Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This comic makes me realize there is a whole new category of xkcd comics that I haven't really noticed before: the smug "aww, I'm so much better a person than everyone else" comic. With, of course, the typical xkcd "hey guys look I know what some internet memes are!"
So what do we have - Weird Dude is mocked by everyone except the Kite Flier (and we know randall is a kite person) who is kind and understanding. Rob noted in a comment on the last post noted that "It's usually pretty obvious when Randall is getting preachy. They are usually neither very subtle nor very clever." I think this is both. "I stick up for you when I can." Seriously? Why not just write "I am nicer than other people! Won't you love me, world?"
I get tired of writing this, but again, what is the joke supposed to be? People are mean to dude dressed like Tails, then Randall is nice to him, then there is a brief remark about appropriate analogies. The "joke" at the end feels like more of a tagged on attempt at a joke, not a real punchline. Or was the whole thing about how nice he was really supposed to be leading up to "ha ha, you chose an animal themed analogy!"
Better endings include:
-Kite Dude is actually not tolerant; whole comic has been a set up for a massive prank of some kind
-Kite flying somehow connects to being a furry, perhaps it turns out he can fly or something, and he helps with the kite
-Furry turns out to be totally deserving of his reputation, like he's totally creepy or something like that.
Obviously those are not funny on their own, but I suspect that at least one of them could be worked into something better than the out-of-left-field random fable ending that.
I say it all the time, but just to be fair I'll say it again: I don't hate this comic, I just think it's very Eh and not very funny. And could easily be better.
PS - if you are going to comment and say that the kite dude does not represent Randall, don't bother, you're wrong.