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Dresden Codak
November 20, 2007 6:24 PM   Subscribe

Dresden Codak is a webcomic about plagiarizing bears, nerds who play philosophical tabletop RPGs, your dream job, and other oddities. Also, check out the author's guest Dinosaur Comic.
posted by CrunchyFrog (37 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite

 
Recently DC is in its first continuous story arc, called Hob (start here), with themes of time travel, singularity, and improbably precocious youths.
posted by grobstein at 6:31 PM on November 20, 2007


How has Dresden Codak never been posted? It's such a wonderful strip.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:32 PM on November 20, 2007


I didn't really follow that dream job thing, but the art is acidjaw-dropping. Definitely have to check into this.
posted by DU at 6:36 PM on November 20, 2007


I mean, how many comics have done a strip about the uncertainty principle.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:36 PM on November 20, 2007


I didn't really follow that dream job thing

She gets a job working in her dreams, but that's illegal because it's not soulcrushing and doesn't profit corporations. As such, she's booted from her dreams until she can pay the associated fines and fees.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:39 PM on November 20, 2007


(And as ever, avoid the Turgid Notes From the Author Who Can't Let The Art Stand Alone.)
posted by DU at 6:41 PM on November 20, 2007


This one is fantastic, saw it linked on reddit today.

"For reasons unexplained, every person in the world is born with a huge gaping hole in the center of their chest."

posted by onalark at 6:42 PM on November 20, 2007


She gets a job working in her dreams...

Thanks, Explaining Dresden Codak!

What I really meant was that I didn't know who the characters were, but apparently every strip is like that: written as though it were a recurring thing, but actually just a one-off.
posted by DU at 6:42 PM on November 20, 2007


Beautifully illustrated, great writing.

It's stuff like this that makes me love Metafilter.
posted by flatluigi at 6:43 PM on November 20, 2007


[this is good]
posted by Slithy_Tove at 6:45 PM on November 20, 2007


Yes
posted by DU at 6:48 PM on November 20, 2007 [1 favorite]


Thanks, Explaining Dresden Codak!

Yeesh, I was just trying to help!
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:50 PM on November 20, 2007 [1 favorite]


I started reading this comic a couple of months ago after seeing it mentioned somewhere amongst the links on the infinite plane of webcomicry. Along with Minus and Dresden Codak inspired me to take up drawing again.

The artist/author recently was able to quit his job to draw the comic full time. I am happy for the regular comic output! And jealous too!
posted by Mister Cheese at 6:53 PM on November 20, 2007 [2 favorites]


Turns out I was wrong, the cute girl character at least is recurring. I still don't really know what's going on, but I'm definitely on-board to find out.
posted by DU at 6:58 PM on November 20, 2007


Every time a web comic is posted to the blue I cringe a little, because they always seem to be a little amateurish and not worth the time.

This is the exception, because frankly this is amazing. Superbly drawn, takes advantage of the medium, not designed to talk down to the lowest common denominator. I can't wait to read more of them.
posted by inthe80s at 7:03 PM on November 20, 2007


Holy cow. This makes the other webcomics I read look awful.
posted by lizzicide at 7:47 PM on November 20, 2007


That link about philosophical RPGs reminded me to make this standard announcement.

To anyone out there who plays tabletop RPGs:

Do yourself a favor and TRY to find this book.

Nobilis is nothing short of incredible.

You will never play it. You will never find anyone who understands it or is even interested in it. But you need to have it.

Because let me tell you. The SECOND you find someone else who is also "that guy who owns Nobilis?" That moment is the most magical RPG experience you will ever have. Better than that one time you did 26d6 to the Big Bad with your 15th level Arcane Trickster and obliterated him in the first round. Better than putting that 6th dot into the Time Arcanum. Better than anything you ever did in Deadlands. Better than when you actually convinced your friends to finally get around to trying WHFRP.

And that’s just meeting someone who wants to play.

Playing it? Even poorly playing it? With only 2 people who get and the rest trying to WIN?

Secular Heaven.
posted by Faux Real at 7:48 PM on November 20, 2007 [5 favorites]


*only 2 people who "GET IT" and the rest trying to "WIN."
posted by Faux Real at 7:50 PM on November 20, 2007


Think of it like the Simpsons- the characters are recurring but there really isn't much continuity.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:58 PM on November 20, 2007


Reminds me a bit of early Hitherby Dragons, but with pictures.

(On Preview: and, who writes Hitherby Dragons? The same who writes Nobilis!)
posted by wobh at 7:59 PM on November 20, 2007


Those are some huge cartoon breasts.
posted by rossination at 8:08 PM on November 20, 2007


Are there any other kind of cartoon breasts?
posted by Spacelegoman at 8:39 PM on November 20, 2007


Wow, that's a pretty intense webcomic. Excellent.
posted by pombe at 8:39 PM on November 20, 2007


I'm glad I'm not the first to think the recurring cartoon girl with the huge cartoon breasts is pretty cute. In a cartoon kind of way.

And yes, they are nice comics.
posted by yhbc at 9:02 PM on November 20, 2007


Crunchyfrog makes novel posts.

And I am a fan of the novel.
posted by humannaire at 9:15 PM on November 20, 2007


Dresden Codak is an excellent webcomic and the comicker behind it has just started trying to make it a profession. I wish him all the luck in the world, and will purchase a lightning t-shirt in support sometime next year.

If you, like I, wonderd if it was a Double, I'm pretty sure I discovered it from a link in a comment right here at the 'Filter several months ago. (There have been more than one)

And it's funny that the only criticism I've seen of it involves the bustiness of the main character, Kimiko Ross, which apparently varies depending upon the strip's theme. OF COURSE, the heroine of the Philosophical RPG wil have impressive cleavage...
posted by wendell at 10:07 PM on November 20, 2007


So cool. Thanks.
posted by rtha at 10:09 PM on November 20, 2007


Amazing. Bookmarked.
posted by greytape at 2:49 AM on November 21, 2007


You had me at the Wolfman, Blaise Pascal, and William Jennings Bryan.
posted by pax digita at 2:49 AM on November 21, 2007


I'm torn between being happy for DC and desperately hoping there's no shark-jumping in its future but on balance I think it's good.

DC has definitely been linked from a comment (by me actually) but I'm glad to see it on the front page.
posted by Skorgu at 4:06 AM on November 21, 2007


It seems to capture a lot of the same spirit as A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible.

Remind me to call David and Dale, so I can tell them to get off their asses and start doing that strip again.
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:15 AM on November 21, 2007


Looks fantastic - thanks!
posted by Ira.metafilter at 5:31 AM on November 21, 2007


these are great. really really great.
posted by Miles Long at 8:18 AM on November 21, 2007


I love this comic, but I haven't been reading it at all since I subscribed to the RSS feed a few months ago; the strips aren't right there in the feed and I am frankly just too lazy to click through. A lot of webcomics' feeds are like that. I don't get it.

Put the comic in the feed, people.
posted by Reggie Digest at 9:00 AM on November 21, 2007


OK, I was skeptical, but this one won me over.

I have trouble following some of the panel layouts, but still, this is quality stuff.
posted by COBRA! at 9:18 AM on November 21, 2007


It seems to capture a lot of the same spirit as A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible.

Remind me to call David and Dale, so I can tell them to get off their asses and start doing that strip again.


I was reminded of A Lesson is Learned too, and the DC author is definitely familiar with it. David and Dale even make a guest appearance in this strip.

(And yes, please get them to end the endless horrendous hiatus. Best tragically short lived comic ever!)
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:38 AM on November 21, 2007


Dresden Codak has beautiful art. I really want to buy a print of the Summer Dream Job strip.
posted by finrod at 5:42 AM on November 23, 2007


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