Comic 163 - Philosophising

9th Nov 2010, 6:30 PM in Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey
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Hang on. If this is the past, that means I'm from the future. Which means I'm actually future!Ebony. Which means… that my brain just exploded.

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Author Notes:

@Snowyowl: It's pretty much as the Author pointed out in the comic; while an author may be generally benevolent, the greatest commitment of any author shall always be to entertain the readers. Thus, bad stuff must occur, such that stuff actually happens.

The suffering of Twilight fans isn't bad stuff, incidentally. By any reasonable definition, that's good stuff; it's providing the characters with a source of entertainment, and indirectly doing the same for the readers. The simple presence of Twilight fans falls squarely under the "bad stuff" category, however.

@The One Guy: I'd ask for a link, but if I were to actually read it I'd probably end up subconsciously plagiarising all of their meta content. :|

And linking is allowed, BBCode style ([url= address]site[/url])

@mystical vistor: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Good one!


9th Nov 2010, 8:59 PM
I think this is called the "Problem of Evil". If a benevolent omnipotent entity exists (i.e. the Author), then there should be no bad things happening in the world. However, the Author is not actually benevolent, and in fact finds the suffering of Twilight fans deeply amusing.
Q.E.D: Bad stuff.

10th Nov 2010, 5:42 PM
This is sounding like a recent discussion in Reasonably Clever's Brick House webcomic. ... Actually, it just occurred to me how similar that comic and this one are: No fourth wall, the author directly interacting with the characters, plot holes as plot devices, interuniversal time travel, a plot that often gets twisted in a knot, and the list goes on.

10th Nov 2010, 6:21 PM
Responce to your reply in the anotation: I wasn't sure if links were allowed in this comment system or not.

26th Nov 2010, 6:26 PM
but you never steal any ideas from anyone ever ever ever - a wholly original work!



Trope-tan: You're sure that the Narrator's sudden omnipotence and plot to rule the universe is not a problem?
The Author: I'm the *Author*. I've already fixed it.
I have complete control over absolutely everything in the comic…

Jane: Then how will I manage to win in the space snowball fight?
The Author: … except for predestination.
Nothing can fight predestination.

Trope-tan: Hey, Author. Why do bad things happen in the comic?
The Author: Bad things?
Trope-tan: Plot holes, horrifying Things from outside the universe, people who like Twilight. Those sorts of bad things.
Jane: Good question. If you're omnipotent, why are you allowing these terrible things to occur?

The Author: That would be because the purpose of the comic is to entertain the readers.
And a comic in which no bad things happen is a comic in which absolutely nothing happens.
Trope-tan: Ah, of course.

The Author: Also, beating the crap out of people who like Twilight is fun, no?
Trope-tan: Yes, yes it is. I thank you for that particular opportunity.
The Author (quietly): Um, now your eyes are doing that thing.
Trope-tan (quietly): Only because that's how you're drawing them. Baka.

Jane: Well, I think it's possible to produce a decent work without bad things in it.
The Author: Challenge accepted! From this point onwards, absolutely no bad things will happen in the comic!


Jane: Um, I'm pretty sure The Red Shirt just died. Again.
The Author: I meant from the next *page*, okay?


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