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January 11, 2019

Mallard Fillmore Watch



12/17/2018

Mallard Fillmore bids farewell to President George “Home Work” Bush, who was the comic’s biggest fan:

Bruce Tinsley, creator of the conservative comic strip Mallard Fillmore, remembers feeling stunned when the fan letter showed up in February 1998. After all, his strip— featuring a right-leaning TV newsman or, more accurately, newsduck—was still in its relative infancy. Yet here was George Herbert Walker Bush declaring that he and Barbara turned to Mallard, “sage duck that he is,” first thing every morning. Even more gratifying, the former president thanked Tinsley for taking on “that horrible Doonesbury” and its creator, liberal icon Garry Trudeau, “a guy that tore me up in a vicious, personal way strip after strip.”

I didn’t realize Bush’s distaste for Doonesbury ran so deep until I read this article by Matt Taibbi. Nowadays newspaper comic strips are thought of as this weird relic of a bygone era so it’s wild to learn about, like, Mort Walker being ambushed by a feminist on Phil Donahue or that four panels could reduce The Most Powerful Man On The Face of the Earth into a fuming volcano of rage:

A few weeks later, the Doonesbury comic strip — which was a big deal in an age when everyone read newspapers — ran a cartoon playing on the theme of Bush’s “manhood problem.” Cartoonist Garry Trudeau had newsman character Roland Hedley Jr. doing a standup outside the White House, announcing, “In a White House ceremony today, Bush will formally place his embattled manhood in a blind trust.”

The Bush family never got over the Doonesbury thing. “He’s been reduced to a cartoon,” fumed son Jeb in a 1987 Newsweek cover story called “BUSH BATTLES THE WIMP FACTOR”…

After the “Wimp” cover, Doonesbury doubled down — among other things, depicting Bush as literally invisible, which caused the Bushes to overreact in historic fashion. Bush himself admitted in an interview that he wanted to “kick the hell” out of Trudeau dating back to 1984, and his sons George and Jeb actually reached out to the cartoonist, who was a Yale classmate of W. This is in Poppy’s recollection:

″Trudeau says to our son, ‘Well, I hope your family doesn’t take this personally.’ And George says, ’They don’t take it personally, but my brother (Jeb) wanted to come up and kick your ass all over New York.”

This all seems absurd now, but Bush spent the rest of his political career beating back the wimp/manhood thing.

January 6, 2019

2018
Back in 2011 I said I was going to do annual galleries of “pictures I made or at least modified over the past year but didn’t post on this site for whatever reason,” and then I just plain forgot about it for, uh, eight years. Well, it’s back now, for 2018, with photoshops, gifs, and screenshots and commentary.

2018


January 4, 2019

FAVORITE TWEETS OF 2018

December 1, 2018

word icon redesign

Microsoft’s new design philosophy appears to be “What if Rothko made apps”


November 27, 2018

Sad to hear about the passing of SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg at such a young age. He was a pure soul who loved the ocean and Laurel and Hardy shorts and managed to combine the two to great success. I remember the day after SpongeBob premiered (following the Kids Choice Awards) and we were talking about it at lunch: I was ABSOLUTELY INCENSED because it was a COMPLETE RIP-OFF of Rocko’s Modern Life and how dare they! I learned later, of course, that it was made by most of the same people (Hillenburg had basically taken over for Rocko creator Joe Murray in the last season). Years later I was in an animation program and they screened his shorts, including “Wormholes” which is apparently considered “lost” because it was never uploaded to the internet. Honestly I only vaguely remember it and these notes I took only add to the mystery:

wormholes notes
November 6, 2018
Luckovich cartoon about voting

Comment on GoComics expertly pointing out the many errors in the above cartoon.

November 5, 2018

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 11/5/2018

11/05/2018

Not pictured: elephant armed with an AR-15 ready to mow down some Soroscucks

November 2, 2018

Mallard Fillmore Watch

running in the halls

10/02/2018

believe women

10/09/2018

clarence thomas me too

10/20/2018

Just an absolute banner month for Mallard Fillmore

November 2, 2018

This, coupled with Flickr’s recent announcement that they’re just going to delete your shit if you’re over a 1,000 photo limit (when it used to be 1 terabyte) … not a great start for Flickr’s new owners!

October 19, 2018

LIST OF ENTRIES IN THE LOOK WHO’S TALKING FRANCHISE

  • Look Who’s Talking
  • Look Who’s Talking Too
  • Look Who’s Talking Now
  • Look Who’s Been Talking
  • Look Who’s Still Talking
  • Look Who’s Also Talking (spin-off)
  • Look What’s Talking
  • Look Who Talked (prequel)
  • Look Who’s Talkin9
  • Talking (soft reboot)
October 9, 2018

I was going to tweet this:

mad at star wars, not for chud reasons, but because it killed off any hope of disney rebooting the black hole

but then I thought, “oh, better google this to make sure they’re not actually rebooting The Black Hole,” and SURE ENOUGH they are.

September 17, 2018

emmy

EMMYS RECAP 2018!

Watched the Emmys for about an hour, looked and sounded like it was on public access, really insanely bad even by awards show standards, never heard of any of the winning shows, thankfully avoided seeing David Lynch lose to the creator of Glee

September 4, 2018

WIRED: Google Wants to Kill the URL

“People have a really hard time understanding URLs,” says Adrienne Porter Felt, Chrome’s engineering manager. “They’re hard to read, it’s hard to know which part of them is supposed to be trusted, and in general I don’t think URLs are working as a good way to convey site identity. So we want to move toward a place where web identity is understandable by everyone—they know who they’re talking to when they’re using a website and they can reason about whether they can trust them. But this will mean big changes in how and when Chrome displays URLs. We want to challenge how URLs should be displayed and question it as we’re figuring out the right way to convey identity.”

Google made every site get a security certificate and nags at you if your design isn’t mobile-friendly which is a bit cumbersome for simple-minded hobbyists like me who just want to put words on a screen. They can take my URLs from my cold dead hands

August 24, 2018

president logan
Remember when I was the big bad guy because I had shady dealings with Russian oil guys or whatever?

jack
thought i blocked u

president logan
And then this Trump fella comes along… hoo boy! I may have been evil and incompetent but even I had my limits! #Resistance #NeverTrump #CharlesLoganDidNothingWrong

jack
god

jack
dont talk to me ever again

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August 18, 2018

twitterTwitter seems mondo messed up these days: the Alex Jones fiasco, the brilliant idea to curb “fake news” echo chambers by promoting “alternative viewpoints” in your feed (how would this even work? Do you get shown tweets from Roseanne if you have a rose emoji in your display name?), re-banning people who shouldn’t have been banned in the first place, archives being weaponized by ghouls, etc. I use the third-party app Tweetbot which gives me quick access to lists and gets rid of most of Twitter’s junk (posts people liked, “in case you missed it,” incessant suggestions of people to follow, stupid display names) but Twitter is hellbent on wrecking that too. Some people are signing up for something called Mastodon, but it’s a joke and has apparently has its own problems. All that aside, I still get value out of Twitter (I made Maude Flanders laugh!) and I’m just going to hope everything will magically fix itself.

Also, I never got any sort of e-mail or notification that the service Storify shut down due to GDPR. Luckily I’d already saved Geoff Johns’ Cereal Adventure. I’m going to try to see if I can recover others with wayback machine archives. Never Trust A Web Service

July 31, 2018
twin terrors
from Batman episode “Be A Clown”
July 18, 2018

Been thinking about theme park lands lately. I hope someday I get to visit the “King’s Row” area of Toon Lagoon at Universal before they eventually retheme it because it’s a weird mausoleum to a bunch of old comic strips owned by King Features Syndicate nobody cares about. In other words it sounds like an incredible paradise to me. They made statues for Little Nemo and Krazy Kat! There’s a Marmaduke photo spot! A Mark Trail/Family Circus crossover! A gift shop based on Gasoline Alley! A giant Dagwood Bumstead head! There is also a couple Nancy displays even though the strip’s not owned by King Features (I was trying to figure if it ever was but Google is unhelpful). Shh!

Maybe I’m underestimating its popularity but it is absolutely mind-boggling to me that Wayne’s World was once considered big enough to sustain its own theme park land.

If Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox is approved, they absolutely need to build an actual version of the Fox logo and make it the centerpiece of California Adventure’s Hollywood Land, assuming it won’t have already been turned into Marvelville by then.