Updated on 16 October, 2021
Questionable Content is a webcomic series written and drawn by Jeph Jacques. It was launched on August 2021 and has so far reached its 500th comic. Questions and Answers, as it is known simply as, is one of the most popular and best selling web comics today. I will be going through some of the comic's notable aspects, and give my personal opinion about them.
Questionable Content starts each issue with a short topical note, which may not have an answer related to the issue at hand. For example, in this one, Mr. Crocker's notes view notes section includes a question posed to him by his assistant about why he bought a new car. The answer given included references to how cars are good for transportation, and that he bought a new one because he had finally decided to escape from a small business where he had been working for over 30 years. The purpose of these notes is to provide a small comedic relief to the otherwise serious content of the comic, and show how ridiculous things can get when you least expect them.
In the above example, we can see the difference between the two answers provided by the question and answer section. With the first answer, Mr. Crocker has a very vague recollection of buying a new car, and does not offer any explanation as to why, aside from saying that he likes cars. The second answer provided by the question and answer section on Monday night has a much more detailed answer, and focuses on the circumstances surrounding the purchase.
The question and answer section is a great place for writer to showcase their creativity. Jeph Jacques, being a master storyteller and well known throughout the internet, has managed to take his writing to a new level. He has managed to turn his mediocre, but humorous web comic into a long running joke in online forums and discussion sites, and even into a movie. His latest release has become known as Questionable Content Comic 2.0, and promises to be just as funny as the original web comic was. This time around, the jokes are not only directed at the main characters, but they are aimed at audiences and viewers throughout the world. Questions abound throughout the movie, ranging from 'what does it feel like to lose your virginity?'
The movie starts off with a one hour long discussion between two members of the main group, Aaron and Mike. The two are discussing topics ranging from Transsexuals to their favorite movies of all time, all while Aaron rattles off a list of things he owns, like a ton of video games, a boat, and even an e-book. It is at this moment when the comic takes a turn for the worst, with Aaron revealing a personal relationship he had with a trans woman, which resulted in him passing away six months ago. The conversation then turns to the controversial issues surrounding the debate over same-sex marriage, Aaron states that he supports gay rights, but not until the issue is legally decided upon. When pressed on whether he would support gay marriage if his partner were a Transsexual, Aaron simply responds, "I don't know, I don't deal with them."
After this exchange, Aaron proceeds to ask his partner about the issue, to which his partner responds by saying nothing, then Aaron proceeds to take a swing at his partner using very strong language, before finally realizing his mistake and taking a much needed break. Minutes later, Aaron returns to the topic, this time using more colorful language and asking if his girlfriend feels the same way about the issue, to which she responds no. Aaron then continues by stating that he feels his girlfriend is forcing him to be gay and he cannot understand why, to which she responds, "I am your wife, not your girlfriend!" This is when Aaron realizes that he has made a huge mistake in making an stereotypical question in the first place, and that perhaps Questionable Content Comic strips are just too difficult to understand for most people.
The next comic shows the consequences of Aaron's mistakes, as he accidentally drops his trans girlfriend off at the hotel and rants on about how he feels she is a mis-ogyne (a word that is highly offensive). In this sentence, Aaron has used highly questionable language, which has caused a stir amongst his friends, who wonder what he is talking about. To make matters worse, Aaron then goes on to say that his girlfriend might be trying to poison him and causing his death. The next morning, Aaron is found dead on the bathroom floor, having apparently choked himself while he was trying to kill himself.
The internet, however, reacts in one way: solidarity! Hundreds of webcomics gathered under the names "Comicgate" and "questionable content" to create a web forum dedicated to the controversial strip and its creator, Scott A Smith. Within the forum, readers begin to air their grievances about the comic in question. The result? A brand new community dedicated to telling other webcomics their most popular strips are.