Hey, Dr Sharl and I had loads of fun making them. Pardon the self promotion…
Raggedy Rabbi! Where there is existential doubt, Raggedy Rabbi comes to the rescue. Ain’t nothing like a Holy Book to solve your trouble!
Just testing out a snazzy new feature from my webhost.
Let’s see how this looks:
He saves a kitty, the pope (who sounds a lot like FZ), Ren and Stimpy, the President, and the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights! It’s… Powdered Toast Man!
Oooooooh comics heaven: “We intend to catalog key story information, creator information, and other information which is useful to readers, fans, hobbyists, researchers. Our goal is to include all the comic books ever published.” Just looking up Robert Crumb yielded 240 results! You’ll know where to find me the next couple of hours or so.
Frank Zappa’s notes on the song, prepared in 1984, tell us that:
“In our spare time we made what we thought were ‘rock & roll’ records. In this example, Vliet was ‘singing’ in the hallway outside the studio (our vocal booth) while the band played in the other room. The lyrics were derived from a comic book pinned to the bulletin board near the door.”
HergÃ©’s writing, he would have us believe, presents a human tableau worthy of Balzac involving situations ‘managed with all the subtlety normally attributed to Jane Austen or Henry James’; his world is a place where ‘MoliÃ¨re-style social comedy runs effortlessly into Dumas-style adventure with Conradian boxed narratives throughout whichâ€¦volleys of Rabelaisian obscenities echo and boom.’
Yesterday we watched American Splendor once again (previous reportage here). It’s really become one of my favorite movies — quaint, funny, slightly surreal and featuring an excellent Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar who, as it turns out, has a blog (last updated October 28 ’03!). In the film there’s some footage of Pekar on the David Letterman show, where he appeared several times, and was generally treated as an amusing freakazoid weirdo. Might YouTube have a clip? Sure enough, and in it Letterman’s being an ass:
Bonus clip from the movie: Toby explains the importance of the 80s comedy “Revenge Of The Nerds” to Harvey.
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