SUPER RARE ROBA RAP.
So having just returned from seeing Batman, I’m going to make the obvious/lazy comparison between the film as a whole and Bane talking through his weird mask re-breather thing. Basically it’s loud and indistinct. Because most people haven’t seen it yet, I’m going to avoid specific spoilers but be aware that if your spoiler averse the following might not be for you:
Don Flowers, Glamor Girls
I feel like 90% of old cartoons are about creepy rich old men cheating on their wives. Single-panel comics from pre-1970-something? I feel like Adulterous Old Creepy Fucks used to be this major genre of American cartoon humor. …What the hell was that about? Why was that shit ever funny???
When it’s an old comic, I just feel like I’ve seen that kind of joke more than any other kind of single-panel comic except maybe ones where some obnoxious shitty kid says something rotten. It’s always some old lech-y dude saying, “You have to earn that promotion by letting me insert my penis into your vagina, honey”; or two secretaries are talking and one of them says, “Any time I look over when I’m typing, Old Man Peters is staring at me and jerking himself off” or whatever. Except, it’s said in old-time-y language, so it’s all in code. It’s still sexual harassment but it’s really jaunty about it. ”I doff my hat to rubbing up against you in a subway, darling— it’s the bee’s knees. Tippecanoe and Tyler too!”
The comics are always pretty enough— people knew how to draw, back when. But … why did so many dudes find that shit funny? What’s funny about it? Was it just the guys who bought old comics, the editors, back when, that’s what they thought people could relate to? ”Phil, yer makin’ comics about how desperate young girls will fuck wrinkly old dicks for money. Joey— yer makin’ comics about how women should stay in a kitchen and make us some babies. Tommy, where are my comics about how we have to keep the minorities out of our country clubs?” Who were these assholes?
In which we see the future of everything, everywhere. Serial narrative moves product like nothing else. The single most important thing a person can invest is not money but time. Time invested becomes everything else we prize. Regularity is better than quality or quantity, in that it keeps people attached. People spending just five to fifteen minutes every day with you, is far more important than them spending a few hours, a few days or once every year. In doing so create out of whole cloth emotional associations which naturally arise in spending a lot time with something, someone, anything. The sorrow, joy, and nostalgia your narrative produces are qualities you can and will exploit.