Comic Strip Blogger v. Gaping Void

I cannot unequivocally say that Comic Strip Blogger is certifiably insane because I haven’t seen the paperwork, but it wouldn’t surprise me. That nuttiness is doing a pretty good job of keeping me amused. I think the best one so far is this strip about Hugh Macleod, with a really credible parody of a Gaping Void comic. I also like the conceit of CSB representing himself as a monkey. Some of these strips can be over the top and cruel, but when he reserves the worst of it for himself that actually gives him leeway to go even farther in making fun of people.

For the record, I think some of Hugh’s strips are brilliant (like my favorite, “The market for something to believe in is infinite”) and I too don’t much care for the sexual politics ones. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with them or that they offend me, but that after the first few they are all pretty much the same. I kind of feel the same way with the “New York love/hate relationship” subset of them. If I wanted to read the same strip over and over, I’d be looking at Cathy in my local paper.

Update: I forgot to mention – extra points for the Neal Adams/Dave Sim like effect of flowing the narrative and word balloons through the panels. In a funny coincidence, today’s George Carlin quote is “In comic strips, the person on the left always speaks first.”

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One thought on “Comic Strip Blogger v. Gaping Void”

  1. hugh macleod says:

    Yeah, if all I wrote about was sex and New York, I’d be in big trouble 😉

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