Punice: A play on a name using a stone Age pun a la The Flinstones. I was reading the Whiskeypedia entry for Jabberjaw and that cartoon did the same thing with watery puns like Aqualaska. Never you mind why I was reading about Jabberjaw before work.
Anyways, the All-Punice baseball team will be managed by Stony LaRussa and he’ll use a bunch of LOOGYs like Stony Fossas, That’s all I have for now.
Buzz Bissinger on his membership in the Twitterati.
Today’s Crankshaft is funny if taken together with yesterday’s strip. But reading the funnies shouldn’t be this much work. You’re supposed to look at three panels and laugh. It isn’t like this is a graphic novel where you can read the whole story in one fell swoop. The way this is playing out, it is like Chinese water torture. And don’t let me get started on Funky Winkerbean. Other folks do a good job with that already.
Mark S reviews some political noir.
American Tabloid by James Ellroy was a giant curveball by the hard-boiled detective writer. Those of us who loved his L.A. Quartet didn’t know what to expect when Ellroy finished with the 50s and started on the 1960s. The writing stayed as hard-boiled as ever, but Ellroy upped the scope from Los Angeles to the entire nation with a book that covers Kennedy’s campaign through his death. And what a ride we are on.
Gil Thorp has a character that is a dead-ringer for Napoleon Dynamite. Is that even legal?
I loved the song “Big Bad John” as a kid. Let’s see one of these modern guys do a song like that. Maybe Steve Earle could, but I doubt he’d be up to starting a sausage empire afterwards.
That Comics Examiner is a hidden gem. His style differs from Josh Fruhlinger’s, but it’s just as funny. If I had to explain the difference between CE and CC, I’d guess that it’s less hipster-inspired, but I’m not good at deconstructing stuff like this. In any case, it’s sort of too meta for even me to be commenting on comics commentators.