So here's the main difference between me and Jeph Jacques.
When I want to stab someone in the eye, I have long, complicated, and generally vicious fantasies about it; I imagine the implements I would use and the exquisite pain they would feel as their aqueous humor oozes from its casing. But when Jeph Jacques wants to stab someone in the eye, he makes fun of them in a terrifyingly apt and productive way.
Given that he's a successful cartoonist and I'm some chick blogging about webcomics, I'm sure there's a lesson in there somewhere.
Anyhoos, Mr. Jacques stumbled across this gem, a comic that will, in the coming months, be syndicated in the printed funny pages. So, rather than simply plotting the deaths of those who run the syndicates, Jacques threw out this challenge to comic artists across the world wide web: reimagine your own comic as a crappy syndicated comic. For good measure, he sketched up a syndicated version of his own webcomic Questionable Content.
You can check out the entries as the roll in at the Twitter topic #ifitweresyndicated, but here are a few of the early highlights:
- HijiNKS Ensue, pictured at the top, not only features a hi-larious moment of confusion, it also contains an important lesson: not all movie downloading is illegal.
- Octopus Pie translates one of its pages into a four-panel strip, complete with editors' notes. Note to aspiring comic creators: you readers are morons.
- Unshelved finally cashes in on that one librarian joke you just know they've been dying to use but never dared touch.
- Just A Bit Off apes the immortal edge and relevance of Blondie.
- For Edmund Finney, Dan Long takes the imagined syndicated comic through its glory days, its 25-year mark, and the "ready for retirement" comic.
- Diesel Sweeties used to be syndicated, and R Stevens has posted what things would look like if it still were.