Depending on who you are, the GoF is either "a comic that's just a bunch of pictures with a filter added on top" or "a comic that uses the rarely seen rotoscope effect to give it a very distinct style.
Here's a few of the reviews The GoF has received since it opened on August 2nd, 2010.
For a few hours I was deemed worthy of the attention of the trolls at Forumopolis.
Here's the original post:
I don't normally celebrate things like this, but I have come to realize that one isn't truly successful on the internet until other people make point-by-point explanations of WHY you're so horrible. Basically, it looks like this user(Human) read the 5 or so most recent comics, then went back to the beginning. He's got a nice spread from all over the comic(i.e. he didn't just link the 5 most recent comics or the first few) which leads me to believe that he did, in fact, read through a large chunk of the archive.
Some notable responses:
"It's like someone put extra work into that comic of the guy who just points at a blackboard."
"Oh my God, he encompasses everything that is wrong with nerds. He's a living, breathing stereotype."
"Dickwolf T-shirt Owner: The Webcomic"
"for when the ladder theory alone just ISN'T HORRIBLE ENOUGH."
"have you no shame sir"
"it's amazing that the guy looks exactly like you'd expect him to be."
"literally, lost my appetite"
"I am so furious right now that my office blocks perfectly reasonable office-appropriate content, like Minecraft, but not this."
"That guy is a dangerous psychotic. Plus he has that awful looking fungus infection on his neck he should get checked out before it starts spreading to the rest of his body."
Yay! Another person who I was already reading!
You had me at rotoscope. I'm a sucker for it.
Your comic while being a little random and jumpy is genuinely funny. You've never pulled off a joke that was something that people wouldn't understand if they didn't know you and a lot of what you do is very relatable. You also manage to pull off the one panel "thoughtful" joke which is a very hard thing to do without getting too preachy.
It's interesting that even though you're still photographing yourself for this you have literally turned yourself into a cartoon character. Just for the other people that read these I'm not saying it's because he's editing himself to look cartoony or anything it's because he's managed to keep a consistent appearance throughout his comic so he's easily identifiable by comic standards. You're making yourself iconic which is pretty cool.
I'd have to say the story arc that made me subscribe to your comic was the bin saga. It also brings up something that bothers me. Your graphs and lettering on these are very clean and easy to read but when you make other graph jokes in your comic they are much messier and get a little crowded. What happened? Were you making things clearer so you could make sure the idiots at work had to understand? Good sir there are idiots on the internet as well who want to read your graph jokes and then find one of the nice smart people on comicfury to explain it to them. Keep it clean even though you want to just draw these out and get it done with.
The sketch saturdays are a really nice addition to your work and show what you can do when you're not doing stylized photocomics. When you're doing these though even though you come up with gold on a lot of them (comic 32 for example) some of them aren't matching up to the potential of the others. If you're going to do sketchbook outtakes on the weekends make sure that they're something as entertaining and fun as the rest of your comics or your readers are just going to skip over them or not come back on saturdays to look at them.
10/10: This is one of the rarest of the rare comics I have come across due to it being all of the following: Entertaining, Amusing, Educational, thought provoking, Random and real-as-life. Not many comics are photo-based, and the fact the pictures are modified to resemble comic-esque images is quite remarkable. The humor is over the line without being politically incorrect and the jokes are based on real-life scenarios that most people can relate to. The "description of the loner" segment showed that the comic was more than just a means to entertain, but that logic is clearly present in the series. I could find nothing wrong with this series whatsoever and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys comics that are humorous and thought provoking.
I am going to be a little bias here because of the filter you use on about all your photos. But that is just me personally, there must be some people who actually enjoy that filter. Well you seem to enjoy it because you are using it. But it works for the comic strip I guess. Anyway I thought it was pretty decent until I got to this comic. You have move up from decent to good. Also I really like the Saturday Sketchbook stuff.
Allright, it's a new week let's get started.
Art- It appears you've just taken pictures of yourself and applied a filter. Not exactly my cup of tea, but whatever. There is a lot of trapped white space in your comics and nothing really to direct the eye. Typically when you do a comic page you want the reader's eyes to follow a Z pattern from the top left to bottom right, so your art should flow that way. Your Sketchbook Saturdays are just aweful. I mean really, I'm not even going to pretend to say anything nice about them because really they're horrid. They're not well drawn, they have no substance, it's like you were doodling something while on a boring business call. I have a notebook full of those but I don't bother other people with them.
Writing- This is pretty much the ironic t-shirt of web comics. Mainly because I've seen most of your jokes on ironic t-shirts. I'll admit gag a day strips are hard to write. But stay away from a joke you can see printed on a shirt. And math jokes, stay away from math jokes. Also between your loner manifesto and bin saga comics I've come to hate you. You come off as a dick. I'm a loner and am so important, and I'm smarter than people who can't use bins properly. This may not be what you're trying to convey but it's what I get from it. And you're a fat guy with a beard and long hair, it's very hard to think you're smart or important when you look like Silent Bob. Anyway, work on your jokes, and try condencing your multi page comics to multi panel comics instead of spreading them out.
Bottom line, I'm not doing the bottom line thing anymore.