Posts Tagged ‘webcomic’

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Familiar Desolation

July 23, 2015

Detail of 'Bug Martini' by Adam Huber, 22 July 2015.Ever have one of those days?

Okay, here’s another one. Ever have that urge to do the old Bugs Bunny bit with Yosemite Sam, the one about okay I’ll shut up because I’m not the type of guy who keeps on blabbing after someone tells me to shut up … Shut up shuttin’ up!

It was that or the bit about doing the Whatchamacallit advert, and you do the “What’s right?” part, except do it in Scooby Doo’s voice. You know, one of those random things that comes up during the set break at a Phish show. Never mind.

Sometimes writer’s block is best. Just ask Adam.

―bd

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Huber, Adam. “Writer’s Blockhead”. Bug Martini. 22 July 2015.

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The Moral of the Story Is Probably Extraneous

April 17, 2015

Detail of 'Mary Death' by Matt Tarpley, 17 April 2015.There really isn’t much I can add; Matt Tarpley makes the point well enough.

Still, though, maybe that isn’t fair. Let this be the moral of the story: Among the rites of spring, this might well be the most important.

Be well. Read well.

Something about a thousand words and more. Or for every star in the sky. Still, it is not enough to encompass every dream we carry with us.

Oh, my. See me prattle on.

―bd

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Image note: Detail of Mary Death by Matt Tarpley, 17 April 2015.

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Indulging Necessity: Yeah, That’s an Excuse

April 13, 2015

Detail of 'xkcd' #1510, by Randall Munroe, 9 April 2015.Honestly, I tried to work this into the last post, because, you know, really, who doesn’t need a picture of Napoleon with an octopus on his head?

Still, though, it just didn’t work. You know, thematically. Motif. Ambience. All that.

And the image of a stick-figure Napoleon with an octopus on his head is, in fact, a detail of xkcd #1510, by Randall Munroe.

―bd

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Ballantine to publish Garfield Minus Garfield

August 8, 2008

One might wonder at the notion of a “meteoric” rise or ascent. After all, don’t meteors crash and burn? Thus, we should perhaps take a poll to figure how to describe the success of the web sensation Garfield Minus Garfield. For those unfamiliar with the project, it is easily enough described:

Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.

Launched earlier this year, GMG has attracted tremendous attention, drawing thousands of hits each day from enthusiastic readers who view the doctored comic strips as something of an existential spectacle. Even the New York Times has entered the discussion, and among GMG’s fans is none other than Garfield creator Jim Davis:

Mr. Davis, who has been drawing Garfield for 30 years, said that “Garfield Minus Garfield” has actually prompted him to take a different look at his own work. He compared Mr. Walsh’s efforts to the cerebral approach of Pogo, the comic strip by Walt Kelly.

“I think it’s the body of work that makes me laugh — the more you read of these strips, the funnier it gets,” Mr. Davis said. As for Garfield himself, “this makes a compelling argument that maybe he doesn’t need to be there. Less is more.”

The latest addition to GMG fandom is Ballantine Books. Indeed, last month brought news that GarfieldMinusGarfield has a book deal. According to reports, the full-color book will place Dan Walsh’s manipulated frames beside Jim Davis’ originals. For his part, Walsh notes that, “[T]hanks to the awesome generosity and humor of Jim Davis, Garfield Minus Garfield is going to become a book and I’m absolutely honored to be part of it.”

Walsh will write a foreword for the book, which is tentatively scheduled for an October, 2008 release to coincide with a thirty-year retrospective of the legendary cat.

-bd

Garfield Minus Garfield — March 16, 2008

Garfield Minus Garfield — March 16, 2008