Michael Moore is fat!

My hometown newspaper has begun carrying State of the Union, in what seems to be an attempt to balance the near-scandalous presence of Doonesbury on its editorial page. (Doonesbury, of course, having only relatively recently been brought out of exile from somewhere in the classifieds section.)

Now, I know, humor is in the eye of the beholder. But man, this is one seriously un-funny comic strip. It’s described as

Combining startling caricatures with a sly sense of humor and a sharp eye for satire, this innovative new strip will be sure to tickle your funnybone while making you think.

What do you think?

Let’s see: “Startling caricature,” sure, in the sense that I imagine a peanut could quite literally draw a better caricature of Jimmy Carter. As for making me think, well, here’s another one. Because CNN is the enemy! Or this one as proof that the cartoonist needs some editorial oversight. Innovative? Sure, if you consider it an innovation to make three-hour talk radio shows into four-panel condensed versions. That one made me think, “I wonder if this is what it’s like to literally be clubbed senseless by Glenn Beck?”

Sunday morning comics

(Another in a series) Sheldon is another one of those webcomics that those with a nerdy bent should probably be reading. As exhibit A, I present the following, in which the duck imagines Jabba the Hutt’s dark transformation from overweight and misunderstood Hutt to intergalactic gangster.

sheldon panel


Those jocks aren’t gonna have Jabba to kick around, anymore.


XKCD is funny, awesome, oddly touching, sciency, and nerdy. And it has dinosaurs.


(Link via elzr, who lists his own favorites.)


Ugly Hill is one of a handful of webcomics that I really enjoy. One of the strip’s characters—I wouldn’t say “protagonist” exactly—is Hastings Kilgore, who lately has been considering converting to Catholocism in order to get married. As the end of this strip suggests, he’s a little skeptical.

Something about scare quotes as angel wings just gets me.

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