News from February 2011

Ultra Mega Bowl (not super)

Feb 02, 2011

You’ll notice that on every commercial associated with the Super Bowl, they always use the phrase “the big game”. This is because the NFL has the greatest lawyers on the face of this planet, they trademarked a the phrase “Super Bowl” so that anyone has to pay them to describe the game. I don’t know if the is the case with the NFC and AFC championship games, but at least you can legally use the phrase “the playoffs”.

I’m marrying into a family of Steeler fans, my fiance was the one who got me into watching football in the first place. I have to say the NFL is the best sports product out there. After getting hooked on football I tried out a few other professional sports but none has the whole package like the NFL has. No other sport has (mostly) one day dedicated to that sport. Sunday from 1:00PM till 12:00AM you can soak in an entire day of action. If the Patriots Jets game is a blow out, half the time it is, you can switch to another good game. If that game is terrible, yet another game. Then you have all week to read analysis and re-caps and projections for the upcoming week. It’s a weekend ritual, and the only reason I drink even heavier on Super Sunday is that NFL season is over and it’s the swan song for the season. Nobody watches the combine and no one gets really excited about the draft unless your the Carolina Panthers and they’ll just screw it up anyways.

Don’t pay attention to all those handheld videos of fans jumping up and down like idiots when their team wins a playoff game. I’m a huge fan of the NFL and I love the game and I maintain the same level of physical excitement regardless of the game. I think this week’s illustration is a testament to the natural valium that my body produces in addition to post Super Sunday.

Nathan

Horse Doobers

Feb 09, 2011

Making a lot of dip and snacks for the Super Bowl is kind of tradition. I don’t think anyone watches the game with out some array of snacks. I think it’s criminal to sit in front of the TV and watch 300lb men crash into each other for 90 minutes without a cheese tray.

I know the mini-sword joke has been done a couple hundred times by middle aged men at cocktail parties, but I like to imagine an immense battlefield of cheese and olives that fought to the bitter end and died a violent death just for the vultures to swoop in and pick up their carcasses by their impaled swords.

Nathan

A Very Dark Knight

Feb 16, 2011

Batman is always hilarious, no matter what the reason if batman is doing anything un-batman-like is automatically hilarious. I’ve had a concept for a while to do a whole series of super heroes doing mundane chores, because it seems like a really great contrast. Seeing extraordinary chatacters doing things, that aren’t awesome and can’t be glorified in any way, that everyone has to do is funny to me.

I’ve been having a good time adapting other people’s styles in funny ways. Cookie monster wasn’t a great success visually but it was a good change of pace. Old 50’s comics are a great source of inspiration because they are already hilarious by way of generation gap. There are so many issues where batman is doing stupid and ridiculous things, taking a poop isn’t too far fetched. Remember ace the bat hound?

Nathan

All About Gumby

Feb 23, 2011

I don’t know if I was the only one, but I watched Gumby a lot as a child. Maybe I saw so much of it because it came of PBS in the mornings and I didn’t have cable TV until I was 15. There were a lot of old TV shows that I watched that almost no one knows about now, for example Ghost Writer.

Anyhow, Gumby was a show that had a reoccurring gimmick where Gumby or Pokey would stumble into a random book, at which point they would walk into it like it was made of nothing, and experience the book contents as a tangible reality. However neither Gumby, Pokey, Minga or Danali would ever read the title of the book and would get stuck and confused in that world. I thought it would be funny to just let the waltz into a book that would be traumatic for a child.

Nathan