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Webcomic Wsaturday: Warbot, a short, depressing, hilarious comic. By the creator of the ancient, esteemed 8-Bit Theater.
posted by Rory Marinich (24 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
...today's Sunday. Isn't it.
posted by Rory Marinich at 6:13 PM on November 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


You HAVE to read some issues of Atomic Robo, the adventures of the world's only adventure science robot. Ummmm, same author.
posted by Samizdata at 6:20 PM on November 7, 2010


I dunno, I found it kind of tedious after a while, kind of the same joke over and over.
posted by delmoi at 6:28 PM on November 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


He has no mouth and he must scream.
posted by Nomyte at 6:35 PM on November 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


Really nicely drawn.
posted by COBRA! at 6:35 PM on November 7, 2010


Aw! That's so awful and depressing!
posted by limeonaire at 6:48 PM on November 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


Warbot says: []
Over, and over, and over.
posted by Old'n'Busted at 7:00 PM on November 7, 2010


"I dunno, I found it kind of tedious after a while, kind of the same joke over and over."

I think that's kind of the point of Warbot's pathos. It's truly cringeworthy. The worst kind of failure is the one you suffer over and over, and nobody knows or cares.

After reflection, I think your point is that it might benefit from some developing some other characters.

After further reflection, methinks the artist is illustrating his own pain. The lack of development of other characters maybe reflects the lack of relationships in the author's life. One's own pain can be consuming, to the point of narcissism. Paradoxically, abandoning the pain, ignoring it, and focussing outward on other people will actually help it wither and go away, and it will no longer draw your attention.
posted by Xoebe at 7:38 PM on November 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


After further reflection, methinks the artist is illustrating his own pain. The lack of development of other characters maybe reflects the lack of relationships in the author's life. One's own pain can be consuming, to the point of narcissism.

Yeah, I mean to me this seemed like an allegory for the solitary life of a nerd in an office environment, someone who doesn't get other people and doesn't feel like they can communicate, or whatever. Trapped in society's social puzzle when what he wants to do is be out on the plains tracking prey with an obsidian tipped spear.

But a lot of the jokes are about him not being able to speak, or use the phone and I'm just sitting here thinking "Why doesn't he just install a modem and a voice chip?"
posted by delmoi at 7:46 PM on November 7, 2010


WHY IS THIS SUCH A BUMMER.

I'm a sucker for these kinds of nerd-agony, social purgatory stories and now I'm all glum in the early afternoon. Thanks fer NUTHIN
posted by GilloD at 8:07 PM on November 7, 2010


Also, #14 is definitely a bridge too far.
posted by GilloD at 8:08 PM on November 7, 2010


...today's Sunday. Isn't it.

It's Fall back an hour, not a day. Unfortunately.

Also, this is interesting. Thanks!
posted by axiom at 8:24 PM on November 7, 2010




At last, someone is telling the story of our veterans.
posted by showmethecalvino at 9:16 PM on November 7, 2010 [5 favorites]


Whoa, 8-bit Theater finally ended! Yeah, it was stupid, but I read every single one for years.
posted by ignignokt at 10:02 PM on November 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is this some kind of "Garfield minus Garfield" thing where Warbot was originally saying clever things and making jokes, but someone has edited out his thought bubbles to make it all pathos-y?
posted by mmoncur at 10:22 PM on November 7, 2010


Thanks for posting this, I had forgotten about it. Some of it is a bit wan but overall it's still great. Dadddyyyyy it's coooooooldd....
posted by eeeeeez at 4:14 AM on November 8, 2010


why
posted by XMLicious at 4:15 AM on November 8, 2010


I think you all need to read it to the end
posted by fistynuts at 5:18 AM on November 8, 2010


we did. i think that's why we're all so depressed now.
posted by jadayne at 5:37 AM on November 8, 2010


For what it's worth, the WarFAQ isn't as quite as depressing.
posted by pwnguin at 5:52 AM on November 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Paradoxically, abandoning the pain, ignoring it, and focussing outward on other people will actually help it wither and go away, and it will no longer draw your attention.

A few years ago I was talking to a guy I worked with about how much I hated myself and he said that he turns his hatred outward towards others and that helps him.

I assume that's not what you were going for however...
posted by josher71 at 7:08 AM on November 8, 2010


My favorite in joke in the strip is that it's they 'Weyland' accounting firm, and the account that's always screwed up is the 'Yutani' account.


Yes, I am a nerd, and yes I have days where I feel like warbot, why?
posted by lumpenprole at 9:46 AM on November 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh jesus, the "daddy" one stabs me in the heart. I'm going to have nightmares about it.
posted by fleetmouse at 8:06 PM on November 8, 2010


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