|| special stuff ||
|here's a |letter|
i got awhile back from a girl i thought was going to kill me. she
kept using the word special, and i was totally convinced for
like 3 weeks that i was going to wake up one morning having had all
my limbs cut off. it never happened.
|here's the now infamous
|cease-and-decist letter| that i received
from the sesame street workshop demanding that i stop defacing the
good name of their beloved character. what a bunch of gaywads.
||| hate mail / fan
|how the fuck are you still around?
i swear to god, ithought your comic died like two years ago? get a
fucking job and stop wasting valuable internet space. and secrets
gleaned from robots or whatever, what the fuck is that? like, you
actually said it was better than little gamers? holy crap.
you're freaking delusional. that's like watching some guy in a iron
chef take a crap on a plate and then WHOLEFUCKINGHEARTEDLY AND WITHOUT
ANY SENSE OF HUMOR CLAIM IT'S A FUCKING DELICACY. i've read little
gamers; a definite 'meh' at best but you, your comics lack any sense
of humor or even shock value. if i wanted crudely drawn cocks and
a sense of impending suicide i'd rummage through some furry porn archive.
however, your comic lacks the artistic talent that encourages them.
so, in closing igive your whole frigging site a 'total crap' rating
and would highly reccomend you take your ritalin and get back to your
deskjob/homework, you dried up 20-something failure.
|i am fascinated by your comix...
they make me wonder whether you're trying to make a statement or are
|you're the goddamndest most stupid
fucking idiot moron shit-for-brains on the planet. your comic is about
as funny as a fucking tree. eat shit loser, i hope you die.
shit is motherfuckingly hillarious.
demand you to blow me. ps: you must be one of the most
moronic person i've ever met.
still pondering the pendulous appendages, but as for "shit box",
we think you are rimbaud born again as cartoonist. we shall
be sniffing all boxes carefully from now on.
website you submitted to crazy comics ring has been denied
due to the reasons cited...by the ringmaster - "your site was
sick and disgusting. i don't like reading a book about crap."
|it's 1:40 a.m.
in italy, and i am gonna have nightmares...congratulations.
|oh my, how
unique. i've never noticed any amputation/shit humour on the INTERNET
before. you blaze that trail, pioneer!
|i shared it
with my parents (bohemian hippie children) and my dad, a great believer
in free speech and self expression, was greatly impressed and even
used it as an example in a lecture he gave at fullerton collage on
self expression. e, you're a smart, tortured little man.
and that saddens me. kudos!
|dude - what in the fuck are you doing?
in poor taste totally fucking sucks monkey testicles. it could
be that i'm not hip anymore...but jesus h. christ. the shit
|funniest comic EVER. it makes me
want to chop my dick off.
||| reviews ||
: creator of emptylife publications
mastermind behind the subversive ce-5 series has offered
up a critique of this travesty in the third installment of his |assblaster
reviews|. you can read the full review there, as well
as reviews of other underground comics.
overview - Ew.
art - There really isn't much I can comment on in regards to the
artwork, other than to say that I think it fits the comic perfectly.
I believe five wouldn't be half as dark and disturbing if it didn't
the twisted images and surrealistic landscapes and figures.
The narrator as a five-year-old manages to be look both helpless
and alien. It's difficult to decide whether you should feel
sorry for him, or disgusted (I think this was the intent, but I
could be wrong). Anyway, I don't really have the knowledge
or experience to be able to recommend any improvements, so I'll
writing - five evokes a reaction. For me, this was disgust.
Collecting shit in boxes, hooks through various parts of the human
anatomy, and stories which focus on parasites are just a couple
examples of how five manages to do this. Additionally, I got
a distinct feeling of alienation while reading through the books.
Again, I assume this was intentional. Believing that, I can
definitely say that five manages to accomplish what it set out to
do. My only other comment is that it seemed to sometimes slip
into being overly-pretentious; I'm not sure whether or not this
was also intentional.
website - Very professional looking. I'm still trying to decide
what the overall look reminds me of. A grimy industrial factory,
or really rundown used bookstore, maybe. The way it's set
up probably discourages visitors who are just browsing, since the
artwork isn't immediatley available. That's not to say it's
difficult to navigate the site. Most everything is pretty
obviously marked and labelled. But for those who are just
scanning through comic listings probably will keep on moving, since
there's no obvious front image to give them an idea of what to expect
from five. Then again, I doubt the site is meant to attract
viewers looking for another comic containing big-eyed girls and
overall - five is unique. I'm fairly
certain I've never seen anything like it before. I'm still
not entirely certain what five is, or the reasoning behind it.
Still, whatever it's trying to accomplish, I'm fairly certain it's
doing a good job of it. Whether I like it or not, I can easily
state that it is definitely a memorable creation.
some other dude
I read through five way back when it first hit Keenspace and enjoyed
it, but I didn't check back much. I think this has to do with
it not having a more regular daily format. The site is very
stylish and attractive, way more so than most comic sites.
Indeed, I can't think offhand of any other comic site that looks
slicker. It feels more like a collection of completed independent
comics (since that's more or less what it is) instead of an ongoing
comic strip, and I think that made me get less hooked, for what
that's worth. I like to come to a comic site and see the newest
stuff on the front page instead of having to go clicking further
to get to it; at least if it's a site I visit regularly. I
see you've got news blurbs set up to help direct the reader to the
latest stuff; that helps some. There doesn't seem to be much
screen real estate for these news blurbs; you might want to show
further into the past on the home page to let an occasional reader
more easily see what to catch up on. They've already had to
click past a couple "warning, mature" buttons (surely
1 would be sufficient), so I'd not make them keep clicking (to Old
News) to have to find stuff.
The schtick of combined jaded cynical self-loathing and disdain
for the reader sometimes wears thin. I have no idea how "real"
that is versus a put-on persona, but certainly some of it goes a
long way, and I know some folks have a very negative reaction to
it. This is of course subjective; you also do the overblown
arrogant intellectual schtick which I know is offputting to a lot
of people, but I love it. As for the comics themselves: a
variety of styles. I least enjoyed the recent He-Man paste-up
stuff. Like you say in the news blurbs, they're ridiculously
lazy/easy... they were occasionally funny, but after seeing some
of your other stuff, they didn't grab me nearly as much. Nothing
wrong with doing silly spoofy romps, but the stuff that really impressed
me was the comics that used your own art.
"The comics" are the great stuff. These have the
feel of cool interesting pretentious altcomics and Eurocomics, with
quirky consistently creepy art (and very nifty photoshop work on
some of them), especially A Spectacle (with its funky little 23
references and Chick tracts etc.), that teeter in the gray area
around literary pretentiousness and disturbing weirdness (a place
I enjoy). Obviously the grotesqueness and scatological art
will be offputting to many, not to mention some of the seemingly
intentionally offensive language/themes, but then you knew that.