Monthly Archives: April 2011

Life at the Bottom of the Internet Birdcage

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I wonder what’s the online equivalent of the bottom of a bird cage.   Page 63 of a Google search?  Zero links?  No comments?  Reddit blocking you from self-promoting your own blog because only they can decide what constitutes a “legitimate” recommendation?

If a blog post is written and no one reads it, does it exist?

Probably not.

On the other hand, no one can shit on it either.

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Thumbless Freaks of Nature

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I think good comedy is pretty much all about reaction.  If you watch a good half hour comedy like The Office or Parks and Recreation, you’ll see that almost all the really funny  parts are reaction shots.  Dwight’s, “Uh-oh.” reaction to DeAngelo’s cake mauling last night was priceless.

And RJ and Hammy’s reaction to real world versions of themselves is perfect (IMHO).  Again, I write these and immediately forget about them until I see them a few weeks later.  So, they’re almost as fresh (and occasionally funny) as they are for you.

Today’s cartoon made me laugh out loud.

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Please Put Some Pants On

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Top Five Strange Things People Wear to Read Over the Hedge*

5.  Scuba Suit

4.  Burka

3.  Buckingham Palace Guard Bearskin Hat

2.  Spock Ears

1.  Smile

*Send me a picture wearing at least two of these while reading Over the Hedge and I’ll post it here.  The best one will get a free Hammy T-shirt of their choice.

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Squirrely Reality

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Over on comics.com there’s some grumbling about the characters being self-aware.  I posted the following comment:

The fact that they’re aware they’re comic characters (they’ve been aware for quite a while) does not mean their comic reality is any less real to them then our “real” reality is to us. It feels real to me. For 20 seconds a day it feels real enough to our readers to escape their reality to hang out in RJ, Verne and Hammy’s.

Or at least that’s what Verne told me.

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Angry Birds Turn Mean

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The Memo Verne missed:

4/15/11

To:  All Over the Hedge Characters

Re:  Angry Bird Week

Reminder that next week we will be riffing on Angry Birds, the popular smart phone mobile app.   Be alert for bird and pig gags that may or may not include scata0logical humor such as falling poo, flying poo and poo that may adhere to any or all laws of cartoon physics including but not limited to:  levitation, spontaneous combustion, invisibility and being disguised as turtle chow.

That is all.

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cc:  RJ, Hammy, The Tree That Knows Stuff, Izzy, Sid, Phil, Nate and Noreen, Clara, Howard the Angry Bunny, the Bad Bunnies, all animal extras.

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Bill Watterson Lives!

Bill Watterson, creator of “Calvin & Hobbes,” came out of retirement recently to paint the above portrait of Petey from the Richard Thompson’s great comic strip, “Cul de Sac.”   The portrait is a donation to the Team Cul de Sac Project to raise money in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease.   Team Cul de Sac is soliciting original cartoon art that will be featured in a book published by Andrews & McMeel.   For more info check out the Team Cul de Sac Website.

Bill certainly nailed Petey.   A portrait of a boy on the verge of a lifetime in therapy.

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Why Angry Birds Are Angry?

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Top 5 Reasons Angry Birds* are Angry?

5.  Pigs stole their eggs.

4. Pigs think President Obama wasn’t born in the US.

3. Pigs won’t let birds play in any pig games.

2.  Suicide bombing is stressful.**

1.  Pigs is nasty.

* Smash Hit Mobile Game for Smart Phones where Angry Bird Bombs are sling-shoted at egg stealing pigs.

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