I almost moved my BoingBoing bookmark to my Sunday/Lenten folder, since some of what appears there is political, but I kept it in with the dailies and I'm glad I did, because today it tipped me off to Deep Dark Fears, which is brilliant.
The artist is a guy named Fran Krause and the site apparently updates weekly, which isn't clear from that Tumblr site but is over at Facebook where I find he uses a panel from the above cartoon as his banner. Pure coincidence, except that I chose it because it seemed to be in the midpoint between
The darkness there being that, while the "coma" part is a dark fantasy which I'm fine with, the "hearing voices" part is happening in the narrator's reality. Given that the ideas are submitted by readers, that part freaks me out a bit.
I've known a couple of people who heard voices in reality and it wasn't at all okay for them, but maybe it depends on what they're saying to you. Just calling your name seems comparatively benign.
I guess. Prob'ly not something you should keep to yourself, though.
Anyway, that reader-input factor makes it a bit like Post Secret, an early viral crowd-sourced project where people sent in confessions on postcards. I thought that site had ended a few months ago, but I see it is still going.
But Post Secret seems too often to be dark and sad and angry, which was a direction it headed some time ago, at which point I got off the bus, not needing to take anyone else's bad trips, thank you.
Deep Dark Fears only nibbles around those edges and does so with enough of an editorial voice that it is intriguing rather than disturbing, thought-provoking rather than voyeuristic.
It also seems pretty popular -- he has a book coming out -- which makes me (A) wonder why it took me so long to find it and (B) makes me worry for his authenticity, since, once a project like this becomes popular, people begin kind of ghost-writing for it instead of sending in real entries.
This phenomenon completely ruined mondegreens, because, while it's funny that someone thought the lyric in Marrakesh Express was "I smelled the garlic in your hair" or that Jimi Hendrix really sang "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy," there's nothing interesting or amusing about deliberately stupid puns based on lyrics, which is what it quickly evolved into.
What's odd about that is that, while there are deliberate fakers who submit to these sites, I get the sense that there are a lot of people who genuinely don't get the "authenticity" part and think you're supposed to make stuff up.
Which phenomenon would be a good dissertation for some psych candidate, because I'm sure it also ties into the spread of urban legends and lockerroom slanders.
Meanwhile, if Krause keeps his head in the game and his hand on the tiller, the authenticity issue will be secondary to the shark-jumping issue.
That is, if the tone stays true, I'm there. This is cool stuff.
Here's a brief interview he linked to from his Facebook page.
High Tech Humour
When Alex brought up Blackberries yesterday, I wondered if something was going on across the Atlantic that isn't going on here, but by the end of the strip, I realized that, while, yes, apparently there is, the "yesterday's news" element of the device is somewhat universal.
Big Brother is watching, yes, but, fortunately, he's an idiot.
Okay, that's just tasteless
Not Matt's cartoon. My giggling. Tacky, tacky, tacky. Shame on me.
I'm nearly as ashamed of myself for laughing at it as I am for getting it in the first place.
Speaking of things I shouldn't laugh at
Well, I'll be careful to not laugh at something political on Sunday.
Juxtaposition of the Day
Whatever it was apparently scared the hell out of Wren, because her hair turned white.
Pretty sure Dithers' hair started out that way.
Meet the grandparents of the Walking Dead
The current vintage Mandrake is from November, 1942, and is bizarre enough (big surprise) that I'm not going to try to explain it, except that Mandrake, Narda and Lothar are on a remote island owned by Baron Kord, a mysterious millionaire who is surrounded by zombies.
I'm not sure yet how Mandrake will foil Baron Kord, but I do know that the name "Kordies" isn't gonna catch on, and about a decade from this setting, Lord Invader will give a more popular explanation of the phenomenon which will also then evolve over time.