mortissimus wrote:I think it has been stated that that is on purpose. They are essentially fillers which Rob can produce on his own when comic production has been slow for one reason or another, but since it is a comic Rob didn't want to make them necessary for reading the comic.
They definitely were not fillers. Rob stated from the very beginning (Text updates have been around since before Xin's troubles) that they were there as extra details and info very curious fans could read to learn more about the world/mechanics/characters, but that reading them was not necessary to understand the comic story on a casual level.
So basically, if the OP feels they offer nothing valuable, then he shouldn't bother reading them...but don't imply that they're useless.
My only issue with this is that as someone who was reading the comic itself casually, and skipping most of the text updates, at some point I felt i really didn't understand what was going on in the comic. I can't exactly tell you when it was, but there were multiple references to things that were only revealed in text updates, which eventually led me to the wiki to fill myself in(i do plan on eventually reading all of it, but it's just not something I feel compelled to do at the moment).
I don't really mind the alternating updates, and understand why it's been a part of this process, but at the same time I think it's past the point where you can just read the comic and not feel very out of the loop.