January 10th, 2004

Tom Lehrer is Smug

Strawman Bookshelf

I'm packing my backpack for the plane flight tomorrow and I start thinking these thoughts:

Hmm. What books should I not be bringing on the flight? Probably not Lenny Bruce... I'd like to finish the Illuminatus! Trilogy again but that might not be the best idea... A Bullet For Stonewall as well as A Bullet For Lincoln? Decent alternate history stories but I just know Security will be searching my backpack for me. And do I want to take along a fresh new notebook for writing or do I want to take my chances with one that's got stuff in it, and if there's stuff in it, like the Feminin LeGauche comics, will they take offense to that? I mean, hell, if people have gotten in trouble cause of the Something Awful grenade logo sticker...

And then I realized this means I've been thinking that they'll automatically be judging us all as potential terrists until half-convinced otherwise. And that I'm also now letting someone in a position of authority, however nebulous, dictate what I am to be reading and writing while in public.

And suddenly I don't feel so Free anymore.
Tom Lehrer is Smug

COMIX! COMIX! COMIX!

AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMIC PROPORTIONS!

Four years ago to this very day I started down a long and winding comic road that eventually led to atrophy and ruin and a domain squatter picking up a favorite domain of mine, but that's ... beside the point.

On January 10, 2000, I started an online comic called Catatonic Comix. It was a "comic" in the "sequential art" definition of the term, featuring topical Photoshopped pictures of famous people with added captions of them saying bad words and such. It's actually pretty funny. I think you might like it.

I added new stuff on an almost weekly basis for a year and a half, then it fell victim to the atrophy that envelops one when Real Life Issues pop up and won't go away. (Also, EverQuest. But I am so denying that if you try to call me on it.) And when I started it up again in 2002, I forgot to renew the domain and it got snatched up by some dude who advertised porno on all his squatted-upon sites. It was sad. But so it goes.

I have the original 104 comics back up and online with all-new annotations and stuff, presented like some kind of twisted retrospective. I think you might like it now, too.

So here it is, publically available: The Annotated Catatonic Comix!

If you don't want to spend too much time browsing, may I offer these as the Best Of (and do keep in mind the 'art', as it were, gets better as you go along):
06. BILL G. MONEY!
10. A SNACKFUL SITUATION!
28. OOK!
35. MARTHASTEWART'S NEIGHBORHOOD
43. GREAT HASH EMPIRE!
47. SOMETHING THERE IS THAT DOES NOT LOVE A LEXUS
59. LAWYER DOGS!
60. IONESCO FOR KIDS!
61. DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION FUN PAGES!
84. POOPEDCOMPANY!
91. KOALA ASCENDING!

There's also the Discombobulating Catfractionizer that randomly shuffles panels around for fun, and a bunch of comedy extras that may amuse those who are into minutiae.

I may come back to this exciting comedy premise someday, but I've got a lot of stuff to get together first before I take on any new continuous projects. However, I consider some of this stuff (the August 2000 bits most definitely) to be some of the funniest stuff I've ever done, and so there'll always be a soft spot in my heart for this sceptered website, these Comix.