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Fri, Nov 26 - Happy Thanksgiving!
I mean, technically Thanksgiving was yesterday, but I'm doing this update Thursday night, so it still counts. Because I SAY it does!
Let's all enjoy a cartoon! This one, to be precise:
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's officially Christmas season! And what's Christmas all about? GIFTS! And I just happen to have the prefect gift for you and everyone you know: the brand(ish) new Bob the Angry Flower book! Buy it because you LOVE the people in your life!
Fri, Nov 19 - At Long Last
I'll say this for AppleTv+'s Foundation series, which concluded its first season last night: all my conversations about adaptations now have a new star witness, a reliable go-to when asking "What happens when the people adapting something don't really like it, even though they think they do?" It will serve as a rich case study for the rest of my life. For that I am truly grateful. Thanks, you bunch of effin' idiots!
I may or may not do a strip about the whole season, or an article or something, but if I don't, at least here are my notes from the season finale:
-Hari lectures them about their own history
-What do we do about Bro Don?
-we're not even people
-curating people not bad
-total explanation of the vault
-The Invictus scenario remains nonsense but Harry's speech does carry a bit of the spirit of Foundation
-Broday's monologue showing us once again that he sucks
-but frankly i'm liking the monologues
-nice to have coherent expression of ideas for a change
-bear mccready inspiro music for dumb ol invictus captain such a waste
-hoo boy this time vault
-looks nice though
-the special sisters, Salvor & Gaal
-the rather long goodbye
-finding it difficult to get worked up about this wholly unnecessary search saga but whatever
-off she goes into the star blue yonder
-more robot murder?
-nope, more monologues. bring em!
-whoops, i guess yes after all
-zeroth law strikes again
-the whole face
-blue dart 132 years later, huh?
-too bad about the entire planet
-oh man i hope hari buried some prime numbers underwater for her
-I guess that's one way to find somebody
-seal yourself in a coffin and wait 132 years for them to find you
-the time-traveling double psychic ladies of terminus!
-written and directed by david goyer. yep, that tracks
In non-Foundation news, here's a cartoon!
And while you're at it you could always buy
Sun, Nov 14 - But For Real, Though
Kudos to eagle-eyed reader J Collins who noticed that I'd been dating all the updates since Oct 29 as, well, Oct 29. That's what we in the biz call "a mistake," and it's been fixed! Thanks for reading, J!
Fri, Nov 12 - Semi-Auto
Semi-autobiographical, I mean. Not semi-auto in the sense of being able to fire rounds quickly with trigger pulls without reloading or requiring a bolt action. Nope, it's the former, in which the following cartoon can be said to be drawn from life, in this case mine:
Hey, kids! A book to buy!
Fri, Nov 5 - Growth
Not the personal kind, but the kind that occurs in one's groin and goes from barely noticeable to downright worrying in a matter of days. Luckily I've sought and received medical attention, so that's on the settled side, but it does mean I'm a bit wiped out and not up to much more than presenting this week's hilariously sad cartoon:
and then tossing in another link to the brand newest Bob the Angry Flower book, thusly:
Fri, Oct 29 - Effing Alienware, Man...
Admittedly, I bought this thing a few years ago, so I suppose I should just suck it up and accept the planned obsolescence. But, dammit, I don't wanna! I want to rage and be angry about this friggin' laptop CONTINUALLY dropping its sound settings every goddamn time I shut it down. Hey, laptop! You have speakers attached to you! You have drivers for those speakers! SPEAK!
While we're at it, why not provide a clicky opportunity for folks to click on?
And then, once that's done, why not present a link to a fresh cartoon, a strip entitled, and about,
Fri, Oct 22 - Simple
And by simple I mean this update, which will of course include the obligatory link to the new book
and a link to this week's strip, entitled
And that's it!
Fri, Oct 15 - The Plan
First, of course, the obligatory link to the new, terribly exciting new book:
And then, well, I've been watching this new TV show on Apple, putatively based on some old sci-fi books collectively known as
Fri, Oct 8 - And Then a Silence...
I haven't yet made any kind of co-ordinated announcement for the new book, that is to say this fellow:
I've sent a few copies out to cartoonist friends to see if I can get a quote or two before posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. That's my excuse, but the fact is I just don't know how to whip up enthusiasm for a book absent a convention to sell it at. It's such a cool book, too. You should buy one!
In any case, here's this week's strip, inspired by true-to-life events I'm not going to get into at this time. Enjoy!
Fri, Oct 1 - New Book Now
I guess there's no point in pretending that
doesn't exist, because it does. I mean, look at the picture. I'm holding a copy. It's a photograph. Everybody knows those can't be faked!
So... yeah! Buy one! Full color this time, instead of transitioning to color half-way through like Exciting Space Adventure. Plus, there's a whole neato comedy sci-fi tale --Skpow!-- as backup feature this time around, presented in the form of an illustrated teleplay. What fun! After all the hassles and runaround in getting this thing to the finish line, I'm still a bit dazed in giving it the full punch-up sales job, but take my word for it... it's a great book! Buy it!
And if you're not quite ready to buy it, you could still go to Amazon.com and WRITE A REVIEW for it! That's right, you don't have to buy the book from Amazon --or anybody-- to write a review. And your review can be something as simple as "Hilarious! I love Bob the Angry Flower!" or some other japery of your own invention. If you have a moment, why not write a quick review? That way, the book might actually show up in Amazon's search feature if you type in a big exerpt of its title like "An Excellent Use of One's Time" the way it doesn't now!
And when you're done that, or even if you haven't, here's a lovely cartoon about a, possibly the,
Fri, Sep 24 - Foundation!
Of course, I should be talking about how
is on sale, but I'm still holding off because I still haven't seen the proofs. I was supposed to get them on Tuesday, the day before my birthday, but I guess something came up at KDP and they couldn't swing it. Soon, though, I hear.
So instead all I have to talk about is the first episode of Apple TV's Foundation series. Not sure what to say about it. Looks good, like I hoped. I think it's smart to make the Galactic Empire have a dazzling diversity of design aeshtetics, architectural styles and levels of technology; it follows straightforwardly from the Empire as we find it in Asimov's books, as huge, overstretched, sprawling over millions of planets. For a concept and setting that was so influential on Star Wars, I think it's managed to distinguish itself from Star Wars in its appearance, so I'd call that a win.
As for the story, well.... every so often it kind of brushes up against something you'd remember from the books. The showrunners have applied themselves vigorously to the task of imagining and visualizing Asimov's universe and then conjuring narratives within it. I can't say at this point if I think those new inventions and conjurations are successful, but I'm not offended by them so far. Another victory, I think, though I'm not surprised that the most energetic sections of the first episode are the ones with the strongest ties to scenes Asimov wrote, and that maybe the biggest dud is the furthest from anything in the books. We'll see how further episodes play out, I guess!
In other news, here's this week's strip in a flash-from-the-past format:
Fri, Sep 17 - Almost There!
I'm pretty excited, as any day now I should be receiving the proofs of the new book
to evaluate for sucking and/or success. Fingers crossed, all will be well, and I won't have to do a bunch of back-n-forths with KDP to figure out printing problems or, worse, be forced to print at much higher premium price (requiring republishing and other hassles) because their inkjets aren't clean.
In the meantime, here's this week's strip, which some folks seem to have enjoyed on the Facebooks and such. Perhaps you will too, even if it boasts the rather clunky title:
Fri, Sep 10 - So, yeah...
As I mentioned last week, there's a new Bob book on its way, and this is what it looks like. At least, this is what the front looks like. But what of the back?, I hear teeming millions cry. That'll just have to remain a secret for now.
When Can I Buy It?
Yes! Yes, that is the correct question. Thanks for asking, unattributed sentence; I knew I could count on you. The answer is: soon. Not quite yet, but soon, very soon. I need to get a proof back from Amazon KDP to make sure all the stuff is where it's supposed to be and the colors are up to my mid-level standards of quality. A week or two. Or maybe sooner! Get your credit cards ready, Bob the Angry Flower fans!
In The Meantime...
we have another exciting cartoon, one that really hits the nail on the... really gets to the heart of... really ropes in all the salient... uh... look, don't press me for details; all I can do at this juncture is assure you they are
Fri, Sep 3 - New Book soon!
Yep. New book, as they say, soon. I'm not quite ready to post images of the cover, but in a week or two, that will change. Normally I would've had the book out for a month and a half already, debuting it at San Diego Comic-Con, but we all know how that went (it didn't, if you didn't know). So, the ol' deadline slipped a bit as I labored to pull together some elements from people other than myself to complete it. And as is always the case, nobody cares as much about your deadline as you do, so slip that line of death do.
Anyway, enough about the new book and my irritation with KDP Amazon for not allowing me to do it in the flip-book style I'd originally intended. Even though this irritation is still quite fresh and steamy, irritating me all up inside and out. Instead, let us aim our attention at this week's strip, one that I feel is a little self-contradicting, but that I now feel like posting in discussion threads on Facebook in my sudden new interest in spawning and amplifying
Fri, Aug 27 - Hmmm...
What is there to say this week? What can be said in the face of ever-encroaching
Fri, Aug 20 - WINNING
Not much to say about this one, other than that I rather like it.
Fri, Aug 13 - REALISM
I don't know if "realism" is, realistically, the best possible theme for this week's update, but what the hell. It works, I've typed it already, and I'm on record as being against hitting backspace any more times than I must. Onward, I say!
Fri, Aug 6 - Philosophy
I've really been jumping around in Bob topics lately, it seems to me. Last year I couldn't help rambling about tedious political stuff most of the time, but now that it's not election season any more, it appears the pressure's off and the ol' bean is free to gnow on other subjects once in a while. It's the sort of thing that one can do when one isn't a
Fri, July 30 - Behind
I don't konw what it is, unless it's the sheer unavoidable ensludgeonment of getting older, but lately I have been way slow on coming up with zingers (or "hot takes" as the internet generations would have it) on various bits of pop culture detritous. It took me months to finally twig to the gag I wanted to draw about Godzilla vs. Kong, and come on, the dumb movie I'm making fun of below came out almost exactly four weeks ago. Time! What is it? Is it
Fri, July 23 - Missed!
Yep, I totally missed this update, even though I've assigned to it a date that it completely did not appear on. My fault... I was wrapped up in some fun additional creativity that I hope to share with you folks very soon!
So, a bit late, but still just as indelibly timeless as ever, a cartoon:
Fri, July 16 - Nap Time
It isn't. Nap time, that is, though it feels like it. I was out late enoungh and back drunkenly enough last night, that I have a real nap deficit today, one I hope to address right quick. So let's post this week's cartoon and be done with it!
Fri, July 9 - Less hot
It's much less hot than it was last week, or even than it was before last week when it was hot enough to merit being mentioned in the headline of the update and the cartoon itself. As a result, heat, heat as a concept plays little to no role in this week's strip. Curious as to how this could be the case? Read on, as angryflower.com presents
Fri, July 2 - HOT!
Or it was, at least. It was very hot almost a week ago, which was when I drew the following true-to-life cartoon:
So, in that spirit, let's all enjoy
Fri, June 25 - About Three Months Too Late
Not that I really have any hope of going... what's the term for it? "Viral"? Not that I really have any hope of my strips going viral these days, but certainly I'd put myself in a better position for it to happen if I came up with jokes around the time they were relevant instead of 75 days after anybody cares. What can I say? It didn't occur to me until something completely unrelated was happening.
So, in that spirit, let's all enjoy
Fri, June 18 - Howzabout that Loki?
Pretty cool, huh? Yep. Havin' fun there. Neato wacky ideas based on characters I read in comic books decades ago. How knew that would be so appealing? Kevin Fiege, I guess. He knew.
Anyway, let's have a cartoon! Let's have THIS cartoon!
Fri, June 11 - For Clarity
I know, I know, the strip below doesn't exactly contain the hottest take of all time, but what can I say? I saw somebody deploy that lame ol' chestnut and had no choice but to react, like an animal, to a dingdong declaiming
Fri, June 4 - Investi-who?
Wow, gosh, it seems like an eternity ago, doesn't it? When all that brouhaha erupted around the Capitol building when Congress was counting the electoral votes for the presidential election? There was some unpleasantness at the time, wasn't there? Oh, well, no matter... I'm sure I'm just misremembering the events of
Reader Mail/Plug Section
I still get mail every so often. It's nice; almost like I was drawing a regular cartoon that had regular readers. This one comes from Dustin Kennedy, and he writes:
I've been reading btaf since the heady days of 1999 when I was a freshman in college. I've watched you join popcap, migrate, and have your sister voted into office. Once, in William Gibson's twitter feed, I defended your honor. Also I somehow manage to check in on you every Friday. Thanks for keeping this thing going. Anyway I started a press at follyxo.com. Maybe you would like it! (you would)
I took a look at Dustin's press, and while I haven't actually taken the plunge and bought anything at it yet, it appears intriguing. The big-ticket item appears to be a book called "Typical Malignancies," which sounds like it could easily be the title of a Bob strip. If you're curious at all, why not have a look?
Fri, May 28 - 1400!
It's not really a big ticket number, 1400. Compared to biggies like 10, 50, 100, 1000, 2000 or even 1500, 1400 is just kinda there, y'know? And yet I still feel a bit of ceremony in anouncing that the cartoon I offer below is the 1400th official Bob the Angry Flower cartoon (if this silly website is to be believed).
Maybe it's no big deal to other folks, and it's certainly no bruiser like 10,000. Indeed, it's a little strange to admit to myself that I've only drawn 1400 Bob the Angry Flower cartoons. Seems like more, somehow. But it'll have to do, won't it, so allow me to proudly present a goofy cartoon strip about
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