Amateurs

Amateurs

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About

Amateurs, also known as What Was That, Punk?, is a webcomic by Shen Comix in which human representations of years 2014 and 2015 have an argument about which one of them saw more celebrities dead, only to be called amateurs by a hooded figure who is then revealed to be the year 2016. Online, the format gained popularity as an exploitable, with the participants of the exchange usually re-labeled and their arguments altered.

Origin

On December 31st, 2016, comic artist Shen Comix, known as Owl Turd Comix at that time, posted a four-panel comic in which anthropomorphic representations of years 2014 and 2015 have an argument about which year saw more celebrities dead (shown below). In another panel, a hooded figure calls them amateurs and is later revealed to be year 2016. The comic received over 8,400 retweets and 16,000 likes on Twitter,[1] 92,900 likes on Instagram[2] and 41,700 likes and reblogs on Tumblr in three years.[3]


1 upping years of who killed the most celebrities but 2016 took the most

On January 3rd, 2017, Redditor Duckwillo3 posted the earliest known meme based on the comic to /r/FULLCOMMUNISM subreddit, receiving over 500 upvotes in six months (shown below).[4]


I KILLED 3 FASCISTS! WELL I KILLED 5 FASCISTS! AMATEURS. WHAT WAS THAT, PUNK? AMATEURS.

Spread

Until June 2019, the format saw limited spread online, with several notable examples posted on Reddit. For example, on February 7th, 2018, Redditor NishanthVM posted a Dark Souls meme based on the comic to /r/gaming subreddit,[5] gaining over 3,000 upvotes in six months (shown below, left). A November 28th, 2018, /r/historymemes post by Redditor Cet336 received over 34,200 upvotes in six months (shown below, right).[6]


In my blighttown you can't see s---, and enemies are Well, in mine everywhere you have 20fps and you are CASUALS poisoned all the time DARK DARK SOULS HSOULS DARK DARK OULSOULS WHAT WAS THAT, PUNК? CASUALS POISONED 9.6 FPS Рemon's Souls I fought Britain for 7 years Well I fought them for 100 years AMATEURS. WHAT WAS THAT, PUNK? AMATEURS OWLTURD.COM

On June 23rd, 2019, Redditor oh_look_its_a_poob posted a Minecraft meme which received over 50,600 upvotes in five months in the /r/dankmemes subreddit (shown below).[7] In the following months, the format saw an increase in popularity on Reddit.


I travel on horseback WELL I AMATEURS. use my Elytra WHAT WAS THAT, PUNK? AMATEURS Be safe in the Nether kids

Various Examples


I started training to be a jedi when I Well, was nine started AMATEURS. training older at fourteen WHAT WAS THAT, PUNK? AMATEURS I have black text I have red text WHAT WAS THAT, PUNK? Everyone falls for me No, leveryone falls for ME guess what.. Ligma balls Joe mama CHICKEN BUTT WHAT PUNK? OWLTURD.COM
I had one revolution I had two revolutions AMATEURS. WHAT WAS THAT, PUNK? AMATEURS put ads between my content to ma ke Well I put money 2 ads between AMATEURS my content AMATEURS WHAT WAS THAT, PUNK? TV Where is my bone hurting juice Maybe Ouch someone mistook it for their drink WHAT WAS THAT, PUNK? Oof ouch why my bones hurt. OuLTURD.COM

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AMATEURS WHAT WAS THAT, PUNK? AMATEURS OWLTURD.COM

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