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Old 01-11-2017, 12:32 PM
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Oh hey Unsounded is back!

... I have NO idea what's going on.
Looks like a border skirmish between Cresce and Alderode. War has been brewing between those nations for a while now in the background.

And yay! More Unsounded!
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Old 01-18-2017, 03:13 PM
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Finally, we get to see Dr. McNinja's real face!

He's totally Chuck Goodrich isn't he
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Old 01-18-2017, 03:37 PM
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Well, everyone else is.
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Old 01-18-2017, 05:37 PM
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what the hell even is QC anymore
I'm kinda glad it's going somewhere, even I'm having trouble following it and thinking that Gunnerkrigg has spent its last chapter doing basically the same thing but far more elegantly
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Old 01-19-2017, 10:37 PM
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And just like that, Dr. McNinja is over.

Excuse me while go through the stages of grief.


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Old 01-20-2017, 06:29 AM
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That's about as perfect a final page as the series could possibly get.

I like that he took the last name Goodrich. Now we can debate forever if it's in reference to Chuck, the guy who saved his life multiple times, or Radical, the guy who ruined his life multiple times.

EDIT: OR MAYBE SINCE CHUCK GOODRICH IS FROM THE FUTURE, MCNINJA TAKING THE NAME GOODRICH MEANS THAT HE'S THE FIRST MEMBER OF THE GOODRICH FAMILY TREE AND IS THE FATHER/GRANDFATHER/GREAT GRANDFATHER/WTFEVER OF THE EVENTUAL CHUCK GOODRICH THAT WILL EVENTUALLY TRAVEL BACK TO THE PAST TO SAVE THE WORLD!

Nah probably not.

Still tho.

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Old 01-20-2017, 08:42 AM
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It's Goodriches all the way down.

Hats off to ya, Doc! Ya kept me entertained for well over a decade!
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Old 01-23-2017, 11:57 AM
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Old 01-23-2017, 01:09 PM
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It's only got three more days to go, and it HAS reached its goal, but everyone should back the Kickstarter for Let's Speak English just because it's a pretty funny comic created by a very nice person.
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:33 PM
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I've caught myself up on KC Green's Pinocchio.
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Old 02-07-2017, 09:20 PM
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Tom Scioli is posting more webcomic. Princess
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Old 02-15-2017, 11:45 AM
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QC update: Acknowledging your arc came out of nowhere and defies any explanation does not excuse it, Jeph!
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Old 02-16-2017, 02:45 PM
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QC update: Acknowledging your arc came out of nowhere and defies any explanation does not excuse it, Jeph!


You hush.


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Old 02-16-2017, 02:57 PM
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But freaky all-powerful AIs are a long-running part of QC. It's kinda baked into the format.
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:46 PM
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My issue is not about the "lore" (honestly, who cares) but about the storytelling. MephAIstopheles is a literal embodiment of deus ex machina. Shows up, solves the problem, wraps up all loose ends in a nice bow, and then departs. It's deeply unsatisfying, because none of the actual characters played any role in the climax of the story.
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Old 02-16-2017, 04:44 PM
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azuma helped!
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Old 02-16-2017, 05:10 PM
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That was another dumb thing: why recruit Emily specifically? The obvious assumption was that it had to do with Emily's accidental savant-like programming skills, but... none of that came into play. Everything she did in Bubbles' head was not only extremely straightforward (quick-jump here, open a door, shoot a thing), but explicitly instructed to her by MephAIsto in the first place. And then MephAIsto warped into Bubbles anyway rendering the whole thing kind of moot.
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Old 02-16-2017, 08:03 PM
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I'm hoping this is just a hint of some of the deeper parts of his world that Jacques is building.

I'm hoping, but I'm doubting it.


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Old 02-16-2017, 09:12 PM
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I find it hard to dislike Jeph Jacques' work even though his ambition is routinely thwarted by his timidity. I don't know what it is.
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Old 02-16-2017, 11:10 PM
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I feel the opposite; Jeph's work is better the less effort and ambition he puts in. I think he's got a good sense of silly, irreverent humour, and next to no sense at drama. So when he resigns himself to dumb stuff like dord or Bembo, it works. When he tries to be a serious storyteller... we get Alice Grove.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:28 AM
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He's got a knack for the trivial, sure. But what I mean is: When he attempts something of substance, the reason he stumbles is because he doesn't commit to it. He doesn't like to hurt his characters, doesn't like to leave them afraid and alone for very long. That's not to say that he doesn't like them to have painful experiences - but he always seems to be in a hurry to return them to a place of relative stability and comfort.

He's a nice person who'd much rather write about nice people, and his attempts at creating a more challenging conflict usually succumb to that preference.
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:41 AM
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That's a good point; it even extends to how he clings to the gag-a-day format, as if he can't stand the idea of leaving the reader without a smile.
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:38 AM
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I find it very easy to dislike Jeph Jacque's work because nothing about it is good.
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:25 PM
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I on the contrary adore goofy shit that's only mostly loosely tied-together, so I have read every QC and feel it has gotten significantly better with time
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:50 PM
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i would probably broadly agree with that, but i definitely also agree that this arc was...not very good. though on some level the deus ex machina doesn't even bother me much as a result, like, wow, that luckily wrapped up much faster than i expected! a lot of it really does come down to him having a clear comfort zone that this whole thing seemed to reach just a bit too far out of.

anyway guess i do like a few of the characters a lot but really i mostly read it because occasionally there's a joke i find unreasonably funny. especially this one

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Old 02-17-2017, 03:33 PM
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He's got a knack for the trivial, sure. But what I mean is: When he attempts something of substance, the reason he stumbles is because he doesn't commit to it. He doesn't like to hurt his characters, doesn't like to leave them afraid and alone for very long. That's not to say that he doesn't like them to have painful experiences - but he always seems to be in a hurry to return them to a place of relative stability and comfort.

He's a nice person who'd much rather write about nice people, and his attempts at creating a more challenging conflict usually succumb to that preference.
This seems fair.

I read webcomics as a break from real life challenge and conflict, which is perhaps why this approach is right up my alley but annoys others in the thread.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:13 PM
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Like you can really tell when Jeph discovered Azuma Kikyo because the comic tone pushes from 'hipster nerds' into 'nonsense goofery' very quickly. I wonder if we could get him interested in YKK?
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