The Invisible Life of Poet
March 27, 2008 6:54 AM   Subscribe

The Invisible Life of Poet is a webcomic by Christopher Stetson Wilson that's been published weekly for three and a half years. It features the adventures of nerdy high school student Poet and his retinue (mostly his friend Ben). There are many ways to navigate the archive. For a quality skim, check out the author's favorites. If you want a more indepth look you can check out the tag categories, characters (e.g. Seph the Corruptor, Coach Fathead), contemporary issues (e.g. class warfare, gender issues), culture and society (e.g. mass media, religion), hyperreality (e.g. board games, hallucinations), miscellaneous (e.g. great art, lowbrow humor) and psycho-social constructs (e.g. bullying, love and seduction).
posted by Kattullus (17 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Fly fishing! Bicycle repair! Reading quietly! There’s a hundred and one things to do! Sex is just one thing!

This is actually pretty hilarious. Thanks!
posted by DU at 7:21 AM on March 27, 2008

Cool, work was looking pretty boring and bleak today. Thanks!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:26 AM on March 27, 2008

Oh, and I found about The Invisible Life of Poet because originals of some of the strips are being exhibited in Blue State Coffee in Providence, RI.
posted by Kattullus at 7:35 AM on March 27, 2008

Comics 1-20 aren't available?
posted by batmonkey at 7:41 AM on March 27, 2008

This is awesome. Great stuff! Great site - best of the web. This is wonderful, Kattullus.

posted by cashman at 7:46 AM on March 27, 2008

Oh, wow, this gem had me literally laughing out loud (really!)
posted by misha at 7:47 AM on March 27, 2008

I wish my nickname were "The Corrupter"
posted by aramaic at 8:02 AM on March 27, 2008

I quickly forwarded the Settlers strip to my sister and b-i-l, with whom I'm still trying to patch relations after years of acrimonious and nightly fights centered around that game. We still can't wait to play!
posted by OmieWise at 8:06 AM on March 27, 2008

These are really funny.
posted by OmieWise at 8:21 AM on March 27, 2008

Life of Poet is eminently quotable, such as the following from the second part of Screams of the Void: "Public education is not about self-expression! It's about standardized testing, bulimia and sorting out who's gay and who isn't."
posted by Kattullus at 8:40 AM on March 27, 2008

I meant to mention this in the post, but the comic is published in Rhode Island's free bi-weekly Motif Magazine.
posted by Kattullus at 9:58 AM on March 27, 2008

This one is amazing.
posted by Navelgazer at 11:30 AM on March 27, 2008

Like Calvin and Hobbes (a clear influence) somtimes Life of Poet is touching.
posted by Kattullus at 12:20 PM on March 27, 2008

Seriously? No 1-20? I must know what happened before #21!
posted by batmonkey at 12:42 PM on March 27, 2008

Thanks, Kattullus. This is a great webcomic, and I'm gonna go check out the originals, too!

What's up, Providence!
posted by lunit at 12:54 PM on March 27, 2008

This strip is indeed funnier if you've played Settlers of Catan; however, the last line is fantastic no matter who you are.

Stupid and winning indeed. So far, anyway.

In an inspired-by, but not actually related-to note, I wonder if you could build a game around the model of trying to succeed in some sort of bubble that's guaranteed to burst before the end of the game, but at some chaotic (not random, but hard to predict) point in time... Not necessarily an economic bubble, but something where the reward of being risky just barely balances out the sureness of playing it safe.

Thanks for the link. Some good stuff here.
posted by ErWenn at 5:21 PM on March 27, 2008

Christopher Stetson Wilson's latest blogpost is interesting:
Upon receiving notice of the coming “economic stimulus” refund in the mail recently, I was immediately disgusted that this money is being given to me to spend on electronics and mortgages when it should be going to disabled veterans and their families. I started a Facebook group called Donate Your Economic Stimulus to Veterans and Their Families. Join the group to pledge to donate your ENTIRE refund to one of the veterans charities listed on the group page.
posted by Kattullus at 5:35 AM on March 28, 2008

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