Monday, August 3, 2015

Not in Kansas Anymore, Act II, sc. i

Run, Minestrone!

Act 1 is done, the plot is set.
Act 2, the protagonists pursue
their goal, but face obstacles.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

When the "Internet response" is more interesting than the story

It's 2015. What an age we live in, where global media outlets are reporting on every swell of decry from a public that's being encouraged and rewarded for "joining the conversation" online.
Every night our local newscasts have a story about something that's "gone viral" on the Internet. They're covering these stories trying to explain WHY it's gone viral, often with no good answer. It's not the stories being newsworthy, it's the unpredictable nature of WHY these stories have enraptured so many people around the world (what's newsworthy these days is how many hits something can get on YouTube now :S).
The swelling and ubiquitous coverage of Deflate Gate and Cecil the Lion, for example, is not about the heinous nature of the crimes committed, but rather the hyperbolic response these stories have received on the Internet. 
We've seen that the dentist had murdered plenty of animals before, but the Internet's viral-marketing machine wasn't tuned up to its most efficient rates when he was posting shots of dead rhinos. 
But today, good ol' today, we have thousands of people running websites who hunt through the news looking for something they can turn "viral." And they've gotten good at it. Twitter and Facebook are probably the ones benefiting from this the most - - I mean, where do you hear about these stories most often? Perhaps ISP providers who capitalize on your uploading/downloading and bandwidth (they're not gonna stop you from "joining the conversation," are they?)
What's all the more compelling is our digital media devices (everything connects to the Internet now) have become trashy tabloids, with rumours and overreaction slapped all across the headlines.
I guess the part that makes this worse (there's always been trashy reporting) is that people are predictably turning into that crowd of villagers with pitchforks and rakes to scare off Frankenstein's Monster.
One of the most prominent Internet narratives that "goes viral" is the shaming of "monsters" for their misdeeds. Here we are, in a world that's never been more educated, more connected and more globally minded, and we're banding together like villagers in a black-and-white movie to drive away the things we don't understand. 
Very 2015 of us. 
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Friendly Pharmaceutical Reminder

A friendly update from your friends at pharmaceutical companies. There is NOTHING that pharmaceuticals can't solve - - Remember: A pill a day keeps the doctor away!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Not in Kansas Anymore, Act I, sc. v

Bands that SKIP together, STAY together.

One more Wizard of Oz homage, ripping off the fairly iconic image of the gang skipping along the yellow-brick road. PLUS, It's not often we get a fairly comprehensive view of the street, so there's some decent perspective here in this scene.

This wraps up Act I, with the plot in full swing -- what do you think happens next? I feel like most stories that try and do a parody of a specific film (like Star Wars) are a little TOO faithful from scene to scene, and they just try tobe sarcastic in each scene. In this, I'm aiming to instead just have jokes related to the Wizard of Oz, but I'm not hellbent on copying the literal story narrative. So expect more Wizard jokes, but don't expect them to follow the story very faithfully -- that's just not as funny!

My brother made an excellent point, though, that the beginning few scenes should have been in black and white, and that's a great idea! I wish I'd thought of that!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Not in Kansas Anymore, Act I, sc. iv

For the record, the streets were stained yellow before the monkeys escaped their cages, so that's no excuse .. I'm lookin at YOU Beardo, ya freakin BUM.

More Wizard of Oz gags, did you notice them?

First, the obvious reference to following the yellow-brick road. And what lays at the end of the yellow-brick road? ... anyone? EMERALD CITY. Right. Which also has a humorous allegory here on King St. The Emerald Pity Pawn Shop (which we visited in the last episode From Busk Till Pawn).

Do you like having the monkeys running around? Is that hilarious? I hope so, because it's sure an added inconvenience when I'm drawing these damned things.


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Not in Kansas Anymore, Act I, sc. iii

Step 1 after you drive over the band - - GET OFF THEM! Unfortunately for the Roadie, she backs directly into the Stunt Monks van, and unwittingly released all the monkeys out into the streets! Yikes.

And of course, there are a few more Wizard of Oz gags in here, if you can spot them?

First, the "Tornado" drops a van with a House on it, onto a lady in black & white striped socks, just like in the movie! Also, she's not wearing ruby slippers, but something close enough. At least these LOOK like slippers. I wouldn't call what you saw in the Wizard of Oz "slippers" - - I'm fairly certain I would have called them "shoes."

Also, Mr. Minestrone's first instinct was to run to the crushed band members to help ... himself to some cigarettes. What a dirt bag!

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