1.1: A New, High-Falutin' Web-Comic

  • ldnunes 2008-02-11 09:08
    Interesting idea! I hope this webcomic turn out to be really nice!

    captcha: odio. That's "hate" in portuguese. I hope it's not a bad omen...
  • Jonathan B 2008-02-11 09:13
    Me likes ;)
  • John Doe 2008-02-11 09:15
    Alex, thanks for giving another delay to really start the work week :) Shouldn't MFD be Mon(datory fun )day?

    By the way, It looks like Cobol Bill is wandering off to his scenic Waterfall model.
  • Matthew W. S. Bell 2008-02-11 09:31
    It is "IDEs" NOT "IDE's". BAD BAD BAD BAD.
  • Renegade 2008-02-11 09:35
    Matthew W. S. Bell:
    It is "IDEs" NOT "IDE's". BAD BAD BAD BAD.


    Yeah, but wouldn't that make it look like "ides" (as in the Ides of March) in the comic font?
  • NSCoder 2008-02-11 09:38
    Yeah, it's IDEs, not IDE's, because when the s is in lowercase it's easy to tell that it's not part of the acronym.

    Was anyone else reminded of one over zero by the first panel? Turns out Barnacle Jones doesn't have the same kind of hat though.
  • Eli 2008-02-11 09:46
    A 190kb PNG? Really?
  • elgate 2008-02-11 09:49
    COBOL Bill reminds me of Doug Pederson, minus the GOTO statements and video camera.
  • Anonymous Coward! 2008-02-11 09:51
    Good idea!
    I think I'm going do fscking love it!
  • AbbydonKrafts 2008-02-11 09:54
    Eli:
    A 190kb PNG? Really?


    That's what happens when they choose to use gradients in the background. Seriously -- remove the gradients.
  • Darth Mainer 2008-02-11 09:55
    Web comics: Somebody with no sense of humor, who can't draw, typing IT buzzwords and video game trivia into speech balloons.

    Aside from xkcd, web comics have no reason to exist. Please have the decency to kill this moronic thing.
  • Darth Mainer 2008-02-11 09:57
    Was I too subtle?

    YOU SUCK. STOP. NOW.
  • Cochrane 2008-02-11 10:02
    I'm willing to keep an open mind, but MFD #0 here was a failure. Well, let's what comes up next.
  • :-X 2008-02-11 10:05
    Interesting idea, but failed implementation. I look forward to the real (?) first one.
  • magetoo 2008-02-11 10:06
    It'll be interesting to see if this one also will fall into the no-update zone after 3-4 months, like so many others. But I am cautiously optimistic!

    But stop with the alt="" thing already. (1x1 px images are hard to load on demand.)
  • alexgieg 2008-02-11 10:07
    OMG! Look at his hand! HIS H-A-N-D! It doesn't have fingers, it has tubes! What, I guess, is okay for the internets. All of them.

    By the way, link to more webcomics, they're cool. I follow some of those you linked, plus others worth mentioning.

    Warning: the last two are furry ones, but fun nevertheless.
  • Rob 2008-02-11 10:08
    Oh Jesus Christ, seriously? The comic isn't funny. It's almost as bad as this site's latest layout.
  • FredSaw 2008-02-11 10:08
    Bucked off right out of the chute. Are you making fun of Texans again? Try again, cowboy.
  • Randomosity 2008-02-11 10:15
    Darth Mainer:
    Web comics: Somebody with no sense of humor, who can't draw, typing IT buzzwords and video game trivia into speech balloons.

    Aside from xkcd, web comics have no reason to exist. Please have the decency to kill this moronic thing.


    I think someone has a case of the Mondays.
  • jmcnary 2008-02-11 10:31
    Hmmm... Instead of having the web comic run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you should have it run on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. It fits the theme of the site better.
  • AlpineR 2008-02-11 10:34
    Episode 0 - Not funny. Episode 1 - I don't get it. But I usually like your sense of humor otherwise, so I hope it improves. A lot of paper comics that became classics were rough in the first few weeks. There's still hope.
  • AccessGuru 2008-02-11 10:37
    I LOVE this comic! I laughed out loud and forwarded it to my entire contact list of 431 people. When will there be another one? Will you post these on a regular basis?
  • shadowman 2008-02-11 10:39
    OK, I'm intrigued. Looking forward to it...
  • Adam 2008-02-11 10:45
    Maybe you could keep the comic, but arrange for it to be announced via a different RSS feed, so that people can follow just that, or just the WTFs, or both, as they wish?
  • John Cowan 2008-02-11 11:00
    It's "dad-gummit", not "dag-gummit". My wife's a native "dad-gummit" speaker (really), so I should know.
  • Gerrard Iaroos 2008-02-11 11:19
    Honnestly, I think you should have ran this comic on W-T-F instead of M-W-F.
  • 604 2008-02-11 11:30
    "Web comics: Somebody with no sense of humor, who can't draw, typing IT buzzwords and video game trivia into speech balloons.

    Aside from xkcd, web comics have no reason to exist. Please have the decency to kill this moronic thing."

    Nonsense, although XKCD might be the best of the lot. Web-comics are awesome in that they are (to me at least) what the internet is all about. Anyone being able to reach a global audience with their message. In that capacity web-comics are so much more noble than "plz buy my v1a6r4."
  • J 2008-02-11 11:45
    When I saw that comic, I thought it would be a WTF. Please tell us you didn't intentionally, unironically create (or outsource) something that unfunny and poorly drawn.

    How can someone so adept at spotting wretched code be blind to the wretchedness of this drawing and attempted humor?
  • Someone (me) 2008-02-11 12:21
    Wow, a discussion about web comics, and no one mentioned yet User Friendly?
  • D. T. North 2008-02-11 12:41
    Kill the comic. Not a bad idea...but I think it somehow lessens the value of your site.

    Besides...it's not worth anything if you don't first print it out and take a photograph of it on a wooden table.
  • D. T. North 2008-02-11 12:42
    D. T. North:
    Kill the comic. Not a bad idea...but I think it somehow lessens the value of your site.

    Besides...it's not worth anything if you don't first print it out and take a photograph of it on a wooden table.


    Quick clarification...others have a website dedicated to their web comic. Your site doesn't need a web comic...it has real content. The comic will just be ignored.
  • Zylon 2008-02-11 12:56
    Darth Mainer:
    Web comics: Somebody with no sense of humor, who can't draw, typing IT buzzwords and video game trivia into speech balloons.

    Troll: -1
  • Steve Evans 2008-02-11 12:59
    Where did you get the name Gilroy? Is it in any way related to the city in California?
  • tlh 2008-02-11 13:25
    Bad title. As in..I can't see it from work. I'll have to wait another 4 hours and try to remember to look at it form home, do to the completely twisted settings the IT person at our corporate office has set for out internet.
    It tells me that the article is "games"
    of course these are the same settings that told me "Craigslist.com" was porn.
    But either way, I cant see the comic from here, adn Im very sad.
  • Jack 2008-02-11 13:55
    It's official, this site is stupid, now. There's just too much boring content. It's obviously just been added to have people clicking more and loading more ads out of some misguided sense of duty to absorb the kind of content we used to get here.
    Your comic sucks - stick to what you're good at. I am not opposed to you doing whatever labors of love you enjoy, and I'm sure you'll get a few laughs eventually, but it's just shitting up this area, even more than it's already been polluted by every other new boring feature. Put it in a separate area.
  • Smash 2008-02-11 14:40
    Jack, no one is pushing you to come here see the oh so boring content. Personally, I did not like the comic, but I'll wait a few more turns before I file it under "crap". Chances are, it will get better in a few editions. As for the rest of the site, my only complaint is the color scheme.

    On the other hand, I think it would be nicer not having the strip image displayed on the first page. This way, whoever doesn't like it may just ignore it, and it would also be better for people who access TDWTF from their workplaces.
  • Smash 2008-02-11 14:53
    And I forgot to mention, since the subject is webcomics my favorite is The Order of The Stick. Here are two of my fav strips: this one and that one
  • Thelonious 2008-02-11 14:58
    dag-gummit: Error
    dad-gummit: Correct
    dag-nabbit: Correct
  • Nomen Nescio 2008-02-11 15:08
    Gilroy the city was named after Gilroy the person. Perfectly good name.

    Comic's good, keep it! But don't kill off Cobol Bill in the first ep!
  • Mr. Boo-urns 2008-02-11 15:19
    Boo.

    This is neither funny, nor drawn well.
  • Jon 2008-02-11 16:21
    Someone (me):
    Wow, a discussion about web comics, and no one mentioned yet User Friendly?
    User Friendly isn't even slightly funny.
  • notJoeKing 2008-02-11 16:44
    Jon:
    Someone (me):
    Wow, a discussion about web comics, and no one mentioned yet User Friendly?
    User Friendly isn't even slightly funny.


    Man I just read the current and last weeks comics... how nerdy do you have to be to find any of that crap funny?
  • real_aardvark 2008-02-11 17:29
    Steve Evans:
    Where did you get the name Gilroy? Is it in any way related to the city in California?

    Well, genetically, he would only be related if his head is shaped like a garlic bulb.

    So, unlikely.
  • Anon 2008-02-11 21:38
    You need a better artist.
  • Geoff 2008-02-11 23:29
    How has nobody mentioned Penny Arcade?
  • Sebastian M 2008-02-12 01:48
    I have seen how you replied to people's comments on the name change, but I will still venture my two cents. (I cant find the link, damn!!!, but of course it is your site and yours alone, no-one is questioning that)

    I won't comment on how funny or unfunny the comics are , until I see quite a few.
    But Alex, do you really need this?
    I mean, the people who take the time come here, I doubt they are going to go away because you don't feature a comic. I for one, already get what I want here.
    Don't you Americans have an expression about not fixing what is not broken?

    I sure hope you wont be typing "New New New New New New Alex", a few months from now.
  • Flasher T 2008-02-12 02:44
    http://www.coboloncogs.org/INDEX.HTM

    COBOL LIVES!
  • minini 2008-02-12 03:36
    bwahahaa, too much text to read on a coffee less morning. anyone told you that comics are not about text? skipping.
  • bau de jogos 2008-02-12 06:52
    only the Perry Bible is worth mentioning

    sexylosers is ok too
  • KenW 2008-02-12 08:56
    Jack:
    It's official, this site is stupid, now.


    It's official. You've been upgraded from standard troll to moronic troll.

    If the site is too stupid for you, stay the f*&% away. Don't point your browser here. Don't read the articles or comic. Don't waste our time with your moronic nonsense.
  • Daniel Beardsmore 2008-02-12 10:44
    bau de jogos:
    sexylosers is ok too


    I miss that site, I wish it hadn't died. Still, it's not quite dead, not quite ... There's hope yet.
  • Matthew W. S. Bell 2008-02-12 10:48
    The use a better font...
  • s0be 2008-02-12 11:13
    I was reminded of 'The stranger' from The Big Lebowski.
  • George E. Mcdougall 2008-02-12 12:16
    His hands are supposed to be beat up, because he's been typing cobol his whole life. I promise better comics in the future.
  • Enric Naval 2008-02-12 17:00
    What about making a webcomic about an anthropomorphic wolf that is trained as engineer? A female wolf. On space. Trained on spaceship engineering. Surroended by robots whose programation is a whole WTF on itself. Oh, wait, it's already been done.
  • El_Heffe 2008-02-12 20:39
    Great. Just what the world need. Another lame, unfunny, badly drawn piece of crap.

    Forget episodes 2 - 25. Please do us all a favor and kill it now.

  • Brad 2008-02-13 11:14
    George,

    Remember that it is easy to be critical, but it is difficult to produce. I would not worry at all about the ones that are overly critical of the strip, but take the ones that have constructive comments and try and apply them (for instance reducing the size of the image). That of course means that you will probably get someone else upset that it is now in black & white, but you can't please everyone.

    Personally, I thought the strip was funny, and it certainly was much better than I could have come up with!!!
  • Daniel 2008-02-13 12:15
    Without making any statements to the merits of this comic, would it be possible to get an RSS feed of the site which doesn't include it? It's just: comics are not why I read this website, it seems a little arbitrary and random to be including one here.
  • BlakeMadden 2008-02-13 12:43
    I got a chuckle out of these, cut this guy some slack. Nothing but a bunch of haters up in here.
  • Xalphox 2008-02-13 15:43
    Darth Mainer:
    Web comics: Somebody with no sense of humor, who can't draw, typing IT buzzwords and video game trivia into speech balloons.

    Aside from xkcd, web comics have no reason to exist. Please have the decency to kill this moronic thing.


    It wins, you fail, deal with it.
  • Eric Neumann 2008-02-13 16:09
    Rob:
    Oh Jesus Christ, seriously? The comic isn't funny. It's almost as bad as this site's latest layout.


    I agree. The daily wtf is just that. However, the REAL WTF is that shitty comic strip.
  • B-Rowdy the Grammarian 2008-02-13 16:38
    IDE's is actually correct. Just like CD's, CEO's, etc. Apostrophe "s" shows that an acronym is plural.
  • david 2008-02-13 16:55
    You don't type COBOL, you write in on the coding sheet. The data entry staff type it from the coding sheet.
  • mikeh 2008-02-13 17:11
    Alex said: "Igorning MFD is actually amazingly easily in this case. Here's how! if (rssTitle.startsWith("Mandatory Fun Day:") || webTitle.IsColor("Obsidianish") ignore();."

    It's not the fact that I don't find it funny*, or I don't visit here to read a webcomic, it's that a M-W-F run means there are going to be two or three of these clogging up the front page every time I visit. I don't read by RSS. I'm one of the people that uses a web browser to read, and might even click a revenue generating ad or two. If the actual comic was cut off and I had to click through to see it, it wouldn't bother me in the slightest. I might even check it out from time to time. As it is, it's like a huge, unfunny* banner ad, interrupting what I visit for.

    * Humor being extremely subjective, I must add the disclaimer that I don't find it funny, but what do I know?
  • non-imus 2008-02-14 00:00
    FAIL!
    While you're right that leaving out what was always a required apostrophe is now becoming (~has become) acceptable, in no case is that apostrophe 'wrong'. I still consider people who write about PCs to be somewhat illiterate.
  • J 2008-02-14 11:30
    "And just when that happens, I’ll run out of jokes."

    Whoa! You mean there are jokes in there? Do we get a prize for finding them? :-)

  • Militis Sanctus 2008-02-15 14:02
    I swear this makes me sick to my stomach...

    ...I hired on for what I thought was a .NET job, and somehow I'm programming COBOL now...

    *heavy sigh*
  • Jeff C 2008-02-20 05:29
    I like Web-comics. Read them all the time. I also love this site. I guess it's a case of your peanut butter in my chocolate. My biggest problem with this site is the coding stories. I don't write code and just don't get the jokes. Couldn't you just remove that for my convenience? Or maybe you could create a WTF that uses Gadgets, like iGoogle. That's trendy now, right. I would just go to the WTF homepage and pick which categories I wanted to display. Then I couldn't complain about all the crap you make me read to get to the good stuff. Not that I think any of it is crap. Except the original coding stuff. Who thinks coding is funny. That, of course, is the REAL WTF. LOL
    Keep up the good work guys.
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  • tharpa 2010-08-04 11:40
    How about, "Dog-gone-it"?

    Also, why are there are replies to comments that are not on the main comment page? I am glad to be able to see them, but I don't understand why they were moved from the main comment page.