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Re: "Squirrel" Discussion (Saladin approved)

Postby dennisw » Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:02 am UTC

You know that game with a balloon or a beach ball where you can't let it touch the ground and you have to bat it with your hand from one player to the next?...
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Re: "Squirrel" Discussion (Saladin approved)

Postby dasada122 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:06 am UTC

I envision a large cannon and an airtight capsule.

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Re: "Squirrel" Discussion (Saladin approved)

Postby scarletmanuka » Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:14 am UTC

dasada122 wrote:I envision a large cannon and an airtight capsule.

That's where I thought the comic was heading. I was vaguely disappointed to see it was a helicopter-style thing instead.

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Re: "Squirrel" Discussion (Saladin approved)

Postby scikidus » Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:00 pm UTC

For a minute there, I thought Randall was going to tie in a "only step on certain tiles" joke. :D
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Re: "Squirrel" Discussion (Saladin approved)

Postby chrth » Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:56 pm UTC

And another group to the list "Conferences I'm Banned From"

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Re: "Squirrel" Discussion (Saladin approved)

Postby glasnt » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:26 am UTC

Ways to get people flocking to your website:

1) Say Jeff Goldblum is dead.
2) Get 'the xkcd guy'* to make a strip just for your site.
3) <unsure>



* I've found only a selection of geeks know who I'm talking about when I say 'Randall'. More respond when I say 'that xkcd guy'.

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Re: "Squirrel" Discussion (Saladin approved)

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:17 am UTC

1) Say Jeff Goldblum is dead.
2) Get 'the xkcd guy'* to make a strip just for your site.
3) Profit!

In other words, we've finally figured out what the ??? is.
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"Conservation" (bonus strip) discussion

Postby sje46 » Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:55 pm UTC

Look what I found!
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http://xkcd.com/asmarterplanet/
http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2009/06/building-a-smarter-planet-for-squirrels.html
No alt text.

Reminds me of flying ferrets. Flying ferrets which WENT CRAZY AND ATE MY ENTIRE FAMILY
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Re: "Conservation" Bonus xkcd discussion

Postby sempernemo » Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:11 pm UTC

How'd you find this comic anyway?

Weirdly, I actually have a stuffed squirrel with a propeller beanie. Now I know its purpose!

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Re: "Conservation" (bonus strip) discussion

Postby BioTube » Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:23 pm UTC

I found it by clicking random several times, although it redirected to the site it was made for.
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Re: "Conservation" (bonus strip) discussion

Postby sje46 » Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:37 pm UTC

http://xkcdsucks.blogspot.com/ is where I found it.
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Re: "Conservation" (bonus strip) discussion

Postby ritvax » Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:26 pm UTC

Randall mentions it in the "About"

http://xkcd.com/about/

Occasionally produce a few extra comics such as a pair of comics for IBM's A Smarter Planet initiative (also archived here as they are released).


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Re: "Conservation" (bonus strip) discussion

Postby philsov » Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:07 pm UTC

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Re: Randall Munroe's Guest Comics! (Accumululatedated)

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Re: Randall Munroe's Guest Comics! (Accumululatedated)

Postby Moo » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:33 pm UTC

Not a guest comic but a tribute - check out the alt text on this:
http://xkcd.com/604/
and then the votey (hover on the red button) on the next day's SMBC:
http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1565
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby cparker15 » Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:49 pm UTC

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Comic Link: http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2009/08/1998.html

Alt Text: xkcd smarter healthcare comic
Title Text: There is none!

Hilarious! Lemme guess... custom handwriting-style font?

Note: The comic page at asmarterplanet.com has commenting built into it.

EDIT: Considering that this is an individual (guest) comic, and considering that this is the forum for individual comic threads, I made the assumption that this was the appropriate place for this thread.

It's certainly a very acceptable misstake, but well, we have a thread for guest comics. A quick search wouldn't have hurt, but it can happen to the best of us. Well except me. '

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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Josephine » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:42 am UTC

David Morgan-Mar of Irregular Webcomic did several of these.

massive images, sorry.
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Spoilered that for you

Huge Ackermann? *groan*
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby 6453893 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:23 am UTC

beaker wrote:Image

What with being the Internet's Official Nerdy Guy, I wonder if Randall ever feels like http://xkcd.com/200/

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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Moo » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:30 am UTC

Uh... that one's been posted. In the FIRST POST.
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby 6453893 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:55 am UTC

Moo wrote:Uh... that one's been posted. In the FIRST POST.

Duh, to whom did you think the QUOTE BLOCK was attributed?

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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Moo » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:04 am UTC

:oops:
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How to protect yourself from the BHG by Bizarro

Postby DoNotFoldSpindleOrMutilate » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:27 pm UTC

The Bizarro comic shows how to protect yourself from the BHG: http://bizarrocomic.blogspot.com/2009/08/stick-it.html
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Izawwlgood » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:45 pm UTC

The x-men chart is hilarious, if a bit inaccurate (Dude, Cyclops? Over... I dunno... JUBILEE/DAZZLER/BANSHEE???)

Also, storm is not very cool.
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby diotimajsh » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:25 pm UTC

I like Jubilee more than Cyclops... even if she is a bit useless.
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Re: How to protect yourself from the BHG by Bizarro

Postby quantum_quandary » Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:54 am UTC

DoNotFoldSpindleOrMutilate wrote:The Bizarro comic shows how to protect yourself from the BHG: http://bizarrocomic.blogspot.com/2009/08/stick-it.html
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(The black hat must have been blown off.)

Along with pretty much everyone else in the strip...
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Jimothy » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:08 am UTC

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Found this one while looking at his articles. Very true, too.
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Naurgul » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:31 am UTC

:shock: Very harsh.
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Connington » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:00 pm UTC

Don't feel bad. Judging by his singular post count and poor artistic quality of his avatar and stick figure, I'm guessing it's just something he threw together for a troll. Likely, he's pissed that his comic is more or less obscure, while Randall's is actually supporting him, and so felt a need to vent on the forums of his imagined rival.

Actually, scratch that. He probably put quite a few hours into it, and thinks it a most perfect fusion of humor and polite criticism.

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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Jimothy » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:05 pm UTC

1. This comic was made by Stephen Bond, not me. I only found it on his website.
2. I believe the shittyness of the art is an intentional mockery of Monroe's style.
3. Neither I nor Bond publish a webcomic, as far as I know.
4. Of course I just threw this whole thing together, considering that I joined these forums almost a year ago, obviously as part of my big plan to post this one image just now. I've read these forums quite a bit, I just never felt like posting.
5. What the fuck does my avatar have to do with this?
6. Because "I'm pissed?" God knows one can never have an opinion about something popular without being "Just jealous." A classic middle school response, a convenient cop-out to avoid having to actually respond in any valid way.

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Re: Randall Munroe's Guest Comics! (Accumululatedated)

Postby AlexanderRM » Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:54 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:Randall Munroe @ The New Yorker


(from the words after those comics):

C.L.: What’s next for XKCD? A book? Television? A second Internet where XKCD is Google?


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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Connington » Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:53 am UTC

Jimothy wrote:1. This comic was made by Stephen Bond, not me. I only found it on his website.
2. I believe the shittyness of the art is an intentional mockery of Monroe's style.
3. Neither I nor Bond publish a webcomic, as far as I know.
4. Of course I just threw this whole thing together, considering that I joined these forums almost a year ago, obviously as part of my big plan to post this one image just now. I've read these forums quite a bit, I just never felt like posting.
5. What the fuck does my avatar have to do with this?
6. Because "I'm pissed?" God knows one can never have an opinion about something popular without being "Just jealous." A classic middle school response, a convenient cop-out to avoid having to actually respond in any valid way.


The comic wasn't funny, and stank of that sort of sardonic humor people use when they're upset. You had 1 post. Forgive me for putting two and two together.

But seriously, I apologize for that.

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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Felstaff » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:13 am UTC

Regarding the above comic; I don't find it a particularly good parody, or even a parody. It just seems like a groundless and vicious attack from Just Some Nobody. At least with parody, you emphasise, exaggerate and enhance the flaws. And xkcd is pretty ripe for parody, particularly as it is one of the only highly-successful webcomics that is notably poorly-drawn. This, uh, thing insults the comic's audience ('short attention-span dorks') which is, umm, pretty baseless? I mean, I don't know about you, but there are xkcd comics up on the walls of CERN, NASA and the International 10-Foot Science Pole Committee. But hey, if some faceless internet hack calls them short attention-span dorks, who are we to argue? Also, apparently we are a 'defenceless public' (...?)

Anyway, audience-bashing aside (you can see why forum people, who form a core part of the audience in question, dislike this) there are far too many presumptuous things about the author. 'I want to move the world with my writing'. Last I heard Randall Munroe just writes a webcomic, which became very popular. I must have missed the part where he set out his plan for world domination, or where he announced he was delivering a philosophical discourse that would reanimate the dust of Plato just so the old Greek could gasp in wonder.

Anyway; this is just two, of about 6 things, that is painfully crass about that comic. But good luck to Steven Bond or whatever; he's failed at this, but with a little more effort he might be able to create a parody that works one day. It just comes across as a lesson in impotent rage, otherwise.
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby SciBoy » Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:49 pm UTC

You are confusing simplistic drawing with bad drawing. If you've watched Randall's Google lecture, you'd know that he's very good at drawing and he shows it off in the strip every now and then. Oftentimes it is much harder to make people understand exactly what a character is doing with just a stick figure rather than a fleshed out figure. It requires skill to convey emotion with something that has no face.

As with the parody (the last one), it was harsh and not particularly funny, except for that the character was lying down to fit his text into a frame, that was funny to me.

But I seriously think that Randall should take a break from publishing XKCD for a month or two and come back with some fresh new ideas, they've seemed a little bit strained lately and obscure, even for XKCD...
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Random832 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:22 pm UTC

Felstaff wrote:Regarding the above comic; I don't find it a particularly good parody, or even a parody. It just seems like a groundless and vicious attack from Just Some Nobody. At least with parody, you emphasise, exaggerate and enhance the flaws. And xkcd is pretty ripe for parody, particularly as it is one of the only highly-successful webcomics that is notably poorly-drawn.


This of course depends on your definition of highly-successful, but I could probably name at least one sprite comic and at least one that copies and pastes the same facial expressions over and over.

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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Felstaff » Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:25 pm UTC

I use Wikipedia as my yardstick for webcomic success. If you can live on the income from your hobby, then that's pretty successful, no? Autarkie durch Komik

Addendum: ...and by poorly-drawn, I did mean simply-drawn.
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Jimothy » Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:07 am UTC

The comic had much hyperbole, but harsh criticism is often a lot better than "polite criticism." Politeness just tends to water down arguments, where the critic sacrifices honest expression to "play nice" in order to appeal to more people, with whom he doesn't even agree.
Forcefulness aside, the comic does point out the trend of many comics just being the author's beliefs and rants transcribed cheaply into a "comic." Just a quick browse of the archives had me find these:

137 -this one even shares a relatively same "punchline." Who would respond like this?
164 -he didn't even bother to make a "dialogue" for this one.
258
471
603 -wow, that guy's a jerk.

Here's a similar "guest comic" based off 603. I really loathed 603.
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No I didn't do this one either.


Don't get me wrong, I (used to) like xkcd, but recently only a small fraction of the comics are of any quality comparable the older ones. Though some of you seem to cite its popularity as a justification for its quality, methinks this has brought about quite the opposite. Now that he's living off this comic, that he sees it as his job, he no longer has the ability to take his time to make those rare-gem type comics, thus he so often ends up churning out three potboiler comics a week.

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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Naurgul » Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:02 am UTC

I had some similar criticism to the comic in question, which I expressed in this xkcdsw:
Naurgul wrote:I feel kinda bad for doing this, but I think it needed to be said:
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source: #603


But please, let's not turn this into a "xkcd sucks" discussion. Because we already have one of those.
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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby Random832 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:37 am UTC

Jimothy wrote:...


Ignoring everything else; you've entirely missed the point of this thread. It is not about guest comics - either actual or the bizarre "scare quotes" usage you made up - of xkcd, it is about guest comics by the author of xkcd - i.e. stuff he draws (regardless of whether they are of similar style to xkcd) for display on other people's webcomic sites.

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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby AlexanderRM » Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:28 am UTC

I actually find those mocking-XKCD comics rather funny, but yes, this isn't an XKCD-hate thread.

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Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Postby 10nitro » Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:40 am UTC

cparker15 wrote:Image
Comic Link: http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2009/08/1998.html

Alt Text: xkcd smarter healthcare comic

note that the image url is `http://imgs.xkcd.com/ibm/ibm_hc_1.png'
Let's try other numbers:
http://imgs.xkcd.com/ibm/ibm_hc_2.png:
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http://imgs.xkcd.com/ibm/ibm_hc_3.png:
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