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Bitch Planet

Hey!  It’s me. Back with another link to a review I wrote for StandardIssue.com

You could’ve guessed that I loved Bitch Planet. My only complaint is that they don’t come out fast enough.

Move, bitches!

Bitch Planet Review

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Natalie Squeeeee!

So, recently, I don’t even really remember where or how, I came across a Natalie Dee cartoon.  It was this:

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Where it all began.

Hilarious, yes! I love Mom jokes AND I love accusing everyone around me of being gay.  Especially Moms! Absolutely right up my ally when it comes to one-panelled humor strips.  Love it.  Of course, I was devastated to learn approximately two and a half minutes later that it was NOT on sale as a tee-shirt as I had previously believed.  But still, I loved it enough to go to the source–Natalie Dee’s website.  click here!

#108:  The cartoons of Natalie Dee

I’m tempted to use adjectives like ‘obsessed’ when I describe my feelings about Ms. Dee.   But apparently, Natalie Dee isn’t her real name and the reason that she doesn’t use her real name is because she doesn’t want to encourage stalkers/overly excitable types.   I can appreciate that.  So, I’ll try not to let loose too much here.  I’ll pull back a bit on the normal cyber-stalking that I engage in when prepping for  blogs.  Let’s just appreciate the output, shall we?   Here’s three samples from her archives.  All good.

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It's a scorpion with a purse. She's going to town!

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I can relate directly to this one. I especially love the look of hopelessness on her face.

i got yer raisins right here

I actually did buy this on a tee-shirt.

Writing a one-panel strip is hard work, but Natalie Dee is a fricking champion.  Between the ‘i can relate to that’ feeling and the odd miscellany that she captures so perfectly in her simplistic drawings, I’ve been consistently entertained.  I can’t stress how much I love it when things are anthropomorphized.  It just works.

Also, I adore the noseless wide-mouthed faces and the little hands that look like q-tips.

Natalie is married to a humorist as well.  Her husband Drew writes excellent toons called “Toothpaste For Dinner” and “Superpoop”.  Natalie co-writes “Married To The Sea” with him as well.  You can reach ALL of their collective efforts through http://www.nataliedee.com For merch, click here:  the goods

The bad news in this one-way love affair?  I’m almost done scrolling through the Natalie Dee archives.  The good news is that when I’m done with the cartoons, there WILL be more (she updates daily) and she’s also got blog pages that I’ve barely read yet.  It’s a good, funny, personable blog.  The first entry details Natalie trying to cook an emu egg that she purchased at Whole Foods.  She also runs an advice column from time to time in those pages.

As someone who dreams of chucking in my day job of helping disabled students get support during University (it’s not nearly as exciting as it sounds) to sit around all day in my jammies thinking of funny things to say and occasionally watching daytime tv/playing video games, I really admire this woman.  She has made it work and is living the dream.  I found a good interview with Natalie at venuszine.com  (OK…so I did a little bit of e-stalking…)  Here’s some wise words for those of you out there who reach for that golden ring of creative fulfillment/working from your home as well:

“Making comics is just like taking a crap,” says Dee. “It’s necessary for my well-being, and it is sometimes enjoyable… When I make comics, I don’t analyze them afterwards, like, ‘Is this too dirty?’ or, ‘Is this too cutesy?’ or, ‘Is this too weird?’ or, ‘Is this too messed up?’. I don’t care what people think. I make comics to express myself. You don’t write in your diary with the thought of someone who might break into your bedroom and read it. That defeats the purpose.”

(Full article here:  Venuszine)

OK, that’s all the lovin’ I have time for.  But!…one more to part on:

smell like cereal and look like mountain dew

So true!

P.S. if you’re scrolling through the archives, be sure to pay attention ot the toon titles on the right hand side.  Some are just explanatory but others are pithy.  That’s right, I said pithy.

How come stuff like this isn’t in the newspaper funny pages anymore?

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Lactose Intolerance

Dairy products, like most things are best enjoyed in moderation.  This is something that writer and illustrator Evan Dorkin probably knew when he created the absolutely mad comic strip/book Milk and Cheese.   

25. Milk and Cheese

After all, there have only been seven issues of the comic book to date to be released.  But, to abuse another cliche, all good things come to those who wait.

Brooklyn born Dorkin, which is a just such a fantastic name for a comic nerd, started doodling the characters onto cocktail napkins (seems to be the genesis for so many valuable contributions of society) back in the 1980’s. 

knows that less is more...

knows that less is more...

 

Actually, the character of “Cheese” was born as kind of an in-joke. It was a scribble that he kept taunting his friends with until Cheese was joined by Milk with beer bottles in hand and an underground comic strip was born.  (It should be noted that typically, it’s gin that fuels their violent sprees). 

Right about now, you’re probably completely lost.  Sorry.  I really should have explained this straight out of the gate.  Milk and Cheese are the two temperamental protagonists in the comic strip Milk and Cheese.  They are ‘dairy products gone bad’ and their brief and blood-soaked adventures are also collected in comic book form.   Published by Slave Labor Graphics, only 7 issues currently exist but they’re definitely worth seeking out.  You can kill about half of them by picking up the trade paperback Fun With Milk and Cheesewhich collects issues #1-4.  A near mint first printing of issue number one will set you back 100 smackers anyway.  That’s a lot of cheese!  (Sorry)  To give you an example of the mayhem that the ‘carton of hate’ and ‘wedge of spite’ provide, here’s a splash page from one of the comics.  To offer some–probably unnecessary–exposition, the two have descended upon a ‘furry’ convention.  Furries are adults who like to wear animal mascot-type full body costumes.  It verges into fetish territory.

I should mention at this point that, obviously all these images are trademarked to Evan Dorkin and his House of Fun.

It’s not just the fringe members of society (like furries) that take a beating.  Pretty much everyone has been shredded in the pages of Milk and Cheese from stand-up comedians to street performers to “Star Wars” fans.  I think those three groupings alone cover every single person alive today.  Some people might belong to all three categories.  I do.

In published form, the duo first appeared in a Washington DC area music and culture mag called Greed.  Evan Dorkin has since moved on to writing for mainstream comics publishers as well as television series like “Space Ghost:  Coast to Coast” and the most recent Superman cartoon.  Speaking of cartoons, though there have been offers made, Dorkin hasn’t jumped at the chance to animate his star characters (though he has created other animated offerings–like “Welcome to Eltingville”, which was based on his experiences working at a comic book store).  Why no Milk and Cheese cartoon?  Apparently, he doesn’t think they’d survive the jump.  He might be right.  There’s something about the two bursting out of the illustrated comic book panel that elevate the sadistic comedy of it all.  Any attempt at a cartoon would probably be both watered down and too much at the same time.  Small and fortified doses is how Milk and Cheese work best.

That’s not to say, however, that there’s not some completely bitchin’ merchandise out there.  Check this:

Want!

Want!

Even if it might not make a good cartoon, I think it’d make an excellent video game.  A good old-fashioned side-scrolling martial arts game a’la “Double Dragon” style–with the option of course, for two players to play simultaneously. 

 To wrap up this gush fest, here’s a panel Dorkin created after Bush ‘won’ in 2004:

Too true
Too true…

Oh, and here’s a link to Dorkin’s blog.  It’s a good one.  Dorkin\’s Blog

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