Nellie The Elephant Packed Her Trunk And Said Goodbye To The Circus

August 1st, 2016, 3:46 pm

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not referring to a non brand-name
cheese snack here. They don't have
the research budget for inhuman
sentience either malevolent or
benign. 

The wig's from space.
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Reply NtKGar, August 1st, 2016, 5:01 pm

I've steered away from current events in the past, but screw it, it's not as if anyone's going to be reading this in a hundred years' time anyway. Also as Community and Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon tweeted "If I remember history correctly, we are now in a "factors leading to" paragraph before a unit where maps get super flaggy and arrowy." This won't be confusing to audiences going through the archive in a couple of years, it just makes me more likely to get black bagged next time I visit the 'States.

Actually my main worry about radical republican terrorist Donald "Bankruptcy" Trump is that he'd fill the Supreme Court with his shitty kids as the sitting Justices retire. I mean the concerns around him are obvious and have been echoed relentlessly and validly everywhere; he's the unholy offspring of Reaganomics and Pennywise the Clown. He's an absolute horror.

The problem is he's fun to write about, and there's no such thing as bad publicity. He's playing straight from the P.T. Barnum playbook. Analysis of his speech patterns points out how often he says his own name, and the rest of the world is following suit out of the same grotesque fascination that makes r/popping so compelling.

And there's the rub. Hilary's running on a platform of decades of dedicated public service. She's a common-sense candidate who'll keep the political machinery running and work hard to carry on the Obama legacy. She's a Public Servant, and by the standards of U.S. Senators an honest and capable one. Oh yeah, and she's been a Senator. And she understands how Law works. And she's a human rights activist. And she's never raped anyone, run multiple companies into bankruptcy, been endorsed by the KKK, or operated a massive fraud scam under the guise of a university.

And Who She's Not is her strongest platform. That's a problem. Has an election ever been won on the premise that The Other Guy is the most contemptible piece of sociopathic filth that dehumanizing wealth has ever shat out? I'm worried. Everyone in Europe's worried.

Hilary promises to keep America running. I liked Sanders a whole lot better, but I think she's up for the job. Donald... well, Donald promises... change. The change he's promising is hideous, but at least it's different. I think we're back to P.T. Barnum again and the old marketing maxim "New is better than Good", which of course is only true long enough to make a sale. Caveat Emptor, America.

Still, Fury Road was awesome and this whole multimedia thing they're doing with the prequel is just incredible. Maybe it'll tie in with Judge Dredd too!

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Reply ColdFusion (Guest), August 1st, 2016, 5:41 pm

@NtKGar: Aaand that is where I draw the line. It's been a fun 13-14 years reading (and briefly drawing) this comic, now in the garbage it goes.

Reply Raph (Guest), August 1st, 2016, 6:05 pm

@ColdFusion: Don't let the door hit you on the way out. You won't be missed.

Reply Juan (Guest), August 1st, 2016, 8:56 pm

Who run bartertown? @Raph: yeah, even if I didn't agree, I can't imagine heaving Neko out the door for being an annoying smart-ass.

Reply NtKGar, August 2nd, 2016, 1:20 am

@ColdFusion: Huh, wouldn't have had you pegged for a Trump supporter. Oh well, sorry to lose you, see you in Valhalla.

Reply ColdFusion (Guest), August 2nd, 2016, 1:34 am

@NtKGar: Of course I'm not, there's no such thing, this entire nomination process has been openly and explicitly an intentional act by the media to stir up controversy and get clicks and ensure they can profit from political "comedy" for years to come, no matter who wins. I don't know how much more obvious that could be.
But regardless, I sure as hell don't tolerate a bunch of political shit jammed into webcomics I read. I read them for -escapism-. Not to be reminded of the most memetic asinine thing that I'm REALLY not looking forward to sitting through another 4-8 years of. The last bout of that was more than enough. It was a relief seeing everyone kiss Obama's ass despite him being one of the worst people ever to be born, because at least I didn't have to listen to nonstop mindless bashing. Because you're not allowed to. But that's why the media's doing this now, installing someone you CAN make fun of, so we can all gnash our teeth for a while and throw money at them. Serious candidates were openly told "you can play ball at our fake debates or you can just not run for office"
And it's not pure partisanry either. Political shit like this is just as annoying on the rare occasions that I agree with it (y'know, when it's not scaremongering european leftist bullshit). Possibly even more annoying, because there's no more base behavior than hooting in agreement with a statement given not to entertain, not to cause laughter or inspire emotion, but just to be agreed with. But if that's where you want to go, go right ahead. I'll file you away with Twisted Kaiju Theatre, Shortpacked, and all those other comics I genuinely miss being able to enjoy before they decided soapboxing was more important.

Reply NtKGar, August 2nd, 2016, 3:39 am

@ColdFusion: I covered Trump AND Brexit in three short panels! And I agree that the current election is a grotesque circus of the absurd, but we've reached the part of the clown show where the laughter turns to screams. That's actually where I was going with the Pennywise bit. And there isn't No Such Thing as a Trump supporter, although I'm glad you can't imagine such a thing actually existing.

'Behold The Stupidity Of Reality!' has always been the backbone of comedy, and trust me it's inexhaustible. My usual source of absurdity is that people love cats despite the undisputable fact that they're assholes, but if there's low-hanging fruit in the pop culture I'm going to take a bite of it from time to time.

I think the last time I did a political strip it was Keno looking out the window the morning Obama was elected and noting that nothing had changed. I address reality from time to time, that doesn't make NtK a soapbox.

And for the record my ideology isn't European Leftist, it's Star Trek Utopian.

Reply ColdFusion (Guest), August 2nd, 2016, 3:58 am

@NtKGar: Of course. Everyone I wish I could agree with is smoking Roddenberries. Can't blame them.
I guess I just feel like screams beget screams, but if you've got screams to let out, you go ahead and scream your screams like Little Screamo in Bummerland. As long as it's not EVERY comic, I'm probably overreacting.
Instead of bitching I'll just take a break, collect my head, and probably resume reading sometime later after a particularly funny Yellow Sticky makes me go "hey what ever happened to that thing with the cat that smokes?" and then all will be well in my bookmarks folder.

Reply NtKGar, August 2nd, 2016, 4:27 am

@ColdFusion: Little Screamo in Bummerland sounds like an R. Crumb comic.

Reply Chris (Guest), August 1st, 2016, 8:03 pm

Seriously? I'm not a fan of Trump myself, but anyone who considers Hillary to be honest is either lying to themselves or completely out of touch with reality. If you want to promote a "common sense" candidate, try Gary Johnson.

Reply NtKGar, August 2nd, 2016, 1:28 am

@Chris: "by the standards of U.S. Senators". Hilary's playing from the machiavelli playbook, which is more politically standard than Barnum. Unfortunately America's "first past the post" electoral system (whose only "benefit" is that its easy to understand) means you really are restricted to the Big Two. This time around you're better off voting for Kodos.

Reply ColdFusion (Guest), August 2nd, 2016, 1:37 am

@NtKGar: The silver lining is if there was EVER a time a third party candidate could win, this would be it. I know I'm voting Johnson and I know diddly squat about what he stands for except that I disagree with some of it.
maybe we can bolster his campaign with some dick jokes.

Reply NtKGar, August 2nd, 2016, 3:04 am

@ColdFusion: Heh, I'm reminded of the King of the Hill episode where Bobby compulsively listened to Ray Jay Johnson records because he couldn't figure out why they were funny.

Reply ColdFusion (Guest), August 2nd, 2016, 3:51 am

@NtKGar: The first thing that came to my mind was "Jack Johnson and his bitter rival John Jackson"
Back when Futurama's political humor could be subtle. Though there's a certain gallows humor in how back then people saw the candidates as so identical.

Reply NtKGar, August 2nd, 2016, 4:24 am

@ColdFusion: Well it's been Republicans vs. Republicans for a while now, Republicans vs. Skeletor is a new development.

Reply Juan (Guest), August 1st, 2016, 8:49 pm

Two enter. One leaves. If nothing else, hopefully we yanks learned from Brexit: "If it matters to you, don't assume anything. Get your ass to the polls."

Reply Silka (Guest), August 1st, 2016, 10:24 pm

Hey now! @NtKGar: You leave Pennywise out of this! He's a noble predator obtaining food the only way he knows how! XO

Reply PaDiYaFLAME, August 2nd, 2016, 4:14 pm

Meanwhile In Canada We're just watching while laughing and laughing and preparing to shut down the boarders.

Reply Xenos (Guest), August 3rd, 2016, 10:37 am

@PaDiYaFLAME: In response to the potential flood of migrants or because you think Trump might actually try to invade?

Reply PaDiYaFLAME, August 3rd, 2016, 11:26 am

@Xenos: Both potentially but mainly the migrants. I feel bad for our poor boarder patrol officers.

Reply D and Ns, August 3rd, 2016, 1:09 pm

I actually rather liked this page, not necessarily for the content but because it really completes the "Behind the scenes, actors off stage" feel. I must ask, though, can we get the missing parts of the background text. While this arc didn't perfectly fit the Neko the Kitty I know and love, it was nice ( 'cept the death of Jeff =-= *hmph* ) and it's interesting to see what you had planned.

Reply NtKGar, August 3rd, 2016, 4:19 pm

Background text Because you asked...

"So Keno notices that it’s getting awfully bright and asks Aya the time. She goes to check the phone, but drops it (again). Rremly manages to catch it and according to the clock it’s still wicked early, but then Rremly realises they must have flown through a Time Zone. They have much less time to get home than they thought. Keno thinks a Time Zone is something magical.

Meanwhile Lobster and Poe are fighting, and they’re no more evenly matched than before. In the Labyrinth Lobster doesn’t need to have his resurrection stone on him in order to respawn because he’s in the penumbra of the Mana Prism’s power, and after killing him a bunch more times Poe reasons that Lobster’s respawning outside the Labyrinth is also connected to the mana prism. Poe grabs the Resurrection stone and starts using it to suck magic out of the Prism

So while Poe's gathering Power Lobster digs out one of his wizardly Plot Devices and uses it to reverse the polarity of the magic flow. Reversing the polarity's more or less a default solution in these kinds of circumstances so I reckon people will buy it. Anyway it creates a Power Vacuum and Poe ends up losing all his magic..."

Reply D and Ns, August 4th, 2016, 1:53 pm

@NtKGar: Huh. Thank you!

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