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Follow That Bird

So today I did a comic about Sesame Street. I used to love that show when I was a kid. I sort of despise how they have gone out of their way to make the show PC for young audiences. Because it was awesome when it was sort of messed up. Everybody thought Big Bird was a liar, Snuffy was manic depressive, Bert and Ernie were… well… you can guess that one. The old guy who ran the corner store died. A homeless monster lives in a trashcan and gives everybody crap. Another monster has a cookie eating addiction. It was awesome. But you know what struck me as the weirdest? Kermit the Frog. He was really the only Muppet to regularly appear on both Sesame Street AND the Muppet Show. It was like his job running The Muppet Show was SO stressful that he had a psychotic break and went to Sesame Street where he became ANOTHER frog named Kermit, one who was a news reporter. Weirdness. I would have loved to have seen a full Muppet crossover. Have the Muppet Show visit Sesame Street so Gonzo and Super Grover could jump off of things together, Waldorf and Statler could insult Elmo until he cried, Oscar could throw rotten tomatos at Fozzy… The possibilities are endless.


Today I experienced the first instance of internet hate for my comic. It happens to all of us who make webcomics. Hell, it happens to everyone who makes anything. It doesn't bother me. I know my comic isn't always great, but I'm trying. And I think that the more I do it, the better I get at it. I could be deluding myself, but if nothing else, I ENJOY making comics. I like having an idea and bringing it to life.
And hey, no matter how bad my comics get they could never be worse than The Family Circus. Unless I begin to draw characters talking to their creepy dead relatives.


No idea, i mean NO idea, what to write about. So here are my favorite Dr. Whos, in order:
5) Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor)- The scarf guy.
4) Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor)- The flute guy.
3) David Tennant (Tenth Doctor)- The blue suit guy.
2) Matthew Smith (Eleventh Doctor)- The bow tie guy.
1) Christopher Eccleston (Ninth Doctor)- The big ears guy.


On the subject of today's comic (Darth Maul)…
I always thought that Darth Maul was one of the most visually interesting characters in all the Star Wars films. However, 'Phantom Menace' being the story-impaired (but visually gorgeous) thing that it is, Maul isn't given any more to do than act menacing, jump around in lightsaber fights and get cut in half. I feel that if he had been given a better story then the whole film would have benefited. It seems Lucas wanted a different Sith apprentice for each of the prequels and so Darth Maul was never intended to be as interesting a character as he could be. His successor Darth Tyrannus (aka Count Dooku) was also cool. Really, you're at 98% percent awesomeness just by casting Christopher Lee, but imagine if Maul had remained the apprentice all through the second film until finally being killed by Anakin in Episode III. Thats two movies (and some 15-20 years or more story-wise) where he could have been around, serving as a living, breathing reminder that the Sith murdered Qui-Gon Jinn.
Just my thought.


I used to love Veruca Salt. The band, not the whiny rich girl from the Willy Wonka films.
I miss them too. After two and a half albums (American Thighs, Eight Arms To Hold You and the Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt EP), the duo of Nina Gordon and Louise Post split up (over reasons that, rumor has it, make the rock soap opera of Fleetwood Mac seem light by comparison), I was bummed out. Nina Gordon went on to release two really good solo albums while Louise Post reformed Veruca Salt with new members. And while I love Gordon's solo stuff and a couple of the second Veruca Salt's songs were good, I miss the early lineup. I'm not one of the type of people to get really worked up over music but the early Veruca Salt stuff made me love music in a way that only the work of the Beatles, Johnny Cash and Kasey Chambers ever has.
I miss them.