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SYAC - Memetastic by TomPreston SYAC - Memetastic by TomPreston
Copyright 2011 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following [link]

Over on SYAC and Tumblr I wrote this as the description:

Memes are fun and all... but they're also kinda starting to wear out their welcome. Don't get me wrong, I think they're funny too... but if you're making entire comics using only popular stock expressions/images like these just to be "funny," you're not exactly developing your artistic skills.

Again, nothing against memes. They're cool... I just think wannabe comic artists could afford to try and spend more time learning how to draw facial expressions and communicating emotions without resorting to copy/pastes like these to tell a story/joke.

And judging by the responses I got from people (mostly from tumblr) I need to clarify...

I’m well aware that rage comics (and the rage comics builder) are designed around the idea that people who can’t draw can still make comics. There is nothing inherently wrong with that. I am also not suggesting that there are artists who only draw rage comics like this (though there probably are).

But I am saying that inserting an established meme into your comic is a cheap cop-out to actually conveying a genuine and meaningful expression. Unless it’s the intended purpose of your comic, do your best to not use stock icons, symbols, and expressions.

And before any of you point this out, this is an issue that we ALL must work on, including myself.
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KendallCollins Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All the memes...........

.....except the one I made: [link]
CsioSoft Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icony-u-noplz: why you N2O3 (nitrogen-oxide)?
ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Rage comics... I prefer XKCD instead.
KaiserEdo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
memes possibly existed since the dawn of time, though.
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Writer
ha ha ha ha ha
WastelandWaffle Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
ya bra
Marchimi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I don't see the difference from this comic and your usual comics.
TsawlaEltuTsamsiyu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a fact.
llamafemale Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
I AGREE! Plus, a lot of the time its the same joke, but with a slightly different situation e.g. the Y U No guy
LederHozen Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand the message of this comic/piece, but I want to input my own opinion.

I'm a fan of rage comics, I love reading them all the time for the funny stories they tell, they're quick, easy, relatable, and many sites offer templates. I'm also a fan of high quality comics people all over the net do.

Not everyone can draw, it's the sad truth, and yes people can learn, but some people just will not choose to. I'm a horrible writer, even though I can learn to write better, that's why I have a friend who helps me write, while I help her draw.

I've made rage comics here and there, but since they take so little of my time, I still have plenty of time to practice and draw.
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