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Published: November 28, 2011
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This is another one of the new slides I prepared for my "10 Things I Hate About Webcomics" presentation at Anime USA this year. The idea behind the whole thing was to poke fun at common webcomics tropes, cliches, and/or bad habits and to help new creators recognize them and then either avoid them or exploit them (because anything, even tropes, done well can still make for good entertainment). This stuff can be applied to a lot of other media as well and I think most creators (myself included) have been guilty of them at one point or another.

This was the first part of the "Webcomics as Soapbox" segment (the second part covered the "Straw Man Argument" and can be seen here: [link] ). The art was taken from a comic a did a few years ago where I actually did just rant for 8 straight panels. Thankfully, I learned my lesson and can now ridicule myself for your benefit. :D

Check out some of my previously posted art slides for the webcomics presentation below:
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Thn1mNYrPantsHobbyist Artist
somehow, i feel like i can relate to this dude.
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kyrtuckHobbyist General Artist
You forgot blah.
MetalShadowOverlord's avatar
I can't help but think this was made with a certain blue bear in mind...
kyrtuck's avatar
kyrtuckHobbyist General Artist
Nah, there's lots more political comic artists that just Tom Andrew Preston Dobson.
Jinxy031's avatar
Jinxy031Hobbyist Writer
Basically my teacher in a nutshell.
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sakuraloverannaroseHobbyist General Artist
he looks cute
henpitts's avatar
I'm sorry. Did you say something?
panfu28's avatar
panfu28Hobbyist Digital Artist
a lot of hypocrisy
The-Psychonaut's avatar
The-PsychonautStudent Filmographer
I think you're misconstruing tropes with stereotypes or cliches. A trope is thematic short hand; it's a concept that's recognizable to audiences. Like, a David vs. Goliath dynamic between co-workers, or a Cain and Abel dynamic between brothers. A cliche is the bible-thumping redneck or the egocentric cheerleader---cliches are tropes that distract or detract from the integrity of the story. 

tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…
DFX2K9's avatar
DFX2K9Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, a trope is a storytelling tool. One that any storyteller, be it writer, visual artist, game designer, or tabletop GM uses either consciously or otherwise.

Plot narrative tools such as 'Chekov's Gun' (a seemingly mundane tool that becomes extremely useful later on) Plot Armor, internal exposition, and even the Villainous monologue are all tropes
Plot situations and themes (from the love triangle to the Big Bad teaming up with the Heros to Fight the Greater Evil) are all tropes too.
And there are Genre and medium tropes (the bottomless pit of death in videogames is a platforming trope...), as well as tropes *involving the use of other tropes*

And I totally didn't just come out of a night full of TV Tropes (which really aught to change it's name since it covers basically everything now).... Okay I did, send help... :P
bobbyz41's avatar
I love the illustrations and the social commentary. You make a valid point. Often, those who use the most words say  the least. I'm reminded of a quote from Plato: "The wise man speaks because he has something to say; the fool speaks because he has to say something." So unless he has something valid to say, perhaps this fellow should hold his tongue. After all, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt." 

"And that's all I have to say about that..." 
DFX2K9's avatar
DFX2K9Hobbyist General Artist
up ot a point that is true.

Certain concepts or circumstances do require one to get a bit... Verbose.

However, if one is doing this in a webcomic, the visual medium does remove the need for a lot of words in a lot of circumstances.
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RadenWAProfessional Digital Artist
why draw if you prefer to write, rite?
VentAnger's avatar
Hahah wow so you're talking about yourself?
BasilEsposito's avatar
Man, I can't help but notice the hypocrisy
PrinceOfFire's avatar
PrinceOfFireHobbyist Writer
Assigned Male in a nutshell.
Scrap-Lord's avatar
Lol yeah. And an sjw in an echochamber.
PrinceOfFire's avatar
PrinceOfFireHobbyist Writer
So pretty much the same thing.
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WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning! Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died. Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in you

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WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning! Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died. Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in you

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WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning! Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died. Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in you

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