Okay, I know I’m about to stomp all over a sensitive nerve with some people, but that’s sort of what I do. What I’m talking about is dropping the “F-bomb” into a comic. From what I can tell most creators insert language like this into their strips to get a rise out of people and boost their traffic. The model for this is usually something along the lines of “if Creator A drops the F-bomb into Strip B then he/she will increase readership by C amount of people.” A+B=C, simple enough. However, and I’m going out on a limb here, what would happen if the writing and art spoke for itself and you told people about your comic instead of just tossing swears around like beads at Mardi Gras? I’m willing to wager that you’d probably get just as many new readers this way, if not more.
Now, I am by no means on the moral high ground about any of this, far from it. Anyone who knows me personally can attest to my ability to make a trucker blush under the right conditions. Having just been released from the navy little over a year ago and raise around some pretty crude people, I’m not stranger to harsh language. I even use it myself from time to time in my own comic, but only when I deem it absolutely necessary for a joke. I don’t go throwing them around just to increase my traffic.
This isn’t like the dick and fart joke article that 7 posted a couple of weeks either. Some people may view those as crude, but they’re still jokes. They took some sort of intelligence to think of, how much is entirely a matter of opinion and one discussion of which I’m steering clear. Flatulence is funny because it’s part of everyday life, much like every other bodily function.
I’m not trying to get you to start counting each time you cut a muffin, or debating over whether you hit the brown note daily or not. That’s personally and more than I care to know about pretty much anyone on the planet. All I’m saying is that those things have a root in humor based on life. Profanity, on the other hand, seems to rely on shock value when being used by most people.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is if you create a comic try to evoke a reaction from your audience. Be it laughter, anger, sadness, whatever, because after a while the profanity will get old and the only reaction you’ll be left with is “Oh look, another four-letter word.” And before any of you strike up with your hate mail/comments, this isn’t directed anyone specific and I’m even doing all I can to clean up my comic.