My roommate and I have had far too much coffee and I think our neighbors hate us
WHO DID THIS
I WAS DYING OF LAUGHTER THE WHOLE TIME
i’ve noticed that some dudes are still upset that the new thor is called thor and not something that isn’t thor because “thor is a name i don’t care that she’s a girl i think anyone with the power of lightning is awesome no matter what gender they just shouldn’t be called thor”, so i’ve gathered some tips for them to help them cope with the changes they’re obviously terrified of:
- think of thor as a title for whoever is the god of thunder. the new thor is the goddess of thunder, and therefore she is thor.
- take your fist and slowly jam it into your mouth until it’s lodged firmly in your maw, disallowing further shitbaby whining.
- take solace in the fact that if i were to go into a comic shop, close my eyes, spin around, and hurl an orange in any direction, it and any citrus splatter would inevitably land on a comic book starring a white dude.
- accept the fact that most of the problem is that there’s a woman who is now more worthy than a man in a position of both power and popularity, and that makes you uncomfortable.
Special skills: extensive Harry Potter knowledge, can watch an entire TV show in a week, knows words to every Disney song, can form abnormally strong attachments to fictional characters, Microsoft Word
So you mean, able to retain knowledge, has incredible focus and drive, excellent at processing media, remembers obscure details when needed, and has great skill at creating connections with individuals despite minimal interfacing?
And Microsoft Word?
That was so uplifting
someone do a get that look post of jeff corwin
Here’s something I found in a stack of old mail!
I printed (“published” would be too strong a word) my first collection of Wondermark comics in the fall of 2004. I made an initial run of about 100 copies and solicited them office-to-office at the ad agency where I worked at the time. Almost everyone good-naturedly bought a copy (with the exception of the unpleasant producer who asked if this was “more of that Trader Joe’s stuff”).
Around the same time, I decided it would be a good idea to send copies of the book to anyone slightly famous that I could dredge up any remote personal connection to. As I can recall, I gave copies to:
- The actor and director Garry Marshall, whose movie Chicken Little (and whose son’s movie The Princess Diaries 2) I was working on trailers for at the time;
- The radio host Garrison Keillor; I was a listener to Prairie Home Companion and my art teacher had played taped episodes of The Writer’s Almanac for us weekly for many years;
- The director Alexander Payne, because I happened to attend a Q&A screening of his movie Sideways;
- The voice actor Rino Romano, with whom I’d worked many times, engineering his voiceover sessions;
- Comics professionals I was a fan of, such as Frank Cho, Robert Kirkman, Larry Young, and Gary Groth;
- Dave Sim, whom I didn’t know much about besides the fact that he drew Cerebus (which I didn’t read) and that he had a strange bet at the time with Neil Gaiman about whether or not people would send him mail;
As well as Brad Bird (as seen above), and I’m sure other people I don’t remember.
I heard back from Garrison Keillor’s people, who sent a card saying “your submission for The Writer’s Almanac will be duly considered”;
I heard back from Dave Sim, who was actually quite complimentary, and provided a blurb for a later edition of the same book, which I felt very strange about once I learned more about his politics;
And I heard back from Pixar, above, on behalf of Brad Bird. I felt sheepish that they thought I was trying to send in unsolicited material for a movie pitch, rather than a gift of a book I hoped would be entertaining, but of course I understand now why they’d have to take that stance. (In fact, when I gave Alexander Payne a copy of the book, someone with him said “You can’t read that, you can’t accept it!” to which he said “It’s just comic strips, it’s okay!” Mr. Payne, if you read this, I don’t care if you went on to throw the book in the trash, it was very heartening to hear you say, while within earshot of me, that you wanted to keep it.)
I look back on those mailings, ten years ago now, and they feel very naïve of me. But why? I didn’t hurt anyone, I didn’t get into trouble. That same year, I sent a completely unsolicited press kit to the office of the AV Club, and it landed on Tasha Robinson’s desk, and a year later she wrote me out of the blue and asked if they could print Wondermark in the newspaper edition of the Onion, where it ran for several years, and then had an afterlife in the online AV Club for several years after that. That worked out okay.
Sending out those books without any real purpose or plan didn’t benefit me, really, so these days it seems like a silly thing to do. But I am reminded by finding this letter to do more things that are likely to fail but have very low stakes — maybe not ill-considered things like send unsolicited manuscripts to movie studios, but write letters, be bold, be unafraid. Chalk up more and more failures, so that failure is not a scary thing.
Mr. Bird, if you read this, your people also enclosed a signed 8x10 of Mr. Incredible, which I gave to a good friend and lifelong Disney fanatic, and he enjoyed it very much.
this is the most beautiful and amazing thing i have ever read in my entire life and it makes me so so happy
Comic strip artists from the 40’s draw their characters while blindfolded
this seems like a thing @krisstraub would like
It’s a reference to an early vlogbrothers video in which I noted the existence of a special IRS form just for fishing boat proceeds. Since then, I’ve always wanted to acquire some fishing boat proceeds.
This is my attempt to do so, I guess?
i’ve been doing a daily crossword puzzle for the past month or so, and i was thinking about this url. i thought it might be a crossword puzzle clue where the answer is “clams.”
i’m a little bit disappointed to find out the real answer now :[
I have to take iron supplements for a spell and they look exactly like green m&ms what the heck
Good thing I don’t have kids I guess????