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Metapost: Hot times in Hotlanta (plus! COTW!)

Oh, there’s always something to go with your COTW post, now isn’t there? This week, we have a fabulous report from another Comics Curmudgeon get-together, this one featuring a visitor all the way from JAPAN! Crazy! I’ll let faithful reader willethompson tell the tale…

John Shelton Reed said “Every time I look at Atlanta I see what a quarter million Confederate soldiers died to prevent.” He said that BEFORE I-85 went to 12 lanes (permanently under repair) all the way to Lawrenceville. But I braved it all to see True Fable, Squid Countess, Trotzenbonnie, and ChattyGenes and her puppets.

From left: ChattyGenes (visiting from Japan!), Squid Countess, willethompson (standing), True Fable, Trotzenbonnie

The Old Spaghetti Factory is located on Ponce de Leon, a street that was the center of a down-at-the-heels (aka Southern Bohemian) neighborhood that is being gentrified as the Bank of America tower glowers down on it. OSF is one of those places that manufactures atmosphere, or at least buys it by the truckload. Brass and tulip-shaped light fixtures fight with a faux streetcar for your visual attention in large, noisy rooms.

I wandered in about 12:30 and met TF and his boys (two INCREDIBLY nice young men) helping CG set up the puppet show in a corner of a downstairs room. Knowing that TF couldn’t drink, I was perhaps cruel in fetching a locally-brewed Sweetwater 420 but it was not without incident. An unattended bar? In ATLANTA? On a Saturday afternoon?? If he knew who I had to fuck to get that beer, I think he’d forgive me.

Trotz arrived next, with her sheepdog Miss Mollie (looking stunning in a pink ribbon) and Mr. T (looking stunning in a green T-shirt) who excused themselves to sample the pleasures of Piedmont Park. Squiddy was delayed by construction on I-75 (see: John Shelton Reed above), so we ate as ChattyGenes looked on, not wanting a load of pasta to interfere with her performance energy.

And yes, she fought the background noise of a teenage girl’s birthday party to deliver a sublime 50-minute puppet show with five featured characters (and two backup sheep) tailored to a very select audience (Hey, gh! She had you! And Big Sims, too!). AND she brought presents for all!! AND AND even some of the birthday party attendees came over to watch!!! Take a hike, Cyndi Lauper, we gotcher performance art right HERE!

All in all, a fine time was had by all in placing faces with screen names. As TF said, it was like CC but in real time. The only downside was a waitstaff that couldn’t seem to remember that TF’s boys had ordered Cokes. In Atlanta? Gotalmightdamn, they squeeze the stuff fresh daily just down the street!! What, they had transported it all to Beijing to fight the air pollution???

There are few things that tickle me more than knowing that the humble Website I churn out in my pajamas at odd ours of night has brought people together in real life who otherwise would never have met! Don’t forget that you can arrange your very own meetup on the Comics Curmudgeon Forums!

Also of note from my in-box this week was this find from faithful reader Matt K. in Brooklyn, who has solved a mystery that has been bedeviling the DeGroot parents: where their boarder gets his money. “I saw this ad while flipping through the latest Timeout NY and immediately thought of TJ. Classy job.”

And finally, for everyone who was despairing that Captain Thunder’s brilliant Dennis the Menace-based Regency pastiche had run out of steam — fear not! The Luck of Dennis St. Michel, Viscount Stokington is back, and better than ever!

And with that out of the way, it’s finally — finally! — time for your comment of the week.

“What does John think a ‘simple wedding’ means? Boxers and a trucker hat? Sorry but YOU STILL HAVE TO WEAR CLOTHES.” –psychobiddy

And your tasty runners up!

“It’s interesting how the folks in Gasoline Alley use two different meanings for the word ‘parts’ in succeeding sentences. That’s what happens when your entire strip only has a hundred-word vocabulary.” –BigTed

“Now at Six Flags: The Mary Worth Roller Coaster! They strap you in and the cars just sit there for all eternity.” –Calico says

“We all know that Toni’s getting it, but clearly not from Brad. I’m surprised Brad doesn’t wear his black concert t-shirt from the ‘Monsters of Abstinence’ tour.” –trey le parc

“A Southern teacher should, however, definitely know better than to wear blackface into the classroom. Her attempts to appear old enough to remember when minstrel shows were not considered offensive will not save her from community ire — unless, of course, the community is made up entirely of pubescent boys. In that case she can basically wear a Klan hood, as long as the costume doesn’t extend below her neck.” –Bad at Net Handles

“Judging by the beady-eyed look of horror from the concessions worker, I think the ‘gold’ in question is a reference to the several inches of liquid butter at the bottom of the bucket, which this plugger bear is shown pawing at, reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh gorging himself on a pot of honey. The difference of course being that Pooh died from complications due to his type II diabetes. Plugger bear here, though he likely suffers from hypoglycemia if not full-blown diabetes, is probably going to go out from a massive coronary during the movie.” –Colinski

“I think we all know how Marmaduke described himself.” –Gold-Digging Nanny

“So is Mary Worth always like this: picking an interesting issue, building up to it by way of weeks of intense boredom, and then ending without any kind of interesting climax whatsoever? It’s like digging for treasure and finding only my own grave.” –Amanda

“I guess since pain and human suffering are timeless it doesn’t really matter when FW occurs.” –CortJstr, on the chronological implications of Funky Winkerbeans timejump

“I see Michael married a gal just like the gal that married dear old dad: an impatient rageaholic.” –Hank

“While I appreciate The Vulture taking the trouble to explain to me exactly what’s going on, that does tend to take the edge off the dramatic sense of fear.” –Poteet

“Dear God, what life must Toeby have had before meeting Ian that the purchase of a documentary would cause such excitement? I’m almost afraid of the day she gets a library card.” –Dingo

“The craziest thing about this Mark Trail is how plausible it is. I totally believe that Mark would give this long dissertation about fleas aloud in a stentorian voice when his only ‘audience’ consists of his dog and some terrified squirrels.” –Joe Blevins

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25 responses to “Metapost: Hot times in Hotlanta (plus! COTW!)”

  1. Vakar
    August 12th, 2008 at 1:47 am [Reply]

    THIS was worth staying up a bit later than I’d intended to. Always awesome to see that all of you are are real three-dimensional beings who have lives and everything! And such awesome dishes from the Old Snark Factory! psychobiddy! Floaters! I salute you, o laughmakers!

  2. Rainbird
    August 12th, 2008 at 1:48 am [Reply]

    Wonderful Josh, well worth the wait of staying up to see COTW.

    Contrags to all. Good bunch this week.

  3. Poteet
    August 12th, 2008 at 1:48 am [Reply]

    Wow, I’m on the float and ChattyGenes is on the metapost! Woot woot! A very good day for the Chatty-Poteet Snarkadynamic Duo.

  4. Poteet
    August 12th, 2008 at 1:50 am [Reply]

    And more woot woots for psychobiddy and my sister and brother float riders! I toss candy, beads, and huzzahs to all!

  5. Poteet
    August 12th, 2008 at 1:52 am [Reply]

    I’m especially grateful for this timely new metapost because it has taken my mind off Tuesday’s Foob (shudder).

  6. BigTed
    August 12th, 2008 at 1:57 am [Reply]

    Hooray, thanks! And congrats to all.

    By the way, Brian Stokes Mitchell, aka “T.J.” above, is a Tony-winning Broadway star. He played the lead in a revival of “Sweeney Todd” a few years ago, so I guess the DeGroots had better watch their necks.

  7. Dingo
    August 12th, 2008 at 2:01 am [Reply]

    Hurray for the float riders!

    Dicked Tracy: If I had a ravenous bunch of dogs tearing at me, I’d crap my pants. She’s definitely No Shit Shirl Locke.

  8. texas buddha
    August 12th, 2008 at 2:05 am [Reply]

    Sorry I am so relentlessly off-topic in these comments… But I gotta be me.

    Thanks for the meme-ories to Commodorejohn for posting links to my stuff in a couple of forums out there in the interwebs. My feverish tracking of my blog stats assures that your efforts do not go unnoticed… the harsh reviews the Trekkies and comic-book geeks have given me at notwithstanding… “How very one note”. Harsh dude.

    What do people expect from a Family Circus parody anyway? It’s a one panel comic for goodness sake. What some Star Trek fans think of as limited in scope, I prefer to think of as a laser-beam like focus on a specific theme. Tell those geeks to go back to their collections of Star Gate SG1 DVD’s until they can cough up a parody half as good as mine.

    … But in an effort to be slightly less “one note” and a little more topical I have decided to bring the presidential race into the mix for the newest installment of the New World Order Family Circus:


    And thanks for visiting!

  9. Spotted HØrse, Jungle Steed
    August 12th, 2008 at 2:11 am [Reply]

    My congratulations to the Atlanta Mudges for… being awesome! I’m particularly impressed by the props intrepid Mudges, like ChattyGenes, lug to meet ups. Next meet up, I’m bringing something. Don’t know what. Something!

    FOOB: “I want you to look at each other and say something wonderful… but say it with your eyes!”

    HA HA HA! Hooo! Yeah, that’ll result in a really great pic! Can’t wait to try it in real life. You can see why Weed keeps winning awards, cause that’s brilliant! And by brilliant, I mean insipid.

  10. Uncle Lumpy
    August 12th, 2008 at 2:23 am [Reply]

    #8 tb –

    Waitaminute. You’re getting accused of monomania by Star Trek fans? Hahahahaha!

  11. Tom the Pirate
    August 12th, 2008 at 2:24 am [Reply]

    In the fourth panel of today’s Foob … are they both considering the forbidden kiss?

  12. Mibbitmaker
    August 12th, 2008 at 2:46 am [Reply]

    Wow — 7 comments into the COTW thread, and we already have next Monday’s Comment of the Week!

    My doomed attempts at one, for 8/12:

    FC: Forget Congress — These guys are in 1980, the last summer of a failed and incompetent presidency overshadowed by nuts in the Middle East. Come to think of it, that’s true of this time in 2008, as well.

    S-M: Now that’s more like it, Spidey…. I guess….. I… suppose……..

    GT: Smilin’ Jack just came out of retirement (he is retired, right? Some of those zombie strips go waaay back…) to tell these GT guys to go away and never come back!

    MG&G: You know what Chinese police state interrogators call US Gitmo interrogators? “Wimps”. (They probably liked the Abu Graib ones, though)

    Cranky: People who want to have french fries DON’T WORK THAT WAY! (for more, see “kids who hate anything that someone calls ‘educational’” )

    Curtis: Someone just smack him in the back of the head anyway! Oh, it’s no use — that big, dumb hat’ll protect it just the same.

    H&L: One of those cars was very, very rude.

    Nancy: Oh, now you’ve went and done it, Nancy — here come the Russian tanks!

  13. Sheila Sternwell
    August 12th, 2008 at 4:59 am [Reply]

    Congrats to all!

    I have a confession: when I saw psychobiddy’s comment in the original thread, I sat here for 20 minutes trying to figure out a way I could reply with something more clever than “OMG that’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a week!” Best comment I’ve read in a long time, no question.

  14. Amanda
    August 12th, 2008 at 6:35 am [Reply]

    Oh my god I’m a runner-up! I can’t believe it! I’m so proud…
    Also: you have a forum??? When did this happen?

  15. Mollie
    August 12th, 2008 at 8:09 am [Reply]

    I can’t believe you compared Brian Stokes Mitchell to Luann’s T.J. I will never be able to look at him again. And up to now, looking at him was one of my favorite things to do. Thanks a lot.

    (I will add that Stokes, although a star of the musical stage, is actually much less gay than TJ. For what it’s worth.)

  16. VoVat
    August 12th, 2008 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    DT: Can no one refer to Shirl Locke without using both her first and last names, or what?

  17. Rachel
    August 12th, 2008 at 9:59 am [Reply]

    Why do I always think COTW stands for Cock of the Walk? Wouldn’t that be a better title than Comment of the Week? Yeah? No? LOL I’m so bored.

  18. CortJstr
    August 12th, 2008 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    It’s my first week here and I got a runner-up spot on my birthday. You can’t beat that with a stick.

  19. Motorposus
    August 12th, 2008 at 11:11 am [Reply]

    Oh rats! I wish I had paid more attention to the meetups board. Although I have a policy against setting foot in any franchised restaurant with “factory” in the name, I would have done so for the chance to meet so many of my favorite CC regulars. Actually, I probably would have been seized with shyness and run off in tears…but still, next time for sure!!

  20. dale
    August 12th, 2008 at 11:49 am [Reply]

    17 Rachel
    I suggested that months ago, but nobody seemed to pick up on it. Then I forgot all about it.

  21. bartleby
    August 12th, 2008 at 1:53 pm [Reply]

    Slightly OT: Yeah! Dennis St. Michel is back!

  22. trey le parc
    August 12th, 2008 at 6:41 pm [Reply]

    Thanks, Josh!

    Congratulations, psychobiddy, and fellow float riders!

  23. Amanda
    August 12th, 2008 at 8:57 pm [Reply]

    In today’s Mary Worth, there is snow on the tree outside Toby’s winter. Snow. I don’t think I need say more.

  24. Amanda
    August 12th, 2008 at 8:58 pm [Reply]

    Up there when I said winter, I meant window. Just so you know. What’s this button “preview” do anyway?

  25. psychobiddy
    August 19th, 2008 at 3:10 pm [Reply]

    Hey wow! I took a break from the Internet & didn’t see this until now. (Curse you, real life! You made me miss seeing my own words in the top lefthand corner of Comics Curmudgeon!) This was probably only my third CC comment ever, or something. YOU LIKE ME, YOU REALLY LIKE ME!

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