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The Great Maple Syrup Heist - in cartoon form!  ...and other illustrated stories by Lucas Adams in Modern Farmer, including The Legend of the Goat Man and The Pleasant Valley Sheep War.

The Great Maple Syrup Heist, previously on metafilter. And here's Adams' tumblr, Cheeseburgers in the Sky.
posted by moonmilk (23 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, look, he has an ongoing series in The Rumpus too!
posted by moonmilk at 10:44 AM on January 16


I'm pretty excited about the idea of a Jason Segal maple heist movie.
posted by maryr at 10:48 AM on January 16 [4 favorites]


The Legend of the Goat Man

A while ago, I was watching TV and there's a channel guide that tells you the titles of what's on at any given moment. I was looking through that, seeing if anything good was on, and I saw that one of the channels had a show on it called The Lobstermen. Incredibly excited, I switched to that channel.

It turns out that it was a documentary show about dudes who catch lobsters, and I have not faced a comparable disappointment since, until today, when I eagerly clicked on a link to a history comic called The Legend of the Goat Man.

That said, it's a good comic. But still.

It's the Diet of Worms all over again.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 11:08 AM on January 16 [6 favorites]


This is great, I'm still in the intro but this makes a decent case for comics-as-textbooks so far
posted by Hoopo at 11:24 AM on January 16 [1 favorite]


I have not faced a comparable disappointment since, until today, when I eagerly clicked on a link to a history comic called The Legend of the Goat Man.

I, too, felt as you did, but then every single sentence filled me with glee. No, really, I can't pick one to quote. Go and read it right now! How can I have not known about "The Legend of the Goat Man?"
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:34 AM on January 16


I saw that one of the channels had a show on it called The Lobstermen [...] disappointment

I don't know if you're being facetious, but this totally happened to me. Eight seconds of excitement followed by disgust with the state of television.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:35 AM on January 16


No, I'm completely serious. I was quite excited to watch a show called The Lobstermen and then was really let down to find out what it actually was.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 11:37 AM on January 16


"The Pleasant Valley Sheep War" is also pretty amazing, although I feel bad for the sheep.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:39 AM on January 16


An "International Strategic Reserve" for syrup still just does a number on my funny bone.
posted by sammyo at 11:47 AM on January 16


The Great Maple Syrup Heist

For some unknown reason, as I was reading this, all the narration in my head was done by Steven Zirnkilton.
Enforced by the La Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires, the tribunal that oversees agricultural laws in Quebec, the Federation was able to begin collective marketing of syrup and to stabilize prices. … These are their stories.
posted by zamboni at 11:48 AM on January 16 [1 favorite]


It turns out that it was a documentary show about dudes who catch lobsters, and I have not faced a comparable disappointment since, until today, when I eagerly clicked on a link to a history comic called The Legend of the Goat Man.

Jeez, FM, they're trying to meet you half-way, here.
When scared teenagers whisper about Goatman, not all agree on the form he takes. Some say he was a man who kept goats and went mad after teenagers killed his flock, driven to seek revenge against any youngster. But perhaps the most titillating version traces the origin of Goatman to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, a sprawling USDA facility anchored by a big brick building appointed with white columns. In this version, a mad scientist is conducting experiments on a goat when something goes horribly wrong, turning him into a half man-half goat beast that is, naturally, hungry for blood.
posted by zamboni at 12:02 PM on January 16


I'm willing to put down some fake money on the Hollywood Stock Exchange that the Maple movie is going to be big in New England and the Maritimes.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:11 PM on January 16


I'm pretty excited about the idea of a Jason Segal maple heist movie.


I think I'd be more interested in a Jason Schwartzman maple heist movie, directed by Wes Anderson.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:13 PM on January 16


I think I'd be more interested in a Jason Schwartzman maple heist movie, directed by Wes Anderson.

With a Stompin' Tom Connors soundtrack!
posted by jason_steakums at 12:16 PM on January 16 [1 favorite]


What about a Jason Momoa maple heist movie directed by Michael Bay
posted by elizardbits at 12:17 PM on January 16 [1 favorite]


I picture this being like the Italian Job, but with a lot of flannel and pick-up trucks as opposed to Alfa Romeos and mod looks.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:40 PM on January 16


Also the one of the lesser chase scenes leading up to the climactic chase scene is comically thwarted by a foraging moose.
posted by elizardbits at 12:46 PM on January 16


Eh, Anderson would cutesy it up too much.

Really what I want in my maple heist movie is Muppets.
posted by maryr at 2:29 PM on January 16


How about a Michael Fassbender maple heist movie directed by Zombie Tarkovsky
posted by Doleful Creature at 2:38 PM on January 16 [1 favorite]


"At fourteen, he married a Spanish knife-thrower ten years his senior."

Best second line in a bio I've read all week.
posted by gottabefunky at 4:24 PM on January 16 [2 favorites]


Cute illustrations on all the stories.

Re: Maple syrup heist
What I can't figure is the inspector not realizing the syrup had been stolen until he climbed on a barrel and tipped it over. What kind of thieves can siphon off 10000 gallons of syrup without getting it everywhere? I can't even pour it out of the bottle into the syrup pitcher without getting the counter all sticky. I'd have been swimming in it!
posted by BlueHorse at 6:29 PM on January 16 [3 favorites]


That's not a very funny cartoon.

I fucking love love love maple syrup.
posted by slogger at 6:38 PM on January 16


I fucking love love love maple syrup.

"Show me a man who does not love maple syrup and I'll show you damned soul who will never know true joy."

-Ernest "Motherfucking Maple Syrup GODDAMN" Hemingway
posted by Doleful Creature at 9:24 AM on January 17 [1 favorite]


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