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With its tagline of "Impairing productivity since 1997", User Friendly covers the antics of the staff at a small ISP and frequently brings current events in the IT field into its strips.Similar to Ctrl+Alt+Del and PvP, it has become a bit infamous for its egotistical creator, who is very outspoken on several topics about both webcomics and the computer industry. Much of it comes from perceived laziness, since the strip very often does cop out when it comes to fresh content.For various reasons, has been in reruns since late 2009.
This webcomic provides examples of:
Affectionate Parody: Gentler than most — it chides nerddom and programmers now and then when they become too obsessive or Slashdot is in uproar over something trivial.
Art Evolution: Surprisingly averted, whether intentionally or what. Rather sadly, there has been very little change in Illiad's art style from his very beginning strips to his most current - in almost 13 years his artistic style has remained very ... rough.
Author Avatar: Illiad's paper-bag-over-head character, though he rarely interacts with the day-to-day plotlines.
Benevolent Boss: The Chief, though he's a little more world-weary and underhanded than others.
Reality Ensues: Recently, a Very Special Week reminding us about Remembrance Day and how it's not just about World War I and II's dead any more. In this and the next five strips, no-one's laughing, least of all Sid. Another story line deals with getting cancer. A later story has A.J. joining the army, and being sent to Afghanistan where he is wounded in action.
Much earlier, following the September 11th attacks, the techs pulled out of their remote office in an old missile silo. "After the last few days, living in a missile silo just isn't cool anymore."
Schedule Slip Very notably averted, with an update every single day for over a decade, until personal issues forced Illiad to take a two-month break in 2009. Now taken to severe extremes, as a new strip has not been posted in ten months, just reruns.
With only three weeks of actual new strips (in November 2010, and discounting some user-created ones) since December 2009, it has officially entered Orphaned Series territory.