The topics were cats and cars. My comic depends on knowing Transformers characters, but I’m not sure that’s a problem for anything published on this geeky little backwater of the internet. While I’m not sure my comic is funny, at least most people will get the joke.
And learning from last week’s attempt (which probably didn’t need the middle panel, the one which kinda spoiled the joke in advance), I decided to not include an extra panel at the end, about a “fur ball” containing bits of cars, and Megatron getting angry about it. Opening with the Bumblebee pun, and having the Decepticat’s name as Snowflake, is funny enough. The start of the unused panel:
Yet again the drawing took only a few minutes, but scanning and other shit made the whole thing take about 45 minutes. If I had art skills, I’d spend more time on it, but after about 10 minutes on drawing I hit the my limit of making any picture better.
For confused readers, you need to keep up with Strip Search, the web comic artist reality talent show. Every week two of the artists face each other in a head to head challenge. They each have to draw a comic strip in 90 minutes, based on the combination of two randomly drawn words, with the loser going home and the winner staying in the contest to win the big prize. Viewers at home are encouraged to do the challenge themselves.
Here are some other home elimination challenge entries I like:
Disappointingly, almost every other comic is a variation on two or three basic jokes:
1. A cat is driving a car… and cat’s cant drive cars!
2. Someone else is driving a car… and they had an accident involving one or more cats!
3. A car that looks like a cat is funny!
This wouldn’t be a problem if I found these jokes inherently funny. Unfortunately for Tavis (spoilers!), Mike and Jerry didn’t find the idea of traffic accidents involving cats inherently funny either.
I spent only 25 minutes drawing this, with one attempt at each drawing only. It took me longer to scan each piece of paper and arrange it into a singe image.
For confused readers, you need to keep up with Strip Search, the web comic artist reality talent show. Every week two of the artists face each other in a head to head challenge. They each have to draw a comic strip in 90 minutes, based on the combination of two randomly drawn words, with the loser going home and the winner staying in the contest to win the big prize. Viewers at home are encouraged to do the challenge themselves. This week the words were Dinosaur and Roller Skates.
Who’s this little guy? Zongo. He’s a hard smoking wooden robot, made by Just Colcord.
Just invited me around to check out his apartment, and I must admit it was the most interesting place I visited during my stay in Kansas City.
Just has been making toys, and experimenting with stop motion movies featuring those toys, for only one year. He’s always been an obsessive collector of interesting trinkets and small bits of junk, and making them into toys is one way of channeling his energies.
I took all these photos over the course of about 10 minutes. I wish I had better lighting, and had more time, because these few snaps don’t do justice to Just’s massive collections and artistic creations. This is Nozog.
Meet Onzog. Or was this Oznog?
Maybe this is Nozog, not Zongo.
Not only has Just been making toys, but also many, many sets for his stop motion movies.
Boxes and boxes of… things.
Just began displaying his art and toys in local markets, but doesn’t sell any of them. Instead he takes donations to support his creative endeavors, and makes donors small gifts in return.
This one is called “Attack of the wheel nuts.”
A close-up of a box scene.
His apartment contains many cabinets of curiosities. And what are some of those curiosities?
A miniature cabinet of curiosities inside a curiosity cabinet.
All the mini bottles contain used yoyo strings, coiled inside in a very precise manner. Many bottles have notes, reminding Just of the day and reason he put the string in the bottle. Literally, bottling memories.
More toys made from found objects.
Buttons, bullet casings, shotgun rounds…
R2-D2 vs Dalek.
Priceless, of course, because none of Just’s artwork is for sale.
All the work takes place in the kitchen.
Opening a kitchen cabinet, I found yet more scenes with toys.
These are the currency of the future.
Thanks for showing me around, Just!
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Has a good point. I do believe any comedian should be able to joke about whatever they want. However, I think he does a very bad job with it. He talks about “every joke needs an exaggeration” but picks the wrong target. He somehow thinks the comedy should come from associating with the perpetrator, and looks at his story. This casts Carlin close to the role of the rapists in the minds of the audience, rather than the victim. I didn’t find it funny at all, and actually quite disturbing. I don’t want to have an exploration of why people rape each other near the North Pole, especially if there is no pay off, and the arguments don’t make sense. I’ve never seen rape as something someone would do because they couldn’t get sex elsewhere (though I don’t want to get into a discussion about this here).
I don’t think Carlin would be able to get away with that kind of material if he wasn’t in a room full of his fans, who are willing to clap along with it. This isn’t a knock against him, because I do material in my show that I know only works at the end, not at the start of the show, because by then I’ve won them over.
Very funny. She casts herself closer to the role of the victim, and lets everyone come along for the ride in a world where rape is either no longer possible, or if it is, it’s a mild inconvenience. Even gang rape is just a bit annoying, and only from a cleaning up point of view. It’s very clever.
Also, even though the routine is about the threat and impact of rape, she doesn’t ever mention the word rape. This means that she never has to worry about the “Should I do comedy about rape?” question. She is skirting around the edge of the issue in the way that the audience (with lots of females) are totally comfortable with, and recognize from the treatment of the subject in the real world. Everyone is in on the word game. This is the opposite of Carlin, who uses his comedy as a blunt object, almost violent in his affront on the audience.
Again, he casts himself in the role of the victim. However, he doesn’t cast himself there right away! This is his genius, and why I think his comedy routine is the funniest (for me). He starts off by bringing up the idea of serial rape, which isn’t funny.
And this makes all of his audience lean forward. How is he going to do this? How is he going to make this funny?
For a start, he does it by showing how weird it is to talk about it, constantly, in his body language and his pacing. It’s genius. By showing how uncomfortable he is with it, he’s identifying with the audience’s mind set. Then, after making them cheer that it was man rape not lady rape, he calls them out on it. Great move! It means that he’s put everyone in the room into the same boat. We’re all uncomfortable about the topic of rape, but we’re going to do this anyway, okay?
He then covers the shame of rape from the point of view of both men and woman victims, again uniting the audience, and himself with them.
While Carlin thinks he’s being clever by addressing rape in a comedy routine, Chappelle and Sykes are actually clever by pulling it off. I can understand why someone watching Carlin’s routine would be offended (and I was offended, partially by how badly he handled the comic elements of the material), but it’s really hard to be offended by Chappelle and Sykes, because both are doing comedy about being the victim, rather than the perpetrator, of the violent crime.
Dave Chappelle wins, but only because he hit the subject head on, acknowledged the issue and the audience, and still made me laugh out loud.