: Arc Fatigue

I feel the need to point at that, despite popular belief, the clone saga significantly boosted sales on the Spider-Man books. At a time when the comics industry was starting to head downward, with sales dropping across the board on every title, the Spider-Man line was bucking the trend, with sales holding steady and even increasing each month. Of course, the downside to it was that everyone on the business side of Marvel was pushing us to keep the clone saga going for as long as possible, to milk it for all it was worth. Looking back, I can understand their position — the clone saga was one of the very few things that was actually working in the comics industry at the time, and there was a great deal of fear that the sales would drop like an anvil once the storyline was over. But of course, unnaturally prolonging what was at its essence a very finite storyline was extremely short-term thinking, and the kind of approach that could hurt the entire franchise. We (the editors and the writers) knew this, but the sales and marketing departments wielded a lot of power and influence at that time, and we had little choice but to follow their lead.
Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg on The Clone Saga

Clone Saga had the misfortune to be published in the wake of the “Age of Apocalypse” event over in the X-Men books, where all the X-Men books were “canceled” for four months and replaced them all with wacky post-apocalyptic books from the parallel universe the story dealt with. Someone at Marvel decided to force this publishing format on the Clone Saga, even though nothing about the current storylines in the Spider-books suited it. Still, marketing had their way and for a period of about four months, the Spider-man books were “canceled” and replaced with four Scarlet Spider titles.

Problem: Peter Parker had already relinquished the Spider-man identity to Ben Reilly in earlier issues, and there was no real reason for anyone to be running around calling himself the Scarlet Spider. That meant that in order to get their four neat little Scarlet Spider mini-series, the editorial office had to go into severe filler mode. That might’ve resulted in some harmless fun and at least managed some stuff that was inoffensive, but the "Cyberwar" storyline that ran through the four Scarlet Spider books is easily one of the most inane pieces of shit Marvel’s ever published.

After Hulk throws him away like the hairiest Christmas cracker, Wolverine smells his own legs at the top of the mountain and started climbing to retrieve them. Then the series was struck by delays, because producing monthly comics is apparently very difficult for a billion-dollar company that's been doing only that as their primary occupation for 70 years. These interruptions left a bisected wolverine trailing intestines for three years. It was an excruciatingly long story, suddenly and unsatisfyingly resolved by unrelated factors. But it was written by the guy behind LOST so we should have expected that.

David: I hope an Xbox Achievement pops up when Clark finally flies in the finale.
Chris: I think we should get the achievement for making it all the way through to the end of the season. Or at least hazard pay.
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Prophecy")

Naruto: Oh my God, it's been, like, 14 episodes! Can we please just get to the castle?
Rain Ninja: No, because you need to extend these completely unimportant scenes in order to lengthen the series. It's called Inuyasha Syndrome.
Other Rain Ninja: No, that's when nothing happens for the entire series! You're thinking of Dragon Ball Z Syndrome!

"How many Dragon Ball Z characters does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Find out next time on Dragon Ball Z!"
— Old internet joke

Freeza: Just five more minutes until this planet blows.
Five hours (10 episodes) later
Freeza: Just one more minute until this planet blows.
Ten hours later
Freeza: Just one more second until this planet blows.
Goku: (Hums) Well, Freeza. It's been one second. What happened? Wasn't this planet supposed to "blow?"
Freeza: (Angrish) Five more minutes!
Alternate Reality DBZ lampshading the former Trope Namer

"A typical webcomic April's fool prank involves pretending to give up on the comic. I'm likely one of the few webcomic artists who can shock people by pretending to carry on."

"Stardate 6/9/3333 common Era, it has been over a month since we arrived at this place, I should be thankful during this time I have not had to shoot any thing, instead I am bored, and the supplies are low... all meat products expended, I am beginning to wonder if the ship will ever be fixed... and or what ever we came here to do will ever get done."

Forgath: Um, okay. I guess my first question would be, how did Brassmoon get a talking wall?
Talking Wall: Oh geez, you don't want to know that. The answer is a story arc that goes on for, like, ever. Ask me something else.