CZeke wrote:Oh, for #$@%'s sake...
Look, Randall, the stick figures are one thing. I think it's pretty dubious to call yourself a cartoonist when that's all you draw, but whatever, I can't do faces either. But you didn't even WRITE this one!
I don't know if you are serious, but do you really think every creator makes up all his stories? Like... no one writes down what happened to them or someone else in real life and puts some other characters/names in it? And xkcd isn't hiding that, clearly giving the source. Or do you think it's somehow lower quality writing to adapt real life events into it's own stories? Even if you are joking, some writers might rage at such a suggestion. edit:Unless you are trolling in which case - well played.
And there is writing! Like... the last panel. Too little? Press <Prev few times, last three comics have had the same amount or less of Randall-written text.
On top of that xkcd is pumping out comics regularly 3 times a week (with really small
hiccups), where other webcomics take a week at best and sometimes go on half year hiatus (Erfworld), update only 3-4 times a year (dresden codac) if they want to be of higher quality, or while updating regularly, still have a few people behind them, or continuous story to tell.
xkcd fills the niche between funny picture aggregators updated daily and other, weekly webstuffs for me just fine.
The strip itself: reading all this stuff about hurricanes always reminds me that I'm really happy not having to live in hurricane-ridden place on the Earth. Floods though...