Eric: I'm sure that wasn't the first time that joke was done. Right? Right? Right?
(From Sporkman! Click on the thumbnail for full sized dear God he didn't just say that, did he?)
In contrast to the last, John Troutman is one of those folks who's traditionally heavily snarked that I haven't been talking a lot about, recently. In part, that's because of the eight thousand strips he's currently writing and (often) drawing, most of them are on some kind of hiatus or delay. Flint Again! is apparently going well, though if he's got it on the web I haven't gotten the memo. Felicity Flint: Agent of Harm and Vigilante, Ho! are pretty much on hiatus until, and I believe this is the technical term, "they get around to it." Andiewear I'm following (cheerfully), and I've noted with a certain amount of appreciation that Andie continues to be defined as a woman who is A) of some girth and B) a bombshell, which isn't a combination you see in a lot of places.
And then, there's the return of Sporkman.
I love Sporkman. I really do. The Chibi-style Newspaperesque Sporkman is as fun as any four panel story-light strip I've seen in a while. And I'm glad we've moved out of the prequel and into the regular strip. I like the character of Sophie Flint, and I like that the odd disconnect one had to have between the Prequel Amanda and the Ultimate Fate of Amanda is resolved.
I had strips I meant to snark last week, but... well, as with all of August, last week 'wasn't good for me.' (Of the last couple of weeks, "I think I've broken my tiny fist" has been my favorite, but they've all been good.) In any case, I've been keeping my eyes open.
And so, of course, today there's a hideous pun. On an advertising fad that... well, kind of peaked last year.
It was inflicted on me. I now inflict it on you.
Mu hu hah hah hah.
Posted by Eric Burns-White at September 6, 2005 9:52 AM
Comment from: John Troutman posted at September 6, 2005 12:38 PM
It SHOULD be noted that my hiatused comics aren't really "when THEY get around to it," so much as "when the ARTIST gets around to it." Which isn't a knock ON my artists, 'cause they rule. Just sayin', my scripts are written well in advance.
Maybe I should just post those. You think readers would put up with pages of text? ;)
Comment from: Paul Gadzikowski posted at September 6, 2005 12:43 PM
I'm sure that wasn't the first time that joke was done. Right? Right? Right?
Maybe, maybe not... That is, I haven't done it, or seen it before. But I've drawn at least one gag that I can't believe no one else's thought of, yet have never seen elsewhere before or since. I've also drawn gags that I thought were quick and clever and then been told I was last to press. It evens out.
Comment from: Christopher B. Wright posted at September 6, 2005 12:47 PM
Well, my "Night of the Pod" storyline shares a few similarities, but it didn't have the extra bonus of the A. Hitchcock nod. That's definitely a triple-word-score.
Comment from: larksilver posted at September 6, 2005 2:21 PM
Puns are our friends. I love it! And I just had to go spend my lunch hour reading back through the Sporkman archives. The last time you snarked him, it just didn't grab me. But ... oh, c'mon, it has puns in it! Several, in fact.
What a fun strip! thanks for bringing it back to the brain... but did I see something about Sporkman no longer being updated now that his creator's in school? Oh, bother.
Comment from: John Troutman posted at September 6, 2005 3:17 PM
I retracted that newsbite, actually. I think I might still be able to keep pulling it off daily. Or die trying. One of those.
Comment from: Dire posted at September 6, 2005 10:33 PM
I have been meaning to get into the whole Flint comics, but then I saw that all three of Flint, Felicity, and Sporkman were in the same universe and I had no idea what order they were supposed to be read in and if anything will be spoiled if I read one before I am supposed to. Does this matter at all or am I just being really paranoid about it.?
Comment from: John Troutman posted at September 7, 2005 1:33 AM
Mostly paranoid. All my comics now take place around the same time period. It originally went Sporkman > Flint > Andiewear, but somewhere in between, I started doing other stuff. So Felicity takes place before Andiewear, etc...
But spoiling isn't an issue, and there's no "order" in which they should be read. Especially since I'm rewriting everything now... 'cause even I'M confused. I'd read Sporkman first, as it's the most accessible. Then Felicity or Andie. Skip Flint - it doesn't affect continuity at all because the new series will be a complete reboot.
Whew. This is why I have no readers. I really need to work on that.
Comment from: Dire posted at September 7, 2005 11:50 AM
Awesome, thanks for clarifying the issue.
Comment from: John Troutman posted at September 7, 2005 1:05 PM
Because I'm somewhat anal, I added a little "chronological order" guide to my WIP Wiki. It's pretty much what I just told you, only in a convenient list form!
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