Unearthed from the depths of the Batcave by Mathew K. Manning, The Batman Files begins with Wayne's childhood drawings and continues along a time line of significant events in Batman's life. Complete and authentic in every way possible, all of Batman's friends and foes--from Poison Ivy, Catwoman, the Riddler, and Penguin, to the Joker, Batgirl, Mr. Freeze, and of course, Robin--appear throughout the dossier to provide a framework of the Caped Crusader's entire career.
Rounding out a particularly great week of F-Minus strips is this prisoner's absurd request. It doesn't even look like he has enough food left to ask for a takeaway box. At first I assumed this was just a regular detainee, but the presence of the priest suggests something more ominous is at play. Regardless, the guy's out-of-humor brought a smile to my face. Many more of those to be found here.
It's not easy being green. Just ask the scaly unsung superhero, Dinoman, who makes a cameo in today's Ink Pen. No offense to Dynoman — who sports one of the funny pages' most impressive pompadours — but I think it would be much more interesting to be rescued by the Man in Green. Am I right, ladies?
(From left: Corey Pandolph in a "Big Nate" comic, Phil Dunlap giving a sort of Jeff Bridges squint)
Some people said munificence was dead. Another larger group of people didn't know what "munificence" meant.
I can't help that second group of people. But for that first group, it's time somebody stepped up and upset all their thousands of negative preconceived notions about cartoonists.
The scene is Boston, late May, Reubens Awards Show Night a handsome cartoonist by the unlikely name of Rob Harrell breaks his foot in a display so gruesome its likes hadn't been seen since the day before when Sean Parkes sang the 5th Dimension on Karoake night.
Rob's courage in the face of excrutiating pain was inspirational and I ate my entire dinner despite not being that hungry to show solidarity with him. Rob was able to make it back to Texas with the help of his lovely and patient wife Amber.
A few days later some pins and a plate and possibly a friendship bracelet were inserted by surgeons into his damaged foot. Rob was going to be OK. But dammit, the pain medicine had left him unable to sit up and/or draw. Rob's the cartoonist on Adam@Home. What the heck were we to do?
I made a few phone calls and had a frappacino. After a few wrong numbers (my hands are bit chubby for the iPhone keyboard), I got a hold of two generous and very talented cartoonists.