You missed the mark this time Fred.
I’m a fan of Game of Thrones, AND I hate the stupidity of Facebook habits, but I just can’t see any way this would be funny or witty.
my first thought was “I wonder if this is another Steve Jobs tribute link?” having come in through the “latest stuff” section.
the page opens & I read “welcome back young master” my brain says “Star Wars reference”, I then lean forward in my chair and when I get to “Stark” my brain rejects Star Wars and immediately shifts to “a butler in Iron Man?”.
as I’m contemplating this I make a mental notation that the comic was only 2 frames.
thinking it was done with the guy sitting in front of the Dell laptop in medieval times, I didn’t get it which is typical with this series….. then I do a double take and noticed the additional frames so I read further and noticed “Ned Stark = stupid redneck”, I reread this 2 times because I’m thinking “somethings wrong with the Stark name…. ahh must be a brother or nephew and it’s funny because Iron Man’s nephew in medieval times is being bashed on Facebook?”
so then I try to read the light grey text stuff which was annoying because now I’m reading a joke that will never be funny, 1/2 into the text the joke is dead so I went to the comments to see how others reacted.
I’ve got it!
This is a new kind of comic that is not supposed to be funny. Instead, the joke is on the readers who struggle to find the humor, and post plausible explanations for how it could be funny.
Perhaps call it an anti-comic.
Absolutely hillarious… The comments not the comic.
Isn’t it impossible for Jaime to be the Hand anyway, since he was sworn to the King’s Guard?
I totally thought you were going a different direction with this! Which would have been even funnier than the comic! 😀
Cynan knows what I’m talking about. 😉
Given hair color, your Alwyn looks more like Robb, if it should be by the book.
Else, I think it is hilarious, for those who know the series. Tyrion’s “like” is the best part, IMHO.
I loved that series!
What happened to Ned saddend me. 🙁
EDIT: For those who don’t know, Game Of Thrones on HBO.
Yes Littlefinger is no friend of the Starks. I don’t see why adding Facebook to the mix makes it funny.
If you’re trying to say that people who aren’t really your friends sometimes want to friend you on FB well that’s fairly obvious even if their reasons aren’t.
Why a Dell?
tl,dr: where’s the funny?
I’m 75% through book five of this series and this isn’t funny (to me at least) at all…
Yeah… Just about to finish book 5 myself, and I have to say, I agree. Fred, could you give us a hint on this one?
I’m thinking this must be one of those “hey, everyone raves about this show, let’s make it look silly!” things. It’s totally lost on me though.
Maybe I need to watch the show. 😕
…what obscure, totally tech-unrelated book/series/movie must I read/watch in order to understand the references in this thing?
“A Song of Ice and Fire” is the book series the tv show is called “A Game of Thrones”.
Where’s the TR equivalent of explainxkcd.com?
This is less funny than the not funny comic I used to draw for my high school news paper.
Fred Silver, you’ll never be a “Lannister;” you still owe me the humor on this one. lol
It probably wouldn’t hurt to implement a “goes over your head” prevention system similar to Penny Arcade’s, in that you could very well [u<]talk[/u<] about the source. Or just [i<]link[/i<] it, I can read.
I don't get this, and [i<]that's[/i<] not my fault here.
I got it but I understand the disconnect too. 🙂 In the voice of Frank Caliendo’s John Madden impression:
“That’s a long way to go for a ‘Facebook friends are paper-thin, craptastic friends’ joke.”
Gotta give him props for keeping it in the HBO-realm too… he could have went super, SUPER, obscure by going a few more books deep. Haha. You win some, you lose some… thanks for taking a crack at bat with the risk though, Fred!
Everyone likes comics: they’re meant to be funny and worth a good laugh. I appreciate a comic artist trying to go for things deeper with more obscure humor…or I at least think that’s what you are trying to do with your comics.
When they get too hard or miss the mark the audience is left clueless 75% of the time and the rest we’re just smiling uncomfortably because it wasn’t [b<]that[/b<] funny for how hard we had to work at figuring it out.
And people call [i<]my[/i<] humour obscure...
i don’t understand it. what’s this about?
Well, I know it’s in reference to Game of Thrones……
Meh……………….sorry to say
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