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December 14, 2004
Today's Comic
I Feel Old

December 14, 2004

First off, yesterday I posted a link to Ms. Bex Schwarz, a performance artist as well as employee of VH1. I should point out to those of you who've emailed her, complaining to (or flat out attacking) her that she doesn't run or own VH1. She's an employee who has as much control over what her employer does as most of you do.

In other words, stop bitching her out because VH1 doesn't show more videos, okay? It's not her damn fault.

Anyway, I'm tired and I feel like rambling - so I'm going to. It's 7 in the morning - with means, in a few hours, I will be sleeping. But I spent a couple of hours looking at old websites I used to hit all the time. See, I'm one of those old people who can remember when you only had Netscape or Opera browsers, all websites had grey backgrounds and animated GIFs seemed cool.

Okay. I'm lying. Animated GIFs were never cool.

I used to be in a writing group called the Squad From Hell loooooong ago, when I was just 18, on a BBS system in the 817 area code. We wrote, mainly, "ongoing stories" - stories where every person added a page or two. We did just over ten Stories From Hell in this fashion and probably another ten or so stories "inspired" by them - stories that *gasp* had one author. It was a lot of fun.

Then I went to college at the University of North Texas, which was a county and an area code away, and that ended that. However, my old friend Don Cook (aka Dr. Deranged) soon after introduced me to a group called Superguy. I really miss Superguy.

Superguy was kind of like comic book fanfic, without the comic books. There was an established universe everyone adhered to, as well as certain rules (you don't use someone else's characters without permission, you don't fuck up someone else's continuity, you never leave a ™ off when you use the word Hell™, even if you use if as an exclimation) everyone was expected to follow. Don wrote this cool series called Mr. Morbid, about a necromancer/radio deejay, taken in part from our old Squad From Hell days (and he foolishly let me help him establish some of his continuity). I wrote... er... some junk. Meh. I think I'd be most remembered for having the series with the most obscenity and unnecessary violence in the run of Superguy.

Oh yeah. And typos. And unnecessary angst.

A lot of that.

I don't really know where I'm going with this. I just felt like I should post sme news and I'd been thinking about Superguy, and the people I met there, a lot lately. Thankfully, I'm still in contact with a lot of them (like Dave van Domelen, Eric Burns, and my friend Don. Still, sorta miss it. Not that I have time (I'm behind enough as it is).

I think the Superguy mailing list is still active, although I've no idea if the old subscribe-to info is correct on their webpage. Still, if you're bored and want to read a very, very, VERY bizarre collection of humor-based hero fiction, the old website is still up, and you can screw around with the Autocollector to find all the old posts. Have fun. I'm going to go eat bran and bitch about kids today and their music. -R

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