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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2002 2:43 pm    Post subject: They Might Be Webcomics! Reply with quote

Hey folks, Jason Alderman and I have been talking up the idea of collecting together a bunch of comics inspired by the music of They Might Be Giants. Care to join us for some whacked out webcomics?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2003 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoo, reviving an old thread.

I've a few comics inspired by the wonderfulness that is TMBG (as well as some Radiohead, Aquabats inspired comics). Here are links to the most direct inspiration and references to TMBG.

(John Linnell High, founded 1967 - Purple Toupee)
http://www.quasicomics.com/jack/index.pcgi?date=2001-10-22

(these are direct quotes from A Self Called Nowhere)
http://www.quasicomics.com/jack/index.pcgi?date=2001-11-30
http://www.quasicomics.com/jack/index.pcgi?date=2001-12-03
http://www.quasicomics.com/jack/index.pcgi?date=2001-12-07

(We Want A Rock)
http://www.quasicomics.com/jack/index.pcgi?date=2002-01-21


(These are random screenshots from TMBG videos)
http://www.quasicomics.com/randomcomics/tmbg01.jpg
http://www.quasicomics.com/randomcomics/tmbg02.jpg
http://www.quasicomics.com/randomcomics/tmbg03.jpg


My other comic 510 has buildings named after muscians that have played with TMBG like the recent band of Dans.

I'm sure my inane comic Roboman has a few inspirations from TMBG but I dunno which ones!

And this http://www.quasicomics.com/ppgart/tmbg-sketch.jpg is self explainatory.

I wanna see some from other people! I've read some stories inspired by TMBG.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2003 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a similar note, I've done some that are both inspired by David Bowie and featuring David Bowie.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2003 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did two of them for the one hour comic thread.

They Might Be Giants and Spider
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2003 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hehe, I really like the first one, Wikkit. Especially the end.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2003 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't recall ever doing a TMBG reference in my comic, Dada,but then again I have done 244 at this point. It's always possible that I've slipped one in without noticing.

For my part, I have done a lot of strips about Yoko Ono and the Onobox, her 6 CD box set. Looking back, I've also referenced Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Enrique and Julio Iglesias, the Alan Parsons Project, Billy Joel (twice), the Residents, Andy Partridge (of XTC), Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel, and -- coming up in a few weeks -- the Clash. I've also done a strip full of drinking songs, one that quotes liberally from "God" by John Lennon, and a strip full of Kenny Loggins soundtrack songs. But no TMBG. Maybe I'll rectify that at some point in the future, but it's not something that I'll want to force.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2003 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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24 June 2002 - Made it back from Massachusetts in one piece. Unfortunately, my car did not. It's nothing serious, but the next time I hear someone complain about New Jersey drivers, I'll have a story for them about a certain driver from Vermont...


*complains about New Jersey drivers*[/quote]
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2003 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, you asked for it.

I was on the way to Massachusetts for the world premiere of a short play I had written some ten years earlier. Kevin Pease was with me as he had co-written it with me and we were both ready to break out of our routines, at least for one weekend.

The trip was uneventful until around lunchtime. We had hit at least one major traffic jam already, so we decided, rather than pulling off and eating at a rest stop, we would eat lunch in transit. We had sandwiches, sodas and snacks in a cooler, and all was well until I asked Kevin to break out the chips. That's when a van tried to merge into my lane while I was still in it. It clipped the front end of my car, causing me to lose part of my headlight cover.

There was nowhere to pull over, and I had to tap into a reserve of road rage to keep up with the van, but Kevin managed to get down all of its relevant information (license plate, business web address, etc.). Then, when I pulled over at a rest stop to use the bathroom, the van pulled over as well.

I knew things weren't going to go well when the first words out of the driver's mouth were "Are you the guy who rear-ended me back there?" It was hard to keep my temper with him, mostly because he thought I was the one in the wrong. Plus, he said that because I hit him from the rear, I was 100% at fault. It didn't matter that he had come into my lane -- without using his turn signal -- and hit me. The insurance companies would look at my front end and his rear bumper (which, by the way, was barely scratched) and stick me with the bill. Plus, the guy had relatives who worked in the law, and so on and so on.

I'm not afraid to admit that it was all quite intimidating, even if I knew half of what he was saying was bullshit. Visions of rising insurance premiums dancing in my head, I accepted his offer to pay for half the damage, which, incidentally, is "how they do things in Vermont." We exchanged names and phone numbers (but not insurance information) and went on our merry ways. The remainder of our journey was delightfully collision-free and the weekend continued unabated.

When I got home I had my father look at the damage and he was able to find a replacement headlight cover for a mere $20 at a junk yard. Not wanting to have anything more to do with the creep from Vermont, I decided that my peace of mind was worth $10 and never called him back. Sure, there's still some cosmetic damage to the fiberglass around the headlight, but I'm willing to live with that. Besides, it's a constant reminder that there are worse places to drive than New Jersey.

And now, to get this thread somewhat back on topic...

Hey, Nyquil driver
It's Nyquil drivin' time
Hey, Nyquil driver
Get out my lane, get out my lane
Get out my lane

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2003 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe New Jersey has bad drivers because the people who drive there are from Vermont?!

And maybe that song is about driving in New Jersey! You never know with those guys.

In relation to the topic, I think alot of what I draw and write is based off of TMBG songs in some way. I've listened to TMBG since I could remember. I believe that their songs have festered a nice niche in the corner of my brain and come out to play subliminally as I look throught the pillow. (I get alot of ideas just before falling asleep. HA)
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