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SYAC - Tropes Vs SYAC by TomPreston SYAC - Tropes Vs SYAC by TomPreston
Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
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I love the internet's obsession with categorizing jokes and humor into nice neat little boxes and check marks. That's such a beneficial past time that in no way stifles spontaneity and hinders creativity.

Because, you know, it's such a crime to tell a joke that might potentially sound or look like another joke told sometime during the course of all of human history...
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boshthehedgehog Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
I understand how that goes.  I've checked DA before to make sure someone hasn't done the exact same joke that I'm about to draw up.
ytsejam58 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Syac, something you actually created?
Also, dont worry about being original, almost nothing now adays is original anymore
boshthehedgehog Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
You got that right.
AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
i know the feels! XD
SynCallio Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tropes Are Tools.

I mean, yeah, it sucks to discover that what you've done has been done before. I think that's why C.S. Lewis said it's more important to strive to be "true" than to be "original".
TheNerdytimes Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Actually, TV Tropes does not endorse this.
Let's assume that you have a bunch of LEGO pieces and you use them to build a monument. Each LEGO piece represents a trope and the monument represents a certain influential work in a genre, such as Lord of the Rings or Super Mario Bros.. When people you show that monument to then like it, you decide to build another monument. Too bad you used all your LEGO pieces on that monument. So you take off some pieces from that monument and configure them in a different monument. Voilà - you have a new monument, using spare parts from your previous one! (The new monument represents an average work from the genre, such as Belgariad or Sonic the Hedgehog.)
Now here's the question: is the new monument automatically inferior to the previous one just because you built the previous one first? TV Tropes says no - every work should in fact judged by its own merits - not by how much tropes it has, but how it uses them.
Shades-of-gray-2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
lol I finally get this strip!!!!!
You did a comic and checked if it's original and found out it's not.
This comic on the other hand is not original when it comes to trying to be original.
Two jokes in one. LOL
xRoyDx Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The second panel really would't need any text
drunkcarl101 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I have that same feeling sometimes, I just don't want to look like a copycat...good thing I hardly post content here. Or anywhere.
captain-pie Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Artist
I can relate to a lot of these little comics you make, I like it.
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