Sluggy Freelance by Pete Abrams (with occasional guest appearances by Shirtguy Tom)
"Did you ever wonder what would happen if a computer nerd, his demon-summoning best-friend, the world's unluckiest college co-ed, a ferret on a sugar-high, a form-changing alien and an absolutely evil mini-lop got together in an online comic?"
You'll probably want to start here: http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=970825
A grown man punting a kitten who was looking the other way... It was the bravest thing I've ever seen. -- Torg
Sluggy Freelance is amazing. Pete Abrams only distributes the comic via sluggy.com; no newspapers, nothing. He is almost making enough revenue from the site to quit his normal existence. (or maybe he has by now) I bought a Bunbun hat! -- SunirShah
I got ripped off when buying a Zoe t-shirt. I often wish SluggyFreelance
would use less crazy storylines and glitz and more sneaky tricks like CalvinAndHobbes
. -- OriFolger?
SF also supports a growing community of rabid fans with nothing better to do with their time than drool over "canon" (see IfYouDontLikeItDontClickOnIt
), and produce insipid fan-art like this:
Sluggy achieves what many elements of our society only approach - an absolute moral vacuum. -- PhlIp
"Time to die, Bun Bun!" -- Rat (in 1992, BTW) (The rabbit wins in the end, natch...)
Check out http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=990412&mode=weekly
for my favourite time-travel sequence ever!
SLUGGY IS GODLY!
Slugginess is next to Godliness? ;-)
Sluggy Haiku (sans seasonal weather references):
A tender moment
A boy and his mini-lop
Time to die, nerd boy!
Visitors take heed
There is one thing to be learned
Don't touch the bunny
A rabbit answers the phone
Death will come swiftly
Web comics there are
numerous, seriously try
(googling = 2)
Of particular interest to SoftwareEngineer
s is Pete Abrams's relationship to his CustomerTeam
. As an early WebComic?
, Sluggy has several forums and mailing lists teeming and teaming with fan-boys and -girls.
Like most of UseNet
, their links to reality are tenuous at best. Because one of Sluggy's best loved characters is an evil bunny with a switch-blade, they tend to start screaming in protest each time Abrams dares to run a strip lacking a quorum of the beloved main characters.
A healthy project would employ a CustomerLiaison?
to sort these things out. But because Pete himself participates in these online discussions - both his duty and his daily 'net habit - he gets a very skewed version of PetitionTheKing?
Two of his story lines, Punyverse
and Oceans Unmoving
, were miniature epics, and the products of an artist in his prime. And Pete has found himself publicly apologizing
for these majestic stories.
The lesson for Pete is obvious - if someone could scream it loud enough at him over the din of the asylum. The lesson for programmers is that GroupThink
among the EndUser
s is not the same thing as an OnsiteCustomer
who speaks with one (sane) voice!