Jonathan Lai

I wrote a poem and threw it at a comic.

Yea. Surprise surprise, Hosaka hugging a fish isn’t in this one. I planned on putting him at the front to push all my retarded gags out of the way, but then it just seemed really dumb. A lot of image-guessing here. << I have the 100th post. Hecks yes.

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 Jonathan Lai Comments Off on I wrote a poem and threw it at a comic.

Webcomics! and parentheses galore.

I have eight Jed-essays (censored) in the works. I’m just porting my usual shenanigans from one blog to the other, so let’s have some fun with this eh? Excuse my pretentiousness, I read only a few webcomics regularly, and they’re both pretty similar.

Lately I’ve been reading lots and lots of webcomics, from the totally classy to the totally unsavory (but still hilarious, apparently). From my point of view, webcomics collects a rather unique set of people, authors and readers alike. For one, webcomic artists are able to begin collecting feedback within an hour, and because they are not tied to a publisher, can release at their leisure and totally shaft or get shafted by readers. Because there’s no money involved (at least not initially), they can talk about whatever the hell they want, and answer to no one but callings of more page views. In this sense they can craft their own audience, since no one these days finds out about websites except through ads and word of mouth; word from one interested party to another, ads on comics of similar content, etc etc. A very large draw (hah!) of webcomics is that there’s no need to be a proven artist right on the spot; Questionable Content (it makes me giggle wildly) started out like this and eventually like this (after two more art shifts) to this (I am ambivalent but Hanners is there so it’s okay). Tracking the subtle (or not so subtle) differences in a comic’s development, especially over a 7 year period where the artist is consistently improving, is pretty freaking exciting. “Dude Faye got so fat since her first appearance,” or “Hanners used to be badass, and now she makes me want to hug my laptop for showing me something so psychotically adorable” stick out as memorable observations.

Webcomics, being sired of the Internet, tend to have a ridiculous spread of topics from one to the other, and much more likely within individual series. Between Blip and Questionable Content, both fairly similar comics with snarky heroines, there’s OCD (Hanners!), vampires, the Terminator, Egyptian gods, God, hipsters, obscure music references, anime references, WoW, sex, Starbucks, action scenes, cigarettes, and just about everything somehow in between all that and I’m missing a lot. A vampire hunter got in there somewhere. Meanwhile I could turn around and find a comic on none of those things (but I won’t because those are boring). Also inherent from the internet is the incredible tendency to refer to the same things every single time; something isn’t right if Neon Genesis Evangelion or an internet meme isn’t somehow referenced throughout a comic’s run at least eight times. Everyone references Neon Genesis Evangelion. But webcomics are more inviting; there’s something about snarky webcomic artists that snarky hipster bloggers can’t achieve. Like, I could probably condense this essay into a comic and you’d likely better understand the whole thing (I think I’ll do that). It’s the fact that I’m also considering, as a reader, the quality of the art in conjunction with any dialogue; is it worth it? Totally.

Maybe I’m just incredibly immature, but I also enjoy the fact that potty humor tends to come up far more often in webcomics. No book reviews, so no condescending opinions saying “THERE’S TOO MUCH POOP.” There’s a threshold, and they are observed with the individual level of class dictated by the particular comic. I’ll stop now, but there’s not enough here. It’s too god damn early for this stuff.

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 Jonathan Lai 2 Comments

I wrote an essay and slapped it onto a comic.


Thursday, September 30th, 2010 Jonathan Lai Comments Off on I wrote an essay and slapped it onto a comic.

I have no interest in ordinary viewpoints.

There are words everywhere! Basically, Haruhi’s way of thinking and doing anything begot, eventually, this piece of scientific atrocity and just about anything that came out of my head thereafter. The censorshipping is just something I ended up doing by the middle panels and shamelessly and tastelessly abused for the false sake of art. Oh pseudo-inspiration I love you.


Thursday, September 9th, 2010 Jonathan Lai 1 Comment

Bambi the White Robot

This format is way too familiar to me. I was tempted to start on a jaunt about the general social collapse of Japan as all their idols implode upon themselves. Anyways, a colleague (high school classmate) who gets me press passes wrote this one on his own time, and his editor imploded too. It’s unusually poignant, for him.

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Saturday, September 4th, 2010 Jonathan Lai Comments Off on Bambi the White Robot

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