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.
I reread Romneyduke, which is one of my favorite things I’ve done, in light of the latest Papa John’s controversy (a previous controversy is alluded to in the third comic). Man, I’d forgotten some of those campaign issues. Remember when tax returns were a thing that mattered?
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I seem to recall right-wingers flipping out because one of Obama’s daughters wore a shirt with the peace symbol on it, but yes, I agree, the focus on Melania’s jacket was a dumb distraction from a far more important issue…
That’s right, the uncivil behavior of the boorish Left. Mallard Fillmore will still be talking about Red Hen/Whataburger in 2020.
From an episode of Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated where the gang investigates an evil robotic Nam June Paik-like sculpture and two of the suspects are Andy Warhol and Lou Reed lookalikes
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The subject of today’s outrage is… a song from 1875 having entered the public domain. I wonder what he thinks about reparations for slavery.
- Everything I’ve heard about the upcoming relaunch of Mad Magazine, now under the stewardship of longtime Bongo Comics editor Bill Morrison, sounds intriguing.
- Cautiously optimistic about Nancy, which is now being drawn by a female webcomics artist instead of some baby boomer. Keeping an ancient strip around long after the death of its creator instead of making way for a new strip is not ideal, but sometimes it can lead to cool stuff like Weird Heathcliff. The blog post announcing the change absurdly treats it like it’s a rebuke of Harvey Weinstein somehow?!?
- Got around to seeing Dune and now I finally understand the context for a bunch of internet jokes I’ve seen over the years. I couldn’t get to sleep that night because I couldn’t stop thinking about the wonderful imagery: folding space, those dudes with the big microphone, the blocky boxing, Kyle MacLachlan’s amazing hair. The story on the other hand is ehhh. I think the problem with a lot of sci-fi stuff is that you have to spend a lot of time on exposition explaining the politics and status quo of the world. I suppose one advantage of doing a hundred Star Wars movies is that you can pretty much just jump right into the story: “Look, it’s Star Wars, there’s lightsabers, you know what’s up”
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Boy, it sucks when people refuse to acknowledge your identity, doesn’t it
I’ve been watching Taxi lately and it’s pretty good, but seemingly every other episode isn’t available on legitimate streaming services, including the second half of a two-parter, I assume to protect DVD profits. “Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey” is apparently considered one of the greatest TV episodes of all time but good luck finding it online because it’s not on Hulu or the CBS app, and illegimate sources put the title on the wrong episode.
Speaking of old shows, I recommend Burns and Allen. Sure, it’s a domestic sitcom where the story usually revolves around misunderstandings, but it also had an interesting “meta” element, decades before “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” where George Burns has a television in his study, which he can turn on to watch the show and spy on scenes he’s not in. Sometimes he’ll mention something he learned to one of the characters and they’ll be spooked by his inexplicable omniscience. There’s one episode where he tells the audience that westerns are overtaking sitcoms in popularity, so he keeps trying to get the other characters to go with him to the ranch. Also, you’ll hear the name “Harry von Zell” a lot which is one of the coolest old-timey names. Unfortunately I think the only way to watch it is at weird times on MeTV.