Archive - 2003
Well, here goes. I thought long and hard about this, trying to decide if it was appropriate for a column, and then I came to a carefully thought-out decision based on the fact that my column was due last week.
Stephen Notley planted his first comic seeds the mid 90s while drawing weekly strips for the University of Alberta's Gateway (a student newspaper that managed to churn out not only Notley's work, but also Cigarro & Cerveja, Deathworld, and the now-defunct but fondly-remembered Space Moose all in the same span of time). It did not take him or his comic idea about a disgruntled sentient weed â€“ umm, sorry â€“ flower to take root and bloom brightly in the still-Edenic Garden of Webcomics. Now already releasing his fourth book, the creator of Bob The Angry Flower can be seen on the comic convention circuit sporting large yellow petals on his head and pollinating truths about life, the universe, and political everythings as only an angry, petal-bedecked person could.
In the weeks after Sept. 11, when anthrax was flying through the postal system like AOL free samplers, and flags suddenly sprouted from every crack in the ground, pop culture balled into a foetal position and rolled under a table. You were there, too, so you canâ€™t deny you saw it. American pop culture briefly became nothing less than a 24-hour, instantly-updated funeral service with occasional breaks for scary news stories about "dirty bombs."
Every comedian had a somber speech about being unable to make jokes. Talking heads debated the patriotism of disagreeing with the President. The editor of Vanity Fair, stretching that magazine's authority just a bit, officially declared irony "dead."
That's when David Rees started tearing it all apart with the caustic sarcasm of Get Your War On.
A few nights ago, while in a drug-filled haze (the prescription kind), I hopped online for what was supposed to be a few minutes to chat with my wife, only to be slapped across the face with the Holy Trout of Revelation.
Get Fuzzy creator Darby Conley recently drew the ire of Pittsburghers when referring to Pittsburgh in a recent strip as a place that smelled. (Story here.) Since the comic was published, he has been receiving hate mail and death threats. If something so benign as saying a city smells can cause such a bad reaction, what does that say about comics that handle REAL controversial issues?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 7, 2003 - 19:30
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 7, 2003 - 15:09
Photo-blogging by Mr PVP himself. Click here for the photos.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 7, 2003 - 14:20
Since it's a slow news day and all (hint, oh gentle readers: send me some news!) here's a link to the recently resurrected Alternative Brand Studios home page which once again has a working forum as well as a handy archive of (almost) all of the 2001-2002 Altertainment comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 7, 2003 - 11:39
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 7, 2003 - 11:32
Indigo Kelleigh gets the Pulse treatment from reporter Jen Contino. Kelleigh is the creator of The Circle Weave, and -- coincidentally enough -- was the cover artist for this month's edition of the Comixpedia.