Monthly Archives: November 2012
Earlier this week, I mentioned how Bravoman reminded me of 80’s Saturday morning cartoons. I should have quantified that to mean American cartoons. It’s Shiftylook stablemate, Wonder Momo (written by Erik Ko and Jim Zub and illustrated by Omar Dogan) reminds me of the toons from the era that were viewed by our pals out in Japan.
While it looks modern for the most part, there’s a spot where the illustrations change to mimic the 80’s look. One of our characters sports an audacious Gundam helmet, which she uses in part to protect her impeccably fluffy and oh-so-80’s perm. Elsewhere, bits of the story are reminiscent from the schoolyard rivalry of the classic 80’s anime/parody Project A-Ko. And, finally, while I know this is going to make me sound a little gross, there’s the one thing that I remember being in just about every 80’s Japanese anime I ever watched to the point that it’s a little nostalgic: gratuitous panty shots.
(This just in! I just guaranteed myself 1,000+ search engine hits for this post just by including the words “gratuitous panty shots”.)
Marketingland estimates that, this year, over 128 million Americans have smartphones, meaning that 50% of Americans with cellular phones are going for the ones that are basically mini-computers. This should be a surprise to absolutely no one.
So, with eyeballs connecting to ever smaller screens, do webcomic apps make sense? Typing “webcomic” in the Apple app store reveals that there are at least 51 webcomic related apps, four of which are about xkcd.
Are any of them worth your time? Or are you better off just clicking on Safari and hitting the bookmark to the website instead? The Webomic Overlook takes a shot at several free webcomic apps available.
WARNING! The Webcomic Overlook is not responsible for the loathesomeness level of the actual content in the webcomic itself. This will make sense when you get to Number 3.
This is the part of The Webcomic Overlook where I reminisce nostalgically like an old man. My grandpa had World War II, my dad had his childhood in the Philippines. Me? I have video games.
I remember, way back when, as a bright eyed kid playing in the arcade. I remember playing Pac-Man. I remember playing Space Invaders. And I remember especially playing Frogger, which was the only cartidge I ever owned to play on our Atari 2600. I remember trekking Toys ‘R Us just so I could buy a Ninendo so I could play Super Mario Bros. (That Nintendo was later stolen by burglars who broke into out house in Detroit, but that’s another story.)
I even have fond memories of the Saturday Supercade. That was the Saturday morning cartoon series that featured the animated adventures of Space Ace, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., and Frogger. For some reason, though, I can only sorta remember the Q*Bert segments, which, at the time, I though were so very wrong because Q*Bert talked. I also remember the Pac-Man series, back in the day when Atari was still trying to convince us that the dude was had retro Mickey Mouse eyes and a hat.
What I’m trying to say is … I been playing video games for a long, long time.
And I have never heard of friggin’ Bravoman.
So… Another chapter of the CAD epilogue was somehow sneakily added into the rotation when no one was looking. Seriously, I saw this posted and assumed it was a fan edit. But then algeya tweeted me a legit link and, in a flash, my world was rocked. TO THE VERY CORE.
Lucas and Lilah discover Ethan is gone. Zeke meets the president. Lucas gets married and names his kid Ethan.
Dammit. It’s way too stupid to even mention. Way, way too stupid.
Seriously, if you read my review, I called it out as one of the dumbest parts of CAD, and somehow Buckley thinks it’s poignant. Urrgghhhhhhh….
So, apparently the biggest thing ever happened and I totally missed it because I spent the last few days with family and friends for what we Americans call Thanksgiving. Do you know who’s not a slacker, though? That’s right, Tim “MF’in” Buckley. Last week, he penned what was possibly the longest CAD ever that apparently blinked Ethan McManus out of existence.
Concerned readers weighed in almost immediately. What was going on? Why was the site replaced by bean bag chair ads? You know, the same bean bag chairs that Buckley did fan art of?
Is CAD … dead?
But it was 10 years too young!
So Matt Inman is no stranger to weird lawsuits. The FunnyJunk lawsuit was pretty much the big talking point this summer. (Wait… it was this year? For some reason, it felt like it happened a long, long time ago.)
And now, The Oatmeal is getting sued over greeting cards.
This time, the party is the Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, which you may know from that kinda classy looking store in your mall, which is a division of the American Greetings corporation. These folks have a brand under Oatmeal Studios, which Papyrus has claimed that they’ve been using for 35 years.
Thus, in their point of view, Inman’s cards, which include some dude farting in his bed and a badger clamping onto someone’s naughty bits, may be damaging to the brand. This recalls the Apple lawsuit (where the Beatle’s music brand sued the computer company) and the Amazon lawsuit (where a small bookstore sued the online retailer). The big difference here is that while FunnyJunk’s attorney was likely a disorganized hippie, the might of the American Greetings brand is far more competent.
(h/t Robot 6)
At our church, the coffee is super weak. It might as well be brown water, since there’s no perceivable coffee flavor to it at all. This may be surprising, given that it’s located in the Pacific Northwest, the epicenter of espresso and latte connoisseurs in the world. The reason it’s so weak is simple, though: there are a lot of elderly folks in attendance, and strong coffee may be too much for their palates.
The odd tangibles of the daily operation of a church can often be very absurd, and it’s the kind of comedy observed in Wes Molebash’s Insert Image, a relatively new webcomic only a few strips into its run.
The modern political cartoon has its roots in two realms: ugliness and illiteracy. The “ugliness” comes from the caricature portion. The one and only Leonardo Da Vinci, star to Assassins Creed and legendary Ninja Turtle, is credited with the earliest known use of caricatures. The great artist and inventor would often hire models with deformities to study, exactly, what the difference was between that and beauty.
The other major pioneer behind political cartoons is famed Reformer Martin Luther. There were two factors in his use of cartoons: first, that people of his time couldn’t really read, and second, that the printing press (and, especially, woodcuts) made it much easier to communicate ideas to the people at large. So when Luther wanted to expose the evils behind indulgences, he drew a cartoon where Jesus was driving out moneychangers, while the next panel showed the Pope acting as a moneychanger. You didn’t have to be a Rhodes scholar — or even a graduate of the First Grade — to get to the meat and potatoes of what Luther was trying to say here.
The tradition of political cartoons continued proudly in the United States. Benjamin Franklin is credited with creating the first American cartoon, with his infamous “Join, or Die” showing a cut up snake, each segment representing a different state (or group of states). The cartoon would become one of the major propaganda pieces used by the Revolutionaries to turn public sentiments towards independence.
The apex of American political cartoons, though, would arrive more than a hundred years later. The famed Thomas Nast would start the ball rolling. His are large footsteps to follow, considering he took on Tammany Hall, popularized the elephant and the jackass as symbols of the two political parties, and invented the modern conception of Santa.
However, there were men willing to step in in shoes. AMong them was Joseph Ferdinand Keppler, founder of the the magazine Puck.