SpringLoaded12 wrote:You have every right to your critiques of the comic, as you argued with some other folks a couple of weeks ago, and today I agree with you -- another homeopathy comic was not a good idea -- but I never understood why you guess what goes through Randall's head as he makes the comic. I'm not saying your guess is wrong, but I'm not saying it's right either. What makes you so sure of your theories?
Randall never distanced himself, either as an artist or as a person, from his comics. That was the whole point of xkcd
since the beginning: it's a comic with which nerds could relate to, in a personal level
. That's what "Randall, get out of my head" originally meant, in fact. Even when the comic is downright overblown or surreal, they always mirror some part of his personality that he wanted
to show, and his "blag" posts reflect that. Raptors, ball pits, kites and so on and on were not just some quirky gags he found by chance: they were actual interests of his, and he never even tried to deny that. xkcd IS
Randall. But that's not all: when Randall wants to "deliver a message" in his comic, he's never subtle. He creates strawman characters in his comics constantly
, and he hardly ever tries to represent his "adversaries" in a fair, balanced light. It's impossible to be perfectly neutral, even in art, but that doesn't mean you should try it
once in a while. Randall does the opposite: he actively avoids neutrality, because his
opinions are the comic, especially when it deals with science, conspiracy theories, homoeopathy and every instance of "you dumb, I smart" comic we see.