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The Dark Allure of Copy and Paste

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So I prepared a couple of new slides for my "10 Things I Hate About Webcomics" presentation at Anime USA. 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 one illustrates copy & paste abuse. I often tell people that a little bit of C&P for background elements, certain gags, and tight deadlines is okay. However, repeated use of this will not only make your comics boring, but it can really handicap you as an artist. Learning to draw things consistently is an essential skill for anyone considering a serious career in cartooning and it's a skill you can only learn through MASSIVE amounts of practice. Remember, kids, you learn to draw by drawing!

Check out some of my previously posted art slides for the webcomics presentation below:
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kyrtuck's avatar
I've always avoided this!
TBAComic's avatar
I'm guilty of this quite often with minor expression differences especially if the characters are in a car.
BlazeKnightDT's avatar
You know something? You are VERY FUNNY -- and very observant, as well! The world could use more people like you.
iamkathybrown's avatar
I've been tempted to do so, but talked myself out of it with the fact that it would leave a big blank spot on my comic. That's traditional for you.
FloofPuppy's avatar
The magic of copypaste. LOL
powerJAM's avatar
Aaaw True Dat!!
starshinexx's avatar
doesn't always happen in webcomics. Lazy manga artist do it too. Its so freaking anoying
Kyoko13261's avatar
Hey!
I play that in walmart!
Aneirin-Aryon's avatar
This is brilliant! XD And yeah... it really kinda works though, but yeah, some movement and life might help. xD
PinkBuizel's avatar
I absolutely hate it when others don't make their characters move in comics.

It BUGS THE CRAP out of me.

:iconffffplz:

Show some expression! You're not a mannequin!
Bishiglomper's avatar
...I've been guilty of this. It's true. OTL OTL
blkwhtrbbt's avatar
Partially Clips [link] is a webcomic that is MADE OF THIS. Literally, it is dialog written over three panels of identical clip art. And for the most part, it is FUNNY as HECK. You would love it. Guy calls himself "shoebox"
Cyber-Hero's avatar
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
rockfred's avatar
I do that sometimes











okay, I do that a lot
Thymine-7's avatar
This reminds me of someone but this really isnt the place... lol Ill try not to do it it I ever make a webcomic :)
KaikuSkylianFay's avatar
haha! yes, copy paste in comics. It hurts.
CaptainHello's avatar
Why are they playing Marco Polo with both their eyes open? :C SHE'S CHEATING.
Gold-Sun's avatar
because is dark and they could'nt see anything!
Noisepunk's avatar
I think, like all things, that uniformity can be a stylistic feature- Men in Hats was one of my favorite web comics back when it existed, and part of what I love about it was how cookie cutter the style was.

I do agree that with most cases it's a no no, but it has it's place.
FieryFurry's avatar
You make a good point, and yet you've copied and pasted the description of every deviation in this presentation series...
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