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Was the video game/augmented reality thing actually set up? I feel like I missed that part.
We've seen it before. If memory serves Tange actually gained some popularity when she went into the video game before to rescue Lil'E after he got sucked inside and was being traumatized by past memories.
I think it was after that that ownership of the game officially transferred from him to her as he hasn't been seen to play... well much of anything again. Which leads me to wonder if he just sits on a couch twiddling his thumbs until someone shows up to "activate" him, similar to Criminey.
It wasn't set up in the least in my opinion. Tats went for it and when everybody got confused he called it "intentional ambiguity".
He would be a good parody of an overly pretentious author if he wasn't serious about it!
Edited by hayate666 on Apr 21st 2019 at 7:07:18 PM
At least you're paid better than me Slick. Plus, your break room has free popcorn. Mine has 35 cent soda cans.
That says something sad about retail.
Not content to limit himself to It Was All A Dream, Tats now piles on Breaking the Fourth Wall.
Edited by Hexapodia on Apr 21st 2019 at 10:31:54 AM
I cringed hard at Slick looking straight into the camera.
Is he writing this badly on purpose?
Yes and no. He IS writing that badly, and would gladly write even worse, but in his warped point of view he's writing a masterpiece.
All you need is the wah, wah, waaaaaaah sound effect and the corniness is complete.
Hey you guys go, in case you need it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnREVb33zx0
The comics is truly entering a dark age when not even Slick can make it fun anymore.
But we are already in a dark age...What's darker than a dark age?
A black hole age? Where all that is good and light is sucked into a portal of nothingness?
Did you really cringe at Slick looking into the camera? I mean, I know that is bad form, but cringeworthy is a bit much.
The ironic joke was fine, too. A little predictable, maybe, but not that terrible, either.
The last time I truly cringed at the comic was when Monique, Miko, and the news reporter were talking about men "not knowing about the harm they are doing" and then had a "Full House" moment where they look meaningfully into the camera and Tat thinks he's being profound. And Monique talking about CAPITALISM ... as Tat collects from Patreon.
Edit: this is the comic in question. And the ones leading up to it also made me grimace from the awkward.
Edited by Gibson35 on Apr 22nd 2019 at 5:30:16 AM
Anti-capitalist cartoon — with a banner ad!
You know, I can picture Miko and the Sisterhood as Stasi agents ...
I cringed, both because addressing the audience in this manner has been done to death in TV programs aimed at children (remember Saved by the bell anyone?) but also because of this comic.
Let's just say there's a slight difference between Tats saying which characters are living in hell which is grating on me a bit!
It's worse than that, Slick. You were dreaming about another you doing something "wrong" then switching out with you when it came time for punishment. Moreover, you weren't even the main character in your own dream.
more than that, his involvement with the dream was comoletley pointless. His comics could've been cut and nothing would've changed.
You know, this would probably a bit more impactful if Lil'E found out himself, instead of hearing it second hand.
Okay, Tats does realize that without some context here, this sounds very much like rambling... especially if you just woke up and are prone to like sleeping in.
But really, what's going to happen here? What exactly does the Devil expect Lil'E to do with this information?
Yeah, but that would require Tats' giving agency to his male characters, which he's not interesting in anymore.
"Hi Lily, I experienced advancement on your plot in your stead because our author has a weird boner for me!"
Little Evil, always conveniently asleep or crying in a corner so Tange can steal the spotlight.
How many comics in a row have Lil'E's appearances just been him waking up? This feels like the 4th time at least. Get up and DO something already kid! Even Garfield would be up food!
Swear to god, Tats could be writing for modern day Bioware this is so terrible.
On the one hand potential plot advancement and a strip that makes logical and character based sense as a self contained unit which progresses sensibly on from previous revelations..
On the other the entire previous arc was just to set this up and that was so terribly written even the drooling fans were going "huh?"
Can't remember any other literature where a satellite character's major plot development is had by a main character while they lie asleep
It's, uh, definitely Tat's unique style to write this way.
My god, he grates on my narative sensibilities
Edit: - It's like he's determined to fall face first into every storytelling faux pas in the "how not to do it" book. Wonder what the next landmine to go off in his face will be?
Edited by NeedsAirCon on Apr 23rd 2019 at 7:49:39 PM
I'm just glad that Tat didn't draw this out for a needlessly long time (Tange telling L'il E what she saw, I mean). I'm glad there's some actual freaking story progression. It was through the mother of all ass-pulls but at least it's moving.
Now the next strip is going to be "Hey! I bet you all are wondering how story-time zombie is! No? Well I'll answer that question anyway because this story arc really took its toll on me as a writer. And while we are at it, lets check in on all the OTHER people you don't care about and try to throw some drama and see if anything randomly sticks so I don't have to actually finish anything."
Edited by Gibson35 on Apr 23rd 2019 at 1:59:19 AM
Story progression! This is great. I hope we get to see his reaction, at least.
Did they ever resolve the hero worship part after Lily lost his memory? It's been such a long time. How long have we been on and off this plot now, ten years?
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