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September 2, 2009 8:32 PM   Subscribe

"Hi. My name is Gene and this is my journal." Young Gene Roddenberry meets two Garfield-eyed aliens who proceed to take him everywhere in their exploration of this strange planet Earth. In the process, we see where Gene came up with the idea of a unified borderless, moneyless world that would allow dashing starship captains to seek out new life and new civilizations, boldly going where no one has gone before. We see where Gene first met tribbles, Orion slave girls, Organians, and the Guardian of Forever, and how Gene came up with phasers, tricorders, the Prime Directive, food replicators (from which he orders gagh), Questor androids, and the Enterprise design.

Some perennial Star Trek secrets are finally revealed: why redshirts always die, sometimes in transporter accidents; the secret origin of IDIC; a really good use for warp nacelles; and why there are no bathrooms on the Starship Enterprise.

The author even pays attention to the non-Trek areas of Roddenberry's life: young Gene has a major crush on his teacher, Miss Chapel, and would like to maybe be a fighter pilot or policeman when he grows up.

There's even one or two references to, ahem, the Distinguished Competition.

"You're one weird kid, Gene Roddenberry."
posted by WCityMike (28 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by zarq at 8:55 PM on September 2, 2009


Right out of hell, I saw it!
posted by tellurian at 8:58 PM on September 2, 2009


Holy good christ, that shit's awful.
posted by mrnutty at 9:04 PM on September 2, 2009 [6 favorites]


There's more Garfield here than the eyes.
posted by Benjy at 9:15 PM on September 2, 2009


Yeah... this is....

This isn't "Garfield." It's one poop joke away from being "Marvin."
posted by brundlefly at 9:39 PM on September 2, 2009


this is fucking terrible
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 9:44 PM on September 2, 2009


It's charming in its own admittedly bad-jokish way, that's all I thought.         (insert your favorite webcomic here)        , it definitely ain't.

Since I'd hate for the thread to just crash, how 'bout this. If you like the strip, then great, go ahead and comment.

If you don't like it, pass along a link to your own favorite webcomic so that people can see how it should be done.
posted by WCityMike at 9:44 PM on September 2, 2009


I read months worth of that strip, waiting for something to be amusing. Anything. I didn't need a full guffaw... just a little titter, or maybe a tiny grunt, would have been acceptable. Nothing. And I appreciate bad jokes. This didn't have bad jokes; it didn't have any jokes.

Just bloody awful. The Worst of the Web [comics].

If you don't like it, pass along a link to your own favorite webcomic so that people can see how it should be done.

Questionable Content is the only comic I keep up with anymore. Well, aside from XKCD.

For the science-fiction end of things, I did use to read Schlock Mercenary, though. The early stuff is quite amusing, IMO. But, it definitely jumped the shark--I don't remember the exact moment, but it definitely stopped being funny. Similar thing with Kevin and Kell... starts out quite funny, definitely loses it at some point.
posted by Netzapper at 9:55 PM on September 2, 2009


I didn't mean to harsh your thread, I thought you were posting these because of how terrible they were.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 10:04 PM on September 2, 2009


Drew Weing. Particularly his old Journal Comic.

The stuff isn't funny, always, but the man can draw.

And yes, this shit is Garfield In Space.
posted by jrochest at 10:30 PM on September 2, 2009


Lest somebody pull out the "let's see you do better" canard:

I wrote a webcomic that was universally lauded as not terribly funny for seven years. I tried to be funny for over 1000 comic strips, and was only occasionally funny, and even then the funny was not that funny.

So believe me when I tell you, as a chronic failure at funny, I know not-funny. The clammy hand of not-funny has fallen on my trembling shoulder more times than I can count. On the rare occasion that I succeeded at funny, it was usually with something that I didn't think was that funny when I wrote it. Not-funny has ridden me like an albatross on an ancient mariner. Not-funny has been my bane, my curse, the dog of my Marmaduke, the Not Me of my Family Circus, the Every Fucking Panel of my Cathy.

So I appreciate people trying, and I know how hard it can be, and I am very comfortable in saying this is somewhere in the sub-Soup To Nutz regions. I laud the guy for giving it a shot, but this: not funny.
posted by Shepherd at 10:37 PM on September 2, 2009 [13 favorites]


Worst webcomic ever, including that one that plagiarized MeFi for its content - at least it had good writing!
posted by crossoverman at 10:41 PM on September 2, 2009


Well I found it kind of charming.
And amusing
posted by Poet_Lariat at 11:38 PM on September 2, 2009


Wow, yeah. Not funny.

Dr. McNinja, Moe, Hark a Vagrant! -- those are funny.
posted by rifflesby at 12:06 AM on September 3, 2009


Shepherd: I tried to be funny for over 1000 comic strips, and was only occasionally funny, and even then the funny was not that funny.

Hey guys, look! Randall's a Mefite!
posted by Pinback at 12:47 AM on September 3, 2009


Worst webcomic ever

Muahahaa. I get to link to Boston and Shaun, yet again! Gene's Journal is fucking fried gold compared to B&S.

Good comics that have not gotten a mention this this thread yet:

A Softer World (argue the comic part all you want, it's still amazing and probably my favorite anything online)
Penny Arcade
Dinosaur Comics
Wondermark
Sinfest
Nedroid
I still weep for the loss of A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible
posted by slimepuppy at 1:26 AM on September 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Muahahaa. I get to link to Boston and Shaun, yet again! Gene's Journal is fucking fried gold compared to B&S.

Goddamn. Touche.
posted by Netzapper at 2:45 AM on September 3, 2009


So believe me when I tell you, as a chronic failure at funny, I know not-funny. The clammy hand of not-funny has fallen on my trembling shoulder more times than I can count. On the rare occasion that I succeeded at funny, it was usually with something that I didn't think was that funny when I wrote it. Not-funny has ridden me like an albatross on an ancient mariner. Not-funny has been my bane, my curse, the dog of my Marmaduke, the Not Me of my Family Circus, the Every Fucking Panel of my Cathy.

Now this is how you undersell a webcomic! I'm slavering to read both George's Journal AND Shepherd's comic now.

(Confirmed: GJ is not funny. But the massive undersell set up such low expectations that I actually read several extra strips.)
posted by DU at 4:23 AM on September 3, 2009


Gene's. Gene's Journal.
posted by DU at 4:25 AM on September 3, 2009


How DARE you besmirch the good name of Boston and Shaun!

Anyway, lately, I've been somewhat delighted by the combination of Kathy Acker and Cathy Guisewite that is "Kathy. Ack."
posted by Greg Nog at 5:32 AM on September 3, 2009


This simple gag strip isn't particularly brilliant, but I don't think it's especially craptacular. If you removed the risque parts, you'd have a filler that would've been at home in one of those kids' magazines like Nickelodeon Magazine or Disney Adventures. Seems harmless enough to me. Maybe my bile ducts aren't yet working at full capacity this morning.
posted by Spatch at 5:33 AM on September 3, 2009


Damn you slimepuppy. I had completely forgotten Boston and Shaun and unthinkingly clicked that link again. Now all the bad memories have returned, along with my last meal.

(Was the B&S site always implemented in flash? That makes it even more annoying, and also puts it above some random guy uploading GIF files, right up into the realm of the creation of someone who puts in a lot of effort - scary.)
posted by AndrewStephens at 5:38 AM on September 3, 2009


you'd have a filler that would've been at home in one of those kids' magazines

Well, the dude used to draw "The Trek Life" for the Star Trek website, so yeah, that does seem pretty spot-on.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:40 AM on September 3, 2009


Dresden Codak is a good webcomic
Toothpaste for Dinner and associated webcomics are good webcomics
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:31 AM on September 3, 2009


Goats, goddamnit.

Here's the thing, WCityMike: it's not a particularly new idea. (And was also done with the "Distinguished Competition.")
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:46 AM on September 3, 2009


Try DAR.
posted by tellurian at 4:35 PM on September 3, 2009


I really could have gone the rest of my life without knowing about Boston and Shaun.
posted by brundlefly at 6:28 PM on September 3, 2009


A couple more good webcomics: Skin Horse and Girl Genius.
posted by sculpin at 5:01 PM on September 6, 2009


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