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April 16, 2014 8:43 AM   Subscribe

True Detective quotes paired with Family Circus results in a hybrid creature that should not exist by natural law (SLTumblr)
posted by polywomp (39 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
See also Park Slope Family Circus.
posted by maledictory at 8:46 AM on April 16


Needs a Zalgo-Family Circus-True Detective mashup
posted by vuron at 8:50 AM on April 16 [2 favorites]


Wasn't this basically already done with the Nietzsche Family Circus?
posted by Sangermaine at 8:52 AM on April 16 [10 favorites]


The man with the scars was the worst. The giant. He made me watch what he did to Billy.
posted by munchingzombie at 8:54 AM on April 16 [5 favorites]


And from way back in the distant past of 2006 (long since vanished from its original hosting): Cthulhu Circus.
posted by cjelli at 8:54 AM on April 16 [5 favorites]


Family Circus mashed up with x, where x is something full of despair, will never get old to me.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:56 AM on April 16 [20 favorites]


Maybe not. But you will.
posted by notyou at 9:02 AM on April 16 [10 favorites]


Old trope is old.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:03 AM on April 16 [1 favorite]


WHO IS THE NOT ME
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:05 AM on April 16 [1 favorite]


One reason I know people were disappointed with the ending of True Detective (as I was) is how fast the cottage industry of fan art, single-topic tumblrs, youtube parodies, mashups, and riffs disappeared.

One day people wanted to figure out which characters matched up to which muppets/Sex in the City characters/original Pokemon, or which scenes would benefit from an inappropriate laugh track (ed: all of them), and the next day it's all gone; like a faith healer's tent city packed up in the middle of the night nothing left but muddy tire tracks.
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:06 AM on April 16 [10 favorites]


I have a feeling they came up with "Flat Circus" first, and then went from there.
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:10 AM on April 16


Old trope is old.

Popp keeps the tent where it is
posted by The Whelk at 9:16 AM on April 16


One reason I know people were disappointed with the ending of True Detective (as I was) is how fast the cottage industry of fan art, single-topic tumblrs, youtube parodies, mashups, and riffs disappeared.

I had no problems with the ending, and I think the actual problem was more that the hype echo chamber got completely out of control and a vocal contingent of the show's following demanded ever-crazier twists to the point where no remotely coherent ending could possibly have satisfied them (not that I think you specifically are part of that group, but plenty of the fan art/tumblr/mashup crowd was). In some ways I'm grateful for the massive hype the show built up over its relatively short season, because it spurred me to watch a show I otherwise might have missed, and I greatly enjoyed it. On the other hand, I don't think it's particularly healthy for a show to have fans who manage their expectations in ways that will inevitably result in disappointment.

In any case, I'm looking forward to Season 2, and hopefully now that people have a better idea of what to expect out of the show, it can keep a more even keel of fan excitement instead of the peaks and valleys thing.
posted by Copronymus at 9:27 AM on April 16 [8 favorites]


My favorite (unfortunately short-lived) True Detective joke tumblr is True Detective Conversations. Maybe it's just me - I cannot not crack up at the reaction shot.
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 9:27 AM on April 16 [5 favorites]


> One reason I know people were disappointed with the ending of True Detective (as I was) is how fast the cottage industry of fan art, single-topic tumblrs, youtube parodies, mashups, and riffs disappeared.

TV shows as cultural elements seem to fade into the background a lot more quickly than movies do. Within a couple months of the last episode of Breaking Bad, presumably after everybody who wanted to had caught up with their Tivo'd/torrented backlog, it's kind of disappeared from the meme-o-sphere. An old TV series is used more often as a callback to a time and place in cultural history and doesn't fuel ongoing memes in the way that a couple-years-old movie can. Dropping the name of a TV series dates you, except in the context of remarking how you'd recently re-watched the series.
posted by ardgedee at 9:46 AM on April 16 [2 favorites]


Damn, told!
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 10:01 AM on April 16


Within a couple months of the last episode of Breaking Bad, presumably after everybody who wanted to had caught up with their Tivo'd/torrented backlog, it's kind of disappeared from the meme-o-sphere.

And thank goodness for that, as the constant referencing of in-jokes all over the internet was a key factor in my decision to avoid the show completely. Maybe now I can give it another shot.

Bitch.
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:10 AM on April 16 [1 favorite]


like a faith healer's tent city packed up in the middle of the night nothing left but muddy tire tracks

Lovely. That would make a great Family Circus caption.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:33 AM on April 16


Oh Family Circus, endless fodder for cheap laffs...
posted by mazola at 10:46 AM on April 16


Old trope is old.

Indeed. My reaction to endlessly-redone mashups of existing media is not "get off my lawn", but rather "quit rearranging the gnomes on my lawn and calling yourselves artists". I'll be glad when people get tired of this rehashing trend and - maybe, someday - start creating new and interesting things.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:06 AM on April 16 [3 favorites]


"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill"

God damn it Rust, it's "Death needs time for what it kills to grow in, for Ah Pook's sweet sake you stupid vulgar greedy ugly American deathsucker" and you've gotta give it that sewer-grate drawl or what the hell good are you anyway.
posted by Drexen at 11:11 AM on April 16 [3 favorites]


One reason I know people were disappointed with the ending of True Detective (as I was) is how fast the cottage industry of fan art, single-topic tumblrs, youtube parodies, mashups, and riffs disappeared.

Not me. That stuff is the absolute worse part of any show becoming popular. Copronymus has it right: "fandom" just takes all the worst aspects of being a fan and amplifies them a million times. The ugliest aspect of any show is almost always the fans.
posted by Sangermaine at 11:45 AM on April 16 [1 favorite]


I loved True Detective's ending personally.

I've always wanted to start a tumblr of Woody Harrelson's various facial expressions in the show.
posted by gucci mane at 11:48 AM on April 16


Zippy the Pinhead vs. Family Circus might be indistinguishable from their correct forms.
posted by clvrmnky at 12:02 PM on April 16


Does anybody else think that the Sunday color strips with the dotted line showing little Billy and/or Jeffy's meandering treks across the neighborhood were in some way a formal precursor to the long, unbroken shot in True Detective, Episode 4?
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:15 PM on April 16 [14 favorites]


I do now.
posted by merelyglib at 12:36 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]


Indeed. My reaction to endlessly-redone mashups of existing media is not "get off my lawn", but rather "quit rearranging the gnomes on my lawn and calling yourselves artists". I'll be glad when people get tired of this rehashing trend and - maybe, someday - start creating new and interesting things.

Well met, fellow Plutonian! I myself have lived amongst the humans here for a score and seven Earth years, and while my disguise as a respectable society gentlemen is nearly flawless (was your training for human behavior also based on the intercepted human TV show "Upstairs, Downstairs"?) I must confess that I too still have occasional difficulties with the concept of "fun." To what end indeed the pursuit of such folly, which confers no material benefit upon anyone! And yet it is such a central component of interactions on the electronic human-intercommunication network. I am called upon to make a report to the Elders in a mere 90 Plutonic days and I fear that this shall be a major omission in my report. Perhaps we can engage together in some "brainstorming" (do you know this term? I was quite surprised to encounter upon my arrival, it being an ultra-contemporary linguistic trend that somehow captures quite faithfully the nature of communications between our own brethren, as if the humans were somehow already aware of us) so that we might get to the bottom of this most inscrutable of human behaviors.
posted by invitapriore at 12:50 PM on April 16 [5 favorites]


But but but... it's a Thing You've Heard Of, plus Another Thing You've Heard Of, but... and here's the part you're going to love... they're finally together, like pooping and watching TV! It's just what you like, it's all the things you like, but at the same time, just like you like it!

Pretty soon it will include everything, and we can reduce all culture to one thing, which will probably be a GIF of Cumberbatch drawn as an anime infant who is also somehow a monster, a superhero, a Star Wars character, Doctor Who and a shibe inu, but made of bacon sriracha flavored legos and doing a funny little dance to six different songs that were popular in the last few minutes, and it will somehow be just as though the Hypno-toad was mashed up with Ringu and Videodrome and the Matrix and and and and then we can all just disappear into our flatscreens because things will finally be Good Enough, Forever!
posted by hap_hazard at 1:41 PM on April 16 [5 favorites]


Old trope or not, this is probably one of the best depictions of the voices in my head and their associated imaginary characters.

Yes, my brain is weird. But this is funny as hell.
posted by quin at 1:44 PM on April 16


I too still have occasional difficulties with the concept of "fun."

"Fun"? Where am I arguing against fun?? I'm arguing FOR being more creative instead of endlessly recycling the same old material - that's the part that's becoming increasingly hackneyed. Are "banality" and "creative laziness" your idea of fun?

Try using your alien shtick toward making an actual point ... or do Plutonians lack the concept of "logic" along with "fun"?
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:46 PM on April 16


Having said all that, the exact thing I described probably happened on tumblr last month, and I'm the equivalent of a downmarket Borscht-belt lifer in a plaid sportcoat in a casino outside Sioux City making jokes about hippies in 1974.

I'm fine with that.

posted by hap_hazard at 1:51 PM on April 16 [2 favorites]


Greg_Ace: "I'm arguing FOR being more creative instead of endlessly recycling the same old material - that's the part that's becoming increasingly hackneyed. Are "banality" and "creative laziness" your idea of fun? "

The same people making these comics might very well be doing things that meet your arbitrary standard for creativeness. This isn't being presented as great art, it's just an amusing little thing someone made for laughs. You're doing the equivalent of trolling schoolyards and telling the kids to make up new dirty ditties instead of recycling the old standards. I'm amazed you're having trouble seeing how silly it is.
posted by invitapriore at 2:46 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]


The commenters are going to be tough on you. And MetaFilter is very, very hard on people who make pop culture mashups. If you get the opportunity, you should kill yourself.
posted by naju at 3:15 PM on April 16 [10 favorites]


And I in turn am amazed you're missing my point, which is not that this particular thing is bad, but that the fad of Nailing Together Two Random Existing Things has gotten old and trite.

The same people making these comics might very well be doing things that meet your arbitrary standard for creativeness.

In which case, why wasn't the OP about that work instead?
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:19 PM on April 16


Someone should mash up Wizard of Id and Game of Thrones
posted by Renoroc at 5:03 PM on April 16


I still love the mashup of The Smiths and Peanuts.
posted by 4ster at 5:57 PM on April 16 [2 favorites]


Why True Detective Is A Supernatural Show After All
posted by homunculus at 9:32 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


"The commenters are going to be tough on you. And MetaFilter is very, very hard on people who make pop culture mashups. If you get the opportunity, you should kill yourself."

You know who ELSE liked mashups? That's right ...
posted by Chitownfats at 9:54 PM on April 17


Crows are a Flat Circle
posted by homunculus at 10:34 PM on May 4


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