I've been a fan of Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick for almost as long as the comic's existed. Over the course of the strip, clocking it at almost a thousand installments, Burlew's been building a complex fantasy universe, launched a record-breaking Kickstarter, and done everything from gags about obscure rules changes in Dungeons and Dragons to sprawling commentary on the nature of Good and Evil, in both roleplaying game and philosophical terms. Even if you're not the kind of person who likes sitting around a table throwing around 20-sided dice and figuring out your Base Attack Bonus on scratch paper, it makes a pretty compelling read.
As the most recent storyline comes to a close, though, all those things have come together in a way that works perfectly. It's better than it's ever been in the past ten years, and a huge part of that is the way that Burlew has been using stick figures battling with swords as a platform to examine the nature of fiction, and how playing with the rules of a narrative can lead to some beautiful storytelling.
Last week, I wrote about the Kickstarter drive at Order of the Stick that shattered records by raising $250,000 in just 8 days in order to get the collections of the stick-figure fantasy webcomic back into print. In the week since that article went up, the amount of money raised has doubled to over half a million dollars, raising e
I've been a fan of Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick for years. Despite being a stick-figure gag strip poking fun at the rules of Dungeons & Dragons, it's one of the strongest character-driven comedies in the world of webcomics. It's genuinely hilarious, occasionally moving and even downright thrilling in a way t
Somehow I've been slowly turning into a webcomic junkie. It started innocently enough with the lovable video game dorks featured in Penny Arcade--no doubt some of you are a part of the site's 4 million monthly readers. It was a nice little five-minute hobby, logging onto the
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