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My Very Important Opinions by kevinbolk My Very Important Opinions by kevinbolk
This is another one of the new slides I prepared for my "10 Things I Hate About Webcomics" presentation at Anime USA this year. The idea behind the whole thing was to poke fun at common webcomics tropes, cliches, and/or bad habits and to help new creators recognize them and then either avoid them or exploit them (because anything, even tropes, done well can still make for good entertainment). This stuff can be applied to a lot of other media as well and I think most creators (myself included) have been guilty of them at one point or another.

This was the first part of the "Webcomics as Soapbox" segment (the second part covered the "Straw Man Argument" and can be seen here: [link] ). The art was taken from a comic a did a few years ago where I actually did just rant for 8 straight panels. Thankfully, I learned my lesson and can now ridicule myself for your benefit. :D

Check out some of my previously posted art slides for the webcomics presentation below:
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:iconspitehouse:
spitehouse Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's pretty great because this is about fifty percent of webcomics
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:iconbobthegreatorcslayer:
awesome!
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:icongyrin:
Gyrin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
I care about what you think :icon3-plz:
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:iconross-sanger:
Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   General Artist
I notice similarities with Tim Buckley's work here...
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:iconmljedi:
mljedi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
that is true for every troll
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:iconaloixe:
Aloixe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it's interesting how you took the "mistake of ranting for 8 panels" and telling other artists how to avoid that...or exploit too of course, like in this case :XD:

always looking forward to what you do :D
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:iconlord-hayati:
Lord-Hayati Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this reminds me of B^Uckley's CTRL-ALT-DEL series.

with too many words.
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:iconninjakirby14:
ninjakirby14 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Oh man, I really hate this in a lot of webcomics.

It's a show! Not a speech!

(Been a while since the last installment, hasn't it now?)
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:iconowen-phoenix:
Owen-Phoenix Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
While every comic is always going to have an authors own opinions spliced into them, because let's face it, otherwise everything would be boring as hell, using the comic as a soapbox goes beyond just centering a story around a persons beliefs or inserting them into a story as part of the central theme just leads to 10 page speeches that leave you wondering what the plot of the thing was by the time you're done reading.
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:iconpap64:
pap64 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Long story short, Tom Preston's story arcs :p
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:iconuggtoast:
uggtoast Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
These words touched my heart
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:iconflowtail:
Flowtail Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
This happens in other things too--- I try to not give lengthy descriptions of my opinions, but sometimes to just write an EPICLY BIG WALL OF TEXT just to get i out of your system :)
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:iconamariscorvo:
amariscorvo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
whok whok whok whok whok whok blee blargh blooo
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:iconcaptainhello:
CaptainHello Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I actually read all of the blahs.
I totes care about what you think, bro.
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
This comic is why I don't give much time to web comics. Yes, you get a much higher image resolution than you would in print (literally infinite) but that doesn't mean the audience has an infinite attention span. They're reading COMICS on the INTERNET for crying out loud, they'd be reading newspapers if they WEREN'T scared away by text walls.
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:iconmichielynn:
michielynn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You are brilliant good sir.
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:iconhotsushi-kun:
hotsushi-kun Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student General Artist
What is He Saying? :(
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:iconscribblespoon:
scribblespoon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This has SYAC written all over it. XD
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:icontapki:
tapki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
reminds me of :icontompreston:'s webcomics
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:iconcybertails63:
CyberTails63 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And they all lived happily ever after. The end.
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:iconlovidem:
Lovidem Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just skip any page or just skim through it for the basic jest of what they're getting at... and it's almost always the same thing they've touched upon before. I usually read the comic artists journals too, I don't want to read the same thing twice or even more >.<
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Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I was kinda worried for your sensa humor for a while, but this proves that, at least in semi-standalone stuff, you've still got it...
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:iconsupernova38:
supernova38 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aside from him partially taking it from :icontompreston:
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:iconjester-of-the-clown:
Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Meh. I'm already kinda bored with this guy anyways, so it doesn't surprise me nor do I care.
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:iconscrapedknuckles:
scrapedknuckles Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
I don't read enough webcomics to have 10 things I hate about them.
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:iconea-firestorm:
EA-Firestorm Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
a good look on ourselfs every now and then is all we need to keep us going, right? =P
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:iconlinker96:
Linker96 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
:iconiseewhatyoudidthere:
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:iconheadgrindingaction:
HeadGrindingAction Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
words words words words words
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:iconparadoxigent:
Paradoxigent Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student General Artist
-_-

There are some that actually do care and weep about a guy's opinion.
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:iconarrowchime:
arrowchime Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, you see that over there?

That's the joke flying right over your head.
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:iconparadoxigent:
Paradoxigent Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student General Artist
What are you talking about? I have it right here. :|
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:iconmarneythecargirl:
marneythecargirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:icontrolololplz:
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:iconartieadams:
artieadams Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL. Guilty!
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:iconmercythedestroyer:
MercyTheDestroyer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I totally agree. -nods-
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:iconhannahmahna:
HannahMahna Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
....and he's STILL not finished....
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:iconptduckie:
PTDuckie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
XD
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:iconceilingotaku:
ceilingotaku Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really, really wanted to go to this panel. But there was so much to do and too many panels I wanted to go to at the same time asdfasdfj. Ah well. Maybe next time~
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:iconjustindurden:
JustinDurden Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
B^U
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:iconbcianfarini:
bcianfarini Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i love this tropes blah blah blah have loved to sit in at this presentation its blah blah blah informative and funny
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:iconstarlightv:
starlightv Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Still mad I missed the first part of this panel. Argh!
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:iconkevinbolk:
kevinbolk Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Don't worry. I'll give it again at a con you're attending. Promise. ^_~
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:iconstarlightv:
starlightv Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
WEE~!
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:iconleon-z:
Leon-Z Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
XDDD...well about all these I would like to say ...thank you!!!...I'm taking note on what not to do now...^^..
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:iconartandcookies:
ArtandCookies Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god I love you for making these.I always rolled my eyes when reading comics and this happening
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This could also be an accurate description of many Kevin Smith movies. Ooo, burn!
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:iconsamuraisammich:
SamuraiSammich Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's good that you're able to laugh at your mistakes rather than beat yourself up over something you did ages ago. :D
And these are actually very helpful, thank you for posting them.
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:iconjester-of-the-clown:
Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Bill Watterson made fun of this before it even started.

Man's a damn genius.
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:iconsweetsunny77:
SweetSunny77 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Just gonna hop aboard the band wagon here. Blah. :I
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:iconfuposey:
Fuposey Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stopped reading at blah.

If someone wants to make a long-winded comic about OPINIONS rather than keeping it short and sweet, just stick to writing novels.

Or just not doing anything at all. Because, who the hell wants to read about your opinions.

Also needs more copy-pasta.
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RoboGuy9000 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student General Artist
blah blah reminds me of Tompreston blah blah
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