Monday, April 30, 2012

Duck Comics: "Donald in the Undersea Kingdom"

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dilbert is alienated labor.

The question is, is Scott Adams aware that he's neatly reiterating a classic Marxist critique of capitalism in today's comic--ie, that the mean of production become so ruthlessly rationalized and fragmented that workers lose any sense of value in their work and thus become unable to conceptualize the true socioeconomic nature of society and in turn become increasingly alienated from it?

Somehow, I'm gonna guess not, unless he's changed a lot in recent years.  I remember somewhere or other--in commentary on some strip in some old collection--him saying (paraphrase) "I'm a big fan of capitalism, but it definitely creates more losers than winners," which seems like an extraordinary thing for a capitalist to come right out and say.  The man's certainly not a deep or systemic thinker--that's not his role.  "Safety valve" is his role, and he's undeniably quite good at it, in spite of the odd accidental brush with actual economic analysis, like this one.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mouse Comics: "Westward Whoa"

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

How to improve a movie.

Here's the original version.  YAWN.

...and here's the new version. The improvement is obvious.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Duck Comics: "The Path to Perfect Happiness"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In the future, we will all have the duty of introducing corporate mascots.

Saw this article in the paper--"Reading with Ronald," in which Ronald flippin' McDonald comes to a school to teach kids about how reading is funduhmental.  My initial question: shouldn't even a small-town newspaper be able to find reporters who don't write sentences like "Upon further questioning, it was found that Aidan was the name of the main character of the book, and mirrored the life of McGinley's?"  Really now.  But that's of secondary concern in this case, 'cause dude, how fucked up is it that public schools are apparently now sponsored by fucking McDonalds?  Probably slightly less fucked up than the fact that this is apparently considered so normal that the reporter didn't even think to comment on it in any way, but still.  I know I'd be plenty pissed off if my kids were being subjected to such a thing.  Welp, what with our republican overlords being determined that all public spending ('cept fer death machines--those are non-negotiable) must be eliminated in favor of the fabulously wealthy being allowed to pay no taxes, I guess this is probably the wave of the future, so better get used to it!

However, it pleases me to imagine that whoever chose which photo would accompany this article was engaged in a little bit of pushback, 'cause seriously, look at this thing.

"Drunk, belligerent clown harangues child," the caption should but doesn't say.  Also note how he's holding his hand in such a way as to indicate "you fucking with me, kid?"  And what the caption does say--as you'll see if you click over--is "Ronald McDonald tells Brock Minier, kindergartener, exactly what to say as he gets the special duty of introducing Ward L. Myers Elementary School’s special guest."  Exactly what to say.  Ronald McDonald will brook no disobedience.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Duck Comics: "The Easter Eggs-port"

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Duck Comics: "Guardians of the Lost Library"