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Sunday, September 18, 2011

xkcd Sucks Less, Week 5

Welcome to "Sucks Less" Week 5. Hard to believe I've been doing this feature for over a month now, but that'll happen when you have the kind of support I've gotten each time. Comic 951 in particular seemed to push our editor's buttons, so you'll get a couple of those this coming Tuesday. In the meantime, enjoy this week's winners.

Comic 950: Mystery Solved


This strip has awkward dialogue to begin with, but it's also crippled by being bookended by some of the most superfluous panels the webcomic world has ever seen.

"Sucks Less" Version:

by Gamer_2k4

Sorry for posting my own work, but apparently this edit was good enough that no one felt any other improvement was necessary. It just goes to show how EASY it is to make xkcd suck less.

Fans of my friggin' sweet homemade improvement will get to see it again on Tuesday.

Comic 951: Working


This one is just kind of pretentious and stupid.

"Sucks Less" Version:

Alt-text: A penny saved is a penny earned.
by Lucas

This one pokes fun at Randall, and it's also moved the "penny saved" witticism to the alt-text, where it kind of fits and is definitely less glaringly stupid.

Comic 952: Stud Finder


For a tolerable as the execution is, the joke is old and not funny at all.

"Sucks Less" Version:

by SinbadEV

"Anytime I see something screech across a room and latch onto someone's neck, and the guy screams and tries to get it off, I have to laugh, because what is that thing." - Jack Handey

Nice job this week, guys. Remember, stay tuned to see the runners up on Tuesday.


  1. I still giggle whenever I see my submission for 952... hee hee hee...

  2. It's kind of creepy that the chainsaw went limp.
    Wait, that is a chainsaw, right?
    Oh god.

  3. Who's that guy with the beret, the black head, the wings, and the chainsaw? Because he looks a hell of a lot more interesting than any of xkcd's recurring "characters".

  4. The 952 improvement is actually kinda scary.

  5. That is obviously a "Slouch" or "Driver's" cap.

    His name is Vengence* and I invented him back in the 80's when I was in High School and needed someone to put the depressed stick figure drawings** I made out of their misery.

    I'm glad you like him... his head is black because that's how stick figure guys are supposed to drawn.

    The chainsaw is drooping in the last panel because its turned off... read into that whatever you want. Freak.

    *(misspelling was not on purpose at first but has now become cannon)
    ** (self insertions, I was angry with myself for being lazy, and this made me depressed and then I was angry at myself for being depressed... fortunately I discovered caffeine and sugar*** in college and feel a lot better now)
    *** (Yes, I just claimed that I stave of the urge to kill myself with caffeine and sugar.)

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