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Many Silly Things #3

Posted: March 27, 2012 by Mat Festa in Comics, Misc
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Recently I read an article by Ken Parille at The Comics Journal that took a critical look at the design of male vs female costumes in the collective Marvel and DC universe. In short instead of focusing on the objectified female characters and their scanty costumes it focuses rather on the abstract, often grotesque figures of the male characters and how their costumes serve to cover them. There are a number of points in this piece that I disagree with but the overall concept is one definitely worth considering and sent my imagination spinning.

The pretentious artistic explanation behind this is that the easiest and clearest way to expose the absurdity of any widely accepted cultural norm or other social construct is to show its opposite. The more accurate and honest explanation is that while reading the article, though thoughtful and serious it is, the first silly thought that came to mind while reading it was seeing male superheros wearing one of their female counterparts costumes.

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In the grand annals of Cartoonology and Cartoonionomy there have been many visionaries and pioneers who have left their glorious doodles upon history. This is that blog which has descended from their art of old and herein we have taken the essence of their acumen and clothed it in the garb of silly. For here the covenant betwixt scribbler and scribblee, image and word, setup and punchline may be fulfilled and forever held sacrosanct under the grace of the jovial prophets of old.

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Sisters, brothers, children, your pleas have not gone unheard.

Desperately you have sought in these dark and troubled days a beacon to guide you through the mists of modern melancholia. Beset on all sides by the woes of our age you have desired reprieve, and indeed it has come. That which you see before you is your deliverance: Many Silly Things – an exegesis of the ridiculous by comickist Mat Festa.

Though potent it may be no single visual sensory experience could be enough shepherd you through the bleak horizons you may face. Hence, on alternating Tuesdays this comedic sagacity will be imparted to you. Hyperelectronically disseminated to your private mechanical window, designated work terminal, or pocket dwelling telephonic communicatory device you will have swift and sure access to these pages.

Rest assured we will meet again.

2012 is clearly the year that everyone gets hurt in the NBA. Stern can only blame himself and the player’s union for the rash of injuries that is currently overtaking the league. This is a funky NBA season, and nothing really shows that more than legit concerns in Golden State over the Kwame Brown injury.

So it would fit to form that our own Bullies would run into a rash of injuries that would severely cripple the team and flush them out of first place in the conference. Except that it didn’t…because the Bulls are very deep.

Think about it, Scal is getting meaningful burn, Asik started and played 39 minutes in a game, Rose missed 5 games in a row, Luol Deng went down with an injury, Korver was asked to play serious defense on players faster than he is, Boozer was playing center, half the frontcourt twisted their ankle, seemingly on the same play, and through it all the Bulls collectively shrugged and won 4 out of 5 games.

That’s not normal. You aren’t supposed to lose half your team and thrive. The schedule definitely helped, the Bulls ran through Charlotte, Cleveland and Phoenix before getting Rose back for the recent Nets game. It also was a relaxed schedule, or as relaxed as this NBA season will allow. There was only one back to back thrown in there.

Yet, there the Bulls sit, atop the conference and undefeated at home, poised to once again snatch that one seed. Honestly, it all hinges on the Luol Deng injury. #9 is the best defender the Bulls have, he is a perfect cog in the Thibs defensive machine. Deng is also a reliable 3rd scoring option, and his jumpshot does have the tendency of loosening up the defense in the paint allowing Rose to drive in and play 21 with the opposing team. Deng has a wrist injury, he doesn’t expect to miss any significant time unless he opts for surgery, and that should concern Bulls fans. If this guy is out for a few months, the Bulls are in a tough spot.

The MVP is already playing through turf toe (that they won’t ever say is turf toe), and you’ll be taking away Thib’s blankie. Carlos Boozer can make all the sweet love to undersized PF’s that he wants, his offense will not be covering for the loss of Deng’s defense. It will manifest itself in very subtle ways. Brewer does a good job at the 3, but he’s not 6’9 like Deng is. The Bulls have thrived so far, and they are an elite NBA team, but the Deng/Rose combo is important in Chicago, and the injury to Deng hurts. It’s a rough season, and our iron man is finally missing time. It’ll be interesting to see how the Bulls respond to his absence.