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Superosity

I realized earlier that I wanted to write a post about Superosity while I am guest-blogging. Then, just moments ago, I realized that if I wanted to, there was nothing stopping me. So let's talk about Superosity.

Here are some important points I want to make about it. First, its good and you should be reading it. Second, Chris (the character, not the author) is one of the best scripted idiots I have ever seen. And Third, the last few plotlines have been a lot of fun.

I'm going to tackle those points in reverse order. Superosity is fun as well as funny. At the risk of sounding pretentious, it has a jovial air about it (I guess that wasn't a risk of sounding pretentious so much as an assurance of sounding pretentious). I think the best way to understand the tone of the strip is to recognize that the artwork embodies that tone. The most recent storylines involved the discovery of an evil anthropomorphic board (which gravitated towards Chris's evil brother Bobby), and a trip to an alien planet which used to have its own Canada but is currently overrun with angry seeming wizards. The strip updates seven times a week, which is an insane schedule (I find myself struggling with a three/week schedule).

Now, onto the second point. Oftentimes, comedy featuring an idiot is annoying rather than entertaining. Scripting an idiot is difficult work. There are a lot of annoying pitfalls that stupid characters tend to stumble into. And by annoying pitfalls I mean, "most of the time, if a charcter is an idiot, they will be annoying" and that is a pitfall. The best film exception I have seen of that might be "The Dinner Game," a French film in which snooty rich people invite idiots to dinner as a sort of contest, only the main character's chosen idiot winds up wreaking havoc with his whole life, and, obviously, hilarity ensues. In webcomics, on the other hand, the single best example of a non-annoying moron character is, for my money, Chris from Superosity. His stupidity is clever in a way that makes it quite entertaining. He's not boring, or arbitrarily random, and so his antics are legitimately funny. So, keep up the good work Chris Crosby.

And on to my final point. I assume that it is a very popular comic, but I don't see people talking about it. So, go read it if you don't already. Also, e-mail Chris Crosby and let him know if you want to see a Superosity book.

Re: Superosity

Chris Crosby's picture

Hmm. It says I earned 1 point by posting that. What does that mean, exactly?

If I earn 1000 points, will that get me a Comixtalk T-Shirt?

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Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Maybe... :)

It's a beta thing I am testing out. It counts stuff you do on the site (posts, comments, etc).

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Xaviar Xerexes

Oh yeah... this place is called ComixTalk now.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

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posiduck's picture

I have negative points for some reason. Am I losing at ComixTalk?

 

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Lewis Powell
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Lewis Powell
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Re: Superosity

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Not really, but that's why it's in "beta"...

 

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Xaviar Xerexes

Oh yeah... this place is called ComixTalk now.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

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posiduck's picture

Apparently editing a post means you lose points? That's an odd scoring system.

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Lewis Powell
(pictured above: a 'wax intellectual')

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Lewis Powell
(pictured above: a 'wax intellectual')

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Chris Crosby's picture

Thanks for the kind words!

It's not really a very popular comic (my other comic SORE THUMBS has about ten times the readership), so that is probably why you don't see people talking about it. It has more of a cult following, which means that its readership is small but quite insane. I love them all so much.

Re: Superosity

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Chris if you're still reading this do you think you'll be doing Superosity forever? Or could you see ending it someday.

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Xaviar Xerexes

Oh yeah... this place is called ComixTalk now.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

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Chris Crosby's picture

I think the only way I won't be doing the strip forever is if I'm doing an animated series with the same characters instead. I would probably end the strip to pour all my SUPEROSITY-related energies into the animated series. But that is extremely unlikely to ever happen, unless I get filthy rich, or I discover an insane SUPEROSITY fan who is filthy rich.

Basically, I just want to see the characters live on in some form of new storytelling forever.

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posiduck's picture

If Superosity isn't as popular as I was imagining, than I am glad I decided to post this. I've been seriously contemplating re-reading the archives because I'm impatient for more.

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Lewis Powell
(pictured above: a 'wax intellectual')

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Lewis Powell
(pictured above: a 'wax intellectual')