I’ve watched some of the Clone Wars show recently. My favorite episodes are “Heroes on Both Sides” and “Pursuit of Peace” because they’re about politics and it gets really on the nose with its contemporary commentary. “We need to DERGULATE THE BANKS immediately!” “No, we need money for SOCIAL SERVICES!” Which makes me wonder about things like what is the welfare system like on Coruscant? It’s being taken off Netflix soon so hop to it.
I’m saddened by the surprise death of dump.fm, which at its core was a chatroom where you could “dump” images you’d found elsewhere on the web or had made yourself. My words can’t do it justice, but its community of artists formed this playful language of juxtaposing images that was really fascinating and fun. It changed how I think about the internet and art in general, got me interested in net art, helped me discover some cool people, and led to me writing for Something Awful for several years, all of which I’m eternally grateful for.
“DON’T HAVE TIME TO DRAW RIGHT NOW” COMIX
Panel 1: PIZZAGATE SHOOTER – drawn like a normal guy (no unflattering caricature), wearing a shirt labeled “Pizzagate” with an AR-15 at his side. Dialogue: “I’m just trying to find some answers”
Panel 2: THE MEDIA – as depicted in this comic, with his eyes looking delirious, holding some files labeled “Photoshops.” He’s in front of a pegboard with a bunch of pictures of Obama and Trump’s inaugurations with string connecting them. Dialogue: “Literally NOBODY was at Trump’s inauguration!!! Not even Trump!!! I have ‘evidence’ to prove it!!!”
Bottom Caption: Who’s The Real Conspiracy Theorist?
Mallard Fillmore Watch
He drew George W. Bush, like, twice during the course of his presidency, so this seems like a pointless exercise.
SOME COMICS I READ OVER THE PAST YEAR
- DC Universe Rebirth – This is a weird thing to exist, it’s essentially a straight-up apology for the much-maligned “New 52” reboot from 2011. “Shh, it’s ok, we will never, ever try to make things simpler or more diverse or get rid of a character ever again,” it seems to be whispering. I started reading superhero comics a year after that reboot and while I think there were a lot of problems with it, I also don’t care that not all 900 Batman supporting characters from the before-times made it through, so a lot of the nostalgia appeal is lost on me. The ending made me laugh out loud, gotta admit I never saw it coming.
- Gotham Academy Yearbook arc – Basically filler material featuring short stories about Gotham Academy characters from artists who don’t normally do superhero stuff, like Zac Gorman. Some of it’s enjoyable but the series is far too new for it to be all self-referential like this, so it feels like doing a clip show after two episodes.
- Invincible Summer #23/Clutch #26 Split Zine 2015 – This is an annual diary collaboration from Portland zinesters Nicole Georges and Clutch McBastard. I’ve read a few of these before, back when I lived in Olympia and had access to the library’s awesome zine section, and they were always delightful. This one features Liz Prince but only 2 pages of Clutch comics. Kinda disappointing, really.
- JiruJiru Diary – A delightful series of one-panel autobio manga. I searched for more information on the artist, Nekojiru, and sorta wish I hadn’t.
- Kelly: The Cartoonist America Turns To – I’m glad that I can physically hold a collection of The Onion‘s amazing editorial cartoons and flip through it, but I was disappointed when I realized it wasn’t a complete collection (to be fair, it’s not marketed as such). One notable omission is the John Edwards one, which to me is the quintessential Kelly kartoon. There is a later one included, so maybe they thought having two on the same subject was redundant, but it’s not as strong.
- Prez – Great art, great concepts, but it kinda fizzles out towards the end.
- The Flintstones – This reimagining of The Flintstones from Prez writer Mark Russell is sublime, and I mostly hate The Flintstones. Here’s a sample page to give you an idea.
Thinking about one of my favorite political ads, this Ron Paul commercial from 2012 that’s literally titled “BIG DOG.” Here’s a playlist with more of my favorites, in (hopefully) chronological order. The 2016 general election sorta sucked for ads, the Clinton campaign did a million ads with Donald Trump saying bleeped-out bad words with the assumption that would be enough.
As part of our ongoing commitment to historical preservation, here is a Post-Election Time Capsule, documenting this current period in time for future historians to pursue.
Everyone knows the “Jingle Bells, Batman smells” song… well now the time has come for an alternative. I bring to you “Superman Smells.”
Please teach it to your impressionable young children, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends’ kids, neighbor kids, stranger kids, etc.
DEMOCRAT: Trump won because Republicans live in their own Facebook bubble and refuse to read real news… also, left-wing journalists who were critical of Hillary ought to be hung for treason
Trying to think of some upsides. Uhh… I’m happy for that college professor guy who said Trump was going to win. They’re going to add a Donald Trump animatronic at Disney World. Things must be looking good for the factory that made all those Wacky-Bush-Quote-A-Day calendars.
That’s all I’ve got.
Mallard Fillmore Watch
- A couple weeks before the election is the perfect time for America’s second-most syndicated political daily strip (source: my ass) to crank out some observational humor tripe
- In case you’ve forgotten, Chet is one of Mallard’s supporting characters. I don’t think he has actually appeared in the strip for like a year
- Who the hell says “catchwords”
- Zero clue what the “what” thing is referencing