Random Comments, February 2022 Edition

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  1. My comments so far related only to the concept of comic submissions.

    I don’t have anything against letting an occasional post get sidetracked by an image or link included in a comment, but I do not think that this should be encouraged as an official posting/publication path. The normal route (via e-mail) serves as a “gateway of rationality”, making sure that only relevant (or “acceptable”) material gets placed in posts.

  2. Very interesting illustrated essay from Tom Falco on his Tomversation blog today: https://tomversation.com/2022/05/12/my-cartooning-styles/

    I really don’t share his skepticism at those who directly enjoy New Yorker cartoons. But I will admit to an element of “taking a stand” when defending Frog Applause, or Lugnuts, or even old Klibans, that come in for the “you can’t tell me that is even sincerely meant to be funny” variety of criticism.

  3. At some point during the past months (or year?) I saw a beautifully rendered comic showing a global map of reported UFO sightings, confirming that the vast majority of them are within the continental U.S. I cannot find it at GoComics, and a Google search turns up nothing.
    Does anyone remember seeing it? The snarky tone of the surrounding text might have been from Doonesbury, but as I said, a GoComics search is unable to find it.

  4. @ Grawlix – That was an amazing article. I would have loved to have been able to see the exhibition, but since it ended in 2019, at least I didn’t “just barely” miss it.

  5. It looks like he’s trying to import 2200 pages of old material and make them work in a new (different) template. The most irritating aspect is that it is impossible to navigate to the next page from the “full” view: you have to go “back”, click from there to “next”, and then reopen that to full page to read everything he’s written.
    I was amused to discover that the oldest post in the archive were all about the technical problems he had when he switched over to wordpress in 2008. In his newest post (the first since Dec. 2021), he writes that “a lot has changed with WordPress in the short time I’ve been gone”, but it’s obvious that one thing has not changed: it’s still massively difficult to implement anything after wordpress insists on “improving” its “features”.

  6. Besides “Cow Tools”, there’s also the “King Kong ‘incident'” panel, which could have been appropriate for the next “Ooopses” collection, except that harping about a woefully inaccurate façade nearly 30 years after Larson drew it doesn’t seem quite fair (not that it stopped me from doing it here).

  7. Somehow I have the impression of recently having seen a “Cul de Sac” strip or short sequence in which Alice wants to get a big stone fountain for the backyard. But I can’t find it in the recent items in the GoComics feed. Can anyone else locate where this could be seen recently? Or, has anyone sent that in as a CIDU submission? (And if so I apologize for losing track of it.) Thanks!

  8. @ Mitch – I think I remember seeing a reference to the fountain, but I don’t recall seeing the entire arc recently. Here’s the beginning of the “big ugly fountain” (Dec. 2009). It goes for a week, then re-appears at Christmas for another three strips, but there’s at least one additional mention later on:

    P.S. As of today GoComics has only three more daily strips, and two Sundays remaining, before the CdS rerun cycle will have to start over from the beginning. I’m not sure whether they will show Thompson’s “farewell” Sunday strip (which was also a re-run, but by special request). RIP.

    P.P.S. In addition to Calvin & Hobbes and Peanuts, someone has taken the trouble to create a text index for all the Cul de Sac strips at GoComics. Now if we could just get them to do B.C., ….

  9. Thanks, Kilby! My question came up from an allusion in a reader-submitted CIDU email, coming up soon. But I knew I had recently seen the CdS strips dealing with this, and assumed they had been recently in the reprint cycle — but I couldn’t find them. Now my best guess is that somebody sent this in as part of a different submission and I’ve lost the email; or I saw the strips at a different reprint archive or in some web essay.

  10. There was an earlier arc — I was thinking it was an earlier, disconnected portion of the same storyline — but it appears to be a separate story based on the same idea.

    It starts here.

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