I haven’t read comics in about two months now. Aside from a few general pieces here and there, I haven’t written about comics in about a year. There are some things about the comics community that are pretty ugly. And those things are getting in the way of my enjoyment of comics….
I never thought a world-famous science computer inventor like me would be hiding here in this research closet, waiting for the creature my computer created to tear my body to shreds. I might as well write everything down on this bloody corpse and hope someone reads my story before it’s too late for them
Horror story idea. A man who has been cursed so that people automatically assume he is lying, and automatically hate him. The opposite of a superpower you said you'd like to have in a recent chainsawsuit podcast. He can only be around people for a very short time, before his presence gradually alienates them, and they eventually turn violent. Contemplates suicide. Is this terrible?
it’s fine i guess, it just depends on what you can do with it, and i feel like it needs a twist that plays with that device. if it’s just “guy has a shitty life and kills himself,” i don’t know what the point of that is. the reveal could be friends talking about him, saying “it’s weird, he said to me he wasn’t going to kill himself then hung up.”
also how did this get started? i was asking people for recommendations of existing creepypastas to review, not to judge concepts for creepypastas.
Horror story about a man who has been cursed with horrific, ever-worsening flatulence, but it comes out of his mouth whenever he tries to talk. He drives his family away, and eventually lives alone, having driven away or killed everything that comes near him with his noxious effluvium. At the climax he suffers a mental breakdown. "Help me!" he cries "Make it stop! Make it stop!" But all that comes out of his mouth are deafening farts, hurling him backwards with cannonball force.
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You were so sweet and diplomatic about "Jeff the Killer" in your first Scared Yet...I guess if you were going to start with the quintessential creepypasta for good or bad, that probably was it. My vote for your next one (or some episode down the road, anyway) would be "Pale Luna" :)
it’s unfortunate! but i had to do it. there’s so much bad out there. maybe i will release my extended look at the story but it’s 40 MINUTES of me dramatically reading a piece of shit.
Hey Kris, just wondering something; in the latest Broodhollow, Zane says "darn" where in my mind it would be more natural to say "damn". Are you using "darn" intentionally because you imagine Zane speaking that way or are you using it to match some sort of "rating" you had in mind for the strip?
I hope that, several millennia into your permanently enduring existence, you stare across the airless void that separates you and the burned husk of a sun you once drew light from and remember the moment when you were benevolently cursed with a wish that broached no salvation for the world you knew. It might be funnier in retrospect.
Beings on a final tour of the universe find me in a coma-like state, near the heat death of all things. “We would take you with Us on our extra-dimensional journey, but Our physiologies are too different,” They say sadly, were sadness a thing They felt. “What were you?”
"I am the last son of creatures called Humanity." I don’t so much speak the words as have them taken from me, by the Beings’ probing all-mind. "And if you have time for one last story, I will tell it, then die here with What Once Was."
The Beings agree. I begin. “In West Philadelphia, born and raised
Tim and Eric's work is really weird, I love it, but at the same time completely understand any problems people have with it. (Though Check It Out is funnier than Awesome Show Great Job)
woof, i disagree — well. the part i disagree with is it being funnier. check it out is very consistently funny, and much more uniform and of-a-type than awesome show.
i loved check it out s1 and most of s2. dr. steve brule has changed from an eager-if-stupid man who was easily pleased and easily scared, to a vulgar 14-year-old. he’s become really charmless over time! it’s a bummer to me.
awesome show is much more hit or miss, but the hits work so much better i think.
i think i like tim and eric so much because it kind of becomes rote to predict comedy beats and rhythms in things. if you think about it all the time, you hear a joke setup, and you automatically fill out a flowchart in your mind what the punchline will be. tim and eric’s stuff is one of the only times i can’t predict it.
… not that everything they do is gold, there’s a lot of hit or miss and i completely understand the ways in which it is unlikeable. but i would rather they aim at a new thing and fail, than give us some plug-and-play variant on “i absolutely will not do that thing”, clock wipe, cut to guy doing that thing.
i think there’s a tier of gag that is only funny because it’s positioned as a gag. for an example of this, watch any sitcom on the disney channel. everything is structured and pitched like a joke — staging, delivery, content, pause for laughter, audience reaction — but it’s so mechanical and unfunny. i think people, to a degree, became conditioned to laugh at things that are delivered in the trappings of humor, but are not actually funny or engaging.
Soooooo, when do we start getting youtube vids of you critiquing creepy pastas? :D And do you listen to any of the creepy pasta narrators on youtube? I feel a little odd because so many of them are infants (from the perspective of someone over 30 >.>), but there are a few I think really bring something to the stories, in the way that some stories are just better/scarier when they're *told.*
so — i have the first episode written, but in researching all these stories, i discovered that 95% of creepypasta is awful. what i wanted to do was do a series that found good and bad, and wasn’t just me complaining. but the more creepypastas i read, the more i’m like “this is like critiquing fanfic.”
i will still do the videos, i just don’t want them to devolve into a super negative, sarcastic look at bad work.
TACOMA, WA—In an effort to express her affection and brighten her son’s day, local mother Julia Parker, 43, reportedly tucked a loving, handwritten note into her 11-year-old son Connor Parker’s bottle of Concerta medication Monday mornin…
so here’s a sudden, bittersweet memory from my childhood.
in 3rd and 4th grade, the full weight of my anxiety finally landed. i would have panic attacks and fits that made no sense — i remember crying to my mom that “i have no friends,” when even i knew that wasn’t true. i was anxious 100% of the day, and really believed that was how everyone felt. i couldn’t understand how anyone else functioned. i’d say i was sick to go to the nurse’s office, just to escape… whatever it was.
in 4th grade, my mom used to write little notes like this to me and put them in my lunch, and i would cry and cry reading them. in class i’d say i had to go to the bathroom, just to have an excuse to read them again. (then i got made fun of for having to go to the bathroom all the time.)
seeing this made all that flood back. my mom wore (still wears?) chanel no. 5, and would put it on the notes. at the time it comforted me, but to this day i can’t smell that perfume without feeling the anxiety from back then.
(mom, if you’re reading this, you don’t have to stop wearing it.)
You've answered a couple questions of mine on here and on twitter. When you "like" some of my art, it makes my day. My anxiety makes me worry I can't do the stuff I love to do (draw) but when people like you, and other artists I truly admire, can look at my cartoons and say "hey that's kinda neat" it really pulls me out if that anxiety black hole. Thanks for helping me stay motivated, even if you don't realize you're doing it. Really.
<3 thanks for letting me know. i think it’s important that kindness also goes the other direction, and when people you admire read nice comments like this, it also makes their day. so thank you. let’s stay motivated together.
When is your dream diary returning to Broodhollow? I miss those updates.
can i tell you a sad secret?
i stopped having interesting dreams a couple years ago. i used to religiously keep that dream diary for years and years, as far back as college. 10 years of dream entries. most of them are nonsense or too personal to share.
but these days i dream about boring things. forgetting something at home. having to take a test. or, way more often than not, i wake up and forget what i dreamed. i have tried to induce nightmares by watching scary things and eating before bed, but it hasn’t worked.
Portrait of Maria Salviati de’ Medici with Giulia de’ Medici, by Jacopo Pontormo. Italy, c. 1537.
To be honest, the history of art restoration is full of disgraceful erasures, and a lot of the works whose appearance we take for granted are actually the result of restorers messing up really, really badly.
So, yeah. You can probably imagine how many images have been altered in the centuries between when the paintings were made, and us viewing them now. So, to answer your question, if people are willing to just paint OVER mixed-race children, Shakespeare’s face, and a tree full of penises, pretty sure that obscuring and/or lightening European paintings of people of color has happened and may well continue to happen.