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Pikachu Stabbing a Hooker and Farting by kevinbolk Pikachu Stabbing a Hooker and Farting by kevinbolk
This is another slide from my "Ten Things I Hate About Webcomics" presentation I did for AnimeUSA 2011. The purpose 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 one was part of the "referential humor in video game/geek comics" segment.

Now, humor is a very tricky subject because, yes, it is fairly subjective and I shake my head at people who think they can universally declare something as "unfunny" (beyond what our society has created as a baseline and even THAT has a lot of gray areas). However, there is some science to it. I do believe humor can be poorly executed and there is such a thing as cheap, easy, and lazy humor that takes little thought or effort from either the creator or their audience.

A lot of "geek comics" fall victim to what I like to call the "Family Guy" school of referential humor. The idea is simply making a reference or depicting that reference in random, unrelated out-of-character behavior is the entirety of the joke. It doesn't bother with clever observations or commentary on the subject nor does it bring anything new to the table beyond "Hey! It's -pop culture reference-!" and "Pfft! Farts are hilarious." Again, people can still find it funny, it's just a little too cheap and easy for my taste.

Though this is from the guy who writes and draws "It Sucks to be Weegie", so take that as you will. :D

Other slides from my webcomics presentation:
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:iconandytheb-artist:
AndytheB-Artist Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist
In this video, the fart joke is brought up 9:40-10:04, 11:05-11:30, and it is brought up repeatedly from 21:40 on. www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7dvZw…
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fluffy-gloves Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooookay
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:iconflamingrose122299:
flamingrose122299 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
i like cheese and farts even thow i am a wolf named flammingrose122299
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Psych0Knight Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ಠ_ ಠ
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:iconvladstronsy:
vladstronsy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ಠ . ಠ
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:icontippytippy1001:
Tippytippy1001 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
raaandom!
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:iconjrseals:
jrseals Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amen.
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:iconsubstitute101:
Substitute101 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
O_O........i'm really happy this was to poke fun at people for doing this sort of thing
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:iconashmer123:
Ashmer123 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student General Artist
THAT IS HHHIILLLARIOS! LMFAO
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:iconryan1147:
ryan1147 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
excellent.
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:icontaschasan:
Taschasan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks like the Happy Masks Salesman! XD
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:icongyrin:
Gyrin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
im a bad bad man for laughing at this.
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:icontakato14:
Takato14 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I find this difficult to masturbate to.
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:iconkevinbolk:
kevinbolk Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
You're just not trying hard enough, ya' slacker.
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:icontakato14:
Takato14 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Lol.
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:iconlightspeed042:
Lightspeed042 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kinda makes me want to call him "Pika-poop!" :D
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:iconderanged-dragon:
Deranged-Dragon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, finally some who understands humor such as I do! Thank you.
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:iconart2ms:
aRT2MS Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist
agree!!!
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:iconmaddbutt:
maddbutt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Couln't agree more
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DoubleTalKingReu Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! You've articulated exactly why I now dislike Family Guy among a lot of other crap shows. The novelty of a show where 95% of the humour is "funny coz it's random" wears off pretty quickly. (Especially when the other 5% is mostly "Farts are hilarious" as you put it.)
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bobthegirlcat Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
pikachu been eatin them bean burritos again
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EleganceLiberty Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The only difference between those types of webcomics and 'It Sucks to be Weegie' is that the latter actually has some heart to it.
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
I agree with what you say. This has also been happening I other things like movies or cartoons.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen cheap humor inserted into situations randomly and it totally ruins the mood. Here’s what most people these days are doing for “comedy”:

Character 1: Oh no! MY mother has been kidnapped!

Character 2: We have to go save her!

Character 3: *farts* Sorry, that was the burrito I had for lunch, LOL.

Writer: I just inserted tacky, out-of-place, toilet humor on a tragic situation, this will totally make the audience laugh and not ruin an important moment at all.
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Ntn2 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
I laughed. Hard.
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:iconflowtail:
Flowtail Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Huh. I don't think I've really noticed that before... but I am inclined to like a picture with a Pokemon in it, that's true!
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:icondynamoe:
Dynamoe Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Happens all the time :giggle:
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:iconeeae-fan:
EEAE-fan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
this is so right.
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Kiyosuki Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It sucks to be Weegie is a parody series that's actually about Luigi though so I don't think it's the same thing.
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6-Qubed Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Oh wow.

Would you believe the last time I stabbed a hooker to death, I farted right afterward too?

Golly, but that is a weird coincidence.
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ForeverIrritated Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks Chinese here o_O
-Nneth
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yoman701 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
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TheComicBookGuy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Take it with a glass of water twice a day.
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supersonichero Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, Family Guy is becoming less funny as the new stuff comes out, so that says something. What, I don't know, but it says something. lol
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Zelir Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Where as Southpark is becoming increasingly funny. (imo)
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Funny
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Detherok69 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Pikachu!!! WHY THE DID YOU DO THAT?! I WAS ABOUT TO HAVE MY FIRST TIME!!! ;~;
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Pescean Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:iconfblikeplz:
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:iconnawel249:
Nawel249 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Me: ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................What... the...hell.................................... The End
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CaptainHello Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was my exact first thought when I saw this:
There would be a series where Pikachu does terrible crimes and murders, and when confronted, he farts. The cop grins and says, "That's our Pikachu!"
And then the audience laughs and cheers.
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FrancescaKitty Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You...just gave an image of that x_x
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edtrololololol Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student General Artist
lmao
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kohyunu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'm not gonna lie.. I kinda laughed (Maybe it's the face! :XD:)

Love your panels Kevin. Definitely a great guide to follow! :)
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NooniePuuBunny Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh good, its for a purpose. Here I thought you were going to do a cross-contamination between Pokemon and dead hooker in a trunk jokes.
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VaselineCats Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
HAHAHAHAHA
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:icongothss123:
gothss123 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
bad pikachu you dont stabbed hookers and then fart. its rude!
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Tigeryoshi64 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Artist
lolwut
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GetItWednesday Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Family Guy used to have more of that good humor, but I'd say (like you just said), that their recent slump has been a product of laziness. Also, I've noticed a trend where the Family Guy staff has REALLY REALLY been wanting to rub messages in your face, much more than they're concerned with entertaining. It's kinda just become Mr. McFarlane's podium from which to influence television watchers. Ah well, easy mistake to make. Creativity is hard.
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stinkyfacedcole Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
wtf...?
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:icondukewolfendoom:
Dukewolfendoom Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Guess he wasn't loved long time. :icontrollfaceplz:
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ADHadh Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Filmographer
That's probably why I hardly ever find Family Guy funny.
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