2 – Of Slash and Porn

LATER EDIT: I reuploaded the comic (thanks, Brandon. You rock.) and it should work fine now.

4 - Pervert Inside

Silverbolt

The second post. Wow…we’ve gotten this far. With this occasion I would like to remind everyone that this blog comes with a RSS feed and I recommend subscribing to it (link’s at the bottom) to more easily get notified when we update. Now, onward with the commentary!

Ah, the giant pencil…it brings back memories. Yes, Silv did do something bad with the pencil in an earlier comic from the Life and Times @ Skwid’s Lair series, which I will once again recommend you read if you have not done so already. This reference is to episode 17 – Comeuppance in particular. By the way, that is my actual desktop on the PC, heh heh. You can also see a screenshot of Skwid’s Lair in the second panel.

While the names to the pornographic material referred to in this strip were made up, I cannot vouch that somewhere in an obscure corner of the world they do not exist. As a matter of fact, it’s highly probable that they do. Rule 34: “If it exists, there’s porn of it. No exceptions.” In layman’s terms, that means “THERE’S PORN OF EVERYTHING!!1”. For more information on Rule 34 check Encyclopaedia Dramatica (link is in “Silverbolt’s Stuff” under Miscellaneous in the sidebar). I won’t link directly because the article contains actual porn. And I’m not that depraved just yet.

You may also notice the term slashfiction being used in the strip. For those of you who do not know, slashfiction (or slashfics) are a form of fanfiction that mainly revolve around sex (almost exclusively homosexual). Now while my opinion is that 70% or so of all fanfics out there are below par (hell, I’ve written some crappy works myself in my early days) I admit that there are, still, some good ones out there. However, I will never understand the appeal of slashfics. First off, most of them have absolutely NO relevance to the setting they’re inspired from and have no connection to it whatsoever aside from the characters. I have nothing against erotic (or homoerotic) literature, but if you’re going to write it, you could at LEAST create your own characters. It’s not like they need to be complex and profound just to have buttsecks. Leave other people’s creations out of it.

I had a very interesting discussion with someone once who said he thought that slashfics are, like any other work of literature, a form of art and the authors’ way of saying they liked the setting they used as inspiration. I disagreed. I will never view slashfics as anything else than a more or less literal rape of the original setting. Tolkien or any other creator, artist or writer would be rolling in their graves if they saw what people are doing to their characters. It’s my opinion and I stand by it.

By the way, never listen to me. If you want to find out more about slashfics read the Wikipedia article and the Encyclopaedia Dramatica article entitled “Slashfic”. Again, there is actual porn on the page and SOME PEOPLE DON’T READ THE WARNINGS, THEN START BITCHING ABOUT BEING LINKED TO PR0N. So go to ED’s homepage and search for yourself, if interested. Form your own opinion on the topic.

Moving on to brighter and more pleasant things, Cheap Rip-Off Comics Inc. now has an Archive page containing all the comics published so far. Makes browsing much easier.

Additionally, there is now a (for the moment short) FAQ section on the Feedback page. Check back often, for it might grow in size.

Also, I’ve found some fun features with WordPress’ service. I can see the IPs of the people that post and they tell me where they post from (though it’s not always accurate and for some strange reason it thinks I’m in Amsterdam), I can see where the incoming hits have come from (so if one of you advertises for us, we’ll know and be grateful ;)), I can see what links you click on from this blog and most importantly and most fun, I can see what search engine queries you use to get here! Here are some:

– this comic sucks penny arcade ripoff, 1 view

– surviving velociraptor attacks, 1 view

– penny arcade ripoff this comic sucks, 1 view

Now, the first and last are no big mystery, though a tad unflattering, as they’re random words that have appeared on this blog. Why someone would search for that is unknown to me, but I hope that in coming here he has found what he was searching for.

“Surviving Velociraptor Attacks” is another story, however. It is a phrase I have used in my description of xkcd in my links page. A poor soul, however, clicked on the Cheap Rip-Off result in his search engine hoping to find tips on how to survive a velociraptor attack and instead found only lulz. Maybe he was desperate. Maybe he was behind a door and the velociraptor was about to open it and his last hope was finding online tips from his laptop. Maybe he hopefully clicked on the link and was devoured while reading The Generic Adventures of Looshkin and Silverbolt. I may have unwillingly caused a person’s death…

Wow! That makes me feel important and relevant all of a sudden. ^_^

Until next time, have a very generic day. And steer clear of raptors.

~Silverbolt

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takethis Well it’s taken me long enough to make this one, thought I’d better finish it off before Silv decides to destroy more of my hard work.

Three hours into making the screen shots, guess who bothers me on MSN. You guessed right, Silv. My g-mod has a funny habit, if I switch to another program whilst it is running, it crashes. Silv is bugging me to give him the link to my avatar (which I’m not keeping constant anyway, so ‘pfft’), and the game dies.

Three hours of posing and I’ve lost everything, however, I had managed to take the first four pictures, and set up the living room so that it can be used for future comics. Well, it really pissed me off to no end. So I shouted at Silv for a bit, went and watched CSI: Las Vegas, ate a sandwich and struggled to get the pictures taken.

That was on Saturday, I didn’t start the editing and layout till this morning. Reason for the delay, worked all day Sunday, and Monday I was ill and spent the entire day in bed. Still haven’t been to bed yet. On a caffeine buzz at the moment.

In any case I hope you enjoy today’s comic, almost as much as I enjoyed making it. Um…actually, just enjoy it normally, my way was violent.

Have a Generic Day, or somesuch nonsense.

~ Looshkin, prophet to the masses.

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4 Responses to “2 – Of Slash and Porn”

  1. Dani Says:

    It looks really good so far, but a bit of the last three panels is cut off…I’m missing it. :'(

    Look, you made me cry. So mean.

  2. Silverbolt Says:

    I sincerely don’t know what could be wrong. I’ll ask some more people if they see all of it (me and Loosh both did) and I’ll get back to you. Maybe it’s your browser?

    LATER EDIT: Everyone else I asked saw it fine. I’ll talk to Loosh when I see him online and re-upload the file. (I just realized I can’t see the credit bit myself)

  3. Looshkin Says:

    I can see it all. It must be you guys.

  4. Silverbolt Says:

    I can’t see it anymore either, Loosh (half of the final panels). Email it to me and I’ll re-upload it. Axel’s had the same problem as well.

    Must be some selective error with the file…

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