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Fri, June 7, 2019 - Kingly
Any of you folks watch Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) yet? I did! I had thoughts, which I publish here in cartoon form!
Fri, May 31 - Almost Godz
Whoof! Shocking! I've spent my whole evening NOT watching the new Godzilla film, to which I bought tickets. What did I do instead, I wonder what you all ask out out and in your heads? Good question, and the swift answer is that I watched the 2002 film Jackass with a friend and another, and I laughed my murderous head off, constantly, forgetting absolutely what was happenning in front of me. Or remembering it, and laughing all the harder.
Regardless, let's open a fast look at the newest Bob the Angry Flower Cartoon, one called:
Fri, May 24 - How Brightly...
No, I haven't yet watched Brightburn, the new what-if-superman-was-a-kid-and-nuts movie produced by Guardians of the Galazy's James Gunn. Don't you worry, though. I'll get to it soon enough. Indeed, it's very possible I'll have seen it by the time you read this, dear reader. That's how close to the edge we are.
On the subject of Bob the Angry Flower cartoons, we have the following, a strip I thought might do okay on social media but, as far as I can tell, hasn't:
Fri, May 17 - Clarity!
Oh man, this new book is so close to being done. I can taste it. Taste it just like all those unfortunate sailors are tasting lead in their substandard tins of food on AMC's The Terror, which I'm watching at the moment. It's fun! That is, if grim death surrounded by icy void is your idea of fun. It's not everyone's.
Anyway, enough about sailors wasting away from lead poisoning and scurvy, and enough about books and the completion thereof. Why speak of such things when we can talk (or not) about
Fri, May 10 - Dungeons and Flagons!
I like role-playing, and I like drinking. Those two subjects don't really collide in this new strip, entitled
Fri, May 3 - Endgame of Thrones
Gosh, what a weekend last weekend was, huh? Avengers getting all up in folks, followed right up with a big ol' blast of Game of Thrones action-adventure! So much to not talk about for fear of spoiling people!
Last week I said I'd observe a 1-week moratorium on Avengers: Endgame spoilers. I'm still observing it, not so much out of courtesy or consideration, but because I don't have as much to say about it as I thought I might. Enjoyed it, but not as much as most everybody else seems to have. Not that I have serious problems with it. I don't have a huge list of things I'd have done differently. I smiled frequently and had a pretty good time. But I wasn't knocked out and I wasn't super moved either. Maybe the best way to put it is to direct your attention here:
Oh, hey, I've also got another book coming out soon! Book 11, if you can believe it! Here's what it looks like!
Fri, April 26 - Endgamed
Sorry for yet another super-brief update, folks, but I just got back from a lateish screening of Avengers: Endgame, and I gotta hit the hay. I'm going to observe the 1-week moratorium on spoilers for that one, so not much to say on that. Instead, why not enjoy a funny cartoon about another current cultural entity that's in the process of wrapping up? Why not read about some fun
Fri, April 19 - Report!
I guess the Mueller Report is out now, or at least some version of it. Still, it's never too late to reflect on the ins and outs of a really choice
Fri, April 12 - Alberta Bound
Quick update this week, as I'm about to hop on a plane to Alberta, there to hang and help out during the Tuesday election. What will happen? Tough to say. Obviously, I make no secret of my support for my sister, otherwise known as
Fri, April 5 - Electing
So we got an Alberta election coming up in a couple of weeks. My sister's running for election, and I'll have more to say about that in cartoon form next week. But for now, here's a quick strip about some economic promises and what I think is going on when you self-apply the hat of being
Fri, Mar 29 - Fair EnUs
I liked Us pretty well. A little different from what I was expecting, more mysterious and Twilight Zone-y than gut-wreching terror, which I guess I really should have expected after Get Out, so that's on me. It certainly is loaded to the rafters and then some on mirrors, twins, doubles, duplicates, masks, twos and elevens; it is a thorough doppelgangerama. There's always a tension between horror and ambiguity, and different films and stories handle that tension differently. Us handles its with clear intent, but that doesn't necessarily mean I really grasped it. I kept thinking I was getting an It Follows, but instead I was getting a, well... Us.
At any rate, let's move on, on to the crispy world of cartoons, a world in which we may find ourselves faced at any moment with a terrible
Fri, Mar 22 - Us Indeed?
I don't have much to say this weekend other than to reiterate my suspicion that Jordan Peele's Us will be a goddamned landmark.
Admittedly, I feel this way because I've been heavily advertised such. Yet I've seen a lotta advertising, and I think I can tell the difference between hype and possibility. Am I right? Let's all find out as we flock to theatres to watch Us this weekend!
In other news, my sister Rachel Notley used her power as Premier of Alberta to drop the writ of an Alberta Provincial Election onto a coming Tuesday, April 16. Less than a month! Is this enough time for a campaign? Let's us all find out! I'll be back in Edmonton in the last few days, trying to avoid being put to work in order to earn a spot close and interesting to the 2019 Alberta election. The Premier being my sister is, let's face it, enough to place me in that position. We're not a huge family family but we still acknowledge each other. But doing work? I don't wanna, and hope that all the work is done by the time I get there, so I can just cash in on all the energy around. That's what it was like last time. This time, though, I think it's gonna be a fight right down to the fence and I'll have to get in there and exert.
But of course, it's almost a month away, that time, so in the meantime, that is to say the current time, let's toss a cartoon I drew last week into the mix! It's called
Fri, Mar 15 - Emerald City Comic-Con
I'm not showing at ECCC this year, but I am attending. That's pretty much all I have to say about that, except to note that anybody reading this should swing by the Monsterpedia table and pick up Volume 8 of the eponymous Monsterpedia. It's fun!
Last week's strip was a bit... easy, let's say. This week I tried to do a little more work. Did it pay off? I will let YOU, dear reader, decide!
Fri, Mar 8 - Hmmm...
So, I saw Captain Marvel, and I'm not sure how I feel. Or at least, I'm not sure what to say about it. Or rather, I know that I wasn't thrilled by it, but I can't say why, exactly.
Part of it is that I made the mistake of drinking liquids before the movie, to the extent that I had to hop out 15 minutes in and hit the bathroom again. That never helps.
But even putting that aside, I just never quite hit that zing with it. I realize I'm second-guessing myself, cuz I don't want to end up on the same page as the dingdong internet haters, but no part of it matched or even got close to, say, the electricity and power of the No Man's Land sequence in Wonder Woman. Much as it pains me to admit, I got more of a Green Lantern feel off of it, in that Carol starts out as kind of a smarmy test pilot space warrior and ends up as a slightly less smarmy test pilot space warrior, and doesn't really seem to cover much ground in between one and the other. Fury is fun, and the cat jokes are amusing, and the business with the Kree and the Skrull worked a lot better than I thought it might, but overall I'm left a bit flat. Darn it. Maybe I'll feel differently after another viewing where my bladder isn't bugging me.
Sorry to let everybody down by not having a tidy analysis ready to go. I'm still chewing over it in my head, trying to put my finger on where it missed, or where I missed it. I guess I'd suggest that they were so focused on making sure that she was a badass, they forgot to allow her to be weak. It's got nothing to do with her being a woman; heroes, even superheroes --especially superheroes-- have to have a moment of real crisis or doubt. Superman needs to have that kryptonite necklace draped over him and be pushed into a swimming pool where he almost drowns. Batman has to have the futility of his violence thrown in his face by the Joker. Miles needs to fear letting everyone down. Thor must grieve his lost family and friends. When Diana kills Ludendorff and discovers that it doesn't end the War after all, she is rocked to her core. And so on. Maybe I'll catch it on a second viewing of Captain Marvel, but on my first viewing, I just didn't see that moment.
At any rate, how about a cartoon? How about this one?
Fri, Mar 1 - Marvelady
I don't know about you folks, but I'm real curious to see how Captain Marvel turns out. This is the MCU's shot at a big, sprawling woman-led superhero movie, and Wonder Woman already covered a lot of that ground with a character carrying 70-odd years of history and familiarity. I've been trying to catch up with Captain Marvel, or at least get a bit more current with the character. Last time I was reading comics with her in them, she was hanging out with the X-Men and calling herself Binary while freeing whole races of subjugated space whales. I gather a fair bit has changed since then. The earlier promotion seemed to have a good grip on what they were selling, with the "her"/"a hero" text fades in the trailers. Now I'm not so sure. Maybe I'm just unconsciously absorbing negativity from the MRA trolls on YouTube. I sure hope that's all there is to it. We'll see next week!
In the meantime, please enjoy this Bob the Angry Flower cartoon, lovingly entitled
Fri, Feb 22 - Normal Week
Hmmm... y'know folks, I don't really have anything super remarkable to talk about for this week's update. The snow was two weeks ago, so that's old news. Some people are saying they wanna be president of the United States in a couple of years, but that news is a little too new and needs to baste a bit, I think. I think I've mostly transferred operations over to my laptop from my old computer, so that's not so pressing. The new book is shaping up to be a book at the appointed time. All seems on track.
It's at times like these, therefore, that I find myself racing through a bunch of old Isaac Asimov books, and in that headlong rush, I find myself pausing to contemplate the life and times of the average everyday
Fri, Feb 15 - Post-V
I hope all you folks had a pleasing Valentine's Day, or at least a satisfactory, uncomplicated one. I'm typing this up the night before, so I can't speak for myself, but let's assume it worked out just fine and that I'm not in jail or deported or some such amusement.
It looks like I'll survive the death of ye olde computere after all, with some adjustments. My old scanner looks to be pretty much out of the game, with a few final options left to try, but thankfully the ScannerPro app for the phone seems mostly able to pick up the slack. Base scans require a bit more cleanup and attention than before, but I'll take it. So! Angryflower.com soldiers on, ever proudly, into the future via the present!
Which, naturally, brings us to this week's cartoon. It's a humdinger of a strip, a real corn-baster, tractor-grater, skin-peeler of a graphic gag, and I simply will wait no longer before presenting it to you all thusly:
Fri, Feb 8 - DAMMIT!!!
I knew it had to happen sometime, but I just hoping that time would never come. Alas, come it has: my trusty old computer, the one I brought with me to Seattle 14 years ago, appears to have given up the ghost. This is a serious bummer, not least because I have a bunch of files on it, but it's the only thing that can connect to my old but trusty scanner. Not exactly sure what I'm gonna do about that. May be spending some time on the good ol' internet, seeing if I can find Windows 10 drivers for a 20-year-old scanner. Wish me luck!
Vancouver was great, by the way. Got to see some of Keith Knight's Woke pilot get shot, some really crucial scenes, including a really gorgeous final shot. Fingers crossed on that thing going to series!
Now let's see if we can stumble through hand-coding all the HTML to upload this week's strip, shall we? Here... we... go!
Fri, Feb 1 - Quick! - Whoops!
Sorry to be in such a rush, dear readers, but I'm hopping on a bus in just over an hour to visit Vancouver, BC, Canada to watch Keith Knight do some making of a TV show pilot. And I don't want to be late! So I'll drop this little reminder, this little mnemonic, 'y'know, so folks don't forget that
Sat, Jan 25 - Whoops!
Sorry, dear readers, sorry for the lateness of this week's update. I'd like to be able to blame it on being unavoidably delayed by
but let's face it, he's not that effective.
Fri, Jan 18 - Updating the Date, And
Urf, sorry, readers, for delivering to you this Friday a burble of barely-spoken nonsense regarding my thoughts about how updating the site on Fridays feels strange to me in this new world where the strips go live on the Internet on the Mondays before the Fridays, as opposed to the strips appearing stamped on sheets of disposable but easily available paper up in Edmonton every Wednesday. I'm still working out how this feels. I hope you'll grant me some time to consider it. As it turns out, if you do or if you don't, neither of your choices will prevent me from deciding to, in the present tense,
Fri, Jan 11 - Bappy New Year!
Gosh, have you guys noticed that at certain sizes and in certain fonts, the letter "B" slightly resembles the letter "H"? Me neither!
So here we are in 2019, and I can think of nothing more urgent than quickly and efficiently catching up on all the Bob the Angry Flower cartoons that haven't been posted yet. There are so many! Let's review. When last we checked, Bob had just embarked on cartoon relations with his
Having completed what seemed like a single cartoon's worth of robot lawyering adventure, fate now states firmly and like Yoda that there is another, to wit
We now do a hard left into some old television parody be asking exactly who shall be chosen
And once asked, twice considered, as we plunge ahead in the sequel with the sexy title,
Zow! So many cartoons! Or, you know, you could read them on Gigcity.ca, where they appear on Mondays. Either choice can function!
Wed, Dec 19 - 2018 4-Evr
Well, folks, looks like we're wrapping up this glorious year, and not a moment too soon. Yes, I'm aware that there are almost two weeks left in 2018, but I"m heading back to Edmonton for the holidays, so this'll be the final update until 2019. FUN! I hope y'all have yourself an enjoyable holiday, however you celebrate it, and we'll pick this up in the second week of January. I'll leave you with the following cartoon to bear the year to rest, but you should be able to get new Bobs on Monday for the next few weeks over at Gigcity.ca, so, y'know... DO!
Fri, Dec 14 - Back At It
Okay, no more girnin' on about newspapers and the unexpected nonexistence of same. Time to look forward, ever forward! And what better way to do that than by drawing a cartoon about a 10-year-old movie? I hereby submit for your approval:
Fri, Dec 7 - The Great Beyond
Kinda weird, not having Vue or See or the Journal or the Sun or any newspaper printed on paper running Bob. Big thanks to the folks at Gig City in Edmonton for picking up Bob in a web-way, with the hopes that I might maybe get a little bit paid making these silly things, these reasons for living, these drawn cartoons. Speaking of, let's celebrate new beginings and even newer newness with a top-shelf
Fri, Nov 30 - End of an Era
And now dear readers we must pause, and give silence, as this week marks the passing of Vue Weekly, the only print outlet still running Bob the Angry Flower. Fear not, dear readers. Bob shall continue. But this will be the first time since 1992 that the cartoon has not had a real honest genuine honest-to-ghost print newspaper as host, and now must pass on into the nebulous realm of webcomichood. Let us bow our heads and offer up a silent prayer as we muse on the passage of time and the changes of the world.
Fri, Nov 23 - A Hair Late
Last week's update was a bit early, this one's a hair late. I'm not trying to establish a rhythm with this or anything; it's just how it turned out. THanksgiving sloth will do that to you.
I drew this strip a few weeks ago, just before the mid-term elections, but my well-documented superstition regarding Bob cartoons and real-world events kicked in and prevented me from publishing it the week of the election for fear of jinxing the whole affair. Now the election is receding in our rear-view mirror, it's time to pull out this old(ish) chestnut and boldy state that
Thurs, Nov 15 - Tiny Bit Early
I'm heading down to L.A. this weekend to fart around and see some HarmonQuest tapings, so that means we all get this week's Bob the Angry Flower cartoon a day ahead of time. That's right! That's the kind of thinking-ahead, looking-after-the-interests-of-my-readers stuff you can count on here at angryflower.com, a result based on yards and neverending yards of well established
Fri, Nov 9 - Whew...
It wasn't the hands-down repudiation of assholery and fascism that I was looking for, but it got the job done. Sure, I would've liked Beto O' Rourke to kick known skinsuit Ted Cruz out of public life, and it would've been heartening to see sanity take hold and prevail in Florida, but at least the Democrats didn't manage to fuck up taking the House back, so I'll call it a win. Would've been nice if Nancy Pelosi hadn't issued a tone-deaf call for civility and non-partisan compromise that exactly no Democrat was looking for, but she can be slapped into spinefullness at a later date. Right now, it's nice to take a brief break from dreading absolutely everything to contemplate the comparatively lighter, more jovial-seeming self-contradiction of
(or can we? Didn't Jeff Sessions just get fired, paving the way for Mueller's possible shitcanning? Didn't Judge Ginsberg break her ribs, perhaps opening up yet another Supreme Court pick for this lying coward shitbag? god dammit goddammit fuck this fuck everything fuck FUCK FUCKKKKKKKKKK)
Fri, Nov 2 - Comin' Up
Yep, we got a mid-term election coming up in these hyar United States. One way or another, there's gonna be a lot of puking this Tuesday. So why not make a day of it, participate a little and scream
at the top of our lungs?
Fri, Oct 26 - It Really Was!
Misty, that is. I mean, sure, drawing a cartoon about a misty day could easily be interpreted as a shameless ploy to not have to draw any backgrounds. Which is certainly is. However, alongside this blatant testament to the sin of sloth is also a truth, which is that one morning not too long ago, a morning on a day when your loyal 'toonist was to set out to craft a tasty cartoon for y'all, it was in fact shockingly
Fri, Oct 19 - Mix n' Match
So we're back to some Dungeons & Dragons-inspired cartoonery this week, more or less just because. At the same time, though, I had an idea for a quasi-political sight gag, so I threw it in for kicks. Now I'm not so sure I did the right thing. I think it comes off as kind of cheap and throwaway. Ah, well. Sometimes you nail it, and sometimes it nails you. It's just what happens when you find yourself falling under the malign influence of a
Fri, Oct 12 - Energized!
Yeah! Feels good! Losing that cultural battle and seeing a callow douchebag placed on the Supreme Court? AWESOME! Makes me twice as pumped as I already was about this upcoming election! Feelin' it! Wind in our sails, folks! This outrage will not stand, right? This is the last straw and the tide's gonna turn now, right? Right? RIIIIIIIGHT?
Man, I sure hope so. Though I have some fears, I'll admit it. Actually, to be honest, I'm a bit disheartened by it all. The whole thing kinda gives me a big ol' splop of
Fri, Oct 5 - The Brettster
I, like most, am mesmerized by the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination. I'm not sure what precise combination of factors make this particular shitshow so compelling, but I can't look away. I'm even posting about it on Facebook, something I almost never do. I think at least part of it is that Kavanaugh so easily seems to represent much of what is angering and degrading about the Trump era, but he's not Trump himself, so we're just happy to be able to look away from that swollen orange moonscape for a few days.
If anything, this whole imbroglio seems to exemplify an entire nation talking past itself from completely separate edifices of high dudgeon. Easy to see how, given as how we're all
Fri, Sep 28 - Off Beat
I think I've talked about this before, but some times in the course of doing the comic, I've found certain... let's call them resonances. Synchronicities. I'll draw a random strip, and then something will happen that somehow relates to it in a way I could't have and didn't know but that seems intentional. It can be a little spooky, like seeing the future or predestination, when these odd little co-incidences show up.
Luckily, this week nothing of the kind has happened. Quite the opposite, in fact. As I type this update, folks are largely spellbound by the disspiriting spectacle of History's Lamest Supreme Court Nominee as I'm over here posting a completely irrelevant cartoon about
Fri, Sep 21- 40 Pounds
Of books, that is, the forty pounds referred to in the title of this week's update. That's roughly the amount of bookery I acquired at SPX last week, which resulted in a lot of lugging later on at Dulles airport, allow me to tell you. I've burned through about a quarter of them, and thus far the standout has been Innsmouth by Megan James, a fun piss-take on the Lovecraft Mythos starring a goober young proto-Mormonoid who goes door-to-door handing out pocket Necronomicons and spreading the good word of Nyarlathotep. Good stuff. Check it out! As for the rest, well, we'll see. I let myself get talked/guilted into picking up more than a couple of anthologies; I don't like my chances.
Anyway, the Dungeons and Dragons good times continue on to roll. This isn't an ongoing story, per se, but I've been playing D&D for the first time in my adult life, so I'm having fun with it. And when I have fun in life, that means cartoon GOLD for all you lucky readers! Check out this MASTA-PIECE, entitled
Fri, Sep 14 - Ess Pee Ex
Yep, it's SPX time once again, and while I'm not gonna have a table, I will be there, hurricane or crazy tropical storm permitting. Sadly, good ol' Keith Knight will be home defending his family and backyard poultry from onrushing winds (stay safe, Keith!), but other folks should be able to make it, so I guess we're all gonna see how it turns out! If you're at the show and see a dumpy figure bearing a couple of Bob the Angry Flower pins, bug him for one, because it'll be me!
In other, far less pressing news, we have a cartoon this week, lovingly entitled
Fri, Sep 7 - Hit Points
I don't think I have enough of them. I thought, sure, it'd be fun to play as a Magic User, a Wizard if you will. Cast spells, use a dagger, wear a funny hat, the whole deal. But I am rapidly learning that all this learning counts for about 80% of nothing when you're getting clawed by rat-men who can wipe me out with one good rending. I've already died twice, and long term I just don't think my character (Kandor Blarm, magical scholar) is gonna make it. And that's even counting his impressive mastery of
Fri, Aug 31 - My First
This week's strip is about Dungeons and Dragons. I consider myself quite knowledgeable about D&D. I know alignments and races and armor classes and Beholders and Neo-Otyughs and all that jazz. However, I haven't as an adult actually played D&D. The closest I came was a Paranoia game about, jeez, probably ten years ago by now.
It turns out there is a difference between knowing about something and actually doing it. So it was pretty striking how great it felt when I, as an adult, cast the very first one of my
Fri, Aug 24 - Timing
I hadn't planned on lining this week's strip up to anything in particular. Not at all. If anything, I was just indulging myself, giving myself license to go ahead and draw something dumb and goofy because I felt like it and I didn't have any other ideas. And yet, somehow, as sometimes happens, I can't help but feel that this strip has kind of an echo this week. I dunno. See what you folks think.
Fri, Aug 17 - Color Me Curious
I had high hopes for this week's cartoon, when I started it. Not sure why, but something about the idea really tickled me. I thought I might even end ujp naming Book 11 after it.
And then I colored it. (Hey, everybody, have you noticed I've started coloring the cartoons? Yeah! I know, right?) And now it doesn't look right and I'm not sure what I did wrong. Maybe it's the greyscale background? It feels like it shoulda worked, but... well, I'll let you folks decide. Shiver as you contemplate the chilly consideration of
Fri, Aug 10 - Casper
Not the ghost, mind, but the mattress. After months of having various podcasts extoll the virtues of the Casper mattress, and more months of worries about various skin-biting animals I might be sharing my sleeping hours with, I went ahead and ordered a Casper mattress on line. ON LINE! And holy man (and woman!), it arrived --as advertised!-- and it came right out of the box --just like they said it would! Coolest part: the way that, when you cut into the vacu-sealed bag, the mattress just EXPANDS from dinky little floor-mat you might put in a tent as some ground padding to a full-on, majestically complete entire mattress. It is awe-inspiring!
Okay, I think that's enough about mattresses, at least for the moment. I may come back to the subject later. We'll see. But for now, there is other work to do, work more pressing and immediate. You see,
Fri, Aug 3 - Let's have fun!
And how shall this fun be had, I imagine myself hearing you ask, dear readers? Why, by simply clicking the link below and getting in and personal with that one time Bob
Fri, July 27 - Return
Well, that was fun. Comic-con, that is. Sold some books, did the Karaoke panel, got a picture with Squirrel Girl. Outside of a couple of regrettable snags and incidents, it all turned out rather well, I should think. Thanks to everybody who stopped by! See y'all next year, with a new book, no less!
But enough about Comic-con; that is old news. New news is this brand new cartoon, boldly entitled:
Tue, July 17 - In Xanadu, Did Comic-Con...
Another mid-July, another San Diego Comic-Con. Be very very sure to pop by the Small Press Area, Ailse 1400, Table K16, to wish me good cheer and, of course, to buy a book or two. Or eight! Make my day by buying 8 books, why don't y'all? And hey, check it out:
Thursday, July 19 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Karaoke Komix: Sing Along with Bob the Angry Flower
Comics are a silent medium, but that doesn't stop cartoonists from trying to fake it. Join Bob the Angry Flower creator Stephen Notley for a rollicking singalong/discussion of some of the cheap tricks one can use to imply a tune without actual sound. Be ready to sing or at least hum along!
Yep, it's a panel, hosted by me, sure to be at least mildly entertaining and only incompletely offensive! Come on by, True Believers! Come by and witness my shame!
Whew! That's a lot of Comic-Conning! That barely leaves enough room for this week's cartoon, delivered early, entitled:
Fri, July 13 - Itty Bitty Break
Okay, folks, I'll admit I'm getting a bit tired of awful awfulness all the damned time. So how about we take, as the title of this week's update says, a wee bit of a breather, and contemplate some
Fri, July 6 - Totally Unfake News
It's tricky, discerning truth from falsity. So many assertions and counter-assertions flying back and forth, glancing off each other with a spray of metaphorical sparks or passing through each other unaffected like a pair of metaphorical shadows. Yep. Tricky. It's times like these, you really want to make sure that, all in a row, you have your
Fri, June 29 - Civility
Jeez, stuff has been so nuts for so long that, like the proverbial frog in the gradually boiling water, it's hard to appreciate just how crazy our lives are feeling these days. I unplugged for a week on a camping trip. When I left everyone was rightly outraged about the Trump government setting up internmnet camps for immigrant children. When I got back, somehow the conversation had moved on to (apparently?) conservative calls for greater civility on the left in the wake of (I think?) a restaurant refusing service to a Trump administration shitheel and maybe a Democratic senator saying something mean to the groper-in-chief and hurting his feels? I mean, seriously? I mean, are you fucking kidding me? It's impossible to keep up if you miss even a week.
Luckily, I'd drawn this particular strip a week before the one that ran last week, and yet somehow I think it still manages to dovetail with the outrage-du-jour re: civility. Do you agree? Let's find out. It's here:
Tues, June 19 - Early!
Hey, readers, kind folks, I hope y'all don't mind getting this week's cartoon a bit ahead of time. I'm heading north for the North Country Fair, so I'll be out of updating range at the appropriate time. Thus it is necessary to, as they say, get 'er done now instead of some dreary future moment.
Luckily, Bob's not around this week, so we can pull up our chairs and gird our brains for
Fri, June 15 - By the Way...
Just in case there was any confusion:
Fri, June 8 - Hilarity!
All right, you hungry, hungry Bob the Angry Flower readers! Are you ready to laugh? Are you ready to puke your fucking guts out in merriment? Then wait no more, my friends, wait no more. Behold! A cartoon:
Fri, June 1 - Leggo My Solo
Yeah, no. Not really feeling the Solo movie, as it turns out. I'm not angered by it, I'm not riding hard against it, but it just felt kind of dull and drab to me. Not too much that I recall from it. Ah, well. On to the next consumer culture movie entertainmnet product. WHich one's that? Jurassic Park 5? Incredibles 2? I forget. I'm sure there'll be something to care about again.
Speaking of caring about things and not, let's take a fun look at
Fri, May 25 - Solo, I'm Han Solo
I'm not, actually, Han Solo, no matter how much the XBpox Kinect song might exhort me to claim it so. I'm not sure if this new guy is Han Solo either, but I'll find out shortly. People all say he was great in Hail Caesar. I saw Hail Caesar, but I honestly don't recall him in it. Maybe if somebody showed me a scene of his I'd go, "Ah, right --that guy!", but at the moment I'm drawing a blank.
Anyway, here's a cartoon not in any way about that, a little extra thumb-sucking about a movie that came out, what, a billion years ago, something like that? Pinkies out for
Fri, May 18 - Cartoon About Bugs!
Or a bug, at least. Incredibly, this cartoon is false. As auotbiographical as the strip is, sometimes I also like to make stuff up. Or sometimes situations change!
How about the Trump Administration declaring they intend to separate for who knows how long parents and children scooped by ICE or Border Patrol? Pretty cartoonishly evil, right? Indeed, my post on social media this week was "Meanwhile, Cartoon Hitler gives Trump side-eye for biting his style." Like, just no possible rationale other than to be horrible to these people? And who's responsible? THEM! THOSE DIRTY MIGRANTS! They MADE us do it, by sneaking over our borders! Note how this whatever happens is their fault no matter what we do, whether it's separate children from their parents, or separate children from their parents and then torture and murder them through neglect and privation. Which we all know will happen if this fucked up Queen Bavmorda shit actually comes to pass. SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO???
Fri, May 11 - Be It Resolved
people don't want to have a movie spoiled for them before they get a chance to see it themselves, and
people also like talking about popular new movies they've seen, and
a natural tension exists between these two groups' rights, and
with polite consideration some no-spoilers period of time should exist after a movie opens in order to serve the rights of the first group, and
nonetheless this period shall not be indefinite, as the rights of those wanting not to be spoiled should not forever override the rights of those wishing to talk about a movie, and
let's face it, if you care enough to get bent out of shape about having something spoiled for you, you have an obligation to get off your ass and go spoilerproof yourself by seeing the goddamn thing and stop inflicting your no-spoilers prohibition on everybody who wants to talk about it, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED
that the "No Spoilers" injunction after something comes out shall last no longer than TWO WEEKS.
(seconded? so seconded. shall we call a vote? yes. all in favor? all against? the ayes have it. good work, people)
A wild cartoon appears! It is this one!
Fri, May 4 - Avenged!
Or, y'know, not. I'm not sure where we're setting the statute of limitations on Avengers spoilers, so I'll refrain for at least another week before getting too specific about it. Fun though, largely. And hey, check it out, I drew a comic!
Fri, April 27 - Avenge This!
Oh boy oh boy, I'm looking forward to Avengers: Infinity War. I don't know if I expect it to be good, exactly, like actually good, carrying any real merit beyond being a big entertaining punch-up between a bunch of characters I've come to like. Don't know if it's that, exactly. Maybe I'm just loking forward to having already seen it so I'm not at risk of having any of its surprises spoiled for me. Yeah, that sounds more likely. There may be smoe additional enjoyment on top of this simple act of self-preservation. We'll see. Wish me luck, and I'll wish all of you the same!
In other news, there sure are some curious assertions out there, don't you think? Some really really odd statements carrying all kinds of bizarre baggage and loopy assumptions, serious head-scratchers that make you go "Hmmm!" or, if you're feeling thoughtful, "Hmmmm..." Don't believe me? Try this one on for size:
Fri, April 20 - Four Twenty
Four Twenty it's Four Twenty time to smoke a biiiiig spliff and get all Four Twenty in this Four Twenty. It's funny because it's about pot! And it works for me, because it will provide valuable cover as Bob and I put the finishing touches on the full enacting of our
Fri, April 13 - April Showers
Not sure what brought on this week's strip. I'd heard about its subject some time ago, and I hadn't really thought too much of it one way or the other. And it's not like anybody brought it up to me, or I read about it, or I heard it mentioned on some TV show or movie. And it certainly not as if it's some fresh take on the idea, nor is it some notion so hilarious that, now that I've drawn this strip, my name will be etched in burning letters a thousand feet high on the great wall of cartoonists for all time. And yet, here we are, with this week's strip. Fated? Spoooky, a little? As though some terrible force wrought its awful will through me without my knowledge or consent? I'll let you all decide, as you ponder the mysteries and implications of
Fri, April 6 - April Showers
Kinda rainy out at the moment, here in Seattle, and I'm told that my friends and family back in Canada are enduring all sorts of wintery ass at the moment, cruel denial of much-deserved spring. Thanks a lot, uh... Obama?
In keeping with the grey weather, then, this week's isn't some searingly current or unstoppably relevant treatise on anything in particular, per se. No, this week's cartoon is simply
Fri, Mar 30 - Go Marching
It's probably too early to say if last week's gargantuan marches across the US for gun control will serve as a tipping point in a national conversation that's gone exactly nowhere so many times before. Nonetheless, I know I'm not alone in being mightily impressed at the organization and energy of all these young people, raised on the internet, who are simply not interested in putting up with this bullshit anymore. It was a fine sight. Of course, over on the right-hand side of the mediasphere, there was a lot of confusion and uncertainty about what it all meant and what these marchers' motivations could possibly have been. Folks were well and truly
Fri, Mar 23 - Crinkled
I was pretty excited for the new Wrinkle in Time movie, so I went ahead and did a quick re-read of the book before seeing it. I knew already that the movie was tanking by the time I drew the comic, so I wasn't going to be hooking my cartooning wagon to any great cultural moment, but dang it, that re-read of the book, rather than the watching of the movie, inspired this little gem:
I was curious about the film, and the trailers looked promising, and I liked Ava Duvernay's Selma a lot. Nope. Movie not good. In retrospect, I don't think I did myself any favors by reaquainting myself with the book before seeing the film, as it just led to a considerable increase in disappointment. It really seemed to miss the mark in a lot of ways, from underselling Meg's fierce love for Charles Wallace to lowballing just how odd and exceptional Charles Wallace was. But the biggest miss, I think, came from deliberately decoupling the story from its intensely Christian roots. I'm no Christian, but I can appreciate how the Christian worldview suffuses and informs everything in that book, and if you rip out that fundamental cosmic moral structure, your ideas and metaphors are going to end up flailing about with no focus. And that's exactly what happened. Stuff that has a lot of impact in the book simply fails to land in the movie, while the occasional invention for the film almost never seems to carry any weight or help to ground it or replace the heartbeat of the book. Bummer.
Sun, Mar 18 - Late Update
Sorry for the lateness of this week's update, folks. I ended up having to extend my stay in Canada a bit, so I wasn't in a position to do my due updating dilligences like I like to. I really need to get that figured out so I can do that kind of stuff. But --not today!
So, a few days after it shoulda been, here's this week's (or last week's, depending on how you wanna look at it) strip, called:
Thur, Mar 8 - Early Up
Oof, I got some family business up in the ol' Canada for the next little, away from my comfy homestyle old compu-to-tron, so here's this week's strip a tad bit early, bursting with all the energy that a sometimes attendance at the Emerald City Comic-Con can insist! It's called
Fri, Mar 2 - Of ECCC and Kaiju
This update is coming out a tiny tad late this weekd, as I'm gearing up to head over to the Emerald City Comic-Con, a mere single block away. Should be fun! I'm particularly excited to grab a Monsterpedia, a delightful monster-based anthology published by a bunch of my enormously talented former PopCap Colleagues. What spooky/sad/charming/terrifying stories await? Only time --and money-- will tell!
And, in the spirit of Monsterpeida, here's a little kaiju cartoon for y'all, lovingly entitled
Fri, Feb 23 - Too Trumpy
This cartoon isn't straight-up about tRump, but it's certainly inspired by his shit-baggery. Let's whopp it out and see how we feel about
Fri, Feb 16 - Let Get Black Panthery!
A quick and yes another dirty web site update, angryflower.com fans, I'm trying to get this new cartoon out there for alla you and also wanting to get some sleep in before I watch Black Panther noontime. So, I dunno if you folks are as interested as I am about watching the new Black Panther movie (click the Black Panther link below). I'll simply discuss some alternate thoughts about living
Fri, Feb 9 - Moar Feb February!
This week's cartoon is about anticipation for the new Black Panther movie. Unsurprisingly, it's called
Fri, Feb 2 - February!
Hey, folks, how's your February? Good? Bad? Difficult to characterize, seeing as it's only two days in? Fair enough. I wouldn't want to go too far out on that particular limb myself with the limited data on hand.
The limb I will go out on, though, is the one that sees me dropping yet another brand new Bob the Angry Flower cartoon on y'all, a little confection I whipped up called
Fri, Jan 26 - Off Tempo
Whoof, folkfs, as crazy as it seems that we're already three weks into 2018, I don't know what to tell ya other than that... we're three weeks into 2018.
Apparently sex scandals don't mean anything any more. Personally, I don't want to give Trump any of a harder time than I gave Clinton back in the day. At that time, I thought that infidelities were up to the President and his wife. That was their shit to deal with. And unless it had anything to do with how the country was run, it super honeslty really wasn't our business.
The garbage president fucked a porn actress a few weeks after his 3rd wife gave birth to his son? That's a betrayal of him to his wife. It's on them to deal. Does it really have anything to do with his capacity as president? Honestly, from my perspective, no. And further, it's ripping up against sex work that we need to get real and accepting of.
It certainly shows that his supporters, who supposedly cared about such "moral" issues, don't really. It displays in bright lights the hypocrisy of their moral foundations. But does it really have anything to do with how he's running or fantabulously failing to run the country? Again, I'd say no.
So what's this week's cartoon about? I don't want to spoil it. The subject --as far as I know-- isn't current this second. But it's alive and poopy and for all I know, I'll post this right when one of (t)rump's Truly awful inclinations gets all up in our public.
Given all that yimmer-yammer, I'll now simply pose a tricky question, that is:
Fri, Jan 19 - Another Week
Yep, another week, nothing too crazy or remarkable about it, just the ongoning rush of seconds, minutes, hours and days from future to past. It's as good a time as any to reflect on the
Fri, Jan 12 - Musical SingaLong a Long
Woof, it's been another week this year! Let's push the angry flower aspect front and forward by posting the Bob the Angry Flower
In case anybody was wondering why it was felt necessary to do yet another cartoon version of music, the answer is simple: I've been lately obsessed with the Disney XD show Star Vs. the Forces of Evil. I've been watching it again and again, and that's not even counting buying the Star pin I've been showing off on my shirt pocket.
Why? Well, with just enough ado, allow me to recommend to you Princess Star's Princess song, shown here:
I spent enough time watching this show, which I love, and thinking about music, which I also love, and wondering and feeling bad that as much as I love Bob the Angry Flower (and despite all self-hating accounts, I really really do!), I fell asleep knowing that Bob just wasn't enough enough to inspire a song. So it seemed necessary to write some terrible give-up lyrics just to try out what it would be like to imagine if Bob (Bob!) had a song. Hence this week's strip. I hope y'all enjoy!
Fri, Jan 7- Let's us roll out!
Ooh. goof. Anybody listening? Not terribly surprised if not. We wrapped up the Culture War, and we didn't know hoow to put the bar over the U such that it said "ooo" instead of "uhhh." Bummerez all around. Nonetheless, it's been a hilarious Bob the Angry Flower chat about sexual consent and aliens, don't we all agree?
Putting aside the Culture War, let's get licky on the Hoary Taint of Hoggoth, why don't we?
I hontestly don't know how to print on the Internet the Culture War, other than to say the story is best started here:
Thu, Dec 13- That's it For 2017
Okay, flower fans, this is 2017's final update, as I'm heading back to Edmonton for the holidays and I've never set stuff up so I can do updates remotely. But! Worry not! An annum-ending bounty is yours: the remaining chapters of The Culture War, fresh here on the internet! ZOW!
First we have the luxurious
swiftly followed by
and searingly concluded in
They're listed in reading order here, or you can just hit the "Next" button from "Allies." Start the fun here with
And that's it! I'm out! Peace, as it were! Say goodbye to this hellish year and hello to one that's brand new and sticky!
Fri, Dec 8- Down the Nerd Hole
Next week's strip is the really real sci-fi deep cut, but we gotta position ourselves first, and what better way to do that by delving ever deeper into the intricacies and intensities of
Fri, Dec 1- Put On Your Nerd Hat
Yep, it looks like we've got something of a sci-fi story going here at angryflower.com, and the nerdy references are gonna start coming both thick and dense. So do as the update title suggests, adorn your noggin with speculative fiction headgear, and prepare to dive in for a gander at
Fri, Nov 24 - American Thanksgiving
was yesterday, and I was out of the house stuffing myself with stuffing, so this update is a bit delayed. Burt fear not! It is here! it is
Fri, Nov 17 - Justiss Leek
Another shortish update this week, as I'm putting this one to bed before heading out to expose myself to Justice League. I honestly doubt it'll be able to arouse any emotions in me other than revulsion and horror, but I want to get it done so I can read the reviews and such. So... wish me luck!
Meanwhile, we have a cartoon, a goofy little tale, inspired by last week's The Orville, entitled
Fri, Nov 10 - Thor Good
That's not actually a quote from the movie, but it could have been; one of the fun things about it is that it digs a bit into the friendship/rivalry between Thor and Hulk. We finally get a Hulk who can talk in one of these movies, and while he doesn't have the biggest vocabulary, he can be surprisingly eloquent when he busts out one of the 20 or 30 words he knows.
A lot of fun, Thor: Ragnarok, though I almost missed it on account of the AMC Theatre having the sound turned way too low on my first viewing. Luckily I went and saw it a second time, with the correct audio; turns out that make all the difference. I suspected as much. It seemed well out of order that a movie with a Mark Mothersbaugh score, particularly a Thor movie, would make no aural impression. Get the sound on properly and we're good to go.
And with that, we segue clumsily to this week's strip, called
Fri, Nov 3 - Rah Rah Ragnorok!
Gonna be another quick update this week, folks, as I have a ticket to the new Thor movie this evening and I want to get this all tidied up and tucked away before I head out. I hope it's good! And now, I'm going to leave you with this amusing bombshell:
Fri, Oct 27 - Hallowe'enish
These years where Hallowe'en falls up on a funky weekday like Tuesday always get me wrong-footed. You end up having to do all your we'ening a weekend early, so you have less time to get ready, and it's not really Hallowe'en anyway. Phooey. I'm boycotting it this year. Well, not boycotting it, exactly. Just not doing it. That'll show those rotten calendars who's boss!
Maybe you feel differently? You have an opposing opinion? That's fine. I'm always willing to hear
Fri, Oct 20 - Grapeshot
A quick update this week, folks, pretty much this sentence pointing the way down an eerie and provocative set of
Fri, Oct 13 - The Sky Fy
I'm keeping current with the new Treks these days. That is, I'm watching Star Trek: Discovery and I'm also watching The Orville. Both of them feel sort of like Trek and sort of not like Trek, but in completely different ways. ST:D (man, that's an unfortunate acronym) seems wildly out of whack with the original series, which it's supposed to prefigure by a mere 10 years. Apparently the show runners say that the idea is to show a journey, to get us from where they're at now to something like where the original show started. Meanwhile, The Orville is like Star Trek: The Next Generation with two digits of the serial number filed off and replaced with elaborately tiresome jokes about Seth McFarlane being an asshole to or about his ex-wife. Both shows are in early stages, and for any fans of Trek out there, you know that Trek series tend to take a few episodes (or seasons) to get their footing and figure themselves out. To my considerable shock, I'd say that as of this moment The Orvillle is slightly ahead of the game. I just watched an episode that, while as clumsy and simple-minded as the previous ones, actually featured something of an interesting Star Trekky dilemma. Certainly, Seth McFarlane would not be my first or tenth or fiftieth choice as the guy to deliver a nuanced investigation into the intersection of religion and violence. In fact I'm pretty sure it's horrible, but it was there and it showed a willingness to take a crack at it. I'm curious to see how this situation develops.
In other sci-fi news, we just got a unasked-for sequel to a 35-year-old classic. How was it? Hmmmm.....
Fri, Oct 6 - Not Hallowe'en
I don't know if any of the rest of you observed this, but I noticed a bunch of people doing very Hallowe'eny stuff last weekend. Masquerades, costume balls, theme parties... did somebody reschedule Hallowe'en to the end of September this year without notifying me? If so, rude!
Also, a cartoon, one not really synced up with the news of the moment, but I drew it before the shit went down. Ah well. I never meant to go
Fri, Sep 29 - Falling
Well, we're done with the birthday business and the equinox, so I guess it's time for some good ol' autumn to kick in, with some browning leaves and some Hallowe'en thoughts and some good ol' fashioned
Fri, Sep 22 - Happy Birthday!
Hey, folks, Happy Birthday! Well, Happy Birthday to those of you whose birthday it is, anyway. It's also mine! Yep, good ol' September 22, same birthday as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, if you don't do the conversion from Middle Earth calendars to Modern Earth calendars. Also the fall equinox in the northern hemisphere, which I can't believe I didn't know until a week and a half ago. Cray-Zee! And now, here's a cartoon!
Fri, Sep 15 - SPX!
Hey, folks, the Small Press Expo is this weekend in Bethesda, Maryland! On mostly a whim, I bought a ticket just to attend, get some cool stuff and hang out with Keith Knight and Lonnie Millsap, with no intention to sell anything. Then Keith offered me a bit of space on his table and urged me to bring some books, so books, a few, I will indeed bring. Come check it out, there are sure to be ton of great comics, and swing on by Keith's table at W-52 and say hi if you get a chance!
And hey, check it out: a cartoon!
Fri, Sep 7 - The Post-Penultimate Jedi
It's strange being a middle-aged Star Wars fan and coming to the realization that I barely care about the new Star Wars film coming out this December. Oh, I'll go, no doubt, and I'll spend some hours talking through it with my Star Warsy friends, but after The Force Awakens I have little burning interest in how the whole Rey/Ren/Finn/Poe dealio ends up shaking out. Who is Snoke? Is Luke evil now? Who dies? I'm just not all that fired up about it. Maybe that'll change as the movie approaches, but for now I'm largely indifferent.
That said, I have been bumping into mentions of the film in my various Internet purusings, and so I'm gradulally becoming aware of a storm, a storm of slowly gathering force, one from which I fear there shall be no escape. A storm of
Hey, folks, it took the folks at IndyPlanet to get through their back orders and such, but I'm happy to announce that Bob the Angry Flower: X is now available for online purchase! Woo-hoo!
Buy buy buy!
Fri, Sep 1 - Gross
Jeez, you take a week off of spinning around in enraged circles at the latest Presidential ignominy, and before you know it, more sludge pours in. This one I find particularly egregious in a hard-to-find-the-funny-side kind of way. Luckily, there are others who are able to find the funny side of our ever-evolving system of
Fri, Aug 25 - Blot out the Sun!
Hey, folks, did any of you happen to catch the eclipse on Monday? I didn't get to see totality, but I was able to catch the fingernail-clipping pinhole projections of the sun through the leaves, and managed to steal a glance or two at the recuded orb without blinding myself. A qualified success!
Cartoon? Why yes. It's this!
Fri, Aug 18 - Rough Week
Yeah, this one's been a bit of a pounder. It's not as though, in absolute terms, this week was truly much more horrible than many that have come before it. A woman died during a protest, but as they say, people die all the time, for reasons just as or more appalling. So why does this week feel like such a particular drag?
It's not as though Trump hasn't been awful before. He has, and he'll be again in the future. We'll likely look back at this week and wish we could get back to this era of relative peace and innocence, when the worst thing going was the President of the United States merly struggling and failing to distance himself from Nazis. Seems like that would not be hard, but here we are, and who knows where we're going.
I did this strip last Sunday, and I didn't anticipate Dear Leader's full-bodied refusal to back away from murdering white supremacists. Such may be beyond the President's ability, so this week's strip is a bit off-angle on that particular pustule, but I think it's still worth it to consider some others and what it takes to
Fri, Aug 11 - Delayed Reaction
So when I'm down in San Diego manning the table, I've got a line of patter. It goes much like this:
"So you come to the Con, right, and you've got a bunch of stuff that you're here to get. And you go and get that stuff. In addition, though, there's stuff you pick up, either some handed to you, or something you glanced at and decided to give a try. And then you go back to your hotel room, and you look at your pile of stuff. And the stuff you were there to get, that's great, you enjoy your finds and that's great. But then you dig through the pile of other stuff, the whims and whatnots, to see what they're like. And, if you're very lucky, you'll find something that makes you go, 'Holy Crap, this is AMAZING! How have I not heard of this before? I must tell everybody about this cool thing I found!' "
At this point, I pause and point down at the books in front of me.
"This, my friends, is THAT THING. It's the real deal, the seroius chili flavor." And so on. I go on and so on in that manner.
Well, I just discovered my That Thing for San Diego Comic-Con, and as the title of this update suggests, it was delayed. I'd picked up a Free Comic Day free comic over at the Oni Booth, read it, and though, "Hey, this seems pretty good, I should order some of the books." I did so order, and they arrived today, and they are Cracking. Me. UP.
It's called Bad Machinery by John Allison out of Oni Press, and, I guess, his own Scary Go Round web site. It's a bunch of kinds in a English school, the kind where you wear school jackets and ties, and they solve mysteries. And drop some of the sharpest, wittiest, freshest dialogue I've read in ages. Folks, these kids are industrial strength line-dropping machines. I sat at the bar back patio reading the first book, The Case of the Team Spirit, and I swear I was providing an ongoing laugh track to everybody else's converstation, chortling and snickering and guffawing on the regular. Great, great stuff. You should check it out; you'll be glad you did.
Partying Like It's 1979
That settled, let's move on to this week's Bob the Angry Flower cartoon strip. Let's us all relax, sit down, open our minds, and engage in some broadly serious
Fri, Aug 4 - Do the Fandango
Damn, you really gotta be quick these days. I'd toyed with the idea of doing a cartoon about national embarrassment Antony Scaramucci, but I thought I'd give it a week or two to let it simmer. Too slow, Notley! Indeed, pretty much all of us were caught off guard by The Mooch's whirlwind departure, though it's no surprise that Ruben Bolling of the always-on Tom the Dancing Bug managed to get the knife in just before the untold deadline. Ah, well. One wins some and one loses some.
After having not drawn a strip for two weeks on account of Comic-Con, I ended up easing back in a little more slowly than I might have liked. If nothing else, I figure I can count on a bit more longevity in describing the exciting exploits of
Fri, Jul 28 - Back From the Con
Hi, folks, hope you all had an enjoyable week and change since the last update. I myself did, revelling in thoe glories and heartbreak of San Diego Comic-Con, selling books and hobnobbing with the comicsgencia, or at least some elements thereof. I'd like to thank all those who came out for the 25 Years of Bob the Angry Flower panel last Thursday. Apparently it went well, people seemed to enjoy it, and I even had some folks drop by the table afterwords to buy some books. Panels: they're a thing! Now that I now the deadly secret behind getting a panel (you apply for them), I may have to see about doing it again some time.
Anyway, that's all in the past now, and we're charging headlong into the future. Well, maybe not just right this second... might as well throw in a link to a podcast I did with the fabulous Borchelli Brothers, wherein many things, Bob-like and other, are discussed. It was fun. Incredibly, I can stand to listen to it without recoiling in shame at the sound of my recorded voice. That doesn't happen often, believe me.
Right! That's that then. How about a cartoon? How about THIS cartoon?
Tues, Jul 18 - Ahead of Sched
Yep, we're uploading the ol' angryflower.com site a tad early this week on account of it's San Diego Comic-Con week! Wahoo! I'll be there, as always, standing behind my table, hawking my wares, attempting to sell books like a madman. Books like
"But wait," I hear you cry. "I won't be attending this year's Comic-Con! However shall I obtain this delightful assembly?" Excellent question, you. The answer is, you can't... at least, not this very second. But fear not. I've gotten the gears at Indyplanet a-turnin' and a-gurnin', and when they let me know that the book is available for purchase online, then BLAMMO! I shall pass that information on to you, dear reader.
This is the 25th Anniversary of Bob the Angry Flower, as it happens, so I'll even be doing a slide-soaked panel,
25 Years of Bob the Angry Flower
Thursday, July 20
Swing on by if you're around, why don't you?
It's a shame, but a necessary one, that not everyone can attend San Diego Comic-Con. But if nothing else, this occasion occasions a bit of special, to wit: this week's cartoon, super-current-events-y and relevant for the now, presented here:
Fri, Jul 14 - Sooner!
Hi, folks, hope you're having a good, decent, not overwhelmingly too hot summer for reasons that absolutely cannot be attributed to humankind's enthusiastic belching of warming gasses into the air!
After all, anyone talking about how we are driving our global ship of state off a cliff must by needs be jealous, greedy, envious, resentful towards the everyday folks who are just trying to make a living and who are struggling every day. What else could possibly motivate these libby scoundrels?
Well, I can't speak to that particular issue at this moment. The issue at this moment towards which I can direct some attention is the shiny new existence of the tenth Bob the Angry Flower book (seen above)!
What the devil??? Another book? How can this be? Simple, really. Two years have elapsed since the last book, so two years of cartoon-drawing has led, inevitably, to content to fill and oblige another book.
Why is there no buy link?
I've only just sent all the jizz-jazz over to IndyPlanet to make this new book available online. Nominally the book debuts at San Diego Comic-Con next week, starting Wednesday, July 19, for Preview Night. I hope to sell some there. I'll also be hosting a panel at 5:30 Thursday, July 20. Can't say exactly which room; details to follow.
Regardless, there's another cartoon this weekend, a tough, burly, genre-banging strip entitled:
Fri, Jul 7 - Soon!
Yep, soon is when San Diego Comic-Con is. Not yet, though, nor next week, but soon, my pretties, soon, or at least in the near future. Should be fun, and more info is on its way. In the meantime, I'm heading off to Edmonton this weekend, so we'll keep this week's update short and to the point, as I invite you all to kick back and take comfort in
Fri, Jun 30 - Problems
Folks, lately I've been thinking about problems. Not just my own personal problems, mind you, but bigger problems. Political problems. Economic problems. Environmental problems. Energy problems. Problems of global import. And, after much consideration and contemplation, it is my profound pleasure to offer you, not just a problem, but a solution, one so far-reaching and profound, I think you'll agree it's applicable almost everywhere. Friends, I give you
Fri, Jun 23 - Hottest
Hi, folks, here's the next cartoon!
As much as the next cartoon is, it's this
Fri, Jun 16 - Fortune's Fate
Sometimes you just don't know how it's gonna go. You just have to close your eyes, cross your fingers, offer a short and silent prayer to the god of your choice, and
Fri, Jun 9 - Comey Comey Comey Comey Comey-KaMeeeleon
Well, all kinds of crazy are going on around Washington DC, congressional hearings, folks asking if Trump's obvious obstruction of justice is really so obvious?
Some stuff happened last week, and the week before. I dunno if anybody really has a taste for those events, but let's allow Bob the Angry Flower to urgently require from random folks on trains why they don't go
Fri, Jun 2 - Thrusting Our Government
I don't know if I really wanna trust or thrust our government, "our" meaning the United States. I feel that it's far more likely that the government --an institution I generally agree with-- is falling apart at all of its seams. But at the same time, we should sorta kinda ask gov't folks if what they say is something we should maybe accept. And if not, I think we should at least hold out some
Fri, May 26 - Trusting Our Government
Well, I as a Canadian, I must admit, I like the notion that government and public service is not inherently awful. Going from Canada to America, the big thing is that Americans simply don't trust or believe in their goverment. Americans view government as just another big bunch of folks trying to eff them over; government is not a thing that Americans feel that they're a part of. Stuff in Canada we call public, and Canadians like and feel a part of public stuff... in America, those same things are described as government stuff, and in America, nobody trusts anybody. Certainly not the government. Nobody believes in the idea of all of us helping each other, and we hella hella absolutely DO NOT think the government could be a part of us getting our poop together.
As a Canadian, watching this sorta stuff play out northwards, I feel both jealous and lazy.
Regardless of all this what's going on right this moment, hey, ho! How do you folks feel about a weekly Bob the Angry Flower cartoon? As much as I'm interested in how you feel, your feelings are irrelevant in the face of
Fri, May 19 - Obstruction
I'm hardly a lawyer. I'm not even an Internet lawyer. I do not know how lawyers drop cases on people and how they prepare to do such things. I am merely a funny cartoonist. And yet... and yet, as a cartoonist, I wonder about the legal aspects of what seems to be happening these days, as we ask about our President. Given my wonderings and worryings, here's a cartoon that steps back, takes a deep breath, and really considers the interests of
Fri, May 12 - Known Unknown Unknowns
Golly, all kindsa crazy is going on this week in the American Government, what with the president apparently openly committing obstruction of justice by firing the cop in charge of investigating his crazy who-knows-what's-up-shit Russia stuff.
Folks, me included, are leaping back to the Nixon era to see how all that poop played out, wondering if it'll play out again, or if it won't, simply because as long as you can fire all the cops investigating you, you're good! And who can fire you? Well, if you're the president, nobody other than Congress can do that, and if the folks in congress don't want to get rid of you, or don't want to themselves be exposed, they can can the cops as much as they like until, I dunno, they are up again for re-election. Can they smooth all this down and rely on voters to forget and not give a shit? Stay tuned, humans!
Given all the mysteries currently in play, I'm not surprised to present this active, lively cartoon, one hitting all the bases, this strip entitled
Fri, May 5 - May-ee-ayy-EE
Sorry folks, that I don't have a good story to tell about May 5, May Day plus four. And I certainly have nothing useful to say about Cinco de Mayo, much closer to May 5.
I barely even have a story for today. I've heard that many describe it as Cinco de Mayo, and man, I hope they're right. If they do, they have tons of stuff and days to say and talk about. Man --and woman-- and trans and all other gender folks, ah, uh... sorry for being so dumb and un-understanding.
Outside of all that, here's a Bob the Angry Flower cartoon, pushing real as best possible, asking questions, failing to answer them, once and always wondering what we might maybe get from our heroes, our wonderfolk, our only friends, our
Fri, April 28- We Launch
New cartoons are coming at a fecorcious once-a-week pace, just as they always have done. Here's one, not at all connected to anything behing it nor connnected to anything yet to come! It's a widdle bit of a story that I, publisher of this Bob the Angry Flower cartoon, invite you to enjoy! Do you like it? It's this:
Fri, April 21- 40/20 a bit late
Oops, sorry readers, I'm updating this strip a day after it's supposed to be current! That is to say, Aprl 20, 4:20 in the afternoon is supposed to be when we all bail out of our jobs, go outside, and huff a big ol' huff of marijuana. It's a nice date, and a nice inclination, and a good moment for everybody to consider and evaluate and perhaps participate in the smoking-of, the getting high-of-, the pleasure and fun of being cool with yourselves and everybody that partaking of grass offen offers.
Given all that, here's a Bob the Angry Flower cartoon that both celebrates this notion and also notes that this notion is getting quite a bit of strength in individual states that have decided that pot-smoking isn't such a really bad thing, really.
Those states are doing their own poop with the weeds and such, and in our United States, it's important to allow them to do it. So, given that, let us sit back, smoke a bit, drink a bit, consider how much we think the federal government should be able to tell ever-body what to do, lean back and acknowledge
Fri, April 14- Explosions!
Oh, golly, everybody, I don't know what to say about explosions other than we really like them! Right current there are a pack of news stories about our United States dropping some MOABs on folks and places in Afghanistan. Do we like it? Are we pleased? Honestly, I'm not keeping up enough. All I can do is heap scorn on Brian Williams of NBC and his horrific comments, as we see here
Fri, April 7- Now April and Spring!
Yep, times have come and are going -- it's getting into springtime!
Regardless of where you are (not counting the southern hemishpere, of course), you're seeing more light, longer days, bigger walks into what we and many other poets have called springtime! That is to say, that part of the year where we and the rest of the living systems on Earth (again, excluding the southern hemishere) start popping their spoop up with expectation for more light, more day and more opporutnities to, you know, get down. Get with all that shit. You know.... start making new living things!
Given all that, I guess I'll just say that I dig alla that. I'm super into making new stuff. Indeed, this month I need to get my poop together to create a brand new Bob book for Comic-Con 2017.
I had, just this evening, a revelation about that new Bob book. That revelation changed a lot of things about what the book was gonna be. Shall I get into it right this second? I'd like to, but I'm updating this site right this second too drunk to really get into it. So I'll simply offer this new strip:
But today, this April, I got fairly excited about what's coming up on the Bob the Angry Flower front. Mostly about the next new book. Mostly about how what I'd said ealier, months earlier, about the title and cover of the book, turned out to be so, so wrong. I hate to correct myself for all you readers, and I will soon enough! Until then, ah, enjoy the silly cartoon exposed above!
No, I can't just bibble and babble about the new book that's on its way; here's an image for the new book. It's gonna be X, it's gonna be 10, it's gonna be TEN, it's gonna be something like what you see below,
The next and tenth Bob the Angry Flower book is gonna look a fair bit like:
Bob the Angry Flower: X:
Fri, Mar 31 - Still March
Uff, oof, urf and such likewise! How can it still be May, the month, with so many weeks having happened prior? Ugh. This weird strange bit of the year where our months are highly npredictable, regardless of our knowledge or ignorance of the the Old English "Thirty days, has September," et cetera and so on.
Regardless! This is the final month of Mardch, 2017. And as such, it deserves and requires a Bob the Angry Flower cartoon. All weeks do and must until I die. Happily, I'm not yet dead, so we all have another cartoon on the week, and it's this:
Fri, Mar 24 - Our Collective
And here we go again, dear readers, another weekly update! You, waiting with all the powers of your desire for another Bob the Angry Flower cartoon; me, creating one with desperate hope that nobody was looking forward to one! Golly-gosh, what a conundrum, we find, between creator and audience! Holy Hell, and how can one even use those terms, as spiritual as they are! Oof! It's a hard sell, I tell you, spiritual and secular readers alike! Each time I sit down to draw a cartoon, I don't know if I should swing one way or the other!
Thankfully, this week's cartoon doesn't really engage on that level. It's another comfy and soft and hateful Bob the Angry Flower cartoon that really doesn't get into serious differences that divide us. It's fair soft core, in my estimation, and it makes the again-and-again mistake of talking about something current and having Bob be a character in it. How much better would these cartoons be if we didn't ask readers to sign on to the idea of an agry flower character instead of a stick figure? How much more viral? The answer, I am confident, is, "TONS."
Regardless, here we are at the Bob the Angry Flower cartoon weekly web page. And as we arrive here, we will find cartoons. Cartoons such as this:
Fri, Mar 17 - Unsure
About this week's cartoon, that is. I suspect it may be completely meaningless to anybody who isn't a fan of a particular brand of British Columbian dairy products. On the other hand, a friend just texted out of the blue today to tell me that it was funny, which doesn't happen very often. So, I don't really know how it's gonna play. Let's find out! Readers, I give you
Fri, Mar 10 - Early Light-Time Savings Hours
Folks, I'm as surprised as anybody to hear at the bar that this weekend is the time when we do our Daylight Savings Time shift. Back when days are getting shorter, we love them. Nights get longer, days get shorter, an extra hour is precicely what we want. An extra hour on Sunday, and then when we go to work on Monday, well, shit, it's already dark out when we arrive and dark when we leave... let's go all in!
This weekend we have the obverse. We get one less hour than we had before. A day of waking up earlier. A litle dose of jet lag even without the fun of scooting around the globe. It's a rough sacrifice. Nobody wants to get up earlier and plug into the marvelous machine of capital an hour earlier, an hour taken from our family time, our sleeptime, our dreamtime.
Regardless, it's happening! And, sucky as it feels, at least for those of use in the more northern climes, there is a benefit. We do give up one of our precious hours, no question. But we suddenly get back in return the glorious gift of sunlight when we're leaving work. Of course, this only applies to those of us who do the 9-5ish system; few folks get that luxury, and many more must needs pop up and spend their hours outside of our sun's daily gift. But even then, the good side this weekend is that, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we give up a despearately needed hour on our weekend, but from then on, we're better aligned with the sun. Sun's coming up before we get up, sun's going down after we leave work. Days are getting longer regardless, but the Daily Savings Time switch gives us an alignment we likely like.
Why am I babbling about times and dates and suns and times again? Hmmmm... not sure. But I'm decently sure that all this biffle has some kind of connection, some kind of necessary connection, to
Fri, Mar 3 - Not Night
It's slow, but it's happening. I'm talking, of course, about the gradual shortening of the night and lengthening of the day (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere). Almost without realizing it, I've begun to notice that --hey!-- it's not pitch black out when I leave work any more! This is awesome! I finally feel like we're starting to see some genuine
Fri, Feb 24 - Fun and then sum
Woof! Whew! Golly! And then some! The new President of the US has been brightly shitty, hasn't he? Just sucking on general, and sucking on specifics...
Simple shit like knowing how the government works seems to have escaped his understanding! He seems to think that being president is the same as being a CEO...
One wonders how much he really understood about what it meant to be a CEO.
Normal companies have their own systems of rules. CEOs, by which we mean Chief Exectutive Officers, have shitloads of authority. But their authority is not absolute.
Or, in a non-publicly traded corporatation, that authority IS absolute. I'll confess right here and right now that I don't know the ins and outs of corporate law and to what extent CEOs get to do whatever they like inside the company without ever having to worry about whether any of it runs up against laws.
Well, whoof, whatavah. I don't know. I'm as puzzled as the rest of you about how all this poop is gonna roll out. In the meantime, please allow me to present Bob the Angry Flower's urgent problem, an economic one, one called
The 25th Anniversary of Bob the Angry Flower
Oh, and by the way, I guess I should start yelling about how Bob the Angry Flower has been around for 25 years.
It --he-- started way back in May of 1992. Go back to the very first strip and check it out. And then once you looked back that far, maybe start ramming on the Random button!
Or just start hiting "Next"! Such amusement!
What am I gonna do to celebrate this 25-year anniversary? That...
That is a good question! A new book to be sure, and what else? Let's find out... together!
Fri, Feb 17 - Timely
I can't say I was really trying to be. Timely, that is. But then ol' Rump had his press conference yesterday and folks seem to be chatting about the general topic of
Fri, Feb 10 - Lookin' Up!
All right, okay, things may seem pretty bleak at the moment, but y'know, it's not all bad. There's lot of ways we can all take this barrel of lemons and make a big ol' lemon casserole out of 'em. How? Well, for that, we're just going to have to swing over to
Fri, Feb 3 - Quasi-human Homunculus
Or, put another way,
Fri, Jan 27 - We Should
Blurff, folks, blurff. Even in the last few days, the Drump America has dropped so much asshollisshnes, I can't keep up. I wonder if anybody can. All I can do is yap a bit about what was going on last week. I thought I was getting ahead, but dammit, the awful Trumepen got way worse way ahead of me. Regardless, I drew a cartoon last week, about facts and lies, and here's this cartoon about all of them right now, and it's called
And in case you didn't read the above cartoon, I want to take a bit of time out to say, with augmented confidence, that
Fri, Jan 20 - I know, I know
I know yes I know: I said last week I'd stay away from politicking thoughts. I lied. Two days after I posted last week, I drew a cartoon the following Sunday. It was way before I said I'd hold off.
And I didn't just lie related to what I'd said before, I lied at the moment. I lied when I was drawing it, because I didn't even spend a lot of time being witty or wry or particularly hilarious. All I could do the Sunday after last week's update was draw the angry, scared, frustrated and impotent cartoon I now presesnt to you this week, that cartoon being a sour spitting of what we all can expect once one, and they, and the whole horrible crew
Jeez, I hope I'm wrong along, as wrong as I was last year. I don't want to burn, and I don't want anybody else to. I've been wrong so much, it's tough to draw cartoons that are supposed to be right. I'm afraid, folks, sorry to say it. I'm afraid.
That said, I've got a a bit of a funny cartoon thought ready for the next week or so, and I think we all won't burn just this second, so, let's all see how it coils out, in terrible time, like a mean and untrustworthy snake. Let's us see.
Fri, Jan 13 - Fun! FUNNNNNN
All right, New Year's resolution time: I'm gonna hold off on being all depressed and freaked out about the looming presidency. At least until they do something truly appalling, that is. I expect I'll last about 18 hours.
In the meantime, here's an amusing little drawn story that I've chosen to call
Fri, Jan 06 - Into the Day
Well, here we all go, folks! In a couple of weeks we'll see what a toxic Republican congress can get Trump to push through before he realizes that all that shit is incredibly unpopular, and Our Donald hates being unpopular.
It's still a bit weird that Trump never picked up on how the Number 1 job of the President of the United States was to be the guy that every blamed for everything. Somehow Trump didn't realize this even as he was doing it, dispestecting and throwing shade at Preident Obama the whole time.
The question I've been asking myself has been, "What are they gonna fuck up FIRST?"
Was it gonna be Obamacare? Was it gonna be Net Neutrality? Was it gonna be a big ol' juicy "Religious Freedom" act to declare open season on any kinda bigotry you want?
I guess we know; Congressional Republicans have been trampling over and over on their dicks on the idea of repealing Obamacare for years asnd years. Threre's no way any of them can pause and think for a second. And maybe a few did. But it passed 48-52. So here we go, folks! I hope you got a lot of money right now! Cuz if you don't... well, shit... IIII don't know! Ug awful, I guess we're all gonna find out.
Urf and blah. My end-of-year cartoon was largely nonsensical and appeared briefly here
And then it was not terribly quickly followed up by another cartoon featuring 2017's newest star
Fri, Dec 16 - Unto the Night
Well, folks and cats, here we are, a mere couple of weeks from the end of 2016. I've drawn cartoons against the ghastness, but my cartoons failed to make a difference.
So now we all must go into the ghastliness, we all have to dive into the worst stuff ever. Or no-- Wait! Can't we ask the Electoral College to step up and do what those Founders created it for?
No. Or rather, we can ask the Electoral College to overturn the shitty, shitty, shitty vote... but I can't get behind it doing so. As much as I dislike the Electoral Collecge, and as much as it was built to preserve slaveholder privilege... it's the law. Do we want to over turn the law? I.... I.... I....
I'd rather keep the law than blow it away. I'm scared of my position, right now, where it seems like the law system has delivered all the constitutional power to horrible, assholish, awful shitheads who want to do nothing but tear rights away from workers and women and people just hoping to live and have the society say it's not okay to beat brains out so many, and shouldn't there be a system that recognizes that and tightens the reins so it can't be so?
And if it doesn't, damn it, heads will have to be cracked. Maybe mine. Probably mine, especially if I'm too weak and unwilling to stand on the right side. And even if I'm on the right side... am I ready to start crackng heads?
Damn, damn, damn... I wish that the system resulted in the outcomes that makes sense to me. I wish it did. But it didn't. And I've spent all year saying I prefer the system rather than just burning the whole otherfuckker down., that I prefer to put out the fire rather than burn burn burn. And part of my insistence is and always has been that the system, as built, should be maintained. And as much as I despise Trump and his preposterous crew, I have to say that I liked the system and not who was running it.
So does that mean that, ultimately, I'm saying, "Give them a chance"? Ug, Ug, Ug, but yes, that is what I'm saying. I'd rather reform than revolutionize, or hold and hold back. I'd rather put out the house fire than encourage it, I'd rather fix than destroy.
I say this because, damn, I have a lot to lose, and I'd rather not lose it. But I can't say against folks who want to fight and burn.
Urf, urf, so on and so forth. Sorry, Bob the Angry Flower readers, sorry to admit I'm not strong and standing up to fight. I'm scared and new like all of us, and I don't know what to say.
End of Year
That said, there's only a couple of weeks left in this tawdry 2016. I've drawn cartoons for them, and here they are. First is
Next will be next week, leasing up to Christmas -- or Happy Holdays, however they're said!
And then... and then... well, the next Bob the Angry Flower cartoon will emerge fresh and spicy in 2017. Keep yer reading-eyes out for it!
And if you've been looking for a beautiful song all year, here's one: Julie Lonely!
Fri, Dec 9- No, We're All Cool
Aren't we, all cool right now? Yeah, sure, we all saw the trump collect electoral votes, and somehow he'll be our president next year, doncha know. And he's shown that he can't possibly be that guy, but a little less than half the country wants him wants him wants him, no matter how unsuitable, no matter how many lies, they want him because they hate hate HATE the other side, they want him, and it don't matter how much he lies cuz He Never Lied and She Always Lied, dot dot dot
Quite indeed. All Bob the Angry Flower can do is step out and decide who or what or how is more
Fri, Dec 2- Aw Bejimmeney
A couple of weeks past our common horror, I wish I could have something pithy and erudite to present. I, as the author of Bob the Angry Flower, must better have something to say immediately. If not, then why bother with Bob the Angry Flower at all?
Damn, I wish I had strength and common courage to stand up among you all who hope to fight.
Maybe I might later on, next year, when it's not so much of a time to sit down and be lazy. I wonder if I might maybe stand up next year. Honestly, I don't know.
Putting extended fears and expectations asides for, fuck, I guess, a week, up above is a cartoon, see what you think.
Interested in earlier updates? Here they are!
Nov 25, 2016 - Stuff and stuff and stuff!
Go nuts! It's content!
And a big mess o' cartoons...
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