What a way to kick off the new year…
…And humorless irony is, as we all know, very unfunny
I’ll tell you, I’m starting to think I have a sort of quota of how many times I can get outraged at some comic. Past this point I start wondering if I should still keep reading it at all. Sometimes I do, because it’s not aggravating enough, and sometimes I abandon it because it’s pretty much making my day worse by reading it. You know, like Sinfest.
Now, while daily gag-a-day comics have a big numerical advantage over less frequent comics — because, as I said before, they can recover from a shitty joke really fast — this will usually happen when such a comic is going through what I can only call a shit slump. When, for a good period of time, the best comics are underwhelming at most, and the rest make me cringe.
I believe what’s pulling SMBC down to me is that the setups are way too long and the punchlines are at best mediocre. The short single-panel comics, on the other hand, make almost no sense (for example this visual metaphor for a trollbait doesn’t quite work) In other words, SMBC is a shaggy dog strip, and the problem is that it seems not to be aiming for that. It seems like it’s actually trying to be funny and/or witty and failing.
On the other hand, it’s been a while since we’ve seen any sesquipedalian hellspawns, so maybe there’s a way back.