Thursday, July 31, 2008

SO CLOSE!

I almost got to Page 17 before the close of July! But I have to wait for the page to dry before I can erase the pencils and scan. STILL, I beat my goal like 18-year-old penis, hitting 16 when 15 would do. Anyway, page 17 is fun and harkens back to the project's origins. Although, it's less autobiographical. I need to get that autobio element fired up again. Soon. Once all the players are in place.
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WIZARDS be weird. The best parts are those with the henchmen. The worst parts are the stills that get narrated for five minutes at a time. The whole thing felt like it was meant to be two or three times as long and it suffers a bit from an ending that happens because the movie says it does, rather than say anything satirical or make sense plotwise. I loved the Vaughan Bodé designs and the thick Marilyn Monroe Fairy with permanently erect nipples — surprise! The Richard the Lionhearted and Leni Rosenthal high-contrast rotoscoping was weird but effective.

Now I'm off to watch the bonus features, which I expect will be self-congratulatory and scathing toward critics!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

MR. EYBYANINCH BOOK 2 PAGE 16



We've broken the halfway threshold. I read Gary Groth's 30-page 'book review' of Ralph Steadman's The Joke's Over: Bruised Memories: Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and Me. I was really looking forward to it. It's a little bit more book report than the criticism I was hoping for, but it was still worth reading. Groth/Steadman is a great pairing no matter how slice it. The link is to an excerpt. Anyway, the review got me thinking about Steadman's Sigmund Freud, a book I haven't seen in ten years.

ATTENTION! Now I'm going to watch Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. The time has come.

Trailer:


Then I'll probably have to listen to DJ Muggs vs. GZA Grandmasters that samples the movie dialogue for the Opening track.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

MR. EYBYANINCH BOOK 2 PAGE 15



Take that, Jewel Eyes. Maybe I'll set up a new goal of making it to page 20 by Sunday.

In the background tonight, is this collection of clips of and about Robert Anton Wilson. I was discussing Wilson the other day (and two (six) of the books that changed my life: The Illuminatus! Trilogy and the Cosmic Trigger Trilogy) and remembered the two times I almost went to see him speak but never did. YouTube cures wad ails ya.



Everything is Under Control. Don't spit on the blog.
—The Mgt.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

ROY'S LeSEXY OARS

Row with LeSexy.

Everybody wish Kenny a Happy Birfday! Celebrate at the Liberry.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

MR. EYBYANINCH BOOK 2 PAGE 14



Ah, I can almost feel that delirium.

This page brought to you in part with the background of this video playing in the background. 18 minutes on one drum break. The "Amen Break."

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MR. EYBYANINCH BOOK 2 PAGE 13



Hey, you know what's really nice? Setting realistic goals and then finding yourself well on the way to accomplishing them. My goal was to get to page 15 by the end of July. I still have four and a half days and only two pages to do. Someone better be preparing my Resty Laurels.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

MR. EYBYANINCH BOOK 2 PAGE 12



It turns out that a little Inuit throat singing goes a long way.

This is the Detroit Techno Documentary I've had on in the background.

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MR. EYBYANINCH BOOK 2 PAGE 11



You know what I forgot all about? My 100 Pages in 141 Days! I was going to try to finish 100 pages between January 18 and June 6. Well, I did terribly for a while there. There are a number of pages I finished but scrapped, so those don't count. There was a lot of time spent on one thing I think I've abandoned. And some time spent on a lot of things I've abandoned. But there was a flurry of activity toward the end, that resulted in EMAW #10 and Mr. Eybyaninch #1. How did I do?

65 pages in 141 days, plus cover images. That's an average of nearly a page every two days.

Anyway, it's time for a new, less ambitious goal! 20 Pages in 55 Days! That's what I have to do to get Mr. Eybyaninch Book 2 done for SPX. Is it doable? I think so. That's nearly a page every three days, after all. Actually, I'm going to do a light June-esque flurry so I can have Page 15 done before August.

I also want to get back to Kaiju Jugoruma. Hopefully I'll have the next issue of that ready for SPX. My fan should be thrilled.
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Now I need to figure out what I should listen to. Last week was nothing but music from 2008. This week was music for a mixtape in between symphonies and operas. Today was Slayer Saturday, but 4.5 hours later, my brain pan has turned to jelly. I'm trying hard not to buy anything. No new Portishead, no new Harvey Milk, no new Lil Wayne. I need to give it a rest when it comes to Invisible Hand Jobs for the market. It's especially hard because I was just listening to some Detroit techno and thinking I really desperately needed every song ever played in a Detroit club in the mid eighties.

Maybe I'll try the Tagaq I got and haven't listened to...
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Oh, and I keep looking at this all day. It's a Noel Sickles illustration job for a Lincoln presidential romance story or something for Reader's Digest. The subject and publication don't really matter, it is just beyond awesome drawing.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

THE PASSING CENTURIES HAVE NARROWED THE GAP!

I never knew that Jack Kirby's The Eternals was written in graphic novel form. So far, so awesome. But I can see why it was a failure, there's no super heroing to speak of.
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In my efforts to get really angry at Tom Hanks and his John Adams Gump miniseries, I ventured off to this blog, pointed out by an online friend.
This post.
This post.

This post
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This post.
This post.
That post took me to this post about Ben Franklin and John Adams sharing a bed in New Brunswick, NJ.
And then to this movie:



I love 1776 and it's nut-selling Adams. This version is sexier.

Finally, Cashews Adams as Kelis, singing Milkshake.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

MR. EYBYANINCH BOOK 2 PAGE 10

Saturday, July 19, 2008

MR> EYBYANINCH BOOK 2 PAGE 9



Oh right! Pages. I'm supposed to be posting PAGES! Not railing into the darkness about the historical inadequacies of Tom Hanks movies.

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JOHN ADAMS

Finally finished John Adams. History come alive! Or not.
After the first episode, which bares only a passing resemblance to history, things got better. There were many references to history throughout, some apocryphal, some dramatically licensed, some compressed and some reordered, but most of it was historicalesque. The costumes, the grotesques and the digital sets were all very impressive. The casting was all weird. The camera work might've made sense if this was the story of a skateboarder in Holland — it would explain all the extreme Dutching.

But it was the Tom Hanksing of history that was craziest. John and Samuel Adams running around the scene of the Boston Massacre! John Adams implying that Sam shouted "fire!" John Adams attracting the governor's(') attention only after accepting the cases defending the Captain and his troops! The cases taking place immediately after the massacre! The cases being one case! The testimony that turned the case! The universal acquittals!

I doubt any of this would've seemed as absurd if Adams didn't rail on about the stubborn facts of the case. In fact, he spends a fair amount of the miniseries complaing that history keeps getting the facts wrong. Usually when the series is making shit up.

You want to tell the story of Nabby Adams? That's fine. She traveled to Europe, met Adams' secretary, married him in London, Adams got him several jobs while Vice- and President, Nabby and their children traveled with her husband while he engaged in several failed enterprises and she only returned home for her mastectomy and to die. OH! You want to tell a completely different story for no reason!

ok

I liked when the ghost of Adams' friend visited him to tell him to write to Jefferson after Abigail died. What high comedy this scene must've been! Adams and Jefferson had already renewed their friendship years earlier.

Some stuff seemed wrong, but I haven't found any sources saying they are wrong. John Adams firing the first shot against the British while making his trip across the Atlantic! The first of two, by the way. The amputation scene was a week's events compressed into a minute, but I have no idea why they had John Quincy witness it.

Maybe he did, but it seemed like yet another dramatic license taken for a story they never told. That's how a lot of the series played out. As though dramatic licensees from earlier drafts with different emphases were retained once everyone forgot they weren't based in fact.

The series does have its strengths. It dealt with the platonic triangle of Jefferson and the Adamses well. When the story focuses on them, it actually has focus (even when it gets things out of chronological order). I'll even accept the scene of Adams learning Jefferson paid for the editorials criticizing him years later even though... come on! He knew. He knew!

The handling of the XYZ Affair was all wrong and missed the one political triumph of Adams' presidency. I'm pretty sure most of the machiniations of the Continental Congress were off as well, with Adams relying more on surrogates than was shown, but I excused most of that for expediency in the telling.

They treated Washington pretty fairly and suggest Franklin's failings. Franklin was lovable, loved and incorrigible. He was also duplicitous, easily distracted and a horrible emissary.

I would've liked to have seen more attention paid to Adams' patriotic work in Boston, the Continental Congress, his attempts to support Washington in the war: the things that made him the second most viable candidate for president. Also more attention to the Alien & Sedition acts, and the formation of political parties: the things his presidency is most noted for. I also would've liked to have seen more explaining of the Americans' problems with England. And maybe something about John Quincy authoring the Monroe Doctrine. Or John Quincy's presidency failing because of the very parties that formed around John Adams. Or John Quincy becoming president on the same constitutional technicality that put Jefferson in office. You know, something that might actually tie these stories together.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

THE CAUSE OF BOSTON

Was going to post a page today, but it's late and I think — rather than scan — I'm going to watch HBO's recent Fat George Washington in Hobbit-Vision miniseries with the popup video function to find out if the Boston Massacre really took place in an alley behind John Adams' house. I liked how they handled Adams' famous line, "Can somebody help this kid? He's bleeding all over my waistcoat and I'm trying to have a defining moment!"

So far, the series does the terror of a mob well, as well as the absolute horror of tarring & feathering and the inoculation scene was deliciously gruesome. The conflation of events is a bit weird, but that's only because I've been re-immersed in the stuff these past six months. I'm sure if i hadn't, it wouldn't even occur to me that the Boston Massacre trial was factually wrong. Damn stubborn facts! The guy playing Sam Adams has the most meaningful stare ever. And I can't believe no one thought to use a spinning clock hand to demonstrate how long Dickinson and Adams' speeches were before the voting! The whole thing is fun, though, and I expect it well get really awesome once we hit the XYZ Affair.

Me? I could see a whole movie on the Boston Tea Party alone. I wish someone would do that.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

DEVOURED BY SPIDERS

The spiders from mars made the annual invasion last night. I normally get one or two bites when they come out of their secret hatching cocoon or whatever the fuck poisonous spiders come from. Last night (well, just before 5AM this morning), I got about 11 bites. The benadryl is keeping me from looking like Joseph Merrick, but my left pinky and wrist are double their normal size, the side of my right palm is hard as a rock, my left ankle looks like an aesop's fable, my left foot looks like it was chewed on and it still feels like there are cobwebs growing just below my skin.

Despite all this, I'm trying to get pages done. I should have at least one up tomorrow. More to follow, I'd imagine.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

AM I CRAZY RANTY OR SANE RANTY?

If you're like me, you sometimes feel as if you're the only sane person in a room full of smart people. My usual solution? Move to a room full of dumb people. Hello, blogosphere! In addition to that, I like to write a crazy letter to another internet blogger and hope he agrees with my outlandish positions.

Yesterday, I found myself embroiled in a debate over the now-infamous The New Yorker cover featuring the caricature of the Obamas acting out many right-wing conspiracy theorists' worst fears.

I had two arguments going: 1) that it shouldn't be seen as disappointing that the Obama campaign denounced the cover as being misguided, and 2) that the cover fails as satire. It's the second point that was most important to me for two more reasons: 1) otherwise intelligent people were proclaiming its brilliance as satire and 2) I love satire and feel it should be protected from the hounds of mere ironic intent.

And while the The New Yorker cover is an exemplary representative of ironic intent (like a Brooklynite with a mustache), it fails at being satire or even remotely clever (like a Brooklynite with a mustache).

It was implied that I was too stupid to understand the satiric value of the piece, too willing to give up the comedy high-ground to the drooling masses feeding upon the lowest common denominators found in the sediment of a fish tank or too white-guilt-ridden to be able to see the cover not as an attack upon the Obamas but as a one-image comeuppance directed at right-wing rumor-mongers.

The first point is just crazy. I'm like a freakin' genius. The second point is nonsense, since I was clearly attempting to reclaim the comedy high ground. As to the third point, it was being made by people who dodn't know me or the fact that some of my best friends have Prince albums.

Today it was nice to learn I wasn't alone in the wilderness (it turned out those footprints were Ruben Bolling's and he was actually carrying me when times were tough!). Tom Spurgeon agreed with me to such a degree that he practically plagiarizes* my email to him† like that dirty plagiarist Barack Obama. He'll probably try to plagiarize my white wife from me next as well. That's how these bloggers do.

*Actually, Spurgeon is less harsh than I am about whether the cover constitutes actual satire at all: I say thee nay! He say thee naysayers be dumb! I say he pops too big a tent, and should consider my small-tent approach. However, we eerily use the same argument and words in different tenses. Compare my over-long email with this quote:

However, that general, satirical point? Not much of one. Further, it's unclear whether the artist intended to make fun of the notion on display and/or the people that hold the notion. The cartoon doesn't really suggest anything insightful or new about the subject. It's an illustration of an unfortunate political and cultural reality more than it is a cartoon that engages the ideas fueling that reality. It tells us nothing we didn't know before, even if you allow the intent was to bring about objections from both sides of the political spectrum.


He even italicizes my word: illustration!

†My email is printed in its entirety in the Comics Reporter link. Link to Ruben Bolling's site also provided by The Comics Reporter.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

MR. EYBYANINCH BOOK 2 PAGE 8

Saturday, July 12, 2008

HEY KEMNNIYZ ZFINDAAS CRIDE SRETION IS SPOSED BE GOOODS

Mnakee on art for Martiannnn Mhunter od mars. I m only hearing goood thingfr.

Friday, July 11, 2008

HEY MARCOS I FGOUNG GUM IN MY BEER

AAre you looking for the high class world of orbits? I found it in my beer. Two maant aldoooofkgt sss to dayd, yhiI ownt dhew any and it ie sdadddt efor you.

Friday, July 04, 2008

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

I know it's late, but I made you a mix, baby. When I get around to it, maybe I'll make you a muxtape or something. For now, you'll have to hear it at my place or on my ipod. Here's a candle for each of your 50 states. Districts, Protectorates, Embassadorial Properties, Military Bases, Prisons, Territories and Occupied Lands do not count. The songs are listed in their state's order of entry into the union.

1. DELAWARE — PERRY CUOMO
What did Delaware? She wore a brand New Jersey. Why did California? She called to say Hawaii. This song is like a mission statement. Thanks, Delaware, for having no other distinguishing features worth singing about!

2. PENNSYLVANIA 6-5000 — THE ANDREWS SISTERS
The album art you get on itunes for The Andrews Sisters' Greatest Hits of the 20th Century album is three flames in the shape of women dancing. They also have the sexiest harmonies ever put to record. Pennsylvania, you don't deserve so good. But I can't quit you.

3. I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU — BON JOVI
As Sean Connery said, "They named the album New Jersey."

4. GEORGIA ON MY MIND — RAY CHARLES
No one can deny this choice, even those who say it's too obvious.

5. TIME TO PRETEND — MGMT
Well, they're from Connecticut. Also, this song is all about how these guys know they're cunts from Connecticut. Also, it's quite enjoyable. And, hey, Georgia on Mind! Right?

6. MORE THAN A FEELING — BOSTON
Do the classic rock stations still do "Top 500 Songs to Keep Your Dad Happy" marathons? Are there still classic rock stations?

7. HOLD ME! SQUEEZE ME! — THE ORIOLES
They invented Doo Wop, apparently. They are named after Maryland's state bird. This song is fun.

8. LIVING IN AMERICA — JAMES BROWN
I almost made Virgina's entry "James Brown is Dead." But this song is awesome, is a 4th of July staple, and it's the theme song to Rocky IV. This song will break you.

9. NEW HAMPSHIRE — SONIC YOUTH
I wish Sonic Nurse wasn't SY's 800-millionth album, because I bet I would listen to it more. Um... they made a song called New Hampshire. You're welcome.

10. VIRGINIA PLAIN — ROXY MUSIC
You can't not like this song. I love this song.

11. FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK — THE POGUES
Disclaimer: I heard this song was banned by the BBC because it contains one of the most offensive words ever — faggart. Also, this is really a Christmas song, I guess. I don't care about either issue.

12. JESSE DON'T LIKE IT — LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
I decided against SY's Chapel Hill to avoid to much repetition. I thought I had a song called "Piss Christ," but I guess I don't. This song is about North Carolina's favorite son. And the 80s just took another step toward death.

13. 13 MONSTERS — LIGHTNING BOLT
How fucking appropriate is that. Brian Chippendale's band from RID's FORT THUNDER.

14. MOONLIGHT ON VERMONT — CAPTAIN BEEFHEART
Uh... it has Vermont in the title! I don't know. I don't even like Captain Beefheart that much. But it's Vermont. What're you gonna do?

15. KENTUCKY COCKTAIL — PAVEMENT
I own three songs with Kentucky in the title. This one is by Pavement. It wins.

16. RING OF FIRE — JOHNNY CASH
I had to pick a Cash song for Tennessee. I picked this one.

17. HERE TO GO — DEVO
I thought about giving this slot to Modest Mouse's Ohio. I really did. But DEVO! I also considered using Freedom of Choice for the obviousness of it, but Here to Go is my favorite Devo song. And they're all about America.

18. WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN — LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Yup.

19. DON'T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH — MICHAEL JACKSON
Did you know Michael Jackson was from Gary, Indiana? Man, that doesn't even sound close to correct.

20. MISSISSIPPI QUEEN — MOUNTAIN
Duh-nuh-nuh-NUH! Duh-nuh-nuh-NUH!

21. WE DON'T CARE — KANYE WEST
You know, this is still my favorite Kanye song. So there.

22. SWEET HOME ALABAMA — LYNARD SKYNARD
I debated using Neil Young's far superior Alabama that sparked this song. But then I said, "FUCK CANADA!" And then the dogs downstairs started barking. They must be Canadian dogs. Do they make dogs in Canada? Stupid terrorists.

23. SWEET AUGUSTA DARLIN' — VINCE GILL
I really hope Gill is singing about a girl from Augusta, 'cause this one's for Maine!

24. ST. LOUIS BLUES — EARTHA KITT
I own three versions of this song I probably couldn't identify in a Special Olympics round of Wheel of Fortune. I picked the one sang by Catwoman. THE Catwoman.

25. MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS — BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
New Jersey, New York, Nebraska, Arkansas — he's like a one-man Texarkana...esee.

26. SIR DUKE — STEVIE WONDER
Motherfinger, I love this song. Michigan!

27. SWEET DREAMS — MARILYN MANSON
When I started making this list, Modest Mouse's Florida occupied the Florida spot. Then I remembered that Marilyn Manson is from Florida. I love this cover and I don't care what you think, pops!

28. LUCKENBACH, TEXAS (BACK TO THE BASICS OF LOVE) — WAYLON JENNINGS & WILLIE NELSON
I had a rule that I wouldn't repeat any musicians on this list. Then Willie Nelson broke that rule. Twice. But this is really a Waylon Jennings song, right?

29. (515) — SLIPKNOT
I have a bunch of Slipknot albums back from when I was feeling old and trying to get into what the kids were all into. This is the shortest song on an album called Iowa. There really weren't a lot of choices outside of this album. Iowa, wow.

30. ADD-IT-UP — VIOLENT FEMMES
Hey, Iowa! Wisconsin made you look bad 24 years ago! Come on! Make some sweet corn-husk music or something!

31. CALIFORNIA LOVE — DR. DRE & 2PAC
You know, sometimes I forget Dr. Dre is a fuckin' California state treasure. He calls his state untouchable like Elliot Ness. Then he makes rhymes about Liberace AND Sassoon jeans. This is all while outshining one of the greatest MCs ever. They should build a gold statue of Dre holding a key to California in the City of Compton.

32. SEXY M.F. — PRINCE
This wasn't my favorite Prince song until it provided the soundtrack for a stay in Florida. Now it will represent Minnesota.

33. LITTLE BABIES — SLEATER-KINNEY
I always forget the title of this song, but I love it. Oregon!

34. CARRY ON WAYWARD SON — KANSAS
The song that got me thinking I could make a list with one song representing each state. I was stretching the idea even before i had it!

35. THIRTY FIVE — KARMA TO BURN
This is a post-metal band from West Virginia. I never heard of them before tonight. They're interesting. It actually sounds exactly like what Appalachian Post Metal would sound like. Hillbilly Instrumental Metal. I chose this song entirely because it was titled Thirty Five.

36. PRETTY VEGAS — INXS
I voted for this guy online after hearing this song. I never thought I would vote online for a replacement for Michael Hutchence cast from a reality tv show. There are so many things wrong with that statement, I don't even know where to begin.

37. FLAMES OVER NEBRASKA — PERE UBU
I was trying really hard not to use the same musicians twice. Really hard. Still, this is a pretty good Pere Ubu song.

38. DENVER — WILLIE NELSON
And then I threw the baby out to get at that good bathwater. This song is 53 seconds long. Willie Nelson was like the Napalm Death of Outlaw Country.

39. NORTH DAKOTA — LYLE LOVETT
I actually think of Lyle Lovett first as an bit actor, then as Cindy Crawford's husband and THEN as a singer. This is the first of his songs I've ever owned.

40. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — KINKY FRIEDMAN
This is from a recorded live set that was banned from tv in the seventies. I guess i need to learn more about Kinky Friedman.

41. MEDLEY: BLUE ROCK MONTANA/RED-HEADED STRANGER — WILLIE NELSON
I like Willie a lot, but I wouldn't have broken the rules if Colorado and Montana could get some state music. Just make a song about mountains and call it Denver Tits or write an ode to ranching and call it Capital of Montana. See? This is easy.

42. ABOUT A GIRL — NIRVANA
Or, you ncould make music and just BE from the damn state.

43. PRIVATE IDAHO — B-52s
OH! Or you could get the B-52s to make a song about your state. I'm sure they like money. I could've used Built to Spill here as well.

44. SONG OF WYOMING — JOHN DENVER
I wanted to use Denver for New Mexico (he was born IN ROSWELL!!!!), but Wyoming needed him more.

45. SALT LAKE CITY — THE BEACH BOYS
The Beach Boys were responsible for some of the best songs ever. They also wrote a song about Disneyland. And a song about Salt Lake City, Utah.

46. PSYCHIATRIC EXPLORATIONS OF THE FETUS WITH NEEDLES — FLAMING LIPS
Oklahoma! Sooners! Okies! If there's an awesome hell down below, at least three of you are all gonna go!

47. SANTA FE — LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS
No one has loved New Mexico since Lighnin' Hopkins. NO ONE.

48. BY THE TIME I GET TO ARIZONA — PUBLIC ENEMY
Maybe next year I'll be nice, Arizona. Although, you gotta admit, it's a great song.

49. ANCHORAGE — MICHELLE SHOCKED
In this drunken state (appropriately, I come to Alaska), I feel like the only person amongst my circle of friends that didn't have a Michelle Shocked album. I don't know if that's even remotely true, but it feels true. Now I have one song.

50. THEME FROM HAWAII FIVE-O — MORTON STEVENS
A reliable source tells me this is the state song of Hawaii. Morton Stevens is from Newark, New Jersey. Look how small the world is all of a sudden!


THAT'S IT, AMERICA! YOU GOT ME DRUNK AND TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME AND I WENT DOWN ON ALL YOUR FIFTY STATES! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HAVE A PINCH TO GROW AN INCH!

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

YOUR JULY 4th ARNIM ZOLA CARTOON

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