Digital Strips Episode 486: Enforce This Sad, Cruel World

Sample storyboard from David McGuire's portfolio siteWe’ve got the news you can use, and the comics you should view! Superfogeys will be returning soon and David McGuire wants to help creators avoid getting ripped off. Also, Enforcemen is a great start to a story and Lil’ Donnie is a comedic take on a presidency that is getting harder and harder to top in terms of punchlines. Plus, if you use Feedly to sort and view your feeds online, there are some great new tools to help you stay organized (not a sponsored ad).

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Pro Grapplers Episode 49: Sorry I Almost Broke The Cash Machine

Beefy Cruch Burrito is back at Taco Bell!Returning from injury, Pro Grapplers is back and man is there a lot to catch up on! Braun and KO are still awesome, SummerSlam is still taking shape, and Randy Orton is still winning matches, for some reason. Nothing has changed, but welcome back, on the road to SummerSlam (and TakeOver)!

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Pandora-monium! Character change in El Goonish Shive

Steve and Jason’s Webcomic Colonic this week got me thinking about the way webcomics change over time – like Steve says, the webcomic you’re reading today might not be the one you signed on for when you first started reading. The longer a comic runs, the more fundamental these changes can get.

Now, as I mentioned back in May, I’m a bit of a fan of Dan Shive’s El Goonish Shive. There’s a lot about the comic to recommend it – the (current) art style, the excellent writing and story structure, the themes it deals with regarding gender issues and the diversity of its cast. Recently, the comic has been expanding the history and role of character Pandora (Chaos) Raven – Immortal being of immense power and (until this examination began?) one of the primary antagonists of the comic. So do the recent changes to the Pandora character in El Goonish Shive suggest a fundamental change to the comic itself? Or is it, as Jason puts it, the privilege of watching the writer’s perspective change over time? Continue reading

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Today I Learning (Nothing) Episode 41: Clutching A Trash Bag Full Of Fruit

Wild Hogs starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, and Martin LawrenceSteve’s travel adventures continue! Meet his travelmates: Monopoly guy gone feral, sleeping lady in front of him, and bearded guy! Cower in fear at the man clutching his trash bag of fruit! Indulge in businessmen flying to avoid their spouses! Endure multiple viewings of Wild Hogs starring Home Improvement’s Tim Allen!

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Digital Strips Episode 485: Webcomic Colonic II: The Cleansing

Clean. Out. The. Fridg. E.The ol’ daily feeds are getting too big again, so it’s time to clean things up with another Webcomic Colonic. Listen in for some fantastic webcomics that Jason and Steve won’t be keeping up with anymore, including: Banquet, Tove, Never Satisfied, Sinfest, Parallax, and Life, Love, and Video Games.

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Pro Grapplers Episode 48: The Gable-dy Gooker and the Cena-phobic Kurt-fuffle

Punjabi Prison playsetKurt Angle’s big angle has come and gone, so what’s left? Will he get big breaks thanks to his big daddy? Will Gable take on a new partner? Time will tell, but time will also bring us the Battleground PPV event, where these questions will be answered: Will Natalya fart a hole in her tights? Will the Punjabi Prison at least be memorable? And will the Wyatt Boys take on Breezango? Listen in and tune in on Sunday!

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Today I Learned (Nothing) Episode 40: Fish Stick In Your Mouth

That kiss from The SandlotSteve spent some time at Shanghai Disneyland recently and it only served to remind him that youthful infatuation is the same around the world, Chinese T-shirts can be horrifically offensive, and tube tops are always a bad idea on roller coasters. Meanwhile, Jason has a T-shirt that sends mixed signals to Russians and Americans alike.

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Pro Grapplers Episode 47: Kicked In The Tozawas

Kurt Angle speaks with his mysterious partner as Monday Night RAW goes off the airThe first-ever Great Balls of Fire PPV event is in the books, and man was it a scorcher! The intensity was high and it gave us some great matches. Other thoughts this week: quoting songs doesn’t require a bibliography, Steve thinks Slater is set for a push, Joe better get his due, who does Kurt Angle LOOOOOOOVE, and SEXY FASHION RANGERS.

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Digital Strips Episode 484: We’ve All Got Wolf Fanfic, Right?

BaltoWe always knew webcomics were rad and deserve attention, but a spot in the Library of Congress? What wonderful news! We’ve also got some wonderful webcomics like Fantasma, Off White, and Genji Cat.

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Pro Grapplers Episode 46: Big Beefy Boy Smashfest

Kane attaches jumper cables to Shane McMahon's grapefruitsVacation’s over and it’s time to talk about a LOT of wrestling! Money in the Bank came and went, Carmella stole the briefcase (twice), and that lovable bearded maniac made his return. Things are going pretty well, so let’s talk about our hopes and fears for the first-ever Great Balls of Fire PPV event!

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