Two notes on today's Incidental Comics: 1). In Scandinavia, death-metal feuds are serious business -- one resulted in a homicide -- sort of like the old East Coast/West Coast rap beef except with viking horns instead of doo rags. 2). The name of the band is a nod to the excellent Mountain Goats song "The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton." Aren't you glad I pointed that out to you?
Just for fun, the end of the 1958 version of "The Fly." Yes, that's Vincent Price. I had totally forgotten he was in it. Trigger warning for people who are afraid of spiders or tiny scientists about to be eaten by spiders.
2069 - NO LONGER GOVERNED BY POLITICIANS, THE DEVELOPED WORLD IS DIVIDED UP INTO REGIONS CONTROLLED BY MEGA-CORPORATIONS KNOWN AS SYNDICATES. THESE SYNDICATES HAVE REVOLUTIONIZED HOW THE CONSUMER INTERACTS WITH THE DIGITAL WORLD. NO LONGER DOES THE CONSUMER REQUIRE A DEVICE TO ACCESS THE WORLD’S DATA AND CONTROL THEIR TECHNOLOGY, THEY CAN DO THIS AT THE BLINK OF AN EYE VIA NEURAL CHIP IMPLANT.
CIVILIANS FLOCKED TO BE “CHIP’D” AND ENJOY ALL THAT THEIR SELECTED SYNDICATE HAS TO OFFER; HOUSING, MEDICAL, BANKING, INSURANCE, EDUCATION, ENTERTAINMENT AND JOBS. ONE COMPLETE PACKAGE. ONE COMPLETE LIFESTYLE. IN RETURN, THE SYNDICATES GAINED UNPRECEDENTED INSIGHTS, AND CONTROL, OVER THE INDIVIDUAL AND THEIR BEHAVIOUR. WITH LITTLE GOVERNMENTAL OVERSIGHT, BUSINESS HAS BECOME WAR. THE SYNDICATES WILL STOP AT NOTHING FOR ULTIMATE MARKET DOMINANCE.
AT THE FRONT LINE OF THIS WAR ARE THE AGENTS, THE SYNDICATE’S BIO-ENGINEERED AND CHIP-AUGMENTED ENFORCERS. THEY CAN BREACH ANYTHING IN THE WIRED DATAVERSE INCLUDING THEIR ENEMIES, THEIR WEAPONS AND THE ENVIRONMENT THAT SURROUNDS THEM, MAKING THEM THE MOST EFFICIENT AND DEADLY TECHNOLOGICAL WEAPONS IN THE WORLD. TAKE ON THE ROLE OF MILES KILO, EUROCORP’S LATEST PROTOTYPE AGENT, AND EMBARK ON A BRUTAL ACTION ADVENTURE OF CORRUPTION AND REVENGE.
If you're like me, you love delicious treats. Sometimes, I get so many delicious treats in my mouth at one time that people start to laugh at me. But I was the one laughing last when Thatababy creator Paul Trap sent me a Cootie Bar: a Thatababy branded candy bar that will never let you down in the flavor department.
Soon to be available at local druggists across the Midwest.
Y'know, sometimes i'm convinced that Arlo and Janis creator Jimmy "Jim John" Johnson has a spy camera in my house. When this happens, I bombard him with cryptic emails, threatening phone messages and mysterious parcels. Without going into more detail, it all ends in a restraining order and a lot of hurt feelings. BUT THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR STEALING MY LIFE, JJ!
Today marks Day One in an occupation over at Cul de Sac. I hope that doesn't alarm you. This is an occupation guaranteed not to upset your pepper spray allergy.
For the next few weeks, a cavalcade of talent will be helping out Richard Thompson by filling in on Cul De Sac. And I'm not talking about second-rate talent from some contest like the Golden Globes, I"M TALKING ABOUT REAL 100% AUTHENTIC TALENT, PEOPLE! WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET THAT THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULLS?!
We here at GoComics HQ have long maintained that the Born Loser is a winner in the laughs department, but we've never considered him especially sinful. Sure, he gets pushed around by his boss a bit, but most of the ribbing is done for our pleasure. The Rev. Dr. Allen Polen, however, takes a deeper look at the consequences of this kind of name-calling in this guest column in the Winfield Courier, which references both the Born Loser and The Sermon On The Mount. Stay tuned for a "Born Again Loser" strip sometime in the future.
The Ripley's Believe It Or Not from two days ago shows this image of Li Xin. Actual photographs of Li are no less stunning, thanks in large part to the costumed figures cheering him on in the background. Doesn't get much quirkier than this.
Some GoComics commenters have wondered whether the angry grammarian mentioned in today's Pearls Before Swine really exists, or whether he's merely the product of Stephan Pastis' febrile, weasel-infested imagination.
As Stephan's editor and occasional procurer, I can attest that this angry reader is in fact all too real. And at the risk of being indiscreet, I must say that the party in question can be fairly argumentative.
A website called TVtropes.org presents an unbelievably thorough catalog of tropes used in the Pearls Before Swine comic strip by Stephan Pastis. It's a great resource to help you prepare for your comicology reserach paper. A few of my favorites include "Animal jingoism," "badass adorable," and "Refuge in audacity."