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XKCD: It's more than a comic:

 101 Madrugada, Mon, 25th May '09 9:54:43 AM Relationship Status: In season
The very name of this thread is a good example of why there's a serious case of Hype Backlash building against xkcd. "More than a comic"? Not really. If you want it to be more than a comic, you're going to be disappointed.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
 102 Landstander, Fri, 29th May '09 1:18:23 AM from Somewhere else
God Of Cake
Aww man, I only got into it a couple months ago, it can't be undergoing Hype Backlash already! I always get into everything when everyone starts complaining it sucks.

Not that it diminishes my enjoyment of the strip. The symphony one made me crack up cause I can picture my brother dragging me to the symphony by force (unless they're playing Gershwin), though when I showed this to him he remarked that indeed, he is one of the rare under-60 folks.
Emperor Wu liked cake, but not exploding cake!

Before that comic, I never knew that the font Papyrus had a hatedom.

Now all I can think about is what category in the Hatedom page would we put the Papyrus haters in. Real Life? Web Original?

edited 29th May '09 12:10:00 PM by Eriksson

 104 Zyxzy, Fri, 29th May '09 7:18:41 PM from Salem, OR
Embrace the mindscrew
Ummm...Real Life? And why?
  1. I thought the shark one was charming and sweet.
  2. I like techno and classical. It's heavy metal and high-class-swingy-Sinatra-type-stuff that I don't seem to yet have a taste for, interestingly.
  3. I thought of the material Papyrus first. And I proudly stand behind my thinking of that first.
It Just Bugs Me! - a place to discuss media, real life, and other topics.
 106 Sabbo, Fri, 29th May '09 11:42:40 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
I thought of the material first too. I think it's a phrasing problem.
 107 Haven, Sat, 30th May '09 12:09:43 AM from Radiance
Planescape Hijack
Yeah, the only way I made the connection to fonts was because of the previous day's chainsawsuit.
Productivity is for people without internet connections. -Count Dorku
 108 Sabbo, Sat, 30th May '09 12:18:06 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
*Reads the comic again*

I think I got it by being confused about the grammar, seeing the word papyrus surrounded by quotation marks, and the Alt Text.
 109 adam 850, Sat, 30th May '09 3:59:19 AM from Springfield.
Speak up!
I got it immediately, after being previously frustrated by having to read one of my sister's essays written in that font.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
Well, I didn't get it when reading the comic, but the mention of Helvetica in the alt-text made it obvious.

I actually thought it was some sort of "faux-parchment" thing at first.

edited 30th May '09 1:29:54 PM by GlennMagusHarvey

It Just Bugs Me! - a place to discuss media, real life, and other topics.
 111 Brickman, Sun, 31st May '09 11:36:46 PM from wherever adventure takes me Relationship Status: My own grandpa
Gentleman Adventurer!
This week's is made of win.
Your funny quote here! (Maybe)
 112 Bobby G, Sun, 31st May '09 11:38:09 PM from the Silvery Tay
 113 Fawriel, Sun, 31st May '09 11:49:49 PM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
... *chortle*

Now THAT's internet warfare.
 114 Madrugada, Mon, 1st Jun '09 12:26:10 AM Relationship Status: In season
That would do it, wouldn't it?
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
 115 Tangent 128, Mon, 1st Jun '09 4:48:55 AM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
...was Meyer just Rescued from the Scrappy Heap?
Conversation is a contact sport.
 116 Fawriel, Mon, 1st Jun '09 5:03:39 AM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
I call Character Derailment!
If Meyer actually writes that passage about 4chan into a book, Pass the Popcorn.

edited 1st Jun '09 5:04:06 PM by Eriksson

 118 Oscredwin, Mon, 1st Jun '09 6:07:17 PM from The Frozen East
If she does, then is it Rescued from the Scrappy Heap?
Sex, Drugs, and Rationality
Yeah, if Stephanie Meyer actually did that I'd actually respect. I can't help but kinda already, even if she had nothing to do with the comic whatsoever. I guess I just want to believe she did. Kinda like how I want to believe Martha Stewart really did make a scrapbook saying "Screw you, G men!" in Arrested Development.
 121 Haven, Mon, 1st Jun '09 8:42:06 PM from Radiance
Planescape Hijack
I lol'd. Though I don't think this would stop anything—most of the "internet hate machine" has moved on from 4chan to places like, say, 711chan. Or So I Heard.

Though this does make me wonder if a bunch of Muse fans trolled Meyer and that's why she wrote Twilight. wild mass guess
Productivity is for people without internet connections. -Count Dorku
Uncle George
I didn't really like the 4chan one, because its insulting to all the non-/i/nfidel 4chan users.
This love so bold goes undeclared/a joy unseen, a world unknown/a love that dare not speak its name/hidden treasure, precious stone
I assume he means the /i/nvasion boards that show up on some other Image Boards.
 125 Bobby G, Wed, 3rd Jun '09 7:54:26 PM from the Silvery Tay
vigilantly taxonomish
It was maybe a bit dated, but I don't see how it was insulting, since it was clearly a jab at trolls rather than 4chan users in general. Also, points for managing to poke fun at Stephenie Meyer, Twilight fans and Anonymous all in one comic, and managing to make Meyer seem sympathetic, of all people.

edited 3rd Jun '09 7:54:39 PM by BobbyG

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