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Picture the scene. You're just idly surfing the web. You find a webcomic and read the most recent one. You laugh. You decide to read the previous one. That's funny as well. You read a week's worth and laugh at all of them. You feel the urge well up inside you. It's time to go on... an Archive Binge.
The systematic read-through is a common larval stage of more-than-casual fans of a Web Comic. Such comics progress very slowly by most standards but online archives make back issue availability unparalleled. Even if reading a single installment takes seconds, a person coming across a new strip finds dozens, hundreds or even thousands of times as much new content.
So he'll sample a few... then a few more... then, if things are really working out, all of them.
The depth of the resulting addiction can be estimated from the disruption of daily life caused and from the degree of withdrawal symptoms once the reader finishes and has to follow the update schedule from then on. More sensible people time themselves and read up a little at a time. These are the people that can eat only one potato chip.
Firefox extensions like Autopager can help by automatically adding the next page as you scroll, so you don't have to click on links. For some of them, you need to be quite technically minded, though.
The site Archive Binge lets you subscribe to a web comic's archive via an RSS feed at a rate you choose, allowing you to binge at your own pace.
Archive Binge is common for first timers of this wiki, (and the other one) as Xkcd has pointed out. It is also an increasingly common phenomenon with regard to TV shows, now that it is possible to buy whole seasons of a Long Runner on DVD.
It is not unusual for fans who have already been following a series to undertake several more archive binges, often initiated by an Archive Trawl. It's also good practice for Fanfic writers to undertake this, especially in a new fandom, or one they're going back to. It's often called "Canon Review" in these circumstances.
See Webcomics Long Runners for a list of especially binge-worthy comics.
Anime and Manga
- Newcomers to Anime often fall victim to this, due to the sheer amount of (fansubbed) material readily available on the Internet. Note that Archive Binging makes reading long arcs easier, cutting down on Arc Fatigue and eliminating the need to wait a week for the next installment.
- Don't feel like (or can't) torrent? Uncomfortable with fansubs? The below mentioned Hulu.com offers a RIDICULOUS amount of professionally subbed anime. And it has the entire series too. No downloading necessary. It even has a few dubs, though those are harder to get the rights to. Especially if the dub is still airing.
- Only for Americans.
- But one could always check Crunchy Roll, they have quite a few series an average person would've never heard of otherwise.
- Scanlated manga hosts have a very good chance of turning into an Archive Binge.
- Certain comic books (such as Action Comics, Detective Comics, and Batman) have been running continuously for over 70 years. Their long history and continuity changes seem to be enough to prevent most people from doing full-on binges... but heaven help you if you, say, read a particularly interesting arc from fifteen or twenty years ago that crosses over into three or four different series, all of which you get through perfectly legal methods, of course. And then, of course, you need the context, and then you want to know what happens next, and before you know it, you've read all 153 issues of Nightwing in two days. And then, after you've read every comic book in existence, you suddenly get a hankering for a favorite arc of yours, and it starts all over again!
- While Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog hasn't been running as long as some famous DC or Marvel names, it's existed long enough to have nearly 240 main issues at the time of this writing, a Knuckles side-series that lasted into the 30s, an on-going Sonic Universe spinoff that is currently around issue 40, and numerous special graphic novels and miniseries.
- As a gift to fans, every issue of Elf Quest was put online for fans to read/re-read/discover/share. Which makes it quite easy to binge on the series.
- The fan made game Heta Oni. It starts out dull at first, but you'll get hooked by the suspense, especially when Japan goes into the kitchen of the haunted house to investigate, only to hear strange sounds in the foyer and find that the three he came with -- Italy, Prussia, and Germany -- are all gone.
- I'm a Marvel And I'm a DC has over 100 videos on Youtube. That's 2 complete seasons of After Hours, working on a third, plus all the original format videos, parodies ad ads. And oh yeah, if you want to understand even half the jokes, you have to watch them all.
- Undocumented Features. This fic started in early 1992, is still going strong today, and has several hundred stories with nearly 30 megs of text.
- The Mad Scientist Wars has been going on for over a year and a half now, and has managed a huge number of pages with several highly complicated plots, and character backgrounds, and running gags... not even *counting* the Lounge (where the creators talk), The mad sci Tales (short pieces to do with MSW), and... so on. To the point where a summary has been worked on.
- Gaedhal's "Queer Theories" has been going for almost a decade now.
- The Sacrifices Arc [dead link], recced on the Harry Potter fanfic page, is probably longer than JKR's novels. And so poignant and gripping that to begin to read it is to surrender the next month+ of your life.
- Cat-Tales has been updating on a chapter-a-month-or-so schedule for nine years, resulting in 60 separate stories (with almost 350 chapters, combined) and multiple (thankfully much shorter) spin-off series. Although heavily influenced by both the comics and the DCAU, it has its own cast of recurring characters and complicated storylines that require any new reader to start at the beginning before you're able to understand later stories. Thankfully, once you've read through it once, it's easy to stay updated... but oh, that one story back at the beginning was so good, maybe I'll reread it, and let's see, the next story was pretty good too...
- Arguaby, My Immortal. You hear amusing lines from it. You hear about it. You want to know: "Is it really THIS stupid/silly/bad/awesome beyond compare?" So you read up on it, not wanting to receive the brain damage you've heard you'll get from reading it. Then you give up and read the whole thing out of curiosity, and bile fascination makes you read the whole thing (or you're generally amused by Enoby's adventures). So is it really as stupid/silly/bad/awesome beyond compare as everyone says? Answer: Yes. A million times, YES.
Films -- Animation
- The Captain in WALL-E does this with the starship's encyclopedia after learning about Earth for the first time.
Films -- Live-Action
- Leeloo in The Fifth Element when she is learning about Earth for the first time on the computer. She's supposedly going in alphabetical order, which is why we get a Break the Cutie moment towards the end when she gets to W (for war). The movie seemed to present her selections as fairly random. A contrived setup for sure, but it makes more sense than if she just skipped some entries.
- The Lord of the Rings. Regular editions: 9 hours. Extended editions: 11 hours. Extended editions with the appendices: 92 hours. That's 4 days. Not even counting the regular editions, Riff Trax, or regular edition's special features. Good luck!
- The Forgotten Realms novels about Drizzt Do'Urden are about 25 books by now, and to really understand the newest books you have also to read all of the others.
- The Darkover Cycle are also loads and loads of books, it helps a little that they are categorized by the time area in which they are set.
- Introduce someone to Discworld, then sit back and watch them obsessively devour all 30+ books.
- Warrior Cats is a fun binge. Over 20 novels, and that's the bare bones experience. You have four super editions and more coming, books explaining history and characters, and several series of OEL. Your wallet will never be this thick again if you decide to read. Have fun!
- Baen Books via the BaenCD at The Fifth Imperium, a promotional site sponsored by Baen, haas nearly their entire library on the internet for free for promotional purposes. Honor Harrington, Vorkosigan Saga, John Ringo, 1632 have nearly their complete works up there, along with many, many others. Honor Harrington is 16+ Door Stoppers and Counting alone. Plus the authors lesser works and it gets large quick. The 1635 disc has 68 novels alone.
- If you live in America, Hulu.com offers several complete television seasons (sometimes series) available for free. These are mainly old action shows (The A-Team, Airwolf, Knight Rider, Charlies Angels, etc.) and Bronze Age sci-fi (Lexx, Quantum Leap, Firefly, Highlander, etc.). Even more can be accessed with the $9.99/month hulu+ (like getting all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer instead of the first three). Have fun.
- Subscribers to Netflix have access to the instant list in addition to the mail order stuff. They have many series that stream instantly, including (completely): Buffy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Stargates Original Flavor and Atlantis, Arrested Development, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, Veronica Mars, The IT Crowd, Blood Plus, Rocko's Modern Life, The X-Files, Clannad, and Firefly. You can also find back seasons of current shows, such as Power Rangers, Dexter, Weeds, Bones, Greys Anatomy, and Doctor Who.
- Guess what? Only available in the U.S. and Mexico.
- Now in the UK too, although the selection is not as great as in the US. The UK also has Love Film Instant, a service run by Amazon, although the DVD rental selection is better than that available for streaming.
- Netflix isn't all roses though. In "4 Reasons 'Hemlock Grove' Is Television's Shitty Future", J. F. Sargent accuses Netflix and other Archive Binge outlets of encouraging TV writers to drop substance in favor of shallow entertainment with lame cliffhanger gags to addict viewers into watching one more episode. And there's no threat of mid-season cancellation to keep showrunners honest. Hemlock Grove is guilty.
- Farscape and other hyper-linear series are written in such a fashion that each episode builds and relies so much upon the events of previous episodes that missing even one can create a comprehension gap in the current goings on. Farscape is a perfect example of this as major story arcs in the last seasons come full circle and build upon references and character interactions made in the 1st and second seasons. For example: At the End of The Peacekeeper Wars, Chriton is about to fire the Worm Hole Weapon and makes Scorpius beg him up to, and including making him say "please", before he allows Scorpius to finally see the this fruition of all of his plans throughout the series. In an episode from a previous season, it is revealed that Scorpius was conditioned by the Skarrans, to never beg for anything in general and specifically to never, ever say "please". Without watching everything up to that point, the reference is completely lost and the true power and impact of the moment would not be comprehended by the viewer.
- Japanese noise artist Merzbow released a 50-disc boxed set. And then Atlanta-area college radio station WREK broadcast the entire thing over three days. Also notable is this blog where somebody listened to and gave a track by track summary of the whole box. Spoiler: 90% is SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
- Vocaloid. Part of its appeal is being able to go to Nico Nico Douga or YouTube and finding song after song after song. In the beginning there weren't that many, but now there are literally thousands of songs—tons for each character. You can get lost for hours just listening to all the funny songs, then all the horror ones, then the depressing ones... You get the idea.
- Jazz musician Sun Ra has over a hundred full length albums, which add up to over 1000 songs.
- Spotify has almost all of recorded music in history, for free.
- ZME Science may be a fairly sensationalistic website, but they are quite good at linking to existing articles on the site that are interesting, and before you know it you've got 30 tabs on the go from topics from sex to jellyfish.
- Ted, a yearly conference, places most of the recorded presentations on its website under the Creative Commons license and has over 500 listed as of this writing. Good luck getting through them all in under a month.
- The same thing happens on FORA.tv, only the videos are often much, much longer...
- (The Customer is) Not Always Right has thousands of stupid customer quotes.
- The Daily Coyote has updated every day and includes archives back from when Shreve Stockton first started to take care of the coyote we know as Charlie.
- Retail Hell Underground likewise has a rather funny archive binge.
- Most online streaming services, notably Netflix where you have access to entire seasons worth of TV shows at a time can be useful for wasting an entire day... or several.
- Cracked.com Those countdown articles are addicting... and plentiful.
- Skeptical blogs such as Pharyngula and Respectful Insolence not only make reference to older articles about similar topics or the same person, they often reference other skeptical blogs that have written about the same topics/people.
- Facebook's newly introduced "Friend X and Friend Y" friendship review pages can have this effect.
- Getty Images has been around since 1993 providing stock and editorial images, illustrations, and video. That might not seen like much, but they've also acquired older photography collections and digitized them. Good luck closing the window.
- Darn you, Damnyouautocorrect.com!
- When going through a language program similar to Rosetta Stone you may end up going through a whole language without getting any sleep for several nights, then forgetting most of it.
- The Customers Suck! forums. Especially Gravekeeper's posts.
- Thanks to online archives of traditional print comics on gocomics.com, the website of the two biggest newspaper comic syndicates in the United States, you can put traditional pre-Web favorites like Peanuts and Garfield on there too. Bonus points awarded, since many of these comics and their archives stretch back decades.
- Blondie has been running since 1930.
- Adam@Home features this when Adam stumbles upon Lostpedia.
- Thanks to its recent[when?] public domain status, you can now read all of Little Nemo in Slumberland online.
- Reading Dykes to Watch Out For feels much the same as an extensive archive binge, and as it was produced between the late 80s and late 00s it is no small binge to engage in.
- The 'Complete National Geographic has every National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to today: every page, every ad, and every article.
- The Oxford English Dictionary. I'll just see this one little word... Hmm, while I'm at it, I wonder when exactly did "orbiter" come into use? Hey, there is a word "orby"? Gotta check it out. Hey, look, they've got an entry for "orc" and "orcish", too! Come to think of it, into how many possible meanings can they distill the word "too"? Hey, a Robert Ludlum quotation! Are there any more quotes from my favorite writers?
- The MUGEN fighting game engine has LOADS of content available for it. Not only will picking your favorite characters to fight with be a total binge, but setting your stages, motifs and other add-ons is a massive adventure. And all of this considering you don't do any editing or creation yourself.
- Freedom Force likewise has a huge number of skins and models for pretty much every conceivable superhero and supervillain, as well as many other characters.
- Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri actually uses an Archive Binge in the plot. One of the factions will dump the sum total of human knowledge into the brain of the Planet, in order to break a cycle that would cause human extinction.
- Any video game with an in-game encyclopedia can turn into an Archive Binge. Notable examples include the codex section popular in BioWare games or vast selection of in-game literature of The Elder Scrolls series. Many a gamer has found him/herself spending several hours reading about the game world's history instead of actually playing.
- The proliferation of ROMs available for older consoles, (SNES, Genesis, NES, N64, PSX, etc.) can allow a gamer to lose themselves in thousands of free games on a computer and now, most smartphones.
- Strategically keying up all nine-plus hours of Red vs. Blue so it can be watched in one marathon session. A bandwidth-intensive mission though.
- Oh God, don't get us started on Kevin and Kell... It's been going nonstop for decades. Weekdays for the first 5 years, every day since July 2000. If you want to get started, pack a lunch.
- Its Walky (and its spinoffs) has been going on for 15 years, but is especially bad because it has a rather detailed plot.
- MS Paint Adventures will take days to read since it is often updated with 10-15 individual pages of actions every day, with only few breaks.
- Homestuck has over 6,000 (even longer then Kevin & Kell!!) panels, some with long "Pesterchum" chat logs or other paragraphs of text, and some with Flash animations. The whole thing is
lineara tightly-knit ball of timelines, so you can't skip anything either. And then there's the plot, sometimes requiring visits to the series' own Wiki to fully understand, and the 16 main characters, commonly abbreviated to only two letters, to keep track of. It's all worth it, though.
- Pity on the one who decides to just now get into Sluggy Freelance. Usually a comic a day for over ten years. It will be a long time before you see the sun. A "weekly" mode has been (re)added to the archives. If you can hold yourself to an hour a day on weekdays (in other words, one's lunch break) and you're a speedy reader, it'll take you about six weeks.
- Girl Genius is a rather interesting example. Initially, the comic was split into two sections: the 101 beginner's section, which started from the beginning, and the "Advanced" class, for those who had been following the comic since it was originally released in print. Both sections were updated three times a week. In July 2007, the 101 section finally caught up to the beginning of the "Advanced" section, which resulted in a mass simultaneous Archive Trawl/Binge by those who had been reading the 101 comics. This both exceeded the site's monthly bandwidth and caused the server to crash.
- Lampshaded in Fanboys.
- Charby the Vampirate forces you to do this, so cancerously numerous are the characters... and unlike some amateurs, the author will keep track of every single one of them correctly and will give us time to be emotionally attached before she gets around to killing them off so the archive binge is as necessary as it is recommended purely to get full emotional stress when the killing begins!
- Irregular Webcomic shows how to do it wrong. At this point, newcomers to Irregular Webcomic! can expect to go through multiple Archive Binges. They'll find a theme they like, start reading the archive and then realize that in order to understand it you have to read this other them too and then to understand that one you have to read this one and...
- This Xkcd strip sums it up pretty well.
- Schlock Mercenary has been running like clockwork 7 days a week, 365 days a year for over TEN YEARS, with an extra two strips on Sundays. That comes out to 4500+ plus strips (or a mere 3500+ you don't count Sundays extra). The only time updates were halted was when the servers hosting the site were flood-damaged. The comics for those particular days were hosted on an emergency server, and were posted only a few hours late. Mr. Tayler has a record to uphold, after all. Schlock Mercenary makes it unnecessarily easy for even experienced Schlockers to do this, as the sidebar contains a "random strip" button that throws you back into the archives.
- User Friendly has been running for over TWELVE years (anniversary was November 17, 2009) and been doing 7 comics a week (Sundays usually larger than the Mon-Sat & in colour), 365 days a year. Those who REALLY want an archive binge can start here. Though many of the strips in the past year or more have been repeats.
- Count Your Sheep has a strip almost every day, starting in early June 2003 and continuing today. Not only that, Adis, the author, has at least two other strips that he also updates in addition to CYS. What a dynamo... Though recently it hasn't updated that much so you could probably read the last few years in one sitting.
- Misfile is only a thousand pages or so at this point, but more than a few people who have lost sleep due to this trope. As of September 2011, approaching two thousand pages... and yes, I lost sleep...
- Good luck trying to Archive Binge at Mezzacotta. It might take a while, with comics for every day back to 1 January, 9999999999999 BC (according to the proleptic Gregorian calendar). Just for sake of simplicity, the amount of strips that are there is 3650000000732555 strips ((9999999999999+ 2008)* 365) without including leap days, and assuming ideal condition that you can read 1 strip per second, which makes it 31536000 strips per year (no leap days, still). The amount of time to finish the whole archive is 115 million years! Yep, that 10^8 years you need to read to finish it.
- Webcomic/Newshounds started in 1997 and is running in the form of the creatively named Newshounds II. Needless to say, it takes a while to wade through it.
- Funny Farm has lasted for 9.5 years. And it updated every, single day. There were only a few months in which he didn't update every day. Instead he updated 4 days a week for a month or two, then 5 days a week for a month or two, and then back to every day. However, the entire archive has been removed so he can post the 9.5 years worth of 7 days a week over 5 days with commentary. So the weekend strips tend to rest on weekdays now. It's no longer an archive binge, more an archive wait.
- The Class Menagerie had ran for a little while, and the archive binge doesn't take as much as some strips like Newshounds and Funny Farm (Which it has crossed over with). Unfortunately, the strips are listed in the archive out of order so it's rather odd to see the "introductory" strips right after you finished several notable-sized story arcs. To make matters worse, some of the strips are even repeated. (The crossover with Newshounds shows up twice if one reads the archive from the beginning)
- Sinfest is another 7 days a week 365 days a year strip, that has been running for just over eight years (with some gaps). However, Tatsuya Ishida seems to be fond of occasionally going back to earlier one-shot comics and giving them sequels (the "Politically Incorrect Fringe Rangers" are probably the best example; now up to their sixth iteration, often over a year apart). This inevitably leads to the reader going "wait, what, when was the first one?", and heading backwards a couple of years to refresh whose memory. Then remembering how much who loved the arc after that, and continuing from there. Recursive archive binging. Not pretty.
- Many new fans of Yu Me Dream have Archive Binged the 847 page comic in one night.
- And Shine Heaven Now has been going up six days a week since 2003; even the author's hiati use Guest Strip filler. New readers have been known to lose a weekend there. Worse yet is that it uses Hellsing TV series and Read or Die continuity.
- Zelda Comic has 306 strips that are all fairly funny and can take a few hours to get through. Then you discover that it has an updating schedule that makes erosion look like the Road Runner. In fact by now it appears to have stopped entirely.
- Tally Road ran 7 days a week for much of its first year, and dropped back to weekdays without a break at nearly 400 strips all of which are part of a continuing story loaded with Chekhov's Gun, it is a prime candidate for this trope, partly because it continues at the 5-a-week pace, and partly because the site offers numerous widgets for skipping back to a previous weekday or story arc.
- Sequential Art has an interesting page... it starts on the page after the last one you read every time you go to it. This makes it much easier to get through the 500+ strips in an Archive Trawl instead of one big Archive Binge.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal hands down. Then there's the "Classic Smbc"... SMBC is the worst. With its addicting humor and a DAILY UPDATE you're in for a binge that could last a week.
- The Cyantian Chronicles: Archive Binge gets paired with its sister trope, Archive Panic. Akaelae alone is up to 1100+ individual updates. Thankfully, there's a monthly archive which condenses everything into proper pages instead of the individual updates.
- Sam and Fuzzy took this experienced webcomic binger several days to read through. To put this into perspective, she also read the 1200+ archives of Misfile in about three hours.
- There's over 1300 The Book of Biff comics, and they get updated every weekday.
- Dominic Deegan. Aagh. Ten-hour-straight archive binge only to find out that there's a huge hatedom surrounding the comic.
- Slightly Damned requires a long archive binge. The fact that it's a continuous storyline that references previous happenings frequently makes it worse.
- Acrobat is better when you read the issue(s) as a whole.
- Eight Bit Theater ran from 2001 to 2010, and has 1,224 strips, not including guest comics and the epilogue.
- Screencap comics DM of the Rings (144 strips) and Concerned (203 strips) (based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Half-Life 2 respectively) are mercifully (relatively) short and now complete, making an archive binge relatively painless, meaning the elimination of merely hours of productive time rather than days or weeks. However, Darths and Droids, inspired by DMotR, looks set to run for many, many years to come, taking over 320 strips just to get a bit over halfway through Episode II. On that basis it'll take well over 1,200 strips to do all six movies. As of this writing, it's through with the first two movies and getting close to the end of the third, at around 580 strips.. The first two both took just over two hundred strips, the third looks like it'll be a good bit longer. 1,200 strips is probably a good estimate for the lowest end of the scale.
- BZ Power.com 's The Editorialist made a series called Psycho Dogs and Carbonated Beverages. It has over 300 strips. They even lampshaded this trope in one comic.
- American Elf, an autobiographical webcomic by and about James Kochalka, began in October 1998 and as of 2010 it is still updating every single day of the year. To put this into perspective, Kochalka has a five-year-old son. The archives of this comic are longer than his son's entire life.
- In Grey Is the comic itself won't take so long to read, but the authors sketch blog is filled with side stories, sketches and extra info on the comic and characters. It'll eat up hours of your time before you even notice
- The Order of the Stick has 800+ comics in its archive as of this writing—hefty, but not gigantic. But... each strip is the size of a standard comic book page (sometimes two, rarely up to four). So with each strip 3-8 times as long as with most webcomics... Well, you're gonna be in for a while. And then you'll want to read the two prequel books, and then the Dragon strips....
- Questionable Content has snared a few newcomers into this with the loveable characters and indie references. Not that I read from #1 to #1100 over two nights or anything...
- Achewood has been running since October 2001 and was updating steadily for quite awhile.
- Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, a daily D&D comic well on its way to binge territory.
- Cat and Girl has amassed 1000+ strips over 12 years, and is this in a big way due to its Continuity Porn fetish, to the point where incredibly obscure comic references show up on official merchandise.
- New fans of Digger often mention that they have binged from the beginning to the most recent comic when they leave a comment.
- Narbonic ran every day for six years. Shaenon Garrity is now re-running the strips daily with commentary as the 'Director's Cut'. But the old strips are still on-line.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. Why does Dr. McNinja have a mustachioed Mexican boy sidekick? What's with the raptor? Why does his dad have a mustache outside his mask?! You must learn these things.
- Penny Arcade: Though it's entirely episodic, you really can't not read the old strips. And since Tycho and Gabe have been doing the same strip for longer than most webcomic creators have been in the business, you're in for a lot of reading. It doesn't help that they seem to have a comic on just about any topic even vaguely related to video games, which are frequently linked to on this very website. Yes, there's PA in your TV Tropes so you can binge while you binge.
- Drowtales is a severe example of this trope. To even begin to understand what's going on in Chel, not only do you have to go on an Archive Binge, but you also have to read through Wiki entries, extra story arcs, and if all else fails, contact the forums. But then again, the comic itself is rather enjoyable, so many fans have found themselves on repeated archive binges, just for the hell of it
- Superosity has been running for 11 years daily, with a large amount of continuity.
- El Goonish Shive has been going since 2002 at 5 comics a week; starting from the beginning would be quite a task. If you follow the comic, you'll know that it started as a 7-a-week comic in 2002, dropped to 5 midway through the first year, became erratic, and returned to more or less consistency at 5 in Spring 2010. As of mid-April 2011 it has started a 6-a-week schedule. Only time will tell if it will stick but all the same, there is a huge archive for newbies to trawl through though it is common even for veterans to engage in Archive Trawls once in a while.
- Megatokyo has been around since 2000.
- Something*Positive has been doing daily (more or less) strips since 2002. He's at well over 2000.
- Dinosaur Comics, over 2000 (probaby more) comics of the same images over and over again, yet completely gripping. In fact Ryan North, the creator, saw this happening and even added the occasional joke in the meta text just to mess with your mind... with words, because that's what it's all about. That and dinosaurs.
- Dork Tower has been going since January 1997 as a four-panel comic, a webcomic, a bimonthly comic book, and one-page strips for Dragon, Shadis, Spyre, Comic Buyers Guide, Comic Shop News, and other publications. The incomplete web archive starts from January 1, 2001, but to really catch everything requires devoting a good chunk of time to the TPBs.
- Deliberately averted with the Ciem Webcomic Series, which followed a different syndication logic consisting of chapters rather than strips; in which all were released more or less around the same time. Not uncommon for a story made with The Sims.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob has well over 600 strips by now, and is still going. Updates twice a week.
- Gunnerkrigg Court has 863 comics as of April 1, 2011, and is written as a full page per comic. Considering the nature of the story, it really is best to start on page one.
- Natalie Dee began in 2002, weekly since 2003, daily since 2005, with easily 2000+ comics.
- Real Life Comics: Running since 1999, making it one of the oldest webcomics still active. Lampshaded in the 12th anniversary comic, where protagonist Greg is telling this to his newborn daughter:
Greg: And hopefully, a few years from now when you're old enough to read, you'll want to go back and read all of Daddy's comics. Maybe even enjoy them. Won't that be neat?
- Twisted Kaiju Theater is a serious long runner, being one of the longest running photo-webcomics of all time and well over 3,000 strips. The problem is only compounded by the fact that TKT has a LOT of continuity throughout the series so you have to read everything in order the first time through to understand who the characters are and what their backstories are.
- This very wiki. And unlike the TV Tropes example cited below, we can host pages they can't, so while you can binge on their archives, we have some they don't and vice versa.
- Don't you dare go to College Humor and start watching all 350+ episodes of Jake and Amir, because before you know it you'll be Hardly Working!!! It doesn't help that ALL of College Humor's shorts are about 2-3 min. long and are hilarious, you can't help but watch one, see that it is only 8:00 so you say "one more won't hurt, what's 3 mins gonna do ... IT'S 4:00AM!!!"
- This is ridiculously easy with Let's Plays. Screenshots aren't too bad, but the long video ones...
- The 10-minute (later changed to 15 minutes) video time limit of YouTube, the most commonly used host for Let's Plays, doesn't particularly help either. This is how two hours of gameplay gets spread across 12 videos, and how veteran LP uploaders can rack of ridiculous statistics like having on average a new video uploaded every 10 minutes.
- Videos can be as long as they want now, although Let's Play videos rarely go above 20 minutes, though.
- And then there is this World of Longplays' Youtube channel...
- Boltage McGammar has over 1800 videos... and he's still going. His Link to the Past and Link's Awakening LPs were each uploaded in a single day. With roughly 20 games already having complete LPs, 2 more he's currently working on, and 4 that are on indefinite standby (half of those because of save file corruption), you're in for the long haul if you decide to Archive Binge this one.
- Speaking of YouTube... The Amazing Atheist's videos are an example of this. He does on average 1 video a day and had 664 videos at one point.
- The Music of Video Games. 529 videos and growing.
- Raocow not only has his 1400+ videos on YouTube, but also has well over 1000 on other video sites. Good luck with that.
- Series of Let's Plays. Want to experience Nakar's wonderful tales about the exploits of Steve the Avatar in full? Then you have six full-length Let's Plays ahead of yourself (Ultima 4, 5, 6, Martian Dreams, 7 and Serpent Isle). Love The Dark Id's snarky style as he tears apart the Resident Evil games? Again, seven entire Let's Plays.
- People visiting the Global Guardians PBEM Universe website for the first time usually indulged in one of these, until they realized how much information was available and it descended into an Archive Panic.
- TV Tropes, of course.
- Case in point: A poster on the Steve Jackson Games forum discovers TV Tropes for the first time.
- It's even worse if—after finishing binging a work—you then proceed to read through its TV Tropes page (and all subpages, such as Wild Mass Guessing), and then check out its "related links". If it's a work popular among tropers, this secondary binge can take a relatively long time.
- Listening through all the links on the Touhou Crowning Music of Awesome page. By the time you've listened to them all, be prepared to use a few more hours to listen to the ones added while you were going through them for the first time.
- Casually glancing at the index at the bottom of the page, particularly if you see a trope you're unfamiliar with or haven't seen in a long time, only worsens the problem -- especially with the various groupings/lists of related tropes.
- This page is especially bad. If the other examples here are offenders, this page is an offender squared. A large archive of large archives...
- The Cracked.com Photoshop Contest Archive, there goes your afternoon, and your evening, and your night, and your morning, and your noon,... and your afternoon.
- Even websites about comics succumb to this, such as The Comics Curmudgeon. C'mon, I dare you to not keep flipping back through the archives of commentary.
- The Anime Motivational Posters thread at Crunchyroll. First you see an anime you recognize, then you see one that's really smart, then you start to notice the hilarious banter between the moderator and the regulars, and before you know it, you've gone 200 pages. The fact that it grows around 5 to 10 pages a day does not help.
- This is frequently caused by Survival of the Fittest: over one hundred characters, each with their own unique storyline spanning almost a year of RPing. That's a hell of a lot of archive to get through, and the hours can be quickly whiled away reading the stories of a few characters you like, let alone the whole lot.
- Half the point in Board Hunting on GameFAQs.
- The Whateley Universe site tends to cause this in some... which can be frustrating, or enlightening, when one reads five variations on the same story from different viewpoints. A hundred or a hundred fifty wouldn't be so bad, but they're all full stories. And some of them are (literally) as long as Harry Potter novels. Good luck on getting through even one of those in a single night.
- Archive binges can get ludicrous when applied to text-heavy mediums, like blogs. Long-running, text-heavy, frequently-updated blogs can easily take your free time for a week to properly binge. Of course, this also applies to series of novels, newspaper columns, and other similar media, but blogs tend to be the easiest to access.
- Loading Ready Run can easily qualify. Over 300 videos (most of season 1 is unavailable, but the bonus vids easily make up the difference), averaging, oh say, 6 minutes a piece. That's over 30 hours folks.
- SCP Foundation. And that's not counting all the time you'll spend never sleeping again, because you're scared out of your wits.
- The Salvation War, with two eighty-plus chapter books complete (alright, the chapters are quite short, but the point still stands), you'll spend at least a week catching up if you read at a reasonable pace.
- The Descendants is divided up by issues, which tends to make its vast length seem less intimidating at first appearance.
- The Slender Man Mythos contains a crap-ton of stories to browse through. And by the time you've read through a good portion of them, your curiosity will already have summoned Slendy himself. In-universe, Zeke Strahm requests for all of the Slender Man blogs that the readers know about to be given to him, so he can figure out Slendy's weaknesses.
- That Guy With The Glasses has over 40 contributors and growing, whose videos often reference those of other contributors, making a binge necessary if a fan wants to understand all of the in-jokes.
- Long-running forum RPs. If you want to hop in, and there's plot you need to be aware of, it can take a lot of reading to catch up.
- The Yogscast contains more than just Simon and Lewis. Don't let yourself get pulled into their wacky British Minecraft shenanigans.