December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas from XQUZYPHYR & Overboard

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Posted by August J. Pollak at 9:24 AM

Last call

As is the tradition-within-a-tradition, a final post before the year-ending Christmas comic goes up later this morning.

Though the sarcastic comments with each weeks' strip imply otherwise, this place wouldn't exist without all you guys and I am incapable of expressing the amount of gratitude I have toward all of you. It has been, sufficed to say, a rather interesting and rather stressing year on multiple fronts. Next year is going to be just as interesting and stressing, I'm sure. I'm sure as hell not doing this for the money, so so the support I get, even though I'm awful at responding to e-mails, is what keeps me going.

I'm very excited about Some Guy With a Website. I've received a lot of positive feedback since October about the way the strip is going and the new format. At the same time, I love XQUZYPHYR and Overboard and I hope to find places I can fit them in elsewhere. This year's Christmas strip was a little different; I tried some new stuff with pencils and brush pens and the overall style and I'm pretty proud of how well it came out.

In addition to all you readers, special thanks for all the advice and support over the last year from a huge amount of people who made this site and these cartoons even better than the years before: my co-workers at the Center for American Progress; Tom Tomorrow, Duncan Black, Oliver Willis, Ezra Klein, Matt Singer, Peter Daou, and all the other big bloggers out there who linked to me; Ted Rall, J.P. Trostle, and everyone at NBM who made me searchable on Amazon; the crew of Cartoonists With Attitude, especially Mikhaela Reid, Matt Bors, Brian McFadden, and Jen Sorensen; Ali Savino; Skippy; Sean-Paul Kelley; Amanda Marcotte; everyone who helped spread the George W. Bush 2006 Dead Kitten Survey; and anyone else who I might have forgotten.

And... well, that's it, I guess. See you in a few and then see you all next year.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 1:25 AM

December 21, 2006

Posted by August J. Pollak at 5:36 PM

Just in case you care, I'll be in New Jersey tomorrow

Not that I don't love and miss him as well, but I kind of find it amusing how the top post for every website left of Slate right now is where you can find Atrios for the next 24 hours.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:26 AM

December 20, 2006


August is not here right now. Please leave all messages for the next few hours with the eight-year old sitting in his chair watching this eighteen times in a row.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:26 PM

Welcome to the world of right-wing publishing

So, apparently, when you co-found a website with a serial plagiarist who had to resign from his media job in disgrace, the reward is that a right-wing publishing company buys it.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:48 AM

December 19, 2006

The Scarlet Tiara

Allow me to add amens to Dana, Atrios, and anyone else who's chiming in on the moral shaming of Tara Conner.

Look, if the rules of the Miss USA pageant say you lose the crown if you fail a drug test or whatever, fine. But this nonense about "setting standards" and faux moral outrage from the right because she was "promiscuous" is just that- nonesense; especially given Donald Trump's intentions for the pageant to mostly be turning the winners into soft-core spank-mag fodder.

I'm sick of this shit just as much as I'm sick of hearing how drunk Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan were one evening. We have a bizarre, and highly sexist, fascination in this culture of stalking women and then publicly shaming them to degrees I've never seen placed on male celebrities. I couldn't give a damn that Miss USA has a sex life beyond the fact that I'm not part of it.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 5:17 PM

December 18, 2006

Exit, stage left

I read Joe Barbera's autobiography when I was in grade school and I was amazed at how much passion and excitement he had for cartoons. It was one of the things that made me want to draw cartoons. For better or worse, it's ludicrous to suggest Barbera wasn't one of the ten most influential people in the American television industry. He lived a life doing what he loved.

RIP, Joe.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:02 PM

"How stupid IS al-Qaeda?"

Latest comic - click here!

As the year comes to a close, it's fun to look back on all the things we just knew "the terrorists" had in mind for us. They just never follow the narrative from the media and a large number of Very Credible Weblogs™ so obviously, since they can never be wrong, it can only mean al-Qaeda is just a bunch of people too stupid to do the stuff we know they're planning to do but just haven't yet.

Everyone got that? If not, it's okay, because your exposure to the strip has now ended for the year. As is the generous tradition around these parts, a little something special will come at the end of the week. Smoke 'em if you got 'em, and for the last this year I bid thee the traditional holiday message: buy some crap.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:17 AM

December 17, 2006

Like the Batmobile with a McDonald's inside

For about the last two weeks my music listening regimen has been almost entirely a non-stop replay of MC Chris' new album Dungeon Master of Ceremonies. You should be doing the same.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:30 PM