We didn’t comment much this week — well, at all — about Google’s Chrome browser. That’s not to say we’re not interested: just that Scott McCloud’s 38-page “Google Chrome” comic was just so insufferably smug, self-important and impenetrable that we’re still trying to knead out the resulting big rubbery one long enough to actually install the damn thing. And that there’s no Mac version doesn’t help.
McCloud’s comic was so filled with ill-defined, meaningless technobabble that it made a complete mockery of his masterpiece, Understanding Comics. Valleywag’s Paul Boutin brilliantly observes that the whole thing reads “like the middle of a Neal Stephenson novel.” It was obvious McCloud had no hand in writing the thing… the Google Chrome comic served one and only one purpose: to set Firefox engineers indignantly afroth in spittle-flecked apoplectic fury. Which it did very well, thank you very much, so mission accomplished, Google!
So 4 Chan to the rescue, to make the Google Chrome comic for the rest of us, and Valleywag has rounded up some of the best of them. Genius. Now this is a comic that would make me install a browser.