An eventful few days (plus, some of my favourite web comics)

23 Feb

Well, it’s been an eventful few days.

On Tuesday, I went home from work citing a dose of manfluenza.  What followed was the most epic bout of manflu I’ve ever had.  I haven’t eaten anything in the last forty-eight hours except for a few mouthfuls of rice, half a bag of Galaxy Minstrels, and some Haribo (and that was before the illness really got going).

Sickdays to me mean recovering in bed with nibbles and a DVD.  Not so this time.  I spent most of it writhing around in a sort of agonised fever, becoming briefly terrified by strange thoughts that a) weren’t true and b) made no kind of grammatical sense whatsoever.  It might be my imagination, but I feel like I’ve become visibly older and more bald in the last two days.  Best of all, I actually soiled myself.  As in, I was so ill I pooed in my pants.  Twice.

Mike would be proud.

Anyway, I’m over the worst of it, but I’m still pretty ill.  I’d say I’ve recovered to normal manflu levels, which represents such a massive improvement that emotionally speaking I’m quite buoyant.  I think I’m highly unlikely to soil myself a third time this week (never say never…).  Some time this evening, I might even feel well enough to walk to the shop at the end of the road.  I plan to buy Matteson’s Fridge Raiders™, pizza, and a small bottle of Jack (Mike really would be proud).

But enough of that.  I wanted to quickly mention a few of my favourite web comics, as promised at the end of my last blog post.  I’d hoped to go into more detail on each of them (and include more than four), but I’m not sure I can manage an essay today, so I’m afraid you’ll have to do with some brief notes on a random sample.

MODEST MEDUSA.  One of the stars of “the Duck”.  This is such a heady combination of things: an adorable infant medusa, combined with the kind of (usually) urban fantasy setting that will delight fans of Buffy and all those other awesome shows.  If you can read this strip without going, “Awwww…” then you literally have no heart.

JONBOT VERSUS MARTHA.  A comic strip about a dead divorcé whose brain has been insert into a robot.  For a far better explanation than I could give you, check out this explanatory strip, which comes complete with two different theme tunes (one Glaswegian folksy, one 80s-style Saturday morning electro).  I haven’t been following this one long enough to be able to give you the ins and outs of Jonbot and Martha’s divorce, but I can tell you that it’s a very cool and quirky strip, and that it recently “guest starred” Macaulay Culkin, Bruce Willis, and Chewbacca the Wookie (!) as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

COMPANY MAN.  This strip is set in a professional environment and has a really crisp, clean, colourful style.  The artist seems to be some kind of cartooning power house – he updates five times a week and and has racked up well over a thousand of these strips.  Since I can go weeks without an update, and have a style that can be best described as “slightly sloppy and sometimes lugubrious”, those are both qualities I find admirable.

BOXER HOCKEY.  I was so glad I discovered this strip in time for this blog post.  The artwork is exceptional and so too is the premise.  The strip follows some pros in a football/baseball crossover sport that, er, uses frogs for balls.  The stories include arguments, match-fixing, and flashbacks to the formative years of the players’ friendship.  I’ve barely scratched the surface of this one, but have it bookmarked for future sickday reading.

That’s all for today.  Hopefully when I feel a bit better, I can share a few more highlights with you.  Until then…

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One Response to “An eventful few days (plus, some of my favourite web comics)”

  1. jonbotvsmartha February 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Aw, thanks! We’re fans as well.

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