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Bryan Rasmussen said on November 14th, 2012 at 11:15 am

“…he defeats the Devil with the power of friendship”

MGK, you plonker, that’s the Doctor number 11 what done that.

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Also, if the sound of someone blowing a guy is “mf mf mf mf” then – I dunno. All I am saying is: I have received my share of oral sex, and I would not say that “mf mf mf” is onomatopoeiacally correct.)

It is if your primary, if not only, experience with oral sex involves porn rather than personal experience.

I’m just saying.

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I’m not sure it’s entirely accurate to say a best man wedding speech is about the bride and groom; there’s a room full of drunken people to bear in mind as well, who often appreciate at least a litte in the way of speaker’s ooomph.

That said, drunk people laugh very easily, and get bored very quickly, so the “get it done quick” model is definitely the best option.

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Also, if the sound of someone blowing a guy is “mf mf mf mf” then – I dunno. All I am saying is: I have received my share of oral sex, and I would not say that “mf mf mf” is onomatopoeiacally correct.

It’s got kinda a techno-beat, though. Perhaps they just give the kind of blow-jobs you can dance to in this comic?

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I’ve yet to meet anyone say they just read Menage a 3. Everyone, myself included, hate-read it. Maybe someone in these comments will break that streak.

When I was still reading it (I think the “tricking someone into oral sex is funny and cute and not rape” plot broke me), I defended it by pointing out it’s occasionally very funny.

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Gisele’s a pretty shameless content farmer. A very skilled and professional artist, but she’s got, like, four webcomics going and they’re all cheesecake plugs. I’d imagine, before the internet, she’s make a living as a graphic designer and pin-up artist and that’ll be that. At this point, I think MA3 (which I also occasionally hate-read… damn, this women is good as what she does, which is generate page hits) exists solely to advertise the actual, real porn based on MA3.

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Why bother with this Menage a 3, when one could read Trudy Cooper’s Oglaf? Its art quality is top-notch, and although it’s not always about sex, it’s consistently and inventively funny.

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Why bother with this Menage a 3, when one could read Trudy Cooper’s Oglaf?

I read Oglaf, but it updates sporadically so basically what I mean to say is “every so often, I think “hm, Oglaf, anything happening there” and I find out that there have been about a dozen new strips done in the six months since I last checked it, and I enjoy them, and then I don’t read it for another six months.

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Oglaf updates regularly on Sundays, although there’s no telling how many pages a given installment will be, or even if it will be part of an ongoing story, feature recurrent characters, or just depict whatever Trudy this is funny this week. (For real pain, her epic Platinum Grit has been stuck on hiatus for years-years, I tell you!)

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Yeah, Oglaf updates with atomic regularity – it’s just only once a week.

Platinum Grit… damn. what hurts about that you can’t give up on it, because she really has gone years on-end and then BAM update! The current hiatus still hasn’t been as long as the longest one, so there’s always that glimmer of hope….

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Man, just thinking about Platinum Grit is depressing me. Quality in every sense of the word, and I have no idea if it’s ever going to wrap up now.

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+1 on Menage a 3. At this point, I want to throttle just about every character, and not in a pervy, sexy way. But the art, so good!

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Rand Brittain said on November 14th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

The thing that summarizes Ma3 for me is that the character page calls out Matt as a “bastard” out of all the characters in the strip, when to me, Matt is probably less of a bad person than anybody else.

I mean, he’s a fairly bad person. But he’s the only one who seems to have regrets or to wish he was a better person.

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I’ll take the challenge and say I read Ma3, not hate-read…just read. It’s ok. Really, I read it after I’ve caught up on Eerie Cuties and Magic Chicks during an insomnia bout and then go to read the next thing.

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I don’t think Constantine would be permitted to do some of that stuff in the DCnU. Didio would consider eating waffles to be a Stephanie Brown reference and that’s the kind of thing that gets their entire animation line-up cancelled.

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Mitchell Hundred said on November 14th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

My sister is living over in Japan, and she says that people are always surprised when she tells them how huge sushi is here. It’s ironically not that big a deal in its home country.

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Oh, and – as others have said – Oglaf updates weekly. However the length of those updates can vary a lot. It’s actually a little strange to see a comic that does multiple page updates in the same day.

The only webcomics I really read consistently are David Willis’ Shortpacked and Dumbing of Age. Otherwise I tend to let them pile up and read a bunch at once… if I get back to them at all. I don’t think I’ve read a lot of better known strips like PVP and Penny Arcade in over a year.

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Thanks for the reply! I appreciate the different perspective on Through the Ages.

I really enjoyed Platinum Grit so far too and wish for more updates.

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Over the past couple of years it’s become clear to me that XKCD is more about presenting ideas than making a point with those ideas. Strip #1133 is a textbook example of this–it’s a mildly interesting concept, but it says nothing to me except that Randall Munroe has a lot of time on his hands.

Penny Arcade is a skillfully-produced comic about topics that frequently do not interest me and occasionally make no sense to me. One day I realized that I was reading the site’s blog for the sole purpose of getting the joke of a strip, and decided I do not need to be reading it.

Menage a 3 and Oglaf both have copious amounts of sex, but Oglaf also happens to be funny, which is a sorely underrated quality in webcomics.

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What I tend to do for webcomics like Oglaf or Wonderella is to organize them into bookmark folders listed by their update frequency. That makes it much easier to keep up with them than checking every day until you decide you are bored with waiting.

The same applies for webcomics without a set update schedule. Dumping them into a “Whenever” folder means I’m not trying to wrack my brain about that great comic that almost never posts on time that I saw once.

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As long as we’re recommending NSFW webcomics, I think Go Get A Roomie should get a mention. It has its issues (more than half the cast seem to be magical hippies who don’t need jobs), but it’s a regular dose of cheesecake with gorgeous artwork and reasonably non-bastard characters.

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I would also posit that the popularity of Japanese references in Western pop-culture has at least a bit to do with the relative amount of pop-culture it produces. Now, this may well be due to the relative lack of imperialism stifling their culture, but I think it is still a factor. We tend to pay attention to Eastern cultures in rough proportion to the number of flashy action flicks and/or fun kid’s cartoons they produce.

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I am honestly not sure whether or not you’re being sarcastic about Hellblazer.

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Don’t do best man speeches while drunk and / or cocaine.

I’ve sat through several of those experiences and they are god awful agony.

Also, realise that you aren’t just talking to the bride and groom and the small group of friends, but also her great-aunt and some work collegues and a whole heap of people who might not find the time (say) that the bride urinated through the sunroof of her ex-boyfriend’s BMW and then took off with his stash as funny as you do. Keep it short, punchy and relatively clean.

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I think the fondness for Japan has at least a much to do with its economic/political ties with the US and the perception it’s a modern nation rather than one where everyone’s a Bedouin or a Hindu mystic or an Untouchable, etc. So it’s culture has more cachet. I think interest in Japan has gotten stronger along with its economy: Back in the sixties, Japan was seen mostly as the nation that made cheap knockoffs of American goods and it got more attention for Godzilla films than samurai.

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Heksefatter said on November 15th, 2012 at 5:46 am

Hellblazer cancelled in favour of a PG Constantine?

This makes me a saaaad panda.

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I’ll take your “mf mf mf” comment a step further and opine that while generally sound effects can add a lot to, say, a Hulk vs. Thor fight, they should never, ever, ever be used in sex scenes. There was a series called “Housewives at Play” that gilded each ‘erotic’ moment with “SQUIF! SQWUCK! SPLORP!” noises, and years later I still bear the mental scars.

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The Unstoppable Gravy Express said on November 15th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

SQUIF! SQWUCKLE! SPLORP!

…sexy Rice Krispies!

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The Hellblazer thing seems to be the latest in DC’s attempts at folding unrelated properties into the main universe and just assuming that all fans of one kind of comic will automatically troop loyally over to Batman after a few guest appearances by their former favorite. See also: Milestone, Wildstorm

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My own webcomic holy grail updates daily, in color, with super-sized Sunday strips and sci-fi humor, and hasn’t been late in more than ten years. Sure, the art in early strips of Schlock Mercenary was rough, and the humor took some time to develop, but I tend to think it’s been hitting its stride for a while now, and brings occasional moments of real emotional torque. I think you’d like it, MGK. Some of your readers, too.

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Gary is a pathetic, unlikeable wimp

I hate to say it, but +1. Seriously, 90% of Ma3 plotlines would be 90% shorter if Gary would just get a spine transplant. Anyone with more dorsal starch would do. Shinji Ikari, Hanataro Yamada, Crona Gorgon… I’m not picky.

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I shouldn’t admit this here, but I actually enjoy MA3. Then again, I’ve known real-life analogues of all of the characters (ahem, and I’ve been a few of the characters, ahem.)

Webcomics that I read, that haven’t been mentioned above

Manly Guys Doing Manly Things
Hark, a Vagrant
Little League/Batman and Sons

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At least two-thirds of MA3 readers are only into it ironically. Giselle Lagace is making fucking bank off of hatereads.

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@Matt, or anyone else

I’m not going to read the responses for a few days, but could some of you explain your rationale for not liking MA3? The author isn’t the second coming of Shakespeare, the characters tend to come across more as archetypes than people and the art isn’t smutty enough to engage hardcore pervs or wankers, but it doesn’t seem to warrant actual hate (IMHO).

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philippos42 said on November 22nd, 2012 at 2:41 am

I actually like Didi and Zii now, and even Amber (Gary’s mouth-rapist) mostly. Even Sonya can be funny to watch when she’s on the prowl. (And Gary can be taken as an archetype of uncertainty or something, an aspect of the nerd id.)

But yes, hate-reading is about right for the the Giz&Dave-verse. Their strips develop pretty slowly sometimes, and the characters can occasionally get pretty awful to each other, so it’s often unsatisfying.

I was reading close to 20 webcomics a month ago, but I didn’t write the list down, and I think I’ve forgotten a few.

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I mostly enjoy MA3, but hate Yuki more than I can easily put into words. The “abusive girlfriend” trope is one I wish had ended years ago, and I absolutely loathe characters created to slot into that.

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The Unstoppable Gravy Express said on November 26th, 2012 at 11:33 am

MGK, we need a Rob Ford post, STAT!! :-)

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The Unstoppable Gravy Express said on November 26th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Further to above: just checked Torontoist, and thanks! :-)

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Halloween Jack said on November 26th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Back when I started to get into webcomics, one of my favorites was Cool Cat Studios, which Lagace wrote and drew; I recall it updating sporadically, but it was cute if a bit lightweight. Then T. Campbell started writing for her, and it went to shit in nothing flat. Of course, people do change and occasionally improve over time, so I just went and checked out both Ma3 and Campbell’s latest stuff, and respectively a) I guess it must pay the bills, and b) yep, still crap.

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Thanks for the info. guys. It hasn’t really changed my opinion, but I can see the disconnect.

Oh yeah, people need to give more love to Scandinavia and the World.

http://satwcomic.com/best-guy-wins

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