I know this guy. He wishes to remain known simply as Ugglesquelch (and no, he’s not a special friend who ends up being me, that’s way too predictable). He has a strange talent for weaving the desperate human condition with psychedelic cartoonish delight/pain. There’s nothing really like it out there. At times loose and spontaneous, rough and awful, tight and well formed, hilarious and sad, brilliant and incomprehensible, this work is a slice of surrealism cloaked in lines and many colours.
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Haven’t you always wanted your very own Paper Robot? Well now you can! With a few folds andd cuts you can have Optimus Prime Autoboting around
My brother and I used to make fun of Marmeduke as the least funniest “Funny” in the Funny Papers. I remember getting far much more pleasure mocking the strip than reading it. Such must be the case for Joe Mathlete and his side-splitting blog entitled Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmeduke (in 500 words or less). Here’s a sample:
Marmaduke is wearing a pair of specially-modified dog skis on his daily walk through his neighborhood, where it has recently snowed. His owner-lady pleads with him not to get carried away and attempt any dangerous maneuvers, but truth be told, Owner-Lady forfeited any and all rights to her own physical well-being the moment she allowed herself to be dragged behind a monstrous Great Dane on skis who lives to torment and humiliate her. The shit-eating grin on Marmaduke’s face indicates that fancy slalom stuff was a foregone conclusion.
One would think Joe Mathlete might be a mild-mannered geek who loves poking a little fun at something while building a niche-cult following. The answer, according to Joe’s MySpace blog, couldn’t be further from the truth:
While I am very flattered and encouraged that my blog is being blogged about by other blogs that blog about other blogs (“blog blogs,” as I refer to them (as of right this moment)), I have noticed that I have no readily apparent way to make money from this endeavor without opening myself up to potential litigation from Marmaduke’s publisher, Marmaduke creator Brad Anderson, or Marmaduke himself.
This perturbs me.
I have always been one to create art for art’s sake and nothing more, but “Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmaduke (In 500 Words or Less)” is not art, nor is it in any way pleasurable to create. I agonize over each and every explaination, and the soul-crushing and mechanical drudgery of updating a blog on a somewhat regular basis is crushing my soul in a drudgily mechanical fashion. Also I’m working this office job nowadays, which is similar but takes up slightly more time, and is infinity percent more lucrative (in the sense that something is infinity percent more than nothing).
Joe also enjoys drawing pictures of nipples on Ziggy’s nose, and has just completed a strange Danniel Johnston-esque album called Fort Awesome by The Mathletes. You can pick it up for 5 bucks through Asaurus Records. He does a pretty cool cover of the Cranberries “Linger“. Damn I love the internet!
Nathan Fox is a ridiculously prolific and talented illustrator/art guy.
And his website is in 3D! You should visit the self-proclaimed Technicolour Art King.
Superdickery is a hilarious site with the clear aim of making a very strong point: That Superman, for all his heroics and greatness, is a total bastard.
Using out-of-context comic book covers from the 40s through to the present, Superdickery easily proves its case, and then some.
Be sure to also check out the ‘Seduction of the Innocent‘ section of the site for some wacky double-entedres and more general weirdness.
One of my all-time favourite comic book artists (and as a huuuge comic nerd, that’s a big statement) died last night - Seth Fisher, a truly truly truly original visionnary of the medium. While not an established superstar of the medium (although I’m sure he would have been), he was deinfately a personal fave. The artist on such memorable books as Green Lantern: Willworld , Vertigo Pop! Tokyo, Fantastic Four / Iron Man: Big In Japan, and the video game Myst III, I just nominated him two nights ago for the Eisner awards (comic books’ equivalent of the Oscars) as best penciller for his recent work on Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.
Anyone who didn’t experience cracking open that Green Lantern: Willworld hardcover for the first time and getting blown away doesn’t know what a talent they missed.
Check out Seth’s website…
The Garfield Randomizer is a nifty little online program that randomly generates a three-panel Garfield strip, using previous panels as source material. It (a) goes to show how much Garfield sucks and (b) says something about the function of sequential art.