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First (and really the only part that I feel hasn't been expressed somewhere on Everything2) substantial part of this diatribe: the writing/jokes/whatever the hell it is. When you really look at the comic, the realization sets in that the vast majority of Illiad's ideas are actually just Slashdot headlines. Not that Slashdot is a bad thing, but to base an entire comic strip on it is both insane. This is especially apparent in the Sunday strips, but it shows up often enough in the regular strips to be annoying. The Metallica ordeal is an ideal example because the transition from headline to strip was virtually frictionless. Simply personify Metallica's request to ban Napster users into an overzealous man in black, and you get the same shit, only a different color. Don't even get me started about the tech support jokes.
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BTW...I understand that by capturing Illiad's strips, you're just wanting to illustrate your post. But aren't you crossing the "copyrighted material" boundary by copying samples of the strip and putting them out on Photobucket? I mean, I'm not trying to snark you or anything...I'm just not sure that dropping them out there would be within the "fair use" of Illiad's material...especially in the open where anyone can stumble across it without seeing the corresponding copyright warnings.
That said, I'm aware of the irony there, given the uproar that Illiad's use of MeFi's phrases stirred up. I'm just not sure if I, personally, would want to go there to illustrate my point.
I'll bow out now...again, no disrespect intended.
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