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January 21, 2011 8:16 PM   Subscribe

Steampunk Palin.
posted by NoraReed (59 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Just because you can imagine it doesn't mean you should make a comic book out of it.
posted by saturday_morning at 8:21 PM on January 21, 2011


It's two over-exposed, well-past-their-expiration-date annoyances in one!
posted by Scoo at 8:25 PM on January 21, 2011 [13 favorites]


For a similarly bizarre exercise in right-wing sci-fi comic book wish-fulfillment, check out the excerpts from the short-lived series Liberality (previously).
posted by Rhaomi at 8:26 PM on January 21, 2011


Oh, how I wish this was about Michael Palin.
posted by scody at 8:29 PM on January 21, 2011 [16 favorites]


There's camp (so bad it's good). And then there's this.
posted by SPrintF at 8:30 PM on January 21, 2011


Whachu talkin bout evryone...
posted by blue_beetle at 8:30 PM on January 21, 2011


As with so many things in our modern world, I'm stuck between admiration and revulsion.
posted by Capt. Renault at 8:32 PM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


He seems content to trash this comic. Personally, I think every excerpt that he posted is composed of sheer fucking undilated genius.
posted by naju at 8:33 PM on January 21, 2011


undiluted
posted by naju at 8:33 PM on January 21, 2011


As a cartoonist, my main response when I saw this was, "well, no matter how bad my work might be, at least I had nothing to do with Steampunk Palin."
posted by COBRA! at 8:38 PM on January 21, 2011 [10 favorites]


tangentially related, The Sound of Palin.
posted by Challahtronix at 8:39 PM on January 21, 2011


Just because you can imagine it doesn't mean you should make a comic book out of it

Rule 44
posted by the noob at 8:40 PM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


As mentioned in the link, that thing is 15 pages of "Story" followed by 8 pages of Steampunk Palin pin-ups. The "story" is nothing but an obvious cover for, um, you know. Rule 34.
posted by Justinian at 8:44 PM on January 21, 2011


Holy shit. Antarctic Press just murdered a sub-genre in only 23 pages. That is some serious fucking efficiency right there.

I demand a Vampire Palin.
posted by greenland at 8:57 PM on January 21, 2011 [7 favorites]


As a cartoonist, my main response when I saw this was, "well, no matter how bad my work might be, at least I had nothing to do with Steampunk Palin."

As a writer... Well, I do sort of have a Palin-related pitch stashed away...

(she fights a polar bear)
posted by Artw at 8:58 PM on January 21, 2011


Antarctic Press seems to specialize in this kind of thing. It's really a shame that Ben Dunn can't find something better to spend his time drawing; he's really quite talented.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:59 PM on January 21, 2011


naju...whatever else you can say about Palin, she's certainly not undilated.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:01 PM on January 21, 2011


I demand a Vampire Palin.

You watched the 2008 Republican National Convention, right?
posted by middleclasstool at 9:02 PM on January 21, 2011 [5 favorites]


Did you wait for the mods to go to bed before posting this? This is the second thing in one day I wish I could unsee.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:14 PM on January 21, 2011


Lone nut, or something worse?
posted by cashman at 9:18 PM on January 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


Beck's next big sponsor: Old Glory Robot Insurance. Because will pay your final costs when Robama puts you before the Death Panel?
posted by condour75 at 9:22 PM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


I liked the quip about steampunk being for Goths who'd like to wear brown for a change.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 9:26 PM on January 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


As a writer... Well, I do sort of have a Palin-related pitch stashed away...

(she fights a polar bear)
posted by Artw


Throw in some pin-ups and you're gold.
posted by COBRA! at 9:30 PM on January 21, 2011


Halloween Jack - by "this sort of thing" do you mean "just smushing all sorts of stuff together" and seeing what people will buy?

the Littlest Zombie vs. the Littlest Vampire

Ghost Pirates vs. Ghost Ninjas

Sherlock Ninja
posted by russm at 9:31 PM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


I demand a Vampire Palin.

Will this do?
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 9:34 PM on January 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is the second thing in one day I wish I could unsee.

Wait til you see the sequel where she teaches anal massage.
posted by NoraReed at 9:35 PM on January 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


I demand a Vampire Palin.

Vampire Palin.
posted by twoleftfeet at 9:37 PM on January 21, 2011


Ack, Combustible Edison Lighthouse. I see your Vampire Palin and I raise you a Zombie Palin (from the dead!)
posted by twoleftfeet at 9:38 PM on January 21, 2011


That was all good and great, but this graph is the best thing ever.
posted by cthuljew at 9:42 PM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hmmm, apparently from the same people who brought you Sarah Palin: Rogue Warrior.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 9:43 PM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Just because you can imagine it doesn't mean you should make a comic book out of it.

Exhibit B: Arm Fall Off Boy
Exhibit C: The Legion of Super-Pets
Exhibit D: Squirrel Girl
Exhibit E: Matter-Eater Lad
posted by prinado at 11:03 PM on January 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is probably tangential this thread's path, but I found the response from the creator of "Liberality For All" interesting in that he believes his setting was a "liberal utopia".

That, more than the contents of any of the comics, was what stopped me dead. I believe my exact words were something along the lines of, "Wait. He. But. What," followed by the spirited application of various beverages.
posted by KChasm at 11:04 PM on January 21, 2011


Yes, Obama blew up in the explosion too, and is now part machine and called "Robama." By the way, the guy talking to him is John McCain and he has a robot arm.

Between this paragraph and the wonderful graph (with "Galactica Finale" squarely within the coveted intersection of "It's Bad" and "It's Bad"), I got a great laugh out of this.
posted by vorfeed at 11:07 PM on January 21, 2011


Jesus Christ. Antarctic Press is like the Capitol Steps of comics. Ugh.
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 11:15 PM on January 21, 2011 [6 favorites]


IIRC They are also bigin furry comics.
posted by Artw at 11:19 PM on January 21, 2011


Just because it hasn't been brought up yet, here's the next solicitation from Antarctic Press: SARAH PALIN VS. THE WORLD.
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:24 PM on January 21, 2011


Artw: "IIRC They are also bigin furry comics."

Actually, their flagship furry comic is quite small.
posted by Rhaomi at 11:29 PM on January 21, 2011


Halloween Jack - by "this sort of thing" do you mean "just smushing all sorts of stuff together" and seeing what people will buy?

Well, specifically, the sort of "political figure as pop-culture remix-ready icon", although others have played in those fields.


Just because you can imagine it doesn't mean you should make a comic book out of it.
Exhibit D: Squirrel Girl


Prinado: OK, I'ma give you a pass because you maybe don't grasp how awesome Squirrel Girl is. Really, I just sort of feel sorry for you.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:56 PM on January 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


She really likes squirrels!
posted by Artw at 12:01 AM on January 22, 2011


Squirrel Girl is indeed awesome. She defeated Doctor Doom after he'd taken out the Fantastic Four! Using only her wits! (And squirrels. Lots and lots of squirrels.) And now she's back as the new nanny for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage's babby.

/fanboy
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:06 AM on January 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


Well, so much for my Sarah Palin/Sean Hannity FemDom slashfic . . .
posted by KingEdRa at 12:54 AM on January 22, 2011


Why?
posted by Decani at 12:57 AM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I like her boobs.
posted by dougrayrankin at 2:45 AM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


43 comments in and nobody has mentioned Cory what's-his-name.
posted by HuronBob at 3:37 AM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Check out the tags.
posted by fixedgear at 4:05 AM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Squirrel Girl is indeed awesome. She defeated Doctor Doom after he'd taken out the Fantastic Four!

I admit that "Get these INFIDEL RODENTS off of me!!!!" may be the best Dr. Doom line ever. Curiously, I can also imagine Palin saying it.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:42 AM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm trying to imagine what the Venn diagram of Palin supporters (followers / worshipers / whatever) and people who get steampunk.

I think I'm starting to understand where that L'Hopital guy was coming from.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 5:06 AM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ah, I see she has the most common superpower...
posted by Adridne at 6:03 AM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm trying to imagine what the Venn diagram of Palin supporters (followers / worshipers / whatever) and people who get steampunk.

Pretty close to the null set.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:07 AM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


steampunk really, really confuses me
posted by angrycat at 6:11 AM on January 22, 2011


Lone nut, or something worse?

You know who was worse that had a lone nut?
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:56 AM on January 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


Oh god Liberality.

It is 2021, tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. America is under oppression by ultra-liberal extremists which have yielded governing authority to the United Nations. It is up to an underground conservative group (known as F.O.I.L.) led by Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North to thwart Ambassador Usama Bin Laden’s plans to nuke New York City.

Heehee-snort-gag-choke! (an accurate representation of my reaction)

It's funny, except this is really what these people are afraid of. They couch their fear in florid, antiquated language to evoke a sense of authenticity, but it's still fear. Anything not endorsed by the Republican media establishment is an attempt to destroy America.

Gotta love the scare-bolded "integration" on the very first page, not to mention that prim and proper female running the evil-show with Bin Laden and those downtrodden freedom-loving maintenance guys.
posted by polyhedron at 8:12 AM on January 22, 2011


This if from Fad-Humping Antarctic Press.
posted by Legomancer at 8:21 AM on January 22, 2011


Steampunk Palin needs to team up with Turner D. Century.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:58 AM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


You know who could deal with a lone nut? That's right, Squirrel Girl. She could even deal with a bunch of nuts.
posted by adamrice at 12:44 PM on January 22, 2011


Ik.
posted by Splunge at 1:26 PM on January 22, 2011


Just because you can imagine it doesn't mean you should make a comic book out of it.

Something similar crossed my mind more than 25 years ago, when my friend showed up to school with a few new comic books that seemed ridiculous at the time: Samurai Penguin, Geriatric Gangrene Jujutsu Gerbils, and something called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We all laughed at him for wasting his money on such garbage. Some older kids teased and taunted him to the point that blows were exchanged, and it all ended in tears.

Needless to say he had the last laugh years later when he sold that early edition TMNT comic for a tidy profit.
posted by Kabanos at 2:09 PM on January 22, 2011


The thing is, Kabanos, the money that some people made off of those early TMNT issues (the first printing of the first issue is pretty rare, as it was originally meant as a one-off satire of both Frank Miller's Ronin and Marvel's New Mutants) was more than offset by the money that people threw away on all the imitations/rip-offs/wannabes. Some of them were done with at least one eye toward making fun of the phenomenon (my favorite was Pre-Teen Dirty-Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos, whose first issue's cover was a tribute to one of Howard Chaykin's American Flagg! issues), but they were also done with an eye toward making a lot of dough--people really did think that they'd be worth something someday, because TMNT was a big hit, and since they really couldn't figure out why TMNT was big, why not Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters and whatnot? Then the bubble burst, and people were left with comics that weren't even good for wiping your ass with, unless you were desperate. (Not that the comics market learned their lesson, as not too many years later there was a similar bubble with the foil-stamped covers craze.)
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:23 PM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


This has already been done in videogame form.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 7:14 PM on January 22, 2011


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