Date: 2010-12-22 12:10 am (UTC)
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My biggest problem with it is that it isn't very funny. Which might seem like a lazy criticism, but it's a lazy comic. Though it sounds extremely odd, I'm one of the easiest people in the world to make laugh, and stick figures regurgitating jokes that were funnier the first time around just doesn't do it. I mean, I even laugh at "your mom" every now and then, but the setup and timing really has to be impeccable and inappropriate for a joke that old because any humor in it will be ironic. Like the stick figure art would be if it weren't actually the best he can do, or if he used the simplicity of the art for comedic effect (like Acid Zen Wonder Paint). If science jokes are going to be funny to the public, they have to be accessible, and his aren't. If they're going to be funny to scientists, they have to be accurate, and they aren't. If you're going to appeal to childlike wonderment to arouse innocent laughter, you have to frame your comic with beauty (the art in Calvin & Hobbes comes to mind), but he doesn't.
I think XKCD's a lot like caviar in that people will pretend to like it because they're afraid that if they don't, they'll look stupid to people whose opinions don't matter.
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