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Metapost: Turning Japanese

I probably won’t get to new comics until late-ish tonigh, so to tide you over, here are some fab photos from the Land of the Rising Sun! Faithful reader CrabbyGenes, who is a resident of Japan, recently met up with a visitor:

I met SecretMargo in Tokyo today, and we had a great time eating lunch, coffee-shop hopping, buying a book or two, and talking about anything and everything under the sun — including Comics Curmudgeon, of course!

We couldn’t find anything really famous or recognizable in the part of Tokyo we were in to use as a background for the photo. So we just found something that looked Japanese-y. We asked the guy who was handing out the free fans we are holding to take two of the pictures for us. The background and fans are “manga”-ish, but I think they’re just the advertising gimmick for the pachinko parlour we’re posing in front of — the name of which is “Green Peas Pachislo Tower.” You can see it printed in English on the carpet in one of the photos. (Great name!)

SecretMargo is of course sporting his Molly the Bear shirt. Such surrealist shirt slogan/logo combos are of course par for the course in Japanese fashion, so presumably he didn’t raise any eyebrows with it. However, if this photo from the always-amusing Engrish.com is any indication, Japan is already on the ironic comics t-shirt bandwagon:

(Thanks to faithful reader Dan the Wis for the tip!)

80 responses to “Metapost: Turning Japanese”

  1. stinky pete
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    Argh – a new thread between the “preview” and the “post”!

    199 gh (of the yesterthread): a tweak? “He says he’s not getting in the crate till she tells him whether Schrödinger’s cat is dead or alive.” Way too wordy for the contest, though. “It’s a thongcat” has a better chance (and I will enter that one now, just as an FU to the judges). AfkaB at 100 is still the only one that made me laugh out loud, so it clearly has no chance whatsoever.

  2. AtomicDog
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    Dang it! I was this close to “first!”

  3. AppleGirl
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    CrabbyGenes and SecretMargo – Have fun in that kooky place!

  4. Calico
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    Fabulous photos! Thanks for sharing.
    See, Josh, you are connecting folks worldwide faster than AT&T!

    Isn’t Pachinko a form of Pinball? (I love old pinball machines in addition to the comix)

  5. The Divine O’F
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:40 pm [Reply]

    Whew! I felt a new thread coming on, and here it is.

    Josh, thanks so much for posting Crabby Genes’ letter and pix.

    Crabby Genes: You look just like my dear friend Peggy, who lives in Germany. Perhaps you were separated at birth. It is SO nice to know what you look like. Secret Margo is even more handsome than I imagined him.

    And boyoboy does that background look like Tokyo! (The non mental-institution part.)

  6. gh
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:40 pm [Reply]

    You guys are so cute!! CrabbyGenes, I love the mask (oh, wait, that’s you in the front). Still cute! I’m a sucker for paisley.

  7. Extremely Anonymous
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:44 pm [Reply]

    I was just in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago– which part of town were these taken in?

  8. Calico
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    It’s weird but in the first photo, the way CG is holding his fan, it looks like the visage of none other than our beloved Homer Simpson.

    Now I want a Homer fan, and a Mary Worth fan, darn it! : D

  9. Calico
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:48 pm [Reply]

    Erg, I meant SM. Sorry!
    I need a crash course on all the CC nicknames now.

  10. Alan Vanneman
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:52 pm [Reply]

    Well, Josh, when you do get to the comics today, you better be all over Miss Buxley in her bra and panties. If you’re man enough, which frankly I doubt.

  11. Dean Booth
    July 25th, 2007 at 1:57 pm [Reply]

    “We couldn’t find anything really famous…” — Well, CrabbyGenes and SecretMargo are famous!

    FC: Why the kids seem cute

  12. Perky Bird
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:02 pm [Reply]

    Seeing that giant manga-woman in the background of these pics made me wonder: What would some of our Americanized strips look like manga-ized? Manga Mary Worth? Manga FOOB? Manga Funky?

    Of course, thanks to Sam Hill’s ginormous eyes this past week, we already have an idea of what Manga Mark Trail would look like.

  13. MCMikeNamara
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    Seeing the title of this post, I thought for sure it was going to be yet another disturbing discussion on the heterosexual male members fondness for Cassandra Cat and what they do to relive themselves.

    Thank God it was instead this charming travelogue (as I just ate lunch)

  14. Plus a constant
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    What a coincidence! I was just playing “Turning Japanese” in the new Guitar Hero. I guess since I said that I should mention my score: FIVE STARS (and that’s the most stars you can get!)

    Don’t feel bad, people who didn’t get five stars. Apparently I’m really, really good. Keep at it and maybe you can be like me!

  15. Gabe
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:13 pm [Reply]

    14: You remind me of the high school kid from that one episode of My Name Is Earl.

    Pachinko is a weird guessing game/gambling machine. I never played during my time there, but it sure is popular.

    Engrish is awesome. One day I need to upload a photo of one of my wife’s picnic bags with the most disturbing description of a teddy bear picnic ever.

  16. MCMikeNamara
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:13 pm [Reply]

    GT today> For the first time in what seems like forever, the plot jumped within the strip (though the “Meanwhile” meant it wasn’t as tricky to follow as usual); I was beginning to feel very unnerved by the fact that I’ve been able to follow the story for a couple of weeks without being thoroughly baffled.

  17. Motorposus
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:15 pm [Reply]

    Aw, I just love it when CC friends feeling pleasure together gather!

    CrabbyGenes and SecretMargo, you two look so charming with your pink pussycat pachinko parlor fans.

  18. American Idle
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    If you don’t have today’s Garfield in your crosshairs, I’ll be hugely surprised (but standing ready with a snark of my own.)

  19. Cornwhacker
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    Speaking of our beloved Molly the Bear, this current “chained to a tree in the forest” plot twist in MT sure seems familiar…

  20. Christopher
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    NYPD: Caption Contest:

    My favorite so far was “Fetch me another beer, we’re up 6-0″

    That’s right, I play by my own rules baby!

    BTW, why is Catwoman up there no. 5?

  21. Gabe
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    People, please stop telling Josh which strips to snark on. He reads the same damn comics we do. If the muse hits, the muse hits. You can’t fake the funk.

  22. TB Tabby
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:27 pm [Reply]

    12: If those comic strips were combined with manga, it would improve them greatly, but it would diminish manga.

    On a realted note, I’ve often envisioned a Bobobo-inspired story about Josh and a gang of curmudgeon,inspired warriors battling the evil forces of the comics page. If only I were more creative…

  23. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:34 pm [Reply]

    Once again, it’s really cool to see pictures of Curminions so we can attach faces to names.

    Even without pictures, I find that I can’t help but form mental images of the folks who comment here, based just on “hearing” their written words — and then sometimes a remark will be made later that proves I was totally wrong about gender, age, ethnicity, etc.

    I’m pretty sure the very first times I saw the user names “CrabbyGenes” and “SecretMargo” here, I assumed they were a man named Gene and a woman named Margo respectively.

  24. ralph
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    Wonderful, fun photos, CrabbyG. and SecretMargo!

  25. bats :[
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:40 pm [Reply]

    FC: I said it before (in the last thread), so I’ll paraphrase her. I’m no FC fan, but dang, did a get a thrill to see Billy sassing his mom in such a dry, sarcastic manner. Snark on, Billy!

  26. Plus a constant
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:42 pm [Reply]

    15. Gabe — I haven’t seen My Name Is Earl. I assume that’s not a flattering comparison, but that’s OK. I don’t mind. Someday I need to figure out what combination of italics and bold to use to denote insincerity.

  27. ElSanto
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:46 pm [Reply]

    Strips that may be improved by becoming manga:

    Mary Worth — For some reason, I imagine it to be like the Rumiko Takahashi classic “Maison Ikkoku.” Plus I really want to see manga Mary Worth.

    Funky Winkerbean — Still a maudlin as the real series, only with giant sweat drops appearing when cancer news hits or that one blond kid getting a massive nosebleed when he’s around the blond girl.

    Gil Thorp — The way the strip is going, we’d get some seriously awesome action sequences.

    Mark Trail — Sam wouldn’t seem so bizarre surrounded by other big-eyed folk.

    Rex Morgan — The way some anime ramp up the fanservice, it immediately improves any scene involving June Morgan.

    Apartment 3-G — I know some anime are perfectly capable of doing series about young career women, but I can’t shake the feeling that this would end up looking like Sailor Moon. And yet, I approve.

  28. AhClem
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    Pachinko can be thought of as a vertical pinball machine. The steel balls are shot up to the top, and then fall through a series of pins, traps and other devices. If the ball lands in certain spots, you are rewarded with a number of new balls.

    About 25 years ago, J. C. Penney was selling machines that had been removed from Pachinko parlors in Japan and refurbished. I bought one and still have it; it’s fun to mess around with from time to time.

    More info on Pachinko can be found you-know-where.

    Snark about steel balls can be most likely found in several comments following this one.

  29. AppleGirl
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    gh – The “shake hands” caption is the winner. I hope you do submit it.

    That illustration is a tough one.

    I’m no geologist, but I had to google Schroedinger’s Dog to find out what everyone was referencing. The story of the cat was very sad.

  30. Hank Kimble
    July 25th, 2007 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    When I saw the title “Turning Japanese”, I thought you were going to write about the Beattle Baily comic today.

  31. Marion D
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    Where can I get Rebekkah lyrics? Can we submit some to the Lynnster?

    “The Sign of the Dollar”

    I swear by my Life
    And my love of it
    That I will never live
    For the sake of another man
    Nor ask another man to live
    For the sake of mine.

    This country wasn’t built
    By men who sought handouts.
    In its brilliant youth
    This country showed the rest of the world
    What greatness was possible to Man
    And what happiness is possible on Earth.

    Then it began apologizing for its greatness
    And began giving away its wealth
    Feeling guilty for having produced
    More than its neighbors

    The world will change when you are ready
    To pronounce this oath
    I swear by my Life
    And my love of it
    That I will never live
    For the sake of another man
    Nor ask another man to live
    For the sake of mine.

    do I Win?

  32. Gabe
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:10 pm [Reply]

    26: Wasn’t flattering or unflattering. Just made me think of that episode. It was a funny episode. Had a car explosion and everything.

  33. Quixotess
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:10 pm [Reply]

    If anyone is interested, I can read part of the signs in the background. On the left, I can’t read the white letters, but the red letters say “green peas”. On the right, the phrase in yellow letters starting with “2″ says something about 2 o’clock in the morning.

    That sign also says that men may enter(?) for 1350 yen, and women may do the same for 880 yen. Not sure on the current exchange rate, but that’s about $13 and $8. Elsewhere on the same sign it says “drink!” Everything else is too small/Chinese for me to figure out.

  34. Mitsuki Matsuya
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    31: Respectfully, I would opine that we’ll see Satan skating to work before we see such words in any Lynn Johnston “creation”.

    As far as the metapost, it’s always enjoyable to see photos of faithful readers. I’m left to wonder what the fan distributor looked like, though…

  35. Christopher
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:12 pm [Reply]

    I’ve often wondered if the guys who do Gil Thorp are aware of sports manga.

  36. Mitsuki Matsuya
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    35: I would kill for a Gil Thorp/Eyeshield 21 crossover! (Figuratively speaking, of course.)

  37. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:18 pm [Reply]

    Once again, somebody who lives in the USA please submit my caption idea to the New Yorker. I promise not to be jealous if you end up winning the signed print of the cartoon. Although maybe someone who lives in Buffalo should submit it, so then if you win, I can come down and visit the prize (and we can document the meeting with photographs that we then send to Josh). But I’m getting ahead of myself.

  38. Dean Booth
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:29 pm [Reply]

    #37. I’d do it Skullturf, but I’ve already submitted two. I think yours has a good chance of taking home the gold.

    I associate “Turning Japanese” with Rick Moranis singing it on SCTV. Great stuff. I still sometimes start singing it involuntarily, like a Tourettes patient.

  39. Non-Shannon
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:31 pm [Reply]

    SecretMargo: Hel-LOOOOO nurse!

    Skullturf: I will do it! If your caption wins, I shall send you the prize. I have no interest in framed New Yorker cartoons.

  40. Poteet
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:40 pm [Reply]

    You’re lookin’ good, CrabbyGenes and SecretMargo! Cute and very snarky! And “Green Peas Pachislo Tower” is a very excellent name.

    I shall not be around much for the next three days, so don’t worry, anyone. I hope to have some snarking time this weekend. And before departing, I note with interest that in PIBGORN, Pib has been somehow dragged into the old movie TRON. I bet the denizens thereof are not ready for Drusilla.

  41. ohyes
    July 25th, 2007 at 3:52 pm [Reply]

    Now that Dawn is lying to her dad and cheating on him, it seems the Vera story is over. To recapitulate:

    Mary showed a vacant apartment to a blonde, who rented the apartment. Mary gradually, persistently persuaded the blonde to dine with Mary a couple times. At Mary’s insistence, the blonde talked with her brother and had a tepid “reconciliation” that changed nothing. The blonde turned down a date with a young man, to sit in the apartment working. The End.

    Samuel Beckett could not have etched a more chilling joke of futility, tedium and despair.

  42. Bootsy
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:00 pm [Reply]

    Ah, Dean Booth! Nothing brings me back to childhood, well, high school-hood, than memories of discovering my brother’s stash in an old book.

    It was Gideon bible, which I always thought was a nice touch. Good times.

  43. Kurdt
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    When I saw “Enjoy doing Clambake” a picture popped into my head of Clambake posing on a couch in a small red thong. To quote Strong Bad: “I think my imaginations broke.”

  44. Big Sims
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:09 pm [Reply]

    Looking Good Crabby and Secret!
    Now I’m jealous, I want to go to Japan! Stuck in Mobile ain’t as bad as being Anchored in Anchorage, and far better than being Sleepless in Seattle I’d imagine, but I still need to get out and do some traveling this summer!
    As the boys are 3 and 1 I’d have to pay full price for their airline tickets, phooey. But I’m sure they would love Japan… (wistful FW-esque smirk of hopelessness)

  45. Paperback Rifler
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:13 pm [Reply]

    Two items:

    1. Isn’t “Green Peas” that environmental organization? I didn’t know they had a tower in Japan! Huh. I wonder if it was constructed to be environmentally “green.”

    2. Josh, in the future, could you please not refer to songs in your post titles? Perhaps then, tripe like the following could be avoided. Granted, I didn’t have to compose said tripe; and I did only use the second verse, the chorus, and the bridge; but still, I probably should have been spending my time actually working. Anyway, apologies to The Vapors, CrabbyGenes, SecretMargo, and everybody everywhere:

    You sent your picture, to Josh Fruhlinger;
    You had a good time that you’ll never forget.
    You got some fan guy to take your picture;
    Now we can see you here on the internet.
    And now you pose before pachinko halls, with Molly shirt and fans and all —

    I’m seeing CrabbyGenes,
    I think I’m seeing CrabbyGenes
    With SecretMargo.
    Seeing CrabbyGenes,
    I think I’m seeing CrabbyGenes
    With SecretMargo.
    I’m seeing CrabbyGenes,
    I think I’m seeing CrabbyGenes
    With SecretMargo.
    Seeing CrabbyGenes,
    I think I’m seeing CrabbyGenes
    With SecretMargo.

    Unite, show off Curmudgeon power
    At the Green Peas Pachislo Tower
    And snark.
    Everyone who posts here is so goshdarn snarky,
    Leaves your head a-spinnin’ like a stick that’s barky.
    Everyone . . .

    And now I’m seeing CrabbyGenes,
    I think I’m seeing CrabbyGenes
    With SecretMargo.
    Seeing CrabbyGenes,
    I think I’m seeing CrabbyGenes
    With SecretMargo.
    I’m seeing CrabbyGenes,
    I think I’m seeing CrabbyGenes
    With SecretMargo.
    Seeing CrabbyGenes,
    I think I’m seeing CrabbyGenes
    With SecretMargo.

  46. SecretMargo
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    YAY! Thanks, Josh, for facilitating CurmudgeonCon: Tokyo 2007! CrabbyGenes is lovely and charming and we had a great time gabbing and eating Japanese Italian food (I had pasta with edamame and salmon. Yum!). And to bubujin: I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet up in Tokyo, but my weekends became full of work; I could barely pencil in CG! Mata kondo.

    The pictures were actually taken a few days back; this posting has neatly coincided with my first full day back home, so it is indeed fortuitous that my “I’m back, cherubs!” posting will coincide with my ugly mug being displayed at the top of the page. Kismet.

    The fine establishment CG and I are gracing the doorway of is a newly-opened branch of the Green Peas pachislo ["slo"-short for "slot"; much more like "our" slot machines] (not pachinko) parlor chain whose main headquarters we saw in a different part of Shinjuku, and which featured enormous plastic renditions of be-podded green peas all around the front. We considered this fairly surreal sight as a site for our photo-op, but they were just too gargantuan to fit into the frame of the photo, so we ventured on. We ended up at this branch and its enticing mascot, which is on the other side of Shinjuku station on Yasukuni-dori between the two neon arches that form the entryway into the massage (+so-much-more) parlor-laden adult theme park that is Kabuki-cho (we’re classy like that).

    A sidenote, brought up by CrabbyGenes at the time: if something smaller than actual size is called a miniature, what about the opposite? A garganture? I was stumped, but this seemed like a mystery some ‘mudgie would surely know the answer to.

    39: Non-Shannon — Thanks! Maybe! Actually, what? I think I’m missing a reference.

    In short: I had fun! Tokyo’s awesome! The conference was fun, even though I had to walk through a literal typhoon to give my paper! I’ve missed everyone’s brilliance, only skimming the posts, but I am swept up a bit in GailMania (now you can imagine me, hands on cheeks Beatles-at-the-airport-style, swooning when I see The Braid). I perused today’s comics and found them … very sexual.

    Tadaima, ‘Mudgies!

  47. Bootsy
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    All right, Phantom! WTF? You swim to the bad guys’ boat after taunting them. You punch out one guy then swim back to your skiff, and now you proopse to swim over again (doubtless in a hail of bullets this time) and do what?

    Anyhoo, I can put up with a lot when you start cracking wise and I get to see your butt, but for crying out loud! I’m not waiting forever.

    Who am I kidding? I’ll keep following him for the stripey butt.

    You guys have your Abbey McSweaterpuppies and angry angry June, and Miss Buxley and Blondie. We got nothin’.

    I need to go home and have my husband a drink.

  48. TB Tabby
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    36: I would do it literally! (For those unfortunate souls who have never heard of Eyeshield 21…)

    About Pachinko: When I got my Nintendo DS, I got Super Mario 64 DS along with it. It’s a remake of the N64 game, but with a bunch of tacked on features, many of which use the touch screen. Among those features are nto one, but TWO pachinko minigames.

  49. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    Thanks Non-Shannon @ #39!!

  50. gh
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:24 pm [Reply]

    #20 Christopher

    If you like it, it’s yours. The deal is if it wins, the original goes on eBay and the proceeds into Josh’s tip jar.

    #29 AppleGirl

    I did.

    (pant, pant) I’m at my road trip destination — 6 minutes to catch up on “work” before work commences.

  51. ElSanto
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:32 pm [Reply]

    #47 – Bootsy: have you not been looking at Gil Thorp’s entry into the beefcake sweepstakes? Men flexing muscles and bulging out of their shirts everywhere! (Though I do admit it would be better if they were drawn properly….)

    And of course there’s Hugh in Rex Morgan, for you ladies (and non-traditional males) who like the blond, long-haired, sensitive types with violent streaks of passion….

  52. Plus a constant
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    31. Gabe — Oh, I misunderstood. Maybe I’ll find and watch this episode. I’m not averse to explosions.

  53. Big Sims
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    #47-Bootsy
    I’m with you sister. The Phantom story-line is just beyond me as a sailor and a comics reader. The bad-guy’s yacht looks like a pretty well equipped rig, I’d reckon that the huge sandwich might have obscured it, but I’ll bet there’s a RADAR on the bridge. Which would render the Phantom’s “let’s be really really quiet” plan useless. Also, if they’re in shouting distance, and they saw which way the Phantom swam away, couldn’t they just shine a spot-light on the Phantom’s boat? And why did the Phantom leave anyway? Why did he give the villain his gun back? How is silence the wrong answer?
    I now understand the look of incredulity of the Phantom’s oarsmen in the last panel of todays Phantom – The Ghost Who Defies Logic.

  54. bats :[
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:53 pm [Reply]

    Manga-mation is too good for their kind! (Well, some of their kind).
    But there’s always Aldo-mation:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9545446@N07/

  55. SecretMargo
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    33: Quixotess: The sign is advertising 2 hours of all-you-can-drink action in the bar on the second floor of the building next to the Pachislo Palace, which is why men are charged more than women to go in (they are presumed to drink more).

    The second part of the sign that you saw reading “drink!” is advertising that there are 50 varieties of alcohol available to DRINK! should you be brave enough to binge for two hours; since the types of drinks they’re offering typically range between 300-500yen each, you can see how many you need to down to break even. It is quite an incentive when every drink past number three is technically profit; they probably should install rubber bumpers on the stairs so lightweight foreigners like me can pinball down to the sidewalk with ease, then propose drunken marriage to the pink lady pachislo goddess grinning slyly down at them. Ahh, Shinjuku.

  56. Gabe
    July 25th, 2007 at 5:15 pm [Reply]

    The main plot is Earl getting his GED and babysitting high school kids in detention. The Guitar Hero reference is about 10 minutes in.

  57. Gabe
    July 25th, 2007 at 5:16 pm [Reply]

    FTR, I still need to get GH. My brother and sister have it back at my parents, and I usually borrow games when they’re done with it. But they haven’t got tired of it yet. :D

  58. Spotted HØrse
    July 25th, 2007 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    #47 Bootsy:

    You guys have your Abbey McSweaterpuppies and angry angry June, and Miss Buxley and Blondie. We got nothin’.

    Darlin’, get thee to a comic book store posthaste! There you’ll find more hoyay than you can believe… beefy guys with globular buttocks and biscuit-heaped baskets.

    Look, ya regular syndicated comix just don’t have much to offer in the righteous dude department. Go to the source where traditionally repressed nerds peddle their demented, drawn and inked wet dreams. For every McSweaterpuppy there’s a groinocological buffalo shot… and how!

  59. Spotted HØrse
    July 25th, 2007 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    CrabbyGenes and SecretMargo: You guys are having so much fun! I’m envious… *sigh*… if only there were among us a geologist-turned-event planner so that we could have a CC convention!

  60. The Divine O’F
    July 25th, 2007 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    WELCOME BACK, SECRET MARGO! I missed you!

  61. John C Fremont
    July 25th, 2007 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    # 38 – Even better than Rick Moranis singing Turning Japanese was Rick Moranis as the VJ introducing the video calling the title, “Turning (pause) Japan-eess.”

    Wait a minute – SecretMargo doesn’t look like Margo, and CrabbyGenes doesn’t look crabby. What gives? (Better get Slylock Fox on this right away.)

  62. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    July 25th, 2007 at 5:46 pm [Reply]

    Maybe CrabbyGenes’ earrings are cold.

  63. American Idle
    July 25th, 2007 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    #31(MarionD) – Obviously a confidant of Gail Martin! Where else would you be able to find the lyrics to the Tony-ignored signature song from “Galt!” (Brilliant!!)

    #41 (ohyes) – Surely Mr. Godot will leave a snark tomorrow…

  64. odinthor
    July 25th, 2007 at 6:12 pm [Reply]

    #63 — American IdleSurely Mr. Godot will leave a snark tomorrow…” Without fail?

  65. The Divine O’F
    July 25th, 2007 at 6:13 pm [Reply]

    I am falling farther and farther behind here and everywhere. See you all sometime tomorrow.

  66. The Spectacular Spider-Brick
    July 25th, 2007 at 6:33 pm [Reply]

    Okaeri nasai, Secret Margo! Did you pick up any manga to snark? Any BL doujinshi you can tell us about?

    Someday, I’m going to go to Tokyo… maybe year after next, when I’ll have 2 weeks of vacation.

  67. SmartPeopleOnIce
    July 25th, 2007 at 6:43 pm [Reply]

    #47 Boots, baby, down scroll making doing, clicky on “Summer madness” and feel the Thorp.

    C’mon, the sight of those two chesty sweaty guys pounding the heavy bag would turn K.D. Lang hetero [ ok, I stole this line from somewhere, but if I can't remember where, it's like I made it up myself, right? ]

    e-panties!

  68. TurtleBoy
    July 25th, 2007 at 7:23 pm [Reply]

    Speaking of merch, I must pass my thanks on to willethompson for the gorgeous cranberry Margo!Boxcar!Saturn! T-shirt that made its way into my mailbox this afternoon. (And of course, thanks go to Maughta, too, for surprising me with the purchase.) I especially like the fact that it was mailed in a discreetly marked box with the words “TURTLE PORN” scrawled on three of its sides. Way to go, wille!

  69. CONFUSED
    July 25th, 2007 at 7:40 pm [Reply]

    SecretMargo is a MAN?!

  70. CrabbyGenes
    July 25th, 2007 at 7:40 pm [Reply]

    Hi, all! Thanks for your kind comments! and here are a few replies to some Mudgies–

    #5 Divine O’F. You’ve got it; my genetic make-up is 75% German. My great- and great-great grandparents were the ones who came over to the U.S., so we have no real connection with relatives in Germany at this point. However, my mom told me that when she and my dad toured Germany some years ago she was seeing look-alikes of my dad around every corner.

    #15 Gabe, I would LOVE to read your disturbing Teddy Bear Picnic description. Come on, please post it and link to it!

    #23 Skullturf Q. Beavispants. I too, have pre-conceived ideas of what you all other Mudgies look like. (though I’ve never been quite sure what to imagine for YOUR intriguing moniker!) Just for the record, “CrabbyGenes” is from an old Peanuts strip in which Lucy declares that she is crabby because she was born with crabby genes. Lucy has always been my favorite Peanuts character, and yes I can be pretty crabby, especially first thing in the morning.

    #28 AhClem. Wow, your own pachinko machine?! Neat! (or in today’s venacular, Awsome! Though you can see from my photo that I’m more from the “Neat!” generation.)

    #44 Big Sims. My house has not been baby-proof for years now, but we always welcome visitors from abroad, so let me know when you’re coming! I have to tell you though, that although I sometimes get nostalgic for the days when my girls (now 22 and 18) were small, I do NOT miss having to get through those marathon trans-Pacific airline flights with them (12 hours!…).

    #45 Paperback Rifler. A song parody. What can I say? I am HONORED! I think I’ll print it out and frame it. This is so cool! Thanks!

    #46 SecretMargo. Great to read you again here, and glad you got back home okay! And thanks for explaining about the background in those photos. Now I don’t have to. Somehow, I ended up with both of those crazy fans, so let me know if you’d like me to send you yours. You’ll be amused to learn that my family’s reaction to the photos was not, “Hey, you look good!” or “So THAT’S what your friend looks like!” but rather “Where in the world did you take those pictures??!!”

    #66 The Spectacular Spider-Brick. Look me up if you ever come here. Admittedly, we’ve never had a brick as a guest, but there’s always a first time. I think you’d look absolutely fetching in a kimono, or maybe a jin-bei.

    Thanks! to compliments, and apologies to Mudgies I may have missed. And to bubujin (who may be reading this), our house guests have gone back to Iowa, so I’ll reply to your note soon!

  71. Spiny Norman
    July 25th, 2007 at 7:42 pm [Reply]

    I’m trying to imagine the look on the repairman’s face when he shows up and sees Miss Buxley in lacy black underthings, what appears to be Santa’s coat, and a shoe? sticking out of her pocket. Then again, maybe she’s not really waiting for a repairman. Maybe she and a boyfriend are just playing “repairman.” I don’t want to know how that shoe or whatever it is fits into their little fantasy, though.

    And what “parts” is the General missing? This might explain a lot…

  72. Eleusis
    July 25th, 2007 at 7:49 pm [Reply]

    Great pics!

    A3G: It’s no wonder that Cousin Ruby can tell Lu Ann wants to be alone with Alan, given that she and Blaze are dressed like extras from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

  73. SecretMargo
    July 25th, 2007 at 7:50 pm [Reply]

    66: SSB: I, in fact, did pick up some manga, which you undoubtedly have already read in translation (I simply assume nowadays that Anglophone otaku have access to pretty much anything, what with scanlations and translations and whatever else). Do you read 20th Century Boy (Nijûseiki Shônen), Pluto, or anything by George [Jôji] Asakura? Those were my main purchases. 20CB seems to FINALLY be coming to an end — I love it, but the neverending melodrama and apocalypses were getting wearing. I skipped the dôjinshi this time (I’m not really a connoisseur, though I own some yaoi versions of Battle Royale and Evangelion), but when you do get to Japan, check out Mandarake; it really is great, especially since everything is used and therefore cheap.

    DO’F: I’m glad to BE back, indeed. Onward!

  74. American Idle
    July 25th, 2007 at 7:53 pm [Reply]

    My Gail Martin T-shirt is here!!! And it’s GORGEOUS!!
    (And in ten days I’ll be wearing it at a nationally-famous event – and will try to get my picture taken with a celebrity there…)

    No, it’s not rehab with Lindsay.

    Y’all git yerselves to the Comics Curmudgeon Gear shop, and pick up one of these fine shirts!

  75. Wellsey
    July 25th, 2007 at 8:01 pm [Reply]

    Rex Morgan, Medicine Woman- PLLLLLLLLOTPOINT!!! I see an entanglement in Hugh and Heather’s future which may or may not include sheets.

  76. Artist formerly known as Ben
    July 25th, 2007 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know if anyone else has said it, but that t-shirt in the last pic represents All That Is Clambake.

    The other pictures are terrif.

  77. Mibbitmaker
    July 25th, 2007 at 10:19 pm [Reply]

    Speaking of Manga/Anime versions of comic strips, how ’bout:

    FWCL – pronounced: Funky Cruelly

    There should probably be another thread/post titled “Imaginary Lover” (Atlanta Rythm Section)

  78. Hysterical Woman
    July 26th, 2007 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    I had heard the name “Eyeshield 21″, but I didn’t know what it was about. I thought it was more like “Bleach” or something. That explains why some people were dressed as (American) Football players at Otakon.

  79. GG
    July 28th, 2007 at 1:38 am [Reply]

    SecretMargo, you wouldn’t happen to teach at Mcgill, would you? Because I had a professor who looks just like you.

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