4-paneled copy pasta/stick figure comics depicting mundane realism or situational comedy using old forced meme reaction faces.
Rage comics are typically short do-it-yourself comics made using MSPaint. The images are normally very simple, with premade "rage faces" pasted in to the comic in place of drawing faces. The standard rage comic depicts a humorous or bizarre anecdote the comic author has purportedly experienced, delivering the rage face on the last panel.
Rage comics are, to no surprise, forced memes that have gained immense notoriety all over the internet thanks to websites such as Tumblr, Reddit and 9GAG. Rage comics have become a part of pop culture, not just on the Internet, but IRL. Chances are you know a few people in your personal life who have spammed rage comics on Facebook or Twitter.
Rage comics originally started off as the exploitable F7u12 meme, aka the Rage Guy comic, which emerged in /b/ sometime in 2008. From Rage Guy stemmed other exploitable MSPaint comics, all using the meme template on the last panel of the comic. Over time, some people decided to spice up their comics by making subtle edits to the basic comic template. Such changes included changing Rage Guy's appearance by editing his facial expression, adding more than one Rage Guy, and even including a "Rage Girl". Soon, other memes such as Troll face, Forever Alone, Y U NO and other reaction face memes began to accompany rage comics.
Because they were used in these comics, many of these memes began to develop into a specific group of memes called Rage Faces. Even though many of these memes didn't portray emotions of anger or rage, they were all derived from the original Rage Guy comic.
Popular Rage Faces
The original Rage guy
Troll face - It is NOT called "cool face"
Y U NO guy
Fat son's dad
Awww Yeah! guy
Plaguing the Internet
In a time where memes were once a thing only known by those who ventured far into the underbelly of the Internet, rage comics were rarely seen outside of /b/. Because of their ease of creation, many people jumped on the bandwagon and proceeded to create their own. Then came the creation of dozens and dozens of rage comic generators. Knowing that rage comics could be milked for oodles of cash, companies such as Cheezburger saw the opportunity and began to monetize rage comics. Many followed in suit, providing generators, to rage comic blogs, and even selling rage face merchandise.
Such action caused much anger among /b/-tards, angered that there were rage face shirts being sold at stores like Hot Topic. Because of this, /b/ took action and re-branded Rage Guy as "Race Guy" in hopes that Hot Topic would stop selling them now that the meme had ties with racism. This plan worked to /b/'s advantage, and they celebrated their small bitter-sweet victory. Though this, unfortunately, hasn't stopped the pop culture retail chain from selling shirts with other memes.
Making Rage Comics
One of the aspects that made rage comics so popular is their ease of creation. One doesn't require an art degree or much experience in drawing to create one. These comics are almost always made using stick figures or pasting rage faces while utilizing an exploitable comic template, though given the simplistic nature of these comics some decide to intentionally keep it simple as a guideline. Not everybody can endure the difficulty that is MS Paint, so some prefer to be lazy and create rage comics through generators. Rage comics traditionally use only 4-panels, though they're not always limited to only 4.
Rage comics are the new lolcats of the internet, being used by norps and even sold on T-shirts. Because of their immense popularity, 4chan has turned its back on the comics, and posting one will get your thread saged faster than flies to rotting meat. Most /b/-tards who have been on /b/ longer than just the summer would agree that in general, rage comics are unfunny and overused. They have became one of the most recognizable phenomena OTI and there's a good chance there's more rage comics than there are people using the Internet. Rage comic generators are even available for smart phones so they can be made on the go, and the meme shows no signs of slowing down.
- There are dozens and dozens of websites leeching off the popularity of rage faces/rage comics
- Forget about them being The Cancer That Is Killing /b/, rage comics are the cancer that is killing the Internet.
- While they follow situations that occur in one's life, many rage comic authors never experienced a particular event that they spoof, often stealing ideas from another person's experience with or using something they saw on a sitcom
- Many people mistakenly believe they originated from Tumblr or Reddit, much to the agony of /b/
- A high number of rage comics submitted and featured on sites like MemeBase are stolen, but changed up a bit using different rage faces and then having their obnoxious watermark plastered on to promote their site
- There are even rage comic generators one can download on their smart phone
- Most lack in originality, creativity, and most importantly, humor
- Many comics include words like "le" (French for "the") to narratively describe an action or event in the comic.
- Rage comics try too hard to be funny
- Rage comics have about 38,300,000 search results on Google, more than most memes
- You're better off not making them
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