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A mashed-potato evening. [Feb. 1st, 2008|02:08 am]
Lucy
Today I had a three-and-a-half hour comics critique, complete with blood, sex and tears (none of them my own, but still). Afterwards, I was so exhausted and drained that I went home and went back to bed, where I ate a bowl of mashed potatoes and then felt sort of ill. I napped, and then I doodled this little comic, weakly propped on my pillow.


Someone needs to buy me a Tivo. Yeah. That would be amaaazing.


Hey! Tomorrow is Hourly Comic Day! Here's mine from last year:
Adventures in freezing and socially anxious Chicago.
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[User Picture]From: jabberworks
2008-02-01 07:20 am (UTC)
Those are so fabulous! It's made my day. :-)
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[User Picture]From: the_jet_set
2008-02-01 07:27 am (UTC)
lol @ the movie selection
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[User Picture]From: owlyfriend
2008-02-01 07:30 am (UTC)
Heee... that was soo great! :D
But you forgot the awesomeness that is The Dog Whisperer! ;)
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-02-01 07:33 am (UTC)
Oh my god-- Cesar is so amazing, he transitions media! I read his books.
He deserves his OWN comic.
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[User Picture]From: tobyisawesome
2008-02-01 07:41 am (UTC)
haha, this reminds me of an old "Peep Show" strip. I love it.

I definitely agree with you about everything here- except about "Air Bud" being bad- have you SEEN "Golden Receiver"? a tidbit for you-

"Snow Buddies" trailer - (sequel to the sixth "Air Bud" movie, "Air Buddies")

http://youtube.com/watch?v=i2nhMBPZZ7o

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[User Picture]From: justexquisite
2008-02-01 07:50 am (UTC)
I hate, and do not hesitate to say hate, when people say "TV kills your mind," "TV is out to brainwash you," "TV is for idiots," "kill your TV," etc. Firstly, because a TV is an inanimate object that has no agenda of its own. But mostly because I can't stand that kind of blind hatred for a thing that is so many things at once and provides such amazing possibilities. There are about 32,087,830,977 channels now, each with a different show every half hour. There is so much to see! But it's become almost trendy to refuse all of it. I can't help but feel that a person ignorant in popular culture is ignorant in much of culture at large.

When I'm talking about TV with people, I usually end up giving my rap sheet: graduated high school at 14, 4.0 gpa in college, dean's list, honor society, member of Mensa at 18, accepted to every university to which I applied, etc. It's dumb, but it tends to help make a point about TV. I watch so much TV! So much. I love it. I think it's fabulous. Watching one televised debate can teach you about dozens of important issues. The references made in jokes on sitcoms and witty asides on dramas have led me to explore so many important books and historical and current events that I might never have taken a look at otherwise. And between all that, it's fucking fun. I'm afraid we're losing sight of the importance of fun. Amusement is good, just for its own sake.

My favorites are House, America's Next Top Model, Project Runway, and reruns of The West Wing. :)
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-02-01 08:00 am (UTC)
I'm totally with you.
My big beef is when people say that watching tv is a "waste of time," and "unproductive."
I am SO much more productive when I'm watching TV.
Plus, I'm one of the hardest working people I know (not to toot my own horn, but I do like to work), and I watch more TV than most.
When I moved into the country, I used it as an excuse to upgrade my cable package. But I realized that I'm one of the only people at my school who like to watch TV, and I find myself wondering how people don't go crazy without that input into pop culture. It's one thing to be kind of sick of it after a day in the city, but in the WOODS?
But hey, I feel like I'm always defending things that people don't like; TV, Michael Jackson, fast food, and staying indoors. I like all the things that some enormous pervy guy in a recliner might like.
That's why I make the Andy Warhol reference. Say what you will about his art, he was a genius; at marketing himself, and at creating work that reflected modern pop culture...
Hurrah for television!
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[User Picture]From: tugboatcity
2008-02-01 08:17 am (UTC)
I love the 36 panel grid! I wish you'd draw a whole graphic novel using this grid!
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From: ryanpeq
2008-02-01 08:45 am (UTC)
I don't watch all that much TV these days aside from Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs, but I always want to punch the people who say that it rots your brain. There have been good movies out lately though! No Country for Old Men? Juno, sorta? Other stuff, I imagine?

I'm stoked to see more autobio stuff from you tomorrow, even if it's just one day.
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From: carrie2004
2008-02-01 08:51 am (UTC)
Yesss! That's exactly how I feel! I HATE reality
shows and talk shows and I love the Venture brothers
and lately it feels like there is nothing good
to watch except reruns of good shows like X-files
and Criminal Minds.
AND commercials really do suck!
You so totally rock!
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From: rosynose
2008-02-01 10:09 am (UTC)


I just loved the expression so much XD And so much word on the Venture Bros/Foster's. Hooray for cartoons that make ya feel smart (and want to draw). Sadly they aren't really available here so it's the internet for me. Plus, slightly fewer stupid adverts there.
(That 36 panel layout looks swell, by the way)
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[User Picture]From: merlinburgh
2008-02-01 03:16 pm (UTC)
Ahahahhaha I love this!!!
I agree with it all! I miss Rocko too.
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[User Picture]From: joshpm
2008-02-01 03:25 pm (UTC)
Tivo is like, one of the best things in my life, no lie. If I was rich I would totally get you one!
AirBud3... was that the one where bud leans curling?

and last but not least! Hourly comics daaaaaaaaaaay!!!! whooooo! I love it so. I'm really happy you're doing it too!
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[User Picture]From: lucylou
2008-02-01 03:32 pm (UTC)

Did you know I made 19 references in that comic (that I can count)?

1. The Hottie and the Nottie, starring Paris Hilton
2. Dexter
3. Kyle XY
4. One of the best, and most ridiculous, scenes from the X-Files.
5. Mythbusters
6. The stupid Apprentice.
7. Jay Leno has trouble with his "st" sound.
8. Rocko's Modern Life, when cartoonists knew how to draw some freakin' vomit!
9. Venture Bros. The LIVEJOURNAL!
10. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
11. David Duchovny has GOT to stop narrating these weepity Pedigree Commercials.
12. I couldn't find the stupid Yoplait commercial where the women talk about chocolate-covered-heels, but I'm kind of glad I didn't have to watch it again.
13. I think the product advertised here is "Lipozene." Apparently it works "so good." Ugh.
14. ESurance commercial with bad animation puns.
15. Like every face soap commercial uses the word "microdermabrasion." It doesn't even make sense. Just say that your soap has little scrubby bits in it! Jeez.
16.This creepy-ass coke ad is before every freakin' movie. It is so disturbed.
17. OMG SNOW BUDDIES. Air Bud 7 or something... Give me Milo and Otis any day.
18. 30 Rock has the most amazing profusion of Star Wars references.
19. The Nanny is the most underrated show ever.

Edited at 2008-02-01 03:47 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: art_lurker
2008-02-01 04:02 pm (UTC)
*sheds a tear for Rocko and his modern life.

now the theme song is totally stuck in my head. i wonder if it's on youtube.
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[User Picture]From: bethmaher
2008-02-01 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yay! I love my TV too. Not as much as my boyfriend though. His goal in life is actually to make TV shows.

I agree with the reality TV sucks thing (except for Mythbusters!!!) though - I think if there's anything on TV that is capable of destroying brain cells it's Dancing With the Stars. It really is about WHAT you watch, not HOW much you watch. Spend all your time with American Gladiators and The Bachelor, and no, it's not going to be good for you. Watch quality scripted dramas like Lost and Pushing Daisies, and documentaries and Mythbusters and The Daily Show and you too can be a smart-ass like me.

Although technically I guess I do watch a lot of reality TV - If food and cooking shows count (I *heart* Nigella). Which I don't think they should. Because they are at least educational. But they are definitely reality based.

I think if the Food network and Turner Classic Movies were taken away from me I would probably die. Or at very least watch a lot less television.
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[User Picture]From: westival
2008-02-01 04:13 pm (UTC)
My wife go me watching Lost. Every time a commercial comes on I die...twice.

Netflix rules my screen entertainment.
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