Okay, maybe not beauty. Absurdity in the minimal?
I have long been a webcomic nerd, and I’ve been noticing somewhat of a trend in where my taste for webcomics is leaning. Stick figures. Either in the realm of the philosophical, as is the case of pictures for sad children, or else the absurd, as is the case of Chainsaw Suit above. Maybe with less focus on drawing there’s a greater time to focus on the writing? There are lots of very beautifully drawn comics out there with terrible writing.
Some other comics in the stick vein are xkcd and Cyanide and Happiness. I’m consistently impressed with these comics. Are my expectations just lower?