A quick update about the charity Child’s Play, run by Jerry and Mike out of Penny-Arcade. We’re coming down to the final week of the Child’s Play charity, and it would be great if you could make a donation. That is to say, if you haven’t already. Child’s Play is a fantastic charity that donates toys, movies, books, video games, and consoles to children’s hospitals around the globe.
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With my new found super-power of mobile blogging, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about something non-comic book related. Actually, I seem to be doing a lot of that this week. The other day I saw the Polar Express, and I’m not sure if I liked it. It wasn’t a bad story, but at the same time it made me a little uncomfortable. The deal with the grammophone kinds creeped me out.
Has anyone else seen The Polar Express? If so, what did you you think?
Just a quick reminder to everyone, no comics are shipping to purchase tomorrow, for the next two weeks Friday is comic book day. And with that out of the way, GO SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY? What are you doing on the internet???
Happy Christmas Everyone (Merry Christmas to all my American friends), I hope today brings you much joy, regardless of faith.
Well, it’s Christmas eve, I’m going to have some mini-reviews up later today but I’m having issues with my work computer, so I’ll have to sort those out first. I wanted to link you all the NORAD Santa Tracker, in case anyone was interested. It’s up and live right now, follow Santa from Google Earth or just through the web browser! Have fun with it, and I’ll be back later today with those reviews.
Well, to keep things comic related, here’s a Christmas related Garfield comic (linked because it wouldn’t fit in the webpage format).
If you’re not sure if you want to eat it or now, follow this link to find a handy-dandy flow chart, and find out how much you really want to eat bacon. Today’s weekend update is regarding flow chart humor. It’s not an avenue frequently taken by comic designers. Probably because in order to make one humerous, you have to take someone else’s joke, or a commonly known idea, and make it funny. Case in point, xkcd‘s 90’s Flow Chart. He’s taken something that probably everyone, at least the vast majority of those who are going to read his webcomic, are going to understand, and put it in a humerous flow chart form. Another webcomic artist to put this to good use is Asher Sarlin, creator of Elephantitis of the Mind, did a Pizza Flow Chart, however I think it’s merely coincidence that 2/3 of the examples so far have involved food.
This comedic medium really only presents itself for possible use in the webcomic or newspaper comic, because traditional comic books have many more pages which they have to utilize, and generally, they are telling a story more than creating humor. This does not mean none can be found there, there was an underwear advertisement, which I can not currently find, but was very similar to this. I am a big fan of this sort of ‘flow chart humor,’ I like the logical layout of it, and if done right, they can be pretty funny. They allow the reader to ‘get’ the joke at their own pace, and follow it through, imagining all the steps, of someone sitting there thinking, wow, do I want bacon? Let’s consult this chart. As a brief ending tangent, Asher Sarlin also did a pie chart for how the internet was used last December.
I always intend for these weekend posts to be short, just some rapid fire linking, but they always end up being much longer than expected. I will continue to update through Christmas, but they may be shorter updates, but then again, today was supposed to be short too, we’ll see. Two days till Christmas!