Capn Squid wrote:Randal needs to do a comic about a critic trying desperately to come up with an original way of complaining about something not being original.
"I realize that this Almond Fudge Swirl ice cream is absolutely free, and that I'm completely free to enjoy it or walk away from it as I like, but I feel the need to complain once again that this flavor is similar to, but not as good as, the Rocky Road free ice cream that I enjoyed last year."
But that would mean giving them undeserved attention, so never mind.
I think I find myself suddenly understanding SirMustapha just a little better. Only a little, mind you.
Are you suggesting that XKCD brooks no criticism? That the only valid opinions are praise? I've enjoyed XKCD for some time now; read every comic at least five times (even the ones with the red spiders or the guy in the barrel, that have nothing to do with anything other than Randall emptying an old notebook of drawings), found some that made me laugh and others that made me think. Which makes it all the more depressing when I find one that does neither
. The fact that it's freely presented makes no difference; I didn't come because I expected to be disappointed and simply wanted to complain. I came because I had hoped for an example of what I know Randall is capable
of doing, and instead, I found something that (admittedly, in my opinion) was egregiously bad
. Is that opinion invalid simply because it doesn't agree with the praising masses? Am I trolling a forum simply because I decided to voice my displeasure in what is, ostensibly, a forum for discussion
of individual comics, not simply parroting of kudos?
I'm not walking away from XKCD because I find one comic to be terrible. Nor will I do so because I've found several recent comics to be below the par that I've seen previously. The reason: I expect that this is just a period. Maybe there's some trouble that we don't know about that limits the effort Randall has been able to put forth. Maybe he's hit a wall with ideas - it happens to the best of writers. Maybe he's just lost his touch; I don't know. What I do know is that the day I come here ready to be disappointed and find myself vindicated, you won't see me complain, because I'll be long gone. Until then, I will keep up the hope that it will improve, and continue to assert when it doesn't, regardless of whether or not you
would rather not see the complaint.