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Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Golden Ellipses: Creepiest Unintentional Self-Revelation

And the winner is...

Dust Angels

In the category of "Creepiest Unintentional Self-Revelation" we have the following nominees:


factinista said...

Dust Angels. Mallard has a thing for dirty epileptic boys. How is that NOT creepy?

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Man, I don't even have to look at the others. "Dust Angels" was the reason I suggested the category in the first place.

It isn't that Mallard is creepy enough, casually living in his own filth as he does; it's that Tinsley feels compelled to "tour" around Rush for several panels as Rush smiles at the "camera" and sprawls spread-eagle on the floor--including a panel in which Rush displays what is commonly known on Mystery Science Theater 3000 as his "batch."

Even the second-crappiest cartoonist in the known universe could tell the strip's "joke" in a single panel. That Tinsley needed to draw four panels of Rush lounging at Mallard's feet--followed by the standard shot of Mallard's own batch--that is the definition of "creepy unintentional self-revelation."

Gold-Digging Nanny State said...

This was tough, between the torture one and the dust angels. The implicit approval of sending innocent people to black sites to be tortured makes me outraged. But if we're going with the creepy factor, I have to vote for dust angels. That was wrong on so many levels.

Kaitlyn said...

Dust Angels!

The New Year's Eve one could have been acceptable without the smug ignorance. I didn't go to a party, but I know other people did! And "What party?" sounded like he was invited and said yes, but had no intentions of going.

But yeah. Dust angels.

Anonymous said...

I voted for Mallard Loves Torture, because the rereading reveals an extra layer or two of creepy, possibly above and beyond the loving focus on Rush's area. Not only does Tinny think people deserve torture just for behaviors that chap his loaiczhc, he uses Chet as the exemplar of such behavior, to display his hate of the Lib'rul Media™ and to reinforce that hatred in those who share it.

Michael said...

Interesting point, TuxedoSlack.

But there's nothing creepier than a boy rolling around on Mallard's floor, who is himself lying on the floor pantsless and with the ever-present box of whiskey. Jesus H. Christ in a chicken basket.