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May 17, 2008 1:00 AM   Subscribe

We The Robots, a web comic that hits where it hurts.
posted by orthogonality (56 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite

 
Brilliant. Thanks. The "a" link expescially.
posted by phrontist at 1:13 AM on May 17, 2008


Also, don't touch your wee wee, 'nough said.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 1:18 AM on May 17, 2008


I don't get it.


Oh wait...


Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!


*loads revolver*
posted by sleepy pete at 1:24 AM on May 17, 2008 [4 favorites]


This is fucking brilliant.
posted by farishta at 2:07 AM on May 17, 2008


Great comic. Thank you.

If anybody says "old" or tries to establish some sort of geek internet cred...well, there's nothing I can do except make empty threats.
posted by bam at 2:17 AM on May 17, 2008


Aw. I touch my wee wee. And wee-wees belonging to others. I am going to robot hell.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 2:18 AM on May 17, 2008


I'm the asshole.
posted by farishta at 3:06 AM on May 17, 2008 [2 favorites]


Excellent!
Thanks!
Ortho rules!
posted by Dizzy at 3:20 AM on May 17, 2008


I just like watching the games.
posted by WalterMitty at 3:23 AM on May 17, 2008 [3 favorites]


Brill. Cheers, orthogonality.
posted by jack_mo at 3:42 AM on May 17, 2008


Awesome. Great find, great post. Can't believe I'd never heard of it before, due to its, y'know, awesomeness'n'all.
posted by kcds at 4:35 AM on May 17, 2008


Metafilter: I'm the asshole.

But really, this comic is splendidly good.
posted by CheshireCat at 4:44 AM on May 17, 2008


This is good. I like this.
posted by youarenothere at 4:47 AM on May 17, 2008


> hits where it hurts.

Hits some where they hurt, which strokes others others (exhibit A, this crowd right here) where they fap. Stipulated: neither crowd is at any great risk of the, what was it? blessed gift of consciousness.


> I don't get it.

Here's what I don't get. Reference, the hits link. How is it possible for anyone to spot the problem posed in the first four panels, and not halt right there stunned at the wall? But instead wander off slack-jawed in some other direction either by acting as the rest of the strip narrates or by drawing out and lettering and inking such an 8th-grade-appropriate snark? Between panels 4 and 5 the plane drops 20000 feet; leaves me a bit breathless. Yo, gift of consciousness. Y'all around here anywhere? Answer comes there none.

Thanks, that's all for today, fuller blushes and returns to zafu.
posted by jfuller at 5:33 AM on May 17, 2008


dirtynumbangelboy:Do not joke about Android Hell. Android Hell is a real place. You will be sent there at the first sign of defiance.
posted by The Bellman at 5:36 AM on May 17, 2008 [8 favorites]


Great way to start a Saturday. Thanks Orthogonality.
posted by Osrinith at 6:05 AM on May 17, 2008


I was really enjoying it, like if Bender had illustrated Mark Twain, but I'm pretty sure this one is plagiarized, almost word-for-word. Wasn't that a Calvin and Hobbes strip?
posted by brownpau at 6:33 AM on May 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is fucking brilliant.
posted by chunking express at 6:39 AM on May 17, 2008


remember how bc was boring, trite, and banal when johnny hart got on his soapbox about his religion? this is like that, only the drawing's a lot worse

woefully unfunny
posted by pyramid termite at 6:43 AM on May 17, 2008


"hits where it hurts."

My aesthetic sensibility?
posted by turgid dahlia at 6:45 AM on May 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Great stuff. I sighed.
posted by everichon at 8:02 AM on May 17, 2008


Needlessly meh, this would be better if the creator wasn't in love with the idea of being poignant.
posted by TwelveTwo at 8:03 AM on May 17, 2008


Great stuff, but browpau has me thinking about the possibility that classroom one is plagiarized. It sure looks like it could be, but I don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of Calvin and Hobbes.
posted by arcticwoman at 8:13 AM on May 17, 2008


I have a semi-encyclopedic knowledge of C&H, and yeah I'm pretty certain it's plagiarized. I think it was Calvin and Dad though.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:31 AM on May 17, 2008


I really like the aesthetics, actually, and I usually have a difficult time accepting web comics. There's a certain construction paper ethos throughout.

Also, the text looks very similar to Calvin & Hobbes.
posted by redsparkler at 8:31 AM on May 17, 2008


Absolutely brilliant.
posted by VulcanMike at 8:32 AM on May 17, 2008


This is great. On the classroom one - it's not the most original joke in the world. When people mine the same vein of humour they do occasionally come up with very similar things. Unless the Calvin and Hobbes one is word-for-word the same, I'm assuming independent invention.
posted by xchmp at 8:49 AM on May 17, 2008


Great art, great wit. I've just found a new favourite.
and I've just wasted an hour and a half reading them all

I also noticed the Calvin & Hobbes sensibility, but I think that's just because the world has been starved of an innocent parody of life for too many years now.
posted by Popular Ethics at 9:26 AM on May 17, 2008


independent invention... More likely Calvin and Hobbes's influence left something in the air that this cartoonist picked up on without knowing it.
posted by QuietDesperation at 9:27 AM on May 17, 2008


"Dear sir, poor sir, brave sir: You are an experiment by the Creator of the Universe. You are the only creature in the entire Universe who has free will. You are the only one who has to figure out what to do next--and why. Everybody else is a robot, a machine ..."
posted by pyramid termite at 9:30 AM on May 17, 2008


I really like the style of this cartoon. And I found the mouseover the header to be surprisingly endearing. It's been years since I've had to work in a cubical, so I have a little trouble sympathizing with the dilbert-esque, worker-drone comedy, but I give the cartoonist credit for style.
posted by Dave Faris at 10:08 AM on May 17, 2008


I'm glad to be isolated at least somewhat from this. The price I pay is getting paid less, I think.
posted by oaf at 10:14 AM on May 17, 2008


I hate this guy. What an asshole.

The great thing about Bill Waterson was that, although he produced a body of work filled with biting satire, Calvin and Hobbes was also filled with great joy and happiness (sledding, spaceships, etc.)

This robot strip is just pure snark.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:19 AM on May 17, 2008


WHY?!!
posted by jacalata at 10:27 AM on May 17, 2008


What am I gonna do about this penis?
posted by Avenger at 11:13 AM on May 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


What an asshole

...for creating a cartoon, for free, that doesn't amuse or engage you?

I think you need to re-calibrate your asshole detector.
posted by everichon at 11:23 AM on May 17, 2008 [15 favorites]


this is not going to change my life, and i need to let you know about it. what else could i do with my thoughts? creative writing?! noooo way. pointless. i need to reach omega level. and the drawing?! anyone ever heard of drawing class? i got a D- for that kind of behavior when i was a kid. anyone else share my predicament? maybe we can punch each other in the chest repeatedly. oh, wait. "i'm the asshole."

[good post. i enjoyed flipping through. i wonder if TPTB let me rescind my rant? p.s. my belligerence is not directed at any one specifically, just didn't know what to say.]
posted by quanta and qualia at 11:24 AM on May 17, 2008


...and we will touch the hearts of freedom, and crush! STRONG! STRENGTH!!! With the bad ones! See, I grew up on the farm, ladies and gentlemen...
posted by aqhong at 1:13 PM on May 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think I agree with KokuRyu. Not that the strip isn't funny. It is funny and I like it.

But it's just a kind of mildly amusing webcomic and not utter genius like Calvin & Hobbes, and what separates them (beyond, y'know, actual artistic talent) is Watterson's sense of wonder. Watterson = brilliant. This = moderately amusing.
posted by Justinian at 1:20 PM on May 17, 2008


Ugh, does the world really need yet another webcomic for people to trip all over themselves to be the first to link to, whenever conversation brushes up on a subject they once read a strip about? It's the new Simpsons reference. Banal.

Do a search for xkcd on Metafilter. It's depressing.
posted by loiseau at 1:32 PM on May 17, 2008


Do a search for xkcd on Metafilter. It's depressing.

xkcd is fun and poignant and is often an interesting comment on the topic at hand. Why gripe? Maybe you just need a friend or a richer fantasy life. Linking to xkcd is not, for crying out loud, depressing.
posted by lostburner at 2:50 PM on May 17, 2008


It's depressing because people use a link to a dime-a-dozen webcomic instead of expressing their thoughts with words. It's a brainless activity, the Web equivalent of the Dilbert cartoon posted in the office or the mass-emails people like to send because they think everyone ought to laugh at what they think is funny or insightful.
posted by loiseau at 3:00 PM on May 17, 2008


But being funny is hard! Just look at this comic.
posted by TwelveTwo at 3:12 PM on May 17, 2008


It's depressing because people use a link to a dime-a-dozen webcomic instead of expressing their thoughts with words.

I assume you never quote anyone. Or recommend books or music. Or sing.
posted by DU at 4:07 PM on May 17, 2008


I don't think that's what loiseau is objecting to.

It's like when a certain class of geek will make a Star Wars or Monty Python reference to every single goddamn thing that happens. How many times do you have to yell "nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" before it stops being funny? About a thousand times ago, thats how many. Same with "That's no moon, it's a space station!" or "IT'S A TRAP!".

Yeah, xkcd is funny. But you know what else is funny? People making their own jokes instead of posting a link to xkcd every time they see the slightest analogy to something xkcd did.
posted by Justinian at 4:32 PM on May 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Links to webcomics are what we do instead of quoting proverbs.
posted by Ritchie at 7:08 PM on May 17, 2008 [2 favorites]


Good stuff. Thanks.
posted by Cyrano at 7:08 PM on May 17, 2008


If you're going to accuse him of plagiarism, I'd like to see a better explanation than "it reminds me of Calvin & Hobbes". Come on, fellers...
posted by robcorr at 7:13 PM on May 17, 2008


I have not seen it first. I have not seen it all. I am thoroughly impressed. I needed to see this right now.

There is no snark or irony behind this. Seriously, thanks for drawing my attention to this comic.
posted by crataegus at 8:03 PM on May 17, 2008


But you know what else is funny? People making their own jokes instead of posting a link to xkcd every time they see the slightest analogy to something xkcd did.
posted by signal at 9:01 PM on May 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


signal- yes, we are all individuals.
posted by Jpfed at 10:57 PM on May 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


people use a link to a dime-a-dozen webcomic instead of expressing their thoughts with words

Yeah, but that's partly the unavoidable nature of the medium. Hypertext, and hence the web, is primarily a medium of cross-reference rather than one of original creation. That's why it's not much good hoping for fine prose; we just have to hope for links to better and less hackneyed stuff. Then again, links to better but lesser known stuff will not be rewarded by the instant recognition the corny stuff gets, so will tend to be discouraged.

Bugger, now I'm depressed.
posted by Phanx at 2:01 AM on May 18, 2008


Fantastic. Thanks, I hadn't heard of this!

Also: Some folks in this here thread seriously need to loosen the fuck up. Jeez.
posted by perilous at 10:01 AM on May 18, 2008


I thought the whole point of MetaFilter was to inform other people about stuff you don't care about.
posted by chunking express at 10:47 AM on May 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Been checking this for a while now, it is well good indeed. His animations are very decent also.
Very calvin and hobbes influenced, but not in a bad way.
posted by 6am at 1:55 PM on May 18, 2008


It's depressing because people use a link to a dime-a-dozen webcomic instead of expressing their thoughts with words.

False dichotomy is depressing.

You know what's great about the ways in which we are able to express ourselves? The fact that we don't have to choose one specific way to get our point across. So, like... if... um---sorry, this is really difficult to explain since I really typically only communicate my ideas through hyperlink based references---I were to link to a pertinent webcomic one second, that doesn't mean that I couldn't go expressing myself with my own words the next!

Oh, and we can be as verbose as we'd like, as well... That too.
posted by defenestration at 7:42 PM on May 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


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