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Get down tonite

From Hark! A Vagrant.

Today’s activities have included tax preparation, client billing, spreadsheets, invoices, and do-it-yourself watch repair.

Tonight’s plans include:

  1. To get down

Jesus Is Fucking Metal

This is a track by a lacklustre band that I used to be in called Duncan Idaho. If you get the reference, great; if not, you should probably read more.

We were inspired by inner rage to create this jam, which I named after a Penny Arcade comic (above).

Meek and boring heroines

Another great comic from Hark, A Vagrant. It is a fair zinger too, though the odd gutsy female appears in Dickens (Madame Defarge in A Tale Of Two Cities may not be the heroine, but she does rather steal the book due to sheer bloodthirsty charisma. She is French though so cannot be expected to know how to behave.)

That rather underscores the point, though: women in Dickens are generally either Good (meek, mild, modest, and mouse-like) or Bad (proud, scornful, controlling, and harridanical). We know which one is going to get the boy (this and other mysteries are not usually a matter of great suspense in Dickens). There is generally a young male paragon in the story too, upright, honest, clear-eyed, and full of good clean Victorian spunk. In this situation a wedding on the last-but-one page is virtually guaranteed, unless one of them suddenly dies of consumption.

However, the novel being what it is, you can expect that the young couple will have to endure many tribulations and obstacles before their chastely joyful union, including the hero sometimes marrying the wrong person by mistake. David Copperfield does this in David Copperfield, hooking up with Dora Spenlow, who is in the memorable words of Blackadder, “wetter than a haddock’s bathing costume”.

My favourite Dickensienne is probably Little Dorrit in Little Dorrit. She supports her ungrateful father and feckless brother with furious and sustained bouts of needlework, and generally is a shining light of common sense and industry though surrounded by the usual Dickensian rabble of thieves, blackmailers, villains, cheats, debtors, simpletons, angry lesbians, wicked landlords, rakish artists, corrupt officials, confidence tricksters, and evil butlers.

Least favourite: I heartily agree with Oscar Wilde who remarked, “One would have to have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without dissolving into tears… of laughter.”

Another dang Garfield cartoon

I think I stopped finding Garfield funny a long time ago, but I’m not sure whether it’s me or Garfield that has changed (click on the image for the full-size version). Thanks to Tanja for bringing this excellent Hark, A Vagrant to my attention.

If you are quite ignorant like me, you might have to look up some of the more intensely historical references, but I think this works even if you do not.

The Jazz Age

From Great Gatsbys by Kate Beaton of Hark, a vagrant. I love her take on Macbeth as well.

I love you, son

This is one of the best Penny Arcades for a while, I reckon. I especially like the impala in the garden. But I am not sure what Tycho is doing upstairs.

I got no sense of eggs!

Achewood frequently mirrors my own situation.

That went to a weird place

Gabe and Tycho’s expressions in the last panel make me laugh.

Alberto Montt de nuevo

The party was going really well, until Aquiles served the margaritas.

Your place or mine?”

Here are the names. Remember, you’ve got to make it look like an accident.”

Curiosity killed the cat… and 17,453 bystanders.

It’s payback time, Dr Soto. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
“Shit.”

Happy… sad… thoughtful… wistful… tormented… angry… placid… melancholy. The expressive world of a Botox addict.

Polyphemus invents Velcro

Condensed milk

Here we go again. Every time we have an argument, you always react the same way.”

Más viñetas

Project, final version… final final draft… final final final… this is it… definitely the one… yes… finished project… project version 3… do not delete… the last… really the last… project version 5…

They told me at the shop he was a labrador, but by the time I realised, I’d already got fond of the little fellow!”

We did everything we could, but the short circuit was just too severe. We’ve had to disconnect your husband.”

After bringing balance to the Force and helping return peace to the Galaxy, Luke Skywalker decided to try his luck in the lucrative laser fat-removal business.

There are two kinds of people…

Where ‘mineral water’ really comes from

Forces for evil: baby seal-killers… traffickers in human organs… those who promise things and don’t deliver… people who play the Christmas music in supermarkets.

Frodo visits a pawnshop and puts all of Middle-Earth in danger.

Bad Idea

Food fight!”