Well, not really.
But this is about an article about that same topic -> http://deathtotheuniverse.blogspot.com/2011/03/coming-thing.html
Some people took offense to this guy’s disregard for Penny Arcade as a “good comic.” Now, I don’t think this guy is really a decent critic to begin with, reading some of his other articles (I mean, “blah blah blah all comics should be equally famous blah blah blah art sucks I’m emo blah bleh” is the gist of most of it). However, I’m also going to just to inject that not even Jerry and Mike think their own comic is that great. So LOLz.
To sum up my thoughts, here’s what I posted in yet another forum that I frequent (this makes the count 17 forums now):
I don’t mind gimmicks in webcomics. In some instances, they work really well (like MS Paint Adventures or Carpe Chaos). I also don’t mind standard, normal formats, with three panels, six panels or nine panel set ups. Or something like Lackadaisy or Dresden Codiak, where the panels are inserted into a larger picture.
The reality is that I read webcomics whose stories are powerful and/or engaging to me. I don’t care about how original or pretty they are. I don’t really care about layout or gimmicks, either. While they are a form of art, they aren’t exactly what I consider on the level of Michelangelo. Nor do they need be, since their entire purpose (to me) is to entertain.
As for people hating on Penny Arcade, it’s understandable. The comic isn’t ground-breaking or extremely artistic in nature. Yet it gets a lot of attention and tons of readers, which makes other artists or people who want a lot from comics dislike it. I think it’s proven that the reason why people read Penny Arcade is because of three things:
1. They read it for the rants first, and the comic second. The comic is mostly icing on the cake.
2. They understand and enjoy the humor of Penny Arcade, which is more about picking on the broken industry of video games.
3. Penny Arcade is more than just the comic. It’s also an awesome culture/society. One that has two gaming conventions that are separately greater than E3 is. One where people can get together and not hate on each other, while enjoying totally geeky things (such as video games, anime and nerdcore).
Mike Krahulik – a personal friend of mine and artist of the site – does so much more than just the comic. He does awesome art for other things. Such as he illustrated the story for a Prince of Persia game. And does tons of art for EA favorites, such as Dragon Age and Rainbow Six. He’s illustrated cards for the WoW CCG. He’s made art for Dungeons and Dragons. He does art for great charities, and actually gives away a lot of money to encourage other artists to keep growing. So people who read Penny Arcade are somewhat doing it to keep up with Mike as well.
As Gerald (Mike’s partner and sort-of my friend) has made mention – they don’t plan on doing this forever. They don’t even understand what makes them so popular. They don’t think the comic is that great, to be honest. They just do what needs to be done with the influence they have to try and improve an industry that they love. And to help other people.
So in reality, it’s not the art that really makes a webcomic. It’s the story and the community that grows around the comic. The artist/writer is more important, really. They make the entire endeavor enjoyable, and the more realistic they are, the better their comic is.