Jan. 3rd, 2015

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As usual for the past month or so, I only had the time to pop onto Fandom!Secrets for a couple minutes this evening, and I've been avoiding the GC thread because I know I will get stuck there forever when I don't have time. But a couple minutes was long enough to remind me of two fannish memories that make me very happy:

1. Krazy Kat is a thing that exists. If you have never read or heard of the comic strip Krazy Kat, it was a newspaper strip by George Herriman that ran from 1913 to 1944. It is about a cat, who is sometimes a male and sometimes a female, and has made meta jokes about this gender confusion, who is madly in love with a male mouse named Ignatz, who despises Krazy and conspires to throw a brick at her/his head in frustration for being hit on, in irritation because Krazy is sort of a dimwit, or just for the lulz. Sometimes, a policeman bulldog named Offissa Pupp will then chuck Ignatz in jail for said brick-throwing, while Krazy invariably thinks that the brick-throwing means Ignatz loves her/him back and cannot be convinced otherwise because of perfectly elegant and simple communication-fail of the most absolute kind: in Krazy's reality, every brick Ignatz throws is a declaration of his love, so Krazy pursues him more, and Ignatz throws more bricks at her/him, ad infinitum. Some variation or portion of this sequence of events happens or is referenced in every single strip. If you're wondering how a newspaper strip can survive for 31 years on that gag, let alone be named the greatest comic strip in history, all I can say is you have to read it. But remember the Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner cartoons where the entire plot of every cartoon was Wile E trying to kill or catch the Roadrunner and getting horribly injured by Acme products? Like that but about 500 times more complex on all levels -- visual, artistic, cultural, linguistic, structural, philosophical, logical, social, characterization-wise, etc. This is a good, though not definitive or complete, analysis.

Also, Ignatz does return Krazy's feelings, though he'd never ever say so. Just look:

2. Every time I re-read "I Don't Need Your Civil War" I start to wonder if, maybe, Marvel's Civil War just might be justified in existing because without it, "I Don't Need Your Civil War" would not exist. If you ever asked me to try to explain what that ineffable, glorious thing is that makes the Marvel comicsverse have such a distinct flavor that I cannot fall out of love with, ever, I would probably flail around vaguely about J Jonah Jameson, New York City, the epic Rube Goldberg-esque, Big Bang-esque explosion of a fictional universe that takes place between the 2nd and 7th years of Stan Lee's run on the Fantastic Four, and then try to show you "I Don't Need Your Civil War." I mean, just reading all the thumbnails in order is hilarious enough in itself.


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