By now most people who keep track of the webcomic drama know about the wonderfully dramatic and entertaining review site Your Webcomic is Bad and You Should Feel Bad. This is a site that grabs attention and readers from being in poor taste. There is a simple truth that anything can be made to look or sound bad with enough creativity or vice versa. Everyone knows this and likely 80% of everyone who has read one of those awful reviews are reading them to see just how bad a bad writer can make a popular webcomic sound like trash. It’s like watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 but with webcomics. You simply laugh yourself to tears because of how much crap you’re wading through and you can’t help yourself but glue yourself to the screen and watch the train wreck in all it’s glory.
Where i get confused is when people take it seriously. My philosophy is to first admit being wrong myself but it’s hard in this circumstance. While I was doing some intersurfing at work I came across this site, Your web comic review site is bad. Really? I’ll admit the irony of the whole idea had me tickled but reading through both sites was not worth the time because once I read John Solomon I didn’t need to know I disagreed, but he is required reading to read the other site. This seems like stabbing yourself in the hand and then slapping yourself in the head for hurting yourself. Now you’ve stabbed yourself twice.
What do I think of both sites? John Solomon, although a bad writer, is very creative. His reviews invoke good imagery and entertain. Over the past couple months his writing has improved and the staff has grown with each new person adding some new twists to the whole webcomic commentary they have going. Their pool of bad comics is huge so they have an almost endless supply, especially considering their standards are astronomically high. Fremen and gang, on the other hand, have almost no where to go unless they start delivering Daily Show quality of entertainment. Their skill in writing may be better but the content lacks inspiration and they try to match the linguistic style of who they are reviewing. I would like to see these guys expand out to everyone else and not limit themselves to one single site because if the other guys get bored then you’re out of a job.