User:Natsa/Mandatory Fun Day

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Original review author: Natsa
Webcomic name: Mandatory Fun Day
Author: George E. McDougal (Season 1), Mark Bowytz (Season 2)
Start Date: February 11, 2008
End Date: September 23, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Routine
Defining Flaw: Terrible artwork that harkens back to Sonichu. Bland and unsubtle writing.




Rating Summary


Art: Wiki.png

A lot of inconsistency in the horrible style and design in Season 1. Season 2 is better but not by much.

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Season 1 is a crappy version of Offce Space. Season 2 doesn't really make any sense.

Characters: Wiki.pngWiki.png

Take some of the characters from Office Space and make their roles even more obvious. Add in vampires and vikings for good measure.

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Gotta love the modified strips in the comments.

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A very boring and bland comic that makes for some good meme fodder.



Background

TV Tropes has a horrible comics section full of nice examples, most of which have been reviewed on this website. Some of them haven't been reviewed yet, however. Mandatory Fun Day is one of those webcomics.

It's hosted and created by the members of The Daily WTF, a website where people point out the idiocy of buggy software, inept IT managers, and generally inefficient businesses, along with the usual nagging boss. This webcomic only covers the surface of what is blogged there on a regular basis and has shown to be a disappointment to it's visitors. Why?

Downfall

The third comic is where you can start seeing the stock geek characters you see in other media, but with less subtlety. It is also where the art begins to show how awful it is.

Story and Plot

Season 1 begins with Gilroy graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science and immediately getting an offer for a job at Magenta Corp. that apparently pays money for what it's worth. He ends up in a dead-end job with horrible working environment and grossly incompetent bosses. Magenta Corp is run by the greedy Magenta, who's dressed like a supervillain for those who don't know that he's evil from the start. The rest of the season runs with Gilroy getting treated like trash at work and the bumbling tomfoolery of his bosses. There's also a subplot involving Microsoft, which apparently has headquarters at Mordor and the Death Star, being exposed as an evil corporation by some basement dwelling geeks that edit Wikipedia all day. Season ends with Gilroy getting fired just days before his contract with the company expires after denying an offer from his boss.

Season 2 is just a nonsensical mess that involves Gilroy getting a job in some low-tech company being run on a ship that eventually gets taken over by vikings and Magenta getting a vampire employee because he looks cool or something. It also has the usual hijinks like Magenta getting as much money as possible and vikings trying to improve the company they control with Gilroy looking no worse than before throughout the entire run. It ends with him leaving on hot air balloon that randomly appears out of nowhere, tired of the shit he went through after company he worked at collapses.

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