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June 20, 2017

Happy 14th anniversary to rubbercat.net

I finally found a photo of this rubber cat puppet that I used to have as a kid, which I later named my fake production company and nethandle after. Too bad I didn’t know it was also a fetish thing

May 31, 2017
Trying my hand at success win memes:

May 23, 2017

the thomas moody curmudgeon watch, a conceptual blog by artist Jeff Baij that poked fun at fellow artist Tom Moody, has now been taken over by a Wells Fargo spambot. The art is now complete.

May 21, 2017
May 17, 2017
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Chris Crusty (1936) by Bill Conselman and Charlie Plumb, via Sam Henderson

Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee

May 16, 2017
e-mail from Coca-Cola Freestyle

Please put “Valued Beverage Fan” on my tombstone, thanks

April 30, 2017
Bumper sticker idea:

I Was With Her
But Now I’m Over The Hill!
April 29, 2017

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore their

01/14/2000

*thinks about the issue really hard over the course of 17 years*

Mallard Fillmore their

04/29/2017

Goddammit, dude.

April 24, 2017

The late night wars are really heating up!!!

April 19, 2017

Wonkette was great during the Ken Layne/Alex Pareene/Jim Newell era; you can see some choice posts I bookmarked over the years here. Then Layne sold it to a new owner, and I gave the new team a chance but I quickly got sick of every article featuring My Little Pony gifs. The breaking point was this stupid post praising Hillary Clinton’s press aide Phillippe Reines for epically shutting down a reporter, the late Michael Hastings, over e-mail. In retrospect the post’s more benign than I’d remembered, but this this follow-up one ups the obnoxious factor by a thousand. That’s not speaking truth to power, that’s not “snark,” that’s not even politics, that’s just fandom. I bring this up because Twitter’s been abuzz about this post and holy shit, I can’t believe that people are still writing in that stupid-ass LOLcatz style.

Speaking of old blogs I used to read, I saw this article about the guy who runs Daily Kos and am not surprised to see he still won’t shut the fuck up about “Bernie Bros.” It’s weird that 10 years ago the “netroots” was considered to be the far left, ha ha.

Random 2006 Era Blog Memory: There was this TV movie about 9/11 that was controversial because it fictionalized stuff and made Bill Clinton look bad and they sent screeners to conservative bloggers. For some reason the AmericaBLOG guy took a video of himself walking to his mailbox to see if he’d gotten one (suprise, he didn’t) and he was extremely pissed off and ranting the whole time.


April 8, 2017

your hair looks silly and your sleeves are too big
I finally got around to buying Nancy is Happy and it is delightful. After years of getting my Nancy fix in short bursts from places like Tumblr and GoComics, it feels amazing to get three years’ worth of strips at once. Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy, to me, is like the purest ideal of a comic strip. My appreciation may have started as ironic, but like Dan Clowes talks about in his introduction, it became something else. I suppose part of it’s because Nancy and Sluggo inhabit this semi-magical world of comics yesteryear and it’s very comforting. Sometimes, however, that timeless world that is sullied with reminders that World War II is going on in the background and stuff like Nancy’s Chinese friend Floy Floy, which, uh, did not age well. I actually groaned at that, like “C’mon, Ernie,” as if this dude who’s been dead for decades could hear my plea to be less racist because it’s not a good look.

One thing that bugs me is there’s a story arc where Nancy gets a monkey. The first strip in that sequence, which explains how Nancy got the monkey, is blown up to fill up a whole page (this is a recurring aesthetic thing), but it appears after the second and third strips. At first I thought it was just amazing dream logic, like “Ok, Nancy has a monkey now, let’s just roll with it,” and was kinda disappointed that wasn’t the case.

Speaking of Nancy, apparently the guy who took over the strip gave Sluggo a rather intense backstory a few years ago. It’s his strip and all, but I think the mysteries of how Sluggo survives is not for mortal men to answer.

The most grating thing about the current strip is the relentless baby boomer nostalgia from Nancy’s aunt Fritzi Ritz which makes no sense for someone who’s around 25 (my guess for someone who used to be an unmarried flapper girl in the 1920s). Well, Wikipedia says she’s actually in her 50s based on specific references. I think it’s more likely people who make cartoons just never updated their cultural references (how fucking old are Doc McStuffin’s parents if they remember disco?) and don’t give a shit about timeline inconsistencies. My headcanon is that Fritzi Ritz is 25 in 2017, and grew up in the 1950s, and occasionally gets together with Blondie Bumstead to reminisce about their flapper days in the 1920s, which also happened.


March 27, 2017

Flipped through the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly and got irrationally mad at

  1. The concept of a Who’s The Boss? reunion
  2. A new sitcom about an imaginary friend
  3. A new series of books based on Wizard of Oz that’s Dark and Geared Towards Adults
March 20, 2017

breaking news: trump tweet

Gizmodo and The Guardian theorize that either Donald Trump ditched his Samsung phone for an iPhone or dictates his tweets now. My suspicion is that his Twitter privileges were taken away and now there’s an aide who has to mimic his writing style and fake early morning tantrums. “Wacky” enough for everyone to go “there he goes again!” but not unhinged enough to cause another “Obama wiretapp” debacle.


February 21, 2017

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 02/21/2016

02/21/2017

Mallard Fillmore is drawn at least two weeks in advance. Perfect timing for what I assume will be a series of implicitly pro-Milo, “so much for the tolerant left!” strips. munch


February 20, 2017
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Happy Presidents’ Day from Donald Trump and his predecessors!

February 19, 2017

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.

January 25, 2017

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.