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Fri, April 11 - Nice Days! They may not happen all the time, but jeez, they sure are welcome when they do. If you happen to be in Seattle then you know what I'm talking about. All the rest of you will have to take my word for it, but trust me, nice days are the BOMB. Seriously, it was so nice out, it made me wanna get down on my knees and thank the gods for making me a smoker and giving me an excuse to pop out and enjoy the sun every hour. It's a treat! Anyway, in unrelated news, here's a cartoon. It's calledBeacon! Hey, folks, check it out. I just joined with three other extremely opinionated cartoonists--Ted Rall (LA Times), Scott Stantis (Chicago Tribune), and Stephanie McMillan (Minimum Security) in a joint project called "Four Cartoonists of the Apocalypse"! You can see an introductory video and text about it here: www.beaconreader.com/projects/the-four-cartoonists-of-the-apocalypse It's going to be accessible at the Beacon Reader, which offers reader-funded journalism. If you support our work on Beacon for $5 a month, you get access to everything we do, PLUS great journalism by all the other Beacon contributors. Not only that, you'll get cartoons and essays written exclusively for Beacon that won't run anywhere else. I know, it's a little bizarre for me to be pitching a subscription service from my own site, which is free. But I'm intrigued by this project, I like the folks involved and I want to give it a try. The four of us disagree (vehemently!) on a lot of things, but we all believe that cartoons can and should be dangerous, challenging and thought-provoking. This makes it hard to get support from some mainstream corporate media outlets. Also, the great print media meltdown has slashed salaries and fees for cartoonists. But political cartoons can survive, and thrive, thanks to their readers. The good news about the role of the Internet in journalism is that it makes you, the individual, the editor and publisher. If stuff is important to you, you can fund it directly. You'll see cartoons and writing in various formats -- editorial cartoons, comic strips, comics journalism, graphic novels, essays, columns. Offerings also include debates and discussions between us, as well as books, t-shirts and more. I know, I know. It sounds crazy, like straightjacket, no-unauthorized-visits-even-from-family nuts. But it's so crazy, perhaps it might work! If you're curious, check out the introduction to the "Four Cartoonists of the Apocalypse" on Beacon, www.beaconreader.com/projects/the-four-cartoonists-of-the-apocalypse, and please consider trying it out.
Fri, April 4 - Nobody's Fool I believe we can all agree we're well past the scabrous April fools day where we're forced to endure "jokes" from people who only get a chance to try to be funny once a year. Meanwhile, the professional funny people continue to poop out such crap as
Fri, Mar 28 - Convening in Seattle Hey, folks, this weekend in Seattle is the Emerald City Comic-Con, or ECCC for just-barely shorter. I'm not tabling this year, so, uh.... sorry, Seattleites who might have wished to buy some stuff from me. Not this year. But there will be loads of stuff to get, not least the wondrous Monsterpedia 3, done by so very many talented colleagues and former colleagues at PopCap, findable at booth 1308 at the aforementioned ECCC. And of course, being a comic convention, in addition to all the wonderful examples of graphical narrative that will be on offer, there will be much and extended consumption of which I'm sure we all agree is great for everyone. Have a fun and sun-dappled weekend, y'all!
Fri, Mar 21 - Friday! Yep, it's another Friday, folks, and you know what that means. It means a brand new Bob the Angry Flower comic! Surely I have one, right? Yes, I do! It's... hmmm... what was it called again? Oh, yeah, New Archivey! At last it is here: the time where I announce the new stuff I've been burbling about for the last couple of weeks. It's a new archive! What's new about it? To the eye, absolutely nothing. It looks exactly the same. But now, when you click on the links, they'll take you to simple but functional comic pages which have such modern 2003 innovations as "Next" and "Previous" buttons. O Brave New World, that it has such wonders in it! There's even a "Random" button so you can bounce around the Bob the Angry Flower archive for all eternity if you want. It's great! Why not check it out ?
Fri, Mar 14 - Whoops! Sorry, folks, I'm a bit late in the update this morning... we had some distressing news yesterday at PopCap about layofffs, so there's been a fair amount of drinking. Regardless, here's a cartoon; it's calledNew Stuff? Not quite ready, but very close. I realize I was probably overstating its importance last week; it won'treally change everything. Still, it's a definite improvement. You'll see soon enough.
Fri, Mar 7- Robo- and other cops Hey, have any of you dear readers seen the new Robocop movie? I've heard from a lot of people that it's really good -- better, in many ways, than the original! In tribute, then, I offerStuff afoot I don't want to make any announcements until it's all ready to go, but I'll throw out a tease that one of the greatest people I've met in America has done me, you and this site an enormous service pending shortly. Maybe I'm overstating it, but... no, it's pretty good. Gentle readers, please harass me to implement this wonderful new thing!
Fri, Feb 21 - Flu Boy Hey, folks. I'm feeling' kinda flu-y, so I'm afraid I'm not up to writing a gigantic update for y'all this week. However, I intend to mitigate this tragedy slightly by offering not one but two instances of cartoon gaggery. The first features the return of unbeloved gag character Escherichia Coli, Specimen B as he confidently takes on the burdens and responsibilities of our And the second cartoon is a fill-in strip for good ol' Keith Knight of , who is helping his dear wife recover from a bout of pneumonia. So, in the style of the Keith Knight, here'sThe K Chronicles
Fri, Feb 7 - Let Go My Lego Folks, readers and additional beings, I don't know how you are all reeling into this new weekend. Were you watching Seattle invert itself on the streets in love and belief for the Seahawk's lopsided win? Did you observe it through Facebook? Did you have a completely different news feed in which our civic barfing and assemblage played no part? I ask these questions as though I expected answers. But of course there can not and will not be those, cuz I'm typing away at Dreamweaver's code display with no other applications open. My aged computertron sighs and shudders every time I ask it to do more. Where am I going with this? Anywhere? Nowhere? Was there any kind of... Ah, yes! The title of this post, "Let Go My Lego." I am unthinkably ready to see the new Lego movie. I feel that it will speak directly to me on so many levels it will take weeks and weeks of me yapping at people about how great it is, if only to work out for myself how great I think it is. Why do I think it's going to be so great? Because it's by the dudes who made Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, an artwork that struck to my soul when I first saw it to the point that I can't really talk about caring about things in any context without bringing CWACM up again and again. I'm mechanical that way. And since those geniuses, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, made Cloudy so profoudly to me, I'm now trembling at the prospect of their sensibilities being turned towards Lego, the toys, and the making of movies thereof. I await their understanding like a newborn babe. So, I'm looking forward to the Lego Movie! Beyond that, I have my own meager creation to present, a creation about creation. It's diagrammatic and insanely self-indulgent and it's simply about