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SYAC - How to Use The Strawman Properly by TomPreston SYAC - How to Use The Strawman Properly by TomPreston
Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following syacartoonist.com/

...by BURNING THEM.

Seriously though, in my experience as a Z-list web comic artist nothing will get you busted down to the unspoken “don’t take seriously” list than by using strawman arguments in your comics. So my advice to anyone making web comics: Don’t use them... if you can help it.

Of course the bigger problem is that the vast majority of the internet doesn’t really know what a strawman argument actually IS... but that’s a different topic for a different day.
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Mavrickindigo Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This was made last year?

strange.
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Void-Wolf Mar 27, 2014  Student General Artist
You forgot the other way: use them to deflect crows, ravens and other scavengers 
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:iconguilrel:
And here I thought this was a comic about random fans asking artists (famous or otherwise) to put their characters into their stories.  Glad I was wrong. ^^; I think.... :confused:
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:icontumorfrog:
I agree that straw man arguments shouldn't be used, but I don't agree with the principle that they should be avoided because they ruin your reputation. That's a principle even a con artist could share. What about basic honesty and not leading people into error?
Principles aside, you say
the bigger problem is that the vast majority of the internet doesn’t really know what a strawman argument actually IS.
Say what? Are you trying to say that other people are at fault for failing to point out when you used a straw man?
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:iconlasermaster:
i know your post is like 3 months old but I think Dobson was trying to say that he doesn't actually use straw men arguments and that the whole internet was wrong about him.
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:icontumorfrog:
Nah, I don't agree. He has admitted that he based some comics on strawman arguments. 
I don't remember where he said that, but I do remember that he did say it.
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:iconlasermaster:
but then why did he add that statement at the end then?
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:icontumorfrog:
I believe it's a cheap shot at the world, an attempt to shift blame.  The comic hints at his realization that he was wrong, but he didn't want to stop at simply being wrong without bringing in a group of people who were also 'wrong' in his view (the ignorant people on the internet).  
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:iconfoxboyprower:
It didn't strike me that the strawman represented the strawman argument until I saw the description. Now it makes sense.
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:iconbhiggo:
Bhiggo Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here lies scarecrow.

If he only had a brain.
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