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


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
trump universal studios

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, 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.

January 23, 2017


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?

January 20, 2017

January 7, 2017

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 12/18/2016


He drew George W. Bush, like, twice during the course of his presidency, so this seems like a pointless exercise.

January 1, 2017
December 31, 2016
titan dropping on 2016
December 27, 2016


  • 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 DiaryA 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.
December 17, 2016
Ron Paul 2012 ad

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.

December 12, 2016

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.

November 28, 2016
superman vs brainiac

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.

November 13, 2016
Nancy gloryhole