Click to enlarge. The Cool Smart Guys: Shane Killgore, Phil Alstat, Jesse Baggs and Ryan Linn. Drawn for Shane’s 32nd birthday.
Monthly Archives: November 2009
Matt Taibbi has an excellent post on his blog about the appeal of Sarah Palin. He argues that previous cultural warriors such as Rush Limbaugh actually present information to support their arguments on various issues, however fallacious the information and trivial the issue, whereas Sarah Palin tends to discuss issues that revolve around herself and her personal life, such as the photo used by Newsweek for their recent cover story on Palin. In short, the Palin political narrative centers on the various assholes Palin encounters and conquers, and that’s something everyone can relate to, because,
Complaining about the assholes we interact with on a daily basis is the #1 eternal pastime of the human race. We all do it, and we get to do it every day, because the world is full of assholes. Me personally, I waste an enormous amount of time seething over people [. . .]. We all get into furious arguments at work that make us want to explode in self-righteous fury (in my office dramas I always realize I was actually the asshole a day or so later) and when we get home from work, this is usually what our loved ones hear about for at least the first hour or so.
[. . .] Katie Couric’s notorious Palin interview last year really was a cheap shot. After all, Katie was trying to nail Palin — which is mean! Who among us can’t sympathize with the experience of being sandbagged by some slick professional rival who catches you in a moment of weakness and, instead of lending a helping hand, drives a fireplace poker through your eye? [. . .]
You’d have to be thinking about the broader picture, about the fact that the president of the United States ought not to be a drooling yahoo [. . .] who thinks living near Canada counts as foreign policy experience, to not see what an asshole Katie Couric was being.
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With Going Rogue, the 2012 reality show has already begun. As brainless political theater, she can’t be topped. It’s just too bad for conservatives that she happens to be unsustainably divisive and, as Newsweek points out, a really good bet to permanently marginalize the Republican party by reducing it to a pissed-off, semi-coherent mob that repulses independent voters on a visceral level. To paraphrase John Doman’s Deputy Ops Rawls character from The Wire, she’s “brilliant — fuckin’ shame it’s gonna end our careers, but still.”
The whole thing is worth a read, and bonus points for quoting The Wire.
Kramers Ergot 8 is 16″x21″ and lists for $125.
After years of flailing about in the dark with web design, I finally took a class on CSS and realized how much I didn’t know I didn’t know about creating web sites (or to paraphrase Donald Rumsfield, “There are known unknowns and unknown unknowns, by golly”).
The result: I’ve created my first standards-compliant, XHTML and CSS web site from scratch for the honorable folks at the California Association of Equal Rights Professionals (CAERP). There will be more web sites (and web design classes) to follow, plus some changes around here, so stay tuned.
Update: Here’s an article discussing Andy Capp’s history, including his darker side, by Lew Stringer.
This could also be an unconscious ripoff of the amazing Anders Nilsen and other more talented cartoonists, so apologies where appropriate.
The Bridge Project Anthology, which contains “Nerd Prom,” a comic by Carolyn Main and me (with assists by Clave and Shannon Wheeler), has been reviewed by two comic blogs: The Daily Cross Hatch and Optical Sloth.
Sarah Morean at The Daily Cross Hatch seemed to enjoy the book overall, “As far as anthologies go, The Bridge Project is one of the better books I’ve seen in terms of talent and concept,” but was snarky about San Francisco and Portland, “It’s funny how much people resent stereotypes, until they self-reflect. The artists in this book were quick to talk about how vegan, nerdy and independent their communities seem to be [. . .].” Unfortunately, Morean fails to discuss, or even mention, “Nerd Prom,” which makes fun of the very pretentions she dislikes! To paraphrase Tobias Fünke’s reaction to a negative review of his play by the high school newspaper in Arrested Development, “‘Why, Sarah, why?’”
Kevin Bramer of Optical Sloth was more positive and focused on the material, saying “[. . .] the mildly surprising thing is how well all of this works. [. . . T]here’s really not a weak piece in the bunch.” Bramer does mention “Nerd Prom” specifically, but only to provide a quick synopsis, “[. . . C]artoonists in relationships getting along a little too well at a convention [. . .].” That’s right! He also gives kudos to the hardworking Matt Leunig, who did a great job gathering contributors, assigning collaborations, putting the book together and getting it out there. I know my copies sold well at SF Zine Fest and APE. Thanks Matt!
Below is a finished page from “Nerd Prom,” plus the amazing cover to the anthology.