That’s the word.
These freaking things are everywhere. The poke their heads into our communities and in most cases rule them. Almost every game comic I run into on the quest for new comics is the same insipid crap with equally insipid titles. It’s always something dumb like “Press Start to Play” or “The Game Corner”. The main characters include a male duo of quasi-trendy geeks, a robot of some kind, and a random hot girl that either is or becomes the girlfriend of one of the geeks.
It’s enough to drive someone away from comics and even cartooning in general for a little while. At least that was the case for me. I finished up my exams and my job hunting and rent paying and took a moment out for some nice kickin’ back. During this period of time I loaded up some of the neglected files and programs from my computer. One of these was my long time friend “Unreal Tournament”. (The original mind you. None of that crappy 2k4 stuff) After one night’s solid gamming I had a load of strip thumbnails drawn and written. Inspiration was as swift and sure as the flak from my cannon. Thus I put the game down long enough to begin drawing one of these thumbnails. It was going to be great! My and my buddy Bryan would be playin’ and my girlfriend (who, I might add, is VERY hot indeed) could come in and say something witty like “oh, you boys!”. How awesome was this?!
It was at this point that I realized the folly of my ways and promptly began banging my head against the wall in the appropriate “STUPIDSTUPIDSTUPID” fashion.
How could I have done that? How could I have so easily become the enemy that plagues the internet with free entertainment of varying degrees?
Gamming comics are easy. That’s why. Games are so fun, so entertaining, and so easy to draw inspiration from. How could I avoid the evil of their corresponding cartoons? Furthermore how could so many amateurs like me avoid it? Hell, even professional strips can’t/didn’t, but this does not excuse my own transgression nor the transgression of the amateurs I identify with. We are still in the wrong. There are so many comics on gamming out there. We owe it to our medium and our communities to avoid them and leave them to the mercy of the professionals who already dominate the art form.
Trudge on Penny-arcade. Rock out PVP. Kick Ass VGCats. Try a little harder Ctrl Alt Del. All of you rock. As to the rest of us amateurs-for-now: we must resist. I know it’s hard, but we must. It’s for the good of ourselves as well as our readers. And if ever you feel your spirit growing weary and you think yourself the lesser for it, hold fast and don’t succumb. It’s not your fault that gamming comics are so easy to do. They’re just…