|Original review author:||kyrtuck|
|Start Date:||As Gamergate Life: November 4th 2014, As "Gamergate Triggerhappy" October 3rd 2016, As just "Triggerhappy" December 20th 2017|
|Genre:||Social-Political Satire Comedy|
|Defining Flaw:||Lazyass jokes, reasoning and art.|
I've hated this one since its original inception in 2014 back when it was being called "Gamergate Life". And yes, we at BWW did do a review on it earlier. But now I'm using the author's name change as an excuse for a new review! Bwoowahahahaha!
Was always bad.
Its Just a Joke Dude
On the surface, first and foremost, this webcomic is meant to be funny. But with this being political humor, certain context into contemporary happenings is needed. Unlike all the other political based comics know, however, Triggerhappy tends to put little to no explanation of the context in the comic itself, using lengthy commentary and links outside of the comic as a crutch. People should not have to do work just to crack a smile at a three panel strip. And without precious context, all Triggerhappy has to offer is funny faces and hyperactivity, things accomplished by every single Boom!Box comic, and many a Calarts cartoon.
For a strip to claim to support freedom of voice and individuality, the nature of the punchlines are mind crushingly uniform. They're always some form of "ooh, lookit how mean the ugly SJWs (or related tangents) are. We (Kukuruyoart and whoever he happens to like) are so smart and handsome and kind by comparison!" Or occasionally he'll just throw in nonsense memes which age about as well as Miley Cyrus twerking to Blurred Lines. What's that you say? These memes are what all true gamers strive for? I know! I just wonder what Kuku is up to...
And then another few strips are effectively jokeless. Here's one with Catalnoa and Spanish Police as wrestlers. And that's it. A setup without any zinger punchline. The author doesn't even have any stance on that particular issue, so why did he waste his oh so precious time on that non-joke? Here's another where its just his new brown piece of ass handpuppet laughing in Spanish. And that's it. Learn to laugh in English ya savage illegal!
Except When Its Not
While Kukuruyoart may try to use "Its just a silly comic" as a shield against criticism, its clear that he wants his messages taken seriously, be noticed, and spread about. He once made a big cringey butthurt article on his own site about his totes serious motives. He tells direct messages to the readers without jokes. In his smug commentary he tries to sound like some great masterful defender of Free Western media. He's bragged about "Gamergate isn't dead" in several instances. His comments from readers are filled with people getting angry over real life events they take completely seriously. So guess what Kuku? You can take your "eets jus ah seellee comick" defense and shove it where the sun don't shine. You can't have your kek and eat it too.
Bad Reasoning or Possible Cluelessness
Now, I am willing to believe he might be in the right about gaming journalism, game conventions, and all that other inane junk the bloated gaming industry grew out of its ass like fungal infections. I'm too poor to have a stake in that (I'm in the middle of playing Suikoden 5...SUIKODEN!) So I'll trust Kuku is something of an expert there. But in any other area, he will appear inexperienced (like not realizing buses have seat reserved for the handicapped) or very desperately reaching (here he thinks two rant videos qualify something as a "controversy" worthy of his time and "talent".) And Grid Girls? Come on, those are inane to racing as cheerleaders to Football, and their salary, inconclusive, and seeing as how cheerleaders were paid below minimum wage, I would not get my hopes up.
A great example of Kuku's clueless buffoonery is this strip here. First, the historical side. He thinks that invaders don't influence nations. Wrong-o. Spain had become extra militant as a result of fighting Moors for centuries. The language, culture, and even royal bloodlines of England had been affected by Norman and Saxon invaders. West Germany, Japan and the Philippines had been changed by US occupation. Rome and Greece had international influence lasting long after their empires collapsed.
The second part is where he claims "T'Challa is more nationalist and isolationist than Trump". How's that? The big attention grabbing MCU movie had T'Challa go against traditional Wakanda isolationism, and reach out to the rest of the world. More importantly, in the many years of comic, game and animation appearances, T'Challa is constantly helping out non-Wakanda characters, and a few times even accepted help from non-Wakanda characters to help Wakanda.
Indeed, when it comes to comics, it would appear as if he's only being spoonfed Comicsgate videos,such as claiming Kamala Khan was being used to promote Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. One: HRC was not in any Kamala Khan comic in any way, shape or form. Two: Kamala was not even supporting either candidate real or fictional, just giving viable information about voting in America.
He has a repeated hate boner on "muh forced diversity" in comics, but how does that work exactly? The experimental purge Marvel tried out on its big name characters from 2014-2017 has been completely undone. Marvel and DC comics are mostly centered on modern day, large American cities which is home to peoples of all colors, shapes, sizes, sexualities, languages and creeds. Are new characters reflecting this reality not allowed to be created? Perhaps Kuku's tiny brain would be fried by character diversity of decades past. A Chinese Batgirl? That was done with Cassandra Cain in the 90s. Mexican-Irish Spider-man? Miguel O-Hara, also from the 90s. A lesbian Native American superhero? Sarah Rainmaker from, you guessed it, the 90s. Black Woman Captain Marvel? Monica Rambeau from the 70s! Obese woman hero that didn't instantly die from a heart attack? Big Bertha from the 80s. And if goofy sidekicks count, then Etta Candy from the FUCKING FORTIES! A fat purple haired bespectacled socialist girl? Gertrude Yorkes from 2003, yes you read that right, there are TWO zeroes in between!
Aside from that, his representation of "SJW" (the greatest blanket term of all) statements, and his arguments against them are of course reductive. Big boobs exist in real life? Certainly. But D-cups or higher on thin women are quite rare, unless by boobjob, which not everyone has the money for. The argument of "unrealistic body image" also ties into firm bodies on characters never shown to physically train, absurd actions done while in painful foot and posture reshaping high heels, or makeup that never smears, and treating all of this as some kind of effortless default for women. Really, "unrealistic body image" is plain, simple basic suspension of disbelief being broken, like when dark skinned people are inserted into European Fairy Tales.
Or other times I question his grip on reality. SJWs worship all non-whites? Then how come I just saw Michael Moore diss Obama for neglecting Flint in his latest movie Fahrenheit 11/9? How come I see SJW redditors bash on Dinesh D-Souza, Ben Carson, and any other non-white Republican?
Lastly, I must express discontent at his obsessive celebrations of Gawker being sued to death. Regardless of what Gawker did or deserved, the fact remains that copyright lawsuits very frequently lead to the same effects as censorship. Copyrights have forced the name changes of characters and things. Copyrights have had reviews taken off of youtube (wonder if Kuku would be hot on Daddy Derek too?). Copyright lawsuitshave even ended entire franchises, or had copies destroyed.
And since Kuku readily screams "authoritarianism" at other things legal under Democratic Free Market Capitalism, such as protests, boycotts and private-owned companies banning or firing people they don't like, his love of copyright lawsuit is hypocritical, if not disconcerting.
And that's to say nothing of his figurative worship of Donald Trump, an actual political leader, who demanded increased military budgets, a border wall that was never considered necessary before, wants to be rid of the 14th Amendment, wants state run media, compliments autocratic leaders, was friends with the Clintons, and is said to be doing things similar to Obama.
Kukuruyoart excels at drawing shiny anime boobs and butts. Kuku and his swarm of sycophants will gladly inform me that shiny anime boobs and butts are the greatest achievement possible in human civilization. That's fine. That's wonderful. Unfortunately, Kukuruyoart will falter at anything outside of shiny anime boobs and butts. He does not have any aptitude at drawing older people or children or crowds of people, or buildings, or plants or vehicles, or detailed backgrounds and its especially noticeable in Triggerhappy, where even hardcore fans admit he slacks off.
In Triggerhappy, the hastily drawn figures are badly proportioned, have squashed faces often with no noses and oversized lips, occasionally lopsided, with globs of cel shading amid empty void backdrops. And sometimes he likes to do copypasta. Holy Tom Tomorrow, Batman! This makes his attempts to rag on tumblr or Calarts styles ring hollow.
More importantly, Kuku's lazy art in the comic suggests he doesn't care so much about the social political happenings he's attempting to lampoon. Take into account classical masters using their art to make such commentary. Hogarth, Goya, Pieter Bruegel, all those men were putting their best into their work, which survived centuries after their deaths. Fast Foward to modern day comic artists, and its much the same. Osamu "the father of anime" Tezuka was putting in his best while covering topics from discrimination to medicine to environmentalism to spirituality. Robert Crumb was doing his best when painstakingly adapting the entire Book of Genesis just to beat Christian Conservatives at their own game. Ru Xu was putting in splendid visuals with her comic Newsprints and its themes of feminism, freedom and truth seeking.
By comparison, Kuku's art in Triggerhappy is pure shitpost, with the value of rapidly rusting pennies. Why doesn't he "Get Gud" with his own comic art?
All I can do is infer bits and pieces of Kuku's personality from the words and art he posts up online for the world to see. he strikes me as a smug elitist brat with no idea what regular joes working 9 to 5 go through. He expresses a recurring hate for how American game companies run things, and acting as if the Japanese companies can do no wrong (cough, Konami, cough). He also shows a recurring hate toChristians, maybe because mean nuns slapped him in the dick with rulers when he was little. That imagery makes me smile anyway.
He has a taste for Monster Girls, AKA, exotic humans with animal parts attached. Holy Homestuck, Batman! He also has a growing taste in BDSM bondage, which suggests a hunger for personal power and control. I should know, since I myself have a similar taste, with an absurdly large, well organized, well backed up collection. Go on, try calling me a prude now!
His "Get Gud" attitude reeks of technocracy, and could be potentially damaging to the videogame industry, since companies inevitably require revenue from business with casual gamers. Kuku also claims to enjoy Visual Novels, which have little to no interaction or skill, so again, he looks hypocritical. His focus on the financial failings of others comes across as shallow, as if men are only as valuable as their wallets. There's implications that women are only as good as their bodies. I can't speak for what Kuku values in personality, since his primary mouthpiece, and presumed role models Vivian James, can be described as a Millenial Daria, only good for arrogant, low energy snarking. I don't think the man has a bone of genuineness in his body, since he only picks up political figures when they're popular then abandons them when he's done with them.
Kukuruyoart is more SJW-like than he's willing to admit, with his deliberately seeking things to get mad at, politicizing everything, things no one made him read or watch. he'll complain that "SJWs ruined" things he never before shown any interest in. All of which greatly contrasts with the early Gamer Gate attitude of "I just want to play games, quit politicizing things". The title "Triggerhappy" could very well be applied to him and his ilk. He could even be considered Tom Preston-like with his habit of hiding behind female characters he made up. What's wrong? Ashamed of your own white male-ness?
Lastly, he strikes me as insecure with all the times he has to convince his followers (or himself) that "Gamergate isn't dead". 4th Anniversary? Big deal, I can still see "freedom loving" people fly a certain flag created by Southern Democrats 150 years ago. Wake me when ya reach that milestone, double G. If Gamergate was as alive as it ever was then you wouldn't have to glomp onto Comicsgate and a bunch of other unrelated, useless gates. I suppose next he'll be praising Pizzagate and Deflategate.
This webcomic does have value from certain angles. People who are desperate for un-PC humor. Or people happily frolicking deep down the 4Chan Kek hole which this webcomic often panders to. Or people that are just desperate to see the Autistic-SJW-Commie-PC-Faggot-Soyboy-Cuck-Mangina-NPC-whatever-they're-being-called-this-week get bashed.
Other than that, let this webcomicrot in the rancid diseased jungles it belongs!