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The Straw Man Argument

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Published: March 23, 2011
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This was the art for one of the slides for my "10 Things I Hate About Webcomics" panel I put together for Zenkaicon 2011. 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 actually the second part of the "Webcomic As Soapbox" slide. The first part covered the straight-up rant that features the author's avatar breaking the fourth wall to express his opinions directly at the reader for panels upon panels (which I have done myself so I just used one of my older comics as an example). This one is the slightly less obvious "Straw Man Argument". You will see it quite often in political cartoons and in auto-bio comics.

I really do my best to avoid these like the plague. It would be like beating a one-eyed dog at chess. It's way too easy and it kinda makes me look like a jerkass (especially in the eyes of people who don't already agree with me).

Not that webcomics can't or shouldn't express a point of view. I'd just like to see it done with a little more finesse.

::EDIT::- The purpose here is not to take stabs at fellow artists, which is why I was reluctant to post these outside the context of the panel in the first place. ~_~ Any direct resemblance to any particular work is completely and honestly unintentional.
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MicahZDar's avatar
This is so true. It reminds me of that I AM SILLY! comic.
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JazzQueen92Hobbyist Writer
Vegan artbook in a nutshell. 
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MasterBerryStudent General Artist
You did it! You broke political comics down to their bare essentials!
idontcare555's avatar
Every Assigned Male webcomic ever
NitendoFan92's avatar
ah crap you steal my comment. But Vegan artbook is even a better exemple
idontcare555's avatar
Oh shit you’re right
NitendoFan92's avatar
I even wonder if it in fact a satire
idontcare555's avatar
too much gratuitous gore to be satire
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Thats what i call hypocrites
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AuvorraHobbyist General Artist
exactly what i was thinking XD
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This picture will never stop being relevant
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ThomBolStudent Digital Artist
So you're saying-
The Jordan B. Peterson debate with Cathy Newman was fun to watch?
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Astrall99Hobbyist General Artist
pffff
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GamesandLamesHobbyist Artist
fandoms in a nutshell
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LuckyCat99Student Digital Artist
so painfully true
DarkShane2000's avatar
Haha I love this and it's so true.
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JaneHuskmannHobbyist Digital Artist
Tropes Are Not Bad, and yet at times Trope Are Not Good, either.  Anyways, the point is, Tropes Are Tools; you need the right tool for the job.
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Psychodoctor208Hobbyist General Artist
Cat nods 
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SciArtHerpHobbyist General Artist
This is so true.
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VagoDelLagoHobbyist Digital Artist
Are people aware that "Social Justice Warriors" do this kind of foolishness as much as the alt-right/Anti-SJWs, right?
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Oh my god, this comic was funny but was kinda unrealistic in 2011. But now in 2017, during the age of the alt-right versus social justice, this is more relevant than ever, LOL! The fat, androgynous character with green hair is totally an amalgamation of SJW stereotypes.
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