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Eric: Say what you like. That is a kickass aping of Meredith Gran's style.

(From Checkerboard Nightmare. Click on the thumbnail for full sized TPing of the yard!)

Submitted without comment.

(Well, except to say that I've been greeting people by saying "Oh no! My shoulder devil!" since I saw this earlier today. Now, I have a very bad cold. My head is stuffed. My eyes are bleary. I have that vacuous look that comes from medication. Why am I at work? Because I'm an idiot! And my voice is currently three octaves lower than normal. So shouting "Oh no! My shoulder devil!" at people currently freaks them the Hell out.)

(Oh, and I should mention that if this actually is a plotline, as opposed to a one-off mention... I'm probably in a lot of trouble. I mean... Straub typically depicts artists as their main characters (or at least in their style of art). Well... my style of art is the incredibly crappily drawn Unfettered by Talent. I own my shame... but this also means I'm probably going to have lots more shame to own, still.)

(On the other hand, he might choose to depict me as Ursula Vernon's 'Snarky.' That would be kickass!)

(He's probably already drawn it, either way. And for that matter, the next strip probably won't have anything to do with me.)

(Still... shoulder devil!)

Posted by Eric Burns-White at December 3, 2004 11:25 AM


Comment from: tynic posted at December 3, 2004 11:51 AM

Well, to be fair, Disney did it first. I mean, "Whoah, tiny shoulder angel." Eternal comedy gold, right there.

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at December 3, 2004 12:00 PM

It's not the freshness of the garlic, it's the taste of the marinara.

Man, I need to go to lunch or something.

Comment from: Pooga posted at December 3, 2004 2:16 PM

Submitted without comment.

(Except to mention that I always find it funny that when you "submit without comment", often the "except to say..." part is longer than some full snarks.)

(Let's face it, you probably couldn't "submit without comment" without a lengthy aside if your life depeneded on it. :) Nor would we want you to. Unless, you know, your life really depended on it. And how often does that happen?)

(Also, am I the only one who is worried about the potential confusion of putting emoticons in a paranthetical aside? I think it has to do with the programmer in me. As a writer, would you know what the style guide recommendation for using an emoticon at the end of a paranthetical aside is? :) )

Comment from: Dave Van Domelen posted at December 3, 2004 2:35 PM

(That's one reason I use weird emoticons like }->, because at least it doesn't mess up grammatical parentheses, even if it plays merry hob with a programmer's mental processing.)

Comment from: joenotcharles posted at December 3, 2004 6:00 PM

Every worry that strips are going to start name-dropping you just to get snarked? (Not that I'm accusing Checkerboard Nightmare of that - like you said, this is part of its established format.)

Comment from: Chris Anthony posted at December 3, 2004 6:41 PM

Pooga, I've always allowed emoticons that end with a close-paren - ")", in other words - to close a parenthetical; those that end in anything else take a space and then a close-paren.


...I finally paid the $2.95 to join Modern Tales just so I could read Narbonic (and ended up finding several other strips I like :), and I'm glad I did...

...Lost and Found has quickly grown on me (although it would be nice if it had updated in the last week :( )...

Et cetera, and so forth. It's kind of like a closing period in abbreviations (U.S.A., esq., etc.) not requiring a second period to end the sentence.

Comment from: Dave Van Domelen posted at December 3, 2004 6:42 PM

I wonder how fast Strunk is spinning in his grave at the idea of having to codify the grammar of emoticons?

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at December 3, 2004 10:06 PM


(Except to mention that I always find it funny that when you "submit without comment", often the "except to say..." part is longer than some full snarks.)

That's the point. Though I try hard not to actually discuss the merits of the strip -- instead going for more the humor thing or my side of it. The joke is I say I'm not going to comment, and then I go on to comment a ton.

On the other side of it, joenotcharles has a point too. I do worry about potential name-dropping. So first off, I do put the "submitted without comment" schtick on it, even though I comment, to make it clear I'm not unbiased about the strip in question since it made reference to me. Secondly, even though it appears on here, I don't consider those "snarks" per se -- though that's splitting hair. And finally... there's no guarantee that I'll mention a reference. I will or I won't.

There's no chance I wouldn't mention a CxN reference, though. This is kind of like a rite of passage. And it was funny. I like from funny.

Comment from: William_G posted at December 4, 2004 11:57 AM

Well, if anything, it's far funnier that anything in "Modern Humor Authority"

Comment from: lochinola posted at December 6, 2004 9:44 AM

Wait, that's not you in panel four?

Comment from: Kris@WLP posted at December 6, 2004 10:24 AM

Oh, good GOD. Check out today's strip, especially panel one.

Panel one DESTROYS me. }:-{D

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