Saturday, October 01, 2005

Comics, Porn and...THE FINNISH ARE COMING!

3 point post today as I try and finish up (read: start) a massive article on indie culture for this blog and hopefully some semi-respectable print institutions.

The Webcomics Examiner put up a piece that has the interwebs in a tizzy: a semi-scholarly breakdown of 10 online comic strips, analyzing what makes them tick. Now I usually wouldn’t give a fuck about such things as my tolerance for scholarly analysis depends entirely on my interest in the subject: I can read many a rambling paper on film or music but comic critiques are on thin ice. After all, the few strips I read take a few seconds out of my day, give me a smile in return and then exit my consciousness until the next scheduled update. Apparently someone thinks about them enough to do an online roundtable though and that got some pretty interesting reactions. Penny-Arcade was flattered and noted that much of the commentary was spot on. PVP’s Scott Kurtz meanwhile came with a more sarcastic response seemingly angry that someone was analyzing his work in the first place instead of just enjoying it. The 2 opposite reactions couldn’t be more telling: Penny Arcade have long been the rebellious “cool” kids while Kurtz comes off as…well a Texas Republican. Meanwhile Megatokyo, 8 Bit Theater and Sinfest (the other 3 comics mentioned I’ve read) haven’t really made note of this distinction but the analyses were pretty spot on: nerdy fantasy, well written comedy and edgier version of a syndicated strip respectively. All in all an interesting column if you’re bored and waiting for a callback (which I was) but really, you can have a lot more fun going directly to said strips and flipping through the archives in the first place. The only REALLY notable element that they brought up was Brian Clevinger and Jerry Parkinson’s understated talent as writers. But again, you could figure that one out yourself.



Meanwhile, while I was busy reading comics, the US Government has declared a War on Pornography. Porn is one of the few things that piss off religious quacks and bitchy feminists both. The rest of planet earth meanwhile uses it regularly according recent studies. Considering how well the wars on crime, drugs and terror have been going, I’d be surprised if this doesn’t amount to even MORE. Incidentally, Montreal is quickly becoming the online porn capital of the east anyways mostly due to its high density of poor dumb whores (or poor college students depending on how politically correct you want to be) so it’s no problem for me as I can see as many skanks as I want as long as I’m willing to endure the music of Club Dome. The main problem with a war on pornography seems to be the same problem with Marijuana, gay marriage and pretty much every major issue in the US: anywhere from 1/3rd to ½ the population isn’t nearly as offended by stuff as the rest. Think about it, if you’re laughing Southpark while smoking a joint after 30 minutes of porn, your culture is pretty far off from Bible tracks and military service. It’s going to get harder and harder to reconcile these 2 Americas as time goes on though so someone better find a solution soon. Incidentally, here’s a comic that was fairly prescient on the issue.



And finally, if yesterday’s Swedish psych-rock wasn’t enough, here’s some Finnish folk (of sorts) from Singer-Songwriter Lau Nau. Haunting, ethereal and seemingly drugged out of her mind, Lau Nau makes music for staring at the wall: fun when you’re in the mood but not exactly what you’d put on at a party to get things crunk. For those with an affinity for transcendental meditation or trance inducing medication: check out Kuula or any one of the Mp3’s available on her site.

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