OK, so I was planning on pounding out comics entries until the bitter end of the week, but it turns out that I can’t. So, this will be the last entry of 2005. We’re departing for our various wacky Christmukkah journeys tomorrow and won’t be back for a while, so this will have to sustain you until January 2. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Morons in berets … on parade!
Other than that, I got nothin’, comics-wise.
I do, however, have something that I’ve been planning for a while that you might enjoy: Josh’s blog-n-alternative-comics roundup! First, the blogs. Unlike many bloggers, I don’t have a “blogroll” of favorite links in my left-hand column. This is because my left-hand column is already too damn cluttered, plus I think I’m better than everyone else. But for those of you who are interested, here are some blogs that I read regularly and that anyone who’s anyone should also read:
- First off are blogs by three of your fellow Curmudgeon readers and commentors. There’s Subdivided We Stand by Smitty Smedlap, possibly the only man in America more obsessed with Mary Worth than I am; Foma* by yellojkt, who keeps it real in the E.C. and goes into a lot of depth on the FBOFW front; and The Conical Glass by loudfan, whose brilliant Mary Worth/Black Eyed Peas “My Humps” mashup I somehow managed to neglect to link to.
- Then of course there’s Drink At Work, whose awesomeness you should already be familiar with, though you should reacquaint yourself with it frequently.
- Waiter Rant is an excellent blog written by an anonymous waiter at a fairly fancy bistro in New York. Find out everything you wanted to know about just how badly — and, sometimes, how well — people treat their fellow human beings when they think they’re in a position of power over them. You’ll never order dinner the same way again.
- Mini Proportions is a blog written by a friend of mine who goes by the name of “Little G.” She has recently taken on the life of a lesbian ex-pat hausfrau in Vancouver (well, the lesbian part isn’t recent, but you get the idea). With lots of time on her hands, she blogs about the absurdities of being an American north of the border. One thing you’ll learn is that Canadians really don’t like it if you don’t finish your food.
- Mlik.org is the online home of our friend Dalton. He’s recently taken to promoting a nonexistent New Age band called “Star Magick,” so I’m starting to get a little worried.
And then, of course, there’s comics. My schtick here is all about the newspaper funnies, but there’s a bevy of comics I read online that you won’t see in the daily news:
- Alien Loves Predator is about an Alien and a Predator that are roommates in New York City. They live with Jesus for a while too. It’s hard to explain much beyond that, but it’s frickin’ hilarious.
- With a sprawling cast of well-developed storylines, more than a dozen continuing storylines at any given moment, and plenty of justified left-wing anger, Dykes To Watch Out For is everything Doonesbury wants to be but hasn’t been in years.
- I’ve linked to Spamusement! Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines! before, but it’s worth repeating. New ones haven’t been updated for a while, but you owe it to yourself to surf through the tear-inducingly funny archives. My personal favorites include: identify brontosaurus crockery shabby taunt, I was always embarassed, but not now, When will you start dating again, Who cares if it hurts, An Email From God!, But I’d like to, Women change your life, I sure wish you weren’t so silly, If you die tonight, what happens to your family tomorrow, and ha ha ha your penis is so small Elijah :).
- Can a comic be funny even if it includes the exact same art every day with only the dialogue changed? It can if it’s Dinosaur Comics! Again, hard to explain, but go through the archives. You will not regret it!
So that’s it for me for 2005! It’s been a swell year, and I hope you and yours have a happy end-of-year celebration of your choice. See you in 2006!