In the world of dead tree comic books, 98% of the bad stuff out there is superhero comics. (You want to know more about the failings of the dead tree comic industry? Go read Warren Ellis’s “The Old Bastard Manifesto”. Go read it anyway – so much stuff in there applies to webcomics, with slight contextual differences.) In the world of webcomics, the bad stuff generally falls into four different categories:
1. An American pretending he’s Japanese, trying to write manga, and failing. (More on why this is bad in another rant.)
2. Wacky students go to Wacky University and have Wacky Antics together. (More often than not, this is a vanity comic. To those of you doing this: if the best thing you can think of to do with your time is to write a comic about yourself, except where you live in a universe where your life isn’t pathetic, your acne problems have disappeared, you’ve lost fifty pounds and you actually get nookie occasionally, then you may as well just go do unmentionable things while looking at porn. They’re both the same thing, and doing the unmentionable thing is probably more fun.)
3. Gaming humour. Sprites may be involved.
4. Geek humour. (Ha-hah-hah, Linux, etc.)
Sometimes you get a heady fusion of all four, and then you know you’re really in trouble. Manga written by Americans about wacky gaming geek university students? Bleargh.