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Recession Haikus

The Revelation:
Here are the devils you know.
Now where do you go?

Dark Recreation:
All day these devils will play.
Excess shall drown hope.

Reverberations:
Pains which we shall bare and feel,
those that can still feel.

Gray Revolution:
Embracing false victory,
only false fiends fall.

False Retribution:
Phantom punishments given,
on empty dictates.

Fake Reclamation:
Dank scraps feed the unnourished,
while the spoilers gleam.

Spoiled Resurrection:
Returning, righteous, they lead -
those devils you know.

But for Redemption,
Grand Sol still shines ever on,
despite who you know.


New NPT: Who Doesn't Pay the Piper

 

 

Comic Here

Actually, this NPT isn’t that new.  It was put up over a week ago!  Sorry for the delayed announcement. 

New Insano should be on the way soon.  The Artist’s computer when bust, but he just got a very nice replacement to help get things going again… so… Woo Hoo!

 
Ok, now, about this latest comic… 


*RANT ON*

*RAMBLING MODULATOR ON*

  The Revelation:
  Here is the devil you know.
  Now where do you go?

I was originally going to say “The problem with trying to be topical is that you've got to be on time. Once the moment has passed, the joke is either no good or not relevant.”  I started drawing this newest NPT several weeks ago, in bits (yeah, several weeks ago. I suck at drawing! Not The Artist), and I was seriously thinking the topic it discussed would be an old hat by the time I got done.  Surely, with that pesky election out of the way, Lindsey Lohan, Brittney Spears, or some other celebrity would’ve came out hiding and had the world enthralled in some new senseless news garbage.  (Granted, the Madonna divorce did briefly turn a few heads.)  Or some other poor celeb would get caught in the wrong club, or have their cell phone hacked and have their private nudy pics scattered around the internet like the ashes from urn of common sense.

Well apparently not. It seems the current financial troubles that have gripped the world are lasting a bit longer than a “moment”.  Proposals are flooding the halls of our lawmakers on how to help numerous ailing industries, while pretty much leaving Joe Average Consumer out to dry.

Joe Average Consumer.  And consume he or she will, if credit is available.  Gotta get that limited edition DVD before they’re out.  Gotta get that big TV so you don’t suffer TV envy.  Gotta get that gas guzzler ‘cause gas has temporarily gone down.  Gotta get all the new games and CD’s that have came out because they are not nearly as important as something like… a mortgage payment.  Gotta get so many things.  Gotta them on credit because they’re some many of them, and they keep pushing us to buy new stuff before we’ve paid the old stuff off.  Constantly.  Everywhere.  On TV, on the radio, even scattered all over the internet.  BUY! BUY! BUY! No cash? Use credit! No credit? Let us bill you later!  And you pay forever!  Because, of you don’t have the newest, latest, coolest stuff – you are insignificant!  You are worthless!  NO ON WILL LIKE YOU!  HELP THE ECONOMY!  BUY! BARROW! BUY! BARROW! BUY! BARROW!

But remember, it’s your fault if you overextend yourself because you can’t resist societal peer pressure to get the newest toys.  And you won’t get help.  Too much debt is the result of your poor judgment.  Why should consumers get bailed out because they hear the siren call of the consumer market?  It’s not like Wall Street would ever make such poor choices….

People sell debt; they trade debt; it’s another damn commodity like corn and oil!

Doesn’t it seem odd that the US has an economy that is founded firmly in the fact that every one has debt? No just consumers.  Businesses use leverage to conduct daily business.  Companies used barrowed money to buy loans of people that barrowed money.  Then they barrow more money to buy insurance to help protect these purchases from ‘insurers’ that barrow money to meet the obligations of the insurance they provided.  Talk about a house of cards.  Wonder what would happen if someone in the chain couldn’t pay?  Oh wait – I think we know.

Credit freezes, market melt downs, and massive layoffs.  Talk about the layoffs and closings.  DHL, Citi Group, and Circuit City are just a few of the large companies to recently put their pink slip printers into overdrive.

Pink slip.  That’s a nice little term.  A nice, mild, little phrase to let someone know life as they know it has ended.

But not nearly as nice as say… a Golden Parachute. 

Wow.  What a concept.  Joe Average gets fried from his job, and gets the want ads out of the classifieds if he’s lucky.

Joe Executive gets let go for nearly ruining a company, and then gets a pat on the back, a yacht, plus a few million dollars to tide him over till he’s able to find another company to pillage.

Kevin Smith once said that some in Hollywood "fail upwards".  This mentality appears to have been fully embraced by the upper echelons of the Wall Street hierarchy.  I mean, dammit, once you get in the top spots, they pay you to leave. And they pay you a lot.  What an exclusive club.  Wonder if the same bunches of people just rotate among the corporate top spots in America?  Think about how much money companies could save if they switched those Golden Parachutes to Pink Slips.  With all the people that's been let go recently, surely they could spare one for the brass at the top.  Think of how much it might help if that “parachute money” was spread around the pink slippers, or used to keep their jobs viable?

 
Just think…

 
-BA

 


NPT Comic Shrinkage

Ok, had to shrink that last NPT comic.

Apparently, a huge orange banner against a black background is just the thing to give me a migrane.

If you'd like to still see the headache inducing version, you can here.

Gotta bolt now.  Having to catch up on seven seasons of Smallville and I'm only twenty so episodes in!

-BA 


New NPT Comic: The New Card in the Deck

 

Ok, more Doctor Insano goodness is on the way.  Gonna be a looker too.

In the meantime though, we got another NPT for you.  Not nearly as exciting as another as Insano, but remember it's just an appetizer.

It's also an attempt at being a bit topical, though a bit late.

Ah, oh well.

Didja know that the Monopoly guy was named Rich Uncle Pennybags?  Thought that was an interesting bit of trivia.  

Thanks for hanging around.  The artist will be visiting soon so you won't have to suffer the writer's drowing attempts anymore!

-BA 


New Comic: What Dreams May Gun

One more outing for our good buddy Decker Decker.

All in all, things are going pretty good here in the labs.  We've been playing with the site layout a bit.  We've also updated our contact form to help keep the massive throngs of spammers at bay.  You could do the good doctor (and us) a favor by testing our contact form out and letting us know what you think of our recent site changes.

If we don't hear from anyone, we'll just have to assume that everyone simply loves our site update because the form, of course, wouldn't be broken...

Also, on another note, it seems we've been able to put our summer hiatus on hiatus.  You should be seeing more regular content from the folks back in the lab.  It won't be weekly just yet, but we are trying hard for an update every other week at least.

New story starting soon.  Hope you enjoy. Thanks again for the visit!

Oh - one last favor request.  Our comic rankings have took a serious hit from our summer vacation, so we'd greatly appreciate it if anyone could for vote for us over on the voting links page. If you feel like it, vote more than once.  Visit the graveyard; grab some names, along with any friends or relatives you can bully into trekking down to the voting booth.   It may not lower taxes, or give us universal health coverage, but you'll feel warm inside for doing your comic duty...

Again, thanks for dropping by our little universe.

-BA

 

 

 


New Comic: Decker Days: What's In A Name

 
And here we are, out with Decker again - pondering the mysteries of life and the universe, in it's Better Days...

Ok, mebbe not.

So what goes in a name? Not all need a baby naming book. A good goof and set one for life!  Distant relatives with a wonky moniker can be good too.  Money sometimes. Or some other curious fact... mebbe the name of a certain bit of geography, or say what certain people call a running stream?... (ok, bit of an inside joke there)

On another note, we've made some updates to our site layout.  Take a look around, and let know what you think!  More changes may be on the way!

And more Insano too!

-BA


Randomness

Hi folks!

Rest assure, there is more Insano goodness in the works.  We have a followup strip coming up, and a whole new story arc after that!  Woo hoo.

In the meantime, the writer's computer died.  Yay.  Well, it died a few a weeks ago, but a motherboard replacement fixed it.  Now it has had a bad case of filesysem corruption.  Double yay.  Thank you Mr. Uncorruptable NTFS.

Thank goodness for the backup laptop!

I had this idea a while back for doing "Sticky Note Theater" - but it seems someone else has snagged that idea.  Oh well, I don't care.

To kill some time, I thought I'd talk about our ideas, and how we brainstorm, but there really is no method to it.  Just randomness.  Well, with a little madness thrown in to.  It might be a lot of madness actually; I don't think anyone here has ever actually tried to quantify it.  One way we come up with ideas though, is to randomly jot things down on whatever paper is available.  Doodles.  Lotsa people doodle.  Do you realize that a doodle is an idea that is trying to slip away from you?  Like, back in highschool, when you'd doodle and draw random images in the margins of your paper, those were escaping doodles!  Did you ever keep any of those papers?  Any of those doodles? No? Then they've excaped into the wild!

I've lost a lot of doodles too.  Who knows how many the artist have.  Every now then though, we catch a doodle before it escapes for good.  Take yellow sticky notes for example: they are just the right size and medium for catching doodles, just like Poké Ball's for Pokémon.

Here below we have a captured doodle:

 

 

 

He's here, and not going anywhere now.  Whose knows where he might end up?  Just mebbe a Doctor Insano NPT?

Some doodle undergo massive transformations and become beatiful expressions of thought.  Take this REALLY ROUGH doodle below: 

Pretty rough, eh? You can barely make out some humanoid figures, right?
And what's up with that rectangle and spiked ball thingy?

Could you ever believe...

 

  Amazing... if I do say so myself.
That's more along the lines of evolution, than brainstorming!

Still, raw nuggets of ideas like those sticky notes can turn into marvelous works of art if they are treated right.  Yep, every doodle is potential swan, you just have to find the right fairy tale for it to fit into!

Now excuse me, gotta go slap my computer around, and who knows... mebbe knock another doodle loose...

[B.A.]

 


New Comic: Decker Days: Whittle Me This


 And so the Good Doctor returns!

Well, sorta.  At least the kids are out having a good time while the Doctor is whiling away his time working on who knows what in the lab.

Sorry for the comic delay.  Hopefully, this will be it for our annual summer hiatus.  So many things to do! And such little precious time to do them all.  Like the Good Doctor, we’ve been whiling away time in our own personal labs.  Yep, summertime is burning away like a candle.  Gotta get things done!

The next strip is already in process, and should be up much sooner than the last.

Thank you for hanging on with us!

[B.A.] 


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