A Comic Meets Reddit
For the past two weeks, and this will make three, I’ve been submitting my weekly comic to reddit. Needless to say, the results were less than encouraging.
To be fair, it wasn’t exactly a gut punch either. For the most part, the strip was basically ignored. A couple of upvotes, but no one said anything bad about it… but they didn’t say anything good, either… but at least they didn’t say anything bad.
For a while, I had been trying to avoid reddit. Forums like reddit have always been able to have an emotional impact on their users, but once certain groups realized the potential, they started to use it to push their agenda. I figured that out long before the whole Russian troll farm came to light, and as a result I deleted nearly all of my history several years ago.
But recently I’ve started logging back in because I would like to get my comic’s name out there, and sadly, reddit is actually a pretty good vehicle for that task. In fact, it’s the least reprehensible place on the internet that gives you easy access to a very large audience. Most social media requires you to build a following, and I really don’t have the patience for that.
And yes, I’m /r/f2x on reddit. A genuine 3ch with eleven years. I actually remember reddit before the doxing, before the brigading, before the general IQ dropped to the level of your typical hair-triggered middle aged spinster on Facebook. Reddit just ain’t what it used to be, but at least they have some really cute animals in /r/aww.
After Brandon’s smart response last week I felt it was Ben’s turn to mess back.
Here’s the thing, the average American life span is actually decreasing. Personally I think it’s intentional. The quality and nutritional value of the food, the increasing difficulty to get decent and timely medical care, and people working longer and longer hours at work are reducing the life expectancy so that you don’t have a bunch of useless old people sitting around sucking down social security and medicaid. Oh and they’re raising the age at which you even qualify for these benefits because they still spout the ol’ “people are living longer” bullshit.
Yeah, yeah… I know they’re currently blaming the decreasing lifespan on the opioid epidemic, but that’s political handwaving. 2.5 million deaths every year in the US suggest that people aren’t living as long for a variety of reasons, and the forty-thousand opioid deaths (1.6%) each year are only a drop in the bucket when nearly ninety-thousand die from alcohol use each year.
Believe whatever fake news you want, I guess.
When the Right Answer is Wrong
This is my take on a very old joke. The missing glasses on forehead routine has been around since the existence of glasses. I had the idea, and I couldn’t come up with anything else until I actually made this a reality.
I thought I’d try something different to reach a broader audience. I posted this comic to reddit to see if anyone would show it some love. So far it looks pretty lonely and sad. If you’re a redditor, take a moment and show me some upvote love.
Even though it’s unfairly hated by neckbeards, I’ve always envied the legibility of Comic Sans. Not wanting to risk the scorn, I built my own font from scratch back in 2004. I called it the “aaa” font, but let’s not kid ourselves: It was kind of awful.
Years passed, and from time to time I updated the font. Eventually it got better, but last night I truly overhauled the damn thing. I straighten all the points and most of the lower case letters were completely rebuilt. If I my say so, it’s surprisingly legible.
Why the revamp? I wanted a font that was smaller and more legible because I was having trouble fitting the speech bubbles in some of the panels.
So I hope you like the new look. If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please feel free to let me know.
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They say that the key to a good relationship is good communication. Right now I think Brandon and Alexis are finally making progress. They both like “the weird stuff”, but Brandon feels his dominatrix needs to take it down a notch or two… maybe even nine or ten in the area of domination and humiliation.
So anyway, that’s a wrap. Nine strips is long enough, and I’m ending this arc right here. Next week will be a single non sequitur panel.