Laowai Comics: The Haters Of Laowai Comics

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Laowai Comics is a biweekly webcomic. Beijing Cream is proud to debut its Thursday comic every week. Full archives here.

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21 Responses to “Laowai Comics: The Haters Of Laowai Comics”

      • narsfweasels

        In other words, the world spun on its axis around the sun, children were born, people died, dogs chased frisbees, men and women made love, some divorced, many went to and left work, mothers took their children to school, husbands kissed their wives goodbye….

        …and these comics remained unfunny.

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          • narsfweasels

            Who says I owe *him* anything? I’m given free content, am I obliged to like it? No. Are there humour-starved African kids who would appreciate it, so I should lap it up? No.

            I don’t enjoy it and I don’t see why I should. I’ve never called the guy names for it. It’s just completely unfunny to me, and that’s it. If you enjoyed it, good for you. I’m not going to mock your intelligence for it.

  1. Fred

    I get it, they are not funny and they know they are not funny and incapable of being funny so it’s “ironic unfunny” that they go for instead. Deep man, deep.

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  2. Bort

    They’ve never been funny; instead they only repackage the same tired expat complaints and complications into 4-panel drudgery. We could all do without them.

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  3. Lei Feng

    I’m embarrased for you. I get that you do this for free or whatever but this kind of low grade unfunny poorly drawn stuff is why nobody takes Beijing Cream seriously. I mean first this, and then a teacher blog written by someone who doesn’t even teach? Quality over quantity, Anthony.

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    • Anthony Tao

      You’re entitled to your opinion, even if you’ve confused it with objective good and bad, but don’t fucking pretend you’re some Russell Lynes deigning to offer advice on quality.

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    • bag-o-dicks

      I take Beijing Cream seriously. Very seriously.

      Why, I wouldn’t dream of laughing at their cartoons!

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  4. sascha

    i went and checked them out all the way back to 59 (from most recent). I lol’d once. comic 60 wasn’t bad. All the others i can relate to, but found to be a bit meh. Mostly the artwork bro. The thoughts and such are not bad, but the artwork. dude. get someone to draw for you. Larson pulled it off because he was RIDICULOUSLY FUNNY so everyone ignored the fact that he couldn’t draw.

    So to up your game and eradicate butthurt haters, I suggest:

    1) get some1 to draw for you
    2) think DEEPER about the expat situation and lay off the surface “i am a fat loser” “traffic waaaa!” stuff and get to the true reason behind “why the fuck are we here?”

    good luck!

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    • The author

      Greetings, “sascha”

      As you’re the only one here offering something that even remotely looks like constructive criticism, I will take a bit of time to answer.

      I have to say though, while I usually welcome comments and advice, yours is far from being the most useful I have ever received, as it blatantly omits one (rather obvious) aspect of these comic strips: the fact that it’s my pastime, and I do it just for fun.

      Again, i thought it was very obvious, given the (admittedly) DIY, crude production, the complete absence of ads or any other way to get income from them, and the fact that never anyone else is credited. Why the hell would I get someone else to draw?! Would defeat the purpose of having a PASTIME, now wouldn’t it?

      And about your suggestion number 2, maybe doing it via a webcomic would be a first indeed, but there are already thousands of WordPress blogs out there aiming just that, thinking “deeply” about the whole expat raison-d’être. And they all fail miserably, because you have to be one hell of a pretentious cock to even think you can somehow summarize the lives of hundreds of thousands of very different people without making huge intellectual shortcuts. I’ll keep making jokes about stinky tofu and how Chinese people look younger that they are, thanks. You know, stuff people (excluding jaded expats with broomsticks up their arses who think they’ve seen it all) can relate to and get a quick chuckle out of before moving on with their day.

      I’m not saying people don’t have the right to be indifferent, or even dislike my stuff. But coming on here, every week without missing a beat, just to leave a dumbass comment is just noise over signal. I hardly promote my strips, and don’t monetize them. Anthony contacted me, and I said why not. It’s free, uninvasive content, treat it as such (if I have to spell it out, for bag-o-dicks and the other moronshits: ignore if you don’t like)

      Have a wonderful day!

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      • Anthony Tao

        And to be clear, I never would have contacted the artist if I didn’t like the comics, plain and simple, and know others who enjoy them as well.

        Without the negativity, we never would’ve gotten the upside-down cardboard box as desk, though. Worth it.

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        • bag-o-dicks

          I saw a quote today: “Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.”

          On which note I will say “jia you!” to the “author”. If you keep at it perhaps one day someone will indeed chuckle at one of these strips.

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  5. gzwriter

    I enjoy Laowai comics immensely, think it’s funny as hell. I love the drawing and the brevity of each one. It’s perfect and I relate to many of them as I’ve had identical experiences. Thanks for the laughs! If I could draw like you, I’d do the same for the enjoyment.

    Best wishes,
    Michael

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  6. gzwriter

    By the way, I think you should take the comparison to Larson as a big complement. For someone to use him as a measuring point for your comics shows how good they are.

    Cheers!

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