The ComicMix March Madness Tournament is going on. Surprising upsets:
Edit: With eight comics remaining,
I predict the winner will be A Redtail's Dream beating out either Ava's Demon or XKCD in the final. I expect Ava's quality and novelty to beat out XKCD's fandom when they meet, and it even has a good chance to take the top spot itself since ARtD is currently going through a slow and boring story, while Ava's Demon is in a highly interesting storybuilding phase.
Edit: With four comics remaining, we have another surprise: Sandra and Woo knocked out XKCD. Compared to XKCD, S&W is in a better position to defeat Ava's Demon, having adequate art and matching Ava's in characterization and emotion. It is also the last comedy comic in the running and could take the whole competition for that reason, and its upbeat attitude may be an advantage over the downer storylines of the remaining competitors.
Yet another surprise is Bittersweet Candy Bowl beating Girls with Slingshots. I had thought BCB to be one of the weakest of the last eight and that any comic that could beat Dr. McNinja and Unsounded, as GwS did, must have a formidable fandom. Wrong on both counts, apparently.
So, a prediction: ARtD over S&W by a sliver in the last round, credit to the breathtaking full-page art. Let's see what actually happens.
Edit: Could I have been any more wrong? The two finalists are BCB and S&W. I would have placed both in the bottom half of the eight semifinalists, while my favourite ARtD got the least votes of the four. So now the question is which fan base is larger (or has more money), furries or lolicons? I predict Sandra and Woo will win because its author is making a bigger deal of the contest and turning out new artwork to invite readers to participate.
Edit: And the winner is: Bittersweet Candy Bowl, which annihilated S&W thanks in part to its fans' ability to buy more votes than were actually cast for it. And so ends any notion that I have a finger on what's popular on the web.