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March 13, 2012 11:57 AM   Subscribe

Just the First Frame - Just the first frame of the best comics on the web. You decide if you want to read the rest.
posted by Artw (22 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
The first frame for Overcompensating seemed temporally accurate.
posted by FirstMateKate at 12:07 PM on March 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


My first reaction is just a schizoid loop of "god, there are a lot of webcomics."
posted by COBRA! at 12:11 PM on March 13, 2012


I found about this on the weekend and contacted the guy who does it about adding my comic. And found out that he's doing the cropping all by hand.
posted by egypturnash at 12:20 PM on March 13, 2012


You know, I have a job here somewhere...
posted by Old'n'Busted at 12:20 PM on March 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


So according to the "about" page, he doesn't ask permission, but just says you can opt out if you don't want cropped images from your comic on his site? Meh, bordering upon ugh.
posted by Gator at 12:29 PM on March 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm really digging the absurdism that comes from only reading all the first frames, to be honest.
posted by Greg Nog at 12:32 PM on March 13, 2012


The first frame of today's Questionable Content is a lot more interesting out of context.
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 12:33 PM on March 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


The explanation about why this is a good idea convinced me that this is, in fact, a good idea.
posted by helicomatic at 12:48 PM on March 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


I found about this on the weekend and contacted the guy who does it about adding my comic. And found out that he's doing the cropping all by hand.

Well, he could probably automate Dinosaur Comics...
posted by jcreigh at 1:06 PM on March 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


So according to the "about" page, he doesn't ask permission, but just says you can opt out if you don't want cropped images from your comic on his site? Meh, bordering upon ugh.

How is this bad? It's a great way to get the word out. And the panels link to the web comics themselves.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:40 PM on March 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm trying to find if there's a place where he lists all the comics that he's linking to.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:01 PM on March 13, 2012


It feels somewhat limited in scope and execution. I kept coming across the same comics. On the other hand, it seems like a great idea and I hope whoever is in charge continues to improve upon it.
posted by coolxcool=rad at 2:20 PM on March 13, 2012


I think he could automate all of them.
posted by michaelh at 2:24 PM on March 13, 2012


How am I expected to trust anyone who called panels "frames"?
posted by cheap paper at 2:54 PM on March 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


Panel is probably the preferred term, but FWIW I have seen both used in scripts.
posted by Artw at 3:03 PM on March 13, 2012


This is really great, although it's a bit depressing how much shitty and/or derivative art there is out there (and these are supposed to be the best...)
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 3:11 PM on March 13, 2012


Yeah, his definition of "best" differs from mine.
posted by ymgve at 3:30 PM on March 13, 2012


Based on the ever-increasing length of the home page, I'm guessing his definition of "best" must be "damn near all of them"! Geez, does it ever end??
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:37 PM on March 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


This would save me a lot of money if he did the same thing for movies.
posted by blue_beetle at 3:38 PM on March 13, 2012


Yeah. Because I need more webcomics to read.
posted by Night_owl at 10:14 PM on March 13, 2012


It feels like there's 4 or 5 dominant art styles here.
I would be curious to see an archive of web comics arranged by style.
posted by lambjustin at 10:06 AM on March 14, 2012


This is really great, although it's a bit depressing how much shitty and/or derivative art there is out there (and these are supposed to be the best...)

It's the same in any genre with a low barrier to entry. There are so many sites on the web hosting crappy short fiction, for example, and then there is the entire thing of "on-demand" publishing.

Seriously, though, if web comics could please stop aping The Oatmeal I think we would all be happier.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:29 AM on March 14, 2012


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