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Postby broberds on Mon May 22, 2000 5:40 am

OK, anybody who noticed the Newsbox running on Keenspot comic pages on May 22 will have noticed (how could you not notice?) Naked Anime Chick prominently featured. I'd just like to say that this was *not* my idea. I didn't even know my turn in the Box was impending. I gotta admit I thought it was pretty funny when I saw it Monday morning, though, but I really had no idea it was coming.
However, a number of Keenspotters angrily yanked it down and chastised me mightily for it. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/frown.gif"> So even though it wasn't my doing I can't, to quote Bart Simpson, help but feel partly responsible. So to atone I'm going to specify who I want in my next Newbox go-around: a new character called Sour-Faced
Penitent Amish Chick. Don't miss it!
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Postby frunk on Mon May 22, 2000 6:58 am

Whooohooo!<P>I can just see a Conan O'Brien cable channel cartoon show based on Sour-faced Penitent Amish Chick.
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Postby broberds on Mon May 22, 2000 7:03 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by frunk:
<B>Whooohooo!<P>I can just see a Conan O'Brien cable channel cartoon show based on Sour-faced Penitent Amish Chick.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>There's a Conan O'Brien Cable Channel??? Oh heavenly day! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/tongue.gif">
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Postby broberds on Tue May 23, 2000 12:15 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ThomasKDye:
<B>I think the only negative thing about it was that it might have been seen as a bitter parody. Still, if it got more people to recognize how brilliant the strip is, who are we to question the methods? <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/wink.gif">
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Well, NAC wasn't meant to be a bitter parody, just a comment on what't *really* important to a lot of internet users. And you gotta admit the results seem to confirm that! Gavin wasn't kidding about the stats; I just checked and it turns out I got as many pageviews on May 22 as I received in the entire month of April. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/eek.gif">
But still, if it pisses off one person, that's one too many. So I'm gonna ask Chris to take me out of the Newsbox rotation entirely, to avoid offending anyone in the future.
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Postby BoxJam on Tue May 23, 2000 12:34 am

>>So I'm gonna ask Chris to take me out of the Newsbox rotation entirely, to avoid offending anyone in the future.<P>I hope you're joking.<P>You're going to offend somebody, no matter
what you do.<P>Don't be a martyr (the role is TAKEN, thank
you).<P>I think you may be taking this more
seriously than anyone else. And, I think
that there is sexual innuendo in every
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Postby wrightc on Tue May 23, 2000 12:53 am

Bob, stay in the newsbox. Bobbins and WIGU can be mad if they want to. Some people are mad that I'm on Keenspot b/c I can't draw. That's just the way things work.<P>Soap on a Rope is hilarious, and your audience will grow.
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Postby BoxJam on Tue May 23, 2000 12:55 am

>>Some people are mad that I'm on Keenspot b/c I can't draw. <P>Other people on KeenSpot, or other people
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Postby wrightc on Tue May 23, 2000 12:59 am

I don't know if they're on Keenspot (though from time to time I have suspicions) but there are people out there who resent that I do a comic strip because I'm not a cartoonist.<P>Which I'm not.<P>Which is painfully obvious.<P>But my point is, there will always be someone who gets pissed at your comic for some reason. And there will always be people who think you suck for some reason. And maybe some of them are also fellow cartoonists, but you shouldn't let that get used against you. The Newsbox is a very, very good thing... my pageviews went up a lot the day I was featured (and it stayed higher than my previous average afterwards)... so Bob should definately stay in rotation, it's good for SOAR.
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Postby wrightc on Tue May 23, 2000 1:01 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>And, I think that there is sexual innuendo in every KeenSpot comic I can think of.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I don't think there's too much innuendo in Help Desk and "?". And Pentasmal. I can think of only one of my strips that might qualify.
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Postby MarkGhostz on Tue May 23, 2000 1:12 am

What a lot of hoop la la over such an innocent picture. If Chris provided the colouring that probably even means his mom coloured it. I thought it was pretty funny and now with all the hits it gave you, it's damn hilarious. I do wonder what those new visitors thought when instead of a naked anime chick they came across a gay wedding.<P>Oops, almost forgot the gratuitous signature plug!
<A HREF="http://www.crosswinds.net/~ghostz" TARGET=_blank>http://www.crosswinds.net/~ghostz</A> - where there would be nothing but naked anime chicks if only I could draw them<p>[This message has been edited by MarkGhostz (edited 05-23-2000).]
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Postby BoxJam on Tue May 23, 2000 1:17 am

>>I don't think there's too much innuendo in Help Desk and "?". And Pentasmal. I can think of only one of my strips that might qualify.<P>Fair enough. But I can think of a couple
of '?' that fit.<P>And Pentasmal is violent enough.<P>Let's say 'contains adult situations,' and
then I think just about everybody fits.<P>Or even better, 'contains things that might
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Postby broberds on Tue May 23, 2000 1:34 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BoxJam:
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Or even better, 'contains things that might
really mess up a little kid's head.'
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>They might even make a little kid's head explode! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/tongue.gif"><P><P>------------------
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Postby broberds on Tue May 23, 2000 1:50 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by wrightc:
<B>Bob, stay in the newsbox. Bobbins and WIGU can be mad if they want to. Some people are mad that I'm on Keenspot b/c I can't draw. That's just the way things work.<P>Soap on a Rope is hilarious, and your audience will grow.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Thanks! I guess you guys are right. I know that some people resent me being on Keenspot for a lot of reasons, among them my half-assed drawing, humor they don't get, and the fact that I can only put out three a week. Still, it's my goal in life to make sure that everybody on earth likes me (by means of deadly force if necessary), and if that requires me to bow out of the Newsbox I figure that's what I'll have to do...But I reckon I can give it one more try when my turn comes up again; if nobody yanks me down I guess I can conclude that I've been forgiven. And I really am gonna make sure Chris runs Penitent Amish Chick! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/biggrin.gif"><P><P>------------------
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Postby gavinchafin on Tue May 23, 2000 2:04 am

"So I'm gonna ask Chris to take me out of the Newsbox rotation entirely, to avoid offending anyone in the future."<P>------------------<P>Yes. I think that would be the honorable thing to do. You must be severely punished for your actions. Chris, if you're reading this, just substitute 'Down to Earth' in the newsbox on days that you were gonna run SOAR. I'm glad to help out in any way that I can.<P>------------------
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Postby broberds on Tue May 23, 2000 2:34 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gavinchafin:
<B>"So I'm gonna ask Chris to take me out of the Newsbox rotation entirely, to avoid offending anyone in the future."
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Yes. I think that would be the honorable thing to do. You must be severely punished for your actions. Chris, if you're reading
this, just substitute 'Down to Earth' in the newsbox on days that you were gonna run SOAR. I'm glad to help out in any way that I can.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Thanks, man. You're one a the good ones! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/biggrin.gif">
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Postby jeffrey rowland on Tue May 23, 2000 2:48 am

Hi!<P>I guess my taking down the box was hypocritical, seeing as one strip I had recently featured one of my females wearing pudding.<P>The thought at the time was "He won't wanna get traffic like this."<P>I'll re-feature SOAR in another location soon. Apologies.<P>78,000 pageviews. People, people, people. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/wink.gif"><P>-jjr
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Postby broberds on Tue May 23, 2000 3:14 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jeffrey rowland:
<B>Hi!<P>I guess my taking down the box was hypocritical, seeing as one strip I had recently featured one of my females wearing pudding.<P>The thought at the time was "He won't wanna get traffic like this."<P>I'll re-feature SOAR in another location soon. Apologies.<P>78,000 pageviews. People, people, people. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/wink.gif"><P>-jjr</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Aw, no apologies necessary! It's cool. Basically I just wanted people to know that putting Naked Anime Chick in the box wasn't my idea; I didn't even see it till Monday afternoon. Though I suppose I *could* have asked Chris to change it at that point, instead of laughing my ass off, which I what I did. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif">
And I'm as dumbfounded by the 78,000 pageviews as anybody, believe me. To put it in perspective, I usually get only 1700-2000 or so on a weekday. 78,000 pageviews on a day when a strip is in the newbox isn't anywhere near the record; we've had some people score over 200,000. But by the standards of *my* traffic it's amazing.
Chris or Teri did a great job making that little pic of NAC. I wasn't happy with the way she looked when I originally drew her but they made her rather...compelling. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif"> Of course, I'm not to sure how happy those 76,000 horny internet geeks were when they found that Naked Anime Chick was just a joke making fun of horny internet geeks. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/biggrin.gif"><P>------------------
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Postby BoxJam on Tue May 23, 2000 7:17 am

Bob, I don't know how you could feel
responsible for it.<P>I was also not offended by it, but please
don't tell child services, because I want
to keep my kids.<P>But really, how bad was it? Not very.<P>The only one who I noticed yanked it was
John Allison, and his strip is a lot more
risque (some would say 'decadent') than
yours.<P>Hey, is Naked Anime Chick the reason he's
going on hiatus? Now I'm mad. Damn you,
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Postby ThomasKDye on Tue May 23, 2000 8:55 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by broberds:
<B> Thanks! I guess you guys are right. I know that some people resent me being on Keenspot for a lot of reasons, among them my half-assed drawing, humor they don't get, and the fact that I can only put out three a week. </B> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>But you don't draw half-assed. There's a lot of detail in your work. I think you purposely developed a style that seems simple to the naked eye until you start seeing some of those elaborate backgrounds that I've noticed you putting in.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> <B> But I reckon I can give it one more try when my turn comes up again; if nobody yanks me down I guess I can conclude that I've been forgiven.
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Postby gavinchafin on Tue May 23, 2000 9:59 am

Bob, <P>I thought the newsbox was hysterical. And I laughed even harder when I saw your visitors and hits for 5/22. I thought you were pretty damned clever for featuring 'Naked Anime Chick' in the newsbox. Now, I guess you're not so clever <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/wink.gif">. <P>By the way, exactly who yanked it off their site?<P>------------------
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Postby wrightc on Tue May 23, 2000 11:11 am

Yeah, I want to know who yanked it as well. I was expecting an angry email from a relative (some of them do read my strip -- "Chris, did you know there's a naked cartoon on your web site???") but other than that, well... I didn't think it was that big a deal.
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Postby ThomasKDye on Tue May 23, 2000 11:18 am

I think the only negative thing about it was that it might have been seen as a bitter parody. Still, if it got more people to recognize how brilliant the strip is, who are we to question the methods? <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/wink.gif"><P><P>------------------
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Postby broberds on Tue May 23, 2000 11:39 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gavinchafin:
<B>Bob, <P>I thought the newsbox was hysterical. And I laughed even harder when I saw your visitors and hits for 5/22. I thought you were pretty damned clever for featuring 'Naked Anime Chick' in the newsbox. Now, I guess you're not so clever <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/wink.gif">. <P>By the way, exactly who yanked it off their site?
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Yeah, I gotta admit it never would have occurred to me to put NAC in the Newsbox. And here's a tip: They way you can be sure that I didn't do it is that Chris did a far better job colorizing her than I could have done!
We've been giving Chris a bit of a hard time about always putting sexy women in the box and he's going to cool it on that, but I guess he wanted to go out with a bang. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif">
Personally I thought it was a laugh riot when I saw it, but I was a bit concerned that some people would object.
So anyway, when I saw that both Bobbins and When I Grow Up had pulled it down I wanted to make sure everyone knew it wasn't my idea. As creator of probably the least-popular Keenspot cartoon I can't afford to piss anybody off. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/frown.gif"> We should probably institute a PG-only rule for Newsbox graphics from now on, just to avoid trouble.
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Postby broberds on Tue May 23, 2000 11:53 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by wrightc:
<B>Yeah, I want to know who yanked it as well. I was expecting an angry email from a relative (some of them do read my strip -- "Chris, did you know there's a naked cartoon on your web site???") but other than that, well... I didn't think it was that big a deal.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Well, they were within their rights to remove it. I'm not bummed about that; I'm just worried that now they're gonna think of me as the guy who put the naked woman in the Newsbox. I'm also worried about the angry- email-from-relatives thing; hope you don't get any. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/frown.gif">
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Postby broberds on Wed May 24, 2000 1:38 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by superjrtypedude:
<B>78000 page views??? Holy Bat-F*ck Batman !! Its too bad NAC in the newsbox wasn't your idea Bob - b/c if it was right about now I'd be saying I did it on purpose as an Andy Kaufman-esque stunt pulled on the very Internet users you were parodying in the NAC storyline. Even if it was accidental the whole thing is funny.
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yeah it is. It's just that with my pathological fear of offending people, I would never try to pull off a Kaufmanian stunt like that. Kinda weird that it happened anyway, though!
As for the 78,000 pageviews, it was a combination of things: Not just the picture and funny blurb in the box, but the fact that it was a Monday, probably the busiest net day there is. <P>------------------
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