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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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Aquaciana Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Plebcomics is a perfect example.
thetitanium Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
StuartRichards Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I was hesitant at first to even put politics in my comic, simply because I didn't want to fall into this trope. I'm still kinda edging into it; I'm finding it's harder to work into a comic in a non-preachy way than any other subject.
Boneguy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I'm going to make a wild guess: You have read Sshortpacked.
Vorahk295 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Looks more like SYAC. Note the gradient background and freshly-inflated woman.
MeetTheOutcasts Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Vorahk295 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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.
Blueneonkid Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Notice that in the More Like This section it's ALL Andrew Dobson's Comics!
TheeCuriousMonster Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
It's sad that people are still making these kind of comics. 
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