Subnormality for April 27th

April 28, 2008


New comic’s finished. Frightfully sorry for the delay! This is what happens when you stupidly give the main character a checkerboard outfit. Cue hours of coloring.

–Rowntree

9 Responses to “Subnormality for April 27th”

  1. Michael Ezra Says:

    Wow. That’s dark humour at its darkest.

    Some years back, there was an SNL “game show” sketch which was a similarly dark–and similarly effective–parody of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? It was called Who Wants to Eat? and featured contestants from Third World nations competing for food. The host constantly ignored the lead contestant’s request to just take her food prizes (first a sack of rice, then a goat) and quit while she was ahead, and he pressed on with further questions until she lost everything. “Not Worth It,” indeed.

  2. Plasma Says:

    A little heavy-handed. No, actually, extremely heavy-handed. Really, it’s almost impossible to deliver this sort of message without being anvilicious.

    However, with regards to the rape statistics: Where feminists see “84% of rapists get off scot-free”, I see “84% of people who claim to have been raped are lying”. Obviously the actual facts of the matter are most likely somewhere in between, but it’s just so easy to lie with statistics. Me, I stick with the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ upon which the whole justice system is rightfully based. Maybe it disenfranchises legitimate victims of an impossible-to-prove crime, but an unsubstantiated claim should never be enough to lock someone up for most of his life. When it is, that’s what I call a police state.


  3. You didn’t mention which message was heavy-handed, but I assume you meant the checkered suit issue. I am firmly opposed to checkered suits, so deal with it!! I am so damn tired of the pro-checkered suit lobby…

    Seriously though, if the message is impossible to deliver without being anvilicious, then I’m gonna be anvilicious. I feel it’s worth the risk.

  4. Tom Says:

    another great comic, W.

    just wanted to say thanks for commenting on my stuff once again:
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  5. artie 9000 Says:

    I would watch this show every week. Rumbutter McSquash looks like the most entertaining game show host possible.

  6. Eric Says:

    Is there any kind of bonus round of strangling puppies to death or something that we’re not seeing? Because if harsh truths and cruel statistics are enough to initiate a mental breakdown then I guess the contestant pool is limited to a bunch of huge babies. I could probably make a killing off the show until they upped the ante and started murdering people or something.


  7. Huge babies or just people whose cognitive dissonance has failed them. Or maybe it was the checkered suit that did it. In any case, harsh truths and cruel statistics are well known to cause mental breakdowns in people exposed to them for lengthy periods of time. See for example page 149 of the book “Women on Heroin” (Rutgers University Press, 1981), or the tragic case of Iris Chang, or any of thousands of other examples of people who have intensively studied disturbing material only to be afflicted with something equivalent to PTSD.

  8. Eric Says:

    I guess Rumbutter should petition for some kind of Survivor type reality show where people just have their worldview broken down indefinitely. Last person to have their soul implode gets a checkered suit.

  9. Michael Ezra Says:

    People don’t have to be personally responsible for terrible things, or even to witness them directly, to be mentally traumatized by them. I knew a social worker who once served as an abortion counsellor, but had to quit because after hearing some of her clients’ stories she would throw up every night after coming home, and be unable to sleep. I also knew a fellow who got a teaching position at a Toronto university, shortly after 9-11, because the professor who’d been teaching it had a breakdown upon hearing the news. Now my acquaintance didn’t know the details; perhaps the prof lost a close relative or friend in the attacks, or perhaps the prof spent too much time following the news coverage.

    In any case, you never know what will break you, so as the Talmud says, “Don’t be sure of yourself until the day of your death.”


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