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Sunday Morning Funnies: Facepalm

It's a thrifty list this week, but with three from NPC and a newbie to the list, you should still have a fair amount to read. Disgraph is set to start updating again, Cru is on a break, and Kuo is being delayed due to studies. Flintlocke vs. the Horde has officially ended, Shakes and Fidget was shut down awhile ago, and I'm missing my Scout Report pretty hard. Just throwing that out there.

Now that that it's Sunday morning and you know where your comics are, carry on!

Filed under: Features, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Breanni of WarcraftPets.com closes store, posts apology to Blizzard

The amazing Breanni of WarcraftPets.com, once loved so much by Blizzard that he got immortalized in the game, has apparently gotten another of Blizzard's C&Ds. First, we saw iPhone apps pulled off of the App Store with what seemed like legal action, and then we heard that webcomic Shakes and Fidget was contacted by Blizzard legal, and now Breanni has pulled down his merchandise store, as well as posted a "formal apology" to Blizzard. Breanni doesn't say exactly what happened, but he says that he "became aware" that what he was selling was violating Blizzard's trademark policy, and calls the store a "lapse in judgment," and says that he hopes to "continue to recieve Blizzard's blessing." It's almost like hearing one side of the conversation -- we don't know what Blizzard said to him (if anything), but he definitely sounds spooked.

This is a slightly different issue from the other C&Ds we've seen -- Breanni was making money from selling what we presume were actual images of Blizzard's copyrights and trademarks, so a store like that is pretty plainly in violation of copyright law (Mania's Pets calendar, for example, uses fan art rather than actual screenshots). But what's interesting here is, if they did contact him, why Blizzard has decided to do this now, and why they've only moved against Breanni. There are certainly lots of other places to find Blizzard art printed on products for sale. We're not suggesting that Blizzard should just let it all go, obviously, but why now?

We've had requests for comment out to Blizzard ever since the first few iPhone apps were pulled off of the App Store about all of this recent C&D action, and we've added this one to the stack. If we hear anything back from them, we'll let you know.

[Thanks, John E!]

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Blizzard, News items, Fan art

[1.Local]: Questions, answers from our readers

Reader comments – ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

The comments section is usually a cacophony of voices seeking to agree or disagree with the main post, discredit previous commentors or make some pointless point ("first" -- /facepalm). This week, readers pulled together in a more truly interactive relationship, offering up questions, tips, insights and well thought-out suggestions and ideas. Take a trip through the pickings this week on ways to make professions more interesting, more Star Trek Easter eggs, getting real about DPS, copyright issues, snappier headlines ... and even a post devoted exclusively to guild and player recruitment notices.

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Filed under: Rogue, Analysis / Opinion, Tips, Tricks, How-tos, Guilds, Blizzard, Features, Raiding, Bosses, [1.Local]

Blizzard legal censures Shakes and Fidget

First the legal crackdown on fan-made iPhone apps, and now this: German-based webcomic Shakes and Fidget, a longtime sight in our Sunday Morning Funnies column, has apparently been smacked with a cease-and-desist by Blizzard. Our German isn't that great (and we've reached out to the comic's creators for further comment), but a translation of this forum page tells us that Activision-Blizzard's legal department suggested to them that there was enough similarity between the official game and the unofficial comic to cause a problem, and while they believe that they're covered under parody laws, they decided to take the "offending" comics offline anyway, and are apparently currently working on editing them so that they can be put back up without any issues.

Obviously, since the comics are offline, we have no idea what material Blizzard objected to -- you could argue that depictions of certain gear created by Blizzard artists in the game or specific names are under trademark and thus could be protected under copyright law. But even then, Shakes and Fidget is one of many, many fan-made webcomics to obviously depict World of Warcraft and Blizzard-designed items specific to the game, and we haven't yet heard of any other webcomics that have been approached in this way.

Still, as they might say in Germany, wir riechen eine ratte. Without knowing the exact nature of the comics that Blizzard had an issue with, this seems like a complete overreach on their part, especially considering that it's some of their biggest fans who are making these comics, and that many artists have portrayed many videogames in webcomics without anyone confusing the issue of whether they were official or not. We'll keep an eye out for more information (and we've also contacted Blizzard for comment) -- if you know of any other webcomics or fan artists who've been approached by Blizzard in this way, definitely let us know.

Thanks, Henry!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Odds and ends, Blizzard, Comics, Fan art

Sunday Morning Funnies: Innovative posterior

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend! I have a nice list to help you kick-start your day. Unfortunately, it seems that Cru the Dwarf will not be updating this week, due to technical difficulties. The featured photo is not of his computer, but it seems he will need a new one before the comic can resume. In the meantime, you can donate, or express your overwhelming sorrow!
  1. Dark Legacy Comics: Common Descent.
  2. Experience Points: Murlocs vs. Fries.
  3. Extra Life: It's all made of ones and zeros.
  4. Flintlocke vs the Horde: War Party part 2.
  5. Shakes and Fidget: Practice Makes Perfect.
  6. Check out the latest from LFG.
  7. Wolfslatoxx from NoObz. I love that little robotic dude.
  8. NPC: Purple Death Puddles.
  9. Teh Gladiators: Double Trouble.
  10. The Adventures of Disgraph T. Dwarf: Standing Out.
  11. World of Warcraft, eh? It's like, totally In the Nick of Time.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Features, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Sunday Morning Funnies: Stop your orating

Howdy folks! I'm pleased to announce that not only do I have another list of newly updated comics for your enjoyment, I also have news, and not the sad "Fargo is leaving" or "Ding! did it again" news.

The Adventures of Disgraph T. Dwarf has moved to a fancy new location! It is sleek, and less orange, which is what I was going to say before I checked the old site and realized that it isn't orange at all. Was it ever orange, or did Blogspot's icon somehow imprint this into my brain?

Filed under: Features, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Sunday Morning Funnies: Jammy Jam

Kissybear is back! The amazing Ding! will return and we will no longer have to cringe on Sunday mornings. Who's excited?

We also have some great comics today, including a newbie to the list that was tipped in last week's comments:

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Features, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Sunday Morning Funnies: Alts-heimer's

icanhascheezburger.comThis isn't any ordinary Sunday. This is the last day to mend some hearts and kill some guys for some flowers, so you'd better take advantage of it! In the meantime, don't forget indulge in your weekly dose of comic goodness:
  • Everyone likes web comics about cats (and WoW)! Thanks for the tip about Ebenezer and Snooch, Berry and Keyra!
  • Scrolling back a few, this one reminds me of my cats. Although, I'd like to think that they think nicer things about me in general. This last one, while perhaps not technically game-related, certainly reminds me of random encounters with friends at the Bank after they'd been hacking up trolls.
  • Now that I've covered what's new to the list, it's time to see what's up with Cru! He's met up with Chromie, which is awesome because she's one of my favorites. The wee little shapeshifted thing seems to crop up everywhere.
  • Check out Crush from Dark Legacy Comics.
  • Barrens chat isn't just for Chuck Norris jokes in Flintlocke vs. the Horde.
  • Shakes and Fidget need a better Plan B, like their hunter buddy.
  • Check out the latest from LFG.
  • The latest from Massive Pwnage is simple and to the point.
  • NoObz talks about a Title. I especially enjoyed the crack at the bottom about family photos.
  • There is no Ding! this week, for better or for worse. You can always count on Teh Gladiators to have updated though!
  • According to The Adventures of Disgraph T. Dwarf, Peddlefeet Never Blinks. Of course, I wouldn't know, because I still don't have one. /QQ
  • World of Warcraft, eh? has some filler! I love filler, I really do. The label means that people can assume that you didn't really try, and drew up something in a hurry, just for them, and a lot of personality tends to show through.
P.S. No, I'm not making fun of Alzheimer's, and I doubt that the cat was either. Still, I'd like to let you all know that I'm here for you, even if you want to claim that I was. I'm good like that.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Sunday Morning Funnies: Mind your Elders

A male Orc in a pink festival dressAs I'm sure you all have heard by now, one of our favorite comics, Flintlocke vs the Horde, is slated to be set aside. Its creator, Dave "Fargo" Kosak, landed a shiny new job at Blizzard helping to give the game we all love some extra oomph. Fortunately, the storyline won't just be dropped, and you can expect it to wind up sometime in April.

In response to reader Keyra's thoughts on last week's Ding! comic, I would like to offer my own. I would have to bet that almost every single person who has played WoW for any length of time at all does ponder why none of their farmers seem to have skulls, or why you can't get enough blood out of a giant monster to fill even one vial.

We've all joked about it too. I mean gee, if only I could learn to rip off Troll ears without dismembering them into tiny chunks, I'd be in business. The lame jokes crop up on almost every quest with a poor drop rate, and I don't personally feel that the comic took it any further than I ever have, or any of my uninspired friends (no offense guys). It isn't that there isn't a humorous element to it, but that it's been done better in-game while roaming around by ourselves.

I'm thrilled that you liked it, I just wanted to explain why so many of us are bucking it, other than that we miss the old stuff.

Enough rambling, here are the comics:
  • Cru the Dwarf: Deserous had better watch out, because someone intends to exact revenge. I don't blame him either, what Deserous did was mean. /sniffles.
  • Speaking of sad stories, maybe you ungrateful masses should start treating your Elders better. Dark Legacy Comics knows how they feel.
  • Experience Points knows what some of you really pray about (please don't send me hatemail, because I don't know what you pray about. It was all a gimmick to work this comic into a sentence when I haven't had my coffee yet). They also know that not all dogs make good anti-burlar hunter pets.
  • Flintlocke and his overzealous ladyfriend are suddenly in a hurry to flee the scene.
  • GU Comics: Lucky Red Envelopes. Now this orc isn't as respectful of his elders. Think of the poor elders!
  • Shakes and Fidget learn that Two is Better than One (or well, maybe not).
  • Check out the latest from LFG.
  • Manic Graffiti: Noobcow and Monster Anatomy 101.
  • NoObz: Laaag. Coincidentally, if you scroll down to the blurb beneath the comic, there's yet another confirmation that no one listens to their elders.
  • I was afraid to look. This week's Ding! is definitely an improvement of sorts. The story is funnier, although not really in the comic format. Maybe if it had been told by a talented comedic writer, or as entertainment on a Podcast? I'd even take it as a guildie tale over Vent in between pulls. Still, I suppose I like pictures of people with their mouths open to show that they are indeed talking.
  • Teh Gladiators: The Ten Storms. I love the artwork in this one!
  • By saying this, I will totally ruin any of the funny in the note from the author beneath the comic strip, but I totally choked on my water when I read the first part of the second paragraph. In all seriousness though, I'm one of this comic's biggest fans, so you totally have a following. The Adventures of Disgraph T. Dwarf: Lunar LoLs.
  • There is less beaver in the latest artwork from World of Warcraft, eh? than there was the comic before, but it is definitely the sexy we were all promised. Go girl power and however you say that nowadays.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Events, Features, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Sunday Morning Funnies: If you don't, the diabeetus will

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It's another Sunday, and slowly, the absent comic artists are returning. I know some of you have been asking about Shakes and Fidget, as well as Ding!, and though Ding! is still on a bit of a hiatus, Shakes and Fidget has updated. Even Dark Legacy Comics and Disgraph are back at it!

  1. Echoes Through Time is the latest from Cru the Dwarf.
  2. It's nice to see artists dedicated to their work, even while on vacation. Pencil and Paper for the win!
  3. Experience Points shows us that even pros can make hunter pet errors. Especially when he's been hanging out on voice chat.
  4. Episode 10, part 5, of Flintlocke vs. The Horde is For the Birds.
  5. Shakes and Fidget has finally updated, with All Good Things Come From Above.
  6. GU Comics demands, Show Me the Funny. You definitely have to read the blurb underneath the comic, if you aren't in the habit of doing so.
  7. Check out the latest from LFG.
  8. Manic Graffiti presents Noobcow and Now We Hate You For Reals.
  9. NoObz is Too Cute.
  10. From The Adventures of Disgraph T. Dwarf comes Tuskarr Troubles. If you're a little confused, check out last week's notes.
  11. World of Warcraft, eh? presents, We're Thinning Out Their Numbers.

Filed under: Fan stuff, Humor, Screenshots, Comics, Fan art, Sunday Morning Funnies

Sunday Morning Funnies: Your mom is hardcore

Experience Points by Scott JohnsonThis is the first Sunday in December, and I have a nice long list of comics for your perusal.

Perhaps you could enjoy a seasonal chocolate beverage while you read, although I should caution you that your keyboard can't take many more episodes of you spitting out your drinks in laughter.

  1. Piggyback from Dark Legacy Comics shows us that vehicles have rights.
  2. Experience Points does the Wrath Gate event.
  3. Check out the latest from Flintlocke vs. the Horde.
  4. Wish Shakes and Fidget a hearty Welcome to Northrend.
  5. GU Comics wants to remind you to Honor they Father too.
  6. LFG is witnessing some changes.
  7. Manic Graffiti presents Noobcow and the Days of Jaina's Lives.
  8. Monkey Punchers shows us that not everyone wants Candle. In fact, some people No Want Candle.
  9. NoObz suggests that not all AFK'ers are actually away from the keyboard. Some may even be hard at work, in a way.
  10. Kissybear samples Death Knighthood.
  11. Kissybear starts to feel lonely.
  12. The Outland adventures of your favorite Teh Gladiators characters comes to a conclusion with Epilogue. What could they possibly get up to in Northrend?
  13. On The Scout Report, persuasiveness and persistence start to pay off.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Features, Humor, Death Knight, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Sunday Morning Funnies: Feeling violated

I'm Rich! from Dark Legacy Comics.It is once again, Sunday morning. While you Americans are probably still munching on turkey and pawing through the fruits of your Black Friday labors, I put up my Christmas tree and toasted myself a bagel. It isn't quite the same, of course, but it also gave me time to compose this week's list of hilarity and adventure.

Filed under: Fan stuff, Features, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Sunday Morning Funnies: Promotion

Today, you're in for a real treat because the list is extra long. This is partially due to some recent reader submissions, so leave a comment or send us a tip if you find a WoW-related webcomic.

Filed under: Features, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Sunday Morning Funnies: Boom shaka laka!

The expansion is drawing near, but for now, all I have to offer you folks is a brand spanking new list of comics. Well, except the first entry, it is not new. New to the list maybe but not "new" new. You see my point. Now get reading!

Filed under: Fan stuff, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Sunday Morning Funnies: What a moonkin knows

The Scourge is invading! Are you ready to join the ranks of the undead, battle the descending Scourge, take on Tenris Murkblood, or cleanse the plague from the living? Well don't forget to catch up on this week's WoW-related comics during your downtime!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Humor, Screenshots, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

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