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Dorkly Bits - The Last Nintendo Power Subscriber



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27 Aug 2012 15:13

Hilarious! What is the Half-Life fan doing playing a console game? *completely misses the point of the comic*
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27 Aug 2012 15:16

"So, when are you going to get a job?"

"I SENT OUT A FEW RESUMES! LAY OFF!"
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27 Aug 2012 15:27

could have done without the nintendo jabs , oh no wait that was the whole point . Playing online is a terrible waste of time
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27 Aug 2012 15:47

seems to me like this comic just wants to say "RIP Nintendo Power, we havent cared about you for a very long time but you were kinda cool i guess...but not as cool as Xbox"
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27 Aug 2012 15:55

AlexPuma wrote:Hilarious! What is the Half-Life fan doing playing a console game? *completely misses the point of the comic*

As long as he's not playing Half-Life on it then it's not a big deal. Playing Half-Life on a console should be a capital crime; carted off to The Hague and whatnot.
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27 Aug 2012 16:00

Awww... that's sweeeeet. :)

...But after reading ZS' comment, I found this pissing at the same time.
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27 Aug 2012 16:24

It was a bit funny. Just a bit of stereotyping going on. And ain't granny sweet? He doesn't have the heart to tell her! :)


Anyway. I now have 2 Wiis LOL. Just got some new games too (Last Story and Pandora's Tower are so far kicking ass). And all those games I still haven't finished. The little white box truly has some of the best gems ever. And I started out gaming in the eighties as a kid. Wish I still had Pong though :D
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27 Aug 2012 16:55

I don't get it. All my videogame systems collect dust. Including my PC. I never clean them.
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27 Aug 2012 17:59

Besides the jabs at Nintendo. For some reason, the fact that he's playing online on his gradma's house rubs me the wrong way.
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27 Aug 2012 18:17

If they didn't put the Nintendo jab at the end and just reveal that the guy's simply collecting the magazine's instead of actually reading them, this would have been sweet.

I miss my grandma...
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27 Aug 2012 18:24

"wii collecting dust"? really? after all these years we still have these same stupid retarded jokes?

wow
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27 Aug 2012 18:34

didn't find this the least bit amusing.
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27 Aug 2012 18:44

Yeah the last panel really ruins the comic. =\ I was willing to forgive the "geek still living with grandma" stereotype if the ending was actually really sweet all around... but they just had to ruin it with a "hurr durr Wii and Gamecube collecting dust" joke. If the purpose of that last panel was meant to mean "I grew up" then it's still pretty stupid. I'm 22 years old and I love to play all of my Nintendo systems, whether it be the old systems like my SNES and N64, or the newer stuff like the Wii and 3DS (and I can't wait for the Wii U). I've also been a big Nintendo Power reader since high school (subscriber since 2004, I still have the "DS launch issue"), and I have an entire collection of my cousin's old NP issues dating from the late 80s all the way up to around 1998 (around the time he went to college and didn't have much time for games in general anymore, though he did get an N64 during his last years of high school, AND he now owns a Wii).

Overall... yeah, any potential sweetness this comic had, or any forgiveness I could have given to the "gamer geek living with grandma" stereotype went out the door with that last panel and it's implications.
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27 Aug 2012 19:28

This is a stupid comic. I'm 29... and ...

I don't want to grow up, I'm a toys R Us kid... there's a million toys at toys R Us that I can play with...

Bikes and trains and VIDEO GAMES... its the greatest toy store there is!

I don't want to grow up... cause if I did... I wouldn't be a toys R us kid...
I'd be a douche bag. Have fun being douchey and playing grownup interactive movies... I'll stay a kid and play real games that are ... what do you cal it... oh yeah FUN.
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27 Aug 2012 19:53

Since nobody pointed it out, you can still subscribe to Nintendo Power. You'll get the last of the issues and your money refunded for the rest one month after the December issue arrives.
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27 Aug 2012 21:23

As the artist for this comic, I'm super flattered to see it here on Gonintendo. Even though I didn't write the script, this particular strip hit very close to home for me. My grandma is sick and I've been a life-long Nintendo fan who spent many great years reading Nintendo Power (as I discuss over at Nerd Rage). It's sad for me to see the magazine go, but they had a good run.

EDIT: Figured I'd go ahead and respond to some of the responses.

Lockdale wrote:Noticed that his Wii is collecting cobb webs and dust, while he's playing a 360 game online...lol. I guess he doesn't want to tell his grandma that he doesn't play Nintendo stuff anymore and that the magazine doesn't matter to him. Just a jab at Nintendo I see lol.

I can't actually speak for Andrew Bridgman's intentions, the guy who authored this strip, but I don't think it's "just jab at Nintendo". I see it as a comic about a grandma trying her hardest to make a gift over something she doesn't understand. He obviously hasn't used Nintendo Power in years, his Wii isn't hooked up, but he very sincerely takes this gift grandma worked so hard on. I don't know about you, but my Grandmas always had trouble understanding that my interests changed as I got older. Everything from my DS, to PSP, to cellphone was a 'gameboy' to them and I recieved AA batteries every year for Christmas because of it.

ChozoBoy wrote:Dorkly is terribad.

Sorry you feel that way? I've only fairly recently begun taking jobs for Dorkly, but I put as much love, pride, and effort into each strip as I possibly can. It's not always easy to do extensive amounts of art on a short deadline, but I'm of the belief that comics (even comic strips) should have backgrounds and an absolute minimal amount of copy-n-paste. I've seen pictures of your Samus and Chozo costumes around online and thought they were really impressive; I thought a fellow artist would have more to say in critique than "it's terribad".

NeroSuferoth wrote:I don't get it... Timmy doesn't use the magazines anymore, yet his grandma still remembers to subscribe every month?

Also, it seems Timmy plays Xbox now

Yes, uh, that is the joke.

ZS wrote:The grandma's actions are adorable. The insistence that Nintendo gaming is only for kids is annoying.

I don't think it means Nintendo is for kids, just that it's not Timmy's thing anymore. Or maybe just not recently, since he obviously owned a GameCube and Wii. My Wii isn't plugged in, and hasn't been since...Skyward Sword, I guess. But I play my 3DS every night.

LegendofSantiago wrote:This story had plus 3 when i first saw it. I guess people actually noticed it's making fun of Nintendo :lol:

I really don't think it's making fun of Nintendo. I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to the next release of Nintendo Triangle Man!

Dinosaur Rex wrote:And now, timmy pays to play awful games with 13 year olds. Such a good job timmy...

Oh, man, keep an eye on Dorkly. That's all I can say for now.

gojiguy wrote:LOL HIS WII HAS COBWEBS WII IS GATHERING DUST LOLOLOLOL

YES LOL

AnoukiAgentYellow wrote:Idiot, doesn't play his gamecube and Wii but refuses to sell them. How is he supposed to afford Half-Life 3?

Implying he won't need to sell his Orbis, Xbox 720, and Wii U to buy Half Life 3? Hoho, see what I did there?

Fuego6 wrote:This is neither funny or heart felt. Seems to me the artist crammed too many themes together and came out with muddled junk. Pick your target and shoot it. That's all I can say about that.

Well, I'm sorry you feel that way. I didn't write the script, but I did draw this comic, and I don't feel there are 'too many themes'. It's heartfelt with comedic elements. That can be a thing! It's not one or the other!

bomblord wrote:Maybe it's just because I've taken 1 too many art appreciation classes, but i'm seeing a very heartfelt metaphor here about lost innocence, showing how people can turn something dear and precious to them, that brings immense joy, and then shun it for no other reason than "I grew up"

This guy...I like this guy. Ya know, I said up there...I can't speak for Andrew Bridgman, but I'd like to think it's a story about a grandma trying hard to make something she thinks her grandson really likes. She's off target, but he's appreciative to her anyway. That's my thought, anyway.

MukuCookie wrote:No, honestly that's what I took away from it when I read it at first as well, until I saw the -9. I didn't even notice the GCN and the Wii in the closet the first time.

I don't think that's a bad interpretation!

kernal wrote:HA! nintendo is stupid and childish and they aint got no games! dust!

Write that down, that's gold. You know what else? Xbox is big. And PS3 haz no games. Maybe work in something about the RROD?

AlexPuma wrote:Hilarious! What is the Half-Life fan doing playing a console game? *completely misses the point of the comic*

(golf clap)

TheHappyCog wrote:As long as he's not playing Half-Life on it then it's not a big deal. Playing Half-Life on a console should be a capital crime; carted off to The Hague and whatnot.

I could get behind this law.

Tork110 wrote:"So, when are you going to get a job?"

"I SENT OUT A FEW RESUMES! LAY OFF!"

HammerGalladeBro wrote:Besides the jabs at Nintendo. For some reason, the fact that he's playing online on his gradma's house rubs me the wrong way.

Eternal Rain wrote:Yeah the last panel really ruins the comic. =\ I was willing to forgive the "geek still living with grandma" stereotype if the ending was actually really sweet all around... but they just had to ruin it with a "hurr durr Wii and Gamecube collecting dust" joke. If the purpose of that last panel was meant to mean "I grew up" then it's still pretty stupid. I'm 22 years old and I love to play all of my Nintendo systems, whether it be the old systems like my SNES and N64, or the newer stuff like the Wii and 3DS (and I can't wait for the Wii U). I've also been a big Nintendo Power reader since high school (subscriber since 2004, I still have the "DS launch issue"), and I have an entire collection of my cousin's old NP issues dating from the late 80s all the way up to around 1998 (around the time he went to college and didn't have much time for games in general anymore, though he did get an N64 during his last years of high school, AND he now owns a Wii).

Overall... yeah, any potential sweetness this comic had, or any forgiveness I could have given to the "gamer geek living with grandma" stereotype went out the door with that last panel and it's implications.

Maybe it's not clear enough, but Grandma and 'Timmy' are supposed to be in different places. Grandma's house has floral wallpaper and everything is tinted warmly, Timmy's house had wood panels and everything is tinted cool.

Anyway, that was the intention when I drew it! The comic doesn't go out of it's way to say "And then Grandma went to Timmy's house..." but I just figured that would be assumed when it changed setting and you see Timmy's all grown up.

internet wrote:could have done without the nintendo jabs , oh no wait that was the whole point . Playing online is a terrible waste of time

I'm sorry this offends you so much? You can like online play and still be a Nintendo fan. I personally hate using Xbox Live, though.

sundin13 wrote:seems to me like this comic just wants to say "RIP Nintendo Power, we havent cared about you for a very long time but you were kinda cool i guess...but not as cool as Xbox"

Hey, or how about "RIP Nintendo Power, my grandma knew I loved you. Print publishing is dead and everyone uses the internet ... Also, maybe there is a lack of new content in that lull between Nintendo consoles."

peenbbb2 wrote:Awww... that's sweeeeet. :)

...But after reading ZS' comment, I found this pissing at the same time.

Don't let ZS get to you. I think it's very much an awwww comic.

Entity wrote:It was a bit funny. Just a bit of stereotyping going on. And ain't granny sweet? He doesn't have the heart to tell her! :)

Anyway. I now have 2 Wiis LOL. Just got some new games too (Last Story and Pandora's Tower are so far kicking ass). And all those games I still haven't finished. The little white box truly has some of the best gems ever. And I started out gaming in the eighties as a kid. Wish I still had Pong though :D

What's a comic without a bit of stereotyping?

And whatever does one need two Wiis for? I had two GameCubes, but one replaced the other; I played the first one so much it died on me. Actually, I think I had more GameCube titles I enjoyed than Wii titles!

Snesboy wrote:I don't get it. All my videogame systems collect dust. Including my PC. I never clean them.

Bu dum bum!

HyperInuyasha wrote:If they didn't put the Nintendo jab at the end and just reveal that the guy's simply collecting the magazine's instead of actually reading them, this would have been sweet.

I miss my grandma...

The problem is that it's almost impossible to show he hasn't read them but also has a large collection of them. Showing he's uninterested is an easy way to tell the reader he doesn't care. Relax! One guy being uninterested in Nintendo isn't a jab!

Bobbuffalo wrote:"wii collecting dust"? really? after all these years we still have these same stupid retarded jokes?

wow

I don't think the punchline is "wii collecting dust", in the same way the punchline is not "fat guy wears a Half Life shirt". :wink:

misswliu81 wrote:didn't find this the least bit amusing.

Sorry you feel that way! I guess they can't all be winners!

MaggotCakes wrote:This is a stupid comic. I'm 29... and ...

I don't want to grow up, I'm a toys R Us kid... there's a million toys at toys R Us that I can play with...

Bikes and trains and VIDEO GAMES... its the greatest toy store there is!

I don't want to grow up... cause if I did... I wouldn't be a toys R us kid...
I'd be a douche bag. Have fun being douchey and playing grownup interactive movies... I'll stay a kid and play real games that are ... what do you cal it... oh yeah FUN.

Hey, changing interests doesn't have to mean something is 'kiddy'! I said it up there, but I haven't played my Wii in a long while...but I play my 3DS every night. Plus, you're talking to someone with a shelf full of action figures. You can be a grown up like Toys R Us and you can like other stuff without being "douchey"!

I think that's everyone! No one will probably ever read these, but once I started answering a couple of them I decided I best not play favorites and wrote a response to everyone's comments.
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27 Aug 2012 23:28

@AKluthe

Hey man, good job on the comics, I like your style.

About the plot of the comic.. I see now that I got it pretty much how it was supposed to be, but I didn't find it funny as a whole.

I mean, the grandma who gets frantic after she finds out about the closing of the magazine is kind of funny.

Or the guy who grew up but is still playing videogames in a basement is funny(the ponytail is worth making fun of personally, no offence to anyone un particular).. Though you say he lives in a different place, it looks sort of like a basement.

The stack of magazines with the Wii and Gamecube gathering cobwebs in a dark room was a bit funny too, since the whole "it's a jab at Nintendo" thing didn't bother me at all.

But the general plot seemed to missed me.. I found it more melancholic than funny that's all.

Keep it up.
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28 Aug 2012 01:17

@AKluthe Thanks for coming on to defend your piece, but you're trying to defend an anti-Nintendo comic on a Nintendo website. You can say all you want it wasn't meant to bash Nintendo, but it looks that way. Even if it wasn't.

I for one will miss my Nintendo Power coming every month. And I miss grandma. So this doubly hurt more than made me laugh.
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28 Aug 2012 04:18

NeroSuferoth wrote:
But the general plot seemed to missed me.. I found it more melancholic than funny that's all.

Keep it up.

Ah well, can't win 'em all! Thanks for letting me at least explain myself.

XCWarrior wrote:Thanks for coming on to defend your piece, but you're trying to defend an anti-Nintendo comic on a Nintendo website. You can say all you want it wasn't meant to bash Nintendo, but it looks that way. Even if it wasn't.

I for one will miss my Nintendo Power coming every month. And I miss grandma. So this doubly hurt more than made me laugh.

I'm not trying to defend an anti-nintendo comic. I'm trying to defend a comic that's being grossly misinterpreted as something it wasn't meant to be :? . There was no defamation to Nintendo, no misrepresentation of character. It's just a comic about an old lady trying to subscribe to a a now-out-of-print magazine, her attempt at recreating the characters, and a guy playing something that's not a Nintendo console. Someone playing something other than Nintendo is not the same as anti-Nintendo :wink:

I am sorry you didn't find it heart warming and/or funny, though. Humor is subjective, so I can't argue with that. If it's any consolation, I have some other Nintendo related comics on Nerd Rage.
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28 Aug 2012 06:25

It's good that the artist responded because I wrote up a whole response to what may have been the intention of the comic, since I felt a lot of people were projecting their own meanings onto it. The artist cleared up most of the things I was going to comment on, so I'll just put the other comments I was going to make and my interpretation, separate of what I think the intentions might have been.

I can understand why people have taken the image of the Wii collecting dust as a shot at Nintendo because it's a jab that had been repeated ad nauseum this generation, even while the system was selling like hotcakes. Nintendo fans have also heard the common complaint of Nintendo making kiddy consoles (since the SNES actually), and implying that he "grew out" of playing Nintendo games is a sort of identity crisis many Nintendo gamers specifically and all gamers in general have to deal with.

Some interesting choices in that last panel that haven't been pointed out yet is that, is that the artist chose to put a Wii and the Gamecube in the closet, not a N64, SNES, or a NES. This isn't a story about a child who happened to only play Nintendo as a child because they only have kiddy games or because it was the only system his parents would buy, this is an adult who make a conscious decision to buy Nintendo consoles, probably in his 20s or 30s, and has only within the last few years stopped playing them. He hasn't grown out of gaming, he's just moved on for whatever reason.

Another interesting detail is the grandson has saved all his old magazines. Now the artist could have made this decision just to show he no longer plays Nintendo games and has no use for the magazine but he still is holding on to all of the magazine and the systems, the most recent consoles mind you. He could have gotten rid of them or sold it all to buy new games and consoles but I think it is like with many gamers who grew up playing Nintendo games, that those games still hold a place in their hearts.

I think this comic hits close to home for a lot of people, but regardless of what it is or isn't trying to say, I thought it was funny and touching, but also somber. The final panel has the whole "it's funny because he doesn't even play Nintendo games anymore anyways" thing going on but to me, it kind of recalls Toy Story where the toys talk about being loved so much and then as a child gets older, their beloved playthings are forgotten. The grandmother even has sort of latched on to the idea that a magazine is so important to her grandson that she'd actually try to make a fake magazine to not disappoint him but it has to have been years since the grandson would have been that excited about a magazine. It doesn't leave me with a heart warming feeling but more of a sadness. I'm know I'm reading too much into the comic but I haven't read a comic strip that evokes different emotions from me in a long time. You had to have been doing something right. Good job.
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28 Aug 2012 13:26

The aspect of this that I thought was really well done is the art itself so kudos. Sorry the script is balls. I'm glad you came to straighten things out though.
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28 Aug 2012 14:49

I was going to say that was a lot of dedication to reply to every comment from Akluthe, but then I saw that he (she?) is also the artist. So I kind of appreciate the dedication to the craft and wanting to discuss the comic itself. I still can't quite dismiss the anti-Nintendo angle fully, but it's nice to know that's this isn't the central point of the comic.

So some kudos.
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28 Aug 2012 17:50

lockNES, major kudos to you. You've explained a lot of this better than I managed.

Fuego6 wrote:The aspect of this that I thought was really well done is the art itself so kudos. Sorry the script is balls. I'm glad you came to straighten things out though.


Glad you like the art! It means a lot when people say they appreciate my work.

ZS wrote:I was going to say that was a lot of dedication to reply to every comment from Akluthe, but then I saw that he (she?) is also the artist. So I kind of appreciate the dedication to the craft and wanting to discuss the comic itself. I still can't quite dismiss the anti-Nintendo angle fully, but it's nice to know that's this isn't the central point of the comic.

So some kudos.


I'm a he :wink: And yeah, I'd only intended to respond to a couple of the replies and give a general response, but once I answered a couple I felt obligated to respond to them all, so thanks for the kudos.
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28 Aug 2012 19:12

I thought it was kinda cute, but the art is crude. You expect some stupid/sarcastic/internet humor with that kind of art, not something that mean to be touching.
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01 Sep 2012 17:34

My great grandma used to buy me the Beano annual every year for Christmas (I much prefer the older ones, but I still appreciated it). Unlike this comic though, she's no longer with us, and so it seems as if I too will no longer receive my annual gift.

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