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The Dark Allure of Copy and Paste by kevinbolk The Dark Allure of Copy and Paste by kevinbolk
So I prepared a couple of new slides for my "10 Things I Hate About Webcomics" presentation at Anime USA. 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 one illustrates copy & paste abuse. I often tell people that a little bit of C&P for background elements, certain gags, and tight deadlines is okay. However, repeated use of this will not only make your comics boring, but it can really handicap you as an artist. Learning to draw things consistently is an essential skill for anyone considering a serious career in cartooning and it's a skill you can only learn through MASSIVE amounts of practice. Remember, kids, you learn to draw by drawing!

Check out some of my previously posted art slides for the webcomics presentation below:
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:iconiamkathybrown:
iamkathybrown Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been tempted to do so, but talked myself out of it with the fact that it would leave a big blank spot on my comic. That's traditional for you.
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:iconbigdream64:
BigDream64 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The magic of copypaste. LOL
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:iconpowerjam:
powerJAM Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aaaw True Dat!!
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:icontoongrowner:
toongrowner Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD :rofl:
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:iconstarshinexx:
starshinexx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
doesn't always happen in webcomics. Lazy manga artist do it too. Its so freaking anoying
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:iconkyoko13261:
Kyoko13261 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Hey!
I play that in walmart!
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:iconaneirin-aryon:
Aneirin-Aryon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is brilliant! XD And yeah... it really kinda works though, but yeah, some movement and life might help. xD
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:iconpinkbuizel:
PinkBuizel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely hate it when others don't make their characters move in comics.

It BUGS THE CRAP out of me.

:iconffffplz:

Show some expression! You're not a mannequin!
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:iconbishiglomper:
Bishiglomper Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
...I've been guilty of this. It's true. OTL OTL
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:icondragonpixies:
dragonpixies Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice. xD
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:iconalex7950:
Alex7950 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL
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blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Partially Clips [link] is a webcomic that is MADE OF THIS. Literally, it is dialog written over three panels of identical clip art. And for the most part, it is FUNNY as HECK. You would love it. Guy calls himself "shoebox"
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Cyber-Hero Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
But I just learned to copy and paste
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:iconrockfred:
rockfred Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
I do that sometimes











okay, I do that a lot
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:iconthymine-7:
Thymine-7 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
This reminds me of someone but this really isnt the place... lol Ill try not to do it it I ever make a webcomic :)
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:iconkaikuskylianfay:
KaikuSkylianFay Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Photographer
haha! yes, copy paste in comics. It hurts.
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:iconcaptainhello:
CaptainHello Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why are they playing Marco Polo with both their eyes open? :C SHE'S CHEATING.
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:iconnightfenyx:
nightfenyx Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Interface Designer
because is dark and they could'nt see anything!
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:iconnoisepunk:
Noisepunk Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
I think, like all things, that uniformity can be a stylistic feature- Men in Hats was one of my favorite web comics back when it existed, and part of what I love about it was how cookie cutter the style was.

I do agree that with most cases it's a no no, but it has it's place.
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:iconfieryfurry:
FieryFurry Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
You make a good point, and yet you've copied and pasted the description of every deviation in this presentation series...
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:iconkevinbolk:
kevinbolk Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
What can I say? I like irony. XD
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:iconfieryfurry:
FieryFurry Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
:iconhipsterplz:

:iconlooolplz:
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:iconmidnightwriter16:
midnightwriter16 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This reminds me of Head Trip- but, personally, I like the way Head Trip is executed.... soooo.... I don't know hahaha.
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:iconcarmencopper:
CarmenCopper Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Practice is essential to these things.
I used to be horrid at drawing anything except powerpuff girls.
Not any more....
Maybe...
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:iconlastryghtz:
LastRyghtz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Love you lessons... I have broken everyone so far. :D
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:iconzlabya:
Zlabya Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
But...but... Dinosaur Comics!

(It had to be said).

And, this is cute. How much more adorable can you get than cute fangirl doing "Marco Polo" with Teh Kevin?

Seriously, this is an excellent slide series. Are you posting the other 6 Things You Hate to DA? Pleaaase?
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:iconmidnightnomad:
MidnightNomad Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This one still has me laughing. It's been a few weeks. Definitely one to remember.
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:iconluigigirl65:
Luigigirl65 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Haha so much win.
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SoraDestiny Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
I was looking at this and thought almost instantly, "wtf is with the copypasta?"
Now I remember why I always read what the artist has to say.
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:iconclearwater04:
clearwater04 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
I luv this so much
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:iconpikachulover94:
pikachulover94 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
hahaha silly :)
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:iconvei-ve:
Vei-Ve Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My gosh, this made me happy, and I like your advice~


I love your comics~
I keep checking for the next Weegie~
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:iconmmschmidty:
mmschmidty Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahah this is awesome.
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Donoghu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
There is but ONE use for repetiveness of such work :

That is to test the content of the text bubbles!

Do this... try finding stories that DON'T need any modifications in the panels and try the find better words to use and better way to show it... then you use that text in the real panels.


Note also that this slide also could be used for the repetive panels where ONLY faces changes... with only some modifications. ;)
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:iconcglo:
cglo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
I never copy and paste in my drawings and comics. If I want to duplicate a scene or panel, I draw from the eye.
I read somewhere before that even if it's not entirely perfect from the original, it'll be more interesting to the reader even subconciously.
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:iconlightning78:
lightning78 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
thats so cool i love ur art it's a piece beauty
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:iconmidnightstorm512:
MidnightStorm512 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
This reminds me of a certain Tom Preston fella.... Hmmmm....
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:iconmercythedestroyer:
MercyTheDestroyer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I like this series that you're doing. :) It's funny and informative.
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:iconotakuneko222:
otakuneko222 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Writer
XDDD
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:iconcredendo-vides:
Credendo-Vides Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha
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SakikoNakahara Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
LOL ^^
copy and paste xD
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:iconmindslave24-7:
Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yep.
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:iconmiragician:
Miragician Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Copy and paste is both a blessing and a curse to comic artists in the digital age.
Just compare 8-Bit Theater with Ctrl+Alt+Del.
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SomaRuiz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Did anyone record the presentation? I'd love to hear you talk about it. ^^
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neogs99 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Marco Polo was a huge thing going on during AX this year. They would shout that between skits which I found amusing until after the fifth time it was done. Someone stopped them for a while by shouting, "Silence! I kill you!" in Achmed's voice.
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:iconlithia-richiumu:
Lithia-Richiumu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Please, for the love of all things entertaining, tell me that there's a video of this some where!!
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:iconneogs99:
neogs99 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
The Marco Polo or Achmed telling them to silence?
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:iconlithia-richiumu:
Lithia-Richiumu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Both Pwease :)
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:iconneogs99:
neogs99 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
As soon as I can find them, I'll link them to you.
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:iconblergh-1:
blergh-1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm looking at you, Kiyohiko Azuma!
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