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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: A murder of crows and a crew of dwarfs

Cru the DwarfHappy Mother's Day to all you WoW Moms, and for all you kids who might have forgotten, you'd better go say it now while you've just been reminded. Come back though, because I have a nice list of comics waiting, as well as a (mostly) friendly gnome controversy.

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

Sunday Morning Funnies: They did it with a shirt


This week's set of comics is actually quite topical, from a recent scandal, to world news to proper feline nutrition. There also aren't as many Noblegarden-themed comics as I expected.

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

Sunday Morning Funnies: Look at all the femurs

www.awkwardzombie.comThis week, we have a couple of comics that haven't updated because the authors are otherwise occupied. Namely, these are The Adventures of Disgraph T Dwarf and World of Warcraft, eh?. Enjoy your hiatus, Cadychan, and good luck with your story D (I can call you that, y'see, we're tight or something. Plus, you won't know if I'm really calling you Dan, Disgraph, or "Dwarf", which is slightly better than "You" but not quite as polite as "You there!", and I do like to antagonize Dwarves!).
  1. Awkward Zombie: Horse Remorse. I love the comment underneath!
  2. Cru the Dwarf is back up and running!
  3. Experience Points: Vincent gets a Mammoth, and reminisces about the old days.
  4. Check out the latest from Flintlocke vs. the Horde.
  5. GU Comics: A Touch Obvious. I highly recommend reading the story underneath it (as I always do, really).
  6. Check out the latest from LFG. My only complaint is the absence of the bunny. Usually he can be seen idling in the background, at least!
  7. Manic Graffiti: My Money's on an EU Guild.
  8. Massive Pwnage: Level Requirements.
  9. NoObz: Overcheatage. I think everyone knows how this feels.
  10. NPC: Diversion Tactics. My cats do something like this too, although I think they might just be gunning for my chair.
  11. Teh Gladiators: The Man's a Manimal.

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

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: Panda Attack!

NoObz is still on holiday, but Ding! has been updated. In other news, Disgraph has a new new site, because the new one liked to take a lot of naps. While everyone loves naps, they are not for websites. I have to say, I am loving the new design, although the text is a bit more difficult to read.

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

Sunday Morning Funnies: Failed analogies

Can you believe it's almost April? I'm afraid of the impending warm weather.

This week, we have two absentee comic authors, not counting those that do not update regularly. Fortunately, both left us filler content, so it's almost as if we're not missing anything. We also have a new, one-time comic this week.
  1. Awkward Zombie: Bully Mammoth.
  2. Check out the latest from Cru the Dwarf. I like this one, or "heart" it as it were.
  3. Dark Legacy Comics points to Death Knights as our latest common enemy, but did anyone pause for the butterfly?
  4. Blizzard has a fifth game in development, you know. Experience Points.
  5. Flintlocke vs. the Horde shows that while Trolls might be questionably gruesome, they're also pretty forgiving.
  6. Giant Sewer Rat. GU Comics.
  7. Check out the latest from LFG. Man, I love that bunny.
  8. New Venture, from Monkey Punchers.
  9. NoObz filler.
  10. NPC: Toxic Guilt.
  11. Teh Gladiators: All he wanted was to play.
  12. More filler! Due to the flu, Disgraph is filler this week. I wouldn't recommend reading it though if you're eating or have sympathetic reflexes.
  13. World of Warcraft, eh?: The Horse Men Cometh.
  14. SMBC has posted a WoW-relevant comic. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Filed under: 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: Scrapbooking profession

This week's list has some real gems, including a new comic:

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

Sunday Morning Funnies: ShamanWow

This week, I've got a modest list of comics for you guys, although number seven should give you something to do!
  1. Cru the Dwarf: Some very important people are about to be revealed! Once they are, we find out that our friendly dwarf could use a history lesson.
  2. Dark Legacy Comics: No one likes to be Heartbroken.
  3. Flintlocke vs. the Horde, Episode 11, Part 7: The Final Straw.
  4. Check out the guest strip hosted by GU Comics, created by Luis Amaral, Dubious Achievements.
  5. The latest LFG shouldn't be missed, even if you regularly pass on it.
  6. NoObz: The Point of it All. I think about this a lot when loot drama crops up.
  7. Ctrl+Alt+Del has spoofed a couple of Infomercials. Namely, the infamous ShamWow, the Slap Chop, and their not-so-subtle pitchman, Vince Offer. If this doesn't tickle your funny bone, Abitranni from Cenarion Circle offered up what is arguably a better parody of the ShamWow infomercial.
  8. Teh Gladiators: Just When You Thought Ghouls Would Help.
  9. World of Warcraft, eh?: Valentine Vengeance.
  10. Ebenezer and Snooch: You probably shouldn't threaten your cat in the middle of playing WoW.

Filed under: Shaman, Analysis / Opinion, 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: Your nerf stick


This week, the Funnies are back on a Sunday that is actually a Sunday, and not a fake Sunday. While I do enjoy pretending, I figured I should probably keep it simple. The weeks where "morning" seems to mean "afternoon" are tricky enough!
  • It seems that Cru the Dwarf needs to hurry.
  • I hate being asked for heals. What do people think I'm doing other than staring at their bars, anyway? Still, healers shouldn't really walk away in the middle of a raid without saying they'll brb. Experience Points.
  • Blood Elves sometimes get a little carried away when it comes to power (or hair). This week on Flintlocke vs. the Horde, the main "belf" gets a taste of it. I don't think she listens well either, what with all of that rage. Luckily, in the end, she gets a new hair accessory! Flintlocke vs. the Horde.
  • Caught any coins lately? GU Comics: The Ruse.
  • Check out the latest from LFG.
  • Manic Graffiti will be undergoing some changes.
  • NoObz illustrates how Youth has changed over the years.
  • Unlike last week, when Ding! simply had not updated (perfectly preferable to the previous week), this week, there is indeed a comic. This was (is?) one of my favorites, so I'm hoping that it picks up again. If you really want to look, don't say I didn't warn you, while trying not to be blunt and trollish.
  • Put Down Your Nerf Stick! says Teh Gladiators.
  • Oh noes, Disgraph has not been updated! Nor was Dark Legacy Comics, come to think of it. The Scout Report also seems to be sans update, and its navigation bar is still a bit wonky. World of Warcraft, eh, also did not deliver on the promised sexy filler art. I'm not criticizing, I'm just QQ'ing. There's a difference. Clearly, our fave comic artists should always be around to entertain us for free.
It's a thin list. What's a gal to do? Improvise!

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

Sunday Morning Funnies: On a Monday!

www.darklegacycomics.comor, "They possess more flying fish than I expected."

Although it is Monday, this morning I am going to pretend that it is in fact, Sunday. After all, no one really likes Mondays, even if they're manic. Luckily for you, I have quite the list of comics for your enjoyment!
  1. Awkward Zombie has posted another WoW-related comic, Stinking With Portals.
  2. Cru the Dwarf is now on page 72 of his echoing through time.
  3. Dark Legacy Comics points out the No-Fly Zone. I lean towards agreeing with them that the general placement of said zone is inconvenient. It seems to be a conspiracy on the part of the Flightmasters to convince me to pay them to fly me to Coldarra or Sholazar Basin.
  4. Have you ever wondered what life would be like if your reputation gains worked the same way as in-game?
  5. Actually, have you ever considered bravely sending a special someone an in-game gift? Experience Points has.
  6. In Flintlocke vs. the Horde, there seems to be a disagreement about who should be included as an adventuring buddy.
  7. GU Comics is Looking for Clever. Actually, Woody is looking to whore hire himself out! Check out the various ways you can put him to work and get some cool, collectible, and/or custom stuff.
  8. Check out the latest from LFG.
  9. Manic Graffiti always gets me smiling! Check out, Noobcow and Lame Jokes Heard While Waiting for PuGs to Start.
  10. Massive Pwnage has an inkling of what might be better than WoW. You Should See PvP.
  11. I always knew Flapcat was better than Ally-bird! Air Superiority was determined this past week on Monkey Punchers.
  12. NoObz points out that, especially for noobs, World of Warcraft can be a source of Stress.
  13. I know that many of you last week were disappointed with Ding!'s re-return, and unfortunately, there's no new comic this week.
  14. Teh Gladiators: Ping-Pong.
  15. World of Warcraft, eh? warns, You Won't Like Me When I'm Angry.
  16. The Scout Report has posted #63 and I love it. Unfortunately, I found out that when I tried to hit "Previous" to see if I had missed any other comics since last Sunday, it took me back to #52. So I recommend either jumping back five comics, or just reading from #52 if you think you've missed a couple!
  17. From The Adventures of Disgraph T. Dwarf comes Nuts Make Me Giggle. On this musical-fruit-note, I end this week's list!

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

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