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!