Missed Connections Comics
March 30, 2007 1:43 PM   Subscribe

I Saw You: Missed Connections Comics - a flickr project in which artists illustrate posts from Craigslist's Missed Connections. Possibly NSFW. (via)
posted by Ufez Jones (18 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
this one is really cute. I always wonder how many MC targets could identify themselves in an ad... this one definitely can.
posted by anthill at 1:59 PM on March 30, 2007


I liked the elephant keeper one also. Some of the other comics did a good job of illustrating the inherent creepiness of some men (spoken as a man) who seem to think that just by the simple fact that they are looking at a woman somehow creates a connection and that woman must also feel the same, even if she doesn't act like it. Blindness from the neighbor downstairs.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:02 PM on March 30, 2007


Nice idea, good comics. aww.
posted by nickyskye at 2:13 PM on March 30, 2007


For illustrations of the more direct approach, check out Ellen Forney's Lustlab Ads. NSFW.
posted by hydrophonic at 2:21 PM on March 30, 2007


Too bad they're not photos so flickr is going to axe them, just like the hobos.
posted by GuyZero at 2:22 PM on March 30, 2007


Oh, wait, my bad - there they are. Huh. I guess flickr doesn't have the crazy policies I thought it did. Carry on then!
posted by GuyZero at 2:25 PM on March 30, 2007


these are great. flickr axes non-photos? what morons.

on preview - nevermind.
posted by serazin at 2:39 PM on March 30, 2007


Mrs. Pants!
posted by box at 2:47 PM on March 30, 2007


Should be callled "Missed Perceived Connections".

"...you flashed your hand to show me that you do not have a ring on your ring finger. I should have talked to you today. It almost looked like you wanted me to."

This is called "stalking". And it's creepy. What is wrong with people?
posted by wfc123 at 3:00 PM on March 30, 2007


Flickr doesn't axe non-photos. I have plenty of screenshots in my photostream, and Metafilter's own legendary Hands of Manos has plenty of illustrations in his. I seem to remember that they only axe accounts that are solely or mostly non-photos.
posted by Plutor at 3:03 PM on March 30, 2007


What is wrong with people?

We are lonely, needy creatures.
posted by mrgrimm at 3:11 PM on March 30, 2007


Great comics, by the way. I wish there were more ...
posted by mrgrimm at 3:12 PM on March 30, 2007


These are great. Nice post.
posted by Elmore at 3:24 PM on March 30, 2007


Neat idea, but it barely scratches the surface of the hilarious potential that is Craiglist Missed Connections. Few better sources of entertainment, really.
posted by spiderwire at 3:30 PM on March 30, 2007


This is called "stalking". And it's creepy. What is wrong with people?

Mmm. I think you're going overboard there. Stalking is when you stalk someone.

A bittersweet reminiscing about a short tete a tete doesn't constitute stalking, a fanciful fantasy doesn't constitute obsession. In a sense I guess what I'm saying is that there is a huge gap between the impulses of the zany id and the point at which the sentiment becomes an urge, and the urge manifests itself in an actual action.

I'm reminded me of—I don't remember how but I stumbled across this angry feminist blog post reacting to a picture on postsecret that said "sometimes I feel like grabbing at a woman's breasts just to see the reaction" and proceeded to eviscerate the sender (in the quaint jargon of objectification etc.) as if he were actually groping them.

And it's like, no, you don't understand. The idea isn't the action—sometimes something's so outrageous that you can't help but wonder about it (a bit like the imp of the perverse), like someone at a balcony wondering what it'll be like if she jumps off.

I'm not saying that something only becomes relevent when acting upon—examining your urges, presentiments, etc.—is fine, but hating on someone for having undesirable-when-actually-acted-upon ones comes ickily close to policing thoughtcrime.
posted by Firas at 3:49 PM on March 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think my post above sort of mixes up the thought-of-groping issue with the missed-connections issue, in terms of justifications—missed connections is way more innocent and actually sort of in a high tradition, the romantic one.

Does it really take a "lonely, needy" person to wish they'd established a relationship with someone they spoke to on the bus? That'd mean almost every chick flick has at least two despicable characters: the protagonist and his/her romantic partner.

I guess it depends on how you define "lonely, needy"; in some sense we as humans tend to always be alone and in need, thus making the "it's who we are as creatures" comment precise.
posted by Firas at 3:56 PM on March 30, 2007


Stalking is when you stalk someone.

I should have talked to you today.
posted by DU at 5:13 PM on March 30, 2007


Nice post. I am so untalented.
posted by vito90 at 11:26 PM on March 30, 2007


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