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posted by jpburns to MetaFilter-Related at 11:22 AM (63 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

He/she should add one more, "Meh."
posted by Malor at 11:28 AM on February 5, 2008


rerun.
posted by Horken Bazooka at 11:29 AM on February 5, 2008


yes.
posted by mumkin at 11:31 AM on February 5, 2008


Oh img tag, how I miss you :-(
posted by cmonkey at 11:33 AM on February 5, 2008 [4 favorites]


It's a bit after-the-fact, now; there was a metatalk thread about a year and a half ago when interrobang was actually doing the drawings, and it makes for a good read. Opinions were pretty mixed on the project; I have to say that I've moved a bit farther towards the "this has some problematic elements" side of the discussion than I was when the discussion originally happened.

It's a sticky question: where does the line of propriety fall, between the artistic novelty (I enjoy interro's art a great deal) and sort of perceptible (whether intended or not) malice in the elevated lampooning. Having seen less artistic, more explicitly grudge-driven iterations of the same sort of idea more recently, I have to say it's not a great bit of ground to tread.

All that said, it's an interesting artifact of site history (and etiquette and policy, to boot). And, more positively, the A Year In Comics project was absolutely fantastic, and if you missed out on it last year, start readin' now. An amazingly fun daily read, that was, and I'm impressed as hell that John pulled it off.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:33 AM on February 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


[old]
posted by Stynxno at 11:45 AM on February 5, 2008


I miss A Year in Comics.
posted by ND¢ at 11:56 AM on February 5, 2008


I miss Potato.
posted by typewriter at 12:12 PM on February 5, 2008


THE PANELS HAVE FUNCTIONED
FOR _1_ YEARS, _4_ MONTHS, & _9_ DAYS
WITHOUT A LOST TIME ACCIDENT.

posted by Smart Dalek at 12:15 PM on February 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't miss potato, because I scored a button! Probably the most badass of my denim jacket's little buttons. Well, it's Potato v. Danger Mouse, anyway.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:16 PM on February 5, 2008


I think of Potato whenever I wear my winter coat, because I have a Potato button pinned to its lapel. Unfortunately with it being 78 degrees here, I don't get to wear my winter coat much.
posted by ND¢ at 12:17 PM on February 5, 2008


it's an interesting artifact of site history

How great will it be when x_Indi4n4_Jonez_x, digital archaeologist and hero, discovers these threads in 2053.
posted by cashman at 12:31 PM on February 5, 2008 [3 favorites]


Yeah, we've seen 'em before, but thanks for reminding me of them—I enjoy them just as much (*glares at cortex*) as I did before.

So, cortex, do you know who else moved a bit farther towards the "this has some problematic elements" side of the discussion?
posted by languagehat at 12:38 PM on February 5, 2008


Well, dang. I actually searched for a double, but to no avail...
posted by jpburns at 12:43 PM on February 5, 2008


Interrobang does take commissions if you would ever want a portrait painted. Here's the one that I hope they use at my funeral.
posted by sleepy pete at 12:46 PM on February 5, 2008


An aging David Bowie re: unchecked sexual and chemical adventurism?
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:47 PM on February 5, 2008


Yes, he did one of my parents at my request, and I think it's great. They do too.
posted by OmieWise at 12:56 PM on February 5, 2008


These are my smiling parents.
posted by OmieWise at 12:59 PM on February 5, 2008


I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by Dave Faris at 1:14 PM on February 5, 2008


This is not a picture of me.

But if it were, I'd be the TV.
posted by quin at 1:26 PM on February 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Speaking of which, I wish I had more artistic ability, as I would love to do a running web-comic using some of the discussions from here as jumping off points.

Fortunately for everyone, my art really sucks, am way to lazy, and have the attention span of something really inattentive. So this won't ever get done by me.

Which is probably for the best.
posted by quin at 1:29 PM on February 5, 2008


My comment was needlessly hostile. There was no reason for me to make an asusmption about Violet Blue's site readership or to attack that readership. It would have been sufficient to attack her thinly veiled attempt to establish herself as a sex expert based solely on the fact that she occasionally has sex wearing leather. Ooooo.

So I genuinely apologize if I offended anyone by my inartful and inarticulate comment. The depiction of me as the chubby fat kid from the Far Side cartoon is, of course, spot on.
posted by Pastabagel at 1:37 PM on February 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


Potato, Any Time You Want.
posted by steef at 1:38 PM on February 5, 2008


Here was one I drew, in response to this thread, spawned by this question.
posted by fandango_matt at 1:38 PM on February 5, 2008


Ah, it's great to be reminded of the fr0zen/xteraco threads.
posted by box at 1:50 PM on February 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


The depiction of me as the chubby fat kid from the Far Side cartoon is, of course, spot on.
posted by Pastabagel at 1:37 PM on February 5 [+] [!]


Would it be gauche if I were to suggest Atkins?
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:55 PM on February 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


I miss those.
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:15 PM on February 5, 2008


It would have been sufficient to attack her thinly veiled attempt to establish herself as a sex expert based solely on the fact that she occasionally has sex wearing leather.

You know, I'd never read the original thread, so perhaps this is too late, but I think it's worth mentioning that she does in fact have years of experience writing advice columns and books about sex. You can feel free to think that's still not qualification enough, but it's still more than just having sex wearing leather.
posted by shmegegge at 3:15 PM on February 5, 2008


I remember these, they were great. Well, they still are, but it was even better when I could remember the threads that these comments came from. Artistic, clever, snarky, funny - the things that make metafilter what it is. Less artistic iterations don't devalue this stuff at all.
posted by Elmore at 4:26 PM on February 5, 2008


Unfortunately with it being 78 degrees here, I don't get to wear my winter coat much.

You can mail it up to me, it will still be Winter until April. I promise to mail it back once it's cold down there again.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:01 PM on February 5, 2008


This only further encourages me to spout off even more stupid shit in hopes that my internet portrait is drawn.
posted by idiotfactory at 5:03 PM on February 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


The depiction of me as the chubby fat kid from the Far Side cartoon is, of course, spot on.

Given that your username is made from two different types of carbohydrate, it wouldn't seem an overly strenuous leap of imagination.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:57 PM on February 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


If only the IMG tag could return!
posted by interrobang at 6:59 PM on February 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


You know, I'd never read the original thread, so perhaps this is too late

It's only been a year and a half - by all means, let's all get back into that.
posted by nanojath at 7:02 PM on February 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


I MISS A YEAR IN COMICS!!

::sobs::
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 7:05 PM on February 5, 2008


(Oh and fandango_matt, I don't know how I missed that NFLfan thread the first time around. That's a classic AskMe trainwreck right there)
posted by nanojath at 7:06 PM on February 5, 2008


I'm quietly waiting for the rolling out of Metafilter SUPREME. For an extra $9.99 a month, you get to use IMG tags. For an extra $14.99 a month, you get to see IMG tags and a weekly coupon for a dented can of soup.
posted by Atreides at 7:06 PM on February 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


If only the IMG tag could return!
I miss it at times, of course the sexism threads would never have survived the img tag.
posted by Tenuki at 7:18 PM on February 5, 2008


Making clever Youtube rejoinders is the new IMG tag.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:24 PM on February 5, 2008


I don't know how I missed that NFLfan thread the first time around

Man. I'd forgotten about that. I just reread the whole thing, green and grey, and I'm not sure why, though it does have the advantage of making all the political stuff I'm tabbing over to seem less depressing.

Wherever you are, NFLfan, I hope you're well and having an enjoyable presidential preference event.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:02 PM on February 5, 2008


These comments were my gateway drug into the awesomeness of Interrobang's work. IMG! IMG!

One of my many Interrobang tributes: a Potato cameo.
posted by COBRA! at 8:03 PM on February 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


"It's a sticky question: where does the line of propriety fall..."

What is this "line of propriety" that you speak of, and when did Matthowie add this feature?
posted by mecran01 at 9:29 PM on February 5, 2008


Metafilter: blah blah blah blah blah
That may be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, Blah blah blah, Every One!
posted by Smedleyman at 11:08 PM on February 5, 2008


Oh, man. Red, White, and Blue Torture/Bondage Man rules!

Anyway, it's good to see other people think that some MetaFilter comments are incredibly disappointing. I came to MetaFilter through Ask MetaFilter, where I was impressed by the thoughtfulness and often respectful tone of the comments. When I started diving into the blue threads, I was all, "Nooooo! This is the same as the rest of the internet, just spelled better!"
posted by ignignokt at 12:46 AM on February 6, 2008 [4 favorites]


Interrobang's work bestrides my world like some kind of crazy internet collosus.
posted by Jofus at 12:53 AM on February 6, 2008


Metafilter: The same as the rest of the internet, just spelled bet-

No. That's too easy.

Metafilter: of the comments. When I started diving
posted by tehloki at 5:26 AM on February 6, 2008


"Nooooo! This is the same as the rest of the internet, just spelled better!"

I shall not rise to this obvious tagline-baiting.
posted by flashboy at 5:27 AM on February 6, 2008 [1 favorite]




Nothing like getting your feet wet to help you gauge the fineness of the water, natch. It's something that I've thought about a lot in more general terms, really—I pretty much try to stay away from anything that isn't either neutral-to-positive or just plain surreal, both in occasional drawings or in (more my default mode) songs. There's a reason I never recorded languagehat's The Ballad of fr0zen and xteraco; I thought it was very clever, and I know lhat was aiming for "fun" and not "asshole", but to take that and build it out into a full-on song recording and post it to Music seemed like carrying the joke too far into "hey, look at this guy, wotta jerk" territory.

And I feel like interrobang wasn't really trying to be mean-spirited with his drawings, but it was less easy to separate the "notable comment plus absurd caraciature" thing from a perceivable personal attack, especially when, for all their absurdity, they were universally unflattering to whoever was being quoted. So it was a pattern of drawings that kind of occupied that clash between clever and well-executed metareference play (something people around here tend to like) and essentially a high profile personal attack on fellow users (something people around here tend to consider pretty shitty). And to interrobang's credit, when confronted with that he didn't entrench and start drawing pictures of anyone who criticized it; he seemed to actually digest some of the criticism and consider where he was coming from with the project.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:43 AM on February 6, 2008


Interrobang is a king drawer, that's for sure. Interrobang/Potato 08! Yes we can, yes we can can!
posted by Divine_Wino at 8:36 AM on February 6, 2008


Still too soon? Surely fr0zen and xteraco are no longer around...
posted by languagehat at 9:35 AM on February 6, 2008


I think what Cortex is saying is that drawing unflattering caricatures, like barn-dancing and ukulele playing, is something that a gentleman can do but chooses not to.
posted by Jofus at 10:35 AM on February 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


I think we're all aware of the degenerative effect that unchecked ukulele playing has had on the youth of today. A cautionary tale; a tragedy in miniature instrumentation.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:46 AM on February 6, 2008


Psst...aren't we over 24 hours without a callout on the grey? I didn't want to post a new thread to break the streak, but...wooohooo!
posted by misha at 11:42 AM on February 6, 2008


Ssssh! You'll wake the demons!
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:56 AM on February 6, 2008


I heard a rumor that if we are able to go two whole days that Matt will bring back the image tag for an hour.
posted by ND¢ at 12:40 PM on February 6, 2008


Well, see where rumors get you?
posted by Dave Faris at 1:10 PM on February 6, 2008


Wrong. Ain't nobody too good for a hoedown.
posted by Tehanu at 2:00 PM on February 6, 2008


There's a difference between art and smearing excrement on the walls. We mustn't feel bad that we recognize that difference, even if we can't quantify it via guidelines.
posted by taz at 2:18 AM on February 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


I MISS THE IMAGE TAG!!

::sobs::
posted by scarabic at 9:26 AM on February 8, 2008


">drawn metatalk thread
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:31 AM on February 9, 2008


crap. it worked in preview.

here's a link
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:33 AM on February 9, 2008


Some rough chuckles there, but then again, I'm a delicate flower.
posted by Nabubrush at 4:35 PM on February 9, 2008


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