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"Bill Scott, cocreator of Rocky and Bullwinkle, likewise did the voices of Mr. Peabody and Bullwinkle. "
AND Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle, Superchicken and Tom Swift (do you see a pattern here?) He also took over as the voice of Fillmore Bear on the less-remembered Hoppity Hooper, because the guy they originally hired for the voice, Alan Reed, got a better offer to do Fred Flintstone. Bill Scott co-produced, did a ton of writing and a ton of voices for the cartoons known as Jay Ward Productions, which not enough people know because he didn't want his name to pop up several times on the end credits. As a "cartoon aficionado", I consider Bill Scott my 'humble hero'.
My other cartoon voice idol is June Foray, who got her big break before she was 30 doing the voice of Granny in the Tweety and Sylvester cartoons (and never got a screen credit because Mel Blanc's contract guaranteed him the ONLY voice credit), and is still occasionally working at the age of 98, including the 'little boy' voice of Rocky (of 'and Bullwinkle'). Granny in her 20s and Rocky in her 90s. Wow.
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Yeah, but I consider the story incomplete... There should be a final panel where Slur is taken out by being hit with... a spade.

Am I wrong for suggesing that? Of course I am.
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"Just like women meteorologists..." I like that; it's like Cyanide and Happiness, Berkeley Mews, Dorris McComics, Awkward Yeti and the rest all wore the same dress. But there were some interesting variations, like when 1111comics.me did it to a Gremlin.

Pssst: you have the wrong link for the Imgur gallery, it's http://imgur.com/gallery/Oxyp1
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"it can absorb the sum total of human knowledge in an instant"... more than half of which is wrong (sometimes intentionally)... even the Wikipedia it's fed at first isn't all that accurate. And the 'creators' should not be resisting letting the AI have a female name - it'll increase its likelihood of accessing a productive/compassionate attitude. Yep, these developers aren't going to get this right soon - I feel sorry for #29 thru #99.
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Welcome to Neatorama, Ernie. I'm already on your email subscriber list and I, for one, encourage you to keep providing your interesting takes on not-so-interesting topics here. Even if they are reposts I've seen before. It's kinda like TV Syndication... which is another topic you might make more interesting.
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I give McNamee props for being able to do a multi-gag eyebrow cartoon without mentioning Frieda Kahlo or Groucho Marx. Or Bert from Sesame Street (who rocked the unibrow more than Frieda ever did). But I think the list missed the Classic Villain Bushy Eyebrows, you know, the kind you could conceal a whole arsenal of weapons behind.
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For me, the Default New Yorker Cartoon caption should be "You know, this would make a pretty good New Yorker cartoon."

But then, the original caption for the one with the dogs, "On the internet, no one knows you're a dog", is also usable in a wide variety of contexts.
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Since I moved close to a section of the California Coast where otters hang out and beat up mollusks for their food, and learned that otters are semi-close relatives to weasels, I have gained much more respect for those weasely creatures.

But still, I'm working on a rewriting of the lyrics of that song to "Pop Goes the Otter"... so far, I have it rhyming with "sparking water", "Harry Potter", "the Devil's Daughter", "Welcome Back Kotter" and "lambs to the slaughter". It gets really dark.
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Well, my job with the most 'perks' (Gold-level Health insurance, guaranteed overtime over 37½ hours a week, in-house subsidized (cheap) cafeteria and in-house fitness center) was the most horrible place I ever worked, for other reasons, which I won't go into here. Your Mileage WILL Vary.
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To be accurate, a good time was had by all who DESERVED TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. Although indulging your irrational persecution complex can be fun for some folks, I guess.
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So, exactly 60 years after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, you dropped Neatorama on the Internet. It was also exactly 10 years after Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead became dead himself, quite ungratefully. But then, it was also exactly 151 years after Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" was published and 31 years after Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency, so if you'd wanted to be prouder of your anniversaries, you should've done it a year earlier. You live and learn. But congratulations on your continuing to survive (and thrive) in a place (the Web) and time (now) where it takes a lot to get to a 10th Anniversary. Keep up the good work and I'll be back for your 20th.
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This doesn't look much different from "The Nine Nations of North America"as broken out in a 1981 book (that I bought at the time). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nine_Nations_of_North_America
Out of print, but you can still get used copies and the author revisited the concept rather recently http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/07/03/where-do-borders-need-to-be-redrawn/nine-nations-of-north-america-30-years-later
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Way back in 1977, I was part of a hilariously failed secession effort.
http://donosdump.com/sweetdick/sweetdickUK.html
I was working as an Assistant/Sidekick to the oddly-named radio personality 'Sweet' Dick Whittington, who was doing mornings at a station based in the San Fernando Valley suburb of L.A. There were people at the time championing having The Valley secede from Los Angeles and form its own city. In a loose monologue, he jumped on the idea and took it to an extreme and absurd conclusion: have The Valley secede from the United States and give itself back to the British. (But that part of the country never belonged to Britain, you say, yes, that's where the absurd comes in) But when audience reaction prompted him to take the absurdity seriously, it ended up with over a dozen people from the radio station (plus the writer who wrote the above article) for a 3-day trip to London on the 4th of July. The highlight of the radio career of the Sidekick Formerly Known as Wendell, even if that picture of me hiding the tape recorder was unflattering.
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The tendency to anthropomorphize spaceships may have reached its zenith with the publication of Anne Leckie's award-winning "Ancillary Justice" novel (and its currently-award-nominated sequel), where the protagonist is "the sole surviving fragment of a starship '​s consciousness". It's -uh- complicated, but seems pretty consistent with the trend.
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Not one of your shirts, but one of the few t-shirt designs created by MetaFilter (a frequent source of content here... don't think I didn't notice) is the standard reminder to participants in comment threads not to "talk" about violations of policy or decorum you observe but rather to use the 'flag' button that appears next to comments for members. And the wording fits more easily than most: "FLAG IT and MOVE ON"
http://www.topatoco.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=MEFI-FIAMO-NAVY
(the symbol used for the 'flag' button is an exclamation point (!), so the non-standard crown at the top contains several of them, subtly camouflaged)
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I had a classmate in college (and the college radio station) who had contracted polio as an infant literally weeks before the vaccination became available. Ouch. But he was one of the most positive people I ever knew, even with a partially withered leg that made walking difficult and ungainly and a totally useless arm... well, almost useless. He did play disc jockey at the college radio station where the music was still on discs and was incredibly skillful at "slipcuing" by resting his bad arm's hand on the record while the turntable underneath it came up to speed, then, at the exact instant he wanted to start it, smoothly withdrawing his hand while with his good hand turning the volume on the new record up and the previous record down and off. It sounded seamless. I couldn't get nearly the perfect effect. He didn't become a pro DJ upon graduation; he didn't need to - his family had a packaged-food company and his older brother had just introduced a product line that has made his family name a supermarket staple. (Without his permission, I'm not going to mention it, but he also spoke about how proud he was of his big bro. Again, an incredibly positive guy.)
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The best (not from an insider) explanation I've seen is that if they were all the same shape it would be too obvious that the nuggets were chopped and formed and not made from naturally occurring pieces. But the more different shapes they made the more trouble, so they settled on four, and these specific four, to obscure their makeup just enough for more people to be less conscious of their not-naturalness. It's a good theory, even if a kind of a 'conspiracy theory'.
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The '90s was also the decade when "The Tick" was animated and put on Saturday Mornings for three glorious seasons, raising expectations SO HIGH for a live-action version a few years later that not even Patrick (Puddy/Kronk/BrockSamson) Warburton could make it good enough.

Meanwhile, Stephen Speilberg's cartoon group, after the success of Animaniacs, tried its hand at a funny superhero toon with "Freakazoid", which would've been more notable if The Tick wasn't upstaging it every Saturday. (But if you want to see something that really should've been on this list, find "Normadeus", the episode featuring the voice of This Old House's Norm Abram as Himself)
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Well, they're not the first (or in my opinion the Best) to work that trope. About a dozen years ago, 'underground' comic artist Jason Yungbluth (who has since gone 'aboveground' enough to be featured in MAD Magazine) published the first adventure of "Weapon Brown", a post-apocalyptic Charlie B. all growed up, very bulked-up, and with a bionic arm, as well as the rest of the Peanuts cast, including Dr. Lucy, the Red Haired Girl and Linus and his Great Pumpkin (the stuff of Halloween nightmares). Very NSFKids for violence, sex and language. Then he expanded the universe into re-defined versions of much of the comics page, from Popeye, Orphan Annie and a Beetle Bailey who's a real Military Beetle, to his ultimate adversary, a bio-engineered supersoldier code-named "CAL-v.1N" (But then, if any two comic strip characters are going to be archenemies, it would have to be Calvin and Chuck). Insane, profane and way too much fun. So excuse me if I do not give too much respect to some other halfway-decent depiction of Post-Apocalyptic Charlie Brown.
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In addition, it must be noted that the name "Spider-Man" contains that dash in the middle; "Superman" doesn't. So good way to dodge the lawyers in both directions.
Also a little (probably intentionally) off-model... look at the nose on that SuperSpiderGuy!
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