10nitro wrote:I imagine some people have a similar reaction to xkcd sucks, but to me it just sounds whiny, while he makes up absurd accusations that Randall stalks Megan to this day, and posts personal insults to Randall.
You should keep in mind that the author of the blog has changed now. The old one, Carl, usually tried to make balanced and coherent criticism, but he grew tired of it, as the comics presented the same problems over and over again, and it was more or less a general consensus that the best part of it all is the discussion in the comments thread. So the current owner just uses the posts to make fun of Randall, not terribly unlike how Randall makes fun of the things he doesn't like or doesn't understand. So yeah, the fact that there is no constructive criticism over there is intentional. And why! if most
of the fans won't read constructive criticism when it's posted here
, why would they read it there?
10nitro wrote:I can't think right now whether this came from SirMustapha or xkcd sucks, but I actually like the pictoblog idea. I mean, I don't want him to stop doing xkcd, and I don't think doing them at the same time would work out. But if that blog existed, I would read it.
That idea was raised on the blog a long time ago, and I'm an absolute supporter of it. If Randall cared about the quality
of his work, he would have showed signs of considering that many months ago; but since he only cares about the popularity, about the god-like status
of the comic, he marches on.
10nitro wrote:* Most detractors of xkcd say that it didn't use to be bad, but that it's gone downhill, and they used to enjoy it. I feel like there's a lot of ``the good old days'' syndrome going on here. So, I'm curious, exactly what xkcd comics do SirMustapha and xkcd sucks like?
I think xkcd has always been very hit-and-miss, but in his first few hundred comics, Randall seemed to have a larger stock of ideas and didn't have that urging necessity to please and pander; his comics felt a lot less forced and contrived. And there is another thing: Randall puts too much of himself into his comics. Sometimes it reads as "this is how awesome I wish my life actually was", instead of just a collection of funny, silly jokes. When Randall did those funny obsessive comics on ball pits, raptors, kites, for a long time I thought that they were just that: jokes. I was horrified, however, when I learnt that those were actually things from Randall's life that he stuck on the comics. So, now, xkcd seems largely like a great fanfiction of Randall's own life. That feelings spoils many of the old comics that I used to like.