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It's a Long Way Down · Original Short Story ·
Organised by RogerDodger
Word limit 2000–8000
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#1 · 2
· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
Definitely my favourite.
#2 · 2
· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
This is a really nice piece. Meta, but I really like the people you added here, and all the various things they were doing. 4th hanging themselves is kind of amusing/terrible, and I love the people fighting over Most Controversial.
#3 · 1
· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
I love it. Every reaction from these little stickmen are hilarious.

From your chart, you should end at the 6th place, I don't know how I will rank it in the end but you won the top tier in my heart.
#4 · 1
· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
Okay, this one got a chuckle.
#5 · 1
· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
That's amazing. All I have to say.
#6 · 1
I can’t even what.

Tier: Meta

/ \

^ (She’s either giving you a thumbs up or the finger. You guess which.)
#7 · 1
· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
As meta as this is, the stick figures have a vast amount of character, the fic names are subtly smart, and in general the commentary hits home in the best satirical traditions. No useful critique. Well played, Swift.
#8 · 3
· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
Tag yourself, I'm "Not Deep Enough"
#9 · 1
· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
Ahahahahahahaha! Meta! Amazingly meta! I can't even comprehend the amazingness of this! Top tier!
#10 · 1
· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
That one is for me!
Just add the last tier!
#11 ·
>>RogerDodger, >>TitaniumDragon, >>Fenton, >>bloons3, >>MLPmatthewl419, >>horizon, >>Dubs_Rewatcher, >>Crystalline, >>Monokeras

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At the start of this round, >>axis_of_rotation asked if stick figures were okay to submit as art. I didn’t reply at the time, but kept it at the back of my mind.

While doodling ideas, I drew something very basic which was much like i trusted you dave, but with figures at top and bottom, looking at each other. I then got the idea of the Writeoff winner looking down at the rest of the list, and I knew it would make a good entry. (Props to >>Ranmilia, who had a similar idea.)

Apart from a quick planning doodle, this was all done as vector art in Illustrator. Replicating the icons and layout of the results screen was a pleasant task. I then made a base stick figure and arranged it in the various poses, working top to bottom, with relative composure at top and all the drama and flailing below, coming up with funny ideas and visual puns as I went (such as the participation ribbon being used for a noose, a toilet, and a cape).

As >>Fenton mentions, sixth place in my imaginary slate was “Metametical Memes” (*), so in a way it’s appropriate that this work also took sixth. Thanks to everyone who liked it!

(*) a reference to Douglas Hofstadter’s book, Metamagical Themas, which was a reference to Martin Gardner’s Mathematical Games column in Scientific American.)