Monday, November 17, 2008

Discovery


A better slogan might be, "We fired our copy editors and pass the savings on to YOU!"
Or maybe, "Let's discovery grammar together!"

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Confirmed



Here's a link to the Snopes article about this myth.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My most obscure comic yet!




What's that? You're not into astrophysics or particle physics? Well, allow me to enlighten you.
Currently, in France and Switzerland, there's a giant machine called the LHC, run by an organization called CERN. Some people are afraid that, when this machine is switched on, it will cause the end of life on Earth. The aliens in the first 2 panels have created a similar machine (that's the CERN logo in the upper right), and when they turned it on, it created a gamma ray burst. The alien in panel 2 is pushing a button with his tentacle-fingers, not trying to open a can of tuna with a wrinkled bow tie.
A gamma ray burst is an explosion that makes a supernova look like one of those popper-snapper firecrackers that you can set off in your hand. No-one is sure what causes them, but they're thought to be caused by things like collisions between black holes. (Technically collisions between neutron stars, which are sort of almost-black-hole things.)
So, yeah... the joke is that gamma ray bursts are actually caused by civilizations reaching this particular phase of development, then nuking themselves to smithereens by accidentally building a doomsday machine.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Alright, a real comic already




So it's 3 am and I can't sleep without my little sweetable, so I made a comic. My hand in the 3rd panel is supposed to be counting items on my fingers as I list them, not holding an artichoke. Or paperclips. Or something.

Friday, October 17, 2008

More Memetic Mortgage-Mocking



Sorry, this crash thing is comedy gold. And I love to spread memes. It makes me feel hip. Anyways, this meme refers to an episode of South Park where these little gnomes steal underwear. Their business model is:

"One of the running memes on the Internet comes from the gnomes' business plan in this episode, where people will say something to the effect of "1. (action) 2. ??? 3. Profit!!!"" (quote from Wikipedia.) With the effect being to mock the action in step 1. I thought about adding another one, for the year 2000, where step 1 was "dot-com", but I thought 3 panels was enough.
Read this article if you want to know what happened with tulips in 1637.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

LOLCATS explain it all






LOLCats is an internet phenomenon where people put silly / cute captions on pictures of cute / silly cats. A couple of these are famous ones: the "I can has bailout" cat was originally "I can has cheezburger" and is the one everyone thinks of when they think of LOLCats. The "I made you a cookie... but I eated it" is a close second. The "Invisible Housing Bubble" was originally "Invisible Sandwich", and is part of an entire sub-genre of "Invisible [something]" LOLCats pictures. The last cat is saying "$700 billion, please. Ok, thanks, bye" for those of you who don't speak LOLCat. The final picture is Rep. Ron Paul, a vocal opponent of the bailout plan. It's a reference to yet another internet meme, "The cake is a lie!", which means something like, "Your promised reward is merely a fictitious motivator." The 'K THX BAI' and 'the -> teh' are also Internet-hip. And, for completeness, the title is a reference to the Nickelodeon TV show "Clarissa Explains It All", a TV show that was popular when I was about 12, coincidentally the age of kids who think these memes are cool now.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Re-watch-ability



I had a tough choice to make in the first panel - accuracy, or recognizability. Over at TV Tropes (one of my favorite sites), they call this a Beam Me Up, Scotty - a phrase that everyone remembers but was never actually said word-for-word. The actual quote is, "No, I am your father." But that doesn't scream "Star Wars" the way "Luke, I am your father" does. Similarly, I'm not sure if the 2nd panel quote is accurate, but it's close enough.
And again, props to Jenn for helping with the last panel. She pointed out that it's funnier if you *have* to watch it over and over, rather than the first two, which you *want* to re-watch.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Gluey Kablooey



I drew this while waiting for the glue to dry on my earphones. Jenn came up with the idea for the punchline - I was going to say something like "Yeah, I know..." but then Jenn pointed out I wouldn't hear too well with earbuds glued in my ears. Thanks punkin!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Crime & Punishment




So I realized that I was too worried about things like 'art' and 'ratings'... so I got rid of both. Now it's back to stick figures (but with facial expressions) and no "Vote For Me!" nonsense.
And yes, I really do call Maddy a 'scrapscallion' sometimes. She's a tiny rapscallion, you see...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Lodge Family's Shocking Secret!

Take a look at Veronica's two moms:

Mr. Lodge is a polygamist!! Maybe Archie should join his cult so he can finally settle the Love Triangle once and for all... (of course, neither Betty nor Veronica would stand for it.)

Reboot

Ok, so I didn't like the last blog-comic-thing I had. So I'm starting over. Yo.