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Airdate: Monday, October 8, 2007

Sender: Gunkiller, Standing Right Behind You

"Gunk-iller" and his friends ask Strong Bad for suggestions on making a web comic, which according to Strong Bad is easy.

Strong Bad: They're all about video games, gamernerds, webgeeks, dorknerds, gamewads, nerdgames, webwebs, and elves. So just pick one of those and start tableting!

Strong Bad's suggestions include:

  • A comic about "slickly drawn college roommates [who] make nothing but video game inside jokes", with a sample strip of "Gamerj0x" that eventually degenerates into random PS3 tech specifications.
  • A comic based on input from readers ("What a cop-out!"), such as The Cheat's comics based on weird senders' names from spam e-mails, like "Knowingest J. Drawbridges".
  • An overly-photoshopped fantasy comic, with an example featuring the adventures of "Borgorroth of Coolswordoroth".
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  • A sprite comic, with a demonstration starring Stinkoman, and the last-ditch advice "when your pixel comic's not funny, MS Paint your way to a non-punchline!"

After a brief tangent on crummy animated adaptations of video games, Strong Bad concludes that Gunkiller and his friends should not make a web comic.

Strong Bad: Why can't you just make a... comic? Everyone knows that putting 'web' in front of words automatically makes them crappier. Just look what happened to 'pages,' and 'cams,' and 'logs.' And who could forget the fall of the mighty 'isode.' Ohh, so tragic.

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  • Calling Your Attacks: Parodied. During the "Photoshopped fantasy comic" segment, the wizard and Borgorroth call out different Photoshop effects that they use to "attack" each other.
    Wizard: LENS FLARE!
    Borgorroth: Uh... PLASTIC WRAP!
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The list of spam emails the Cheat opens up, which includes "Lem Sportsinterviews" and "hooray4dolphins".
  • Hypocritical Humor: Strong Bad calls web comics that "ask for input from your viewers and rip that off for content" (which is pretty much what Strong Bad Email is) a "cop-out". This remark is even punctuated by the New Paper coming down.
  • Overly Long Gag: An Easter egg features an extended version of the "Borgorroth of Coolswordoroth" segment, with Borgorroth and his evil wizard nemesis throwing out random Photoshop filters until the screen is completely illegible.
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  • Sprite Comic: The Stinkoman comic segment is a parody of these, using sprite art from the Stinkoman 20X6 Flash game.
  • Take That!: Strong Bad spoofs the ever-loving hell out of popular web comics (and their many imitators).
  • Techno Babble: The spoof of Two Gamers on a Couch style web comics devolves into Strong Bad and Strong Sad randomly spouting tech specifications for the PlayStation 3.
  • You Make Me Sic: Strong Bad draws attention to a missing period after the sentence "Thanks a lot" by following it up with a snarky "...for not using punctuation."

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