Cidu Bill on Aug 8th 2013
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Cidu Bill on Jul 8th 2013
(And a weird note: this comic is several years old, and I queued it up for the 24-Hour Project several months ago. And I just noticed that Doug is re-running it today)
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Cidu Bill on Apr 21st 2013
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Cidu Bill on Mar 19th 2013
Yeah, bummer that Coyote keeps injuring himself in his quest to catch Road Runner; but what’s the joke here?
Cidu Bill on Mar 10th 2013
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Cidu Bill on Nov 14th 2012
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Cidu Bill on Jul 8th 2012
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Cidu Bill on May 20th 2012
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Darth Vader in two stunningly arbitrary comics today (I was amused by both of them, though in truth I have no idea what’s going on in the first one)
Cidu Bill on Feb 25th 2011
Timothy Carignan: Context: Fleshy, the hairless cat, got a hold of an Elmo puppet. He’s been pestering everybody with it. At the beginning of this strip, he’s using the puppet to try to lure a mouse from its hole.
Observation: In panel 2, “Elmo” is waving to the mouse. A nice friendly wave.
Question: In the last panel, is the puppet beckoning him out, or making a rude gesture? It’s hard to tell because Elmo doesn’t have fingers.
Cidu Bill on Dec 5th 2010
The other day, I was in the library and I happened to be leafing through Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man. For those of you who don’t know, this book is essentially a collection of his short science fiction stories, held together by the premise that there’s this crazy tattooed dude, and each of his tattoos comes alive and segues into the short story. Or something like that.
I guess the point of the exercise was to give the thing the illusion (as it were) of being a unified novel rather than just a collection of short stories because, you know, who would want to read a collection of science fiction short stories by one of the greatest-ever writers of science fiction short stories?
Anyway, as pointless as I thought the Illustrated Man conceit was, it didn’t take anything away from the stories themselves.
Just a couple of minutes after I left the library — literally, since the post office is right down the street from the library– I received my copy of Doug Bratton’s new book. It’s a collection of Pop Culture Shock Therapy strips, held together by the premise that they’ve all been taped into the journals of a deranged stalker who’s obsessed with Doug Bratton. Or something like that.
Okay, honestly? The premise doesn’t work for me. No more than that tattooed dude did, which I dare you to say five times fast.
That being said — sorry, Doug, I know you put a lot of work into giving us something extra — the collection itself is well worth the price. If you’ve been visiting Doug’s web site, you pretty much know what to expect. If you’ve been visiting this website, you should pretty much know what to expect as well, because PCST has been well represented in the weekly LOL postings (and is no stranger to the CIDU postings either): Doug lampoons superheroes (especially Batman, by far comic strip writers’ favorite spandex-wearer), Disney characters, other comic strips, cartoons, Sesame Street, and more. This book would make a nice addition to your collection of comics compilations, or a good holiday gift for a like-minded friend who might not be familiar with this strip.
With the caveat that many of the comics are not child-appropriate (in addition to the fact that readers under a certain age might not get a lot of the jokes).
For the sake of family harmony, I should probably tack on another quick plug for Creepiosity. If your house has two bathrooms, there’s no reason not to buy both of these books.
And here’s today’s trivia question: What do Creepiosity and the film Parenthood have in common?
Cidu Bill on Nov 2nd 2010
Doug Bratton’s book is being published today. I can’t tell you much about it, because his publicist was supposed to send me a review copy and she never got around to it, but I imagine it’s a whole bunch of Pop Culture Pop Therapy strips, and we know they’re funny, and Doug entertains us with new strips just about every day which we get to read for free, and I met him and he’s a nice guy, so why not buy a copy? The guy’s got to make a living you know?
And speaking of books published by Andrews McMeel that I was promised a copy of but never received, my baby brother’s book Creepiosity is in its second printing. The biggest difference from the first printing is that I finally got my photographer’s credit in the back of the book, so I can drop my lawsuit.
Cidu Bill on Oct 19th 2010
Cidu Bill on Oct 11th 2010
As always, 50% more crowded than an average New York City subway car during rush hour. I heard that next year they’re going to hire oshiya to shove more people onto the main floor.Got to meet Pop Culture Shock Therapy’s Doug Bratton who, when I mentioned that my wife’s a Batman fan, signed the above-pictured print for her (which reminded her that she’d meant to wear her David Willis Batman t-shirt for the occasion). It’s always fun to be able to connect a face and a voice to a comic you read every day. so far everybody I’ve met pretty much fits my expectations. Gotta wonder what they think about me. They probably expect somebody who looks and acts more like a troublemaker.
There would have been photos here, but I had the foresight to charge up my camera battery the night before the show — and then the absentmindedness to forget to put it into the camera. So I was carrying around a dead Canon SLR all day. A shame, because Comic Con is nothing if not a massive photo op.
No Power Girls falling out of their costumes this year — but honestly, the photo I most wish I’d been able to take was at the food court, Dumbledore carrying a plate of General Tso’s chicken.
Lots of costumed guests getting stopped by other guests wanting to take their pictures. Made me think about how much it must suck to get all dressed up and nobody wants to take your picture.
Not that being in great demand is probably a bed of roses. Harley Quinn had just sat down to eat when she saw me, (powerless) camera around my neck, and she jumped to her feet, mallet in hand, and said “Sorry.” I mean really, “sorry”?? Yes, she had a kick-ass costume, and I would have taken her photo if she weren’t eating — and, you know, I had a real camera — but she doesn’t owe anybody the right to take one.
This year, the Comic Con was combined with the New York Anime Festival (because the organizers decided the event wasn’t crowded enough), so of course that was another class of costume wandering the floors. At least twice, I passed Asian girls wearing very short skirts, with nothing else about them that said “anime.” And I had to wonder… were these very lazy attempts at anime costuming, or just, well, Asian girls with very short skirts. I’m not really sure how Occam’s Razor applies in a case like this.
As it happens, I was in Boston earlier this year when a really big anime festival was taking place, and I found myself waiting in the T station just below the convention center as it was letting out. Now, that was a show: monsters and anime girls just milling about in the real world waiting for the train. But I digress.