MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT (with reservations...) UPDATED 04/26/2023
Welcome. In this section I've jotted down a few things about this site in case you're interested.
This site is my ID. I can say what I want, any way that I want, using any language that I want. If any of it offends you, dear visitor, feel free to avoid this site in the future.
Based on traffic patterns, this site is likely the most remote location on the Internet. Far Corner seemed like a good fit. ( FYI, that's Patagonia in the title background.)
This site is primarily about angry self-entertainment. I like to draw, have an odd sense of humor, and frequently encounter exasperating things online. This site allows me to bring those things together. A reasonable form of therapy, I suppose.
This isn't a comic about one topic. There's a vaudeville aspect to what I do here both in content and technique. I like variety so I experiment depending on both my mood and the subject matter.
I believe in wide ranging freedom of speech - as long as people leave their assault rifles, clubs and chains at home while they are out speaking. I believe that people who aren't harming anyone else in the process should pretty much be treated with equal respect, be free to be who they are, call themselves whatever makes them happy, do what they love, and love whomever they wish over the age of consent. So I generally stay clear of poking fun at people in the private sphere (other than notorious douchebags, nazis, etc.).
Public figures (particularly ones with no strong bonds to the truth), propaganda, bullying, beliefs and opinions are an entirely different thing. While most people (not currently serving in the US government) should be treated with respect not all ideas deserve the same. Part of my 'doing what I love' is making fun of bad ideas. While I support people's rights I also reject revisionist claptrap or neo-dogma created as a tool for virtue shaming. I've never understood why acknowledging real differences is considered such a threat to legal rights. Seems to me that what ever differences we have shouldn't affect the law all that much anyway, but hey. And sometimes even people I otherwise respect have bad days so on occasions I may feel the need to call them out as well. Of particular interest are those who traffic and profit from bad ideas - they're a bit of a hobby of mine.
Anti-intellectualism and rights sans responsibility are two other sore points and if you're looking for a libertarian utopia here, keep moving.
Oh, and cats will rarely, if ever be involved. I have no beef with cats but neither do I obsess over them. Not like this is a hardship for anyone - there are a million cat fetish sites out there. I'm allergic as hell to 'em anyway...
I try to be civil but that only works with people who play by the rules of society. There are times when one must simply call bullshit for what it is.
I use it when I think the situation warrants, if it seems in character, or if I can't imagine a real person not using it. Not everyone's cup of tea but there is of course no law that you have to come back.
Humor is subjective. My tastes in humor are pretty eclectic. While I do on occasion enjoy (and sometimes draw) pie-in-the-face slapstick I really gravitate toward groaner inducing puns.
IMHO this is the epitome of the pun. A punzle is a word or visual pun that you have to unravel. It's not supposed to jump out with a casual glance. You have to work for it (which I understand is not what most people want in an comic). It's supposed to take a bit of thinking and may have to be peeled like an onion to get to the denouement (which ideally induces uncontrollable eye rolling and an audible groan). I love punzles. Punzles are a comic high wire act in a howling electrical storm so sometimes the result is little more than a smoking hole but when they work...
Another of the things I love to try are comics without character dialogue. There may be words in the panel but it's mostly about the overall gestalt of the image that makes the statement.
Over the years I think I've demonstrated openness to criticism. It's only fair as a significant percentage of my work is at least somewhat critical of something other people hold dear. Criticism, like art, is of varying quality and intent. Sometimes I've learned a lot from a well-meaning critic, and other times I've been comforted by Anton Ego's brilliant speech from Ratatouille, "In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so."
And if you like something please do comment - even notorious curmudgeons such as moi appreciate some acknowledgement.