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WAAAAAAAAAUGH!

STOP CHANGING MY WORLD!

On 1/1 David Morgan Mar, creator of Irregular Web Comic -- the best web comic on the net, and a fixture of my daily afternoon decompression -- announced his intention to stop doing the comic after four solid years.

Today, on 1/2 the new Wall Street Journal showed up. They've lopped off two full columns in width. It's now the same size as The Hartford Courant; a rag I routinely lambaste as being a McPaper (yet still read because it's the only game in town). The WSJ used to be a real newspaper; it used to feel like a real newspaper.

Knock. It. Off. Ok?

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ETA: Oh God, the "new" WSJ is actually narrower than the McPaper. Oy! What have they done to you?!?!

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half_elf_lost
Jan. 3rd, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
Sometimes change sucks.
netcurmudgeon
Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
imagine very small, high-piched voice in back of head: Change is bad! Change is bad! :-)
brianrogers
Jan. 3rd, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
you'll be happy to know...
From DMM's web site

To be perfectly clear: I have no intention of ending the comic in the forseeable future. The "farewell" was a joke.
If you think it wasn't funny, then I'm sorry it wasn't to your taste. But I have said explicitly several times that I deliberately make jokes that I know only a fraction of my audience will appreciate - because for them it's funny. That's what I do. I make science jokes that I know maybe only 10% of the readers will even understand. I try to push the boundaries of humour in the webcomic medium.

Some people loved the "farewell" strip, the 24 hours of puzzlement and uncertainty, and the slowly dawning comprehension. I know because they wrote to me to say they found it hilarious. They were the audience for that strip. Not everyone is the audience for every strip I do, and that's just the way it is.

netcurmudgeon
Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: you'll be happy to know...
Ya know, an obscure joke is one thing, but that was just mean.

In other news, there has been no surprise reprieve from the dog's breakfast that is the new WSJ.
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