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Archive for April 2008

#340 – Best Buy Trip

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On purpose, I drove to Best Buy to purchase something. Anything. I wanted a new thing. Call it a spasm of materialisticism (not a word) or whatever, but I wanted something. So I first went and looked at the DVD for Sin City, which is on my list for next movies to buy before other movies (it’s an ongoing process). There were two versions, one with no bonus features and one with a ton yet a higher price. I studied them, studied them like a college goer crams for his/her biology final three hours prior to it; I squinted and stared at the cases, turned them over in my hand endlessly…and then I put them back on the shelf and walked away.

Then I went and looked at XBox 360. I picked up the box that held the lime green videogame thing. It was heavy. Someone once told me the heavier a thing is, the more you’ll pay for it. I didn’t take too much time deciding that, no, I’m not going to buy it. Not now.

I spent the rest of the time drifting, watching others pick out their prizes. All their eyes said the same thing: MINE, MINE, MINE.

So why did I go out there? To waste an hour of my day? It really isn’t that I’m dead broke, but that I’d rather not go into debt. Also, I can’t help but feel horrible when I buy things I don’t need…

I guess it was a compulsion of sorts, a wanting of being out and being a consumer. Yet I failed. I returned empty-handed and I still don’t understand why…

This public musing has been brought to you by Paul, who is just waiting for the weekend to arrive.

When you’re walking downtown
Do you wish I was there?
Do you wish it was me?
With the windows clear and the mannequins’ eyes
Do they all look like mine?

– “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams

Written by Paul

April 30, 2008 at 12:05 am

#339 – Airplane Noises

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Aiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee THUNK!

Question of the day: What sort of sounds do you hear in your home/living space/cardboard box?

An honest face like that
I just can’t forget too easy
God knows I’m trying

– “Places to Go” by Owen

Written by Paul

April 29, 2008 at 12:02 am

#338 – Reflection, with Dishes

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And with today’s comic strip, the integrity of MyLifeComics goes down a notch. Not a big notch, but a smidgen. That’s what I get for thinking too much while washing the dishes…

I also hope you get the title. It’s meant to be a parody of things like “Dog, with Bowl” and “Still Life, with Fruit”. That comma has a purpose, I tell you. It is meant to be looked upon, it is meant to be paused on. At least for comic effect. Bah, nevermind. Bunch of simpletons.

If you’re wondering what happened the morning after in the hotel room in New York (and I know you all are!), well…nothing happened. We “woke” up, made like zombies and got ready, and then walked back to the convention center where I made my grand departure. From there, I took the ferry home and then proceeded to slip into a 6-hour coma. So, yeah. Not much to be missed.

It’s cold and rainy here. How’s your Monday so far?

We know of an ancient radiation
That haunts dismembered constellations,
A faintly glimmering radio station.
While Frank Sinatra sings “Stormy Weather,”
The flies and spiders get along together,
Cobwebs fall on an old skipping record.

– “Frank Sinatra” by Cake

Written by Paul

April 28, 2008 at 8:40 am

#337 – NY Comic Con 2008, Part 3

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Ahhh…yeah. There’s no “To be continued!” in the last panel, but there just might be one more Comic Con comic on Monday. I know you’re all loving them. Well, not Bitsy. She hasn’t stopped by here since I started posting them. Hmphh.

Anyways, the weekend approaches. Unlike the last one, which you’ve all been reading about the past three days, this one will be a bit more subdued. Some sleeping, some going to the park, some relaxing. Nothing major or life-stopping. But I know you people out there are doing stuff! You’re always doing stuff! So tell me what stuff is being done…by you! Go on!

Back with the streets I know
They never take me anywhere but here
Those stains in the carpet, this drink in my hand
these strangers whose faces I know

– “Left and Leaving” by Number One Fan

Written by Paul

April 25, 2008 at 12:03 am

#336 – NY Comic Con 2008, Part 2

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Oh, look! Another comic about Comic Con! And we’re not even done yet. Stay tuned for tomorrow to see how my “leaving” went…

So, back in college, after a lovely night at a Blood Brothers concert, my friend Jaime “Hot Cakes” Schuh and I decided we needed to form a band. What kind of band, you ask? Why, a poppy techno screamo group called The Bubblegum Kisses. She wrote the lyrics, I made the music and screamed into a microphone. We had a MySpace page, but it somehow got deleted. Thankfully, she’s found all the songs again and has posted them for all to see. Personally, I think she’s trying to convince me to, as they say, get the band back together. Maybe maybe! So, if you want to know what it is like to be me and be bored and have recording equipment at your disposal, well, here you go:

The Bubblegum Kisses E.P.
1. Cake
2. Breast Milk
3. Hatchet Tooth

Remember, we were bored. Mighty, mighty bored. But “Cake” still makes me laugh…

Written by Paul

April 24, 2008 at 12:01 am

#335 – NY Comic Con 2008, Part 1

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I have nothing to say here that isn’t said in the above comic. More to come, too…

I have, however, created a Flickr account and stolen photos from everyone else and put them up there for y’all to enjoy as if I myself am some sort of photographer extraordinare. I am not. The six photos I actually took are laughable at best. Go here to see ’em! The good photos, people, not the ones I actually snapped.

Written by Paul

April 23, 2008 at 12:01 am

#334 – Whiney Roads

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We’re a bit silly. If you don’t get the joke, I don’t know what to tell you…

Now, of all the superhero movies coming out this summer (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight), I have to say I’m most excited about the latter. Here’s the newest trailer for it:

Reasons why it’ll rock? My old man crush, Michael Caine, is back as the serenely charming Alfred. The Joker looks to be a great villain. And Tom Cruise’s wife is gone from the film! So there, three solid reasons it should be awesome. Plus, I really enjoyed Batman Begins if only for how they handled the superhero’s plight into knighthood. They didn’t make it cheesy or over-the-top. It was sensible, thoughtful, and actually, um, believable. And we’re talking about a man dressed as a bat here so that’s a good thing. Are you gonna check the new movie out?

Comics for Comic Con (hmm too many cos right there) will start tomorrow…

Written by Paul

April 22, 2008 at 8:38 am