MIT's putting on the Vagina Monologues
tomorrow through Saturday. It's a good show and supports a good
cause (fighting domestic abuse is always good). I enjoyed my minimal
involvement with them last year (it's hard to say I "helped" when I just
drew a picture and handed it to them to put on a shirt when they worked
their asses off). If you live in the Boston area, give it a look.
Wapsi Square is easily one of
the best comics on Keenspot. Good art, good
characters, good dialogue.
Still going to be at UBCon in
Buffalo, New York, April 15th through 17th. Please come by. I'll try
to run games - more info later.
Last week, Scott Kurtz brought back Captain
Amazing, a comic strip he did in college, for a week of filler
strips. Although I was a couple of years behind Scott at UNT, I
actually knew of his strip because a guy I worked with in the Academic
Computing Center had Captain Amazing strips on his door (I was sad Scott
didn't rerun his Star Trek: Next Generation strip. Still,
Captain Amazing was one of the last two good comics to run in the NT
Daily (I don't know if it's improved, but I strongly doubt it has). The
other strip was called "Pituitary Kid", which the cartoonist ended to
start a "serious" comic called "The Trenchcoat." However, he planned
poorly and when the year ended, he still hadn't even reached the halfway
point in his story... and honestly, no one cared. The only other comic
that had a chance to be good was called, "My Girlfriend is a Werewolf"
and was cancelled, if I recall correctly, because some students didn't
like the sexual overtones. After that, just years and years of "Calvin
and Hobbes" and "Far Side" rip offs.
Sort of like the real comics page.
Anyway, in Kurtz's newspost for the 15th, he addresses reader complaints
that he had a character exclaim, "Christ!" People... complain about
that? I honestly just couldn't believe it. I'm getting complaints over
having the audacity to mock SIDS and Enterprise (not at the same
time, but if I can find a way....). I don't know what I'd do if someone
complained about me saying a word. The closest thing I've had to that
experience was at Ubercon 4 (twitch) where, in my S*P panel, I said the
word, "cunt." I don't remember why - I'm sure I found a reason for it
to pertain. Some woman and her two male associates stood up and stormed
from the room. I can only assume they realized they were in the wrong
panel because I didn't get the usual, "IL NEVAR REDE THS COMIX AGAINE
On a sidenote, I've mentioned to some female friends there needs to be a
"Take Back the Cunt" march in Boston so people can reclaim that word
from its negative meanings. I was encouraged by them to march down Mass Ave
holding a sign saying, "TAKE BACK THE CUNT!" and they'd do their best to
join me. Personally, I smell a trap.
Anyway... I finally got two upset emails over Enterprise. Two
whopping emails. That's like two-thirds of their viewing audience,
isn't it? I'll have to post 'em tomorrow.
I honestly had a point to writing all of this, but can't remember what
it is now. -R