Cheez Wizz wrote:Maybe there shouldn't be any reactions topic for saturday, because those of us with sense all know that everyone else is just going to complain about someone. If such a technology was invented, i'd smack you all in the face with a stick a few times across the interweb to get some sense into you people. Don't complain about other people's work. I doubt you could do any better. As I said before, there is NOTHING wrong with the comic. Stop nitpicking and enjoy the comic for what it is. A comic. Who gives a crap if you don't like it. The fact is, there's a few billion people on the planet, and they're all not like you. You can express an opinion, but don't go off like you're the only people in the world. "Ian is so terribuhl!! I want keel heem! He no gud because i no liek him!" That's all I hear every week. If you don't have anything different to say, don't say anything. it's redundant.
well, geeze, I guess our opinions aren't as valid as yours. Of course we couldn't do any better, we aren't cartoonists. I'm not a musician either, but if I listen to an Ashley Simpson song one minute and the Beatles the next, you'd better believe I'd have an opinion about which was better. As to people putting up opinions which no one else cares about, well, welcome to the internet.
Seriously, I understand where you are coming from. The anti-Ian vitriol on these boards is pervassive and sometimes interferes with discussion on other topics (especially threads focusing on the demons). Alot of it is knee-jerk, and feels like bandwaggoning. If I were an Ian fan (err, Ian's Saturday sluggy strip fan, I actually do like Bruno the Bandit), I would feel quite intimidated on these boards. It's kind of freeky that 90% or so of Sluggy fans fanatic enough to be on these boards (let's not pretend that that is representative of Sluggy fans in general), have this serious dislike for a large section of the strip. It'd be like 90% of the attendies of Star Trek conventions wishing that chekov had never existed or something.
That said, there are serious, rational, and reasonable complaints about Ian's Saturday strips, and this comic includes them all. 1) he beats dead horses: two strips in a row lampooning a TV show that hasn't been topical in a decade isn't as bad as three months of "ball" jokes, but it still is not a good joke for Ian to renew his reign over the demon dimensions (after a four month incursion by Pete. 2) he treats demons as humans in funny costumes: okay, this is pretty common in comic strips. The Class Menagerie and Ozy and Millie treat anthropomorphic animals basically as humans with more-fun-to-draw extentension. However, Pete made the Dimension of Pain demons as truly fearful (if occasionally hapless) creatures that were a threat to your life, not something to mock. If you compare Pete's recent Horribus, Mosp, Reakk and Psych to the versions Ian had when they were playing soul dodgeball, you see a sea-change in character depth and theme. For demons to be going on talk shows, being blue (i.e. white) trash, and otherwise being funny looking people takes away from what makes them terrifying. 3) he uses the really really old theme of the "anti" breed of character reversing good with bad. Tryka and Sweril think Terb and Plorb should have their mouths washed out with filth instead of soap. As I suggested earlier, Oscar the Grouch pretty much capped off useful interpretation of this concept in the first four or five season of his show, and that's a children's show.
Now, these are all legitimate gripes about Ian's work, and they are all well represented in this strip. If you don't like that we don't like it, you have no obligation to listen to us. Just stop pretending we are out of line in thinking or saying it.