Let’s start with a little disclaimer: I love the Joystiq Weekly Webcomic Wrapup. Without them most of you wouldn’t be reading this right now which would make us very sad. Joystiq is consistently one of our top referrers and we look forward to making comics on a weekly basis knowing that the Joystiq faithful are going to check it out. As far as our ‘winning formula’ goes, we typically avoid the drug/sex references, but we certainly do use popular game characters and pop culture references. We feel that we shouldn’t go out of our way to force a comic based on certain elements, but it’s nice to make jokes about something that the majority of readers are familiar with. I personally loved VG Cats’ Iwo Jima Worms comic last week, but it had more obscure references than Extra Life did. As a result, VGC got far fewer votes than EL. I think that’s okay too because you want to be proud of the comics you make even if fewer people get it. Those that do get it probably appreciate it more.