Fri, Aug 28 - Trumped Up I'm of two minds about the bizarre phenomenon that is Donald Trump. On the one hand, I feel like I'm being trolled, and that any attention paid to his clown act is wasted effort on a ridiculous sideshow. But on the other hand... it's a ridiculous sideshow! It's a clown act! I, like everyone else, can't look away! So, hitting while the iron's hot, and with great debt to Fantastic Four #1, I present
Fri, Aug 21 - Quick quick Hey, folks, after last week's drunken ramblings, it's gonna be a quick one this time, just a fast divebomb to zoom in and leave y'all trembling in the aftermath ofFri, Aug 14 - I don't wanna knowthis week, seeing as how the I saw the new Fantastic Four movie. It's too late in the morning for me to unpack all that's in and not in that film. But I will say that there's an aching lack of joy, wonder, amusement, fantasy. It's as real and dead as an iPhone plug that doesn't work any more. Josh Trank, you writer and director of this movie as well as Chronicle and the brilliant The Death and Rebirth of Superman tube on YouTube (**edit: wrong guy; Trank directed Chronicle, but it was Max Landis who wrote it and did the DaRoS YouTube**), I feel for you. Something fell. I've never made even a small movie, and I've certainly never made a multimillion-dollar superhero movie. I wonder how you feel about this motion picture. I know I don't know how I feel about it.
Before I spooj on this week's updates, I must allow that I'm in into REO Speedwagon's "I Don Wanna Know" as I create the update. So, so don't tell me that you love me, because I don't wanna.......knoooww
Are We Feeling The Bern? I think we're closer to it now than we have been. Last week Bernie Sanders, an unapologetic socialst, arrived in Seattle to boost his message. He accepted an invitation to speak in Westlake as part of a rally about Social Security. Right before Sanders was scheduled to speak, or indeed, after he'd delivered his first sentence, two young women leapt to the stage. They wore Black Lives Matters t-shirts. They took the mic and insisted that they be heard. They were yelled at by the crowd, and they yelled right back at the crowd. Sanders eventualy left the stage.The rally was shut down in their wake.Were they bad? I'll say that when I heard about it, I was hella frustrated with these women. If I'd been there to hear Sanders speak, I'd be boiling with anger that they took over the whole thing without even a scrap of interest in hearing what anybody else had to say. I was reminded of radical folks in my university years who felt that the radical need to be heard meant that you screamed and yelled and said what needed to be said, and if people got pissy with you for raising your voice, you didn't give a shit because all those would-be lily-livered supporters, if they weren't on your side when you got in faces and went big, if they weren't with you, then fuck 'em. They were never there to begin with. I hesitated about how I should feel about it. I know that there's no such thing as polite social action or waiting turns. The whitehot thing that needs to be talked about must be talked about NOW, and always, cuz otherwise it'll be ignored. But holy cow, did I not respect their lack of respect. Man, I don't think I would have enjoyed their yelling fiesta if they'd delivered to people I felt really needed to hear it. Calling for answers and refusting to listen... I didn't like that too much. And then, well, shit, am I the racist that they accused everyone presnt of being? On that, I guess I have to go, yeah, I am. If I am a pureblood racist because I find yelling and not listening distasteful, if I would have disliked some white goofbats who yelled over people I *(dislked)* and refused to let them speak, and would have felt that was a powerful issue that needed attention but also would have felt that if that had been your rally and a phalanx of environmental activists took *your* mic over and refused anybody else speak on Black Lives because the death of the planet is so much more important and anybody talking about anything else is missing the point and adding to the problem, then yup, I'm that racist. So, uh, yeah... I'm that racist dink. I won't give blanket approval to all actions taken on the BLM banner. I'll be the white guy deciding how much I approve. I'll be screamed and yelled at and I won't immediately say yes to all complaints. I'm that racist dink. However, I will say that, after the rally last weekend, Bernie Sanders amended his platform. You can see his general platform here, and you can see his brand-new set of Racial Justice policies . They're hardly new, in that he's been supporting them for decades, but they'e muore up front than they've ever been. They are deep and detailed. He's been working on them forever, but this event pressed him to go front and center with policies that speak to the horrific injustices that Blacks, and other minorities, in America face in trying to live a fair life. He talks about Racial Justice in terms of Phsyical Violence, Legal Violence, Political Violence and Economic Violence. And the things he's saying apply to pretty much everybody in this damn fool country. So, to conclude: I don't like people yelling to hold others to account but refusing to let them respond. I like very much that, after getting yelled at, a political candidate amended his platform and took on the problems he was yelled at for. I seriously doubt that the women who broke up his rally will note his change of policy directive or emphasis, because I think that they're ultimately more interested in yelling than in making useful or stategic change. But what the fuk do I know? I'm just a goof-ass cartoonist! here
I don't wanna know Before I spooj on this week's updates, I must allow that I'm in into REO Speedwagon's "I Don Wanna Know" as I create the update. So, so if you don't want to tell me that you love me,
because I don't wanna.......knoooww Anyway, let's move on from typing words and sentences into webcartoon updates, shall we? Let's amuse ourselves and others by presenting a brand fresh new shocking difficult striving oldschool lameass WeAllreadyKnowWhatHeHasToSay Bob the Angry Flower Cartoon, by which we mean this week's, by which we mean Fun, right? . this week, seeing as how the
F Stop I saw the new Fantastic Four movie. It's too late in the morning for me to unpack all that's in and not in that film. But I will say that there's an aching lack of joy, wonder, amusement, fantasy. It's as real and dead as an iPhone plug that doesn't work any more. Josh Trank, you writer and director of this movie as well as Chronicle and the brilliant The Death and Rebirth of Superman tube on YouTube... I feel for you. Something fell. I've never made even a small movie, and I've certainly never made a multimillion-dollar superhero movie. I wonder how you feel about this motion picture. I know I don't know how I feel about it.
Fri, Aug 7 - Timing On reflection, I really should have run this week's cartoon last week, and last week's cartoonthis week, seeing as how the new and seemingly regrettable Fantastic Four movie is coming out today. You can't help it sometimes; you come up with a cartoon and you publish it, timing be damned. But you still feel those regrets that the timing hadn't worked out better.
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.