Terrible Things from History

Today’s Pictures for Sad Children is about Ben Franklin:

Pictures for Sad Children

This is what he does, so be cool about it, ok?

About Pictures for Sad Children:

John Campbell’s MWF comic is about many things. Sadness, happiness, having a dead roommate but not knowing he’s dead, when a heavy thing falls on you, and occasionally, running for ghost.  The archive is big, but you should still be able to work your way through it if you feel like you need to start right at the beginning. Not surprisingly (stick art being what it is), it is the writing that makes this comic such a winner.

Wonderella: I Like Big Rebuttals

This weekend’s Wonderella takes a shot at indie darlings, the Decemberists:

Wonderella on the Decemberists

Predictably, the computer has difficulty. Of course, accusing an indie rock band of being pretentious is a little like calling the pope out for wearing his Mitre, but you listen to the Crane Wife parts 1, 2, and 3 and tell me if Justin Pierce isn’t too close for comfort here.

About Wonderella:

Wonderella is America’s most… American superhero? She cares exactly the minimum amount to get the job done, and, you know, just read it. It’s spectatcular. I honestly wish it were more than once a week. Notable enemies include Hitlerella.

Dinosaur Comics – More worrying similarities

Today’s Dinosaur Comics is about disappointment Thursday, and hits a little close to the mark:

How old am I?

27 year olds everywhere cringe.

About Dinosaur Comics:

Dinosaur Comics is Ryan North’s unusual, but long running and well regarded, web comic. The art is the same every day, but it’s so perfectly expressive that it isn’t distracting at all. Just look at that guy. Some weeks the strip is a dictionary of literary terms, some weeks it is a font of relationship advice. Most of the time I read my own thoughts in T-Rex and cringe. You will probably enjoy it.

How would you like your meat?

Today’s Cat and Girl levels one of the most commonly-heard criticisms of Achewood, and furthermore, does so at a time when we haven’t even seen Molly in a strip in a full month.

Cat and Girl - Steak House

The criticism is valid. It makes Achewood fans sick to admit it, but there aren’t a lot of ladies in the strip, and as the punchline of today’s Cat and Girl points out, Molly is really just a foil for Roast Beef. That said, it isn’t deep and realistic characters that make Cat and Girl such a good comic either. Cat eats paint, Girl is ambivalent about her hipsterism (obviously I make exception for the most well-fleshed character: Bad Decision Dinosaur). And yeah, Achewood doesn’t have the best crop of female characters (Tina, Ray’s Mom, Phillipe’s Mom… not an inspiring list), but what Chris Onstad does with the male characters makes it worthwhile. Dorothy Gambrell makes that clear with the first half of the joke I posted above. It is, of course, “well done, like Achewood?”

About Cat and Girl:

Cat and Girl is a long running comic, with archives back to 1999, about a cat, a girl, another girl, a boy, a vampire dude, hipsterism, consumer culture, and so on. It is highly likely that you will enjoy it. It’s also pretty likely that you didn’t need me to tell you that.  Written by Dorothy Gambrell and posting Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, if that makes any sense.

Assassin’s Crossing

Today’s Penny Arcade discusses the difficulty of porting a latest generation sandbox game onto the Nintendo DS, but ends up making what I consider a Dueling Analogs joke in the process:

Penny Arcade - The littlest hashshashin

That said, fans of Animal crossing will probably have felt, at one point or another, that this was the fate that awaited them if they went back to their neglected towns.

About Penny Arcade:

Penny Arcade is the long running, highly popular, and very polarizing video game web comic of Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, which occasionally diverges from gaming discussions to talk about the news, giraffes, fruit rape, and so on. It runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and the earliest strip in the archive is from November of 1998. There is a video game based on the comic in the works, and there is a yearly Penny Arcade Expo. The two also founded the Child’s Play charity, which has donated more than a million dollars to children’s hospitals worldwide, hoping to combat the media image of video gamers as violent sociopaths.