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November 6, 2004 1:55 PM   Subscribe


 
Fokke & Sukke in "Fokke & Sukke stuiten op een populaire Pakistaanse site"

Fokke: Stem nu!
Sukke: Wie wordt de doodste Nederlander.

(It's funny 'cause it's true.)
posted by Guy Smiley at 2:06 PM on November 6, 2004


Neat. The Dutch version of Dilbert is scary. I wish it had commenting.
posted by smackfu at 2:12 PM on November 6, 2004


Neato!
posted by RylandDotNet at 2:13 PM on November 6, 2004


This is great!

I couldn't help noticing today's Sinfest was surprisingly relevant to a recent discussion, too.
posted by tommasz at 3:05 PM on November 6, 2004


Awesome! thanks srboisvert!
posted by vacapinta at 3:11 PM on November 6, 2004


Excellent link. It's just come at an appropriate time as I've been asked (literally today) to come up with some drawings for a new comic. I was just about to research some illustration styles for inspiration. This will certainly get me started, so thank you.
posted by floanna at 4:01 PM on November 6, 2004


See previous discussion of this kind of thing. Even if this site wasn't designed as a comic-scraper (and I don't see what other purpose it could serve), it's certainly acting as one.

Support your local webcartoonist by actually visiting their site.
posted by Johnny Assay at 4:11 PM on November 6, 2004


Not sure if that was aimed at me Johnny Assay, but I'm not looking at stealing anyone's work, just illustrative inspiration. And besides, it will be produced on old school print production.
posted by floanna at 4:23 PM on November 6, 2004


I wonder what the bandwidth bill is like on the site...
posted by bobo123 at 4:31 PM on November 6, 2004


Support your local webcartoonist by actually visiting their site.

Yeah, like I have time for that. Do you really think that comics would have survived if each one had to be delivered to your home on a separate page, rather than gathered together in your newspaper? If they want their work to be read, they need to come up with a more efficient distribution method. Until then, people will come up with ways to fill the gap between producer and audience, such as this site.
posted by rushmc at 4:33 PM on November 6, 2004


geez floanna, not everything is about YOU. ;p
posted by bob sarabia at 4:42 PM on November 6, 2004


Even if this site wasn't designed as a comic-scraper (and I don't see what other purpose it could serve), it's certainly acting as one.

Support your local webcartoonist by actually visiting their site.


And how do we find these local webcartoonists?
posted by srboisvert at 5:18 PM on November 6, 2004


This is fantastic. If you compare it to say, your local newspaper's comic page, it shows how completely bereft of intelligence or creativity those things are. When there's so many artists out there doing good stuff, why do they still print Garfield? Or Andy Capp? Or Hagar the Horrible? Or...etc...
posted by fungible at 8:50 PM on November 6, 2004


I like this. I have an IE tabbed bookmark set I use to read the comics each day, which is quite handy.

Still, I prefer to read the comics from printed paper if I can, particularly on Sunday. Sadly, both the daily and Sunday comics are getting less and less space.

I've written to my crappy local newspaper (in Phoenix there is a choice of papers: shitty and crappy) to explain that the comics are the *only* thing they offer that works better on paper than on the Web. Omitting the Sunday splash panel from Mutts,or squeezing Dilbert into a 1/32 of a page, will just push me to unsubscribe.

I don't think they get it, though.
posted by Ayn Marx at 9:14 PM on November 6, 2004


Thanks, srboisvert. Slogging my way, with good chuckles here and there, to the bottom of this page has made me realize three key things:

1) There is such a thing as too much comics at one sitting;

2) It's amazing and oddly gratifying that I have anything whatsoever in common with Ayn Marx,

and

3) Due mainly to a lack of competition from anyone who might otherwise be counted on to supply it (I'm looking at you, Boondocks and Doonesbury), Pearls Before Swine is really the only daily strip now appearing in major newspapers that rises to the level of must-read on the basis of its unpredictable candor.
posted by soyjoy at 9:28 PM on November 6, 2004


Floanna, my snarkiness wasn't aimed at you.

And how do we find these local webcartoonists?

Websnark, Comixpedia, and the Webcomics Examiner are good places to start, and they generally don't involve flagrant copyright violations.

Look, if you're going to read webcomics this way, I can't stop you. All I'm saying is that if you enjoy what a cartoonist is doing, it's only fair that you spend the minimal effort to view it on his or her page and possibly add a few cents to the war chest; and that if you don't, you won't have right to complain when your favourite cartoonist decides that he/she won't be updating quite so often because they don't have the time for it. As fungible said above, webcomics are generally ten times better than most of the size-reduced dreck that fills newpaper pages these days, and I'd hate to see webcomics become a failed experiment just because people decided they were too busy to go to more than one website.
posted by Johnny Assay at 11:17 PM on November 6, 2004


Demian5 was linked here on Mefi a while back, but now he's got a proper domain (as opposed to a Tripod site) and lots of new stuff. "When I Am King" is free to view but new stuff costs 3 bux for site membership for a year. Support your local webcartoonist!
posted by chrid at 3:47 AM on November 7, 2004


How the hell hard would it be to add links to the proper web sites?

Speaking for cartoonists as a whole, we don't really mind a site like this ... UNTIL it's promoted on something like metafilter and suddenly 10,000 users are soaking us for images and hosting we pay for with zero context. It's a great idea for someone to write up a page full of their favorite comics. It's a terrible idea to somehow think that a popularized site like this assists cartoonists.

Speaking for comics READERS, I wish this thing had links in it so I could follow some of the new stuff I've never heard of. It's a pretty comprehensive list.
posted by clango at 6:41 AM on November 7, 2004


Oops, I noticed the links. I am going to go get my coffee now.
posted by clango at 6:42 AM on November 7, 2004


geez floanna, not everything is about YOU. ;p

it's just me me me lol

I didn't think it was, but just wanted to be one of the polite just in case someone thought I'd be ripping off someones work:D Especially as Johnny Assay's comment came straight after mine. I'm just a sensative soul really..

It really is a good site tho, and it would be nice to visit every artist's page (and I will probably visit a fair few anyway) but this has saved a lot of google work for me.
posted by floanna at 7:44 AM on November 7, 2004


The Lambiek Comiclopedia. Here you go guys. Everything you always wanted to know about comics.
posted by ginz at 8:17 AM on November 7, 2004


Ooooh Ginz - you star!
posted by floanna at 10:56 AM on November 7, 2004


*tinkles*
posted by ginz at 11:17 AM on November 7, 2004


*twinkles* dammit!
posted by ginz at 11:20 AM on November 7, 2004


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