Ultimate Ridley
I'm Ultimate Ridley, and I do stuff. My most popular work here is Pogeymanz, which you may or may not have heard of.
PRE-POST EDIT: Sorry for the wall of text. Everyone who reviews Pogeymanz typically gets one, regardless of the review's tone.

Thanks for the review! I gotta say, this review gave me some perspective that I really needed, particularly concerning the newer pages. Would you believe that your review offers the first real response to the new pages (53 onward)? I got a few comments from IRL friends and a brief "Good job!" asspat or two from people on other sites but otherwise any responses regarding Page 53+ were limited until now (and Page 53 is almost two years old, which is why the silence was driving me crazy), and I want to thank you for that.

I'd forgotten to approach the comic with new readers in mind, I'll admit. I've spent so much time reading over every single page (to eliminate future discrepancies) that I know the comic inside and out--to the point that I write with full knowledge of what's happened and what's going to happen, even if past events weren't directly explained yet. So--and like I said, I didn't realize this until I read your review--I would write a page without thinking about how well it conveys necessary information to, say, a new reader that binge-read the whole thing in quick succession. As I read over the pages I can completely see what you're saying. The fact that I frequently take breaks from making pages probably doesn't help at all from a development standpoint.

It probably also doesn't help that the first 44 pages comprise what I've recently taken to calling a lengthy prologue, in that I literally had zero real aims for the comic's plot until P45 (the one where Professor Kilo and Bob dump exposition onto the protagonist and Clair about "nubbiness"); which is pretty much how and why the movie subplot and all of its baggage came into being and why I ended it so abruptly. All of the real big ideas for the plot as it is right now came to me while making P54, with the introduction of Müt. That's why I felt obligated to eventually write "Deleted Scenes" because I wanted to make sense of the past (or at least shed some light on and add context to it) and, if that two-parter page didn't happen, then the events of P62 "Stuff Happens" would seem more random than usual (i.e. "We're on the Director now? Seriously? This really came from nowhere").

It probably also doesn't help that I try to make each page as funny as possible even if my attempts at doing so frequently end up scrambling the plot and rushing a moment or two. But Pogeymanz was pretty much always about the humor, with the plot being a relatively recent secondary aspect of the comic. To that end, I nowadays try to limit the meme/reference/fad humor--though I won't rid of it entirely because that's what a large number of my fans +fav'd the comic for in its early run. I've generally been attempting more situational humor in the recent pages.

Again, thanks for the review! It was really eye-opening. I probably won't make the pages much shorter, at least not "six panels a page" shorter (large pages easily exceeding 10-15 panels in length is something of a schtick of mine), but I can start trying to pace the story better nonetheless. Though maybe I could add a new chapter or another webpage specifically for smaller supplemental pages.
Yes that's the same Ditto as from the last page. I got lots of stuff figured out for what I want to do with it.

Müt now uses Comic Sans because screw it. I started doing that "talk in a different font" thing mainly to distinguish the grunts that followed him around, anyway.

I think we all know what the "things" in Tanbura Cave represent. I should go ahead and note that not all of them are crazy or dumb like these, but the worst ones are; and the Noob Realm is meant to reflect the worst parts of the Internet (which, as Müt points out by noting Tanbura Cave's saner population, is not an absolute itself).

Also, to my Japanese readers (there might be none of you, but hi!), I'm aware that it has a separate name in your language (Foro), but I called it Tanbura so that non-Japanese readers could catch on.
Hey guys, since you say you're a little slow on getting requests, how about I ask for yet another review of Pogeymanz? (This would make it the third review for it, but there have been around 20 pages released since the last review and 20 Pogeymanz pages means about another hour or two worth of reading)


I'm even totally fine with D00D64 picking it up again despite having reviewed it before, if he wants to. I only request that the reviewer reads all of it. All 60+ pages. I get that the early pages are rough but please be patient with the comic; I'm confident that you will find it less obnoxious as you go.

I know this was posted back in October, but I never responded because I couldn't figure out how to while also making the response as uncharged as possible. I have a .txt document on my Dropbox filled with similar but different responses that could each fill up three pages in Microsoft Word. They all take different approaches and, reading over them now, I'd definitely cringe if I'd have posted them. They're not butthurt or anything, but they definitely go off on some weird tangents that could easily be read wrong.

Wall-of-text responses to reviews of Pogeymanz are not uncommon, at all, but I figured it wasn't appropriate in this case and thus never got around to it.

So now, coming back around to this, I'll just write out my general thoughts.

1. Thanks for the review! You make some valid criticisms. I expected a low score due to the comic's bad track record with formal criticism, so I'm not disappointed in the score itself.

2. I am disappointed that you didn't finish reading the comic (at least in time to write the review), mostly because I requested a review primarily because I have extremely minimal response about the new pages (53 onwards, including the second Halloween Special). I've been unleashing them since September 2013 on pretty much all the sites and despite that, I'm fairly certain only you and a few close IRL friends gave any comments on them, but in any case it was limited (i.e. you only read from one of them, as far as I can tell). I'm convinced the newer pages are, on the whole, significantly better than the first 52, but I have little to no external feedback on them, so I don't know for sure! Maybe I should have been more specific when requesting your review.

3. At what point did you stop reading? Based solely on the images in the review, it looks like you ditched sequential reading somewhere around Page 15 (I'd guess at least before Page 18), which is ironically roughly where the comic shifts tone quite a bit from the meme-entrenched "immature" humor of the first few pages that you mentioned is a major reason why you were turned off of completing the comic. I'm not saying pages from 15 onwards are just fantastic and perfect in every way (in fact, I think they get really dull from Page 36 onwards until the new pages) but they certainly represent the comic maturing a slight (very slight) bit. They're certainly not just stylistic retreads of the first few pages, which are so rough and unbearable because I didn't have any aims for the comic at the time and I made most of them within hours of each other (Pages 1-5 were produced and posted in a 48 hour span of time, for example).

4. Concerning the Pokémon translator bit, consider this: aside from Hitmonchan, Alakazam, any legendary, and a Nidoking in one page (though maybe his trainer, a prominent character himself, also has one; I never specified), no Pokémon is ever coherently responded to by any human character except for the protagonist. Aside from the above exceptions, all Pokémon are treated as silent by all other human characters. Just look at Page 20, where Clair is introduced: her Dragonite talks its head off, but she never hears it.

I'll admit that the plot point did slip me a little later into the comic, as evidenced by the Nidoking scene, but Alakazam and the legendaries have telepathy while I always hoped Hitmonchan would be assumed to have learned human language à la Meowth in the anime. Also, Hitmonchan, Alakazam and Registeel talk so much that stuffing their dialogue in parentheses wouldn't be helpful when my panels are only the size of a DS screen. The saved space is pretty crucial.

EDIT: Forgot about Snorunt and the elevator operator in Page 59. But she said she uses telepathy to operate the elevator, so I'd deduce that's how she communicates with Snorunt.
It's been too long.

The DUN DA DUM DA DUN is supposed to be interpreted as the Windows XP boot theme.

(It's also my birthday today. Wee)

If you have trouble understanding what happened, Relicanth's text is your key.

Ukuze ukunqoba ukubheja, kumelwe uzibambe intukuthelo kwaletha ngamabomu ivela. Uma ulahlekelwa, izingane zenu uqalekisiwe phakade.

I made another one. It's been five years, and the ideas really came rushing in. (On the 20th, when I made this, at least) Probably the most effort I've put in any page yet.

Happy Halloween!
This is basically supposed to be a prelude to the next page, which will be a flashback page showing Registeel's "childhood".

Ironically, the shortest of the newer pages is the one with the most action.
I want it to be known that this was made and posted before Ultimate Yoshi finished his review of the comic. As such, I don't even know if he hates the comic at the time of this writing, so take note that the Pokémon Center portion was not some sort of metaphor for criticism of the comic. (Maybe I'm thinking too deep into it. I probably am)

This was a tough page for me. It went through several rewrites (TONS of them), I suffered numerous cases of writers' block, etc. All-in-all I'd say it came out good. Some awkwardness that I didn't get around to explaining, but also a few funny moments. (Could you tell I've been saving the "shoo!" gag for a little while?)

I'm going to try and flurry the pages as best I can, because once ORAS comes out in November this comic is as good as dead for at least a few months afterwards.
Whoo! I'm up next!

I can't wait to hear your opinion on my (relatively) ancient comic! (Although it feels like I started it a year ago)
@witswithme: To what are you referring? The gushing about ideas for continuing the plot, or the part about the review?
@Angelz_Blaze: What do you mean?

I said in the description that this is a temporary thing unless I find reason to make it otherwise. When I was working on the 20th comic I grew frustrated at how it just wasn't funny. Granted, that was four years ago, but I also haven't played Fallout 3 in just about as long.

Also, I doubt Fallout will be offline forever. If Fallout 4 doesn't conform to the recent trend of forced always-online multiplayer (see: Destiny), then they will almost certainly make Fallout Online at some point. Then, we shall have a showdown. >:B
So now you get to see how the movie ended.

I should note that despite the fact that the descriptions of Mr. Director Guy's "previous projects" mentioned in Page 60 are exact synopses of ARK and Buttshot (my previous two projects), and his confounding decision making can be seen as an analogue to me making crazy decisions for the comic's story, Mr. Director Guy is not supposed to be me.

Proof: He cries when his movie doesn't win any awards. The worst I got was a little sassy with critics (I was 15, remember). I didn't even delve into a planned gag about critics of this comic and their usual complaints because I'm having this comic reviewed as we speak, and that would be bad form.

Also, no, despite the blatant reference to yaoi comics and gritty Sonic comics in the newspaper panel, I am not butthurt that this comic never became as popular as them. I'm personally happy that it outpaced ARK and Buttshot in success by a long shot.

Also the faded ink in the newspaper panel is a paragraph about puppies. Not really. But you can't tell, can you? Only a few words can really be made out.

And Turd-Boy George... I didn't do that on purpose, I swear. I noticed it immediately after writing that box, but I totally didn't plan that little joke ahead of time. I wanted to give him a "generic" name; Paul was the first that came to mind, but that's an anime character; I briefly thought "Bob" but that was quickly squashed for obvious reasons. So then I thought "George". And then I wrote the box.
So after making Page 59, I didn't really know where to go next with the comic, despite having a general idea of where the plot was going. I just couldn't get anything funny written. So, two weeks later, I decided I'd do a kind of "origin story" for Mr. Director Guy, because he's so damn fun to write. It also goes into detail behind the movie subplot I'm sure many people thought was too random.

The resulting page was also 93 panels long.

I cut the thing into two parts. Yes, even Pogeymanz has a "too big".

Also, Manchain is apparently Gaelic (Irish) for "Manchester", which is why Mr. Director Guy calls him "Manchesteriorio" during the phone call. (The "iorio" is because Italian)

In reality, Manny is half-Manx, i.e. from the Isle of Man, a tiny little island found between Great Britain and Ireland. The Manx language is different from Gaelic (though both are part of the same branch of Goidelic languages), but it doesn't have a translator on Google Translate whereas Gaelic does (as "Irish") so I went with the closest thing. I was planning on making this a gag, but I didn't have the room or context for it (I only vaguely plan the gags; I write the dialogue after I've created the panels).
@Vash_ts: You might find that you're not far off.
Can you review Pogeymanz, please? I'm getting back into making the comic, so I'd like a new opinion.
Finally, the plot kicks off again!

Come on, if I ended the comic by Page 60-ish, the ending would be abrupt. I just feel like there's so much more that I can do with the story. For example, how legendary Pokémon factor into the story (you'll meet a lot of them during Registeel's campaign, but most are just background characters or only appear in side activities), how Team Nubzorz came into the picture, and how Clair and Bob's side of the story has anything to do with anything.

Stay tuned. If you're still reading this, that is. (I've not been receiving comments on any of the new pages [i.e. pg53 and onward])

EDIT 7/27/2014: I've been lacking in inspiration these past few weeks. I write a scenario, and it's just not very funny. So, the next page is gonna be a little different. It won't really advance the plot, but it will tie up some holes. It's also probably going to be massive, perhaps eclipsing "Page 55: Moar Plot" in size. We'll have to see. (I'll probably make it, split it in two, and submit both at once)

Also, I got this comic on the waiting list for Ultimate Yoshi's review comic, Ulti Reviews. Anyone familiar with his reviewing style should expect Pogeymanz to score relatively low.
EDIT 9/30: As an addendum to the above, the comment about this comic likely scoring low is just my prediction, and was written before the hullabaloo with Ultimate Yoshi and the various reactionary review comics. No ill-will is intended towards UY, who has stated that he'll approach future comics he reviews with a more critical eye.

Still, I expect Pogeymanz to score relatively low because it seems like it doesn't hold up well when thoroughly scrutinized. I've had about ten formal reviews of Pogeymanz written, and only about four of them were remotely positive. And opinions on Pogeymanz tend to be very polarized anyway ("love it or hate it"). Here's to hoping, though, because at the time of this writing, Pogeymanz is next up.
There are people who dislike (and even some who despise) Pogeymanz because the humor is "too random". I seriously doubt I'll be changing their minds with this page.
A continuation of Clair and Bob's side of things. The plot barely moves in this page, but there's more character development in this page than most. Notice how Clair, originally the One Sane Man of the comic, is becoming the least sane character of them all.

(Also, this page sets up a Hidden Room event in Registeel's campaign of the game [which is nowhere near complete] when he passes through the beach; keep an eye out for a purple towel!)

I have no excuse for yet again promising to continue the comic to its end, but I will say that the release of Pokémon X & Y shortly after the release of the previous page hardly helped my procrastination. It was a silly promise for me to make so close to the game's release. (In a cruel twist of fate, I haven't been playing it this whole time; I spent almost twice as much time since on Civilization V, a game I discovered merely weeks after Pokémon X & Y's release.) Rest assured, the comic will end, but I can't guarantee when. I regret not powering through it back in 2009 (I began to slip schedule in November--I once apologized for a week-long hiatus! Hah!) but it can't be helped now.
The previous two pages were filled with plot and not a particular ton of humor, so I decided to focus on this storyline first because it's probably the funniest of the three.

Yeah, I'm not going to do the monster pages anymore, wherein the three storylines collide. I'm instead going to do monster pages that focus on one of the three storylines. Although obviously, [No Name]'s is the main one, I figured I should probably go ahead and tie up any loose ends possible, but having [No Name] do the tying would itself undo the position he's currently in.

Any misspellings given by the drunk (who is the same guy from pages 12 and 17) are intentional. Also, no I don't know if "Swedish vodka" actually exists, I just called it Swedish because I made the bottle blue and yellow (like Sweden's flag). :P
Yet Again
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Three new pages have already been posted! Click here if you're a long time fan and want to begin there!

I think this is the third time I've advertised this comic here, although I deleted the second ad because it was a total woops on my part.

Anyway, I made a page special for this comic, rather than just take from one of the existing comics. It showcases the Director Guy, because I like him. :P

I've also updated the site's web design because HTML and CSS were two of the things I got better at during the hiatus.