Top 10 Animals that Should Not Be Anthropomorphized

First of all, the word “anthropomorphic” shouldn’t exist. I can never remember how to spell it. Second, who came up with the idea of anthropomorphizing animals anyway? It’s weird. Disney didn’t but he deserves an Ignoble Award anyway for giving us pants-less ducks and dogs with dogs (OK, Pluto isn’t Goofy’s dog, but you get the idea).

Of all the animals that shouldn’t be anthropomorphized, the ones that should be  anthropomorphized the least are as follows. Incidentally, if you’ve made it this far and don’t know what anthropomorphize means, let me explain. It’s the practice of giving non-human objects human attributes.

10. Mosquitoes

The only reason mosquitoes aren’t #1 is because I have to deal with them right now and get it out of the way. I hate mosquitoes. Who doesn’t? In fact, “I actually really like mosquitoes and enjoy having them around,” said nobody ever. Even scientists that study them hate them. And fish that eat their larvae are self-loathing creatures with very high suicide rates. Mosquitoes are God’s worst practical joke.

Mosquito filled with blood

9. Mice

Chuck E. Cheese more than offsets any “cuteness” Jerry or the mice in Cinderella may project.  Incidentally, I wasn’t aware that pizza could ever be made to taste badly until I went to Chuck E. Cheese.

Chuck E Cheese mouse characters

8. Jar-Jar Binks

OK, Jar-Jar is really an alien but he looks like an anthropomorphizoid. He should never have been created. Never ever. No never.

Annoying Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks

7. Horses

I’m sure to catch hell for this, but I don’t like talking horses.  Horses should not be anthropomorphized. I feel threatened.

Majestic black stallion

6. Chimps

Why bother? They’re our cousins anyway.

Cinder, a hairless chimpanzee

5. Anglerfish

As if the world wasn’t scary enough.


4. Billy Ray Cyrus 

I don’t know what kind of animal Billy Ray is but he isn’t human and we should stop pretending.

Billy Ray Cyrus and his hair

3. Pigs

Because at some point, they will start eating each other.

Animated pig cooking sausages

2. Any animal that is depicted as sexy

Adult furry comics aren’t for everyone. Actually, they should be for no one.

Genus adult furry comics

1. Great Danes

Because when they are, Scooby Doo happens.

Scooby Doo and the gang

What do you think? Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

I didn’t realize it until today but my blog is now just over two years old. I submitted my first post on September 3rd, 2011.

Comics A-Go-Go! websiteThe blog has evolved from its original purpose. I started it to sell and trade comics, cards, and other pop culture memorabilia. I even set up pages with some of the items I had. The “A Go-Go!” theme was based on a very loose interest in the kitschy pop culture theme from the 1950s and 1960s. I have no idea why. It must have been because I was listening to Esquivel during the time of conception and fancied an image of a bachelor pad with go-go girls partying on a patio. Sounds good enough.

Anyway, after a while I realized I didn’t have the time to dedicate to the venture. In order to make an über-cool website, I not only needed a ton of fresh and current content, but also superior web design skills. Plus, I very quickly realized I was starting to diverge from comic books and writing posts about music, movies, politics, and any other thing that happened to be on my mind at the time.

So why keep it going? Well, two reasons. First, it’s cathartic. I enjoy writing, even if I do it lazily. I also love images, especially funny ones (funny to me, anyway). Esoteric or large versions of things like comic book covers or San Diego Comic-Con swag are also a passion because I hate not finding a good picture of something obscure so I figure others probably feel the same way.

Power Girl getting her breasts grabbed

This is the type of sophomoric humor you will find here.

Nancy Reagan satire

Why limit the fun to comic books? I like a dash of political humor too. Here I make fun of Nancy Reagan who I am convinced enjoyed some “Mother’s Little Helpers” to keep her girlish figure. I can’t prove it, but you can’t disprove it either.

Second, the blog has been more popular than I thought it would be. I’m approaching 200,000 page views which may be peanuts compared to other websites, but it’s a lot more than I ever thought would have. Google has given me a lot of love, mostly because I’ve added thousands of pictures and included content on things that are hard to find on the Internet such as covers of 1980s independent comics. I love seeing who visits me from where, so I take a look at the site stats frequently.

PBS Mini Series: The Punisher

See? This is why my blog is so important. This is a picture of the extremely rare poster for the short-lived Punisher mini-series on PBS. The pilot won a Parents Choice Gold Award and it was cancelled right after that.

Bellechere, She-Hulk Cosplayer

This is the primary reason you’re here, right? Sexy cosplay blows the roof off my page view rankings.

One of the funniest things I’ve discovered is that whenever I post a sexually-oriented entry, my stats spike. I created a post of sexy cosplayers from the San Diego Comic-Con this year and it has generated thousands of page views all by itself. I figure if I want to start getting a lot more than my current average of 400 page views per day, I should create a “Biggest Tits of the Day” gallery or a “Nude Comic Book Femme Fatales” running feature. While that sounds like fun, I’m trying to keep the blog to a PG-13 level and there are plenty of other things to write about (having said that, my stats have taken a dive in the last week, so my next post will be about something titillating).

Thanks for the visits. Hope you enjoy your time. Feel free to link, leave comments (positive or negative, I don’t care), and take copies of my images. I would love to be given credit if you post my content elsewhere, but I obviously can’t enforce that.

So, as Stan Lee says: “Excelsior!”

Young Stan Lee, comic book icon

What’s the deal with the private and his privates in the upper right corner?

Syria: Do we go in or do we stay out?

Oh, what to do, what to do? The Syrian crisis is polarizing most Americans and is probably creating a lot of angst outside our borders. After several years of fighting terrorism, invading other countries, spending billions (trillions) on defense (and offense), helping promote democracy and order, creating chaos, building relationships in the international community, destroying others, … what’s it going to be with Syria? My general sense in talking to friends and reading about it online is that many people, regardless of whether they are hawkish or dovish, are very nervous about getting embroiled in another conflict.

I’m torn too. On the one hand, I just can’t abide by the thought that over 100,000 (!) people have died in this conflict and that doesn’t consider the number of wounded. In a typical conflict, far more people are seriously injured than die, so the number of people that have been grievously harmed or killed could be in the hundreds of thousands. Additionally, over 2 million people have been displaced (i.e., had to flee their homes). There are only 22 million people in Syria. So, that’s like going into a typical American elementary school, killing two children, torturing and wounding dozens of others, and forcing 40 of them to run away with or without their families and not be able to return to their homes. The remaining children and teachers are left with the terrible knowledge that they too are likely to fall victim to violence and torture in one form or another with no end in sight.

By not taking military action, we leave the supporters and rebels to continue killing each other and innocent civilians. There is no question people will die because of the airstrikes, but will there be fewer casualties in the long run? And is it simply the moral obligation for free people to support the freedom and well-being of all others?

On the other hand, I see two major “cons.” First, the threat of regional instability is most certainly a possibility and that could mean much greater violence than a localized civil war. Just as importantly is the philosophical question of challenging the autonomy of another country and the strong possibility that entering a conflict may not be completely for altruistic reasons. There is a moral element to respecting the borders of others, because if not, where does it end? We have invaded, bombed, and strong-armed so many countries over the last several decades that it’s no wonder people in other countries resent (or hate) Americans. For the most part, I think it’s safe to say that the U.S. has imposed our will on others, regardless of whether the initial reasons for doing so were right (Haiti) or wrong (Iraq).  Having said that (and without diminishing the effect of the U.S. foreign policies),  the actions or neglect of most countries deserve judgment. But that’s a topic for another day since I’m specifically concerned in the moment about what the right course of action is for the United States, and possibly France, if we are the only two countries considering airstrikes.

So, I’m not sure where I stand on the matter of military action against Syria. I can’t dismiss the genocide. On the other hand, the world doesn’t need another multinational war and its inevitable fallout.

What do you think? I don’t want to oversimplify it with a four question poll, so if you have opinions regarding possible military intervention in Syria, I want to hear it. For the poll, you can choose more than one answer since morality and strategy are both very important and probably separate reasons for taking or avoiding action.

Superman and Batman Play “Who’s the Pitcher? Who’s the Catcher? “

I don’t know if the expression started with Ren & Stimpy, but the first time I heard it was on one of their more adult episodes. With all the noise about a joint Batman-Superman movie, I have to wonder: “Who’s the pitcher? Who’s the catcher?” I’m not suggesting one position is better than the other. I just really wonder who would be what.

Batman and Superman

What do you think?

Comic-Con Countdown

San Diego Comic Con 2013I’m getting ready to wrap things up at work and head out  with some friends to the Comic-Con. We’re driving to San Diego so there will be time to read over the program guide and plan for the events.

I love the Comic-Con. As I’ve said in previous posts, it’s a great place to get my head cleared from the doldrums and just enjoy a small period of pure entertainment.

I love that it has grown from a comic book hobbyist show to a pop culture event that showcases anything that might be related to entertainment. I was talking to a friend about how much things have changed since we were first attending the Con back in the 1990s. I think if it wasn’t for the forward-thinking minds of the folks that run the show to involve movie and TV studios, RPG and the like, publishing houses, toy manufacturers, art forms of all persuasions, and a variety of crazy things you won’t see elsewhere, the event would probably would have lost traction just as interest in traditional comic book reading and collecting of recent or near recent stuff has waned. I bash Rob Liefeld a lot, but it’s actually people like him that probably helped fuse the various mediums to make the whole experience more diverse. I may not like everything that’s come with the ride, but in all, it’s been a good thing I think.

I love the cosplayers (where else can you dress up as Lando or Leia or Spongebob or Catwoman or Thor’s Hammer or whatever and not get made fun of?). Over the years, the costumes have gotten more elaborate and creative. I’m planning on taking a ton of pictures this year since the ones from last year were so popular.

And while we’re there, we’re going snorkeling at La Jolla. Bonus!

We’d love to see you there.  Take our poll and leave comments if you’d like.