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Posted by Mick on January 19, 2010 – 9:56 pm

What web comics do you read?

I’ve got a couple.  I try to avoid getting too caught up in them, I’ve got a bit of an addictive personality.  It’s one of the few things I miss about getting a newspaper.

I stopped getting a newspaper because I eventually realized two things.  First, I realized I was pretty much only reading the comics.  Second, I realized that the newspaper comics were no longer worth reading.  Calvin and Hobbes was gone.  The Far Side was gone.  Bloom County – gone.  Nothing else seemed worth reading.  Liberty Meadows is the only thing I think I might have missed.

And now I have web comics.  I love XKCD.  I like Explosm.  Guilty pleasure reveal – one of them is actually a relationship comic.  That’s almost as embarrassing  as admitting I used to read Mary Worth.  And I did.  I didn’t particularly like it, but it was on the page and I’m a little OCD when it comes to reading.  My relationship comic is Questionable Content, and it’s got a bit of an indie vibe that I like.

My friend Naj sent me a link, one link, to a QC strip.  It was funny.  I read a few more.  And by a few, I mean about 100 more.  At this point, I have absolutely no choice but to go back to the first strip and read the entire series.  I’m only in the 300’s or so, that’s not such a big deal, right?

A sane person MIGHT have checked to see just how many episodes there were.  I’m not a sane person, so the thought never occurred to me.  At least until around 800.  Now that I’ve jumped off the cliff, I decide to look and see how far down it is. 1500.  Yeah, there’s over 1500 strips.  And I know myself well enough to know that I’m going to read them all.  I’m a little OCD when it comes to reading.

Today was the first day at the gym.  I’m thankful for my iPod.  It’s technology helping me say I do not wish to talk to you.

The ResidentsI picked up some dream tickets today.  The Residents don’t get out this way very often, but they are playing Stubbs February 2nd.  And I’m going.  I’m taking Tara, too, because I think she’ll dig it.  If you have no idea who I’m talking about (and based on the looks I got at work today, many of you don’t), I’ll try and explain, but it’s not as easy as you might think.  They’re a band, but they’re much more, and a little less, than just a band.  Avant-garde is a term you might use.  It’s music, it’s visual art, it’s coneceptual.  And no one knows who they are.  Seriously, they keep it a secret.  The group is managed by a corporation, The Cryptic Corporation.  The founders of the corporation deny being band members.  The band members refuse to grant interviews.  The band members never appear unmasked.  Typically, the mask is a giant eyeball.  See the picture?  Suave, aren’t they?

Sadly, this means I have to miss something else really awesome on February 2nd.  The Alamo Draft House is showing Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943).  I would love to see it on the big screen.  But it’s The Residents.

Oh, how I love living in Austin and having to make such choices.

I can’t think anymore.  Goodnight.

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