The War on Fornication

February 22nd, 2008

Peter Bagge on the American right wingers' War on Fornication.

[Via LinkMachineGo]

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"We've brought in the ALA's top profiler…"

February 20th, 2008

Jason Shiga's comic Bookhunter is basically CSI: Librarians.

That's a good thing, in case you were wondering…

[Via Making Light]

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Riot Prrl

November 16th, 2007

1337: the start of a five-part xkcd epic featuring Messrs Lessig, Doctorow, Jobs and Knuth, plus a special (rather hirsute) surprise guest.

[Via Making Light]

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Excessive quotation

September 23rd, 2007

I should probably just post a link to xkcd every day and be done with it.

[Via tanpiover2, posting to a comment thread at James Nicoll's LiveJournal]

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Minus #37

June 3rd, 2007

The last panel of this comic strip is just about perfect.

I don't follow webcomics the way I used to, but reading Minus from the beginning I was strongly tempted to start again.



Life During Wartime

October 25th, 2006

The Washington Post published an excellent profile of Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau:

[Doonesbury has…] survived and metamorphosed over the years into what is essentially an episodic comic novel, with so many active characters that Trudeau himself has been known to confuse them. "Doonesbury" has always remained topical, often controversial. Unapologetically liberal and almost religiously anti-establishment, Trudeau has been denounced by presidents and potentates and condemned on the floor of the U.S. Senate. He's also been described as America's greatest living satirist, mentioned in the same breath as Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce.

But for simple dramatic impact and deft complexity of humor, nothing else in "Doonesbury" has ever approached the storyline of B.D's injury and convalescence. It hasn't been political at all, really, unless you contend that acknowledging the suffering of a war is a political statement. What it has been is remarkably poignant and surprisingly funny at the same time. In what Trudeau calls a "rolling experiment in naturalism," he has managed every few weeks to spoon out a story of war, loss and psychological turmoil in four-panel episodes, each with a crisp punch line.

[Via dsandler]

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Adult Fans of Lego

January 3rd, 2005

I haven't touched a Lego® brick in thirty years, but I still enjoyed AFOLs: A Humorous Look at the Adult Fan of Lego® Universe, a comic by Greg Hyland and Jake McKee. Let's face it, a geek is a geek is a geek, regardless of their particular line of interest.

[Via Cognitive Dissonance]

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Whatever would Peter Gabriel say?

October 15th, 2004

Lore "Brunching Shuttlecocks" Sjöberg has noticed a new trend

[Via Websnark]

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The Right Number Part Two

January 16th, 2004

Scott McCloud has posted part two of The Right Number, his online graphic novella about a man with a strange numeric obsession. Come to think of it, having re-read part two I think you can replace "strange" with "creepy". Still worth a read, though.

[Via Neil Gaiman]

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Apocamon 3

January 1st, 2004

Somehow I completely missed the release back in October of the third instalment of Patrick Farley's Apocamon: The Final Judgement. Usually I hear about this sort of thing when half a dozen weblogs post reviews and there are posts on MetaFilter, Plastic and Kuro5hin, but this time round I don't remember seeing it mentioned.

Perhaps it's just that Farley's electric sheep site has been around for long enough by now that people feel it doesn't need the publicity. Maybe the third instalment wasn't deemed to be as interesting as the first two. It could be that I just failed to notice weblog posts on the subject. Or perhaps the relative silence this time round could be attributed to Farley's decision to limit access to the third Apocamon instalment to those willing to pay via the BitPass micropayments system.

I hope that last suggestion doesn't turn out to be the case. If someone with Farley's track record can't persuade a substantial portion of his fanbase to pay 25 cents to read the latest instalment of one of his signature works then the outlook for micropayments is bleak indeed. It may be that he's still going to make enough money from his smaller audience to keep electric sheep going, but if the price is that word of mouth is stifled then it may not be such a great deal. For him, or for us.

(I'll say it before anyone else does: it's awfully egotistical of me to assume that just because I didn't hear about Apocamon 3 it mustn't have been discussed online. To be sure, this is nothing more than an observation based on one person's monitoring of an extremely small percentage of the weblog community. I hope it is just me, because even though I wasn't as taken by the latest instalment as the first two I think Farley is a very talented artist and I'd like to see him continue to prosper.)

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