Xaviar Xerexes

Wandering webcomic ronin. Created Comixpedia (2002-2005) and ComixTalk (2006-2012; 2016-?). Made a lot of unfinished comics and novels.


  1. Y’know guys, that 20 Questions style interview is a really good idea that I think you should *ahem* “adopt” for this site. Since they could be standardized questions, it’ll be easy for you to send them around, and since the format is perfectly suited for quick smartassed comments, you’d probably have a good chance of getting even the more busy webcartoonists to do it.

  2. I’ve been contemplating the use of grading comics using numbers as tart does in their reviews (which usually are quite good reviews though). They say that 5-6 is average, but only a few of the comics reviewed get that score and even fewer get a lower score. I can’t believe that there aren’t more crappy comics out there.
    I did some counting and found that the average score of this months 38 reviews is 7,3 and last months 31 reviews get a score of 7,7 (a score of 7 and 8 is above average according to the legend). I wonder how they assign who reviews what or if the reviewers simply write about series they themselves follow, which would explain why the grades are high.

  3. While I don’t usually say much in the interests of keeping an imprtial stance, I will say this: I am very much *against* graded systems, because it’s nigh-impossible to keep a consistent grading curve amongst multiple reviewers.

    Reviews, like it or not, are very SUBJECTIVE, and thus any quantitaive value assigned to them must be taken with a huge grain of salt.

    That’s all I can say without getting too subjective on the subject of ‘Tart reviews, myself.

  4. I agree with Damonk.

    It seems to me the issue isn’t whether or not plenty of webcomics are crappy, but whether crappy comics are worth reviewing at all. The grading systems for movie reviews usually assign very few D’s and F’s, but maybe that’s because an F-film doesn’t really NEED writing about. Let Horny Biker Sluts 3 remain in its well-deserved obscurity.

    The big exceptions to this rule are when a film is unduly popular (“Why is everyone watching this piece of CRAP?”) or features talent that should really know better (“What’s he/she doing writing/directing/acting in/gaffing this piece of CRAP?”). Webcomics, well, we have only a few examples of the first kind (though I could name some names), and hardly any of the second (though there are a few webcomics where one untalented partner seems to be dragging down another).

    I like Comixpedia, though, because it’s tough even on strips that have large fan followings.

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