April 1, 2006

Latest comic - "Red America Freedom Cartoon"

So now you know the horrible truth, and why I had to wait until today to reveal the comic. I'm very upset about this arrangement that was forced upon me by the various higher-ups in the comics world. I understand this will evoke much outrage from many of you. It's almost insulting that a conservative cartoonist will now share half this space with me.

Even worse, this right-wing rise to dominate the comics world has leaped ahead like a virus. By no means should you consider visiting this site and seeing what horrors today has brough upon so many cartoonists, now forced to admit their long-awaited conversions to conservatism.

Now buy some crap. And Happy April 1st, whatever significance that may have.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 1:25 AM

March 31, 2006

Doomed to failure, remember?

Happy second birthday to Air America Radio.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:09 AM

March 30, 2006

Zowie!

The site may be in Spanish, but we all understand the language of awesome. Please enjoy a gallery of every sound effect used in the fight sequences of the Batman TV show. The site also provides statistical data on how often each sound effect was used, and in which episode.

Internet, I think there are many days in which people neglect you and fail to tell how just how much you are appreciated. I hope one day I can make you feel as special as you make me feel. I love you, Internet. I love you with all of my heart and soul.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:55 PM

Con con

Cross-posted at the Campus Progress blog

Odds are right-wingers are going to jump on Ann Coulter's latest legal trouble with all the venom they can muster for "liberal judges" and whatnot. They'll of course also attack the entire process of singling out Coulter because of her fame and status.

You know what? They're absolutely right. Coulter is being singled out because of her status, but not in the way conservatives are going to whine about.

Odds are, Coulter will have a representative release a statement blaming some other election official for the mistake. Her vote can't be redacted or discounted, so it's not really like there's any penalty for what she did. (And if there is, she won't be forced to pay it) It'll make a day's press cycle and she'll probably get a column out of it.

All of which is extraordinary special treatment for someone who has now been suspected of voter fraud twice. You may recall that Coulter gave a trademarked "look, I'm clever" joke response when confronted with her DC driver's license application that suggested she first registered to vote (illegally) at the age of 16. (To be fair, she could have screwed up the DC license, thus making her only guilty of one count of vote fraud and one count of forging government documents.)

In other words, the woman who wrote that the residents of Palm Beach were too stupid to understand proper voting procedure is under investigation for the second time in her life for not understanding proper voting procedure. And in the long run, her right to vote has not, and will not, be hindered in any way. Meanwhile, several thousand residents of New Orleans were told by a judge this month they simply don't have the right to vote anymore. Contrary to Coulter, who was apparently both too stupid to count to 18 as well as too stupid to read a map, their outrageous offense was the ungodly sin of being too poor to afford driving back to where their homes used to be to cast a ballot.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:37 AM

Here comes the neighborhood

Oliver notes a very important yet rarely-discussed aspect of the immigration debate (with the added bonus of noting the stalking of one on his frequent trolls at the same time).

I'm sure most people have heard at some point in their life from an anti-immigration protestor the line "we're losing the country-" as if white people not being the dominant race in the country is a "loss." When you hear this statement, or a similar rhetorical question alluding to how "we'll handle" a rapid increase of (mostly) Latin American immigrants entering the United States, the reaction I always have is "well what do you mean 'we?'"

Latino as a race and Human as a race are two completely different things. Mexicans aren't swarming the borders with copies of To Serve Man in their hands. As a people, "we" are not going anywhere. If white people are scared to death about being a racial minority in America, maybe it's a clue that they're aware of the problems facing current minority groups at the hands of... well... Whitey.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:19 AM

March 29, 2006

Bald eagle webcam

Sometimes, something just does exactly what it says it does, and it's awesome.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:41 AM

March 28, 2006

March of the dimwits

I realize this is a concept that requires more and more concentration from right-wingers to ignore as the war progresses, but Bush invaded Iraq claiming that Saddam had tons of WMDs and was an "imminent threat" to other nations, and we didn't want smoking guns in the forms of mushroom clouds. Colin Powell brought TeH ANthRAx!!1!! OHNOES to the U.N. and showed charts where imaginary WMD centers were located. This is sort of irrefutable. We have it on tape and everything.

So why the wingnuts (A Freeper is even mentioned in the article) are celebrating this glorious ceremony of validation that Bush was lying his ass off just amazes me:

American intelligence agencies and presidential commissions long ago concluded that Saddam Hussein had no unconventional weapons and no substantive ties to Al Qaeda before the 2003 invasion.

But now, an unusual experiment in public access is giving anyone with a computer a chance to play intelligence analyst and second-guess the government.

Under pressure from Congressional Republicans, the director of national intelligence has begun a yearlong process of posting on the Web 48,000 boxes of Arabic-language Iraqi documents captured by American troops.

Less than two weeks into the project, and with only 600 out of possibly a million documents and video and audio files posted, some conservative bloggers are already asserting that the material undermines the official view.

So let me see if I have this right. There was no evidence at the start of the Iraq war of Saddam's WMD programs. Right-wingers are now reduced to an all-volunteer brigade of Guys With Websites poring through boxes of documents to identify connections that may have been unnoticed by the government three years ago.

If this is the case, then it means two things: if "evidence" is being found now, then the government didn't have it then, validating the fact that they're liars. And if there is "evidence" "proving" Saddam had WMDs that webloggers uncovered and the government didn't for over three years, then it validates the utter incompetence of Bush's pre-war intelligence.

You'll note the quotes in the last paragraph because as the article also notes:

On his blog last week, Ray Robison, a former Army officer from Alabama, quoted a document reporting a supposed scheme to put anthrax into American leaflets dropped in Iraq and declared: "Saddam's W.M.D. and terrorist connections all proven in one document!!!"

Not so, American intelligence officials say. "Our view is there's nothing in here that changes what we know today," said a senior intelligence official, who would discuss the program only on condition of anonymity because the director of national intelligence, John D. Negroponte, directed his staff to avoid public debates over the documents. "There is no smoking gun on W.M.D., Al Qaeda, those kinds of issues."

Imagine that, they're seeing things they want to see. Who'd-a-thunk.

Bravo for "citizen journalism" or whatever teatime imaginary title the Guys With Websites have given themselves this week, but if Bush's justification for war is found by a blogger three years after the war started I fail to see how that's a ringing endorsement of the war planning. I wonder if any of them plan to tell any of over 2,500 familes that it's cool their kids died since Bush "had a good hunch."

As we drag further and further away from "Mission Accomplished" the attempts by the right to justify the war ex post facto will increase. If they want to spend all this time poring through boxes to make themselves feel better, by all means. They're not going to find anything that removes the reality of Bush lying his way into war three years ago.

I said this before, and it still stands: if the digital armies of Bush fanatics were as devoted to actual intelligence gathering and fact-finding post-9/11 as they they are to defending Bush post-Iraq debacle, Osama bin Laden would be rotting in a cell as we speak.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:23 AM

March 27, 2006

Two days of crazy

Campus Progress has two interns blogging from inside Vision America's �War on Christians and the Values Voter in 2006" conference. Yes, that's the name of the conference, and it features Tom DeLay, Gary Bauer, and the King of all Crazy, Alan Keyes.

This isn't just CPAC and basic conservative right-wing stuff, folks- this is two solid days of non-stop gay-hatin', choice-stoppin', Christian-fundamentalin' lunacy. Enjoy.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 5:47 PM

Take the good, take the bad

For reasons that will have to be explained later, the newest comic will be coming later in the week. It's done and ready, I just can't put it up yet.

However, in addition to that groovy sketch dump you got below, I'm happy to announce a sweet new addition to the store: the Overboard skull and crossbones are now available on a black T-shirt.

I'm working on some more designs for black shirts, but it's actually CafePress' problem, not mine. They can't get pure vibrant white on shirts yet, which makes hell for eyes and word bubbles on my designs. Once they get that fixed (or lessen the gray to a good enough degree) I have a shirt of R.C. the Kitty prepped and waiting.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:35 AM

March 26, 2006

Birthday boys

I realized that two of my friends had birthdays last week at the same time I realized it's been ages since I mentioned the new comic project I've been idly pretending I'm working on. So here's some info and a few sketches.

For the first time in a long time, I actually have an overall story idea I can stay behind, which means I'm actually starting to piece together dialogue, settings, etc. That means hopefully in the near future I can actually sit down with a script and start drawing a first chapter. If I can have a 24-page story ready by the Small Press Expo in October I'll be ecstatic. While there's a long-term storyline, there are so many idea I have that they've become a series of short stories that intertwine, usually in bizarre ways.

I haven't settled on a definite title to the story yet, but the working title is "Vote Pirate!" which has to do with a major plot point of the story. Contrary to the trend developing these days, the story has very little to do with the swashbuckling types. Okay, there's a naval battle, but it's related to a story of political intrigue.

As you're already realizing, the story is very, very weird. This is basically Project Brain Dump for me: I love doing political cartoons but my older stuff shows that there are often gags I love that just don't fit in my "regular" cartoons. For example, one of the most popular things I've ever done was the beaver animation. Well the beaver has a home in Vote Pirate! In fact, there's thousands of them. You can see one of them in the background of the first sketch. Yes, it's on fire.

Ash

Ash, the chracter in the foreground, is one of the three or four "main" characters of the first storyline. I've found a creative outlet in the form of carefully blending original story ideas with as many in jokes about people I really know as I possibly can. I'm not that good an artist, so Ash doesn't look that much like the person he's roughly based on... but in the story my goal is going to be to capture mannerisms and whatnot. (Yes, there's a character based on me on the story too.)

Conroy

I absolutely love this sketch, which is inspired by a scene that I intend to have happen somewhere in the story, even if it takes years to get to it. The squid-wrangler in question is based on Chris, who I am well aware hasn't been bald in real life for about three years now. I had a conversation with him two years or so where I mentioned making a character based on him, and he envisioned having a character guarded by velociraptors. I was actually working on some idea with raptors, but now they appear to be part of a plotline in Dr. McNinja. So I can't touch velociraptors for a while. So instead, Chris gets a character loosley inspired by him fighting a giant squid thing. I hope you can live with this, Chris.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:16 PM