Most of the content of the comic I reviewed is gone, and it seems that the author has brought back the original comic, or perhaps did a new version of it. At least it's better (format-wise, anyway) that the one I had reviewed, but it had made my review obsolete. Now what?
Hullo, I was just about to post about this. :) I assumed you'd caught the comic after the author had deleted the old archives but before he'd reuploaded it all. Having read through the comic a couple of times, I'd say there are only minor problems with your review because of that. There are more problems stemming from what remains of the old review.
From what remains, the writer of the old review seems to have not only failed to read through the comic, but his review was dominated by his hatred of the fetish. For example, "A year later the baby shows up again and she gives him away to someone else to raise." Er, no. 15 year old Bridgette asked her own guardian (Bea) to be the baby's primary care giver, and even after that we see Bridgette doing most of the work, when she can be there to do it. Another: "From my understanding this process [Bridgette getting pregnant] repeats itself a number of times…" Nope. He *definitely* didn't read it.
I was following the comic a few years back, before the twins, and watched as the author first resorted to a lot of filler, and then tried other plot lines involving fattening for I think 2 years. I got a strong impression the author was trying very hard to avoid portraying his character as less than human; he didn't want her to be a slut who couldn't help getting pregnant. He finally returned to his fetish via a very complex, contrived plot which left no-one to blame for Bridgette's 2nd pregnancy, neither her nor the lad involved.
On a lighter note, thinking about the comic makes me realize A. Fraser's character development is probably *better* than average, especially for a webcomic. Something to mark up as a good point, perhaps. On the flip side, I really agree the round heads are awful.
The banner labeling the author a "giant douche" surprises me. From his reaction as posted on BWW, he doesn't seem guilty of worse than being a bit of a baby. Given the ignorance and incendiary language in what remains of the original review, I'm not surprised he had a bit of a cry. There's one or two really bad reviews on BWW, reviews in which hatred subsumes rational criticism even though there are far worse comics out there, and I think that old review was one of them.
Other than that, I don't think much in your review needs to change. There's a broken link. It's a parenthetical comment which could use some elaboration. I read it with disbelief because I never even considered Bea might not be giraffes. :D
I'm also looking at the "failure to include necessary information about the scenario" statement. I was confused at some points when I was following it. It was one of those strips where I often had to look back a page or two (or three) when it updated, and sometimes that wasn't enough; things didn't become clear until later. I guess you're right. I have a feeling the author has improved, but I won't be sure for a while yet, at its present update rate.
Apparently the round head is A. Fraser's [i]thing,[/i] even when he does his best. I just stumbled into this 'god of war':
I couldn't help laughing.
Begging pardon for the double post, but I had to post that!
Edit: Just noticed there's still a huge chunk missing from the archives: the whole of the twin pregnancy, and most of Bridgette's association with Aziz afterwards. It could be that the author just hasn't uploaded it yet. I haven't seen anything saying he plans to revise it, and what's already uploaded contains all the plot threads which led into that arc.
I don't think I'll look into this further. Characters making babies while unconscious is something which I may have read about before, and may leave the *characters* smelling of roses, but it just makes me too uncomfortable now.
he doesn't seem guilty of worse than being a bit of a baby. Given the ignorance and incendiary language in what remains of the original review, I'm not surprised he had a bit of a cry.
A bit of a cry? He's a grown-ass fucking man. He's thirty fucking five literally crying over someone on the internet insulting his fetish webcomic.
His response was beyond pathetic.
About the rest- I added the mentions of the old review. As much of it as I could remember at least.
Now that the old archive is back up i'll try to find some time to read his comic myself to confirm what you are saying… i'll try… it's pretty long and seems really bad.
Ask me about webcomics.
Aye, it's a drag to read, which is why I didn't confirm the whole archives were back before I posted. Sorry about that.
Nah, it's fine.
Either way this is vary helpful.
Ask me about webcomics.
I think I remember having read it to a degree, but basically, the original comic resolved around Fraszer's pregnancy and inflation fetish. Which I guess is the main reason he replied like that, after feeling accussed for having a fetish. Remember the "I'm a normal guy with a family who plays with his children" rant? Though,thinking abut it, it only makes it sound creepy, but I guess he meant he isn't a bad guy for it. In a very inmature way.
But going back to the review, I guess some of the things pointed out are minor. The original comic was spank fodder. But the guy went a level further then tried to build up a plot around it. Which is partly responsible for the rebooted version. I think we have talked enough about how pointless is trying to mask fetishes behind plots. Sadly, for that guy, he committed the mistake of not keeping his fetishes and writting skills apart from each other. I haven't read the newest version, but I don't think he has improved a lot from the days he tried to build romance from a rape victim whom didn't seem to care about herself to the point she's getting pregnant by the same means over again.
Rape victim? "Again"? The first pregnancy was caused by two kids being idiots. The second conception happened when both Bridgette and the guy were unconscious. The author went to a lot of trouble to set that up. He did everything he could to avoid it being a rape. The result is a plotline which is a bit silly, rather embarrassing, very long, and it is rather hard to understand exactly what happened, but at least we know rape is one of the places he would not go for his fetish. There is no third pregnancy, so there's no "again" in any sense here. It's also becoming clear there was no reboot. I expect the next pregnancy will be a surrogacy when it happens, probably for financial reasons. The story's quite solidly set up for that.
Well, what is certain is this:
1) The author removed everything from the old Keenspot website.
2) Everything is on the new website.
3) The current hosting site has everything. What was on the old Keenspot site that I read is mostly (if not completely) gone. Instead, the author has evidently put back the original first part of the story; whether it is wholly original, or the author might have made changes, I don't know.
4) My review is obsolete because, among other things, the story now says that Bridgette is in high school (it was unclear before), and she is actually pregnant in the story (she had her tubes tied and three kids already in the version of the story I reviewed).
I'd be happy to make any corrections if I could be sure what the author is up to.
Well, it seems the author is just putting his original comic back up on the new site. Which is just as well; at least it makes more sense now!