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I really am the only person who thinks Penny Arcade is a really bad comic, aren't I? How the hell do these things get so popular? I just don't get it.
I think I am missing the "liking repetative web comics" gene or something. I mean, yeah... a few years ago... I was addicted to them.
Is this like... becoming a fan of a bad tv show that you know is bad, but you are still mesmerized by? Is this like Passions?

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subbes
Jan. 13th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
I've never liked pennty arcade.
maddening
Jan. 14th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
For which, I am ever thankful. Those who like it a lot tend to copy and post the strips.



umbrella
Jan. 13th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
It's one of those entirely 'American' things. Rather like MST3K and any cartoon shown on that horrible network.

Wank fodder for psuedo-geek wannabe intellectuals (usually college students) who think they're unique but in actual fact are just as generic as everyone else.

Internet forums are full of this type of person, sadly.

If I've missed out insulting any group there, please accept my apologies :)
subbes
Jan. 13th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
oh
maddening
Jan. 13th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
Sooo Benny Hill = comedy gold, MST3K = too american.

got it.
umbrella
Jan. 13th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
I don't like Benny Hill.
:)
maddening
Jan. 13th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
not openly. In your sick little heart of hearts you can't wait for the fast motion, tit bouncing, wacky chase.
umbrella
Jan. 14th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
We get Futurama, The Simpsons, Curb your Enthusiasm. Most of the recent 'good' US comedy.

You get mainly stuff my dad liked 25 years ago. It's quite amusing.

Peep Show is apparently on BBC America though.
maddening
Jan. 14th, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
we don't do that whole "tv watching" thing much.
I haven't actually seen Benny Hill in years and years. I remember my older brother liking it when he was a teenager (He's seven years older than me, and I'm not exactly young), but that was because there were boobs.

I like Little Britain... but most of the things on BBC America are really ancient shows or just piss poor "comedy" things that I'm sure weren't funny in the UK either. I still think Are You Being Served is funny, could do without Keeping Up Appearances, and I have a soft spot for Dawn French so when they reshow Vicar of Dibley (and the replay catches it) we watch that.

The glut of evening mystery, drama, and couples shows (not Coupling) is just ass. Though to be honest if there is a channel on TV that I will ever to just put on it's BBC America. At least its drivel isn't nearly as horrid as American drivel.



umbrella
Jan. 14th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
Re: we don't do that whole "tv watching" thing much.
Little Britain series 1 was good. Series 2 was fucking horrible. (Since it went from being a niche cult thing to being expected to be amazing and on BBC1 the 'prime' channel.)

Seinfeld if I do recall, never got a mainstream channel (closest was BBC2) and was shown at the earliest of 11pm though. Hence it being not especially popular over here. Unlike Friends which was given hype and shown at a normal time.
maddening
Jan. 14th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
Re: we don't do that whole "tv watching" thing much.
Eh, I hate the Seinfeld crap. Friends was.. hehe.. well it was friends. Never got into that myself, but what can ya do?

We've just seen the first season of Little Britain, so I can't speak to the second.
OH.. and the Office, short lived as it was. Still haven't seen the Christmas Special. Freaking hysterical (which I why I had good feelings about Peepshow, though the one mention I've seen of it being on BBCAmerica was pretty... downplaying...)


diffrentcolours
Jan. 14th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
I have failed to discover why anybody, particularly Americans, find Benny Hill funny. If you want that style of slapstick and crudity, go for Carry On films. They at least have some merit.
maddening
Jan. 14th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
Heh, I was taking a dig at "classic british humor", not actually claiming anyone thought Benny Hill was funny, especially not Umbrella.

If I wanted crudity, believe me, there are 3 major networks and hundreds of non-network/ cable stations of it on more than 12 hours a day. Plenty to choose from.
frobisher
Jan. 13th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
My personal guilty pleasure of that sort is V.I.P. which was so incredibly over the top I couldn't resist it.

I mean, the first one I saw had the team captured by an evil genius, and part of how they foiled him was that they had a powerful computer with them because, JUST THAT MORNING, the geek girl on the team had gotten her COMPUTER BRA in the mail.

I got the impression that that sort of silliness was actually intentional.
maddening
Jan. 13th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
I used to really like JerkCity, but in the last few years it's like they're just going with the "every strip has to include "cock" and "gay" and it will therefore be funny" formula. It used to be random and surreal.. now they've somehow managed to make surreal so routine that it's boring.

frobisher
Jan. 13th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
I just read it as it pops up on my lj friends page. That way I don't pay that much attention to it unless something really catches my eye.

Of course, every two minutes on #perl there's some kind of jerkcity quotation, so I can't avoid it.

Which reminds me, anyone bothering to be on #goats lately?
skreidle
Jan. 13th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
I didn't like PA until I read the archives; now I like it and read it regularly, and generally skim the rants too. I'm not even into the gaming they generally expound upon, but I still find them amusing.
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maddening
Jan. 14th, 2005 12:49 am (UTC)
PPPFTTTT!
PANTS!
VIAGRA!
mjfgates
Jan. 14th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
"Bad" != "not good enough to read"...
It's better than most of the strips printed in the local paper. Yeah, okay, that's damning with faint praise, and really that's how I meant it... but honestly, it doesn't have to be all that hilarious to be worth flipping by the page a couple of times a week. As with all things, it's sort of an investment. If I can spend five seconds of time I wasn't doing anything with, and get a one-in-ten chance of a mildly amused "heh," that's an okay deal.

Mind you, I'd happily trade Gabe and Tycho's immortal souls to cure Hard's tendonitis, but sadly that's not practical. Or... ooooh! I wonder if I could burn them at the stake to get Vernor Vinge or Ted Chiang to write more?...
maddening
Jan. 14th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: "Bad" != "not good enough to read"...
See, I've never been a big fan of the sexy loser thing either. I think I am incredibly disenchanted with web comics in general. I used to read Goats, but even when I was still posting to the list I'd stopped reading it. It just lost whatever it was that made it funny. Sluggy? haha yeah, right... The only other "different" sort of strip I read (Bruno) went into a two month long dream sequence that was deadly boring, so I stopped reading that... and I even have like... merchandise from that strip...

I think it's the whole thing. I'd rather read posts on Something Awful or just read dumb ass news stories for my jollies.
mjfgates
Jan. 14th, 2005 06:50 am (UTC)
Re: "Bad" != "not good enough to read"...
Yeah, well, that's why the real authors sound like a better thing. Still... it takes me maybe five minutes to go through all the webcomics I've got bookmarked, and generally at least one of them is at least mildly funny on any given day. SA or the news take longer, and don't have any more amusement value.
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