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September 20, 2010 8:32 PM   Subscribe

Much like the Garfield Randomizer, Random Dick — the Dick Tracy Continuity Randomizer creates wonderfully surreal little comics (thanks to The Comics Curmudgeon)
posted by OverlappingElvis (18 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
This post is already great for simply reminding me to check The Comics Curmudgeon more often.
posted by Corduroy at 8:37 PM on September 20, 2010


Also, before anyone gets upset, there is this note on the Curmudgeon website:

Notes: OK, it’s not completely random: strips are assembled from one randomly-selected “Dick Tracy” panel, one “Other Person” panel, and one “Building or Object” panel, and then presented in random order. Many thanks to young codemaster Spiff Lumpy for scripting, html, and debugging.
posted by Corduroy at 8:39 PM on September 20, 2010


There's a pretty limited number of panels they pick from. Once you scramble a bunch, you can start working out the storylines they cut up to make the randomizer.
posted by griphus at 8:43 PM on September 20, 2010


Cartoons are like gossamer, and one doesn't dissect gossamer
posted by Lorin at 8:48 PM on September 20, 2010


(thanks to The Comics Curmudgeon)

THUS HIS RICHES.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:49 PM on September 20, 2010


Maybe there is justice, after all.
posted by me3dia at 9:03 PM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Corduroy: This post is already great for simply reminding me to check The Comics Curmudgeon more often.

No doubt. I rediscovered it again recently and though I'd think that a niche blog based on a subject matter that I don't really have an interest in wouldn't be continually enjoyable or gotten stale after a number of years, I would be incredibly wrong. Being a runner-up for the Comment of the Week prize was the most proud moment of my summer until I actually won it. Seriously, I was psyched.

griphus: There's a pretty limited number of panels they pick from. Once you scramble a bunch, you can start working out the storylines they cut up to make the randomizer.

Yes, that's definitely true. But sort of the point. As someone who only reads Dick Tracy when Josh is making from of it, I can't possibly understand an individual strip. But to be honest, some of the random strips (which were obviously from separate days because they had the dates in each and every one), they still made more sense than the actual strips.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:06 PM on September 20, 2010


Of all these deconstructions, for me, Garfield Minus Garfield is still the best.
posted by bionic.junkie at 9:08 PM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


There is something here to be said about the sausage- like way genre fiction is made and the mechanical buttons it has to hit but I'm too drunk and world- wearily to talk about it. I'll go back to my mysterious but sultry female companion, surely she will comfort my hard boiled bones....


- OH N O!
posted by The Whelk at 9:08 PM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


These are 100% indistinguishable from actual Dick Tracy strips.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:19 PM on September 20, 2010


I got a strip with a date in each panel. woo-hoo.
posted by GuyZero at 9:41 PM on September 20, 2010


back in my day, if you wanted random dick you had to go to the library.
posted by the aloha at 9:41 PM on September 20, 2010


I tried the Garfield Randomizer and got this gem.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:50 PM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also works pretty well with Dilbert (self-link).
posted by hades at 10:00 PM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


o.0, adamdschneider, I laughed out loud at that. Then I looked at it, and for the life of me could not tell you why it is funny. But it IS.
posted by strixus at 11:17 PM on September 20, 2010


Random Dick? I thought Chatroulette had the copyright on that.
posted by Mcable at 4:29 AM on September 21, 2010


Of course they sent the guy a C&D letter, they recognized superior talent when they saw it.
posted by tommasz at 5:46 AM on September 21, 2010


I laughed out loud at that. Then I looked at it, and for the life of me could not tell you why it is funny. But it IS.

I had the exact same reaction. I think it must be be nervous laughter in the face of existential horror.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:19 AM on September 21, 2010


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