One small thing I appreciate about The Stupids (1996) is that they decided to make the Stupids’ cat and dog CGI characters that look like the ones from the original picture books and it’s never remarked upon or anything, it’s just considered normal in that world
The acknowledgment on behalf of Nickelodeon that kids today primarily engage with SpongeBob through memes on social media rather than TV is interesting. How long until Disney/Simpsons catches on and starts making “Steamed Hams” and “Lisa standing in front of words” playsets
Update on my quest to learn more about the forgotten 1990s Wienerschnitzel mascots… I am now the proud owner of a “Roseanne Iguana Wanna” coin purse. Some reasons she appeals to me: the simplicity of her design, her giant, vacant, Simpsons-like eyes, her pointy teeth, the way the curve on the end of her smile makes it look like she’s under a lot of mental stress, the fact she’s a reptile which I associate with the 80s/90s for some inexplicble reason, and just the general weirdness of “what does an iguana have to do with hot dogs or fast food.” I hope to use this to become the world’s only and therefore best producer of 90s Wienerschnitzel mascot fan art.
SEPTEMBER 11 IN HISTORY
1992: Debut of Harley Quinn
1994: US premiere of Sailor Moon
1994: Canonical date Alex Mack is splashed with GC-161
1997: Frasier Day
music: russi taylor – carried away
but with all the various Pizza Hut mascots: Pizza Pete, Pizza Head, Cheese-kun, Hut Monster, and Pizza Hut Girl from the Phantom Menace tie-in
What the hell is going on with our nation’s wonks? Something has to be done about this
music: chromatics – shadow
Some doodles from January including ideas for a comic about the New Years Baby that would check in on him during the rest of the year before he becomes Old Man New Year or whatever he’s called. So in spring he’d be a sullen teen, by July he’d be middle-aged, etc. He’d have the Year of the Dog as a pet and his friends would be personifications of other calendar systems. The problem was that I couldn’t think of an actual comic, oops
music: claire – fly me to the moon
Bruce Tinsley’s Bernie Sanders cariacature is his Elizabeth Warren caricature with Trump’s hair. They’re all slowly merging into one. Just imagine the sheer efficency of having one caricature that can represent potentially anyone
Bruce Tinsley has been doing strips about college students being saddled with debt for years if not decades now, so I have no doubt he’ll be an enthusiastic supporter of Elizabeth Warren’s plans to cancel student loan debt
I read this article about R. Crumb getting cancelled wherein pundit Jeet Heer claps back at the haters in a comment from eight years ago:
Anyone who can’t see the satirical (indeed outlandishly satirical) element of Angelfood McSpade has no business being a comics critic.…I think it is to Crumb’s credit that he is willing to implicate himself in his satires on racism—that he doesn’t see racism as cultural phenomenon outside of himself that needs to be condemned but as cultural legacies that pervasively shape his own sensibility and need to be confronted internally.
Then an hour later I came across a tweet by him highlighting a Problematic Opinion on a podcast with a helpful timestamp so the collective woke crowd can go “tsk tsk” at it. This pretty much sums up the past decade of the internet
I liked Google+. It had a ton of problems like its initial crusade against pseudonyms, it never lived up to its early promise of “a better Facebook,” and Google Reader was axed in favor of it which destroyed blogs. However, I found a semi-active community that posted interesting links, and so it was neat to check in on and share something every once in a while. In this era of megaplatforms that are just overwhelming you with content, I think there is room for “mini social networks.”
REVIEWS OF VARIOUS THINGS
Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Only a few episodes in. So far there’s a number of sketches where the premise is “what if working class slobs had a liberal arts education” which seems like the 1960s version of “Let’s intellectualize rap music!” message board threads
Downsizing – It’s fine. About a year ago I saw someone livetweeting it saying it was great and then followed up half an hour later about how it took a total nosedive. So I was waiting for some big awful twist that never really came
A Star is Born (1954) – I got a digital version of this as an apology gift for being a former Filmstruck subscriber (joke’s on them, I was only a participant in the free beta test!) which includes long-lost audio footage awkwardly inserted, which makes a long and tedious film slightly longer. It’s time to hashtag-cancel Judy Garland for her cultural appropriation song.
Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend – Conan O’Brien is such an incredibly funny guy in this podcast. I just wish a third of it wasn’t ads (they’re funny, but, y’know). The relatively few other podcasts I listen to are Patreon-supported so I’m not really sure: do all “mainstream” podcasts have this many ads?
Conan – I watched the first episode of the “revamped” half-hour show and the funny Conan from the podcast is nowhere to be found. It’s funny when talk shows make a big deal about GETTING RID OF THE DESK like it will solve all their problems.
OK KO! Let’s Be Heroes – This show is incredible. It “premiered” as a mildly entertaining phone game like a year before the show did and I kinda forgot there even was a show until the What A Cartoon podcast mentioned it was on Hulu now. I see Geneva Hodgson in the credits as a storyboarder/writer a lot; I’m so glad that the members of Cartoon Book Club are all extremely powerful now.
Sorry To Bother You – It’s very fun and entertaining but also a big mess. It’s like the writer got bored and started making a new movie with a new magical conceit every 20 minutes. For some reason it really annoyed me that there’s a character whose name is bleeped out just because it’s ~wEiRd~ or whatever.
Batman The Animated Series – 3 of the past 4 episodes I’ve seen feature people being transformed into genetic abominations (cat people, werewolf, Man-Bat). Just what was going on over at the studio…?
Snickers With Creamy Peanut Butter – I think they’re playing fast and loose with the abstract concept of a Snickers bar. Just how much can you alter a Snickers bar before it ceases to be a Snickers bar?