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
A followup to this post… they make Halloween costumes of video game streamers now:
Was going through my books and found my copy of Matt Furie’s Boy’s Club (dated 2006), which I got at a comics fest in 2010. This was between the “feels good man” era and the “Sad Pepe” era:
Forget Hillary Clinton and Rachel Maddow’s denunciations of the supposed Nazi frog, this is the only “Pepe explainer” you need:
Also, I think this is the comic where “Sad Pepe” comes from?
The realization candidates for office now have to make their own meme-generating apps, that on some infinitesimal level among a hopefully small minority of voters the election will be decided by Which Side Has The Better Memes, is horrifying
“It’s like a meme war,” Rivero says, “and politics is being won and lost on social media.”
It’s a shame to see Gawker disappearing into the void. I thought the Alex Pareene/Ashley Feinberg era of the past year or so was the best it’d ever been. Meanwhile, my devastating takedown from 2011 still stands.
Mallard Fillmore Watch
This is my favorite genre of Mallard Fillmore strip, the sputtering, aggrieved “Oh yeah, well, a DEMOCRAT did something bad, too..!” routine. This all-time classic from the Mark Foley scandal is another fine example:
I assume Tinsley made Gerry Studd’s name big because he couldn’t find a picture of him on Google. Speaking of which, I love how over the years his footnotes have gone from “SOURCE: AP” or whatever to “SOURCE: WASHINGTON TIMES” to, finally, “SOURCE: GOOGLE SOME OF THE WORDS IN THIS STRIP.” I was trying to find some examples and came across this notable effort by someone to track down and check the strip’s references, which I wish they’d kept up.