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Slimfigures.

Postby Nixy » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:00 pm UTC

Anyone seen this before?
http://www.slimfigures.co.uk/

I feel like it's a blatant rip off, even down to the tag line "a webcomic of science, maths, satire and dark thoughts" and the use of stick figures. Yes, I am aware stick figures are not copyrighted, but doesn't it feel eerily similar?

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby Princess Marzipan » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:14 pm UTC

If by "similar" you mean "infinitely more hetero-normative", then yes.
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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby BlackSails » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:52 pm UTC

The twinkle twinkle little star parody is hilarious.

Edit: That seems to be the only really good one though.

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby tetromino » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:13 pm UTC

Princess Marzipan wrote:If by "similar" you mean "infinitely more hetero-normative", then yes.
Was your comment intended to be critical of the author, or am I reading too much into it?

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby The Reaper » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:18 pm UTC

tetromino wrote:
Princess Marzipan wrote:If by "similar" you mean "infinitely more hetero-normative", then yes.
Was your comment intended to be critical of the author, or am I reading too much into it?

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby katamariqueen » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:22 pm UTC

The man drawing the comic bears a faint similarity to Desmond from lost.

I'm not sure why I feel this is relevant, but...

Also, his stick figures have faces. Stick figures shouldn't have FACES.

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby Nixy » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:35 pm UTC

By similar I obviously mean a piss poor copy of.
And I agree, stick figures with faces is just plain wrong.

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby anyone » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:57 am UTC

I like it!

It's... darker than xkcd.

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby Fat Zombie » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:05 am UTC

-The flies are dominant

-Purge the flies


Made me laugh, for some reason. Because, seriously, dudes.

Purge the flies.
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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby Jorpho » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:38 am UTC

I don't think these are very good at all.

But it is no more of a ripoff than Abstruse Goose or Not From Concentrate. And graph jokes seem to be on the rise everywhere.

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby folkhero » Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:34 am UTC

I found 2 that weren't awful, so that probably puts it on par with most bad webcomics. The "webcomic of science, maths..." is what really makes it look like a rip off. If it weren't for that, it would probably just blend into the ocean of poor, and poorly drawn webcomics.
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Re: Slimfigures.

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby LinuxPenguin » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:04 am UTC

AwesomeJosh wrote:http://www.slimfigures.co.uk/archive/comic14.php

http://xkcd.com/85/


Alright... I'll give you that. It does seem unusually similar. :?
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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby Raoul Duke » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:25 am UTC

I don't really mind Abstruse Goose because it actually has some pretty good strips, it's best ones are definitely better than Randall's worst (Sacrilege! Burn the witch!). It's good enough that I can say that it's not a ripoff but just another strip in the same genre, a genre that was pioneered by XKCD. The same cannot be said about Slimfigures, he just isn't able to pull it off.

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby Nixy » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:21 am UTC

AwesomeJosh wrote:http://www.slimfigures.co.uk/archive/comic14.php

http://xkcd.com/85/


Oh wow, I hadn't even noticed that one. It's just painful....

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby slimfigures » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:00 am UTC

Hi Folks

Trolling through my referrer stats this morning I found a small number of hits were originating from this forum, so I thought I would come and see what the discussion is.

Well you’re all had you say so its now my turn.

In answer to the above:

1. You are correct stick figures are not copyrighted, but I call them slimfigures.

2. ‘hetero-normative’ – no idea even what that is so can’t comment.

3. ‘Twinkle twinkle’ – yea I liked that one.

4. ‘Desmond from Lost’, that made my day. My wife however just laughed, adding, ‘You wish’.

5. ‘Stick figures shouldn’t have faces’, but I’ve told you they are slimfigures and slimfigures do have faces.

6. Similarity between Munroe’s number 85 and my number 14. Munroe’s Number 85 seems to be about the efficiency in time of different routes to arrive at a destination, whether literary or in life and worrying about choosing the most efficient route. The routes are of different length. Well that is something we do many times everyday in all circumstances and my number 14, I hope, is trying to say that sometimes we may spend time making decisions in life but quite often the route becomes the same (do the maths) and the destination is the same so we might as well just go for it without worrying all the time. So similar – well I suppose so.

7. ‘a genre that was pioneered by xkcd’, ‘he just isn’t able to pull it off’- oh dear, sounds pretentious when quoted in isolation doesn’t it?

Buy for now. Have a nice day.

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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby Buddha with a bra on » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:52 am UTC

One suspects many things sound pretentious when quoted in isolation.
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Re: Slimfigures.

Postby Hawknc » Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:15 am UTC

slimfigures wrote:‘hetero-normative’ – no idea even what that is so can’t comment.

Twenty years ago you might have been forgiven for that. Not so much these days.

I don't think the criticism would be nearly so bad if each of the attributes people have mentioned were alone in their similarities. But when you put them all together it does come off as derivative, especially with the tagline "A webcomic of..." which is almost identical.

Don't take internet criticism too harshly - when you publish online you open yourself up to positive and negative comments, and if you feel the need to personally retort to each less-than-pleasant discussion of your work than you're not only going to be very busy, but you also come off looking unprofessional. That's the one aspect of xkcd I think you should emulate (Randall never posts here these days, and he gets plenty of criticism). Just take the key messages on board and learn from them.


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