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Grant Morrison on Deconstruction in Comic Books

PBF: Nunez

I was cleaning out my filthpig computer desktop when I stumbled across a handful of Perry Bible Fellowship comics I had copypasted back in the day, which I now present to you.

I actually think about this one a lot; every time I go to the word, the eye in my mind flashes back to the strip, this small, yellow strip. I remember it with a greater frequency than most (if not all) of my scholastic lesson plans, which just goes to show what I would put on the Illinois Local Educational Agency Identification forms. Holla!

String Theory

From Abstruse Goose. The rest of these aren’t very good (in fact, they’re pretty damn awful – like a math dweeb 17-year-old Perry Bible Fellowship, without the humor or quality), but this one hits right where the heart is.

Calvin and Hobbes: beta

“Cathy” is Still in Syndication

I find this fact to be shocking. 33 years. If you are thirty three years of age (or younger), I would like you to regard your own existence alongside Cathy’s. Does Cathy eclipse your meager life-time? Or are you and she equals, inconsequential titans in a constant struggle with That Darned Bikini!

From Wikipedia, which I have left hilariously un-abridged.

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Cathy is a comic strip drawn by Cathy Guisewite. Featuring a woman who struggles through the “four basic guilt groups” of life — food, love, mom, and work — the strip gently pokes fun at the lives and foibles of modern women. Cathy’s characteristics and issues both make fun of and sometimes feed into negative stereotypes about women. The strip debuted in November 1976, and currently appears in over 1,400 newspapers. The strips have been collected into more than 20 books. Guisewite received the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award in 1992 for the strip[1].

Initially, the strip was based largely on Guisewite’s own life as a single woman. However, Guisewite had Cathy’s longtime boyfriend Irving propose marriage on Valentine’s Day 2004. The two characters married in the February 5, 2005 strip. That same year, Cathy appeared in the 75th anniversary party of Blondie and Dagwood.

The four basic guilt groups

Defined by Cathy Guisewite, the four basic guilt groups are four types of temptation that the character Cathy faces in her daily life.

Food

Cathy has a love/hate affair with food (especially carbs). She loves it, but hates what it does to her thighs. She is often shown in a department store fitting room trying to stuff herself into a bathing suit. She is constantly on a diet, weighs herself obsessively and many mornings fears to get up, believing that she has ballooned overnight, which she has. Cathy is particularly fond of chocolate, her mother’s cooking, and foods that inflate her on the spot.

Love

Cathy has dated extensively, but was unable to find “Mr. Right”. Although a number of love interests have come and gone over the years, none has come back like Irving, who is now her husband.

Mom

Although well-meaning, Mom’s advice often frustrates Cathy, whether or not Mom is right. Cathy and her mother are from two different generations, of course. Cathy grew up in the era of feminism, women’s rights and the sexual revolution. Mom is from an earlier, simpler time. Although an equal in her marriage to Cathy’s Dad, Mom holds many old-fashioned ideas.

Work

Cathy has to juggle many tasks at Product Testing, Inc. Her boss, Mr. Pinkley, often asks the impossible, and Cathy always seems to pull through in the end and give him and the client exactly what they want, albeit with quite a bit of drama.”

Calvin and Hobbes: alpha

The Birth of Rorschach, Narrated by Alan Moore

And here, we have an example of what the film should have been. Hell, I would have prefered Alan Moore supplying the voice/over semi-static images to that chick’s piercing chide’s any day (and don’t even dare to bring up the motion comic). What a magician. What a beard.

Schulz City: That Yellow Shirted Such-and-Such

Saturday Morning Watchmen

This video is spot-on, 100% perfect. The best piece of Watchmen-based media I’ve seen yet; don’t even bother watching if you haven’t read Watchmen. You’ll – wait, you… you haven’t read Watchmen? Put down your James Joyce and go to a library, you Nerd! You Philistine! You Sexual Reprobate!

Which leads me to my second point – if you plan on seeing the film this weekend and have not read the book, change your course of actions. In fact, change your over-arching life-choices that lead to the absence of Watchmen in the first place. Trust me, from this point on, you’ll be far more satisfied: quotidian existence, be gone!

Confounding Caped Cameos, Old Chum