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The Straw Man Argument by kevinbolk The Straw Man Argument by kevinbolk
This was the art for one of the slides for my "10 Things I Hate About Webcomics" panel I put together for Zenkaicon 2011. 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 actually the second part of the "Webcomic As Soapbox" slide. The first part covered the straight-up rant that features the author's avatar breaking the fourth wall to express his opinions directly at the reader for panels upon panels (which I have done myself so I just used one of my older comics as an example). This one is the slightly less obvious "Straw Man Argument". You will see it quite often in political cartoons and in auto-bio comics.

I really do my best to avoid these like the plague. It would be like beating a one-eyed dog at chess. It's way too easy and it kinda makes me look like a jerkass (especially in the eyes of people who don't already agree with me).

Not that webcomics can't or shouldn't express a point of view. I'd just like to see it done with a little more finesse.

::EDIT::- The purpose here is not to take stabs at fellow artists, which is why I was reluctant to post these outside the context of the panel in the first place. ~_~ Any direct resemblance to any particular work is completely and honestly unintentional.
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a wonderful tutorial. Thanks for posting this so people can learn not to make these comics.
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Blueneonkid Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014  New member
Notice that in the More Like This section it's ALL Andrew Dobson's Comics!
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TheeCuriousMonster Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
It's sad that people are still making these kind of comics. 
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Jajamola88 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*cough cough* plebcomics.tumblr.com *cough*
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Blueneonkid Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  New member
*COUGH* ANY COMIC ANDREW DOBSON HAS EVER MADE EVER WHATA*HACK*
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calvinfan Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
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Gargomon251 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Where can I get glasses that disappear in the middle like that?
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Blueneonkid Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014  New member
Holy bawls! I thought those were his cheek bones...
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Cooldude104 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
A proper argument, while possibly heated, can still be sound, sane, and logical. The opponent must have a sound argument otherwise it just seems unnecessary, or that your argument can't stand on it's own merits. The point of a argument is to convince the other side of your ideals, to simplify them or make them seem just off will only serve to anger and drive away people from your point of view.

Shit I just ranted

And I can understand why you avoid these like the plague. Politics is a tough place.
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