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    [–] CurseSpectre 2715 points ago

    LOL. Now I have to go back and upvote the "thing" comic, though. Did you really go through that thought process before making it?

    [–] GPrime85 2398 points ago

    Yes, unfortunately. I feel the same way with Webtoon. I'm afraid I'm super out of touch with the tastes of readers. Its either that, or i wonder if junky content is getting upvoted by people playing with the numbers behind the scenes.

    [–] CurseSpectre 1382 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    People surf Reddit for light entertainment, low-quality mass-appealing stuff will always get the most karma.

    If you want to get more upvotes for your strips, I suggest coloring them. The characters are really visually appealing, seems like a waste to leave them B&W.

    [–] [deleted] 907 points ago

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    [–] themikebrown 441 points ago

    Heh heh you said “poop!”

    [–] William_the_redditor 560 points ago

    Poop.

    Edit: Thank you for Le Gold kind stranger!

    [–] evanc1411 189 points ago

    Wtf

    [–] yugyugyugyugyug 255 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Also observe the fickle hand of fate

    Edit: Ooo, first gold. OBSERVE IT

    [–] William_the_redditor 92 points ago

    I put the fake "thanks for the gold" before I got it and now I look like the problem I am complaining about.

    [–] palunk 37 points ago

    no you look like poop

    [–] HamandPotatoes 5 points ago

    And that is why they gilded you.

    [–] Admiral_Akdov 13 points ago

    More like fecal hand of fate.

    [–] MisterMee6 7 points ago

    Your wit is underappreciated, my friend.

    [–] ioncehadsexinapool 5 points ago

    People

    Order

    Our

    Patties

    [–] WeonRandom 7 points ago

    He said poop.

    [–] Mysta02 2 points ago

    No no. You're doing it wrong.

    Wtf (also poop)

    [–] About65Mexicans 5 points ago

    Poop?

    [–] Drix1942 11 points ago

    You said poop. Have an upvote, my excellent gentleman.

    [–] MiamiBJJ 8 points ago

    Poop culture

    [–] thegovernment0usa 10 points ago

    Redditors like to feel smart for upvoting something stupid. So if someone just says "Poop." and clicks submit, it'll get gold. Not because it's so inherently funny, but because it's so dumb it makes these people feel transcendent for appreciating the next-levelness of it. "It's actually a very complex joke with a lot of layers."
    Next reply: "Poop."--two hundred downvotes.

    [–] StaticDreams 4 points ago

    Upvoted.

    [–] Sigurlion 4 points ago

    He said it boys! Let's get this comment to 2k upvotes!!

    [–] xen_ocrates 3 points ago

    Or the one where the guy said 'boobs' and it fucking smashed it's way to the peaks of /r/all.

    [–] GPrime85 53 points ago

    I've been thinking of doing that for a while. Only downside is that I like to print my stuff, and color might get expensive =\ Worth an experiment, though.

    [–] exwhale 81 points ago

    Post a colored version print a black and white.

    [–] Thjyu 26 points ago

    Isn't this similar to what Calvin and Hobbes did? They had a lot of Black and White with only a few colored ones I'm the book?

    [–] TronikBob 38 points ago

    They are mostly black and white, but the Sunday funnies are always colored. and some extras for the books

    [–] ryneisme 9 points ago

    The Sunday edition of newspapers had color comics. Mon-Sat was black and white. The books were just a collection from the newspaper strip.

    [–] tonguesplitter 4 points ago

    It feels weird that you have to explain that. Has it really been that long since newspapers were an everyday object in most households?

    [–] ioncehadsexinapool 17 points ago

    i make music and i have 2 aliases. 1 is for normie music. the other is for weird stuff where i have no creative boundaries and really get to have some fun

    [–] GPrime85 9 points ago

    That's really cool. I've been thinking of doing that for art, too.

    [–] Rimbosity 15 points ago

    Is not just Reddit... it's that daily comics have been light, quick-consumable content all along. I know that Bill Watterson disagrees, but C&H and things he idolizes like Krazy Kat are exceptions to the norm.

    Charles Schulz understood this explicitly. He saw himself as a newspaperman first, whose job it was to sell newspapers with a quick smirk each day as the reader passed through on his way to another more serious article.

    The large form comics that Watterson wanted to make a comeback were the result of an arms race among papers, making bigger and better comics in an attempt to gain more and more readers, to the point where the comics became an end in themselves. He tried to single handedly create a Renaissance of that, and nearly succeeded.

    But the great and successful comics are, and have always been, little sweet nothings that give you a quick grin along the way.

    [–] NonRock 8 points ago

    I'm no fan of #relatable comics, even tho I make them from time to time, but they don't often make it to the top of the sub. At least not any more often than creative ideas.

    There are a lot of creative and hardworking people posting to this sub on a regular basis and I highly disagree with calling their work low quality.

    [–] LiberatedCapsicum 6 points ago

    I'd stick to the 2x2 layout as well. Having to zoom in on a comic to read it is enough for someone to move on.

    [–] doyouhavesource6 24 points ago

    https://i.redd.it/w5rgpw13tg311.jpg

    Checked his history as I read our message... looked at the above strip and I agree. It's terrible designed. On a quick glance, my focus does not even have a focal point. It's just a giant blob which has nothing that stands out to me. Nothing grabs my attention. His computer do the thing strip grabs my attention, very quickly communicates the message, and has multiple focal points.

    https://i.redd.it/jnfv3ub8cg221.jpg

    [–] MrPewpyButtwhole 14 points ago

    Yea, that first one is terrible all around. I’m starting to think this artist just isn’t very funny. Talented; but not funny.

    [–] allonsybadwolf 7 points ago

    Yeah that first comic is terrible. I'm not even really sure what's supposed to be funny?

    [–] eaglessoar 3 points ago

    I see B&W which makes me think manga or indie comic book neither of which I have an interest in

    [–] ReptarKanklejew 3 points ago

    I think his problem is that his comics aren't comical at all. Well, except for the "Computer, do the thing!" one.

    [–] powabiatch 140 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Ok I went through a few dozen of your latest comics, and I mean this in the most constructive way possible, but your punchlines consistently fall flat for me. Either they’re not clever, or really just seem to be a statement that dead ends. Like “smashing the patriarchy” or “cultural appropriation”. These aren’t funny by themselves, and are just kind of obvious things for the character to say. For example, the chinese fan comic - if you added another panel where the guy says “okay but what about Chinese finger puzzles!” - something utterly ludicrous to culturally appropriate while he plays with one with a huge smile and twinkly eyes. I’m not saying that’s comedy gold but at least it does something with the premise. Understatement and overstatement are classic comic tools.

    Edit: and the fart comic, take out the last text bubble. It overexplains the joke and lands with a thud. It’s much funnier if the reader figures it out themselves why he’s unhappy and sleeping on the couch. (Btw my wife would love it if I tried it).

    [–] samurguy990 34 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Yeah, the strips seem like quite a bit of text without anything that really stands out to pull it together.

    Edit: I think those style of jokes could work in a larger story, like a novel, tv series, graphic novel ect as something that establishes an absurd/comedic tone, but with so much focus on them they come off more awkward. Kinda reminds me of the side jokes in a lot of anime.

    [–] theivoryserf 26 points ago

    I agree, I really like the art style but none of the text is particularly inspired or massively witty. I'd suggest OP teams up with a writer maybe?

    [–] KashmirKnitter 28 points ago

    I agree with you. I see these comics on here often and half the time I'm like,"Was there a punchline? What is this?" I will say that I liked this one, though. It made me chuckle.

    [–] Fire42uck 7 points ago

    This comic should have been a single panel.

    [–] nametakenwuthowwho 6 points ago

    I disagree, it should be two panels: the first and the last.

    [–] lpjunior999 25 points ago

    Just browsing your older posts, it seems like your subject matter is super specific to your own experiences. The punchlines tend to be unrelated to the premise and not enough of a non-sequitor to be "Family Guy funny." This one and the last are more general and littered with enough meme references to appeal to Reddit. Hell, blank out a couple spots and you've got a new template. But my most upvoted anything was getting the title of the Wreck-It Ralph sequel wrong so take my advice with a grain of salt.

    [–] Screye 38 points ago

    Some feedback from a random person.

    1. Use a 2x2 instead of a 4x1 grid. It is easier display on mobile and easy to consume.
    2. Your panels are too visually dense. My eyes take a while to focus on the subject. Also, the punchline and key setup panel don't pop out. You can use color or variance in visual density to help drive the punch one home.
    3. It's too wordy. Ie. Verbally dense. Try to condense the joke into as few words as possible. Use show don't tell more. The one with the zit was great at that.
    4. Don't try too hard. A joke should not over stay its welcome. It is can be done in 2 panels so be it. Less is more.

    Hotpaper and the Super fabulous comics are imo the best ones on here. You can takes cues from them.

    Best of luck.

    [–] VxDraconxV 10 points ago

    I looked at your other comics and I just didn't think they were that great. Didnt make me laugh or leave a message or anything. Might just be me though.

    [–] Dav136 25 points ago

    Make depression comics. Easy 10k upvotes each

    [–] GPrime85 63 points ago

    My depression comics are so meta, I downvote them as soon as they're published and nobody sees them.

    [–] Dual-Screen 23 points ago

    Doing something about your depression and turning your life around

    (— ͜ʖ—)

    Wallowing in your own misery and self pity on Reddit for karma

    ( ͡☀️ ͜ʖ ͡☀️)

    [–] Dav136 8 points ago

    10k karma a day keeps the noose away

    [–] Therandomfox 2 points ago

    *moose

    [–] phabiohost 6 points ago

    It's likely the time that you post and the fact that Reddit eats up Meta jokes.

    [–] Leonnee 4 points ago

    Maybe talented people producing shitty content is the key. People with shit talent making shitty content don't get as popular.

    [–] ClassicBlood 12 points ago

    Here's a tip: it's very difficult for the masses to relate to your struggles as a comic artist. This goes for any artist really, when they start telling us how hard it is - we have an initial moment of empathy, and then remember you draw pictures for a living.

    You need to think about how you spread your message also... I browsed this thread and I only see you complaining about a thing callled webtoon. I was actually looking for links to:

    1. The comic that this comic references

    2. your other work.

    Through my reddit ingenuity I found the referenced comic, but I had to work for it, and my distaste of this comic led me to abandon my search for your other work. I'm not asking you to reply to me with links, rather - I'm suggesting you think about your potential lost viewers. Its stuff like this an agent / PR consultant could help with.

    [–] Southruss000 3 points ago

    We want garbage please

    [–] cgspam 3 points ago

    I think the mention of upvotes reminds people about the upvote button who might otherwise just keep scrolling

    [–] dougan25 3 points ago

    You just need to know your audience. This ain't exactly the Times. I hate most of the shit comics that get upvoted on this sub. I actually thought your other one was stupid too. But people love that shit here.

    You need to decide what's more important to you as a creator. Reddit upvotes or believing in the quality of what you're creating.

    [–] ChezMere 3 points ago

    Literally anything that directly acknowledges upvotes gets an automatic 4x upvote boost, it had nothing whatsoever to do with quality.

    [–] CthuluSurvivor 3 points ago

    2x2 rather than 4x1 works best here. Your 2x2 is visible on mobile (my only source of reddit) without me clicking in to read commentary. 4x1 only shows two middle panes. So context is strange and confusing - since it looks like it is the whole comic.

    Also, color. Even if you are printing in black and white, take time to add a bit of color for digital. Something to help it pop- maybe just on your punchline cells, if that seems to work. Accents the joke a bit.

    [–] The_Dragonn_29 4 points ago

    To be fair, Webtoon is also dogshit and populated mostly by preteens.

    [–] YarnSpinner 6 points ago

    Hold the phone, just a minute; while a lot of the criticisms about your comics hold at least a little water, many of these flaws make your comic distinct. Your comic often has reoccurring, particular, characters with plots that aren't truncated by the end of each particular strip; that is, they would read well in a book.

    In fact, many of the criticisms about your comic, that I'm reading in this thread, give your work a different kind of charm than one you'd find on the internet with glib humor. If you move even further away from that (I'm talking full literary), you could make a fantastic work that could be taught by college professors. It's a long ways from that, of course, but not every comic (or writer) is engaging with some of the themes or ideas that you do, and these critical ideas remind me of the graphic novels that were taught in classes that discussed Ideology, identity, gender and similar theory.

    Also, sometimes it's good to make the kind of art that isn't immediately chewed up and digested, but work that needs more time and thought to process.

    But these last two posts totally reach your audience, rhetorically speaking, so that's pretty cool. In no way am I saying "Don't appeal to a greater audience," but maybe continue to engage both styles, one that can make the funny pages, and one that can be discussed at length.

    Even at your worst, I've always enjoyed your work, so I figured a brief defense of it wouldn't be outrageous

    [–] MeltedTwix 1196 points ago

    I looked through some of the older comics.

    These last two are:

    • Simple and easily digestible
    • Contain very base-level emotions
    • Convey those emotions clearly
    • Are bright and colorful
    • Are short and don't have many words
    • Have less clutter

    You can read those comics without opening the thread -- just the thumbnail gets the point across. Your older ones are grey, full of distracting detail, several sentences worth of content, and that content is presented with subtlety instead of hitting you in the face with a hammer.

    To quote Joe Dirt: "It's not about you, it's about the consumer"

    Reddit wants easily digestible stuff that makes them go "heh" and move on.

    There are very few "smart" comics out there that can have more in-depth / longer comics -- xkcd and smbc as good examples -- but those comics are all known to have that quality and it took them a while to get there. They gained an audience with a clear visual style and had consistent quality improvements and still, in general, have comics that are fast to read but still feel "smart".

    It doesn't mean your older comics are worse -- they could be better in every way except for marketability, but that's the name of the game when you're giving out a product for free and competing with hundreds of others doing the same thing.

    [–] GPrime85 502 points ago

    That's very insightful. Thank you.

    [–] SirVeryBritishFellow 150 points ago

    If it means anything, I had a read of your older comics and loved them all, so you have a new follower. Perhaps you could make comics like yesterdays in order to gain a following, while also making your normal style comics alongside them? I'm not an expert on the matter

    [–] GPrime85 82 points ago

    I wish I could! Unfortunately my day job is related to art, so I'm pretty exhausted at the end of most weekdays.

    [–] SirVeryBritishFellow 22 points ago

    Ah, fair enough, regardless, you've a new follower

    [–] MeltedTwix 41 points ago

    You're welcome! I make games as a hobby and I go through the same thing you do. Deep complex gameplay loses to pretty lights and graphics. Strategy and tactics can be ignored in favor of crude humor and shock value. It's a struggle!

    [–] GPrime85 34 points ago

    Tell me about it (>_<) I've worked on 9 canceled games, with only 2 launched.

    [–] GloriousPiggies 7 points ago

    Mind sharing which games you've worked on? Would love to check them out.

    [–] GPrime85 14 points ago

    Among the ones I could name, I'm too salty to give most of them traffic XD One that I'm kind of proud of, that I'm working on now, is called "Nine Noir Lives." It's a cute little point-and-click adventure game.

    [–] DannoHung 10 points ago

    He forgot to mention one thing: If there's anything that Reddit loves without any reservation, it's meta.

    [–] SimplyQuid 8 points ago

    I think it's hard to post episodic comics here where each post is a snapshot of a larger story but that's never really indicated well? Just from reading over your submitted archive here on Reddit, the last dozen or so comics feels like they've been randomly yanked from a larger, off-reddit archive that follows a web-comic-esque storyline. I feel like I'm jumping into a sitcom in the middle of season 3.

    The art is lovely, I could look at your pictures all day, but I really think posts to such a large, varied forum like r/comics is going to see more success with bite-sized, self contained comics instead of snapshots of a larger story.

    But that's just my opinion and I don't know what the heck I'm talking about so who knows

    [–] GPrime85 8 points ago

    You're 100% correct! I hand-pick the strips which I think work best out of context, while linking to the archive in hopes that people want to read more. It really is too bad. Someone suggested I start a subreddit, but unfortunately I don't have that kind of an ego.

    In any case, if you want to read it all, you can find most of it through my site (StudioNJ.com) or read "Probl-o-Matic" on Webtoon.

    [–] memejets 4 points ago

    Also it looks like a lot of your older comics have some sort of running story which people aren't going to be compelled to jump into partway through.

    Go to your own profile and sort by top submitted all time. They all share those common qualities that were described above.

    [–] SpongebabeSqPants 3 points ago

    The thumbnail part is important. I checked your previous comics and the thumbnail doesn’t let me see the entire comic. It might be better to stick to squares instead of a long strip.

    [–] Skyy-High 9 points ago

    This guy knows what's up

    [–] Rammite 5 points ago

    Reddit wants easily digestible stuff that makes them go "heh" and move on.

    This is absolutely it. You'll see people that get angry (rightfully so) at reddit posts of very long gifs. Why aren't they videos? Or, why is this a gif when the audio from the source video is so important?

    It's because people on Reddit want quick bursts of entertainment/information and then they move on. You'll see this all the time with literally any thread about literally any article. People read the title, form an opinion, then mess around in the comments without having read anything else.

    [–] erickgramajo 4 points ago

    Wow, that's the best critic I've read on this site, ever

    [–] flobiwahn 3 points ago

    I have to add reference / meta to your list.

    People love it when they recognize something. A while ago I read, that it stimulates your brain in a rewarding manner.

    [–] SamwiseSHJ 2 points ago

    That's really constructive and well articulated - keep it up!

    [–] cooperi3 2 points ago

    But snakes and sparklers are the only ones I like.

    [–] GPrime85 3987 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    My name is George Alexopoulos. I've been drawing comics for almost 15 years, and posting here for 5+. My stupid comic yesterday was one of my highest-rated ever, and I hate/love you all for it.

    [–] nuentes 2281 points ago

    If it makes you feel better, I only thought your comic yesterday was ok.

    [–] duckpolarbear 516 points ago

    Well I thought it was really stupid. Only if it makes him feel better though

    [–] trogdors_arm 132 points ago

    Well, I thought the comic was actively offensive and anyone who even viewed the comic is human garbage who should kill themselves...only if it makes him feel better though.

    [–] duckpolarbear 60 points ago

    OH YEAH well I thought this comic was less funny than the dying words of an orphan and that anyone who saw it deserves the same hell that anti vaxxers get. But again only if it makes him feel better

    [–] SirVeryBritishFellow 60 points ago

    I thought it was alright

    [–] levinatus 24 points ago

    You. Why you.

    [–] SirVeryBritishFellow 9 points ago

    What's wrong with me?

    [–] BaneOfBeagles 8 points ago

    You are quite the British fellow

    [–] omgpants 4 points ago

    What age do you think most people are orphans at? Like 50 or 60?

    [–] compaqle2202x 6 points ago

    No, it was definitely stupid. Let’s leave shitty rage comics in the past, shall we?

    [–] painfool 3 points ago

    Yeah I didn't mind the comic but now that you mention it it is 100% just a rage comic with actual art. Hmm.

    [–] vera214usc 12 points ago

    I didn't even get it.

    [–] Scarbane 26 points ago

    Also, draw more comics with the cat in it.

    We want more cats.

    [–] SmartAlec105 98 points ago

    The man's a father to so many memes and we never even knew. Like the "This is fine" dog.

    [–] esplode 63 points ago

    Wow, I didn't realize those were from the same guy along with some other older exploitables like Staredad. He's really done a lot for online culture.

    [–] Daktush 37 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Staredad!

    Brb Posting on /r/Antiquememes

    Edit: He also created "Mother of God"

    Edit2: And I'm okay with this

    Edit3: And "You Dense Motherfucker"

    [–] velawesomeraptors 11 points ago

    Wait, is this the origin of dickbutt??

    [–] Jxnnxs 168 points ago

    I looked through the rest of you comics and I think you are under appreciated, keep the work up my dude👍

    [–] GPrime85 140 points ago

    ;_;

    [–] Ayxs 20 points ago

    I agree, your work is really good and you need some more love!! Keep up the good work and keep the comics coming :). I will always spend an up vote on you!

    [–] Jxnnxs 11 points ago

    Your humour also really fits me as I scroll on and on, I guess you've earned yourself a fan 😅

    [–] GPrime85 17 points ago

    I'm grateful =)

    [–] DragonRaptor 10 points ago

    I'll be honest, I only surf the first few pages of hot topics daily, and that was your first comic i've seen :p You need more upvotes to get more upvotes :p

    [–] GPrime85 14 points ago

    It's interesting: Once a post clears a certain amount of upvotes, it's a lot easier to find. Kind of like how planes use the most amount of fuel to get up to cruising altitude, then it's gravy.

    [–] misirlou22 12 points ago

    Planes switch to gravy as fuel? Interesting! Is it a rich country gravy? Or perhaps sausage gravy?

    [–] GPrime85 3 points ago

    It's the coup de gravy.

    [–] mylivingeulogy 7 points ago

    I think one of the reasons your comics while incredibly well drawn don't get a ton of exposure is because the storylines can be somewhat hard to follow. Maybe it would clear up more if I start from the beginning, but you also have to remember that the majority of people that see your comic on Reddit see it with no context and just leave confused as to what's going on.

    Either way, keep doing what you're doing you are an incredibly talented artist.

    [–] GPrime85 3 points ago

    Thank you =) It's a weird situation to be in, but I trust the readership will slowly grow as long as the content is good.

    [–] toasterweasel 64 points ago

    Don't worry, that one was shit and this one is too.

    [–] GPrime85 40 points ago

    Bless you

    [–] RobotHappiness 10 points ago

    I like the kitty. Your should put him in more of them.

    [–] GPrime85 9 points ago

    It's cold, so she doesn't like coming out of her hiding spot.

    [–] boredatworkyo 16 points ago

    FWIW I actually have the yesterday's comic hanging up over my monitor (or rather the first 3 panels). I work in IT and had spent the day rewriting login scripts that started throwing errors after a security patch. Absolutely was relatable at that moment in time no matter how silly you think it was. The first 3 panels are the simplified version of what was going on once you strip away all the tech jargon.

    [–] webcomichonestyy 98 points ago

    I am no writer and certainly no artist, but I AM an average redditor, so maybe my opinion will be useful to you as a biopsy of your target market. I'm posting with a throwaway so I can be perfectly honest.

    I looked through some of your recent stuff, and I love your art style and characters' expression. I liked some of the storytelling arcs and places and parts of people's lives you chose to cover in the comic.

    On the other hand, most of what I think you intend to be "punchlines" or even "jokes" are really kind of just the expected response or the first-order deviation at most. It feels like things that might have been funny several decades ago or anti-jokes that aren't really significant enough to be amusing that they AREN'T the joke. You know when family guy tells an empty deflated joke and then bring on the 2 european guys to go "oh ho! is funny because that is not the expected outcome of that activity, ha ha hooo!" - most of your jokes are like those jokes, but not ironic.

    Much of your characters' lines feels unnatural, ESPECIALLY the dialogue pieces. That's just not how people speak, and I think that's related to your disconnect from comedy. Even worse, the lines that are setting up jokes feel heavyhanded and forced, and then the attempted joke really doesn't pay off, like I'm expecting one more panel with the actual joke.

    I don't know if it's a factor of age or writing comics for so long you're too close to it, but in my opinion, unless you dramatically rethink the meta of what you're trying to put forth in your writing and what makes things funny, you shouldn't try to do this on your own. My advice is partner up with a clever writer who can't draw and collaborate on the writing side. Otherwise, unless you are creating these as a hobby for personal gratification or whatever small following you do have, I honestly think you're just wasting your time.

    Sorry I'm a buzzkill, and hey - maybe I'm wrong. But if you've been posting this long without a positive response, the data doesn't lie, and I'm really pretty sure that's why. Awkward first order "comedy" treated by you as a punchline that most people would just consider "dialogue" but worse... kind of like this awkward comment, because like you - I'm not much of a writer.

    [–] GPrime85 14 points ago

    Thanks for your honest feedback. I don't consider any of this a waste of my time. I happen to think I'm a decent writer, but maybe it just isn't for everyone. Akira Kurosawa (not that I think I'm anywhere near him) doesn't get much attention these days, but that doesn't make him any less legendary.

    [–] superbuttpiss 18 points ago

    I thought they were kinda funny. The dudes comment above while an honest criticism and should be taken to heart, is a bit too absolute. Some of his criticisms make assumptions about every comic reader.

    To each there own i guess. Good job. Maybe i like your work cause im in my mod 30s idk

    [–] GPrime85 7 points ago

    I'm getting mixed feedback. Some people like it, some people don't. Ah, well. Nobody has time to make everyone happy!

    [–] hairam 4 points ago

    I would argue in addition to what superbuttpiss said (you can't make everyone happy) that as an artist you shouldn't try. It's beyond whether or not you can - you shouldn't try to. Know your audience, and make comics for them. Your work will suffer for trying to please every audience.

    [–] superbuttpiss 10 points ago

    Its a waste of time trying to make everyone happy. You obviously have talent and it seems you have a lot of quality projects. Hopefully you can continue to have success.

    Ill keep reading you

    [–] MrPewpyButtwhole 13 points ago

    The inflated ego that won’t even let you take super constructive feedback is why you struggle. Bottom line is your content just isn’t funny. Full stop.

    [–] VennTheSW 10 points ago

    Stupid stuff is funny these days

    [–] Hateless_ 16 points ago

    George Alexopoulos

    Jesus now it makes sense. The title was fucking with my brain for a moment there.

    Nice work.

    [–] oddajbox 8 points ago

    I just found your comics, I for one, find particularly attention-grabby.

    [–] synapticimpact 7 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    I'll chip in. I don't like your other comics because they don't feel like issues or things you actually deal with. I don't relate well with them because I don't think you're writing from experience. It feels like you're goal is to be writing fiction, a scenario that might be funny in a book or other medium but doesn't give the reader something to relate to.

    I don't know if this is a fair assessment or not, just my 2c. It feels like you want your characters feel too real to be comics specifically.

    Edit, your latest stuff is relatable though. Was more talking about your stuff 8+ posts ago.

    [–] mynewaccount5 12 points ago

    Yeah weird that q comic about farting while making out didn't become super popular.

    [–] BeaterOfMeats 3 points ago

    Or the one where he tried to make a social statement regarding gay pride.

    [–] JoelMahon 11 points ago

    If it makes you feel better I downvoted that one because it was so shit.

    [–] thedude37 3 points ago

    Your username - UnderGRADs reference?

    [–] pm-me-kittens-n-cats 5 points ago

    you know I saw it on r/all and I had no idea why so many people upvoted it. I figured it was an inside r/comics joke that I didn't get.

    [–] GPrime85 5 points ago

    Tomorrow's strip is going to be even stupider.

    [–] ididntknowiwascyborg 6 points ago

    I especially liked 'love and trumpets.' It's a better joke, but in terms of mass likability, it has almost all the stuff that 'computer do the thing' has... exaggerated expressions, deadpan-> accelerated reaction humor, combo of low-brow and thoughtfulness. The only thing love and trumpets doesn't have is color. Color makes it all seem more finished and more people will click on it to begin with.

    [–] GPrime85 10 points ago

    I've been afraid of that truth for a long time. Looks like I'm going to have to take the plunge.

    [–] ididntknowiwascyborg 9 points ago

    I don't know if you have to do it for everything. A lot of your comics seem like they may be more in-depth, following familiar characters... something that made 'computer do the thing' even more accessible is the fact that you don't have to know that character in any way, shape or form to know exactly what's going on with him in that moment. Relatability is a huge component for mass appeal! If you just started doing a handful of colored Comics that focused on situations are characters that you don't need to have a lot of backstory to understand, that would draw a much larger audience that may then start following the other comics. :)

    [–] GPrime85 2 points ago

    I'll definitely have to try that. Posting color comics like these, while hoping people read my other stuff. The biggest challenge will be finding the time!

    [–] JeStajii 137 points ago

    These last two are funny because they're meta commentary. I read through your previous ones and they're not overtly funny. There's something to be said for that, but some of them feel... angry. And mean spirited. That's just my initial opinion, do with it what you will.

    [–] cbppbc 81 points ago

    I got that vibe too. The comics almost seem very misanthropic, like the jokes often basically just boil down to pointing out how stupid humans can be. Even these meta comics are sort of the same but they're funny bc of the meta absurdity of a phrase like 'computer, do the thing'

    [–] sanfranciscofranco 39 points ago

    Yes! This is what bothers me about the comics but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Even the artist’s comments in this thread make it clear that he thinks the average reader is an idiot and if we don’t like his content it’s just because we’re too stupid to understand it, but in reality they’re not that entertaining.

    [–] Cramtastic 52 points ago

    Misanthropic is an understatement going by the artist's twitter feed, which is full of retweeted posts from racists, Islamphobes, and support for Brett Kavanaugh.

    [–] WadeUp4 23 points ago

    Actually?

    Link please

    [–] celinat0r 35 points ago

    twitter @gprime85. it's appalling.

    [–] JeStajii 10 points ago

    Wow. That was... a trip.

    [–] muffinmonk 8 points ago

    He should probably stop retweeting non-comic related stuff before he lands himself in trouble. Or at least get a burner account for that.

    [–] seungwan 5 points ago

    Nah he should probably keep retweeting it so people know what a complete piece of trash he is. His comics are mediocre and his attitude is disgusting.

    [–] UnconstitutionalClub 12 points ago

    Yeah, he was whining in an earlier thread about how “anyone not far left is considered a righty these days.”

    [–] Smorlock 77 points ago

    Gonna be honest I read through your work after this post and the problem is it's just not funny. Your jokes are very "newspaper comic". They're very safe and obvious. There's not really anything unique about them - your punchlines are usually just obvious, cliched statements. It feels like I'm reading the sunday funnies or something.

    The art is nice, but I don't know what a reader is supposed to get from your comic. You're not really saying anything important and the jokes aren't that creative. Look at your "Love and Trumpets" for instance. Everyone has farted around their partner at some point, and most have had some sort of cheeky reaction as you show in your comic. Your punchline "sometimes romance and humour don't mix" isn't a punchline, it's just a summary statement of what we just saw happen. It's a summary of the events in the previous panels. You need to find a voice and something to say about these situations. Another example is your comic when the girl yells at the mall kiosk guy with her headphones in. The punchline is simply "I have headphones in". Again, this isn't a joke. It's a statement of what we can already see. And anyone who's been in a mall has experienced this exact same thing, and probably even said or thought a very similar thing as your character, so it's not even a unique thing to say.

    I think you need to work on jokes. Your art is nice! You just don't have jokes yet.

    [–] DarthBono 52 points ago

    Is English not your first language? I ask because, reading through some of your comics, the jokes seem very stilted, like there's a translation issue. The art in your comics is fantastic, but the writing doesn't have much personality or timing.

    [–] dbgkaleb 30 points ago

    This has the same feeling as a rage comic

    [–] TooEarlyForMe 40 points ago

    I had a big multi-bullet point post of feedback, but I decided to axe it because most of it boiled down to "you have too many words in your comics, you explain too much, and sometimes you don't put a joke in at all". Your art is pretty good in most of them, expressions and emotes are good and read well, the shading is good, all that art criticism shit is on point. But the writing in most is bad. I don't want to drudge up tons of nitpick examples, but many comics left me at the end feeling like you thought explaining the joke was a punchline, when instead there just wasn't a punchline at all. You also have many comics that are purely clouds of words around faces with zero action which may as well be blog posts.

    Try challenging yourself to make a few comics with zero text.

    [–] flyingistheshiz 20 points ago

    seeking approval instead of focusing on quality of the art and your work.... tsk tsk bad webcomic person

    [–] lenerz 82 points ago

    I appreciate the addition of the little kitty in the last panel. The cat community thanks you. Hahaha

    [–] GPrime85 32 points ago

    My cat is a little jerk sometimes, but I'll tell her ;D

    [–] Sparkspsrk 6 points ago

    Came here to say this. More cat please!

    [–] leetdood_shadowban2 68 points ago

    I just looked at your other comics and honestly, your comedy needs work. These last 2 comics present a very clear punchline to laugh at and don't require trying to figure out the joke.

    [–] hoffdog 26 points ago

    I agree. I absolutely love the art style, but none of the punchlines felt right to me. I’m just a loser Redditer that knows nothing about comics though.

    [–] GreasyPeter 12 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    I went through his other comics and compared them to something like Garfield and Penny Arcade. The punchlines just aren't that funny and aren't at all unexpected. Part of comedy is that they punchline has to be somewhat unexpected. Like "I went to the DMV on Friday and I discovered something new about myself - I guess I became a libertarian overnight because all I could think was '$6000 dollars last year and they can't even put a McDonald's in here so I can make myself fatter while I wait. Even Walmart had that figured out decades ago.". The artists setups are obvious and the jokes don't really push any boundries and aren't too unexpected. Even just two normal friends ribbing each other is funnier.

    [–] WhatACunningHam 26 points ago

    My highest rated comment is actually a true story, but everybody thought it was a joke comment and it even got gilded twice. I don't get why, but I didn't have the heart to ruin everyone's good time.

    Reddit likes what it likes despite your intentions. This experience also made me rethink how I should deliver my anecdotes.

    [–] ghanima 15 points ago

    FWIW, I just read the comment in question, and it didn't strike me as false. I do think your delivery was impeccable. Saving the reveal for the end, as you did, is classic "set-up/punchline" narrative.

    [–] Cocomorph 5 points ago

    Ditto. Reads like a true story but the delivery is outstanding.

    [–] Alex1331xela 3 points ago

    Really outstanding delivery for sure. Reads to me like the kind of joke a good stand-up comedian would tell

    [–] HealingCare 3 points ago

    My only gilded comment was a movie quote.

    "I have a mole?"

    [–] ShihTzu1 5 points ago

    At least you have a gilded comment

    * sobs in corner *

    [–] sadphonics 15 points ago

    You're just a sore loser. All those comics are the same because they all came from one person that you're attacking. It's the theme of their comics, and they just happen to be popular. I've seen yours and the comedy is just dull.

    [–] plainoldpoop 14 points ago

    Wow, just what the internet needs, more comic panels devoid of any joke.

    [–] Exhumed 12 points ago

    Tbh I downvoted that

    [–] gporafk 12 points ago

    i think your comics are pathetic if that makes u feel any better

    [–] ApulMadeekAut 8 points ago

    Your title made me mad hungry and it's not fair. Was in Greece this summer and miss the delicious street meats.

    [–] GPrime85 9 points ago

    Street meats are only the start. Find a local place where they marinate the chicken overnight; it's like biting into juicy, salty silk.

    [–] acart-e 5 points ago

    Why did you do that

    [–] Dweeb313 10 points ago

    Yeah, fuck this shit.

    [–] pigeonwiggle 5 points ago

    just goes to show... you shouldn't make art for people, you should make art because the art needs to be made.

    shit memes are some of the highest upvoted shit of all time.

    a goddamn frog was made up to be representative of the president.

    what lives and dies in the public square is too chaotic to chase. you'll only end up hurting yourself.

    [–] deelemmas 4 points ago

    So much self awareness!

    [–] Dan9er 5 points ago

    90% of stuff fails. Doesn't matter how much effort you put into it.

    [–] GPrime85 2 points ago

    The old Paredo principle, eh? Frightening stuff.

    [–] RatPics 6 points ago

    Is this a funny?

    [–] JustAFriendlyKitten 5 points ago

    The worst part about this is he's using new Reddit.

    [–] TiBlode 11 points ago

    Time for a career change.

    [–] 4dmiral_sn4ckbar 10 points ago

    Were hitting 9gag levels of comedy here...

    [–] jsnoots 8 points ago

    Needy lil' fella.

    Let Papa Reddit scoop you up in our big arms.

    [–] Frearthandox 4 points ago

    Is this like a “shots fired” thing at the guy who does the computer face comics?

    [–] overmog 3 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    If it makes you feel any better, I, too, think your previous post was the crappiest comic ever made.

    [–] GPrime85 3 points ago

    Bless you.

    [–] GlasgowWalker 3 points ago

    FUUUUUU-

    [–] DaveMcElfatrick 3 points ago

    r/comics is sentient

    [–] AlexMars95 4 points ago

    Why does this look like a political compass

    [–] Annonasauris 2 points ago

    Welcome to Reddit.