Wed, Jul 29 - The Golden West Oop, hey folks, check this out: it's an early update this time instead of a late one! Why? Well, it's simply because I'm heading north to attend the glorious in ferociously metropolitan Ardmore, Alberta, wherein there will be much drinking, some discussions, many music-listenings, few food-buyings, two bonfire witnessings, and no doubt a whole host of other phrases that take verbs and plug "ing" onto them to make them nouns. Did I mention they're gonna set a huge wooden dragonfly on fire? I didn't? Really? Didn't I just in the previous sentence but three? Well, no matter. If you can and can will, make your way hence-like to the this weekend. I know I intend to. Fun is required to abound. That said, why the early site update? Oh, well, given that I'll be up in the severe beauty of the Alberta Prairies right around when I'd normally deliver a site update, I figured I'd get this one done early. So, in anticipation of a movie-film that I wish I could hope and believe in but just don't, here's some risible japing on the subject ofGolden West Music FestGolden West Music Fest
Fri, July 24 - Nothing to Say Yep, just a totally normal, nothin'-special week, with no particular thing to mention or discuss here on The Official Bob the Angry Flower Web Site.But Wait -- Books! What am I talking about? I must be mad, to say what I said above. After all, this week for the first time in forever, you can actually order books again! Yes! Check it out!Bob the Angry Flower: The UnthinkableBob the Angry Flower: How to Operate a ChairBob the Angry Flower: Rothgar Yep, I finally did the tax stuff and got the books listed at IndyPlanet. I haven't done BtAF: Pamplemousse, yet, but I'll get to it right quick.So yeah. Books. WOOOOOOO!In addition I suppose you folks are also looking for a cartoon, right? Well, here y'go!
Fri, July 17 - Conning Whew! Well, I'm back from the San Diego Comic-Con. Thanks to all who came out and got spankin' fresh copies of The Unthinkable; I hope you enjoy 'em!. The con was a little bit more subdued this year, I thought. Maybe I think this because Keith Knight wasn't there for the party this time around, but I think it was just a bit more laid back, not quite so frantic. I attribute some of this to the con's efforts at handling their growth by pushing more stuff outside the convention center, so people aren't packed in the Exhibit Hall the whole time. This leads to a better experience for everybody, I think, since you're not constantly stuck in a sweating mass of humanity the whole time, but it does mean that folks are likely to walk by your table only one or twice rather than 10 or 12 times, so you don't have as much chance to make an impression and draw people back for a sale. A friend of mine proposed a different theory, which was that by having only a very limited number of 4-day passes and breaking the rest of the badges out by day, there's less incentive for people to make the trip from beyond San Diego or California to only see one or two days. A decent theory, I think, with much to recommend it. By far the best time I had at the con this year was once again getting a chance to hang out with Dan Harmon, he of Community and Rick & Morty and the beloved Harmontown podcast. They had a Comic-Con special recording of Harmontown at the Tin Roof on Sunday evening, and not only did I attend it, I actually ended up as a guest on stage, where I bleated about capital and labor and talked about cocaine. If you're interested, I show around the 57:00 mark, but there's plenty of amusement to be had in the minutes prior. Check it out!Unthinkable Sales I haven't yet sorted out how to get The Unthinkable up and mounted on Ka-Blam's Indyplanet site for online purchase, but I've untangled some of the legal and tax tape involved, and I hope to get it set up shortly. So, keep watching this space; Bob books will soon become available again at a scale not seen since the early 2000s! Pinky swear, I promise! And how about a cartoon? Yeah? A cartoon? Okay, here'sAnt Man Saw Ant-Man. I don't have enormously strong feelings about it, but I liked it. As many others have noted, it's a smaller scale story (hah), a heist movie and a movie about fractured families. I appreciated what they were going for on both points, but it felt a little... loose, I guess. The jokes were amusing, but they never quite rose to the level of, say, Guardians of the Galaxy. You could see what the motivations were supposed to be for Hank Pym, his daughter Hope and his thwarted protege Darren Cross, and you could see how Scott Lang was trying to get straight for the sake of his daughter, but the scenes themselves ended up feeling more explanatory than dramatic. Same with the heist stuff; heists are supposed to be tight and lean, with split-second timing and narrow escapes, and there were some, but again, they came in feeling just a little loose, like the screws could have used just a bit more tightening. Still, general fun, and once the movie gets around to some serious Ant-Manning in the last third, there are some nice beats and clever moments that leave you essentially satisfied. A solid B, if I were the sort of person to give movies letter grades, which I suppose I must be at least in this instance since I just did.
Right, okay, let's see. First we've got this week's strip, a handy little number calledThen, as mentioned last week and reiterated here, it's time for ! Fun for all ages, and you might even find a comic or two! Certainly you will if you come by my table in the Small Press Area, K16, Aisle 1400; you'll even be able to get one of these fresh new entities:Come on by! It's fun!Wed , July 8 - Packing and Packing is rapdily approaching. As always, I'll be nailing down a table in the Small Press Area, K16, Aisle 1400, and I'm happy to announce that I'll be selling, fresh off the press, exciting brand new copies ofSan Diego Comic-Con
Fri, July 3 - Pride Goeth Whoops, hey, folks, sorry about the update being a little late this week, but you know how it is when you start your long weekend early. Canadian readers, I hope y'all had a good Canada Day on Wednesday, and for all you U.S. readers, try not to blow yourselves up or start any raging fires this Fourth of July weekend! Anyway, it's July, which neans that the is rapdily approaching. As always, I'll be nailing down a table in the Small Press Area, K16, AIlse 1400, and I'm happy to announce that I'll be selling, fresh off the press, exciting brand new copies of Yep, it's the 9th Bob the Angry Flower book, featuring more pages, more cartoons and more annotations than ever before! Come by my table and get one for your very own! Oh yes, and ther's a cartono, a bit late to the Pride Parade, but still. Fri, June 26 - Return!San Diego Comic-Con
Wed, June 17 - Return! Whew! What a crazy weekend I had at the North Country Fair Music Festival in gracious Driftpile, Alberta! Such sun! Many rain! All flies! I've got so many insect bites on my hands and wrists, I look like I've got leprosy. And who knows? Maybe I do! But somehow, just as it is every year, it was worth it. Sorta. Mostly. In any case, we've got some more cartoons coming along, two this week in recognition of the lack of an update last week. First we have this "gem": And then, unto the heels of of the last, we pose the critical question:
Wed, June 17 - Delay Just a quick heads-to-the-air, folks: I'm going to be attending the North Country Fair this weekend, so there'll be no Friday update this week. But fear not! The update to come will feature TWO exciting cartoons, both at once! MiGod!
Fri, June 5 - More What, you folks desire more? More thoughts, more opinions, more pictures of the world outside to take home and eat on on your own time? Well, fine. Here's a bunch: Tomorrowland: Distressingly disappointing, given that it came from Brad Bird, but nonetheless it still contains interesting notions! Mad Max: Fury Road: Yep, go see it. I got a little bored in the latter quarter, but that's only because it turned the whole story around! Global Warming: Yep, still a thing, likely will transform our world in the next handful of decades! We can't undo it. We're just gonna have to find a way to live with it find a way to live with it. Another cartoon? If y'all insist. It's this:
Fri, May 29 - Yay! Hooray, and I say again hoo ray! Stuff is fun. Weather is nice! Life is worth living! Yay, everybody, yay. Welcome to the part of the earth's trip around the sun where everything alive is excited to be so. Spring, it is! Let's spring a bit! Just a bit before maturing to summer, where it's no longer about random sex, it's about contemplative boning. And in this spirit, I offer another BtAf, a cartoon strip, a series of panels that describes a narrative that play out in the... Eff it. Stop explaining and start showing. This week's strip is