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    Hi, and welcome to The Sticks Awards!

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    The Sticks Awards 495-500

    496 Responsible
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    500 A Reason to Keep Trying
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    This is easy. 496, indeed.
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    496 is a clear winner, it's heartwarming.
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    *Is confused* Isn't it the 23rd of July today?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dish View Post
    *Is confused* Isn't it the 23rd of July today?
    Yeah, unless it was a typo, then no one got a chance to vote

    I'd say 496 was the best
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    Hmm, this was a pretty good bunch of strips. I can still remember my shock in 498 when I learned all that time had passed. But I'll have to go with the crowd on this one, 496 was the best.
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    496 is one of those rare comics with the power to inspire the soul. Unless you're a sociopath, things like this remind one of what's best in life.

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    I wanna play blocks with 496.
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    496. It hit me hard that comic did. Brilliantly written.

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    Dang... This is hard... This was also my least favorite part of the comic, with the exceptions of 496 and 500, but we see Eugene and Roy arguing all the time anyway, and 496 really was heartwarming but had a bit of sadness to it at the same time... So I'm saying 496

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    As much as I love 496, and I really do, I'm going to vote for 499 for the last panel.
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    I'm going to buck the trend here and say 500. 496 was heartwarming, but it really just created tension that nobody knew existed until then and then released it the same comic. 498 had a nice cliffhanger ending and showed something was seriously wrong - Roy hadn't been rezzed on schedule. 500 actually showed Roy learning a lesson from the time he already spent on the mountain, and actually showed some character growth - the prior four comics were mostly exploration of backstory rather than character growth.

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    It's going to win, but I absolutely reject 496, even tho it doesn't have that much in the way of competition. All it really is is filling in a plothole. It's done very nicely, but it's still only that.

    So I go with 499.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dish View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Argall View Post
    It's going to win, but I absolutely reject 496, even tho it doesn't have that much in the way of competition. All it really is is filling in a plothole. It's done very nicely, but it's still only that.

    So I go with 499.
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    500 for me, although it seems obvious that 496 will win :)

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    497. I always extrapolate the consequences of options and adventuring parties using Plane Shoft to annoy the heavens is funny.
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    Tough pick between 496 and 500, but since I'm in a fuzzy mood atm I'll go with 496.

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    496. It was a touching moment.
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    Tally one up for 496.

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    497. For grandfather and the evil party. Not bad strips all around, but with no chance for the hundred imho.
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    500 is definitely the best in the bunch, and nicely shows off the father/son interaction. Roy's little brother? Meh. We've barely ever seen him before and will likely never see him again in the strip; it's not all that interesting.
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    Although it has no chance of beating meeting Roy's lil brother, I'll vote for 500.

    Roy finally gets the smackdown on his dad that he has been looking for. Intrinsically a far better strip than meeting a lil bro that we did not even know about before that strip (unless it got covered in one of the books...)

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    496. The only OOtS strip that still makes me shred tears.
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    497. For grandfather and the evil party.
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    As expected, 496 whoops everyone's asses so we can move on to BotQ. Although I'm still disturbed we didn't reach the second page. I'm not letting that happen with the BotQ rounds.

    Our first BotQ brings us back to the days of an alive Roy, with the first strip - the resolution of long-running subplots in 401 - bound to collect some adherents on the humor and recap value. (That strip has grown on me since its original battle, I think, when I considered that battle to be the runt in BotQ and 401 to be the second weakest in the bunch.) 406 has immense appeal to those who crave plot relevancy. 413 goes back to being funny. 419 is the best strip for the Belkar crowd although Sabine and Miko are the real stars. And the people craving more Vaarsuvius will not let 424 go down without a fight.

    I'm tempted to say 419 is the runt, but I didn't even predict its original win from a mile off so I could be disasterously wrong. On the other hand, the main reason 419 won was cannibalization amongst the other strips in the group of five, according to my analysis at the time. On paper, 406 is the strongest of the group and 401 and 413 could mutually destroy each other; pressed to provide one to beat the other, I'd probably choose 401, as I'm more skeptical of 413's ability to survive a confrontation with the epic 406. Theoretically, any strip but 419 could win, in anything from a runaway to a clusterbleep, but realistically 401 and 424 will be hard pressed to find a way to top 406, though I'm not completely ruling out an upset.
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    Well, I should join the 496 crowd. Moving one.

    But just to give others some love, I vote

    498

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    Here's my thoughts:

    496 - A heartwrencher, and a little plot exposition for Roy's past. Pretty awesome comic.

    497 - Funny, with a little action. Meet Roy's badass purple-bearded grandfather.

    498 - Very cool comic, with a big cliffhanger, making it clear that we're leading up to a big 499/500.

    499 - Not only funny, but HUGE plot exposition, and marking the 3+ month leap into the future. That, and the explanation of Postmortem Time Disassociation Disorder is completely mindblowingly awesome.

    500 - The "reverse psychology" thing was very cleverly written. Not as momentous for strip 500 as I would have suspected, but still a great strip. Usually I find Roy's arguments with his dad to be tedious and depressing, but this one was excellently done.

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